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Three Swords

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It's time to talk about the latest Marvel Legends of Asgard novel! Written by C.L. Werner, Three Swords follows, you guessed it! The Warriors Three (who are amazing, in case you were curious). The Warriors Three include Fandral, Volstagg, and Hogun.

The Warriors Three have earned their name again and again. They are warriors through and through, and thus you are most likely to find them on the battlefield. Following their most recent battle, they hear some concerning news.

Three sorcerer brothers, aka Enchanters, are stalking across the Realm Eternal with the unsurprising plan to defeat and conquer all – the usual. The Warriors Three must stand up against the sibling sorcerers if they want to help maintain the realm's peace.

Yes! It's time for another Marvel Legends of Asgard novel! And this time, we get to read (more) about the Warriors Three! They're my favorites (granted, I have a dozen favorites, whoops), so Three Swords was an exciting book to pick up.

If you don't know the Warriors Three, they consist of: Fandral (the Dashing), Hogunn (the Grim), and Volstagg (the Voluminous, the Svelte, the Valiant, he has many names). They are Asgardian heroes who have traversed many forms of Marvel media, including the comics, the movies, and now their own book!

Naturally, any book that involves these three will contain many battles. Three Swords is no different, and therefore it holds up the promise it made merely by existing. This book does have a few surprises, though, such as the antagonist, the magical twists and turns, and a few other details I won't ruin.

Long story short: Three Swords is a fantastic read, one that I strongly recommend all Marvel fans check out. This is especially true for those still hurting about their conclusion in Thor: Ragnarok. They have their time to shine here, and it is beautiful.

Thanks to Aconyte and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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It's about time Aconyte made a Warriors Three novel. When they first started the Marvel's Legends of Asgard series, I thought for sure it would start with a Warriors Three book. I loved the cold open for this story. I wish Werner had just continued that story of the Warriors Three helping some rebels overthrow a tyrant. I hope there's a sequel and they do head back to finish what they started. The main thrust of the novel is that they are sent to alien worlds to defeat three wizard brothers who are building armies to conquer Asgard. I did like the little Easter eggs in the book, Robin Hood and Devil Dinosaur. The story is pretty formulaic for anyone who reads comics, but it's not bad. I'll still keep reading these Marvel books for as long as Anocyte keeps publishing them.
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This novel did exactly what I was hoping it would do, thrust me into amazing new worlds with amazing action. The first this to note about Three Swords is the phenomenal world building. The descriptions of the lands and cities was beautifully executed. Which continued right on to the people who inhabited these lands. I was able to have a clear picture in my head of exactly where I was being transported to and the incredible characters within. 

The banter between the warriors three was very much what I would expect of three men who have spent theirs lives fighting with each-other to protect their home. Both witty and humorous but also with a deep vein of understanding and loyalty. Each character complimenting the others to make a single cohesive unit. 

I absolutely loved the nod to a certain literary character from childhood and the new spin that was put to such a great legend. And I was thrilled at the descriptions of the ancient dinosaurs that once roamed the world. 

This book is non stop from beginning to end. It’s everything you could want out of a Marvel book with every once of charm and excitement to rival any movie. Highly recommend for anyone looking to tag along on an Asgardian adventure.
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A Legends of Asgard novel

I received an advance reader copy of this book from Aconyte Books via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

This Marvel prose novel features the Warriors Three: Fandral the Dashing, Hogun the Grim, and Volstagg. These three friends of Thor should be familiar to anyone who has read many of the Thor graphic novels featuring Asgardian characters or who has watched the first couple of Thor movies from the MCU (Marvel cinematic universe).


This book starts out with the Warriors Three assisting in a revolt by citizens of an Asgardian city against the tyrant who rules over them, but they are quickly sidetracked by a local wizard into defeating three other wizards spread across time and space to recover magical artifacts before said wizards can use them to overthrow Odin. The three wizards live in three very different worlds, and the bulk of the story involves the battle against each wizard before ending with a final battle back in Asgard.

