- Hardcover: 626 pages
- Publisher: Nelson Doubleday / SFBC (January 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568650094
- ISBN-13: 978-1568650098
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Book of Swords (Omnibus, Volumes 1, 2, 3) Hardcover – January, 1985
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Top Customer Reviews
While I would like to see deeper character development, or more details on the mysterious past, at the same time it would likely ruin Saberhagen's forward momentum to slow it down and do so.
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, guided by the Sword Wayfinder - with whom Ben and Mark continue their quest, while Barbara goes her own way.
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I've seen feedback on this book about seemingly main characters who are never mentioned again or irrelevant sections, and while I'll agree that the author could have made an even better story, what I read was enough to capture a spot as one of my favorite fantasy novels. Well worth the read, the enjoyment I got from reading had me ordering all the other books of the Ardneh Sequence/Book of Swords series.
I only finished the book out of curiosity. I will not read Saberhagen again as I found his writing not my style. It was an effort to finish the 3 books. Others may find his writings very good, but as I said, he's not my style.
The book is fantastic. I can't stop reading, and I dread having to deal with this book having to end sometime soon for me. Nonetheless, it is fulfilling to me; the story is very entertaining and the world's lore is fleshed out meticulously. Definitely an intriguing compilation of stories that are sure to keep the reader's interest.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This classic book is such a classic that it was instantly a classic and is still a classic all these years laterPublished 3 months ago by LE Curtin
Reread this recently. Had to buy a new copy as my last three have been 'borrowed' over the last 10 years...was as great as I remembered it being.Published 11 months ago by Wilfredo R. Infante
Finally I found a copy of the Swords book Have been looking for it for a long time. Cover torn and folded in places when I received itPublished 14 months ago by Neil H. Nitkin
Thank you. This was a gift for my son, to replace a cherished copy that was destroyed by an unfortunate accident. A great book at a great price.Published 14 months ago by Wayne Castro
This book completely took me away from reality and drenched me in a vibrant world of fantasy. I love this series and highly recommend it to fantasy novel fans.Published 17 months ago by David W Murphy