(PDF) [The Tattered Banner Society of the Sword #1] Ö Duncan M. Hamilton

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  • The Tattered Banner Society of the Sword #1
  • Duncan M. Hamilton
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  • 22 March 2018
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The Tattered Banner Society of the Sword #1 Free download Ê 105 SPlucked from a life of privation he is given a coveted place at Ostenheim’s Academy of Swordsmanship an opportunity beyond beliefOpportunity is not always what it seems. Soren is eighteen trying to survive on the streets when a theft gone wrong results in a street fight and a passing swordsman recognises some talent in him He is taken to the Academy to learn to wield a rapier and be a gentleman The early chapters are the usual street boy goes to posh school affair but fortunately Soren has the intelligence to keep his nose clean so he s not constantly getting into trouble He also turns out to be something of a fighting phenomenon not an unusual theme in fantasy but nicely intriguing here Is his ability a natural talent or some kind of magicFortunately the author avoids getting too entrenched in schoolroom dramas and Soren is soon out and about wielding his rapier and discovering the extent of his extraordinary gift These early battles are beautifully described the highpoint of the book for me and I loved every moment of each one especially the belek The romantic entanglement is slightly clunky but that fits with Soren s rather self effacing nature The background scenery is lightly sketched with emphasis on architecture than geography but it works fine and the deep history of empires and mage wars and other intriguing events is no than hints I found it interesting that Ostia Soren s country has outlawed magic but still makes use of mage lights while the barbarians still practice magicSoren is a likeable protagonist making mostly sensible decisions I liked his response to a trick played on him by a fellow student His friends tell him his honour has been impugned and he must challenge the trickster to a duel but Soren is reluctant he is far concerned with trying not to break the rules of the Academy and thereby get himself thrown out Unlike his rich titled friends he is focused on making a career for himself than on abstract concepts like honour and he never forgets his origins He seems to adapt surprisingly well to a life of protocol and diplomacy but he s clearly a smart cookie so I can go along with that and frankly a socially inept character would be pretty tedious I wanted Soren to succeed not trip over his own feet It has to be said though that he s very gullible although to be fair it fits with his personality and previous life since he s too grateful for his reprieve from the streets to uestion things and he has no understanding of political nuancesThe writing style is enjoyably literate if rather wordy but it works very well for a story like this built around formality and protocol The author has a habit of dumping information occasionally but it s small scale stuff and not obtrusive There is some untidiness repetition and excessive exposition and the author might care to look up the difference between discrete and discreet The latter part of the book becomes a little episodic and the fights rather perfunctory but Soren s investigations into his abilities were still intriguing The big reveal at the end is hardly a surprise and the ending somewhat glib but these are minor issuesI really enjoyed this book and found it seductively easy to keep turning the pages that just one chapter syndrome It s the first time I ve read a story focused on the rapier as the weapon of choice and I found it a refreshing change from the usual broadswords and bows I would have liked to know about Soren s abilities and the mage wars but perhaps that will come in a later book This is a somewhat flawed effort in many ways the choppy ending the not uite convincing romance and the sometimes too wordy style but I found it a great read A good four stars And the belek was awesome

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The Tattered Banner Society of the Sword #1 Free download Ê 105 Uniue talent always attracts attentionIn a world where magic is outlawed ability with a sword is prized above all else For Soren this means the chance to live out his dream. I have learned a lesson from starting this book it is that I will probably skip the 2014 version of BuzzFeed s 12 Greatest Fantasy Books This place is not great fantasy It isn t even good fantasy It s so dull that I couldn t even finish it WhyI feel nothing for SorenNothingSoren faces no challenges in this book A merchant tries to beat him for thieving A noble who is witnessing the event doesn t call for the security in the area but instead decides to sponsor him to attend the Academy of Swordsmanship Soren is years older than the average incoming student No problem The noble never sponsors anyone so they just make an exception Not only do they make an exception but they go on ahead and skip him several years ahead just so he can be with kids his own age letting him conveniently skip over a year so difficult it causes than half the students to wipe out He s unnaturally gifted in swordsmanship able to learn years of techniue in a matter of months He has some kind of gift that hasn t been seen in ages A challenge presents itself and it is neatly resolved often in the same chapter Meanwhile the author has managed to make Soren devoid of personality You don t like him you don t hate him he just existsAside from this rather