Audie Award Finalist, Fantasy, 2016
After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated. It was prophesized that someday the demons would return, and only the descendants of Ramrowan would be able to defeat them. They became the first kings, and all men served those who were their only hope for survival.
As centuries passed, the descendants of the great hero grew in number and power. They became tyrannical and cruel and their religion nothing but an excuse for greed. Gods and demons became myth and legend, and the people no longer believed. The castes created to serve the Sons of Ramrowan rose up and destroyed their rulers. All religion was banned and replaced by a code of unflinching law. The surviving royalty and their priests were made casteless, condemned to live as untouchables, and the Age of Law began.
Ashok Vadal has been chosen by a powerful ancient weapon to be its bearer. He is a Protector, the elite militant order of roving law enforcers. No one is more merciless in rooting out those who secretly practice the old ways. Everything is black or white, good or evil, until he discovers his entire life is a fraud. Ashok isn’t who he thinks he is, and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, the consequences lead to rebellion, war - and destruction.
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"This book has everything I like in fantasy: intense action scenes, evil in horrifying array, good struggling against the darkness, and most of all people - gorgeously flawed human beings faced with horrible moral choices that force them to question and change and grow." (Jim Butcher, creator of the New York Times best-selling Dresden Files)
“I loved the book, it was great, fast paced, with wonderful characters, and also a lot of wonderful scenes that screamed to be painted.” (Larry Elmore, legendary, award-winning artist and cover artist for Son of the Black Sword)
"Correia skillfully sets in motion this story of plots within plots, revealing complex, sympathetic characters and black-hearted villains with equal detail and insight. Full of action, intrigue, and wry humor, this exciting series launch promises many more thrills to come." (Publishers Weekly)
I loved this book , it's a bit of a break away from Mr Correia's usual style. But it shows more of his talent , well thought out plot and characters. Nice change form the usual fantasy novel, get it you won't be disappointed
"A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series"
From the creator of “Monster Hunter International” and the “Grimnoir,” series one of my favorite authors, Larry Correia, has created a different world from his normal “pulp” fantasy; an intricate new world of swords, magic, and demons as he lays the foundation for his new epic series “Saga of the Forgotten Warrior.”
In book one, “Son of the Black Sword,” we meet Ashok Vadal, Protector of the law; a man tormented by the duty he has always unbendingly upheld, and the truth.
This is a fantastic tale as Mr. Correia begins with an amazing backstory worthy of “The Wheel of Time.” With believable and complex characters and great action scenes, if this is only book one I can’t imagine what is going to come.
The narrator, Tim Gerald Reynolds gives a great performance.
"Great start, and potential for an epic series"
Book starts off slowly and it even seemed that it is another monster hunter type book in fantasy setting. However, author delivers a thought provoking story with depth and complexity. The story surrounds a paladin type person Ashok Vadal who is a protector of law dispensing justice as he was taught; however, Ashok begins to question the law itself as the society is built upon cast system where some of the cast had no rights. Ashok's struggle while discovering the truth makes of an intriguing story line. There is political element that is quiet prevalent in the story that basically want status quo at the expense of unjust cast system that is in place. To round it off, there are monsters, wizards and magic aspects as well. Over all, this book sets up a foundation for a story that could mature into a great series.
Interestingly, there are some elements that seem to be taken from Indian society (such as the cast system) and even name 'Ashok' is Indian. Certainly it is not a commentary on Indian culture or religion, but it is interesting to see what could have been the inspiration for author while writing this book.
As usual, Tim Gerald Reynold's narration is great. And as other (5 star) books, I didn't mind the busy traffic while listening to the book. I would recommend this book and look forward to the next in series.
"Woo'd & Won"
I’m typically a strictly urban sci-fi fantasy kind of a girl. Save for a few exceptions (think Tolkien, CS Lewis, Douglas Adams, Herbert and Orwell) I prefer my sci-fi/fantasy novels peppered with a hefty dose of the Now – this place in time and space. With trepidation, I downloaded this book on the strength of the author’s previous work. Nary a one of Correia’s books has ever failed to capture and hold my attention.
I downloaded. Lo and behold, abracadabra, shazaam!, I absolutely had myself an audio marathon. That my friends, is so entirely unusual for me, that I was honestly surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Excellent character development, an engaging plot line combine to make this a wonderful inauguration into what I hope will be a long series. And the narrator? Perfection.
Great first installment, definitely a page turner, the novels political construct is probably a micro model to how the author perceives our current political power system. Larry mixes in legendary sword myth, even though he is a gun person, but very well researched, somewhat entertaining, not young adult fiction, but not really adult fiction, should satisfy all, very similar to his other novels, I think he did work a bit harder on this one, maybe because he is established now and has more leeway. The narration is excellent.
I came into this book expecting monster hunter international with magic and swords. I was wrong, this was an excellent book with its own style and a couple intriguing concepts. It was a bit cliche but none the worse for it. I'm looking forward to following this series.
"Definitely a Top 10"
I am a fan of Larry Correia and this book does not disappoint. Great characters and great narrator. I have a book hangover after reading this and cannot wait for the next book in the series. This is, for sure, one of the top books in my collection.
"Game of Thrones fans will love it!"