I gave Three Swords a five-star rating on Goodreads. The characterization of each of the Warriors Three conforms to established canon and its a lot of fun to watch their interaction with each other, whether in battle or not. Their battle against the first of the wizards could have been better, but I enjoyed the second and third battles a lot. I hope to see more of these characters in upcoming novels as the series continues.
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I've always been a fan of The Warriors Three and wished that more stories focused on their adventures, so know that I was completely unable to come into this with any sort of objectivity. I was bound to enjoy it no matter what. 
It also helps that the story is very interesting and full of so many wild elements that I loved following along with the three Asgardian warriors as they fought insanely evil sorcerers. There are bits of everything from science fiction to classic stories in this, making a wholly original adventure for each of the warriors to display their strengths and personalities. I particularly enjoyed that Werner makes sure to include emotional elements into the story and not let it be just about the fighting and defeating of evil. 
The only thing I can complain about is that it sometimes gets overly verbose in the descriptions of things. Entire chapters could have been cut in half with more judicious use of vocabulary. Then again, that semi-Shakespearean snobbish language is a trademark of how Asgardians speak, so I see what that decision was made. I just wish that it didn't make some passages a bit of a slog to get through. 

Happy thanks to NetGalley and Aconyte for the exciting read!
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The Marvel Legends of Asgard novel series has felt like it's had a pretty consistent style since it began. It's been telling stories about the early days of warriors who would go on to become great heroes, some of them even becoming gods as they grow older. As such, I was surprised when the latest entry, Three Swords took a slightly different approach, instead telling a story about the brave Warriors Three after they've been heroes for a while; and its a fun break to the formula.

The story begins with the Warriors Three, Fandral, Volstagg, and Hogun, helping a rebel movement in Skornheim to overthrow their new, corrupt leaders. Working from underground locations, the three legendary heroes are helping to transform the brave folks of Skorheim into warriors who can fight back for their very freedoms. When one of these bases comes under attack the Warriors Three stay behind to buy everyone else time, taking on the soldiers in a desperate fight.

Fleeing the area, hoping to meet back up with the rest of the resistance, the three of them are given shelter by an old man. The three of them soon discover, however, that he's no ordinary villager, and find themselves in the company of an old mystic. With Hogun having no love for magic users the three of them are prepared to fight, but the old wizard informs them that he's there for their help; and that all of Asgard and beyond are at stake. The Warriors Three learn that there are three brothers scattered across the nine realms, in different times and places, who have in their control artefacts that would make them a powerful threat to all life. The old wizard begs the Warriors Three to travel to these places, to fight these magic users, and to secure the artefacts in order to save every realm. Never ones to back down from a noble cause, the three of them set out to save the universe.

The Warriors Three are characters that I've encountered a few times, but usually in supporting roles for heroes such as Thor, Valkyrie, or Loki; and as such I hadn't really spent any great deal of time with these three iconic figures. Three Swords really allows the reader to do this, as not only are there no other Asgardian heroes in the book, I'm struggling to remember if they're even mentioned; as this is very much a story about these three saving the day.

The main plot of the book sees the three heroes having to travel across space and time in order to combat these evil sorcerers, and this leads to some interesting settings, and chances for the three of them to show how capable they are in vary ways. The first location is a futuristic world where alien lizard creatures have taken over, which mirrors nicely with the beginning of the book with the new regime in Skorheim, especially as the three of them have to hook up with the local resistance in order to achieve their goals. 

As with any time you combine together fantasy and science fiction this is an interesting part of the book. We have three warriors armed with swords and ancient weaponry fighting aliens flying around on hover bikes, shooting lazers. It's a big tonal whiplash; but it really works. There's something about these characters being thrown into a completely alien environment, surrounded by things they don't understand that's really entertaining.

The second place they go to couldn't be more different, however, and might be my favourite part of the book. The trio find themselves in Nottingham somewhere around the 1640's, as we learn that the British Civil War is either taking place or soon to break out. Its here where we get to explore more of Fandral's time on Earth as Robin Hood (something I knew nothing about until this book!). The pace of the adventure slows down a little here, and we have some quiet moments as Fandral spends time thinking about his past life here, the people he lost, and how much it still pains him. He gets to mourn for his wife, and this shows a side of him we don't often get to see; a more vulnerable man beneath the brave exterior. It was also delightful to have part of this huge fantasy epic take place just up the road from me; as well as in the home of Aconyte Books too!

The final location takes the three heroes to a primordial world filled with dinosaurs that have been twisted by dark magic into vicious monsters. If the Warriors Three fighting aliens and strange plant monsters wasn't cool enough we get them flying around on Pterodactyls; which is a hell of an image for sure. This part of the book might be one of the most unusual, and boldest things that we've had in a Marvel Legends of Asgard book that it might feel too over the top and ridiculous, but you'll be having so much fun with it that you'll not even care.

