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The storyline, as the title infers, revolves around Woundhealer, a sword with the power to heal and to transform a person's heart, but Shieldbreaker, Dragonslicer and Farslayer also play an important role. Mark and Kristin's son, Adrian, suffers from blindness and seizures so Mark takes him. Ben, and a small escort of soldiers to a Temple rumored to possess Woundhealer The Sword of Love only to find it has been stolen only a short time before they arrive. Meanwhile, Zoltan is lured away from his home by a mysterious girl and captured by an old enemy.

Through the aid of an odd wizard, Zoltan finds himself propelled into a quest to aid his Uncle Mark and Cousin Adrian and eventually finds himself in posession of another of the lost swords, Dragonslicer the Sword of Heroes. Some of the things I like most about this story are the interesting and magical characters, the quirky godforged swords, and of course the unexpected plot twists which I have left out of this review.

However, I recommend reading the three Book of Swords volumes first. This story doesn't go much into the history of the featured characters or the swords and will be much more enjoyable if you go into it with a basic understanding of both. Nov 18, Onefinemess rated it liked it Shelves: Hmm, no wait, as I recall now our local library was only spotty in what it had, so I just read what I could get. I love that this book was so fast moving.

Again, I enjoy these hulking behemoths, but sometimes a speedy wyvern is nice. We also get the beginning of what will eventually be an 8 book bite-sized book! I forget how the main villain got from where he was in the earlier books The Empire of the East trilogy to here. Oct 19, Travis rated it liked it Shelves: Was a big Sabrehagen fan in high school and then he kind of faded away and doesn't get mentioned much anymore.

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Shame, as he is a solid writer. Found this at a library sale and wasn't until I started reading that I realized this is the first book of his second Swords trilogy. Surprisingly, it's a good read and stands on it's own. When he references the other books, he gives you enough info so you never feel lost. Some bits of info he dropped got me interested in tracking down the other Swords books. Th Was a big Sabrehagen fan in high school and then he kind of faded away and doesn't get mentioned much anymore. This book is split between two stories: One the Prince of the land on a quest to find the magic sword that will cure his ailing son and the other involves a younger member of the royal family getting swept up by magical forces and being nudged along, as he tries to just get home.

Both are interesting and obviously connect by the end of the book, but I liked the younger princes story more, as it featured a lot of wizards and magical creatures. Fun, old school fantasy. Jun 17, Nathan rated it liked it Recommends it for: I read this book after a good year break from reading the original Book of Swords series. I honestly don't recall a whole lot about that series other than I seemed to like it. It was quirky in its plot, but wide in scope, and the idea behind all these unique magic swords kept me engaged. Since this is the first book in a new series, and it's well written, there's not a whole lot you need to know about the original series and aren't missing a whole lot if you haven't read any of those books.

Well plotted, decently well written, and with characters that you know you're going to see more of later, it's a fun romp in a unique fantasy world but is lacking in those qualities that would catapult it to a 'favorites' or a four star rating. Worth your time to read, even if you aren't going to be amazed by it. Oct 02, William P. I wish I'd reread the earlier books before I got into this. Saberhagen isn't kind to new and returning readers in this series and I had some Wikipedia sessions trying to remember what I was missing.

That said, this is a short, sweet continuation of an interesting, if somewhat puzzling, series. It's definitely more in the Glen Cook camp of fantasy than the Tolkien. In particular, there's a kind stylistic similarity to the Instrumentalities of Night series. Not really a lot of meat on this one, so I wish I'd reread the earlier books before I got into this.

Not really a lot of meat on this one, so we'll see what the further books hold. Feb 01, Jefferson Coombs rated it liked it Shelves: I read the Sword books in high school. I remember liking them and enjoying having the magic revolve around the weapon rather than a person. In this series I remember liking some books more than others so some of them should probably be rated 4 stars but I don't remember which were the better ones, it has been too many years.

This will be the same review for all of the books in the series except for the last two which were published after I left high school and so were not read at the same time. Jun 24, Shannon Appelcline rated it liked it Shelves: A nice return to the world, with new villains, new adventures, and lots of swords. Feels like a very direct continuation. On the downside, the "zoltar" sections are slow and the ending is all kinds of deus ex machina or Mary Sue or something.

