The First Swords: The Book of Swords Volumes 1, 2, & 3 [Fred Saberhagen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Fred Saberhagen’s Book of. The Complete Book of Swords (Omnibus, Volumes 1, 2, 3) [Fred Saberhagen, Duncan Eagleson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. First Book of Swords [Fred Saberhagen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. For a game, the gods have given the world 12 Swords of Power .

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This compilation sets the stage rather nicely for the books to follow which tell of the exploits of the remaining swords. I just finished reading this trio of books, and sadly it was like eating a bag of popcorn. The Sword of Stealth is given to One lonely and despised. In addition to their roles as caregivers, they also pray over the dead, give spiritual guidance, help to the poor, and give sanctuary to the weak.

The four swords are interesting and have varied powers; Dragonslicer a sword that can kill any dragon as easily as a knife goes through butter. Saberhagen also wrote a series of vampire novels in which the vampires including the famous Dracula are the protagonists, and a series of post-apocalyptic mytho-magical novels beginning with his popular Empire of the East and continuing through a long series of Swords and Lost Swords novels.

Thanks to Saberhagen for helping to introduce me to such an amazing genre, but this is no longer a book that I enjoy. Books of Swords 4 books. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The first book is a bit of a chase, wherein Mark is on the run with the sword named Townsaver after accidentally killing the cousin of a local ruler. Saberhagen died of cancer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico Saberhagen was Fred Saberhagen was an American science fiction and fantasy author most famous for his ”Beserker” and Dracula stories.

The emperor had so much potential, as did many of the o This book has a promising set-up and a great set of main characters to play with. In the belly of the giant that my blade impales.

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It will immediately streak toward the target and impale them through the heart, including demons and gods. With specific powers and goals and attitudes and influences. I would only say that the laps saberhafen the books does leave the read in wonder a little, there is a little of a time lapse, where I think the author could supply us with some more details, but this does not take anything away from the substance of the stories.

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Ardneh is depicted in art as having an impossibly broad face with a neutral expression, that gives the vague impression of machinery to those looking at it.

I remember reading this series as a youth and liking it a lot. I had bought the original Book of Swords books from a library book sale way back in the day and read them and enjoyed them in that they were fun saberhgen feature magic swords and a strange setting bbook Roman gods and a number of other things, and then I had found those first three books collected in seords single hard cover not too long ago again at a library book sale.

Ill named omnibus of first three books of swords. And I say that as someone who is not a fan of the genre. I shatter Swords and splinter spears; None stands to Shieldbreaker.

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The Red Temple is concerned with worship of the flesh. See all 44 reviews. When unmasked, he appears to be an average middle aged man dressed in plain gray robes. We are introduced to the first few swords in the first book: It features the origins of a set of twelve swords forged by the god Vulcan. Meaning that keeping ownership of the Sword following use is problematic. The Emperor is the most powerful individual in the Swords universe. My only complaint is the fact that things are gleaned by divination rather than spies and footwork, half the time.

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Lastly, the Sword provides some measure of protection from the powers saberhaten other Swords. Oct 04, Jeffery rated it it was amazing.

Never read his fantasy stuff. Vulcanthe Smith, god of fire, volcanoes and blacksmiths, is the most prominent of the deities in the series as the creator of the Swords. Thanks for telling us about the problem. A decade later, as the rich and powerful become aware of the Swords, a Duke’s cousin, along with the court magician, and their two bodyguards, attempt to take Townsaver from Jord.

Like demonswizards are very picky about who knows their true name, for they are especially vulnerable to spells and magic incorporating this information.

Since I could not connect with the characters, I only grew interested frred a sword was employed. Saberhagen’s use of mythology is unusual and there is a lot of action.

A demon’s power is greater than that of any human, though sufficiently strong wizards can experience substantial success in warding them off or even controlling them such control is often a mainstay of a strong, frankly evil, wizard, for the power it confers, and which be used in defense or attacks—in the second volume of the original Book of Swordsa single demon appears to have been bound to a defensive task permanently, presumably for centuries —though demons vary fairly widely in power, and the strongest demons are either extremely difficult or impossible to control ‘The Black Mountains’, ‘Changeling Earth’.

In one mission, Mark manages to rescue the princess regent of the land of Tasavalta, saberhaen her consort in the process. The wielder need only hold the sword and think of the person they want dead.

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However, don’t expect to be blown away. Books of Swords 1. By escaping into the future, Wood is no longer human; it is the magical price he pays to survive.