Over the course of this adventure we spend some time with each member of the Warriors Three, getting to see how they think, their motivations, and what drives them as heroes. Each of them also gets multiple chances to shine, proving that the three of them really are a team, and that if you didn't have all of them together the others simply wouldn't be able to survive. The only one I really felt got any significant development was Fandral, thanks in large part to the section of the book taking place in Nottingham and the exploration of his loss, and I think in some ways it's a shame I didn't feel that greater connection with the other two. 

Perhaps this is in part down to the fast paced nature of the story, as things move very quickly across the book, with the characters and readers never really being given a chance to rest and collect their thoughts before being plunged into the next challenge. Whilst I really did enjoy the book I do find myself wishing it had been longer, so that we could have gotten a few more slower paced moments where we could have connected with the characters more. 

Three Swords is a fast paced, action packed, fantasy epic that mixes in the science fiction, historical locations, and ridiculously cool concepts into one huge story that shouldn't work, but lands perfectly. It's a real testament to the writing talent of C.L. Werner that they were able to pull it off; and I think their experience in writing both fantasy and science fiction in the past really shows here, as they're able to craft the two together flawlessly. Whether you're a long time fan of the Warriors Three, or just discovering them now, Three Swords will make them a trio that you'll be keeping an eye on in the future.
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Sometimes we read a synopsis for a novel and think, "Wow, what a great story this is going to be." We are excited about the main characters and are fans of the writer, so we think we know what to expect. Then we read the actual story and it fails to meet those expectations. It could be because of the characters, or the writing style, or the pace of the story, or it could even be the reader's own expectations. With Three Swords, this is one of those novels where the story failed to live up to the expectations set by the synopsis.
Penned by C.L. Werner, the veteran writer of numerous short stories set in the Warhammer universe and the Black Plague trilogy, Three Swords tells the story of the Warriors Three as they receive an ominous set of predictions from the Enchanters as it pertains to Asgard. The Warriors Three must venture out into the cosmos to stop the Enchanters from enacting their plan to destroy the universe. This takes our titular heroes to many moments in history, from the actual civil war to important moments in England, and it is there where you really get some highlights that you can enjoy, even if you're not well-versed in Marvel lore. Unfortunately, the story is not given much time to breathe before jumping to the next set-piece, and it seems Werner is ultimately in a rush to just get through the story. As such, the Warriors Three aren't as fleshed out as they could've been. Whereas the little Easter eggs while they're traversing the universe work without you having a vast array of Marvel knowledge, the characters are written as if you do have a vast array of Marvel knowledge. Due to this, it creates a disjointed narrative where characters do things and you're almost expected to just understand why they did that. 
The set pieces work pretty well, with Werner doing a great job of using words to paint the story of the action we are seeing. Because each Enchanter has a tower, or lair, it feels like a Mortal Kombat video game where you're fighting waves until getting to the endgame boss. Fandral is the standout here, as he gets some really cool moments where we are reminded how good a swordsman and warrior he truly is. As I was reading it, I kept thinking "man, this would be a really cool adaptation on Disney+" because it kind of feels like the National Treasure films with their reverence for what came before in both Marvel and modern history with some really good action mixed in. I, also, enjoyed that this story really put someone other than Thor in charge of saving Asgard: too often, in Asgard's history, the Warriors Three are just along for the ride, but putting them in charge here really makes the story feel small enough (their friendship shines) even though there's so much at stake. 
Lastly, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the twist ending. No spoilers, but it is telegraphed from the beginning, and that made it feel a bit cheap. It lessens everything that came before the end, and it doesn't really hold up to the rest of the story: if the story was a B before the ending, the twist is like a D and just soured me a bit on the story as a whole. 
All in all, a solid entry but one that could've been substantially better had a cheap twist not been added and had more effort been put into developing the characters beyond what we would know as Marvel fans. Werner deserves credit for writing the action and humor in a strong way, but in the end, the story falls to reach the heights teased.
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So, Three Swords, What’s it all about?
I’m not sure, but it was quite fun! It was like C.L.Werner decided that he was going to get some of the classic Marvel comics, and throw everything at you.

