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The Complete Book of Swords (Omnibus, Volumes 1, 2, 3) Hardcover – January, 1985

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Product Details

  • 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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By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on January 25, 2010
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On the surface, and especially in the first book, this appears to be just another fantasy novel - young boy given a magical sword, sets out to seek his fate, blah blah bibbity blah. However, we see depths here, hints of a mysterious past in the world (technology was banished 2000 years ago for a length of time of 49,949 years - what a strange number - does it mean something?), tales of other magical swords - which are apparently true, as evil-doers start coming out of the woodwork left and right seeking the boy to steal his magical sword in order to gain its power for their own.

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 read all the books as a Teen and had a hell of a time finding them all individually. I amazingly stumbled on this book while thumbing through a donated book library on a base in Iraq. unfortunately that copy was beat up and water damaged. This is all the books put in one large book. The books were once put into collections and those collections were then designated chapters in this all inclusive book.
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I really liked this story. It was for me the kind of story that keeps you up at night reading until you finish. The author has a very readable enjoyable style that will keep readers of any age interested and turning pages. I greatly enjoyed the fantasy world Saberhagen has created and the melding of bits of mythology made it even that much more enjoyable to recognize character names and already have a feel for those characters personalities as he revealed them and the acknowledgment of your assumptions of those personalities...or the opposite!

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.
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I randomly picked up the first book in a coffeeshop that had old free paperbacks for folks to take. I enjoyed that first book enough to track down the omnibus with the three books. It is a fast and fun read - nothing especially deep but definitely entertaining.
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As I truly enjoy fantasy, I found this story to be not overly interesting. The characters were somewhat ok but I didn't think much of the premise.
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.
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I kinda dragged my feet starting to read this series. I'm an "all or nothing" kinda person. I bought all the books ( the combined versions) and waited until all arrived to crack them open. I started The First Book Of Swords and loved it...but I put it down. When I picked it back up I went straight through to the 2nd and am about to start the 3rd book. Great story. It Draws you in and you feel like you could cast the characters in a movie version. Great Read.
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I read the three books when I was a kid and I found The Complete Book of Swords at a thrift store for a great price and thought I'd read it again. The books are a quick read and there are parts that are really amazing. However, there are just as many parts that are very lacking. The end to the books is one such part. It really feels like a deadline was approaching and the author threw something together quickly to end the series. The real unfortunate thing is that the books could have been longer and given more time to each sword without losing any of the readability of the book. In the end, it is a quick read and entertaining. I just wish it would have been a little more detailed and had a better ending.
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Upon coming across the book's condition description online, it was finely detailed to give the customer an idea where the book was worn or used. It was precise, and that alone impressed me as I thought about the seller's genuine integrity.

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.
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