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Francis

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  • The First Book of Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    (180)
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    (158)

    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.

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    WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THE LAST CHAPTER OF THIS BOOK IS A SPOILER! I LOVE this series, and I was very upset to hear that last chapter, that is just a detailed explanation of all 12 swords, blurted out at the end of book 1!!!!! No story details except a few spoilers of book 3. Go back and listen to the last chapter after book 3 and you will be fine. There is a "Song of Swords" that is spread out through the books and it is in a collection in this chapter. There is also, FYI, a collection of short stories called the Armory of Swords that the last chapter was written as a guide. I am sad to see that the Armory is not available yet. After book 3 you should be ok to listen to this chapter and nothing spoiled.

    Now for some dribble if you're interested...

    These books were among the first books I started reading when I was in Jr High. I recieved this series through a book mail program. Turns out I couldn't get enough. I read the Complete Book of Swords(books 1, 2, and 3) and I was very happy to learn of the Lost Sword series that continues the story(if you like a sherlock holms type of book then stonecutter is for you), ending with the short stories from the Armory of Swords(again not available on audible yet).

    At this point I assumed I was done,... well it turns out there were books leading up to these! The first 3 books have been placed into one book called Empire of the East. I prefered the Sword series over these, and I see reviews saying the narrator makes these books almost unbearable. I enjoyed them because they are constantly refering to the old world, or ancient battles between huge forces.

    1.The Broken Lands (1968)
    2.The Black Mountains (1971)
    3.Changeling Earth (1973), also titled Ardneh's World
    4.Ardneh's Sword (2006)

    There are the 4 books that are the empire of the east books, I am not sure if the Empire of the East on audible is all 4 of these, or just the first 3 since that is how these stories were rereleased.

    Sorry for my spelling errors or punctuation errors, I did this in a hurry and my new 8 month old son is wearing me out!

    P.S. check out Saberhagens Book of the Gods series too. Not the swords, but still pretty good. What can I say, Greek Mythology gets me every time!

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