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  • Author:
    Eldon Thompson
  • ISBN:
    0060741503
  • ISBN13:
    978-0060741501
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    Harper Voyager; First Edition edition (May 3, 2005)
  • Pages:
    544 pages
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The Crimson Sword by Eldon Thompson is the first book in the Legend of Asahiel trilogy. The second book is titled the Obsidian Key, the third book is scheduled for release in August 2008 is titled the Divine Talisman

The Crimson Sword by Eldon Thompson is the first book in the Legend of Asahiel trilogy. The second book is titled the Obsidian Key, the third book is scheduled for release in August 2008 is titled the Divine Talisman. This is Mr. Thompson's first foray into the land that is authorship and as such there are bound to be some bumps along the way, but as with most fantasy debut authors, I was willing to give it a shot.

The Crimson Sword book. The Age of Man has begun  . For a Demon Queen has awakened from the abyss - and humankind is about to discover its powerlessness in the face of the ancient terrors of the world.

Book one of the legend of asahiel. Only in Alson, the Shadow thought, where the king’s penchant for lurid tales and unrestrained revelry was the stuff of legend. TERRY BROOKS for showing me how it’s done even if I haven’t learned a thing. It was said that no ruler in history knew better how to sate the base urges of himself and his exclusive guests than old King Sorl. His was a large and wealthy land, built on his father’s efforts, and it was not in Sorl’s nature to worry about cost or consequence.

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The Legend of Asahiel is a series of epic fantasy novels written by author/screenwriter Eldon Thompson and published by HarperCollins (Eos). The series was launched in May 2005 with the hardcover release of The Crimson Sword. The Obsidian Key followed in 2006. The concluding novel, The Divine Talisman, was released in 2008. The series has been described as a throwback to classic fantasy stories such as .

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Book Description The Age of Man has begun. Gone are the elves and dwarves, orcs and trolls, and other creatures of legend

Book Description The Age of Man has begun. Gone are the elves and dwarves, orcs and trolls, and other creatures of legend. Having driven the "undesirables" from their lands, the kingdoms of the island continent of Pentania have started a new chapter inhu. Having driven the "undesirables" from their lands, the kingdoms of the island continent of Pentania have started a new chapter inhuman history.

The Age of Man has begun. Gone are the elves and dwarves, orcs and trolls, and other creatures of legend. Having driven the "undesirables" from their lands, the kingdoms of the island continent of Pentania have started a new chapter in human history. The gods are a myth, magic is a forsaken art, and the avatars, shepherds of the races, have faded into the mists of time. Now, mankind will rule. But they are not alone.

When the king of Alson is assassinated and the capital besieged by a nefarious wizard, even the remote village of Diln is not immune from the chaos and terror that sweep the realm. Torn from his home, young Jarom begins a dangerous journey to ask for aid against the implacable usurper.

But soon the machinations of a mysterious council lead Jarom to a seemingly preordained quest: to find one of the mythical Swords of Asahiel, the divine talismans used by the elven avatars in the forging of the earth itself. He must do so not only to establish himself as a leader for his people, but to help save a fledgling, quarrelsome mankind. For the Demon Queen Spithaera has awakened from the Abyss, and humanity is about to learn how very powerless it can be against the ancient terrors of the world.

And whether real or imagined, destiny is not so easily claimed.


Marilore
I decided to read this book after reading Eldon Thompson's short story "Unbowed" in the "Unfettered" Anthology. "Unbowed" was quite good. It's a short story about one of the characters from "The Crimson Sword"...Kylac Cronus. It was engaging, emotion inducing, dramatic, well written and plot focused, and made me want to know even more about the character of Kylac. And then I read "The Crimson Sword"... I've read reviews comparing this series to Tolkien; and after reading it, I'm left wondering if these people have actually ever read Tolkien, or just watched the movies? The writing in "The Crimson Sword" is sophomoric at best: replete with run-on sentences, stilted syntax, and inappropriate use of large words to try and sound intelligent. Also, the plot is thin and random, and the characters are shallow and cartoonish. Even the aforementioned Kylac seems only a caricature of the character in "Unbowed"; and for some odd, unexplained reason, is written with a strange accent that isn't present in the "Unbowed" story. If you like shallow and cartoonish books like the majority of D&D fiction, the you'll enjoy this book. If however, you prefer your books to have some meat to them...some actual depth...then you will be sorely disappointed with this book. Give it and the series a pass.
Danrad
Good story. His writing takes alittle getting use to.
Renthadral
the book that got me hooked for the series
Micelhorav
The Crimson Sword by Eldon Thompson is the first book in the Legend of Asahiel trilogy. The second book is titled the Obsidian Key, the third book is scheduled for release in August 2008 is titled the Divine Talisman. This is Mr. Thompson's first foray into the land that is authorship and as such there are bound to be some bumps along the way, but as with most fantasy debut authors, I was willing to give it a shot.

