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Product Details

  • Series: Tiger and Del (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756407966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407964
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Surprise-filled... such a satisfyingly human series. Sensitive readers of both sexes should appreciate how Roberson rises above the usual genre cliches."
(Publishers Weekly)

"Exciting sword-play, elegant prose, and detailed relationships make this latest sword and sorcery fantasy a must-read. This book stands alone, but the entire Sword-Dancer series is a treat."
(Romantic Times)

"It's not just Ms. Roberson's fertile imagination that makes her books so special. It's also wonderful characterization and a marvelous sense of timing that keeps her readers right on the edge of their seats."
(Rave Reviews)

"Roberson doesn't take the easy way out...she has the courage and the writing ability to let her characters be true to themselves, and the result is a taut and breathless novel."
(American Fantasy)

"Review enough books and you start to run out of superlatives, and I wish I could make a new one up to describe this particular fantasy adventure.... Go out and buy this book. Buy a copy for a friend."
(Science Fiction Chronicle)

About the Author

Jennifer Roberson is the author of the Sword-Dancer Saga and the Chronicles of the Cheysuli, and collaborated with Melanie Rawn and Kate Elliott on the historical fantasy The Golden Key, a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. She has also published three historical novels, and several in other genres. An exhibitor and breeder of Cardigan Welsh Corgis, she lives on acreage in Northern Arizona with eight dogs and two cats. She is currently working on the third Karavans novel, with prologue available at her website, http://www.cheysuli.com/author/Index.html.

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I can't wait for next book to hopefully come out soon!
bermuda71
Roberson paints a canvas with words, creating a world alive and vital--full of memorable characters, vivid places.
Melissa Snark
If you are a fan of Tiger and Del, this is a must-read!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ishtoya on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the volume through Barnes and Noble which released it 6 days early, so this purchase isn't verified. Whatever, I read it.

A fantastic addition to the Sword-Dancer series, Sword-Bound is just as wonderful as the other six volumes. Despite the time between releases, there is no degradation of character nor setting. It does require a bit of previous knowledge (but come on, who starts a series with the seventh book and expects to be informed) but adds wonderful character interactions and development.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. McAlonan on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
With an entertaining mix of new and old (err, "older) characters, action, and lively banter, Jennifer Roberson presents the latest in the adventures of Tiger and Del. As with the previous six novels of this saga, Sword-Bound provides occasion for the full spectrum of emotions, from laughter to despair, as Tiger and Del make their way through a sometimes dangerous and harsh land. It was a pleasure from start to finish.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2013
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In this latest adventure, Tiger and Del don't disappoint.
This deep into a series, many authors become 'stale' or the story becomes just a regurgitation of earlier adventures.. not so with Tiger and Del's newest tale.
If you are a fan of Tiger and Del, this is a must-read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Snark on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A good novel is like going home and the characters from a good series are like family. For twenty-five years, Jennifer Roberson has been my favorite novelist; the adventures of Tiger and Del have been my chosen couple. My original copies of the Sword-Dancer series have grown ragged and dog-eared from frequent reading, and I have replaced the set at least once. When Roberson announced plans to release a seventh (and an eighth!) book, I wooted and whooped--and almost performed back flips.

Roberson paints a canvas with words, creating a world alive and vital--full of memorable characters, vivid places. In Sword-Bound, she resumes the adventures of Tiger and Del, a story set two years after where they last left the reader. The plot kicks off slowly, depicting domestic life in a peaceful canyon, where the couple lives with their two-year-old daughter, Sula, and Tiger's grown son, Neesha. They operate a sword-dancing school and Tiger appears quite domesticated--up until his son accuses him of being so and challenges him to go on an adventure.

The pace picks up swiftly, covering ground and combats, with caravan guard duty and what may be Tiger's most challenging sword dance ever. Overall, it comes fast and furious, and keeps on coming. There are occasional bits of back story, explanations for those not familiar with the series that slow things down a little. Umir-the-Irritating (not his real name) is back to his old mischief. All in all, the story is absolutely absorbing--an "I can't put this down" thriller.

The worst thing about a series is when it ends because the couple gets together. Tiger and Del provide the reader with the rare and satisfying experience of watching a beloved couple continued to evolve and grow--together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Smith on February 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
You would expect by the 7th book in a series mostly about only TWO characters that we could tire of them, but that is not the case with Tiger and Del. I could read about the further adventures of these two wonderful characters forever. Some of the best parts of thier stories isn't the adventures they find themselves in... it's the quiet moments in between of just the two of them with each other.
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For the world's two greatest sword dancers, the Sandtiger and Delilah, it's been two years since the events in SWORD-SWORN. Having settled in their peaceful canyon, they'd been whiling away the days raising their whirlwind two-year-old daughter, Sula, and teaching sword craft in their shodo. Tiger's 25-year-old son, Neesha, is one of the students, and it's Neesha who provides impetus for the plot to get going. It's Neesha who accuses Tiger of being domesticated. He challenges him to go forth and have more adventures. And there's Del not disagreeing.

After eleven years Jennifer Roberson got that itch again, to which I promptly say hide the topical hydrocortisone. Back in '02 I had resigned myself to no more reading books about Tiger and Del, and so now imagine the hoot and holler that went on when I saw this sucker, SWORD-BOUND, on the bookstore shelf. I couldn't stop big grinning, never mind that I'm not welcome at Barnes & Nobles any more.

Eleven years away from Del and Tiger's world and Roberson hasn't lost her deftness. Tiger's first person narration still rings true. SWORD-BOUND goes down like water to parched lips after a trek thru the Punja desert, and I don't even see that as hyperbole. Tiger and Del are two of the most vital characters in literary fiction, their interplay of mutual affection and unrelenting oneupmanship even more absorbing than their impressive acts of derring-do. Add to that this amusing new element of parenting and of Neesha as a constant presence, and these make for an interesting shift in group dynamics. It's fascinating that Tiger and Del continue to evolve in their relationship.
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