Friday, June 15, 2012

The Dragonslayer's Sword ~ Resa Nelson

The Dragonslayer's Sword (Dragonslayer, #1)

The Dragonslayer's Sword by Resa Nelson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Now this one I happened to pick up by chance. The writer happened to be at a local Ren faire so I figured I would pick up a copy. If you enjoy fantasy that this one is for you.

For Astrid, a blacksmith who makes swords for dragonslayers, the emergence of a strange gemstone from her body sets in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy her life. Her happiness is shattered when her lover-the dragonslayer-disappears without a trace, and the life that she knows and loves implodes without warning. Astrid lives in a world of shapeshifters whose thoughts have the power to change not only themselves but others. Everything Astrid knows to be true is called into question when she learns the truth about her past and the mysterious family from which she was separated as a child. Reality turns inside out as Astrid gradually learns the truth about the people she loves as well as those she disdains. With the fate of dragons, ghosts, and slaves in foreign lands resting on her shoulders, Astrid faces the challenge of deciding who she is and how she will stand up inside her own skin. Will she withdraw and hide from the world that has disappointed her so much...or will she rise to lead others to freedom and peace?

My Take:

 The summary really doesn't do this one justice. Resa Nelson has crafted a world of shape shifters unlike any you have read before. Even better than that is the fact that she is able to craft a whole new world you understand in just one book. It usually takes me into the second book of a new series to enjoy the world its in but this world just seems to flow.

Astrid is a woman driven by an inner strength even she can not comprehend. She is like the metal she works so hard to shape, strong but changeable in infinite ways. Ready to defend those around her, even at great cost to herself.
This is a story of compassion, self discovery and love. In a world where the magic comes from within and Dragons are abundant. Even the concept of what a dragon really is will be challenged. This was a fantastic fantasy experience. 

To learn more about Resa Nelson check out her website. The Dragonslayer's Sword is available on Amazon as well as the next books in the series.

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