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Blade of the Poisoner Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Starfire (November 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553277170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553277173
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Hill (1935-2007) Douglas Arthur Hill was a Canadian science fiction author, editor and reviewer. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, and the son of a railroad engineer, he was raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He studied English at the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned an Honours BA in 1957, and at the University of Toronto. Hill moved to Britain with his wife, Gail Robinson, in 1959, where he worked as a freelance writer and editor for Aldus Books. From 1967 to 1968 he served as Assistant Editor of the controversial New Worlds science fiction magazine under Michael Moorcock. --This text refers to the Digital edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shanshad VINE VOICE on January 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A young boy who is more than he seems, a cast of unusual companions who must help him, and an ultimate evil in the land to be defeated. Sound familiar? Unless this is your first foray into fantasy, you've encountered all these elements before. Douglas Hill's first book in this two-book young adult series published during the 1980's is not spectacular by any means, but it is a nice action-packed, short adventure story.
Young Jarrel has suffered a wound from the evil Poisoner's blade, and is destined to die by the next full moon. Only by destroying the blade that gave him the wound can Jarrel be saved, and it will be up to Jarrel's new companions--Archer, Scythe, Mandra and the wizard Cryl-to help save him. What follows is a lively journey to the Poisoner's lair to ultimately defeat the evil-and to discover what remarkable powers Jarrel may possess. The book is only 192 pages long, which means the story detail remains pretty thin, without much complexity and more than a bit cliché. There isn't much recommend Hill's villains, they are two-dimensional evil caricatures that must be defeated, likewise the fantasy world itself mirrors just about any D&D fantasy setting. But the brevity of the story does have its benefits-the story doesn't bog down in exposition, the chapters are often less than ten pages long and it reads quickly. All of these elements make it an appropriate and appealing read to a preteen reader, especially boys, who might be discouraged by longer books, and who are just beginning to discover heroic fantasy. The author's storytelling is strong and his writing is decent , which makes even this bare-bones tale come to life and allows the reader to have a vested interest in the outcome.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JBan on July 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book (and the sequel) is great, one of the reasons being that it affected me so deeply. I read this book when I was 14, and I have read it 3 more times since then. This was the book that started my interest in the genre of fantasy. The only complaint is that it's not as long as I'd like it to be. Of course, that didn't bother me back then, but now (after reading the likes of Robert Jordan) I am left fiending!!!
And Mr. Hill's books are becoming VERY hard to find. A pity....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not a bookworm (pity, really) and have only completed about 6 decent books - Blade of the Poisoner and Master of Fiends being two of those six. I read them about five years ago when I was 14 - it really grabbed me. I haven't read such a book so good that its dewey number has stuck in my head since I finished reading the stories about Jarrad - 826HIL if you're wondering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By arrow19@netnitco.net on January 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a great book, and was surprised to find it was out of print! I read it when I was in middle school. I truly loved it, and since I am an amatuer writer myself, I try to keep the ideas there in my writing as well. The sequal is called Master of Fiends. Good luck in finding it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved the book, I wish that he would write a sequel to it.....what happens the Cryltaur Tabbetang, the wizard, do they save him or what? Other than that, It is a great book, although it is a little short......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in grade school and again in middle school, and have been unable to locate it since. My impressions were, however, that this was a VERY good book. However, it can't compare to a series like Tolkien's Ring cycle or Jordan's Wheel of Time, because it's TOO SHORT!
My impression was that this was the first of a long series (like Hill's Warlord series, but better). Unfortunately, it seems that this has never come about, and Hill's work seems to be slowly disappearing from the ken of man. It's a shame.
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