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Long ago, the gods forged Twelve Swords of Power and threw them on the gameboard of life for greedy mortals to scramble over. Too late, the gods learned that they had forged too well; the Swords could kill the gods themselves. Now, ages later, the Swords are back in human hands, as powerful as ever. Vilkata the Dark King returns from exile seeking revenge on those who defea Long ago, the gods forged Twelve Swords of Power and threw them on the gameboard of life for greedy mortals to scramble over. Too late, the gods learned that they had forged too well; the Swords could kill the gods themselves. Now, ages later, the Swords are back in human hands, as powerful as ever. Vilkata the Dark King returns from exile seeking revenge on those who defeated him. His first goal is the vault in which is enemy Prince Mark has placed the remaining Swords; with these in hand, none can oppose his rule. Only one untested warrior stands in his way: fourteen-year-old Prince Stephen, with Shieldbreaker in hand.


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Long ago, the gods forged Twelve Swords of Power and threw them on the gameboard of life for greedy mortals to scramble over. Too late, the gods learned that they had forged too well; the Swords could kill the gods themselves. Now, ages later, the Swords are back in human hands, as powerful as ever. Vilkata the Dark King returns from exile seeking revenge on those who defea Long ago, the gods forged Twelve Swords of Power and threw them on the gameboard of life for greedy mortals to scramble over. Too late, the gods learned that they had forged too well; the Swords could kill the gods themselves. Now, ages later, the Swords are back in human hands, as powerful as ever. Vilkata the Dark King returns from exile seeking revenge on those who defeated him. His first goal is the vault in which is enemy Prince Mark has placed the remaining Swords; with these in hand, none can oppose his rule. Only one untested warrior stands in his way: fourteen-year-old Prince Stephen, with Shieldbreaker in hand.

30 review for The Last Book of Swords: Shieldbreaker's Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I fondly recall reading this series of books in the 1980's &1990's when my young children would be napping or at school. It was an escape into a fantasy land of chivalry, excitement, and danger, far removed from my own (albeit beloved) reality. I fondly recall reading this series of books in the 1980's &1990's when my young children would be napping or at school. It was an escape into a fantasy land of chivalry, excitement, and danger, far removed from my own (albeit beloved) reality.

