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Two-edged Sword Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Ace ed edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441833446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441833443
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,095,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Plenty of books have been written about travel to
other worlds. A Two-Edged Sword does a better-than-usual
job of showing how Wilkinson comes to grips with
the differences in the world he is transported to;
how he learns to apply the strengths of his own
knowledge and experience, and how he handles his
limitations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Silmarwen VINE VOICE on August 14, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Steve Wilkinson volunteers to participate in a sleep experiment at his college, but something goes terribly wrong. As his spirit is wandering in the land of dreams, he is called through to another world/dimension by a wizard. In this world, there are the traditional fantasy races: Olvir/elves, Umbrian/humans, etc. The enemy is the Morvir, a country where male children are taken from their homes at age 5 and trained for war. Only the best become officers and soliders, the rest are castrated and sent back to work the fields and do other menial labor. They are ruled by the Dark Queen who wants to take over the land. The only one who can stop her is the Dreamer...
Unfortunately, Steve has no idea what is going on. He is a typical college student and understands little about battle, honor and such. However, he is a fast learner. He quickly becomes one of Erelvar's legir (sworn man) and becomes embroiled in the conflict between the races.
This is a fast paced fantasy adventure. The world was familiar, yet slightly different than a traditional fantasy setting, which was fun. The characters were well-drawn. All of them learned, developed and matured throughout the novel. Martin spent some time showing the war through all of the different races so that the reader could understand how they viewed the conflict. Each of the characters had weaknesses and all suffered crippling losses. Steve's knowledge of technology helped, but he didn't single-handedly save the world. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy. Even though it is rather typical in the premise (person from modern world sucked into another world where he is the only one who can save them from destruction, etc.), Martin's writing style makes this book a great read. Highly recommended for any readers of fantasy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've never been really into the 'alternate universe' type of fantasy stories. I guess I just watched way too much Star Trek. But this was so totally different. The characters were believeable, and the descriptions of the area were so good that it made you feel as though you were in Delgroth with poor Steve. Now why can't this sort of stuff happen in real life?
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