- Hardcover: 626 pages
- Publisher: Nelson Doubleday / SFBC (January 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568650094
- ISBN-13: 978-1568650098
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Book of Swords (Omnibus, Volumes 1, 2, 3)
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While I would like to see deeper character development, or more details on the mysterious past, at the same time it would likely ruin Saberhagen's forward momentum to slow it down and do so.
Usually the second book in a trilogy - the book to "bridge the gap" - tends to be ... shall we say, not quite up to the par of the first and third books. This is not the case in this instance. In "The Second Book of Swords," five years have passed, and while Barbara has been traveling with a carnival, Ben has chosen to sign up with the Blue Temple for service and Mark has wandered off who-knows-where in his quest to find ways to help fight against the Dark King. Early in the book they all reunite and, with Ben's urging, they decide to try to rob the Blue Temple's treasure hoard, which Ben guarantees has at least one Sword. Along the way they run across another treasure hunter - the Baron Doon, guided by the Sword Wayfinder - with whom Ben and Mark continue their quest, while Barbara goes her own way.
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This review is more in response to a few of the other reviews. The Book of Swords is a fast paced fantasy that plays out a game started by "the gods" for their amusement. There are magicians everywhere good and evil, guilds, kingdoms, battles, and at least one character growing into himself. What more could you want... Oh yes you could want to go around in circles and get a whole lot more in depth so each book would take a couple of weeks instead of a couple of days.
Saberhagen did not need to go anymore in depth for a book at this reading level!
If that isn't enough for you than you probably don't want this series. If you wander what your getting yourself into when you start a series of books than...
This is an excelent choice for someone who is not used to reading very long books but does not like a (good) story to end. This is one story that is broken up into smaller self sufficient stories. If you usually just read one book and your done you will be pleased with this book and may even expand your horizons. You can keep going if you want to but you don't have to if you want to be finished. However, if you are looking for your reading for the next year you would be sourly disappointed. It goes comparativly quickly for a series.
I don't believe this series was ever intended for a college level reader, except perhaps in discusing symolizm (in fact it is full of it my english 102 professor would have a field day).
This is a great book for some one who might be intimidated by a large book with large words. Someone on the 6th or 8th grade level should get through it but anyone who enjoys magic would be able to enjoy as well. I read strictly sci. fi. before I read this series but now I love the longer fantasy stuff. I haven't gone back to short Sci. fi. novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As I truly enjoy fantasy, I found this story to be not overly interesting. The characters were somewhat ok but I didn't think much of the premise. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lynn C. Hunt
Reread this recently. Had to buy a new copy as my last three have been 'borrowed' over the last 10 years...was as great as I remembered it being.Published 4 months ago by Wilfredo R. Infante
I really liked this story. It was for me the kind of story that keeps you up at night reading until you finish. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mikey D
Finally I found a copy of the Swords book Have been looking for it for a long time. Cover torn and folded in places when I received itPublished 7 months ago by Neil H. Nitkin
Thank you. This was a gift for my son, to replace a cherished copy that was destroyed by an unfortunate accident. A great book at a great price.Published 8 months ago by Wayne Castro
I randomly picked up the first book in a coffeeshop that had old free paperbacks for folks to take. I enjoyed that first book enough to track down the omnibus with the three... Read morePublished 8 months ago by JL Goulden
This book completely took me away from reality and drenched me in a vibrant world of fantasy. I love this series and highly recommend it to fantasy novel fans.Published 10 months ago by David W Murphy
I've read all the books as a Teen and had a hell of a time finding them all individually. I amazingly stumbled on this book while thumbing through a donated book library on a base... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nicholas V. Persad