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Deborah Chester

Deborah ChesterDeborah Chester is a tenured professor at The University of Oklahoma’s College of Journalism. She writes science fiction under the names Jay D. Blakeney and Sean Dalton and she writes regency romances under her own name. You can read more about her writing at Deborah Chester’s website.

The Sword, the Ring, and the Chalice

The Sword, the Ring, and the Chalice — (2000-2005) The first three books are the original trilogy. Publisher: Two men. One is a prince of royal blood. The other is a half-breed, part human, part elf. But the part that is human is also royal. Two women. One is a princess, pampered and protected. The other lives in the forest, the leader of a band of rebels. She too has eleven blood. This is their story — the tale of love and hate, courage and cowardliness, and magic both dark and light…

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The Sword: Quintessential B-grade sword-n-sorcery

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The Sword by Deborah Chester

The Sword is the first of a high-fantasy trilogy and is little more than a prologue for whatever follows. What I mean by that is this: in terms of actual plot development, very little happens here. Each paperback in this trilogy is about 400 pages long (1200 total), so this could easily have been a 2-book saga with little to no impact on its quality.

As for the story itself... There are some books you can read when you're tired, some you can't, and some that just make you tired. At its best, this book falls into the first category; at its worst, in the third. The writing is clear but rough and unremarkable — much more telling than showing, especially where character emotions are concerned, and not one clever simile or metaphor.

The plot is uneven and filled with numerous extended chase and fight sequences that create... Read More

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The Ruby Throne — (1996-1997, 2007) The first three books are the original trilogy. The Pearls is a newer novel that continues the story of the same characters. Publisher: For over nine hundred years, the Emperor Kostimon has sat upon the Ruby Throne. He bargained with the dark gods for his immortality-and now he and his kingdom will have to pay the price.

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The Alien Chronicles — (1997-1999) Publisher: The ruler of the reptilian Viis has just purchased a new pet for his daughter. But he is unaware that this furred creature with sharp teeth–enslaved by the Viis for many years–is destined to bring down a corrupt empire.

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The Pearls and the Crown — (2007-2008) This series is related to The Ruby Throne trilogy. Publisher: Lady Lea-beloved sister of the Emperor Caelan-is gifted with the ability to see into others’ hearts and when she is moved to tears, those tears become pearls. When the hardened warrior Lord Shadrael kidnaps her and takes her through the fearsome Hidden Ways of the shadow world, Lea can foresee her destiny in him. For if she is to save Shadrael from his own darkness, she will ultimately have to choose between her brother and her abductor.

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