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This is one of those books I recall fondly.

And I say that as someone who fed not a fan of the genre. Not even the gods of the Swords universe are immune to its power. I love the stuff I have read by Saberhagen before and I have most of this series already but it has been a long time before I started it. The evil is not really a supreme evil, and even knows his own limitations. He will do anything to gain an upper hand over his enemies; as a younger man he gouged out his own eyes as a sacrifice in order to gain the power required to get revenge over those who had wronged him.

The Demons of Saberhagen’s Swords universe swoeds the remnants frwd atomic or other high power weapons detonations, rendered anthropomorphic by The Change. The medieval setting was too familiar and uninspired.

Eventually this makes swods family the first to feel the disastrous and terrifying after effects of these imbued blades. At one point the Blue Temple hoarded four of the Twelve Swords of Powerincluding Shieldbreakerwhich they never used for fear of losing them.

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The Emperor is often referred to as the Great Clown because of his penchant for wearing masks and allegedly playing pranks. Although thought by most people to be a god, Draffut actually started life as a dog, but he underwent a miraculous change into a giant fur-covered biped at some point 50, years earlier, after having been admitted to the Lake of Life.

I didn’t have to read about Nestor’s trek through the swamp or the gang’s wagon ride to Sir Andrew’s place. The second novel is a little bet Ill named omnibus of first three books of swords.

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At his mother’s behest, he takes the Sword and flees for his life, as the Duke begins to seek the Sword in earnest. In one mission, Mark manages to rescue the princess regent of the land of Tasavalta, becoming her consort in the process. Sightblinder, which grants you the ability to see things as they really are while masking yourself in some useful illusion.

Saberhagen served in the [[U. This one is from so far back, I read it years ago. I found myself flashing back to that moment as a kid where I was fascinated by the magical swords These take place in the fictional universe set up in Empire of the East taking place thousands of years after that book. Definitely an enjoyable read, not anything that’ll completely blow your mind or revolutionize anything, but much better than average schlock-fantasy I remember seeing copies of the Books of the Swords in ads for the Science Fiction Book Club in Discover magaine as a kid.

It becomes apparent in the telling of the overall story that that purpose has gone awry because the power of the swords is so destabilizing and overwhelming some of them can kill god’s, one of them even makes it simple and easy.

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The colors coincide with the colors of the American flag; since multiple continents are mentioned in the series, this would strongly indicate that the stories take place in North America. The mortals are battling over possession of the swords because of their power, the gods are trying to get them back under control or use them for intermural god conflict. Eye for an eye, Doomgiver scans The fate of all folk everywhere.

When this fact is discovered during swirds game of the Swords, the gods begin to slowly lose power and then disappear altogether.

Late in the series the Emperor identifies himself thus: Play begins in grand and gloriously violent fashion as Swords are gathered and saords to control chance, enhance fortune, and change destiny. So they create Twelve Swords of Powerand scatter them throughout the world, planning to watch and wager over the chaos that ensues.

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There is too much fo This book series has fded great concept: I just hope they get fleshed o There isn’t much to say about this book. Saberhagen’s use of mythology is unusual and there is a lot of action.

Demons are powerless before the Emperor. Lists with This Book. Jan 15, Bill Harrison rated it really liked it. Not bookk lot is forthcoming swordz their making or history. But, I have to say, I really expected more. There are three major religious sects in the Swords universe.

The second book opens up the scope of the book further and a now twenty year old mark and his friend Ben become embroiled in a heist attempt against the Blue Temple, a religious order that worships wealth. Any of his children and to a lesser extent, their children, etc.

And now having completed the t A good friend had recommended this collection 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.

In the end, though, this is a fine book, a fun read, a decent fantasy. It was a simple read ,but it was fun.

I couldn’t stop turning pages but I have almost no concrete information to infer. As with most uses of great power, there is eventually a cost. Dracula was violent and ill-tempered but nonetheless is bound by his own sense of honor and saberjagen loyal to his loved ones.

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Quite alot to eat in one sitting, but even when finished your left feeling hungry. One of the gods and one of Mark.

The First Book of Swords. On the whole, a pleasant visit with an old friend. Fred Saberhagen was an American science fiction and fantasy author most famous for his ”Beserker” and Dracula stories. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

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.