The plot of this book, in a word, is cliché filled. In and of itself, a cliché riddled isn't a bad thing. However, when that plot is not disguised or altered in any way, then it becomes a hindrance. In this book we have several long-standing clichés. Such as; the search for an artifact (the crimson sword) that if found will save the kingdom, and secondly the plot line involving a peasant who is unknowingly is of noble birth. He of course spurns the notion that he can do something to save the kingdom, as he is going through the paces of trying to save the kingdom. There are a couple predictable sub-plots as well, such as; the evil wizard seeking to take over the kingdom, the rampaging monsters that strike fear into the country side and many more sub-plots to round out the novel. In the end when I finished this novel I was left with a feeling of mediocrity. The adage of `been there done that' holds remarkably true for this novel. Any fan of the fantasy genre will surely see many repeated elements in this plot. It is almost as though Mr. Thompson read a bevy of fantasy novels and then selected plot points for this novel and crammed them together to make a story, albeit a very predictable one.

What to say about the characters. Starting with the peasant (unknowingly noble) Jarom to the evil unknown wizard seeking to take over the kingdom, they are all clichés. I have read each and every one of them at some point or another in different novels - most better written then in this novel. Add to that the assassin turned former assassin (but who still kills people) who "somehow" finds himself following Jarom. It just becomes too much to stomach. There are brief attempts at character development scattered throughout this novel, but in almost every case I had the feeling it wasn't so much character development as it was the author trying to make sure a later plot element could/would happen thereby necessitating the small change in a character. One of the things that I found odd, was that even though Jarom is what would be considered a main character, at no point during this book did I ever develop a liking to the character. In fact it was quite the opposite, I didn't like the character at all. He comes across as bland and whiny. I can name hundreds of characters that are more interesting than him, and none of them are from this novel.

Some of the things that I didn't like about this book.

1 - As I mentioned above, the multiple clichés, both plot wise and character wise. I have said it before, if an author opts to use a time honored cliché for either, they much repackage it so that it seems at least somewhat new to the reader. An author can not rely on the belief that if it worked for the previous author it will work for them as well. After a while even the most interesting plot, or character, if repeated enough, becomes uninteresting. That is the case with this book.

2 - The language in the book. I am not talking about cursing our anything like that. What I mean is Mr. Thompson seeks to describe everything, and does. To the point that it sucks all the imagination out of the reader. The reader is left with no option but to only see the authors view in all things. In my opinion, that takes away a good portion of the enjoyability of a book.

3 - Too much flowery language as well. Mr. Thomspon seems to try and make this book more than what it is. I don't mind, once or twice, seeing inside the characters head and knowing what they are thinking. But, in this book, especially with Jarom, it happens over, and over, and over again. To the point where I actually became frustrated with it.

4 - Some of the plot points seem jumpy and contrived. I obviously don't know the degree of planning that went into this story, but some of the plot points lead me to believe that the story changed dramatically as it was being written and the author lost control of the story.

With all that criticism, there were a couple things I liked about this book.

1 - The world seems rich and detailed. From what I learned about the world while reading this book it seems like a world that took some considerable planning and organization.

2 - Mr. Thompson seems to have a decent ability to write, if he reigns in some of the issues I outlined above. Some original ideas, getting rid of some needless description, and I think he can be a successful author.

When all is said ad done, my overall enjoyment while reading this book was very little. I found it often uninteresting and repeated what I had already read in other books. While there are certainly things I liked, they were often outnumbered by things I didn't like and in the end that is what I will remember the most about this novel. I can not, in good conscience, recommend this book to many people. With the wide array of fantasy novels lining the shelves today there are so many other novels that I would recommend long before even thinking of this one. I, for one, will not be reading any further in this series.
Wishamac
Thompson has crafted a fast-paced, well-plotted read employing an articulately apt, richly descriptive use of language. He puts these literary skills to work in building a complexly-layered, Tolkien-like world whose determined protagonist earns your support and encouragement to succeed against seemingly unsurmountable odds.
Perongafa
A style of storytelling that sits somewhere between George R.R. Martin and Terry Brooks -- with more magic than Martin and more acid than Brooks... Eldon deals his first hand with a strong command of language and character, inviting you to see a world of Elves and Demons and Magical Swords in his own looking glass, reflecting motifs both familiar and not.
Amerikan_Volga
After reading a collection of short stories I came across A main character here I immediately switched and picked up this book! Loved it!
This is not George RR Martin, Robin Hobb or Scott Bakker folks. This is Eldon Thompson, and the Crimson Sword is a cleverly written throwback to the classic quest based fantasy books of old. What makes The Crimson Sword stand out, in my opinion, is the fantastic character development. Jarom is an entirely sympathetic character and I very much felt attached to his story. Meanwhile, Allion, Kylac and Marisha are all well written and believable supporting characters. The battle scenes are breath taking and took me by pleasant surprise. But the heart of the story lies with young Jarom, who must battle fate itself.