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Once one of the world’s greatest assassins, Aral Kingslayer has finally reclaimed his swords and his soul. But the forces that destroyed his patron Namara twelve years ago are still there, waiting, and his past as a Blade is never more than a shadow’s breadth away.In the days before the fall of his goddess, only one other rivaled Aral’s skills, Siri the Mythkiller—a womanOnce one of the world’s greatest assassins, Aral Kingslayer has finally reclaimed his swords and his soul. But the forces that destroyed his patron Namara twelve years ago are still there, waiting, and his past as a Blade is never more than a shadow’s breadth away.In the days before the fall of his goddess, only one other rivaled Aral’s skills, Siri the Mythkiller—a woman who ruthlessly earned the title First Blade. As a friend, Aral owes her his loyalty. As a former lover, he owes her part of his heart. As a Blade, he owes her anything she asks, including his life.When Siri seeks Aral’s aid, he knows he must go. But as they journey towards the ancient Sylvani Empire, only time will reveal whether Aral can save the former First Blade, or if he will simply fall with her…...

Title : Drawn Blades
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ISBN : 9780425270004
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Drawn Blades Reviews

  • Jack
    2019-04-23 05:27

    I really look forward to another addition in a series of books , and this has been one of my favorite world's filled with magic, very interesting character driven story and a world that I personally have enjoyed in the previous novels a certain freedom to explore myself, as well as the story that I was told. This "freedom" does have a draw-back as well, so much in this addition to the series, we are taken away from the main city where most of the previous novels have taken place, introduced to many new character's some are continuing the journey with us , but much was just thrown in front of me and really from the prologue to the up-coming novel seems to be just left behind.While I enjoyed the novel and the visit with my favorite characters I hope the author get's back to what the previous novels where about. We have everything there , assassins who kill in justices name, familiars who have their own hierarchy as well as the shadow ability that fits the assassin perfectly,bags of magical trick's that need to be played with and a city full of some people that are in need of killing... lets get on with the show! I feel as though I have been playing a friend a game of chess and I make my moves rather quickly and spend most the game waiting for my next turn but finally the game gets too the point that it really gets moving, I think that is what is going to happen with the next novel. Frustrated a bit I guess as reading what I have written just really makes no sense. This series has so much there and I want to explore the world but I feel a bit let down with this novel, though i look forward for the next book'

  • Heather Turiello
    2019-03-28 08:29

    I picked up this series a while ago and am really glad I finally dug into it. I'd classify it as one of those fast and fun reads. This review is for the series (I've finished the series.) I don't outline the plot or introduce any characters in my reviews as a rule since so many people do, so if you're looking for that info, keep scanning the reviews. I will tell you how I classify the book and what I thought about the story. The story line is solid enough, though I wish there were more background offered up front. There isn't a lot of world building, and you learn the magic "rules" as the story unfolds. I will say that I really like the main character and his bonded shadow familiar and find their relationship touching. He's definitely one of those perfectly imperfect characters, with the skills of an assassin with a kind heart and a drive for honor, justice and integrity. The magic and magic beings he encounters are interesting, but there's more focus on the characters and their personalities, rather than the type of beings they are and what they can do or where they are from.What I do really like, is Aral and Triss. I like them as characters and the stories are interesting and engaging. I really do enjoy the stories, but they aren't phenomenal or really stand out. By now, I feel like I've bonded with the characters and have learned more about Aral's world. I do recommend them for people who like the Iron Druid and sequences like that.

  • Joseph Santiago
    2019-04-19 02:28

    This is a wonderful series. I had my expectations of what might happen in this book dashed. The surprises and moments of suspense kept me guessing. I enjoyed the continuation of character development of those that made it through this series. This was a good read.Mr. Joe

  • Joe
    2019-04-01 04:23

    Another solid tale from the series.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-31 02:08

    I was a little disappointed with the lack of magical explanation and interplotting. Things just happen that are convenient for plot but no real explanations are given

