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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Sword Brotherhood is the third book in The Shadow Sword series by Susan Hartland. Roaran was supposed to be on top of the world, but now he is just a prisoner hidden from everyone else. Archanin was supposed to be his ally and now he is his captor who wants Roaran to spill everything. But Roaran is determined to keep his mouth sealed, even if it costs his life. On the other side, Dannon tries his best to keep the Sword Brotherhood together in these trying times. As Archanin’s hold becomes stronger, Dannon’s desire to search for Roaran becomes more desperate. He is not afraid to ask for help, so when he finds out that the sorceress Genya can help them defeat the evil and liberate the innocent, the Brotherhood takes the initiative and approaches her. However, Genya is a little hesitant. She has her own secrets and she knows she must make a decision if she wants to live. What will it be? Who will be successful in winning this war between right and wrong?
The Sword Brotherhood is perhaps one of the best epic fantasies I have read this year. There is action from the moment the story begins! I got an adrenaline rush just reading the novel and I had zero issues with picturing whatever was going on. I felt the tension, I felt Roaran’s betrayal, I felt Dannon’s desperation and Genya’s conflict. I was holding my breath and waiting to know what will happen to Kaell and if he will ever wake up. I enjoyed Dannon’s growth in this novel and I learned to feel a little more compassion for Roaran as well. I remember reading the second novel in the series, The Last Seer King, and being blown away by the writing style. Susan Hartland jumps from one point of view to the other effortlessly and seamlessly makes the connection to continue the story. As expected, this is a brilliant addition to the story and I cannot wait to see what happens next!