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

Fred Saberhagen
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 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.


Product Details

  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridging the gap January 24, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 - with whom they continue their quest, minus Barbara, who goes her own way.

While The First Book of Swords was a fairly simple plot with flat characters and brisk movement, Saberhagen took more care to building his characters in this text, while at the same time maintaining a fairly tough pace. I was personally pleased by this, as I like to know a bit about the characters in the stories I read. Overall I am pleased with the trilogy so far and have made a note to myself to go and seek the rest of the books set in this world (there are certainly a lot of them!). If you are a fan of the sword and sorcery genre of fantasy (with a bit of a twist), definitely spend the time it will take to find these very fun books.
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- SPOILERS EVERYWHERE ALERT -

I remembered this series fondly from years ago, but was a bit disappointed at how slap dash some of the characters and settings felt for a lot of the ride. Then again, that's largely what this particular book is about - the very D & Dish ride through classic `Conan' type situations. I suspect Saberhagen would be fine with that - he probably likes Howard more than Tolkien. He's not quite as blithely lazy as Moorcock can be: I was amused by the way that when a contradiction would come up he wouldn't take the time to rewrite the previous chapters to fix or integrate it, but would throw in a post-script justification (such as - Radulescu's hard to swallow about face, or Barbara "...quickly explained how..." in a couple of sentences she and an entire army happened to turn up unbelievably providentially). He's savvy enough to on a reread realise where readers will go, "As if...", and concerned enough to come up with a usable (sort of) workaround, but planning and rewrites are not his core interests.

You can see that the he built the book around the central idea of a heist - a group working through several levels of security - and the early chapters are mainly the setup. I thought the way he gave Ben the knowledge of the vault was effective, although once `Wayfinder' turned up entirely unnecessary: why did Doon have any use for Ben and Mark? Why did Wayfinder require them: they did nothing essential to help him achieve his goal, and ended up doing the complete opposite.

But sometimes the chaos works well for Saberhagen. I like the way that, for example, Mitspeiler has poured all his craft and years into what turns out to be his dead end son.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 6, 2014
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Great story. I'm addicted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 5, 2014
Format:Paperback
I used to own it, but got flooded out so needed a replacement
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re-purchase on Kindle January 27, 2014
By John P
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Have ready this series five or six times - decided to buy for my kindle! Well written, engaging characters, and a great premise! Recommend the series for anyone who likes Fantasy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For some reason I read this one first January 5, 2014
Format:Paperback
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. His minimalist approach makes you think and the story is so iconic and powerful that this one can be re-read over and over again.
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Fred Saberhagen (1930-2007) is widely published in many areas of speculative fiction. He is best known for his Berserker, Swords, and Dracula series. Less known are the myth-based fantasies Books of the Gods. Fred also authored a number of non-series fantasy and science fiction novels and a great number of short stories. For more information on Fred, visit his website: www.fredsaberhagen.com.

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