  • Dan
    2019-03-29 00:27

    If you enjoyed the previous books, you'll probably enjoy this one as well. One of the biggest problems I had with the previous books in this series is the way the author would constantly repeat certain phrases. For example, it seemed that at least three times in each book he had to mention the people that cut their arms to rub efik in their wounds for a quicker/stronger high. The way the author would repeat these phrases were pretty much copy-paste two to three times a book across the first four books. I understand that a major aspect of the series is that Aral is a struggling addict and so that is an important aspect of the books, but up until this book the way the author would bring it up I felt detracted from the story more than added to it. Finally in this book I felt the author actually incorporated that aspect in a way that flowed with the story rather than stopped the action/flow dead in its tracks as he deadpans an over-recycled phrase. I really like the concept of the story and - without revealing to much - I think this book did a good job of building the story more about the Goddess and finally revealing more back story.One thing that this author does a little too much for me is using narrative between characters to info dump in a way that doesn't feel natural. That happens again in this book quite a bit and the book even pretty much ends on one of these. The story ends in a way that is kind of annoying and the author uses a narrative between Triss and Aral to pretty much talk directly to the audience and explain the ending.Other than that, I still feel that this is the best book of the series so I am happy to finally see some growth in the writing style and story so I am excited for the next book to hopefully continue this trend.

  • Beth
    2019-04-18 02:35

    I really wanted to like this book. The quality of the writing was as good as previous books but the story was a huge let-down. This book felt like a placeholder, something to placate the reader until the next book was released. We're introduced to a couple of new characters but as interesting as they were, they disappeared after a few chapters. We also see the same arguments hashed out that we've seen in previous books. My main complaint involves specific spoilers, so please don't click unless you don't mind. (view spoiler)[We start the book with Siri showing up and marrying Aral with the mysterious smoke ring. Over the course of the novel, we learn her soul has been tied to the buried god she killed, and she contacted Aral to have him help her get free. In the climactic fight with the buried god, Aral stabs him and immediately feels the god's influence digging in. To save him, Siri stabs the god with her own sword, thus putting events back to where they are at the start of the book, minus Siri's hand. That was the other thing that bothered me. We end on a flirty scene of Siri taking Aral to bed, but it struck a dissonant chord with me considering Siri's recent amputation. I'd think the first time a couple was intimate after such an injury, they would need to work through how it changes things. Maybe that's asking too much when all of the sex scenes have been fade-to-black anyway (which is totally fine), but having that be the last scene meant it impacted how I felt about the book as a whole. (hide spoiler)]I will still read the next book when it comes out, but I'll wait for a library copy instead of buying it the day of release.

  • Jeff
    2019-04-11 07:17

    Aral Kingslayer is one of my favourite sword&sorcery heroes of the past ten years... and that is saying something. An assassin/mage with a shadow/dragon familiar and an apprentice who is arguably more lethal than himself, Aral is a well-rounded character who achieved greatness at a young age and then had it all crash down around him when the god of justice who he served was murdered. Think of him as the child-actor of sword&sorcery... he's a Gray Mouser who's addiction have brought him low and is slowly recovering.In this book, Aral must save a former lover from the influence of a 'dark god' and discover more about the death of his god. Over the series, Mr. McCullough has added a number of interesting supporting characters to this series and he does so again. I like the two "Elves" that help Aral and McCullough's "Dwarves" are among the most interesting take on that race ever.Negatives: in every book McCullough reveals more of his world. However, I once again get the feeling that he is making up the world as he goes on rather than just revealing stuff that he has already created (don't know if it is true, its just how it feels to me). This makes it difficult for me to get the feel for his world. Having said that, who the BLEEP cares - it is, as always, a fun ride.

