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The Second Book Of Swords (Saberhagen's Swords Series 2) [Kindle Edition]

Fred Saberhagen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mark and Ben travel deep into the Blue Temple's hidden horde of treasures in an attempt to recover gold and Swords for Sir Andrew. Gods, demons and human traitors have other plans for the Swords and for the adventurers. When playing the game of the gods no one's survival is secure, even a god's.

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  • File Size: 391 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JSS Literary Productions (April 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X6UCO6
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively simply storytelling, terrific tale! January 25, 2010
On the surface, and especially in the first book, this appears to be just another fantasy novel - young boy given a magical sword, sets out to seek his fate, blah blah bibbity blah. However, we see depths here, hints of a mysterious past in the world (technology was banished 2000 years ago for a length of time of 49,949 years - what a strange number - does it mean something?), tales of other magical swords - which are apparently true, as evil-doers start coming out of the woodwork left and right seeking the boy to steal his magical sword in order to gain its power for their own.

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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special November 14, 2000
I'd really give this 2-1/2 stars, mostly because of the very good premise with the Swords and the setup in the first few chapters of Book One (in which the writing is markedly better than in later chapters--deadline rush?). In essence, the god Vulcan forges 12 magical swords, each with distinctive powers, and lets them loose in the world, in the hands of mortals. From then on, though, the story's a rapid, sometimes confusing yarn where things just don't seem to add up. And, perhaps most glaringly in the light of modern fantasy standards, there is _no_ distinctive characterization. The characters are just shells who ride the whirlwind of the narrative: Mark is a bland hero with a mysterious father; Ben is big and strong and not as dumb as he looks; Barbara is a woman who can use a sling; Baron Doon has a Machiavellian, treasure-hunting streak. That's about it. (I think Nestor simply disappears after Book One. What the heck happened?)
In sum, it's fun to watch the introduction of each Sword, its power and weakness, but the Swords are much more interesting than the characters. If you're in the mood for fantasical adventure, read something by Fritz Leiber or Robin Hobb instead (or, for a true change, Guy Gavriel Kay).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a mixture of magic and mythology [no spoilers] December 16, 2004
By Oscar
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Second Book of Swords" is the second novel in "The Book of Swords" trilogy approximately five years following the prior book. It has an interesting storyline involving an assortment of deities supplemented with a variety of creative magical weaponry.

The book splits time between Ben, Mark, and Baron Doon. I find Mark a more engaging personality and am mildly disappointed Ben dominated the storytelling even though he is a decent character. The enigma of Baron Doon helps build suspense throughout but some of my favorite characters, Sir Andrew and Draffut, make only brief appearances.

An amazing ending, confirming if the swords can destroy a god or goddess, leads to what should be an exciting final novel. I do not care for the mixture of Greek and Roman names for the gods and goddesses, I would prefer to stick with one mythological theme. A detailed map of the significant terrains would have been useful.

I would recommend this series to any fan of the fantasy genre.

Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book August 28, 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is about a dozen swords with unique special powers forged by the god Vulcan. The swords were then scattered across the world. Mark, the main character with a somewhat unknow background is the one who figures out most of the swords and eventually finds more out about his background and patronage. While this is not your typical fanatasy book with in depth character development, it is a book of many individuals and thier stories with each of the twelve swords. An excellent read for a tale of how powerfull artifacts alter peoples lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible writing! April 10, 1998
By A Customer
This book was simply excellent. Fred's mix of mythology, "Old World" technology, medieval-type weapons, demons, and magic creates a fantasy world which is impossible to leave. The nature of the gods, the Swords and their incredible power, Sir Andrew, Yambu, and Vilkata, the Emperor, Mark, Ben are people that will keep you turning the pages. One of the truly excellent things about this book is the mystery concerning The Emperor, Ardneh, and the Old World. There are many things to ponder and think about, while at the same time it is written with simplicity. All in all, this book is written with extreme talent. No other fantasy book I've read surpasses this one. (After you've read it, look at the first sentence in the prologue and the last sentence in the epilogue and you'll see another example of how Saberhagen made this book great.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story. I'm addicted.
Published 5 days ago by Paul Rezas
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I used to own it, but got flooded out so needed a replacement
Published 6 days ago by John J. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Upon coming across the book's condition description online, it was finely detailed to give the customer an idea where the book was worn or used. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jonathan Cawley
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-purchase on Kindle
Have ready this series five or six times - decided to buy for my kindle! Well written, engaging characters, and a great premise! Read more
Published 5 months ago by John P
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I read this book about 15 years ago . when I saw it on amazon I had to buy it that's how good it is I am in the middle of it and it is just as good as I remembered. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ian C Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars For some reason I read this one first
I picked this up on a whim when it came out and it is still my favorite of the series. Such an amazing tale. I love Saberhagen's writing style as it always kept me guessing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steven M Latour
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Saberhagen continues the search for the Swords. The introduction of new characters, while absolutely necessary, seemed to drag the story down, but was worth the time.
Published 6 months ago by T. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read. I'm a new fan.
I kinda dragged my feet starting to read this series. I'm an "all or nothing" kinda person. I bought all the books ( the combined versions) and waited until all arrived to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike Yori
5.0 out of 5 stars Best service hands down!
The service from Blue Unicorn Books was fast and the book was in the condition listed. When I had to return "The Complete Book of Swords" I enclosed a note explaining why I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peggy Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
I alway thought it was neat that a guy with saber in his name should write a book about swords. The concept of these books is really cool and an enjoyable read. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jesse
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