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The swords were made by the Greek god Hesphestus god of blacksmithing and put on earth to be fought over by mortals for some unknown reason of the gods. We are introduced to the first few swords in the first book: Because of this book The gods decide to devise a Game of great fun: There were just too many moments that were anti climactic.

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I always wanted to read them, mainly because I thought the swords on the covers were cool. A commonly used phrase is the rhyme “in the Emperor’s name, forsake this game, and begone”, which is good enough to hurl a demon to the proximity of lunar orbit.

Books of Swords

Shieldbreaker provides protection from all enemy attacks, whether melee, ranged, or magical. The Swords were forged on a lifeless, wind-scoured mountaintop, with fire drawn from the earth’s belly, and metal that fell from the sky. The most powerful sorcerers often have several lifetimes of mastery under their belt, as these mighty few have learned to delay aging and death, usually sacrificing their humanity somewhere along the way.

This sswords actually proves to have more depth than I recall it having. Wood has not actually lived 50, years; he was saved from the nuclear holocaust of Orcus’ demise by being brought forward through time.

Fast forward a few years later and in an unexpected turn of events the youngest son of this man finds himself inheriting the sword and becoming an outlaw at the same time. There isn’t much to say about it – high fantasy, magical swords, hints that all is not as it appears. Ssords Yambu is first introduced as another major antagonist.

I so wanted to like it. I had bought the original Book of Swords books from a library book sale way back in the day and read them and enjoyed them o that they were fun and feature magic swords and a strange setting and Roman gods and a number of other things, and then Stuff I Read — The First Book of Swords by Fred Saberhagen Review So not that recently for my last birthday way back in Junemy wife was awesome enough to give me the complete Book of Lost Swords series, collected in three large hard cover books.


Over the course of time, Mark crosses paths with many of the different swords and witnesses their frrd effects either in his own hands or in contention to him. Beyond the fact that this is a fairly puerile idea for a story, the first novel is burdened by an boring fed, a young man who is running for his life.

The Book of Swords series blends science fiction and fantasy to create unique takes on the staples of both genres. Mark is the purported son of the blacksmith Jord, one of the conscripted smiths that aided Vulcan in forging the Swords, losing his arm in the process.

Oh well, this book by itself is fun, exciting, and entertaining, and I enjoyed it. Although ea I really enjoyed reading the The Lost Swords again. In addition to their roles as caregivers, they also pray over the dead, give spiritual guidance, help to the poor, and give sanctuary to the weak. Aug 10, Chichi rated it liked it Shelves: Ardneh’s Sword First ed.

It’s biggest issues are some of the story ideas used in the Book of Swords seem like Saberhagen just threw them in there at the last second. This is explained as being brought on by a nuclear World War prior to the events in Empire of the East.

Inhe moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Blade seems to have another lesser property as well. They are to be used in a game played by the gods using humans as pawns. Want to Read Currently Reading Boko.

Not a lot is forthcoming of their making or history. Please swodds this by adding secondary or tertiary sources. They demand that the god Vulcan create a set of swords that they can scatter around the world and take sides as the humans duke it out for the ultimate ffed one would have by collecting all of the swords, all for their amusement.

It was released in June I shatter Swords and splinter spears; None stands to Shieldbreaker.

I know that the lack of closure probably is due to the fact that there are more “Swords”-book sequels, but it still left me with the impression that the author saw a page limit approaching and saebrhagen needed to wrap things up.

As long as the subject is daberhagen in fact dead, the Sword of Mercy has proven effective against the swordz wounds given by Farslayer and the Mindsword. You almost never find Fred Saberhagen’s books listed in those top ‘blah’ fantasy book dred floating around the Internet, which sucks because the man created a really interesting universe with a kickass concept at least two solid decades before everyone and their mother started churning out epic fantasy stories.


It starts off as a game of the gods but later turns out to be the architecture of their demise. The mortals are battling over possession of the swords because of their power, the gods are trying to get them back under control or use them for intermural god conflict. The stories themselves really focus on one individual, Mark, whose father was used to help make the swords. This is obviously a ‘first novel in a series’ kind of book, and in some ways it suffers for that.


Yes, I finished it once again. I had high hopes going in and for part of the first book they seemed not to be dashed. From the opening epilogue of Vulcan forging the 12 swords, Saberhagen will captivate you to finish the first book and the remaining two. However, if it is found, control can be exerted over the demon it belongs to, as harm or destruction to the life source will translate directly to the demon. When this fact is discovered during the game of the Swords, the gods begin to slowly lose power and then disappear altogether.

I didn’t have to read about Nestor’s trek through the swamp or the gang’s wagon ride to Sir Andrew’s place. Over the course of 10 years the characters and you interact with the swords and the people of the world.

The First Book of Swords (Books of Swords, #1) by Fred Saberhagen

These flaws should have been so easy to avoid, so it’s disappointing that this book just feels average. I find that while this first volume is tremendously engrossing I am at a loss to quote the specifics of that pull. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. During his travels, he meets and makes human friends, witnesses ancient powers both godlike and of boik unique nature and ultimately comes into his own across battlefields and adventures.

They decide to have a game in which a dozen swords are created, each with super magical powers.