  • Ashley
    2019-04-07 07:06

    Kelly McCullough continues his Fallen Blade series in his fifth installment, Drawn Blades. Here, we once again meet up with Aral and Triss as they experience one of their wildest adventures yet. Aral's old flame and former First Blade of Namara, Siri, is back, and needs his help. Without hesitation, he gathers his things, as well as his unruly apprentice Faran, and together they travel to the veiled Sylvani Empire. There, they learn that Siri has been possessed by an ancient evil, and that that very same entity is starting to awake! Their only hope is to join with new allies and old adversaries in order to find a way to put a god back to sleep and, if possible, locate an item of extraordinary magical properties, said to be able to revive even a god, or goddess, from death itself. The Fallen Blade series is a saga the whole family can enjoy, and Drawn Blades is no exception. The action, magic, and wit we come across while riding along with our favorite assassin-familiar team is sure to have you engrossed to the extreme. While I do feel the series is starting to lose some of it's steam and that the ending did seem a little chaotic, I can't wait to see what trails our heroes will have to overcome next.

  • John
    2019-04-19 03:33

    Reminds me of one of the later Harry Dresden books, in that it all takes place in settings and with a cast that have been carved and polished to a high shine in previous episodes. Also, whatever vision the author has of his overarching storyline the climax seems to be SO far away that individual adventures are practically interchangeable. Still, I didn't catch any signs of staleness and the author does know how to keep an action-oriented story trotting right along. Might read some others, but don't feel a lot of urgency since I pretty much know what I'll be getting (that's why I stopped reading "Song of Ice and Fire" with CLASH OF KINGS).Memorable lines:"I have watched your people for two thousand years, and yet this magic is a new thing for me. When such takes up residence on your hand, you can bet that trouble will follow."Now what? Normally when I beheaded something, it stopped coming after me.There are eight major elements: light, shadow, earth, air, water, fire, death, and life. " especially fancy way to commit suicide by stupid."

  • Fantasy Literature
    2019-04-02 07:15

    Drawn Blades is the fifth book in Kelly McCullough’s FALLEN BLADE series. This review will contain spoilers for the previous books.Aral Kingslayer has finally emerged from his mental paralysis after the death of his Goddess, Namara. It has taken eight years, a lot of alcohol and the death of some friends for Aral to reach this point. With a new-found set of ideals, Aral is ready to start making a difference.Siri Mythkiller was the First Blade of the order of Namara before its fall. Her talents in the arts of the assassin were top shelf, but her ability in magic had taken her to pinnacles others could match. After she is assigned the task to kill a powerful quasi God who has been imprisoned for many years, she finds herself gradually being possessed more and more by The Smoldering Flame. When Siri reaches out from distant Sylvani to ask ... Read More:

  • Gwyn
    2019-04-25 01:22

    There's always something with the Blades books, something that makes me say, "This would be a fantastic book, except...." Of course, the prose isn't exactly polished, and there's always awkward, repetitive, angsty conversations about Aral's drinking, but those are true of every Blade book and once you know to expect that, it's not so bad. Beyond that, each individual Blade book has something that bugs me, something uniquely wrong with it that makes me say, "The last one was better" even though that's not true because the last one had its own unique flaw, too.This time, it was Aral's marriage. Improbably, unbelievable, kind of awkward, unexpected in a bad sort of way, contributing in no way to anyone's character development, ultimately meaningless to the plot... I was very frustrated by Aral's marriage.But otherwise, it's a fantastic book.

  • Wayne
    2019-04-17 03:17

    I really love this series. Actually, I love all of McCullough's books that I've read. Plot, characters, setting, world-building -- this book is another example of McCullough's excellent writing.This book continues the story of Aral the Blade. Most of the action takes place in the Sylvani Empire and shines light on more of the non-human folks in this world. The world is rich in detail and is very much its own entity. It's very good fantasy, but it doesn't fall into being Yet Another Generic Pseudo-Medieval/Celtic Fantasy. I can't quantify the reasons, but this world feels to me like it has a strong Asian flavor to it.I highly this series. Don't start with this book, you really need to start at the beginning. This isn't the best book in the series, but it's still very good.

  • Mary B. Grove
    2019-03-25 01:14

    a very satisfying next stepI really liked this one. It's deliciously complicated in places, and the mission isn't the whole point of the story. Here McCullough gives us much more history of all sorts-- the gods, the First, Namara, The Son of Heaven, Siri, Kelos and his betrayals-- and it really deepens the reader's understanding of the world itself and the events and choices that have led up to the present. Aral is healing, too, and that's a very good thing, even if I still don't understand why he enjoys what he does so much... Fast, fun and informative.

