Monday, June 14, 2010

Peter and the Sword of Mercy

I won PETER AND THE SWORD OF MERCY through a contest Adam Heine threw in April when Beneath Ceaseless Skies published his short story, PAWN'S GAMBIT. He let me pick out any book I wanted, and I'd been wanting to get my hands on this one; I loved the first three enough to buy them. He also surprised me by throwing in a pre-order of MOCKINGJAY (because he's cool like that). Thanks, Adam!

This is the fourth book in a series, so here are the first three:

I was surprised when I found out there was a fourth book in this series. The third book wrapped up most of the loose ends. But the first three were so great that I had to read the fourth, and it didn't disappoint. The cover was just as visually stunning, the story just as gripping, scary and humorous.

It starts off with a short prologue told from Charlemagne's point of view that shows us why how the sword in the title earned it's name. I love history and sword fighting, so this hooked me. Then it picks up the story from the first three books, only quite a few years later on. This worried me, initially (because I've read series where it's hard to connect with the older characters and the new generation), but it worked in this series. The characters' personalities transcended age (though this wasn't an issue with Peter), and the villain, if anything, scared me more than he did in the earlier books.

If you liked Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, you'll like this series.

I tried something new, signing up for Amazon Associates and using it to create my links. They work better as links, were easier to create, and provide more information about the books, but I wish the pictures were bigger. What do you think?


  1. I have the first of these books and am planning on reading it this summer. Congrats on winning the contest! I love winning books. :D

  2. AND a pre-order of MOCKINGJAY? Myrna, you are one lucky swan:)

    I'll have to check out these Peter books...

  3. Yes, winning books is the best! I'm surprised to see you on here, Debbie, with the conference and all. I'm glad it's going so well for you.

    Wasn't that a great surprise, Krista? And, yes, these books are superb, or I wouldn't be recommending them.

  4. Wow, congratulations! That's exciting. :)

  5. Congrats!!! Winning new books is the best, isn't it?

  6. Congrats on the win! I'm ready to put in my pre-order of Mockingjay. Can't wait!

    Thanks for stopping in and entering my contest. :)

  7. Congrats on winning the contest! New books are so much fun. I'll have to try this series - I love both Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

  8. Congrats on the win.

    I'm still being naughty on passing on that award you gave me ;-)

  9. Oi. How long is this series going to be? The last one I read was SHADOW THIEVES and that was AGES ago. Maybe I'll have time to pick it up again this summer.

    You have an award over at my blog!

    ~Enna Isilee

  10. Thanks, everyone!

    That's okay, Al. You've been busy.

    Enna Isilee, I think this will be the last book in the series. Thanks for the award!

  11. That's so awesome! Can't wait for Mockingjay. Have you read the Septimus Heap series? I'm in book 2 right now, and quite enjoying them.

  12. Yes, Hil - Ben, Robyn and I have read all of the Septimus Heap books that are out. They're great!