Dec 01, Alex rated it it was amazing.


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Its been a while so I may blunder but I seem to recall there weren't any exceptions to the awesomeness outside of the fact that the first three were a little slower than the rest. Aug 11, Jeremiah Johnson rated it liked it. The story in this book isn't very well thought out or very interesting, but the idea of the swords is pretty cool.

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Mar 28, Sheri Litton rated it really liked it. This is the 1st I've read of any of Saberhagens' series and I very much enjoyed it. I like the fact that they can be read stand-alone, but I did just start the 2nd book in this group today. Aug 04, Darnell rated it liked it Shelves: Pretty solid story taking the "magic swords" concept and making it actually interesting. The style is old and pulp-inspired, however, so it may be a long time before I read any more from this series.

Aug 04, Keith Ford rated it liked it. Liked this a lot. Especially like the tie-in of different mythologies. Jul 06, Jennifer rated it liked it.

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It was good but not very engaging. I may pick up the rest of the series when I have nothing much else to read. Dominic McLoughlin rated it did not like it Mar 28, Lynne Randolph rated it did not like it May 30, Scott rated it did not like it Sep 01, Gillian Bass rated it did not like it Jan 09, Tinus rated it did not like it Feb 15, Michael Ater rated it did not like it Jan 01, Julie rated it did not like it Sep 30, Terence rated it did not like it Sep 13, Phillip rated it did not like it May 16, Tony Christensen rated it did not like it Aug 18, Mike Gee rated it did not like it Feb 11, Kheya Ganguly-Kiefner rated it did not like it Oct 01, Cheryl rated it did not like it Nov 11, Jon Day rated it did not like it Sep 28, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Fred Saberhagen was an American science fiction and fantasy author most famous for his ''Beserker'' and Dracula stories. Saberhagen also wrote a series of a series of post-apocalyptic mytho-magical novels beginning with his popular ''Empire of the East'' and continuing through a long series of ''Swords'' and ''Lost Swords'' novels. Saberhagen died of cancer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico Saberhagen was Fred Saberhagen was an American science fiction and fantasy author most famous for his ''Beserker'' and Dracula stories.

Saberhagen died of cancer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico Saberhagen was born in and grew up in the area of Chicago, Illinois. Saberhagen served in the [[U. Air Force]] during the Korean War while he was in his early twenties. Back in civilian life, Saberhagen worked as an It was while he was working for Motorola after his military service that Saberhagen started writing fiction seriously at the age of about Then, in , Saberhagen saw the publication of his first novel, ''The Golden People''.

He then quit and took up writing full-time. In , he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Then, when the child did not respond, he shrugged his shoulders slightly. He was somewhat bigger than the girl and looked a little older. His hair was of the same medium brown as hers and showed something of the same tendency to curl; and his face resembled hers enough that no one had trouble in taking them for brother and sister. The girl was carrying three pairs of shoes tied at her belt. All three of the children were plainly dressed in rough shirts and trousers. Here and there, at throat or wrist, an ornament of gold or amber indicated that the choice of plain clothing had not been dictated by poverty.

The explorers had all waded out of the ankle-deep stream now and were standing on the flat sandy floor of the cave. The girl halted after a couple of steps on dry sand, studying the surprisingly large room around her. She frowned into the dark shadows ahead, from whence the sounds of running water had their deepest origin. Self-consciously he felt for the dagger sheathed at his belt. Then he dropped into a crouch, the better to scan the cave floor in the half light.

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Besides, the wizards checked out this whole area this morning. The name sounded as if he were pronouncing it very thoughtfully and carefully. At the same time he reached his groping hand toward the girl and touched her clothing. Now Adrian seemed to be giving her last statement his deepest thought.

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He had turned his head a little on one side. His round mouth worked, his blind eyes flickered. Zoltan, standing by with folded arms and watching, shook his head. In relation to his young cousin, the Prince Zoltan stood more in the role of companion and bodyguard than that of playmate, though at fifteen he was not too old to slide from one character to the other as conditions seemed to require. The Princeling slowly patted her hand in return.

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Elinor persisted with her cheerful encouragement. I bet there are a lot of blind people who could do that. It did not sound like a request, but a musing comment.