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Blade of the Poisoner
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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.Read more ›
And Mr. Hill's books are becoming VERY hard to find. A pity....
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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It feels like the characters are in an impossible situation, but Hill defines the rules of the world and sticks to them so that the victory is both very unlikely and very fair. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Noumenon
I read this book as a freshmen and it still was as fun to read as it was then. Good read.Published on April 27, 2013 by caleb
I really liked this book when I first read it in a local library I knew I had to have this book. The story takes many twists and turns and is always eventful. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by Alexis Rule
Talents. Elementals. Good guys. Bad guys. We've seen it all before. Blade of the Poisoner joins a multitude of other generic and contrived young adult fantasies. Read morePublished on June 19, 1999
This is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. It has action,wizardry,villians,heros,and romance. A must read for any fantasy fan. Read morePublished on November 20, 1998 by firstname.lastname@example.org