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The First Book of Swords von fred saberhagen
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The First Book of Swords (Original 1983; 1984. Auflage)

von fred saberhagen

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In all twelve years of Mark's life, the sword that hangs on the wall in his home has never been used. It is only when a small group of strangers enters his village one day demanding to see the sword that Mark truly begins to understand it is no ordinary blade. When a fight breaks out, the sword takes on a life of its own, mercilessly cutting down all in its path. Mark is the only one to walk away from the bloodbath. When his mother sees one of the strangers-the Duke's cousin-lying with Mark's arrow buried in his throat, she commands her son to flee. Left with no choice, he takes up the sword and runs. Little does he know, he is running straight into a far greater war.This is a world of dragon-hunters, knights, and enchantresses. Of power-hungry rulers and gods that walk among humans. And a group of magical swords that has the power to determine the fate of them all.… (mehr)
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Titel:The First Book of Swords
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Das erste Buch der Schwerter. ( Fantasy Roman). von Fred Saberhagen (1983)

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This book is the introduction to the world of the Swords and the bored gods.

On the one hand, very '70s- impressionistic, quickly written, drawing heavily on archetype characters. But Saberhagen, the man behind Berserker, makes these things his own.

In the beginning the gods are bored- and they are all the gods of classic antiquity. So Vulcan is commissioned to "make the Swords for the Game", and realizes he can use the essence of humanity in their forging.

Jorge, a blacksmith in a remote village, is the only survivor of a group of men called to aid Vulcan in the forging- his right arm taken, and a flawless, simple blade given in payment. "His" son Mark later unwillingly comes into possession of the blade- but neither it nor Mark are entirely what they seem.

Meanwhile, nobles throughout the world begin to move to procure these strange magic Swords that have appeared, each with their own characteristics.

Saberhagen aimed high with this one, didn't entirely support the quality of his concepts with his technical execution, but a worthwhile read nonetheless. There are 12 Swords of Power, each a weapon with but 11 other peers, each with a special gift it bestows on its bearer. There is a rhyme in the back of the back that contains the essence of Sword-lore- questions that remain are "what are demons?" "Who is the mysterious Emperor?" "Where did these gods come from?" "What is the point of the Swords?"

Each Sword's ability comes with a vulnerability; and each sword has a more subtle second gift. Coinspinner, the Sword of Chance or Sword of Luck, makes its bearer supernaturally lucky- but it will randomly teleport itself away from/arrange to be lost by its own, representing the fickleness of chance. Its secondary gift is guidance- it can tell you, used as a dousing rod, in which direction your path lay that gave you the greatest chance of success. So their magic is not so simple; and no Sword fully dominates the others once that is understood. ( )
  BrainFireBob | Jun 30, 2021 |
Great read, as always. This is a well written and interesting tale of gods, humans, and some great weapons! ( )
  Velmeran | Jan 26, 2019 |
I enjoyed the book, and hugely appreciate that even though went got war, he didn't get bogged down in detailed battle scenes, but let us focus on what some non-combatants were doing sometimes. I'm curious about what happens next, but don't feel driven to get the next book in my hands right away.... ( )
  shadowdancer | Jun 22, 2017 |
A blast from the past. I read this series many years ago and I'm enjoying it as much this time around as I did the first time! ( )
  morandia | Aug 1, 2014 |
The god Vulcan forges twelve magical blades and uses the blood of men to quench them. Jord is the only blacksmith left alive out of six that were called to assist Vulcan. He lost his arm but the god repaid him with the sword Townsaver. Jord is told that this sword is for him and his eldest son to wield. Jord’s oldest son Kenn is killed using the sword to defend an attack. His younger son Mark is accused of killing a cousin of the evil Duke Fraktin during the assault. Mark takes Townsaver and leaves home.

He soon meets three people in a wagon headed to a fair in good Sir Andrew’s domain. The leader of the group is Nestor, a dragonslayer who uses another of the twelve enchanted swords. Each blade has a different purpose; kill dragons, defend innocent townspeople, make the bearer lucky, disguise the wielder, etc. The swords were forged to use in a game that the gods have set in motion for their own amusement.

The setting is a future Earth that has changed into a medieval serfdom after a devastating war. The presence of magic and dragons isn’t explained. The characters all have names that are easy to read unlike some high fantasy novels.

This was a fun quick read. There are two other volumes in this series and I am eager to start the next. ( )
  craso | Jun 4, 2013 |
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In all twelve years of Mark's life, the sword that hangs on the wall in his home has never been used. It is only when a small group of strangers enters his village one day demanding to see the sword that Mark truly begins to understand it is no ordinary blade. When a fight breaks out, the sword takes on a life of its own, mercilessly cutting down all in its path. Mark is the only one to walk away from the bloodbath. When his mother sees one of the strangers-the Duke's cousin-lying with Mark's arrow buried in his throat, she commands her son to flee. Left with no choice, he takes up the sword and runs. Little does he know, he is running straight into a far greater war.This is a world of dragon-hunters, knights, and enchantresses. Of power-hungry rulers and gods that walk among humans. And a group of magical swords that has the power to determine the fate of them all.

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