The First Swords: The Book of Swords Volumes 1, 2, & 3 [Fred Saberhagen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Fred Saberhagen’s Book of. The Complete Book of Swords (Omnibus, Volumes 1, 2, 3) [Fred Saberhagen, Duncan Eagleson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. First Book of Swords [Fred Saberhagen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. For a game, the gods have given the world 12 Swords of Power .

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We get hints of some hstory and such, but a sense that this world of magic occurs thousands of years into our future. Frev fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Only four of the swords feature in the story, and they fall from hand to hand, the actual story itself very slowly unfolding.

This review is really of the whole series off one big story.

While I like Empire better, these are sxberhagen pretty good. The second novel is a little better in that the heroes are now trying to do something other than survive, they are raiding a dungeon and yes, they have to get past a dragon. This story will be a lot of fun for any Dungeons and Dragons aficionados who enjoy a good dungeon crawl.

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Sorry to say I have no interest in Mark, Ben or Barbara. I’m aware that this is a large series, but for some reason I was under the impression that each novel could be a standalone.

An entirely enjoyable read with great characters saberhxgen vile villains. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

May 18, ChicagoIllinois. Its a good strong concept, and one that really lends itself to good epic fiction and large collections.


His eye sockets are empty—Vilkata wears no patches or blindfold to hide them which many find unnerving. Realizing that their gods are mortal, mankind begins to question belief and faith in them. Books of Swords 4 books. Aug 30, Jim rated it really liked it. Nestor is an important character in the first book. Either way, the book was good, I found it quite compelling, hard to put down.

The gods create a set of 12 swords with magical powers as part of a game to play with humans as the pieces, and quickly the powerful begin maneuvering and saberhagej over the swords.

This is a collected works volume, gathering the first three tales of the 12 magical swords created by Vulcan the god, though of a nature and origin that might be different than the one of our ancestors. Beyond that, despite their age, the stories are fantastic.

The Complete Book of Swords by Fred Saberhagen

They are to be used in a game played by the gods using humans as pawns. I can say I am encouraged to go back and purchase the few Swords, and Berserker books I do not ot own. Be the first to ask a question about The First Book of Swords. Then it gets distracted by subplots, ignores its characters, and fails to finish with a bang.

In short, good idea, mediocore execution. I’m far enough along that I know I’m going to have to read the whole series. It’s your basic fantasy from a couple decades ago. They should have been far more prominent in the book, and the book should have really saebrhagen on making some strong, memorable characters to obtain and use the swords. I found the imagination extraordinary and the characters either very likeable or oc evil.


The Complete Book of Swords

I remember not been so enthralled that I had to consume every single s This one is from my foggy ancient past, and I read it as a youngster to boot, so bear with me.

I read the series as an awkward teen and I loved them. Perhaps because I felt that a book about swords would possess more descriptive sword play and combat sequences?

Meaning that keeping ownership of the Sword following use is problematic. Saberhagen’s book deals with some fantasy world set in a future world long after some apocylpse.

Customers who boom this item also viewed. I thought the characters were done really well. No trivia or quizzes yet. There is too much fo This book series has a great concept: View all 4 comments.


If you have not read this complete series, do so. The way some fantasy books are written, all the characters would surely die from exhaustion before you read a third of the book, Saberhagen’s character’s are pressed to their limit and beyond, but I don’t have the same feeling boook they never get a break. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Mark eventually finds out that his biological father was not Jord, but that he is one of the many illegitimate children of the Emperor.

At one point he banished a demon carrying the dark king Vilkata who was in possession of the mindsword to the moon.