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Book Title: The Second Book of Swords|
The author of the book: Fred Saberhagen
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 974 KB
Edition: Tor Books
Date of issue: February 15th 1985
ISBN 13: 9780812519341
Read full description of the books The Second Book of Swords:I really enjoyed this book. It's like a heist movie but in an epic fantasy setting, and it's quite a refreshing change from all the newer fantasy novels that seem to follow the same basic formulaic plot.
The second book picks up the story five years later, and we get to follow Mark, Ben, and Barbara once again. I loved how Saberhagen doesn't waste time filling us in with too many details of whatever the hell the group has been up to over the past five years because honestly, who gives a shit? Ben was a recruit with the Blue Temple, Mark was part of Sir Andrew's army, and Barbara traveled with a circus. That's all I needed to know.
The group has some lofty goals: Mark wants to get more Swords for Sir Andrew to help him in his war against the Dark King and Silver Queen, Ben wants to go find enough treasure to settle down and marry Barbara, and Barbara seems to have no problems with Ben's plan.
Ben comes up with the crazy idea to rob the Blue Temple, whose worshippers revere all things material. These people literally worship money and wealth and the temple's Inner Circle is believed to have a fabulous treasure hoard of gold, precious stones, and priceless artifacts which they've been greedily collecting for almost a millennia.
With that plan in mind, Ben and Mark providentially meet Baron Doon who has the Wayfinder, the Sword of Wisdom. This Sword points its bearer to whatever their heart desires, and Baron Doon wants to find the Blue Temple's treasure hoard. To pull off the heist, Wayfinder makes the Baron gather an amusing motley crew that includes a beastmaster, two wizards, two mercenaries, a princess, and of course, Ben and Mark.
The group has a delightful adventure with lots of twists and turns that kept me turning pages like my life bloody depended on it. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a different kind of fantasy novel to read!
Read information about the authorFred Saberhagen was an American science fiction and fantasy author most famous for his ''Beserker'' and Dracula stories.
Saberhagen also wrote a series of a series of post-apocalyptic mytho-magical novels beginning with his popular ''Empire of the East'' and continuing through a long series of ''Swords'' and ''Lost Swords'' novels. Saberhagen died of cancer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Saberhagen was born in and grew up in the area of Chicago, Illinois. Saberhagen served in the [[U.S. Air Force]] during the Korean War while he was in his early twenties. Back in civilian life, Saberhagen worked as an It was while he was working for Motorola (after his military service) that Saberhagen started writing fiction seriously at the age of about 30. "Fortress Ship", his first "Berserker" short shory, was published in 1963. Then, in 1964, Saberhagen saw the publication of his first novel, ''The Golden People''.
From 1967 to 1973, he worked as an editor for the Chemistry articles in the ''Encyclopædia Britannica'' as well as writing its article on science fiction. He then quit and took up writing full-time. In 1975, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He married fellow writer Joan Spicci in 1968. They had two sons and a daughter.
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