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Six of Swords Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1984


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Later Printing edition (May 12, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345318102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345318107
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Award-winning ex-journalist and novelist Carole Nelson Douglas has written sixty novels ranging from historical and contemporary mystery and romance to science fiction thrillers to high and urban fantasy. No wonder her home office is a Twilight Zone landscape of mannequins in vintage dress.

She's a four-time Rita Award finalist and has RT Reviews Magazine lifetime achievement awards in Suspense, Mystery and as a Pioneer of Publishing. Currently, she writes two popular Las Vegas-set series: the Midnight Louie, feline PI, mysteries partially narrated by a "Sam Spade with hairballs" and the Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, noir urban fantasies of werewolf mobsters and Silver Screen zombies in a paranormal Sin City.

Douglas was the first author of a Sherlockian series with a female protagonist, diva-detective Irene Alder, the only woman to outwit Holmes, debuting with the New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Good Night, Mr. Holmes. Douglas says if she has a literary muse, it's definitely feline: mysterious, wise, playful, and packing sharp shivs in velvet gloves.

Customer Reviews

I find a book mini if it's under 300 pages.
Book ObsessedTeen
This included ridiculous sounding dialogue as well as no sense of connection between the characters.
Christopher Ware
I normally do not write these thing good or bad I just deal with it.
Kyber Allen Hawke

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Six of Swords is actually the first book in a series of 5 fantasy novels about Irissa, a magical seeress, and Kendric, a typical "I wouldn't touch magic with a ten foot pole," sword-swinging type of guy. Unfortunately, the author appears to have switched publishers in the middle of the series. The third book, "Keepers of Edanvant" is labelled as book one of the "Sword and Circlet" series. If anyone has made the unfortunate mistake of picking up "Keepers of Edanvant" as I did, it quickly becomes obvious that certain necessary elements are missing. "Six of Swords" as well as "Exiles of the Rynth" supply those necessary elements. "Six of Swords" explains how Irissa and Kendric met one another as well as the evil wizard, who became their nemesis throughout the rest of the series. This is the story about how all of their adventures began. I found it in a book store after it was out of print; chances are you can find it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pam McDonald on June 18, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was amazed to read the previous reviews for this book. I am an avid reader of fantasy novels, this book and the series is easily my favourite. It is not an easy read, and you do have to concentrate, but that is part of the attraction. I love the way she writes. It is very formal and I think is fitting with the imagined time-frame. My favourite line is "Now the only riddle I wish to unravel is the intricacies of your silken belt -". It is a beautifully written book, and I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 8, 2010
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Ambitious beyond its reach, this book fails mainly in two areas. First, the plot is so threadbare as to be nonexistent; I'm used to writers not spelling things out, instead leaving it for the reader to pick up piecemeal, but by 200 pages in one still doesn't quite know what the problem is, or worse, what the two main characters are doing about it other than stumbling around. Secondly, Douglas' prose leaves a lot to be desired. Consider the following sentence: "He glanced at Irissa's withdrawn profile, her closed lashes lying like a massed army of dark barbs across the peaceful valley of her eye sockets."

And there's more besides, at least half of which sounds like it could win a Bulwer-Lytton contest. In fact, the entire last three or four chapters of the book are so laden with bad prose and utterably dull situations (which are meant to be 'riveting') that the best descriptor of the book I can imagine is "tedious."

Avoid this book at all costs.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of only 2-3 books in my life that I've just thrown down with disgust. Starts promisingly, but very poor writing and poorly-detailed events make for a confusing, uninteresting book. I was shocked and horrified when this led to a series, and take my revenge now, years later, by stating that this was clearly the product of a new writer, needed serious editing, and probably should never have been accepted for publication.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A densely written, almost surrealistic novel of journeys within journeys. Characterizations are very real--people we know, reacting to problems and dangers in ways we understand. The craft is exceptional--words, people, plot and country are all woven with magic for the reader. At later readings, the deeper meanings of the search shine through, reminiscent in some ways of LeGuin's Earthsea Trilogy, yet separate. Yet here again are the confrontations with self and with pride, dark magic and the consuming quest for power. And again, the real story is the journey, and not the destination.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Book ObsessedTeen on February 29, 2004
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Arlight, this was one of the worst books ever. I bought this book 2 years ago in a used book store and I started reading. I have been going through novels so quickly. I find a book mini if it's under 300 pages.
I have tried to read it about 3 times. The last time I made it *almost* to the end! It's...to put it simply 'boring to the point of sleeping' so, don't read it! It stinks!
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I normally do not write these thing good or bad I just deal with it. But this time I was very frustrated, I wanted to get this old book for my daughter. I like to giver books with a strong female character, and this book had that. When I got the book that was described as like new was old beaten up and missing the first 63 pages. Not happy.
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