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ISBN-10:  B0085SG1YI

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Deemed One of the Top 10 indie Fantasy releases of 2010 by Fantasy Book Critic, and listed in the first ever Publishers Weekly Indie Select issue, the original 235k word epic title was written in longhand in a Texas prison cell by M. R. Mathias.

"The Sword and the Dragon 2012" is a Fully Revised - Kindle Only - version that includes two Wardstone Short Stories, One is a piece of flash fiction called "The Blood of Coldfrost." The other is a Short Story called "Roar." Even cooler, this version can be read FREE if you are a member of Amazon Prime. The original version, with its many reviews and 4 Star Average rating, is still available for $2.99 here: If you want to see more reviews of this story just take a peak.

"The Sword and the Dragon"

When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed.

Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father. Her father just happens to be the Royal Wizard, and despite his daughter's feelings, he would love nothing more than to sacrifice the boy!

All of these characters, along with the Wolf King of Wildermont, the Lion Lord of Westland, and a magical hawk named Talon, are on a collision course toward Willa the Witch Queen's palace in the distant kingdom of Highwander. There the very bedrock is formed of the powerful magical substance called Wardstone.

Who are the heroes? And will they get there before the Royal Wizard and his evil hordes do?

Whatever happens, the journey will be spectacular, and the confrontation will be cataclysmic.

Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools - The Wardstone Trilogy Book II is now available

The Wizard & the Warlord - The Wardstone Trilogy Book III releases in July 2012
Don't miss the International Bestselling 'Saga of the Dragoneers'

The First Dragoneer - Free

The Royal Dragoneers - Now Available

Cold Hearted Son of a Witch - Now Available

The Confliction - Now Available

Confliction Compendium - (The Dragoneers Omnibus) - Now Available

Also by M.R. Mathias

Crimzon & Clover I - Orphaned Dragon, Lucky Girl

Crimzon & Clover II - The Tricky Wizard

Crimzon & Clover II - The Grog

Crimzon & Clover IV - The Wrath of Crimzon

Oathbreaker - A Faery Tale Short

King of Fools

The Adventurion - A YA sci-fi novel


Editorial Reviews


Overall The Sword and the Dragon (A+) is an impressive debut - a traditional fantasy that manages to be fresh. It succeeds in offering a complete reading experience. See the full review here: --Fantasy Book Critic

Fans of Tolkien and CS Lewis will find much to enjoy to enjoy in M.R. Mathias' debut fantasy novel. This is a big book, with a steady flow throughout. Read this book. Take up your sword and get ready for a hugely enjoyable adventure. --Book Smart UK

I found myself going "wow" more than once reading the first two books of this trilogy. Each book tells a great complete adventure. -- E. J. Weatherby Anchorage, AK

This is an epic fantasy, and I do mean epic. This book is LONG. I'm talking 200,000 plus words, here. Probably three times as long as Harry Potter. A fat fantasy, the kind you would expect from a Jordan or Tad Williams. One should not be put off by the price, because you do get your money's worth. -- Bestselling Author, B. V. Larson

"You've (Mathias) already achieved much, much more than so many people who like to think of themselves as writers." -- .Gollancz The Deputy Publishing Director of SF, Fantasy & Horror list of the Orion Publishing Group.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
What author Michael Mathias has achieved is the creation of a story that moves vividly and unconsciously through 900+ non-stop-page-turning pages. And like watching a movie, you get sucked into his utter escape from reality from page 1.

The outside world evaporates.

Without losing voice, passion, or spirit the author drops out of the writing and the adventure takes over with cliffhangers, rites of passage, beloved characters, conflict, heroes, deep woods, passionate loves, and did I mention cliffhangers?

It is a story for both men and women. Mathias knows how to create riveting battles and hardcore action, as well as hot encounters that draw you into the lovers' heat as if your own sex drive is knocking on the door.

I read this book about 6 months ago and the characters are still with me. I am waiting for a work hiatus to dive into book two of the trilogy. Thank you Michael Mathias wherever you are!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This review was originaly posted on the first edition from 2010. It was an awesome story then, even better now that its been well polished. This huge novel is good as any fantasy I've ever read... Better than most. I purchase book 2 imediatly upon finishing. Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools (The Wardstone Trilogy Book Two) If you love real "EPIC" fantasy then don't miss this!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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One of the many books that is hard to put down. Character involvement has you bouncing for more. Grab this book and all that follows from M.R. Mathias, it won't disappoint. This has become one of my favorite trilogies and 'The Butcher's Boy' had me wanting more. I await for further books with excitement. As I inform friends, goto [...] and read the first five chapters of 'The Blood of Coldfrost'. This action will start your motor to becoming a fan of M.R. Mathias.
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Reader Reviews for "The Sword and the Dragon (Revised)"

Reviewed by Sheri Hoff 7/15/2012
I found this book to be highly entertaining and engaging. MR Mathias’s The Sword and the Dragon, the first in the Wardstone trilogy delivers action, adventure, and an exciting world of dragons, elves, wizards, mystical creatures, kings, battles, ancient pacts, and quests… the story unfolds in a familiar plot of villains and heroes, yet is so full of twists and turns that it kept my attention and pulled me into the characters and the story.
The action starts immediately and doesn’t let up.

I really liked that Mathias didn’t try to describe the fantasy world first and then build the story. He just drew me in with the action and I was able to see the world through the characters’ eyes. Mathias makes this world believable.

Mathias creates exciting battles and yet the characters are able to find moments of shared humor and compassion for each other throughout the book. There is no shortage of new experiences for the multiple characters.
The story includes characters that you love and characters that you love to hate. Qualities of bravery, loyalty, friendship, and love abound. Yet the main characters also experience the real emotions of fear and self-doubt as they are challenged beyond anything they ever imagined.

One of my favorite aspects about this book is how the two brothers grow and change throughout the story. The evil wizard is a formidable opponent for the heroes of the story. The conflict kept me reading and not wanting to put the book down. When I read fiction, I want to relate to the characters and I felt an immediate connection to Hyden, Gerard, and Mik as well as other characters. Overall, this book is a terrific read.
Reviewed by M. R. Mathias 6/11/2012
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