Sword: Tales from the Green Sahara by L.D. Agnew

Posted February 19, 2012 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Travel with the Sword through two thousand years of tumultuous history – from its other-worldly prehistoric origin to a semi-barbaric future. Wielded by various figures, the Sword is a catalyst for tragedy, treachery and revenge.

This was a very interesting book in premise alone. It kind of took elements from multiple different genres and melded them together, and in some places within the book it worked really well and was really interesting, and in other places it felt like it was trying to do to much all at once. 
I have been taking a lot of classes on writing and on an author’s voice as well as Point of View. It is a very interesting concept to have the book be “narrated” by an inanimate object. But at the same time if you really thing about it, object, especially ones like swords end up outliving their owners, so the stories that they could tell and things that they have seen could all be both intriguing and unique to the object itself. And the book does discuss a lot of the differences in owners as well as the different beliefs of people of what the sword means. 
I feel like I need to find a lot more to say about this book, but unfortunately I just don’t. The writing was a little on the dry side, which is okay for some people, but I don’t particularly care for dry writing styles. Basically the writing style didn’t pull me into the story. And it’s not that the characters were terrible or the premise was bad I just honestly never felt a real connection with any of them. 
I can say on the plus side that I didn’t hate the book, I was able to read it from beginning to end, and as much as that sounds like nothing, I assure you it’s not. There have been many times I have picked up a book read a chapter or two and physically could not make myself read the rest of the book. I was able to go through the entire book, it just didn’t engage me all that much. 
While I am going to give this book a “so-so” rating, I do want to mention a few things. There are many writers whose writing styles I don’t like but yet remain extremely popular. For example, my husband loves R.A. Salvatore, but the writing is just so dry for me that I hate them all. So just because I don’t like this writing style or because I found it dry, does not mean that there is not an audience for this book. The concept is unique and intriguing so keep that in mind while reading his review. 

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