• The First Blade of Ostia

  • A Society of the Sword Prequel
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (436 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The “First Blade of Ostia” is an accolade few will achieve. In Ostenheim, a city obsessed with duelling, it is one that nobody forgets.

Bryn’s earliest memory is of watching duels in the arena. His earliest dream is of taking his place there.

Amero dal Moreno has no dreams. His life has been about fulfilling the expectations of others. In search of a path of his own, the dreams of others are too tempting to resist.

After years of sacrifice and hard work, Bryn Pendollo is finally a professional duellist. Becoming the First Blade of Ostia no longer seems the childish fantasy it once did. To find the man standing in his way is also his best friend will test him in ways he would never have believed.

The First Blade of Ostia is a standalone swashbuckling fantasy adventure novel set in the Middle Sea World of the Society of the Sword Trilogy.

©2014 Duncan M. Hamilton (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Loved it

Stayed awake all night to finish..

If you also loved the following books you will like this book too!
1) The Eye of the World
2) The Name of the Wind
3) The Warded Man

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  • 09-21-19

Great book, I lived my headphones on for two days.

I pre-ordered both Joe Abercrombies new book “A Little Hatred” and bought Duncan Hamilton’s new book, They both hit my library this week. I decided to listen to First Blade of Ostia first.

The highest compliment I can give is that I was sorry when First Blade of Ostia was over, and I had to move on to the latest Abercrombie book.

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11 Hrs with 0 payoff.

11 hrs of listening to this book which had an excellent build-up to something that never occurs. Greatly disappointed with the end. There is no pay-off.

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An improvement on Society of Swords

First Blade is a bit derivative of the subsequent Society of Swords trilogy; there is a feeling of "this again..?" However, First Blade is in large part an improvement, particularly in pacing and focus. While the "moral to the story" might be a bit heavy-handed, the book's final outcome is not cliched nor predictable, even to those familiar with the trilogy. Overall, I enjoyed First Blade more than the subsequent trilogy.

Spoiler alert: I'd like a better explanation of what made the chief villain a sociopath. Overuse of magic, perhaps? He's first introduced as only a rogue before becoming more obviously evil.

Perkins' voicework was excellent as usual.

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Real fantasy

Great characters and and a plot that kept me guessing. Looking forward to the next instalment. Thanks Duncan, Derek and team for an entertaining 10 hours.

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stunning

thank you , thank you
I love reading your books. I love how you give back ground to your characters. just another awesome addition. thank you

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Could've been better

I loved the other story's from this world but I can't understand how this MC is supposed to be likeable because he's such a weakling and an idiot. Pride goes before the fall and this guy is all fall, he is just making stupid mistakes that I don't think are in regards with normal human acts. You also have basically a special forces soldier who is unwilling to kill, this guy is no Chris Kyle, he gave up a 50 goldcrown job to go on to the road and almost die leaving his mother in debt because of his pride. I think it could've been better, but all boots can't be a winner.

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A great underdog story

A little different. The story is a little more laid back. But you'll still be waiting for what comes next.

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Great Prequel

Great prequel overall, an interesting story and progression for Brynn (I apologize in advance for spelling, I've been listening to the Audio Books at work so I'll have to sound them out) and a great origin story for the antagonist of the main series - makes you hate him even more but gives his inhumane apathy and borderline sociopathic tendencies a bit of background and explanation. I'd suggest the starwars approach though, if you havent read the main series yet listen
to this after as it will spoil a bit of the suspense

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Very interesting

I read this a year or two after reading the society of the sword trilogy. I wish I had read it before but i have to say Perkins has created a really great world with this series. I hope it continues to find more success and he further develops the world.

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  • 09-26-19

Just ok

A touch slow and feels forced in some instances. Not as good as other books that follow.

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  • J Smith
  • 12-12-21

“Steel shrieked against steel”

Couldn’t put it down!
A brilliant prequel to the series and was devastated to come to the end.
Great characters in a frustratingly good story; I just wish there was more to listen too!
Amazing narration too which perfectly suits the book with great character voices and intense pacing and atmosphere!
Absolutely loved it!!

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  • Esther Dittmar
  • 06-26-21

Great stand alone novel in the world of Ostia.

I've listened to all the books set in this realm and this was the last. I was caught the whole time trying to anticipate what would happen and if Amaro would get his comeuppance. I'm going back now to re-listen to the Society of the Sword.

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  • matthew
  • 11-30-19

Yeeeehhhhhhaaaaarrrr

Awesome. A refreshing change. Great pace and you need to listen for your own option!.