I mean this book just throws eeeeeverything at you – reptile aliens, giant robotic warriors, a trip back to Civil War England, Matthew Hopkins (Witchfinder General) Dinosaurs …. wait! What? Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Slow down! What the heck are you talking about? I think you need to go back to the beginning.

We start the book with Vigdis, taking a message to the rebel force in Gunnarsfell that could help topple the evil tyrant King Gunar. She gets attacked by a patrol and a dashing hero helps her against the odds. And who is the dashing hero? Why it’s Fandral the Dashing from the Warriors Three, who along with Volstagg the (insert whatever name her) and Hogun the Grimm are currently in town, training the rebels against said tyrant.

Now, if you have not met the Warriors Three, they turn up in the Thor comics and also in the MCU. However, in Three Swords, the Warriors Three get the starring role instead of playing second fiddle to the God of Thunder.

Anyways, where was I? Oh yes, swordplay and fisticuffs! After beating the patrol Vigdis is taken to the rebel hideout, is introduced to the rest of the Warriors Three, gets into another fight when King Gunnar’s forces attack and they escape.

In the midst of the escape, The Warriors Three are saved from capture by a mysterious sorcerer, who tells them that Asgard is in danger by a group of nasty evil Sorcerers, calling themselves The Enchanters Three. Thus you must help……..yadda, yadda, yadda!

Thus begins the dimension hopping adventure in Time and Space.

Like I said earlier, what happens next is that C.L. Werner then basically writes comic books without the pictures and we get a whole load of classic Marvel scenarios that are just bonkers and fun. I think one of the reasons that I liked this as well, is that all the different settings that the Warriors Three are thrown into are all familiar and I felt that I had read the comics that they were based on, although I can’t recall which ones they actually were.

However, no matter! What is pertinent though is that I had so much fun with this book. The Warriors Three in the starring role really worked well and it was Fandral who shone throughout the story as the emotional centre of the crew. Volstagg is the comic relief throughout and regularly gives himself whatever name comes to mind, and Hogun is the conscience of group. 

There are lots and lots of nods to classic marvel comics and that old style sense of it just being completely barking mad adventure. At one point, they even go back to Civil War England and come  face to face with Matthew Hopkins (he of the Witchfinder General fame) and get themselves into a number of scrapes, including playing around with some english folklore. 

I gotta say – I enjoyed this immensely! So There!

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About Marvel Entertainment
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For more information visit marvel.com. © 2022 MARVEL
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DNF in 30%. I hate giving a low rating for a book but this one was just not for me as I thought. There is a lot of potential in the story for sure and great characters also. It just didn’t hold my attention and I can’t continue it anymore. But thank you so much for the opportunity to read it maybe when I am more obsessed with marvel I return to this read.
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The book was sometimes difficult to read with a lot of words in old/middle English, but this adds to the books and makes it more interesting to read even though this meant that it took me longer to read than other books. 

But boy did I love the story, everything is so detailed and there is a lot of explanation going on that I could really see everything that was happening right in front of me. Plus, the turns at the end were unexpected. 

I think my favorite part of the books is when they go to England to fight the second enchanter, finding out Fandral's little secret. But I also loved how Volstagg gives himself all these different names and I just want to re-read the book just so I can write them all down. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Aconyte Books for an advanced copy of this new Marvel Comics prose adventure.
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Review: Three Swords by C L Warner A Legends of Asgard Novel
As always I want to thank Aconyte and netgalley for allowing me access to this ARC for a fair and honest review. As is no doubt obvious by now I am in love with nearly every title Aconyte release but I am a little biased to the Marvel lines, particularly The Legends of Asgard series. C L Werner’s The Sword of Surtur was brilliant and when I knew Three Swords was dealing with The Warriors Three I was extremely excited and was not overly disappointed.
 
This rip-roaring adventure is fast-paced and sure to keep anyone hooked, particularly any fan of Marvel’s Asgard or even Norse mythology and if you love both you are definitely in for a treat! As with all more ARC reviews I will try and avoid any major spoilers because there is no fun in that for anyone! I will however summarise the synopsis.
 
Three Swords follows The Warriors through time and space to save Asgard from magical villainy. While helping some rebels overthrow their tyrannical king, the Warriors Three meet an old seer who says they have been expecting and waiting for them. Weaving a tale of terror of a new treat posed to Asgard by three sorcerous bothers, known as The Enchanters, who are planning to create an army infused with magic to conquer Asgard. Of course not everything is easy, each Enchanter has a tower and each tower is spread throughout time and space. This does not stop the Warriors Three willing to risk  life and limb to stop these sorcerers before their home falls. Not everything is as it seems as someone plots in the shadows to strike just at the right time.
 
