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Prince Murat of Culm possesses Coinspinner, the Sword of Chance which brings untold good fortune to its owner. Can Coinspinner aid Murat in his efforts to acquire Woundhealer, the Sword of healing Murat’s ruler desperately needs? Or through lack of wit and Coinspinner’s propensity to whimsically change owners will Murat find himself caught up in different quest? Prince Adrian, away at a school for magic, is assigned a test of his abilities. More challenges than a school trial await him. Adrian is being relentlessly pursued by the greatest of evil wizards, Wood, armed with more than one of the great Swords and intent on Adrian’s destruction.

Will Coinspinner decide Adrian’s fate? Will Adrian’s father, Mark, come to the boy’s aid in time to save him?

Who holds Coinspinner? Who commands the powers of Shieldbreaker and Sightblinder? What will come of Murat’s fascination with Princess Kristen?

Warriors, wizards, princes, thieves...all seek the power of the Swords.

©1989 Fred Saberhagen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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poor narration

Audible should have picked a reader who can read. I am certain neither "calvary mount" nor "sentinent being" appear anywhere in the book. The reading is also over dramatic as for a preteen audience. Very annoying.

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  • Strephon
  • Springfield, VA, USA
  • 06-05-14

O Fortuna, velut luna statu variabiliis

No other sword of power fulfills its purpose better than the Sword of Luck. Conceived by the gods to make sport of humanity and forged by Vulcan for their divine entertainment, Coinspinner follows the fickle destiny for which it was created. Yet, with the old Olympians now passed from the scene, perhaps Coinspinner's object lessons are not always guided by the dictum, "Whom gods destroy they first raise up."

Coinspinner leaves many questions unanswered. I actually listened twice to the ending just to be sure I didn't miss anything. Nope. Regardless of scabbard, whether finely wrought or rough-clothed, Coinspinner's true casing is enigma.