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For a game, the gods have given the world 12 Swords of Power so that they might be amused as the nations battle for their possession. But Vulcan the Smith has had his own little joke: the Swords can kill the gods themselves. What started out as Divine Jest has become all too serious as the gods fight to recover the Swords, and mortals discover that the mantle of power is more delicious and more terrible than anything they could have imagined.

Fred Saberhagen (1930-2007) is the author of the popular Berserker (tm) Series, the Dracula series and the bestselling Lost Swords and Book of Lost Swords. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | Unknown pages
  • Tor Books (March 1983)
  • English
  • 6
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By Art on May 10, 2012

    If your here, its likely because you read the series many years ago and are pondering a re-read. So far, I have only re-read this first book, and my verdict is "go for it". If you are contemplating a first read, I might steer you to Empire of the East (the 3 book collection) as a better value and first foray into Saberhagen's work. Similar writing style and pacing, but has more action than this introductory book.The first book is very short -- 200 and something pages. Characterizations are very light compared to more modern works and the plotting, at least in this first book, isnt necessarily overly impressive either. Some "gods" -- whatever they may be -- want to have a "game" and some humans get swept along by events. No one is going to confuse the First Book of Swords with modern epic fantasy. But the book is a tremendously easy read, has plenty of action, and is just likeable. Sometimes you dont need a 1000 page tome filled with a dozen POVs and details of all the characters inner thoughts and motivations.The basic premise, 12 swords, of incredible but highly varied and unique powers, drives and make the series. For example, if you read the series, you might remember Far Slayer, which can slay any enemy from a distance, but ultimately brings no satisfaction to the party launching Far Slayer; Coinspinner, the sword of luck...which manages to abandon its holder at inopportune times, and Sightblinder, which causes others to see the wielder as someone they love of fear. From the varied powers of the swords, coupled with Saberhagen's simple but fun writing style, the Book of Swords series tells fun and memorable tales, as various factions scramble to grab the swords and their power.This first book is 4 stars to me because there isnt quite enough of the Swords, and the chaos caused by their varied powers, but as a set-up novel it worked very well for me . . . I am eager to read the others, which I remember having more to them.Beware the minor spoilers at the end of the kindle edition, in which the Swords are described in an appendix, including some plot points that havent happened yet.

  • By Guest on April 30, 2017

    I read this as a child and came back to the story as an adult. It's plainly a fantasy book for young people but written well enough to enjoy still.

  • By Colophon on July 5, 2012

    This is a fine fantasy novel with a whole lot of intriguing ideas dancing around in a small space. I wasn't prepared for the abrupt, cliffhanger ending -- I didn't realize it wasn't a stand-alone novel in a series, but rather Part 1 of a three-part story -- but I don't hold that against the novel. I enjoyed it while it lasted, and I'll definitely read the second and third parts.I liked it enough, in fact, that I'd have given it four stars if not for the fact that this Kindle edition was obviously scanned from an existing print edition, then never edited for errors. The Kindle edition is rife with missing punctuation, commas where they don't belong, words that are almost right but not quite -- all the types of errors you expect to see when OCR software is used to convert a printed document into a digital one. I'm really disappointed that no one cared enough about the source material -- or about the reader -- to proofread the digital text before releasing it as an eBook. It wouldn't have taken an expert editor to clean up the eBook; just someone with a basic understanding of grammar, spelling, and punctuation and a willingness to put a little more into the final product than simply scanning it and kicking it out the door.I hope the publisher will consider editing these novels (and any future Kindle editions of Saberhagen's books) to bring them in line with the print editions. I think Mr. Saberhagen's legacy deserves at least the small effort this would require -- and I'd like to be able to read the rest of the many Swords novels without being annoyed by the publisher's carelessness.

  • By Kevin Siekierski on September 13, 2017

    A friend recommended this series and I'm glad he did. Only in the book and I'm hooked. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • By wc on November 28, 2017

    Good stuff. Read it, you'll be impressed i think. It's a quick read, and it's only 5 bucks you cheap bastards!

  • By FA on September 2, 2015

    Young Mark, 12, just another day at the village, when suddenly some rather nasty folks show up, and someone is holding a sword that emits flames around it, smells like ozone, and screams as it chops people apart--probably why it ends up called the Sword of Fury--but really, bad day for everyone. Nevertheless, this is the opening to Saberhagen's unique, spotty, but often brilliant 'Swords' epic trilogy (and their sequels--none of which ever match the awe of the first two to three books), and Saberhagen tells a mean story, particularly this one--even if it takes until the second book for Mark to become a first-rate prime protagonist. What? You have a magically created army of swamp-creatures, mindless mush but armed to the teeth and unafraid to just go at it? Better hope you've got a Sword that specializes in fighting nasty things that aren't quite alive...no? What, do, we have, then. Where's the one that's useless 60% of the time but also sometimes sets the air on fire and scream-roars until everything is dead--do we have that?

  • By Saul Melancon on April 20, 2017

    Great series, books of swords, books of lost swords. But start up with empire of the east.


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