Paragon Lost (Chronicle of the King's Blades Series #1)

Paragon Lost (Chronicle of the King's Blades Series #1)

by Dave Duncan

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Many legends have emerged from the shadows of Ironhall, yet surely none can surpass the greatness and glory predestined for Sir Beaumont—possessor of the purest and strongest of hearts, and a mind as quick, keen, and accurate as his sword. But the day he sets out in the service of the elderly Lord Wassail turns to a black one, and young Beau's journey ends in horror and blood . . . and disgrace. Banished from the King's Blades, he now faces a grim future as a homeless pariah, a creature to be shunned and despised. But redemption can come from unexpected directions and in unrecognizable guises. Approached in secret by the legendary Durendal, now Grand Master of the Order, the dishonored paragon is offered one last chance to win back his weapon and his place among his brothers in arms. But to do so, Beau must ride alone back through the icy gates of Hell . . . and do battle with the Devil himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061807879
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Chronicle of the King's Blades Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 184,776
File size: 671 KB

About the Author

Dave Duncan is an award-winning author whose fantasy trilogy, The Seventh Sword, is considered a sword-and-sorcery classic. His numerous novels include three Tales of the King's Blades -- The Gilded Chain, Lord of the Fire Lands, and Sky of Swords; Paragon Lost, a previous Chronicle of the King’s Blades; Strings, Hero; the popular tetralogies A Man of His Word and A Handful of Men; and the remarkable, critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy The Great Game.

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Paragon Lost (Chronicle of the King's Blades Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so sorry to give this book a bad rating. I was really excited about reading it. I even chose it over 3 others that I have in waiting. After 123 pages I said forget it. I just could not get into it. All the names and towns were so confusing. After awhile I could not figure out which was which. Sorry guys. Maybe another time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the King's Blades books this is my favorite. I could not put it down. It is funny and thrilling all at the same time. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked The Gilded Chain then you will enjoy this novel. A quick read that deserves to be savored.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Every King needs guards that are loyal to and willing to give up their lives in service to his majesty. In the kingdom of Chivial, the king¿s Blades are bound to their liege through a secret magical spell and to whomever the king binds them to as well. Sir Beaumont is the Blade with the best skills and is an excellent planner. His schemes are always successful, a trait that irritates his king.

Beau is bound by King Athlegar to Wasseil for the trip to Skyrria whose ruler Czar Igor is a madman willing to do anything to learn the binding spell for the king¿s blades. Beau uses chicanery and sleight of hand to successfully complete his mission and the king, instead of being grateful, dismisses Beau from his services.

This is an excellent swords and sorcery fantasy starring a protagonist who is right so much of the time, it is easy to see why he grates on the King¿s nerves. Skyrria feels like czarist Russia as a place where everyone has a hidden agenda, spellbound dogs are killing Igor¿s enemies and the people are afraid to say a word for fear of being killed. Chivial is too tame for the likes of Beau and it is hoped that he will appear in another king¿s Blade adventure living in a place like Skyrria.

Harriet Klausner