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Sword of Betrayal
Publication Date: September 17th, 2019
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Between the Lines
Edris’s lay-about life of privilege ends abruptly when his father, Lord Elros, announces that his adolescent son will enter the military in the spring. Edris has only six months to ready himself to serve a king who despises his family and will undoubtedly make his life beyond miserable.
To prepare him, Lord Elros puts Edris through a brutal training regime. Not only does he demand Edris beat every man with whom he spars, but he also insists his son knock them unconscious—even if that means fighting dirty.
About to crack under the relentless pressure, the sensitive Edris seeks a way to get out from under his father’s heavy thumb. A solution presents itself when an announcement for the latest Kings’ Quest arrives. According to the royal proclamation, the adventurer who finds the fabled Sword of Betrayal will win one thousand gold pieces, money Edris could use to start his own life with the woman he loves.
Edris proposes to undertake the quest in order to get in better shape; however, Lord Elros has another idea—Edris will undertake the quest so he can get close to, and kill, the king’s son.
My Review of Sword of Betrayal:
Robert Evert brings us a fantasy of epic proportions in Sword of Betrayal. There is everything you could want in an epic, including great knights and pretty wenches.
In this novel, Evert takes us into the height of medieval culture. Edris is a giant of a boy who has never lost a fight. His father has him lined up for military service, but that is not what is in his heart. All Edris wants is to be rid of his father to lead the life of a farmer with his beloved Bea. Unfortunately, what he dreams of is impossible.
These characters are incredible. I was often so angry with Edris, but at the same time, I loved his heart. He is spoiled at times and loses everything he ever wanted. The rest of the characters are a combination of heinous and agreeable, but the bad ones are incredibly bad.
The setting of the story is brilliant. I could see the tree lines and felt the river pitching right along with them, and I could smell the pines when they are on the quest. I could feel the fresh, slimy mud all over my body from crawling through a muddy cave.
The only thing that I didn’t like was the way Edris treated Bea. However, that is just my opposition to how I wanted the story to go. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the author’s writing.
The writing is superb, and I had a lot of fun with this epic tale.
With these thoughts in mind, I am awarding Sword of Betrayal a full 5 out of 5 stars. It entertained me, and I was delighted with the story. I got lost in it, and you really can’t ask more from a book than that. I urge anyone who loves epic fantasies to check this one out. You will love it!
Lord Elros got even closer to his son’s face.
“I want you to kill the next man you fight. You kill him and strike fear into everybody who ever crosses your god-damned path. Are you listening to me? The next man you fight, you kill. Snap his neck.”
Edris nodded, not sure if he could live with himself if he actually killed somebody. The fights were games. All of this was supposed to be for fun. But fighting dirty and killing somebody? That wasn’t the type of person he wanted to be.
“Look,” Lord Elros said. “You’re starting your service to the king next year. The job of a kingsman is to kill. That’s what you’re being trained for. You’re a warrior. Warriors kill. Get used to it. The king points and you kill the man, woman, or child on the other end of his prissy little finger. You can’t be the best if you’re soft.”
Edris didn’t say anything. The tirade was nearly over, and he didn’t want to inflame his father’s wrath by saying something wrong.
“Be the best,” his father finished, “or you aren’t my son. Got it?”
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About the Author
By day, Robert Evert is an old and decrepit university professor who teaches hordes of smelly college students who rarely deign to look up from their damned phones to pay attention to the many brilliant and exciting things he has to say in class. By night, he is an aspiring writer.
Once young and idealistic and built like a skinny Norwegian god, Robert has been beaten down by time, pointless faculty meetings, and hundreds of students who repeatedly come up to him and ask: “I wasn’t in class last week. Did I miss anything?” He is now a shell of a man who sits in his darkened office sobbing while he waits patiently for Ragnarök.
When Robert isn’t daydreaming about walking through the streets of Bree or sitting in the Great Hall at Hogwarts, he writes fantasy stories which he reads to the critical acclaim of his two dogs and three cats.
His wife wants him to stop grumbling to himself and finish doing the dishes.
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