  2. 5 out of 5

    D

    Metric system - Those are my personal opinions, you may discord, my final rating of the book is not necessarily linked to this system and may diverge from it. End of the serie - Best book in the serie: The Black Mountains - Best book in subseries: The Last Book of Swords: Shieldbreaker's Story - Best character in the serie: The Emperor - Best moment in the serie: (view spoiler)[ Lord Chup rushing to meet Drafut (hide spoiler)] - Best moment in the subserie: (view spoiler)[ Coinspiner beating Shieldb Metric system - Those are my personal opinions, you may discord, my final rating of the book is not necessarily linked to this system and may diverge from it. End of the serie - Best book in the serie: The Black Mountains - Best book in subseries: The Last Book of Swords: Shieldbreaker's Story - Best character in the serie: The Emperor - Best moment in the serie: (view spoiler)[ Lord Chup rushing to meet Drafut (hide spoiler)] - Best moment in the subserie: (view spoiler)[ Coinspiner beating Shieldbreker by running away (hide spoiler)] - What went great: The Empire of the East part was amazing, the idea for the swords was very good too, the swords rules was set and generally followed with very little rulebreaking - Worst book in the serie: The Sixth Book of Lost Swords: Mindsword's Story - Worst character in the serie: Crown Prince Murat - Worst moment in the serie: (view spoiler)[ That fairytale nonsense with the farm in the The First Book of Lost Swords: Woundhealer's Story which was later never mentioned nor remembered (hide spoiler)] - What went wrong: Very bad characterization with disinterested and often ambiguity and uncertainty of details and dialogs, greatly accentuated during The Second Book of Lost Swords: Sightblinder's Story and subsequently books. Giving even an impression that the reader is reading a script of a book and not a finished work. - Worth to read: 3.5/5 stars Book Storyline - Originality: 2/5 stars (by now the swords are old) - Development: 3/5 stars - Enjoyment: 4/5 stars - Writing stile: 2/5 stars - Funnyness: 1/5 stars - Epicness: 2/5 stars - Scaryness: 1/5 stars - Smartness: 2/5 stars - Addictiveness: 1/5 stars - Plot twists: 4/5 stars - Pace: 2/5 stars - Storyline planning: 2/5 stars OR /5 negative stars - Ending: 3/5 stars OR /5 negative stars - Holes: 3/5 negative stars - Impact on series storyline: 5/5 stars - Self contained (Y/N): Y - Cliffhanger (Y/N): N - Adult (Y/N): N - Violence level: Medium - Tech level: Medieval world with remains of advanced humanity technology - Religion level: Low, fictional, with little importance - Main genre: Fantasy - Subgenre: Adventure - Point of view: Third person - Aftertaste: Phew! - Quote: Even in the midst of war, the other terrors of life went on. Series Storyline - Originality: 5/5 stars - Development: 3/5 stars - Enjoyment: 3/5 stars - Writing stile: 2/5 stars - Funnyness: 1/5 stars - Epicness: 2/5 stars - Scaryness: 1/5 stars - Smartness: 3/5 stars - Addictiveness: 2/5 stars - Plot twists: 2/5 stars - Pace: 2/5 stars - Storyline planning: 3/5 stars OR /5 negative stars - Ending: 4/5 stars OR /5 negative stars - Holes: 3/5 negative stars World - Originality: 5/5 stars - Variety: 5/5 stars - Consistency: 5/5 stars - Impact on the story: 5/5 stars - Maps: -/5 stars - Real world (Y/N): N - Fantasy based on real world (Y/N): N - Journey (Y/N): N - Main scenario: Capital of Prince Mark's Kingdom Characters Quantity - Total amount: around a dozen - Points of view: around a dozen - Main characters: None - Secondary amount: around a dozen - Ordinary amount: uh? - Overall: 2/5 stars - Main: 1/5 stars - Secondary: 3/5 stars - Consistency: 5/5 stars - Connection: 1/5 stars - Underworld Crew (Y/N): N - Training (Y/N): N - Notable best characters: The Emperor - Notable worse characters: Vilkata the Dark Lame King Rules - Devised system: 5/5 stars - System complexity: 3/5 stars - System explanation: 1/5 stars - Impact on storyline: 5/5 stars - Rulebreaker (Y/N): Some, Coinspinner being used as a substitute for Wayfinder - Type of Rule: Swords, Moonbase cheater ▶◀ A good book with a good wrap up and finish down the long saga of Fred Saberhagen' Ardneh. Not nearly the best, but also not bad. Could have happened some 7 books ago, which would leave a great serie with some taste for more, but as it is I'm somewhat relieved it's finished. Like many others, it extended a little too much. Anyway, this last book is one of the best in the series, with almost all the swords making their way into it, some secrets of the Emperor and the return of some characters. It was a interesting journey. ▶◀

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This last book started out great, it had the edge of your seat action the last few had been missing. However it quickly turned into a "let's wrap up all the plot lines as quickly as possible" kind of thing which I didn't enjoy and felt forced. I'm glad I reread the series, I was a child the last time I did, I won't read them a third time though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    kyle Anthony

    End of a series... Or is it? There is Sword of Arneth, but not sure how it is related, but somehow is...long series, kind of a quick ending for all that, but still good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Hamill