  • Michael
    2019-03-26 02:35

    I admit it, I'm hookedEvery time the author brings up Aral's fight with addiction, it's like the blade it cutting small chunks of my overall reading enjoyment. I really like this series, but find this re-re-re-visited topic unnecessary & annoying. Yes, by book 2, we all knew of the heroes inner reminding the reader ad nauseum detracts from the story. Yes, I am soon to start book 6, because overall, it's a fun read with great action and well conceived plot lines.

  • Kim
    2019-04-25 07:33

    3.5 starsI love the series and enjoyed this installment, but it felt more like an interlude than a significant part of the plot arc. At the end, I felt like we were pretty much back where we started. I'm really looking forward to the next book. Based on the blurb, it sounds like an epic showdown is in the works!P.S. Am I the only one who would love to read a prequel featuring Ash and Kayla?

  • April
    2019-04-12 04:17

    I very much enjoyed Aral's latest adventure. The only reason I've given it four instead of five stars is that there were a couple of spots where things were just too convenient and they felt like easy outs.I love how he wrestles with his own personal demons, his personal philosophy, his view of enemies and friends - just like we all do on a daily basis. It makes him feel much more real to me.

  • Nai Wang
    2019-04-22 08:17

    I'm writing this review for the 5 books I read back to back. Overall it took a while to get into the characters but as they developed it was a really engrossing world she built. I would recommend the series as an interesting read but only after some major series have already been checked off the bucket list.

  • momokaachan
    2019-04-16 06:22

    Interesting how the last two (three?) books have also (besides complicated plots and conflicted feelings) been dealing with Aral and the women in his life. Does no one besides me notice that Faran is at least a little in love with him? And beyond feeling protective and affection for his...apprentice he is totally oblivious?

  • Graham
    2019-03-28 00:08

    Book five of six and a good continuation of the series. There are some returning characters but mostly its new characters. The book can be read without reading the earlier books but you will get more from it if you have read the rest of the series. This book is more reliant on you having read the rest of the series as more baggage is collected with each book. A good quick high fantasy read.

  • Lundos
    2019-04-17 02:25

    The best one so far. The red thread throughout the books shows clearly in this one and the greater reason for every betrayal is finally told. The ideas are still good and there are even some novel ideas in this one. Overall this world turns out much more enjoyable than expected in the first one.

  • Angie Gaule
    2019-04-20 07:12

    Still great!It is rare to find so many books in a single series that are so good. I am really enjoying the growth of the characters, and the intricacies of the plot keep me coming back.

  • Matthew Frack
    2019-03-27 05:09

    Literally heartbroken at having finished this series, I want more. Haven't fallen in love with a book series or fictional world like this in a really long time. Forever going in a place of honour on my shelves and in my heart.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-24 05:14

    I liked it but not as good as the others... this one felt like it was just half of the story... or maybe it was just a bit rushed at the end... none the less I look forward to bigger and better things in the next book of the series.

  • Nicole Luiken
    2019-03-28 08:32

    Still enjoying this series. Lots of magic & action following Aral, former assassin of the God of Justice, his shadow familiar Triss and apprentice Faran around. This time they leave the city of Tien for the highly magical lands of the Sylvani.

  • Rob
    2019-04-12 07:34

    anti climatic. need to stretch out the endings instead of the fluff beforehand. I felt this way about the last also. Great premise and plan and then a meh climax with too little descriptive dialogue to wrap things up.

  • James
    2019-04-14 01:26

    Full review here: may miss a few dangling plot threads (like the attack by the mythic beast that never really gets explained), but his world building is nothing less than spectacular.

  • Krishna
    2019-04-22 03:07

    I started reading this without realizing it was several books into a series, but it was still enjoyable

  • Junior Crusoe
    2019-04-20 01:23

    My least favourite of the lot. Not sure this plot line was even needed other than to include the lands beyond the wall.

  • David Murray
    2019-04-01 02:22

    Another great book from Kelly. His books never fail to impress. I can't recommend his books enough.