5* Review for The Sword’s Choice ~ The Sapphire Eruption #Fiction #Arthurian @wottaread

Once a year, the skies burn red. Upon this day, the Fire Kingdom’s priests perform their ritual: each newborn’s palm is lacerated, opened with a sacred sword, for Firia’s next ruler will be seen to shed no blood.

Alas, this can prove a perilous process. When young Noakhail demonstrates his destiny, a wicked imposter attempts to slay the boy. Soldier Lumio intervenes, escaping with defenseless Noakhail—set for distant Aquadom to hide . . . and gather strength.
Seventeen years later, Lumio illuminates Noakhail’s true identity, presenting Distra, his rightful sword. Training side by side, the pair devise a plan to reclaim the throne . . . but this will mean ousting a crooked king, whose warriors are everywhere. Should Noakhail hope to triumph, he’ll be forced to look inside himself and tame explosive power on the expedition homeward bound. His path will cut through all four kingdoms—each replete with danger but, in turn, a chance to grow.
Meanwhile, in Aquadom’s royal palace, the water sword has chosen its heir, but envy stands to jeopardize an age of fragile peace.

Our Review

“I haven’t read such a complex and fascinating fantasy novel like The Sapphire Eruption for some time and the incredible pace had me out of breath on several occasions!

Maybe it should come with a health warning for the older generation?

Right from the brilliant prologue, I was completely immersed in this amazing world of magic and mystery with all its vastly different characters and magic swords. Brilliantly plotted, it kept me on the edge of my seat!

I didn’t enjoy the torture and killing of the giant’s horse, but it did serve to emphasise the determination and frustration of the soldiers as they tried their best to fulfil their destiny.

If the rest of this series continues like this one, I can see it doing well…”

Amazon Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

A classic fantasy novel with action, adventure and bloodshed!

Noakhail survives the ascendency ceremony by a narrow escape and develops his swordsmanship skills with the help from his adopted father, Lumino. His relationship with the sword is always fraught and double-edged. Vienne is chosen as future Queen of Aquadom. However, she is unsure of herself and sceptical of her powers, leaving others in her kingdom, including her own sister, to take advantage of her weakness and plot against her.

The Sapphire Eruption is an excellent fantasy novel with many classic elements. It is an exciting escape into a perilous world, populated by four warring lands ruled by ruthless kings and queens, who do not deserve to wield power. Surprising new rulers are anointed in mystical ceremonies in which the powerful and possessed swords chose their heirs to the kingdom. But these choices come at a price, as the swords don’t automatically offer allegiance and control to their owners; who have to earn the right to possess these potent weapons.

These two unlikely heirs to the supreme power of the swords are set on a dangerous collision course in the first book of a very promising series.


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