As with all the Legends of Asgard series you know you can expect action and Three Swords does not disappoint. From the very first chapter Werner sets the pace and showcases the Warriors skills. I have to confess Hogan the Grim has  always been my favourite of the warriors but Werner has actually made me like Fendral more than before – most likely with the wonderful tie in of a mixture of Marvel and folklore and while I will say no more…. I might be a Fendral fangirl now – just a little bit.
 
The writing and characterisation are a dream. I obviously love the comics but sometimes you can not get a full sense of a characters should it be apostrophe s internal thoughts or personality, at least not as in depth as you do in a novel and Werner aces it. Each of the Warriors shines in their own way and we see how they make such a terrific trio with their own skills and how they counter any weaknesses. It was really a wonderful read!
 
The only thing that I would have liked was it to be a little longer! I did find the ending left me wanting more. While the outcome of one event is hinted at I would rather have liked to have seen it myself but I think that is more because I was so in love with the writing style and story and wanted a little bit more. So it has nothing to do with bad writing, just me being a greedy reader!
 
This one is a definite re-read for me and must read for any fan of Marvel’s Asgardian canon, norse mythology or a good swashbuckling and rip-roaring action-adventure book. I have, as always, ordered the physical copy and will be recommending it to all my marvel and nerdy friends.

Aconyte Books are the novel division of Asmodee Entertainment. Asmodee Entertainment is based in an amazing building in Nottingham, England. The Star Brewery opened in 1852, producing beer for Shipstones until 1991.
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For more information visit marvel.com. © 2022 MARVEL
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My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Aconyte Books for an advanced copy of this new Marvel Comics prose adventure. 

The latest by Aconyte Books features the adventuring companions of the Mighty Thor, The Warriors Three, in C. L. Wener's Three Swords:  Marvel Legends of Asgard Novel. A rip- roaring adventure featuring strange new worlds, dinosaurs, flying dinosaurs, Sherwood Forest, aliens, spider aliens, and more has the warriors traveling through space and time seeking to thwart the magical efforts and connivings of three Enchanters who seek to overthrow Odin, and take Asgard for themselves, or destroy it entirely.

Fandral the Dashing, Hogun the Grim and Volstagg the Voluminous are favorites of mine from the comics. Their bravery, loyalty and their wit, always gave an issue of Thor a lift. The novel treats them well, especially Fandral who is more front and center than the other two, meaning he is given more interaction and back story, but I guess dashing does have its privilege. The writing is good, the story, while familiar is done well and the twist ending was very fitting with the plot. Also there is lots of fighting, on ground, on flying dinosaurs, in tar beds. Lots of action which keeps the story going. 

These books have always been very good at captuing the characters from the Marvel Universe, no matter the popularity. I am not sure even with the movies how well known the Warriors Three are, but I think this story will make new fans. I can't recommend this line enough, as some of these stories and leagues above what is going on in the monthly comics. An excellent addition to a great series of books.
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The beloved Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg) are showing the Nine Realms just how heroic they truly are. In the midst of assisting a rebellion overthrow a tyrannical leader, our three heroes are confronted by a mysterious wizard who begs for their help. He knows of three others who have used their powers to rule over those who can’t fight back and that they intend to use and grow this power to take over Asgard. It’s quickly apparent that Asgard is not the only of the Nine Realms that stands threatened. Nowhere is safe unless they can defeat the sorcerers that stand unopposed. 

But who is this wizard and why does he know so much about the sorcerers conquering the realms?

I’ve been a Marvel fan for as long as I can remember. I’ve enjoyed the comics but definitely recognize that they can be overwhelming for anyone stepping into the realm of comics. There are decades of history, a ton of storylines, way too many characters… and sometimes the comics completely change established backstories when things start to feel stale. Which is why I love that Marvel has created novels to embody these characters so that those who haven’t been reading comics for decades can fall in love with stories and characters that they see on the big screen.

All of that said, there’s nothing to write home about with Marvel novels. They are very much directed towards anyone who is a fan of the comics or Marvel movies. They have a very niche appeal. And for that niche, Two Swords is going to be an absolutely amazing read.

