The Gilded Chain:: A Tale Of The King's Blades by Dave DuncanThe Gilded Chain:: A Tale Of The King's Blades by Dave Duncan

The Gilded Chain:: A Tale Of The King's Blades

byDave Duncan

Mass Market Paperback | October 7, 1999

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As unwanted and rebellious boys, they find refuge in Ironhall....Years later they emerge as the finest swordsmen in the realm—A magical ritual of a sword through the heart binds each to his ward—if not the king himself, then to whomever else the monarch designates—with absolute loyalty.And the greatest Blade of them all was—and is—Sir Durendal.

But a lifelong dream of protecting his beloved liege from enemies, traitors, and monsters is dashed to bits when Durendal is bonded till death to an effete noble fop at his king's orders. Yet Destiny has many strange and inscrutable plans for the young knight—for a mission, a contest, and, perhaps, a treasure await him in a faraway land. But he soon finds himself enmeshed in treason and foul intrigues, compelled to betray the king he had hoped to serve. The Blades have ways to protect their own, but death and madness haunt the path to salvation—and few ever return unscathed. As unwanted and rebellious boys, they find refuge in Ironhall....Years later they emerge as the finest swordsmen in the realm—A magical ritual of a sword through the heart binds each to his ward—if not the king himself, then to whomever else the monarch designates—with absolute loyalty. And the greatest Blade of them all was—and is—Sir Durendal.

But a lifelong dream of protcting his beloved liege from enemies, traitors, and monsters is dashed to bits when Durendal is bonded till death to an effete noble fop at his king's orders. Yet Destiny has many strange and inscrutable plans for the young knight—for a mission, a contest, and, perhaps, a treasure await him in a faraway land. But he soon finds himself enmeshed in treasonand foul intrigues, compelled to betray the king he had hoped to serve. The Blades have ways to protect their own, but death and madness haunt the path to salvation—and few ever return unscathed.

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Title:The Gilded Chain:: A Tale Of The King's BladesFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.08 inPublished:October 7, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0380791269

ISBN - 13:9780380791262

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-read I would highly recommend this book for any fans of the fantasy genre. It's fast paced, and unlike many other books in this genre it's not bogged down with details of an overly complex and confusing made-up world. It's a fantastic, entertaining read
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to put down The Guilded Chain is an extraordinary fantasy novel in which heroism and betrayal coalesce to tell an intriguing story of a man’s life beneath the reign of King Ambrose. With great chivalry and wit, Lord Roland, also known as Durendal the second, grows into a man un-bested by any other. He is one of the greatest Blades to ever leave Ironhall. Living only to serve his king, Durendal is sent on a quest to a foreign land to retrieve a lost guardsman, but that is not all that he finds. Durendal discovers the secret to immortality, but it comes at a dark and terrible price. Dave Duncan writes a fast paced story… the kind of book that is hard to put down.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The King's Blades are great! This book was great, It follows Durendal as a blade and beyond. It's an excellent book and I had to read the other two. After reading Lord of The Fire Lands I noticed a big discrepancy in the two endings. So, I had to read the thirs one and it brilliantly explains the two errors so that all the books do create a larger story. Although they can be read individually! Happy reading, because once you start you won't be able to stop!
Date published: 2002-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The gilded chain This was another excellent book by Dave Duncan. I give it a five star rating because of Daves abillity to intertwine all the elements of a great story: Love Hate Betrayl Conflict and the rest seemlessly in the novel. A Masterpiece!
Date published: 2001-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just shy of 5 stars This is a great book when read alone, but after reading it's successor (Lord of the Firelands) there are MAJOR inconsistencies that are suppose to be explained in the Sky of Swords. Definitely a 5 star on its own, a must read for sci-fi/fantasy buffs, but a little faith will be needed to get through the inconsistencies when reading all three books.
Date published: 2001-01-03

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During a time of kings, castles and justice enforced by the blade, a group of rebellious young boys find refuge in a grim school called Ironhall. There they become the finest swordsmen in the land. A magical spell binds them to the king or whoever he assigns them to defend. The finest of the new swordsmen is Durendal. But a noble fop abuses his loyalty and forces him into a plot of treachery and treason. Dave Duncan’s The Gilded Chain is an unforgettable story.

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"Classy...irresistible...a handsomely crafted commentary on honor and betrayal...Duncan's people are marvelously believable, hislandscapes deliciously exotic, his swordplay breathtaking." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))