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The Novels of Tiger and Del, Volume I Paperback – Bargain Price, February 7, 2006

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"One of today's most powerful voices in fantasy fiction." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: DAW Trade (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756403197
  • ASIN: B008SMQM4K
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,613,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tiger and Del in this Sword Dancer series is a tale about two exceptional warriors having no respect for each other except for each other's prowess with the sword. The first book begins with Del hiring Tiger, a living legend among swordsmen, to aid her as a guide in the deserts of the South as she searches for her brother. She is from the wintery North where swords are magically bound to its user. She has sworn to find and free her brother from slavery, and also to kill the slavers. In the course of their adventures animosity and mutual condescension becomes grudging respect, than a deep rooted friendship that evolves into love. Of course there are lots of sword dancing, conventional battles, and confrontations with magic that will have you spinning through the pages and enjoying the thrilling ride.

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.
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Meet Tiger. Or rather, the Sandtiger, the most famous, skilled and revered sword-dancer in the south (as he would say it, but then a man must build a reputation.) Tiger exists solely for the sword-dance, and for pretty women, and liquor. And I'm not going to say that all of that changed when he met Del, but some of it did.

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.
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The Novels of Tiger and Del, Volume I
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.
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