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Scott Mohr It's been a long time, but I remember parts of it being rather intense, with vividly described impalement torture in one scene. Other than that …more It's been a long time, but I remember parts of it being rather intense, with vividly described impalement torture in one scene. Other than that probably OK for older kids. See 1 question about The Complete Book of Swords…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.
More filters. Sort order. Jun 10, Jean-Paul rated it it was amazing. A good friend had recommended this collection to me a year or so ago, but had also added at the time that he had mislaid his copy of it and wished he could read it again. Recently while searching for an ugly shirt to wear to a Hawaiian themed party I was fortunate enough to find a copy of this volume on sale for a dollar at a local thrift store.
When I informed my friend of my good fortune I had to promise to lend it to him to re-read as soon as I was done with it. And now having completed the A good friend had recommended this collection to me a year or so ago, but had also added at the time that he had mislaid his copy of it and wished he could read it again. And now having completed the task of reading these stories I am glad to say that I can now understand his eagerness to return to this world.
To truly begin this review I should point out that while the volume I read is title "The Complete book of Swords" it only actually compromises 3 books out of the dozen or so volumes which Saverhagen's website Berzerker.
So I take this to mean that I do have more to look forward to in this series down the road and that I should keep my eye out whenever I happen to be in a book browsing mood. This collection is split into three separate tales revolving, primarily, around a boy named Mark and his friend's Ben and Barbara and how their lives intertwine with the destines of 12 Magic Swords. The eponymous swords of the title are shown in the first chapter being forged by a god named Vulcan at the behest of a pantheon of other gods and goddesses who are drawn from the mythologies of varied cultures and nations.
It shouldn't be too much of a spoiler to point out that although this story is in a fantasy setting it can be also categorized as science fiction as it is set approximately fifty thousand years in the future of our own world and there are hints that the magical property of the Swords is actually at least partially technological in origin and that the gods themselves may be a manifestation of the collective unconscious of humanity and therefore not truly immortals at all. Part of the fun of the stories comes from the Song of Swords given in the forward to the book.
A series of 12 poems that describes the properties of the swords and acts as an introduction and a warning for those who would wish to wield the power granted by the blades.
Each time a new Sword was mentioned, I found myself flipping back to the front of the book to re-read the poem and try to figure out exactly how each weapon would be used and what effects it would have on the progression of the story. The first book is a bit of a chase, wherein Mark is on the run with the sword named Townsaver after accidentally killing the cousin of a local ruler.
The second book opens up the scope of the book further and a now twenty year old mark and his friend Ben become embroiled in a heist attempt against the Blue Temple, a religious order that worships wealth.
This story will be a lot of fun for any Dungeons and Dragons aficionados who enjoy a good dungeon crawl. The third book picks up 4 or 5 years down the line as the great game of the gods who set these swords loose into the world begins to really heat up, and the armies of at least 4 different forces are marching to war to control the swords and the fate of the world.
If you can find a copy of this or any of the other books in the series I recommend giving them a read. View all 4 comments.
Nov 13, Mike the Paladin rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. This one is from so far back, I read it years ago. Saberhagen is pretty versatile. I'd just read the Berserker stories and moved into these fantasies.
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Pretty good. These take place in the fictional universe set up in Empire of the East taking place thousands of years after that book. If you enjoy the universe this one carries on it's tale. While I like Empire better, these are still pretty good.
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I read the series as an awkward teen and I loved them. I need to re-read them now and see how I feel! Nov 23, Daniel Ionson added it Shelves: haltedfantasy. DNF at p The overall concept of the Book of Swords is pretty amazing - twelve swords forged by the god Vulcan have legendary powers and their impact on humanity.
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However, for the most part I found myself struggling through all three parts of this omnibus. Saberhagen has a tendency to describe what is going on rather than have the character act out the scenes. This makes me less immersed in the story. Mark, who I felt should be the primary protagonist, frequently felt like a secondary character.
Nestor, who The overall concept of the Book of Swords is pretty amazing - twelve swords forged by the god Vulcan have legendary powers and their impact on humanity. Nestor, who I liked very much from the first book, disappears and is never mentioned again. Ben's relationship with Barbara always felt a bit creepy and forced, something that gets one line of recognition in the final book but is never truly resolved. In fact, several relationship issues never feel resolved.
Maybe it's because the series is supposed to be about the swords and not people. But ultimately I found myself dissatisfied with the general flow of the novels.
In short, good idea, mediocore execution. Aug 13, M. Shipley rated it liked it. This was an OK series, especially for young children. So its probably not fair that I rate this as an adult. The first book was very interesting, but the second book was a bit of a slugfest to get through.
I am is put it down and didnt come back. Luckily he finishes with a very strong third book, so that in the end I enjoyed it, and Im glad that I read it. An omnibus of the first three Book of Swords novels. Read the First Book of Swords as part of my high fantasy month on my blog.
Interesting world, cool idea about the swords. Wasn't just action packed, but I enjoyed the story. Although I liked it, and started the second book of swords, I just couldn't get into it any further and stopped reading. I don't plan on continuing. Sep 28, Eddie rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasyadventure. I remember reading this series as a youth and liking it a lot.
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Now 25 years later reading it I find that I didn't remember as much as I thought I did. Either way, the book was good, I found it quite compelling, hard to put down. Looking forward to reading the next several in the series.
The first few chapters where a little hard for me to get into but I persisted and by the end really enjoyed these books.