insurmountable issue the book also needed another pass by an editor for both logic and grammar For example when he goes to this school Soren is illiterate as you might expect of a commoner from this pseudo Renaissance world He doesn t want to get kicked out of the school so tries and fails to hide it This school is open to all and his past is known shouldn t the teachers have expected this Further the stable master clearly has no issue teaching him the fundamentals of horsemanship because he knows that Soren wouldn t have had an opportunity to ride thereby undermining this notion that his lack of literacy would have been enough to get him kicked out Why didn t one of the adults just sneer at him and go I bet you can t read can you then they could have moved right along Further this fundamental lack of skills makes his being skipped ahead that much ridiculous He hadn t even shown any great talent when they did it they did so just because What academy of such a supposedly prestigious nature is going to matriculate a student that lacks the expected skills of their place of learning just because he started a little bit lateOn the grammar side we have some clunky sentence structures and descriptions and some poor word choices I hereby ban authors from using the word irony or ironic if they don t actually understand what it is It isn t ironic that a conuering people would use the facilities of the conuered Generally speaking at least half the point of taking over another countrykingdomplanet is that you want what they have Why tear down a perfectly good training facility if you can use itAll told we have a boring character in a book with prose so prosaic that you can t get invested Unfortunately there isn t anything that is 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The Tattered Banner Society of the Sword #1 Free download Ê 105 However and gifts rarely come without conditions Soren becomes an unwitting pawn in a game of intrigue and treachery that could cost him not just his dreams but also his li. From my blog Reading Realms The book follows one character Soren through a pivotal slice of his life as he is plucked off the streets by a nobleman hoping to pull a diamond out of the rough Though the book is in third person for the most part you experience the world from Soren out with Hamilton s world growing as Soren becomes worldly This writing style offered readers the experience you can get from reading urban fantasy but with a classic fantasy feel It fit well with the fast paced tale We follow Soren from the streets into the academy where he begins to learn swordsmanship and then into a variety of adventures of ups and downs Soren s story in this first volume takes years to play out so the pace stays brisk covering both major moments and character growth well Where a story might normally take chapters if not a whole book to play out a battle or small war The Tattered Banner often takes you directly to the heart of the matter instead finding it s suspense elsewhere This works well to keep the reader on his or her toes breaking up the usual manner a story flows and offering small surprises as one adventure wraps and another begins It is not in the battles the schooling or other uniue moments of his life that the plot is built on but instead of the schemes going on behind the scenes that Soren is often oblivious to at his young age It s not a great mystery to the reader as I would suspect most would put together what is happening far before Soren s revelation There is a certain knowing sadness as you watch Soren used as little than a tool without realizing it until it s too late Soren although physically powerful as he grows into his role is a flawed young man His decisions are almost always understandable given his lack of experience with the world and his own concerns You feel a bond with the character that books told in first person narrative offer without having to be told every single thought running through his mind allowing you to figure that out simply because you know and understand the character As for the world the story is set in it slowly grows with the character Initially you know only the city or even just a piece of the city and learn about the neighboring kingdoms and conflicts as the story moves along Magic is rare in the book outright outlawed in the city of Ostenheim where much of the story takes place Soren however possesses something called the Gift an ability he barely understands even by the end of the book This Gift is something that the swordsmen who used to work for the now extinct mages generations ago possessed giving them greater strength and speed when needed but at a cost Much like the hints you get of the world outside of Soren s knowledge the history of magic and his abilities will probably continue to develop as the saga unfolds but offers you a glimpse that there is a much fleshed out world beyond what Soren knows and the reader initially sees As you begin to reach the end of this first volume it hardly seems like there is enough book left to give you everything you want Much of the bigger pieces of the plot and world will of course play out in future volumes but Hamilton s jumps from one moment to the next offer much story than the last handful of pages would make it seem The tone the book ends on my be surprising compared to what we often see at the end of a first book but it definitely leaves the reader hungry for while wrapping up an era of Soren s life I look forward to the next volume and hope that Hamilton s story telling style continues into the future of his Society of the Sword saga