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Sorry to say I have no interest in Mark, Ben or Barbara. It is most often used to influence others, to mentally suggest or trick, to tame or calm.

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I read this series some 30 years ago and am really enjoying reading it again. Lastly, the Sword provides some measure of protection from the powers of other Swords.

The Emperor has begotten many illegitimate children, to the point where “Emperor’s child” is a common colloquialism for any urchin, orphan, or bastard. Not many of the conventional tropes of fantasy are present. Time will tell if I do bother to continue with the story, which has been pretty good so f I’m aware that this is a large series, but for some reason I was under the impression that each novel could be a standalone. Saberhagen died of cancer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico Saberhagen was born in and grew up in the area of Frdd, Illinois.

We get hints of some hstory and such, but a sense that this world of magic occurs thousands of years into our future. When I picked it back up I went straight through to the 2nd and am about to start the 3rd book. I thought there would be a big event with all of the swords coming together. Only four of the swords feature in the story, and they fall from hand to hand, the actual story itself very slowly unfolding. I enjoyed that first book enough to track down the omnibus with the three books.

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For example, in the Second Book of Swords, a treasure hoard was protected behind a magical maze. Although each of them use the same characters and follow the same storyline and premise, each story is complete in of itself. I couldn’t stop turning pages but I have almost no sabehragen information to infer. This is one of those books I recall fondly. This is middling fantasy. This story will be a lot of fun for any Dungeons and Dragons aficionados who enjoy a good dungeon crawl.

I’m far enough along that I know I’m going to have to read the whole series. This review is really of the whole series as one big story.

The First Book of Swords (Books of Swords, #1) by Fred Saberhagen

The most powerful sorcerers often have several lifetimes of mastery under their belt, as these mighty few have learned to delay aging and death, usually sacrificing their humanity somewhere along the way. At one point he banished a fted carrying the dark king Vilkata who was in possession of the mindsword to the moon.

Gods are far stronger than demons and do not usually fear them. They just traveled there and the story continued. It spun in the twilight dim as well And gods and men marched off to hell.


Vulcan does so, using several mortals to help him forage the swords and spilling their blood to seal the magic – all except one man whom he lets live an take one of the swords with him. Jun 15, Lolowe added it. Saberhagen’s book deals with some fantasy world set in a future world long after some apocylpse. Typing that sentence just made me feel like a big dork. As with most uses of great power, there is eventually a cost. Many of the leading healing eaberhagen and hospitals are actually White Temples, and most of what one thinks of as traditional “holy men” are servants of White.

On June 29,Saberhagen died of prostate cancer in Albuquerque. He encounters gods, dragons, and an army on the way. English Choose a language for shopping. Mark is the purported swods of the blacksmith Jord, one of the conscripted smiths that aided Vulcan in forging the Swords, losing his arm in the process. The overall concept of the Book of Swords is pretty amazing – twelve swords forged by the god Vulcan have legendary powers and their impact on humanity.


I also loved that the swords really come into play in the thi I got the complete version of this book, but only read it for the third book, because I have the first two as singles, so this review is really for the third book only. It hoards staggering wealth, but never does anything with it. Its central theme revolves around the Twelve Swords of Power forged by the gods, each endowed with a particular power or gift, and how various people acquire and use them. And now having completed the t A good friend had recommended this or to me a year or so ago, but had also added at the time that he had mislaid his copy of it and wished he could read it again.

I remember reading this series as a youth and liking it a lot. I’ve read all the books as a Teen and had a hell of a time finding them all sabefhagen.

But after that and on with the other two books I was disappointed. I can say I am encouraged to go back and purchase the few Swords, and Berserker books I do not already own. The gods create a set of 12 swords with magical powers as part of a game to play wi This is a review of the Book of Swords trilogy–but not any of the later swords books.

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This isn’t exactly dark fantasy, and it isn’t exactly high fantasy. At his mother’s behest, he takes the Sword and flees for his life, as the Duke begins to seek the Sword in earnest. There is no possibility of resisting or recovery, saberhagfn for the passage of time. Nov 12, ben rated it liked it. Gods have shown up taking the names and persona of the classical deities.

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