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Ethshar and the Northern Empire have been at war for hundreds of years. Hardly anyone alive remembers why, or over what. The tempest, turmoil, and war are endless, and the killing more endless still. The war has become not just a way of life, but an institution; no one dares to dream that it could end. Not even Valder of Kardoret, Ethsharitic Scout, trapped behind enemy lines.

But now everything has changed: at a moment of great need, a hermit wizard crafted Valder a magic sword called Wirikidor - a blade at once cursed and enchanted, a misenchanted blade that makes him unbeatable.

Soon the tides of battle will turn, and once they've turned they'll turn forever.

©1985, 2008 Lawrence Watt-Evans (P)2017 Wildside Press LLC

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Just as good as the first time i read it.

As this was my first "big" novel I ever read, this book holds a very special place in my heart as does the author. I have read this book about 5 times over the years. I still love it and recommend it or any other by Watt-Evans. the reader was pretty decent (sounds a bit like Martin Sheen) although his pronunciation of Wirikidor confused me. Loved every minute of it.

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  • Eric
  • Eaton Rapids, MI, United States
  • 11-23-17

Good Book, bad narrator.

Pretty awful. He sounds like he does voice overs for overdramatic true crime shows on Investigation Discovery.

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Looooove this story!

This is the first story by Lawrence Watt-Evans I ever read, and it's why I buy every book of his I see today.

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Ethshar Great Book, Poor reading. Need the Sequels

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I first devoured the Ethshar novels back in High School, and have re-read them all multiple times in the decades since. Great escapism, with a consistent set of rules for the universe. I was thrilled to se this, the first I read now available on audiobook, and downloaded it immediately. It was great to hear this old friend. Great as the story was, the narration is so poor it detracted from my enjoyment. the narrator uses the same speech pattern for every sentence and it quickly becomes distracting. Still. Download a listen to a great story, and then do one even better and read it and its sequels

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My first Ethshar

This was the first Ethshar book I ever read. I've read the others in the decades since, but this still holds a special place. I really appreciated the way the characters think through situations instead of just acting rashly. Similarly, Watt-Evans really thought through the way the various systems of magic in Ethshar would work and stayed consistent throughout the series.
More than a decade ago, I contacted this author and asked him if there were any audio versions of his books. He said he'd never really thought about it. I was thrilled when his books started appearing at Audible. I sincerely hope they produce the rest of the series.

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