    Well, this one was surprising. As the last installment of the Book of Swords series, The Last Book of Swords: Sheildbreaker's Story definitely wraps up most, if not all, of the series' questions. Some of the questions include: Who is the Emperor? Who (or what) is Ardneh? What happened to Vilkata? Does Yambu find peace? These and many more. The story follows Vilkata who was banished along with his demonic cohorts in The Sixth Book of Lost Swords: Mindsword's Story in his quest to seek revenge on t Well, this one was surprising. As the last installment of the Book of Swords series, The Last Book of Swords: Sheildbreaker's Story definitely wraps up most, if not all, of the series' questions. Some of the questions include: Who is the Emperor? Who (or what) is Ardneh? What happened to Vilkata? Does Yambu find peace? These and many more. The story follows Vilkata who was banished along with his demonic cohorts in The Sixth Book of Lost Swords: Mindsword's Story in his quest to seek revenge on the royal family of Tasavalta. Still in possession of the Mindsword, he returns to the palace upon confirming that Mark and Kristin are absent and converts most of the populace into worshipful followers. But, Stephen, the royal couple's youngest son narrowly escapes that fate with the help of Sheildbreaker (which nullifies the effects of the other swords) and Sightblinder (which helps him take advantage of the mindless followers or escape their notice). Meanwhile, Baron Amintor, a long time foe of Prince Mark and his family, arrives in Sarykam following the direction of Coinspinner, the Sword of Luck, for his own reasons. Prince Mark and Kristin, in a nearby village, hold Woundhealer, and one of the Baron's allies holds Farslayer. The occupied armory holds Stonecutter and Townsaver, and even Soulcutter, the Mindsword's opposite, is located and nearly put into play. With so many swords concentrated in one place, chaos is the only possible result. Quite a fantastic wrap to a an epic story spanning generations. Wonderful!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ahimsa

    I didn't necessarily plan on re-reading every single one of these Swords books but by the time I got to 4 or 5 I had too much momentum to stop. I'll be honest: Most of these books are pretty much trash. I quite enjoyed this one, though. Finally there was plot and action and all the swords were there. There was payoff (admittedly pretty unsatisfactory) about major issues such as the identity of the Emperor. I just wish poor Zoltan had gotten a better fate.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    Finishing the Saberhagen nostalgia reading. Books 7&8 were more highly rated on Amazon so I finished with those. Book 8 was a nice coda to the series. Sure things make little sense but it is fantasy. Though much is simplistic, I like that not everything is explained. Many things are left mysterious so I am left wanting more. Finishing the Saberhagen nostalgia reading. Books 7&8 were more highly rated on Amazon so I finished with those. Book 8 was a nice coda to the series. Sure things make little sense but it is fantasy. Though much is simplistic, I like that not everything is explained. Many things are left mysterious so I am left wanting more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rmd

    A disappointing end to what was a great series. It almost feels like he rushed the ending to be done with the series. It was interesting how he tied it back to his Empire of the East series but it felt somewhat contrived. A disappointing end to a great series of books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jefferson Coombs

    I actually was a little disappointed in this book. I almost gave it 2 stars because the beginning was very slow. I also didn't particularly care for his lack of explanation of the God Ardneh. It did, however, do a good job of bringing an 11 novel series together to a conclusion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    see first book of swords for my review of the series. Its been a while so I may blunder but I seem to recall there weren't any exceptions to the awesomeness outside of the fact that the first three were a little slower than the rest.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Justin Salisbury

    This is a rather odd fantasy setting, but I really enjoy these books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Don

    Totally enjoyed the entire series. I consider this Classic Fantasy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mariana

    I enjoyed this series. Some books were better than others.

  14. 4 out of 5

    James Roe

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jer Wilcoxen

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Anderson

  17. 5 out of 5

    Richard Jr.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brett Thomasson

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ander

  20. 4 out of 5

    Austin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alvin

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andy Whitfield

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Bott

  24. 4 out of 5

    Allen Shepherd

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kurt

  26. 4 out of 5

    Curtis

  27. 4 out of 5

    Thorin Palladino

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aahzmandius

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bobbyd

  30. 4 out of 5

    misterman1231

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