Sword-Sworn (Sword-Dancer Series #6)

Sword-Sworn (Sword-Dancer Series #6)

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by Jennifer Roberson

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Now in paperback-the sixth and final volume in Jennifer Roberson's acclaimed Sword saga, featuring the macho Tiger and the beautiful but dangerous Del...  See more details below


Now in paperback-the sixth and final volume in Jennifer Roberson's acclaimed Sword saga, featuring the macho Tiger and the beautiful but dangerous Del...

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Publishers Weekly
In her surprise-filled sixth novel featuring the sword-dancers Tiger and Del (Sword-Dancer, etc.), Roberson packs enough into the finale to more than make up for a tediously talky first half, which is short on both sword and sorcery. Established fans may enjoy the banal and idle chatter between Southron-born Tiger and his beloved "bascha," the ironic term of endearment he constantly uses for the glamorous Northerner Del, but others may wish for more action. On the isle of Skandi, where the pair has taken sanctuary, things do eventually pick up. The two fight a few human enemies, some skilled in magic, as well as the fierce and poison-clawed Sandtiger, which gave Tiger his name and threatens Del. Most exciting is the epic battle between Tiger and the man who has pursued him for years, Abbu Bensir, also a top-flight sword-dancer. But none of this prepares the reader for the warm personal revelations that follow, making this such a satisfyingly human series. In an author's note at the end, Roberson charmingly explains why she chose to use first-person point of view, and a male POV at that, when third-person is the norm for fantasy novels ("Tiger was very insistent on telling his own story"). In addition, she stresses the primacy of storytelling over feminist message, though she's "particularly proud of the male readers who've written to say that the books have altered their views of women." Sensitive readers of both sexes should appreciate how Roberson rises above the usual genre cliches. (Feb. 5) FYI: Roberson is also the author of the Chronicles of the Cheysuli series (Spacehangers Song, etc.). Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Southron sword-dancer Tiger and his sworn partner, Northern sword-singer Delilah, leave the island of Skandi and travel to the desert of Punja, following a series of dream-manifestations that are the result of Tiger's newfound magic. Together, they confront the secrets of their past and the dangers of an uncertain future. The final volume in Roberson's series featuring warrior-partners Tiger and Del wraps up loose ends from previous stories, but it leaves a few enticing hints of future developments. A good choice for most fantasy collections, particularly where the series has a following. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
Sword-Dancer Series, #6
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Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.17(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Sword-Sworn 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
k1llusions More than 1 year ago
This is the last of the Tiger & Del books. I miss the Jivatma's but, is still a great wrap up to the series. Characters developed over 5 prior novels meet suitable endings to provide a fairly feel-good wrap up. Characters have been thoroughly developed, their actions not predictable but still familiar, understood. Mysteries solved, capabilities examined, tied up with a neat bow AND the potential to expand the series further. Well Done, Ms. Roberson!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can see the relationship between Tiger and Del grow and mature. Wonderful. Tiger's sense of humor is great.
Grandpa More than 1 year ago
This series is a page turner, that won't let you just stop, you have to read one more chapter. The action scenes are very well written. The only thing I found slightly lacking, was I wanted Tiger to get more involved in his magic ability. We, almost at the end, discover he is a Mage but never really wants it, or uses it to his full extent. ummm maby just one more book to let him become a full fledged Mage?? :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book 6 years ago and it still stands out in my mind over many of the books I have read in the past and present. I just read this series again, and it was absolutely not a let down compared to the first impression I had taken from my first read. It's not complicated text, the plot flows evenly and doesn't keep you in the same place forever. Roberson does a good job keeping the characters strong, and unique.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the ending was soooo good. tiger's character developed brilliantly throughout the series
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a Sword-Dancer fan for the last few years, and I waited in eager anticipation for this story to come out and wrap everything up. I wasn't disappointed! This is a wonderful conclusion to a wonderful series; gotta love Tiger and Del!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Tiger and Del fled Southron when he failed to heed the call of his sword-dancers as required by his oath in order to rescue her. The partners healed on the island of Skandi, but the loss of some of his fingers leaves Tiger handicapped in a duel. When the vision of a dead woman calls him to return to get the true sword probably buried under rock, Tiger knows he must go home though he faces a certain death penalty.

Tiger and Del travel to Julah where they meet an old friend, cantina owner Fouad, who is frightened to see the legendary pair. When they last met, Fouad betrayed Tiger and Del by spiking their drinks at the demand of the now dead but then deadly Sabra. Word spreads that Tiger is back and a fellow Alimat sword dancer challenges him to the death. If he survives that duel, Tiger and Del know their latest perilous adventure has just begun.

SWORD-SWORN, the sixth Tiger-Del tale, is a fabulous sword and sorcery tale that keeps the characters¿ behavior constant with past novels yet provides a fresh feel to the adventures. Newcomers will enjoy this book as a stand alone, but gain much more pleasure by starting with the first story. Tiger is an intriguing individual who has grown over the saga due to his association with his Northern lover. On the other hand, Del remains a staunch woman¿s libber in a world that is shocked by strong females, but often places the duo in unnecessary danger. Still Jennifer Roberson furbishes her readers a powerful epic fantasy that lives up to the author¿s special dedication.

Harriet Klausner