Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sword Quest by Sabrina Vasta


Title: Sword Quest
Author: Sabrina Vasta
Publisher: self-published via Lulu.com
Publication Date: 2008
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Age Group: Adult
Series: Sword Quest (Book 1)

Sword Quest is an epic fantasy novel featuring an unlikely group of traveling companions. On Aryn, a number of races manage an uneasy coexistence. The adventure begins when an elderly and powerful Pon sends a varied group of six on a journey to obtain a steel sword. Each member of the group hides their own secrets and each has their own motives for accepting the journey.

Vasta has created an enormous world in this book. The characters and landscapes are rich and varied. The action is non-stop yet there are many moments of personal reflection by the characters as well. While the characters must work together for a common goal, it is often clear that they are also at odds. Vasta manages to reveal pieces of each character's history to the reader without revealing it to the other characters. The characters' emotions run high throughout the entire novel as they face new and uncertain situations. Their uneasy truce seems to be very fragile, as if everything could fall apart at any moment.

Overall, this was a very good book and I would be interested in continuing on with the series.

Update: Sword Quest is now available at Amazon.com. It can also be purchased directly through Lulu.com as either a paperback book or a download.

Learn more at the author's website http://www.getthesword.com

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