The Sword of Waters~first one hundred pages

Took 1.5 hours.

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http://money.howstuffworks.com/pickpocket.htm~ I thought it was fitting (picking pockets and picking locks)

These first one hundred pages of this book was just as fast paced and actiony as the first novel in the trilogy. But more than pure action and reaction, there were more scandals involved in this book more than the first one.

Somethings that surprised me were: 1) The Prince, Prince Edoran  was not as wimpy and helpless as I first took him for. He is very resourceful and handy, just not as witty as Weasel. 2) This book mostly revolves around Arisa. The last one revolved more around Weasel. 3) There is MORE conspiracy involved. I thought we were done with that!

In the palace, Arisa has made herself MORE enemies. There are two girls, rich and spoiled and her maid. In the end of my reading, Arisa just fired her maid. BOy, Arisa has a lot of issues!

The main course of the plot: 1) Arisa is humiliated by these two rich and spoiled girls so she starts a fight. 2) She provokes her made, Katrin by throwing away her corset in the mud. 3) Arisa makes a lot of deals with her mother. 4) She begins her fencing lessons with Weasel and the Prince. 5) She begins to research about the Sword of the Kings with those two boys. 5) Her bodice falls apart (the handiwork of her maid, to be sure!)

Overall, this book is looking good! I hope it will continue with the action and without that cursed romance (I HATE romance! But I read it, all the same.) and I have to agree, this book deserves a gold medal (so far)

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The Shield of Stars Next 167 pages (end of book)

Again, overall, this took about the same amount of time plus seventy five minutes.

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http://www.goodreads.com/series/50426-the-shield-sword-and-crown  This trilogy has a pretty high rating. Four for all.

According to the annotations, by now, I was addicted to this fast pacing action novel about conspiracy (Oh, did we mention that Justice Holis, Weasel’s master was accused of conspiracy? And the antagonist was Regent Pettibone (just the name sends shivers up and down your spine. Excellent choice of namechoice ther, Ms. Bell!)) and I was looking quite foward to the next 100 pages.

There was some sudden twists to this novel. If this story plot was a rollercoaster, it would go up very fast, loop around seven times, drop so many times that you wish you were dead, and twist and roll so much that you feel dizzy just remembering it (aka AWESOME!) Some surprises I had are listed (though I had expected something like this, being the pscychic that I am^^) : 1) the legendary bandit Falcon is a woman. 2) The Falcon is Arisa’s mother. 3 )The Hidden is the group of people who still believe in the tradional  Old Gods. 4) The Hidden never associated with the Falcon. 5) Arisa won’t think twice about killing someonw yet she never done it before (makes you wonder…) 6) The Legendary Shield of the Kings is the shield Weasel found in the theater props.

The storyline plot: 1) Weasel talks to the Hidden. 2) Arisa is captured by the guards. 3) Weasel rescues her by a lot of ingenious wit. 4) Arisa reveals that the Falcon was her mother. 5) Weasel meets The Falcon. 6) Weasel, Arisa, and the Falcon plans to break into the palace, Save the Justice Holis, and kill Pettibone. 7) The plan goes well and the Shield is recovered once again. 8) The Falcon became the Lord Commander and Justice Holis is made Regent (AFTER PETTIBONE IS KILLED )

The overall setting of the novel takes place in medieval Europe, most likely England. No, more like the transbridge between Medieval England and Modern England ( there are pistols involved too!) The nation’s land is named Deorthas, and the prince is the only heir to the throne. He is more of an incompetent wimp than a true leader.

My overall conclusion of this novel is that it is very fast paced and beautifully written. None can even compare to it (in the fantasy genre)s originality and wordsmithery. I can’t wait to read the next book of the trilogy. Who knows what’ll happen after this? I really don’t know, but I can try to think that this is just an awesome book.

The Shield of Stars~First 100 pages

According to the first annotation, I have read the first one hundred pages over the course of an hour and a half. Let’s give it up for Eugene and the book. http://trollitc.com/2009/11/the-shield-sword-and-crown-great-fantasy-without-the-elves/   This is another review. By someone else. About the whole trilogy.

This was one book I could’ve read over and over without getting bored. Few books can get up to this rank. Unlike Percy Jackson or Harry Potter , this book has not that much description unless it’s really needed. It’s just action, action, and more action (maybe a bit of reactions too^^) The main character, Weasel reminds me of another character in a book called The Magic Thief (I also highly recommend this book as well), named Conn. They both are professional thieves (though Weasel is more professional than Conn) and they both are raised from the same environment of the gutter and then apprenticed/hired to very smart people. Some differences about those two were: 1) Weasel is accused of conspiracy with his master, while Conn is accused of being a traitor by his master; 2) Weasel already knows how to write before he met his master, while Conn learns to write after he gets apprenticed to a magician. 

Over the course of one hundred pages, as I said, it was pure action, action, and action. Which made it much more interesting than the more poetic books like The Last of the Mohican (It was a pretty good read, however.) Speaking about the course of action, here is a basic summary of the plot line: 1) Weasel gets thrown in jail with his master, though in a different prison. 2) He meets a strange girl and learns that the tower that they were in was an old watch tower. 3) This info helped the pair of them to escape from the prison. On the way, Weasel finds a dusty shield by a crate of theater props. *makes you wonder, doesn’t it?* 4) They need the Falcon, a notorious bandit and her armed men to help bust Weasel’s master out of prison. 5) They decide to find “The Hidden” to approach the Falcon safely. In the end, they manage to do it.

An interesting thing that was unique in this book were it’s chapters. They are made of Fortune Cards (Arcana Cards, reffering the book), which left me wondering for a few chapters. But when the girl (her name is Arisa) tells Weasel his fortune, it all clicked into place. Each card vaguely and subtly describes the mood of the chapter it represented. Ingenious, if you ask me. As for the clicking part, I really don’t know how it did. It felt more like a moment of  DONG of the temples that you hear in movies when a person gets a moment of ‘EUREKA!”

Overall, at least the first hundred pages left me hooked like a fish, and I would recommend this book to anyone who like fast paced action novels. Which is, most of us.

Cheerio, and may the Mark of Eugene burn through Rome,

Sir Blue Penn, Wordmaster/ Wordsmith

Conspiracy, theivary, buttock kicking adventure- let’s give it up for The Shield, Sword, & Crown Trilogy!

From the tips of your toes to the top of your head, you’ll be strung up like a hanged man in this trilogy.

I have not been able to create this blog over the week, but all these annotations I wrote up will help me do this.

The first posting starts with the first book, The Shield of Stars, by Hilary Bell (more info on the author sometime coming up!)

Hope you take something away from this,

Lord Eugene, Guilder

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