I finished listening to Son of the Black Sword: Saga of the Forgotten Warrior. book 1 three days ago and I keep thinking about it ever since.
The story revolves around Ashok Vadal, the most renowned warrior in the Protector’s Order and he defends The Law! The Protectors are called in to defuse conflicts between the Great Houses, they fight Sea Demon’s and, from time to time, they hunt down and execute traitors and religious fanatics. The Law is the most important thing to Ashok! He will never do something that goes against the letter of the law! Everything is black or white, there is no middle ground, no excuses, no exceptions. If someone breaks the law, Ashok will be there to deliver the appropriate punishment, and yet, all he knows to be true is a lie… it’s against the law.
This is a World filled with swords, warriors, casts, slaves, politics, magic, wizards and shape-shifters. It’s history is as impressive as that found in The Wheel of Time series of A Song of Ice and Fire aka Game of Thrones. The book is fast-paced, the action switches between Ashok and some other important characters and the story is nothing short of amazing. Although Ashok is a coldblooded murderer, I really cared about him and I absolutely loved the entire idea… Don’t want to spoil anything for the potential readers. I added the Publisher’s Summary below for those wanting to read more about the World and the history of Son of the Black Sword.
The audiobook version of The Son of the Black Sword is narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds. He delivers a great performance bringing all the characters to life with his refined British accent and a huge array of different voices and tones. I haven’t listened to Mr. Reynolds before, but I really enjoyed his work with this book. Looking forward to the next one…
Larry Correia created a fantastic World for his new series. I haven’t read anything from him before Son of the Black Sword, but he just became one of my favorite Fantasy authors, alongside George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan.
If you like A Song of Ice and Fire and / or The Wheel of Time, you’ll LOVE The Son of the Black Sword, the 1st book in the Forgotten Warrior Saga.
"incredible epic can't wait for the next book"
Fabulous author, Incredible story line.
Told by my favorite narrator.
Doesn't get better than this.
Will recommend to everyone who is ready to get lost in this world.
"A solid departure from Monster Hunters"
I enjoyed the Monster Hunter series, so thought I would give this book a try. I am glad I did. Larry Correia shows great imagination and versatility. I was delighted by how quickly I was drawn in by the main character. Tim Reynolds delivers a superb performance. I often found myself walking around the block another time or slowing my pace so I would have more time to listen. I very much look forward to the next installment.
"Larry Correia moves to the head of the Class"
Larry Correia now holds the mantle of the Top writer in his class. Son of the Black Sword is not just another book, it is a classic that combines action, dialogue and story into a compelling adventure.
"Very good conflicts, both thought and fight."
This book carries good thought provoking story lines and characters. Interesting twists, and what I hope to be a really good set for the next one. Hurry up please.
Really enjoyed this book once again narrator really brings it to life!!!
Was not predictable and leaves you gaging for more
Well done all involved!
really got into this new book by Larry Carrera it doesn't have the humer of Monster Hunter international but you do sympathize with the lead character AshockThe book is intriguing and I can't wait to read the next installment.
"Has promise and problems"
I am glad I finished the book. It starts out very slow and the main characters are generally unlikeable. I did slowly start to warm to then as the story picked up though
He makes it. Loved him in the riyria series and is the main reason I picked this one up.
The book does have its problems. Mainly the characters are hard to care about. The author also has a very bad habit of revealing important information to the characters but not to the reader. Leaving many chapters on semi cliff hangers only to resolve in the next 2/3 chapters. The the evil forces in the book also don't have a reason for what they are doing. Power? Maybe but that is very unimaginative. And deamons are evil because deamons. I want to know more about them. Where did they come from are the just creatures or are they intelligent. There is so much that is skimed over and not really fleshed out and it makes me sad. I will ge getting the next in the series wp whit the hope of gradual improvements.
"Simply brilliant. much like David Gemel."
One of the best books you will ever read. A violent book full of action . not your usual nonsence, this book is intelligent i.
Wjeni first started this book I believe some reviews stated the characters are not likeable,sorry but I don't see that being likeable makes it better story. The composition is what I think matters, yes it does fpgo backwards and forward at the beginning but that adds to the story without giving away the plot ,the ending was reasonable providing another installment is near completion.if it doesn't get an ending then its a waste of time, like 'the Game of Thrones' . I read the last one of those probably 8/9 years ago, and would not bother to buy another installment, its been to long!
"A really captivating story read really well!"
Found it hard to put it down. The structure and pace is so fluid you feel like you are watching it on a screen!
why would i spend £10 on the book and £20 on the audio. i just bought the audiobook.
well this is the issue it wasnt that interesting. the main characters there are 3-4 are dull. not much humor or much at all to them. the concept of the book is good. but in his past books Mr L Ms books had contained humor and battles. i am a huge fan of both his other series . but so far this one is meh.
none stood out.
this book i be leave was an attempt to do a different style of writing and while the frame work was good and the foundations solid it isnt that good a book. 6 out of 10 at most. its a fantasy world which seems inspired ish by anthny ryan blood song. i mean there are similar trends. chaotic world. military order religious nut job style and a hero who cant be beaten and falls out with his order.
it was distinctly meh. on many levels
listen with an open mind. but this is no magnus
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