2.5 starsSo, a lot of the time while I was reading this I wasn't even following. I like the idea of the sword (I don't want to go into detail for fear of spoiling), but I feel like the execution of the story needed a little more--or a lot more--work. I have no doubt in my mind this would be a good story if it were told aloud and spread that way too, as a folk tale is. It has that simplicity and quickness about it that would make it perfect for telling around a bonfire.While I was still in the first half of The Fifty Year Sword I was fully prepared to give the book a one star rating and say I hated it, but it pulled me back in a bit by the end. It's not my favorite story, but I don't feel like I wasted my time reading it. The book is super artistic and pretty, but I'm afraid the story just isn't enough to make me read it again. Alas.