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The Novels of Tiger and Del, Volume I Paperback – Bargain Price, February 7, 2006
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Jennifer Roberson crafts exciting adventures that just happen to have fully developed main characters who you will grow to know like old friends. This series is different from novels where the emphasis is on either character relationships OR adventure. The stories of Tiger and Del balance both to the satisfaction of all readers. Each novel is told in the voice of Tiger. Some will love him, other readers will find him too full of himself. Yet, he is engaging, and too charming to resist the tales.
I have read the entire series and look forward to rereading in this compilation. If you have read this series this book is a worthy addition for your collection, although I wish it came in hardcover. If this is your first introduction to the series or to the author, Jennifer Roberson, you could not start at a better place.
Del is an oddity to Tiger, a northern, pale skinned, pale hared woman who wears a sword that exudes magic (not that he gives much credence to magic, but it is one weird sword.) At first he's more than doubtful that she herself is a sword-dancer, but when she hires him to take her across a deadly dessert on a search for her brother who was kidnapped by slavers five years ago; he is forced by circumstances to learn her skill. Her tragic past and his own as well, are part of the package.
This was one of the weirdest fantasy novels I ever read and I mean that in a good way. Generally I hate first person but Tiger's voice is so true and funny and sounds so real that it's a joy to read. From his rather boneheaded observations about women (which do change as the book goes on) to his constant battle with his seemingly invincible and very mean horse, Tiger is the perfect narrator. Also the tense shifts as his self perception does, so when Tiger losses himself the book slides into third person which is an amazing writing tactic I've never seen before. The book (or I should say Books, because this omnibus addition contains the first two of six novels) has everything a good fantasy novel should have. Magic, adventure, tortured heroes who really aren't that heroic, heroines who don't need rescuing, mystery, magical creatures who are rather malicious as well as good ones, even a nice creation of the world myth.Read more ›
The Novels of Tiger and Del, Volume II: Sword-Maker - Sword Breaker
The Novels of Tiger and Del, Volume III (Sword-Dancer Saga)
In the beginning of this very enjoyable, unique series, we meet Sandtiger, a man who was raised as a nameless orphan, a foreigner from an unknown land and a slave within a nomadic desert tribe. He gained his name and begrudged freedom as a boy when he killed a deadly, venomous sandtiger which had been preying upon members of the tribe. Defeating death, and bearing the beast's claw marks as a distinctive scar upon his face, Sandtiger found a willing teacher who took him in and taught him the skills and honor codes of the sword dancer. Driven, he achieved the highest level of mastery, (7th level) in record time, and went on to become a living legend. Much of the story is narrated by Tiger, mixed with third person perspective. Roberson did an admirable job using this fresh technique; it works well.
When he is not hiring out his services as a sword dancer in order to settle disputes or matters of honor, Tiger, who is in his mid-30's, spends his time in cantinas, drinking and womanizing. It is within such an establishment that he is tracked down by young, beautiful Delilah, a fair skinned woman with blonde hair from the far north who carries a sword (unheard of for a female) and claims to be a sword dancer.Read more ›
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The book I ordered was in good shape, shipping was fast. I've read these novels when I was a preteen off of my mothers shelf and now that I'm older I wanted a copy of my own. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alix
I have loved these books, especially the first one, Sword Dancer, for years. This particular binding, like many new books, isn't as hardy as my older copy. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Arrowyn
The book was in excellent condition. I thought it was a interesting book that kept my attention from beginning to end.Published on July 12, 2013 by Naomi A. Carlson
I loved this series when I was a kid and nothing has changed. I was so surprised to see it so cheap! I guess people have forgotten it. That's a shame. But now it's mine!Published on January 17, 2013 by C. Milne
I bought all three of the 'Novels of Tiger and Del' at the same time. Tiger is a wonderful narrator, even in the second book which is not my favorite. Read morePublished on March 26, 2009 by Jill
caught my attention from the very first page, well written and understandable. can let imagination roam as to whether you are hero or heroine or evil onesPublished on May 12, 2008 by Jessie Rhynes
I've long loved these -- and admired Roberson's skill at voicing Tiger, a very MALE character. He's strong and loud and true throughout -- thoroughly real. Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by S. Lynne