This particular novel seems to be based on the comic version of the Warriors Three as Sif is not present and part of the group. There are also references to stories that lead me to believe that this is set within the comic universe. However, it is a standalone novel. You don’t need to have read any comics or watched any movie to understand the narrative. For anyone who isn’t a Marvel fan, it reads like a fun fantasy novel.

I truly enjoyed this. From the moment it opened, I was attached to the characters involved. There was misdirection leading me to believe the narrative was one thing when in reality it was going a completely different direction. Werner took the story places I didn’t expect and I felt like I was running right along with Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg to save the Nine Realms.

This was a swashbuckling adventure. It was well worth the read. And I love that it stands alone. Sometimes I just want more Marvel or Asgard. And I find myself wanting more about The Warriors Three quite often. So this book was a pleasant surprise.

If you’re interested in the world of Asgard or just want a fantastical adventure? This is definitely worth the read.
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This is probably my favorite (so far) of the legends of Asgard series from Aconyte. I loved the antics of the warriors three and where they were taken to help save Asgard from the Enchanters. 

I especially laughed out loud when it was revealed who Fandral became known as on Midgard (earth), but then cried soon after. 

The heart in this book was so full and I hope to read more about them soon!
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I received this ARC in e-book form in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley and Marvel for this opportunity! 
I want to preface this review by saying that I did not read the comics surrounding these characters prior to reading this book, therefore I cannot compare the two. So strictly speaking about the book, I really loved The Warrior Three, these characters. Hogun, Fandral and Volstagg. Their banter was hysterical and I loved their dynamic as they traveled around and fought against these evil forces. The descriptions in the book were a double-edged sword for me, however, as the descriptions were incredibly useful when it came to world-building and describing characters and epic battle scenes it became a bit tedious to read through at times. With this in mind, however, I can imagine that the author was attempting to recreate the kind of imagery you would get from reading the comics. Still, it became a lot to read at once sometimes especially since a lot of the scenes were brimming with a lot of description which took me out of my reading realm a little bit. I still really enjoyed this book despite this, though, and would highly recommend this book to those who love the Marvel universe or simply like a lot of awesome action scenes and a ton of witty banter.
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The Asgard magic strikes again! I can't tell you how much I've loved this series so far, and "Three Swords" keeps the promise I feel has been made by the previous books: an adventurous read that sucks you in with a truly brilliant plot, fantastic characters, magical setting(s), and leaves you feeling completely satisfied. It doesn't hurt that C.L. Werner's writing is as easy to read as saying "yes" to another cup of tea! More, please... and some more after that!!
 
My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley. This review was written voluntarily and is entirely my own, unbiased, opinion.

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While helping some rebels overthrow their tyrannical king, the Warriors Three meet an old mystic who claims to have been waiting for them. He describes to them the threat posed to Asgard by three sorcerous brothers, the Enchanters, who are each working to create an army to conquer Asgard. But the Enchanter’s towers are scattered across time and space, and the Warriors Three will have to risk life and limb to stop these sorcerers before they can overthrow Odin’s rule. But things are not quite as they seem, for in the shadows, someone is plotting against these heroes.

Whenever this trio of Asgardian heroes - Fandral, Hogunn and Volstagg - appeared in the comics, it always meant a rousing adventure. Visually, they have great contrast, and their differing personalities also set up for a dynamic mix. As such, I was very pleased to find them starring in this upcoming novel (to be released in February 2022) and excited to read the advanced galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The novel does provide for plenty of adventure; the reader is deposited right into the thick of the action from the first chapter with the fights continuing all the way to the final pages. However, I found that the usual banter between the group lost some of its charm in a prose only form. Sure, we have Volstagg's boisterous bravado and Fandral's enduring charm (with a strong reference to his resemblance of the legendary Robin Hood), but I found Hogunn sort of faded into the background quite often.

The symmetry of three leading protagonists is mirrored by three foes, each hiding out in three varied locales. This leads to a lot of variables, some which worked well and others less so. At least they insured that the story always kept moving and did not feel like it had slow moments of padding that can sometimes occur in fantasy adventure novels. Lastly, there is a twist that did not take this reader by surprise at all.

I would recommend this to fans of Thor and Asgard, first and foremost. Having a familiarity with the Warriors Three will help readers get the most enjoyment from this novel.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

For more information visit marvel.com. © 2020 MARVEL
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