Andrei is more than just a swordmaker.
He's a legend.
Members of the legendary silkmaking clan in the Southern Network understand one thing: the clan keeps the Sirilas magic in balance by obedience to its rules, and the Sirilas magic keeps them alive.
When loyal, steady future Guide to the Clan Andrei Kuzmin finds a sword that stands in his way to ease and prosperity—quite literally—he's shoved out of his stable world and into a new magic.
A magic that doesn't care about the requirements of the Sirilas magic.
While Andrei grapples to rid himself of the meddlesome sword, a new foe enters the stage. Alek Popov, High Priest to the Southern Network, a witch hungry for the well-kept secrets of the silkmaking magic.
Can Andrei keep both magicks happy while forging the path required of him?
Or will Andrei's faltering loyalty destroy the clan from the very center?
THE SWORDMAKER is the second novel in the Historical Collection. This thrilling story will sweep you away to the arctic lands of the Southern Network, where magic teems and mysteries abound.
This book shows you the beginning of the first swordmaker, Andrei, and also the Ensis magic behind it. You discover how the magic found him and how he slowly learned the process of making a sword. He learns to listen to the magic. It also delves into the silk making trade and the magic that helped the clans through the process and their daily lives. This book is worth reading to give you the background for all the Andreis that follow.
I loved being a part of Andrei’s evolution as a master Sword-maker. I related to his struggle with change and how hard it is to go in a different direction with your life especially when you have a plan already laid out. Andrei definitely needed a push and the sword gave him a big one!!
Creating these backstories gives a richer understanding of the character and I’m thankful to be a part of his adventure!!
I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time. Thanks, Katie! I love the new magic systems created for this book. Andrei is now one of my most favorite characters in Alkarra. The choice he faces and the way it all comes together in the end is perfection.
What a beautiful introduction to the world of Alkarra and the art of swordmaking!! Andrei is scheduled to be Guide to the Clan but is it really what he wants to do? A new sort of magic takes his soul to a new level of awareness and he hesitates....what now?? Read to find out what he decides and how a greedy Southern Network Council member throws all sorts of blocks in the way. You won't be disappointed!!
This is a big juicy book filled with all kinds of history and knowledge. Also, of course, excellent story telling that Katie is famous for. Join stoic structured Andrei as he is lured by the call of a new magic. Will he follow his heart or do what is expected of him? You will learn a lot and love the ride1