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The Misenchanted Sword: A Legend of Ethshar
     

The Misenchanted Sword: A Legend of Ethshar

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by Lawrence Watt-Evans
 

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The old wizard wasn't exactly happy with Valder, who'd led his enemy to his hut. Now hut and magical supplies were destroyed. But he'd promised the young scout a magic sword to get him safely back to his own lines -- and a much-enchanted sword Valder would get!


The resulting sword gave perfect protection -- sometimes! It could kill any man -- or even half

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The old wizard wasn't exactly happy with Valder, who'd led his enemy to his hut. Now hut and magical supplies were destroyed. But he'd promised the young scout a magic sword to get him safely back to his own lines -- and a much-enchanted sword Valder would get!


The resulting sword gave perfect protection -- sometimes! It could kill any man -- or even half demon. In fact, once drawn, it had to kill before it could be put down or sheathed.


Army wizards told Valder that the sword would keep him alive until he'd drawn it 100 times; then it would kill him! It wouldn't prevent his being wounded, maimed or cut to pieces, but it wouldn't let him die. If his new job as Chief Assassin for the army didn't make him use up the spell, he'd be practically immortal.


Not bad, it seemed. There had to be a catch somewhere.


There was -- and it was a lulu!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434443380
Publisher:
Wildside Press
Publication date:
08/26/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
343,658
File size:
580 KB

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The Misenchanted Sword 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
R-O-U-S More than 1 year ago
Reviews Of Unusual Size! **Re** Accidentally finding himself behind enemy lines, Valder the Scout stumbles across a crotchety old hermit in the swamp. After his bumbling brings the enemy who destroys the hermit's home, which is also his wizard's workshop, the old man enchants Valder's sword to get him back home and out of his hair. But the sword has a few quirks... **Outstanding** Everything about this story is unique. The hero doesn't want to do anything but settle down and be comfortable. He doesn't want to be a leader or a legend. He just wants some ale and dry socks. This is Watt-Evans first foray into the fantasy land he calls Ethshar, and he creates a world fully rounded and familiar, but different enough to be a lot of fun to explore. **Unacceptable** Nothing. Seriously. **Summary** In my opinion, this may be the greatest lighthearted fantasy novel ever written. I've re-read it dozens of times and had at least three copies of the book stolen from me by smitten new fans. (I have a tendency to pick up any copies I can find in used book stores to give to people) The hero is original and relateable and he lives in a magical world that has spawned 9 additional novels. And the spell on that titular sword? Hilariously wicked, creative and awesome.You should go out and buy this today. **5/5** **Notes** Unfortunately, with sales lagging, the Ethshar series was canceled by Watt-Evans' publishers a few years back. So the author started selling it himself in a creatively awesome way - He posts the chapters on his website in serialized installments as each chapter is paid for. Then, once the novel is complete and released, he does an edit and releases it in a full form. I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book several years ago. Was delighted to find it as an e book. Great read, would recommend this title to a variety of readers!
Make_Something_Up More than 1 year ago
I originally stumbled upon this book in a used book store years ago, read it and loved it, and have since packed it away. After getting my NOOK, I was thrilled to find it as an eBook in the digital store and was even more thrilled to find that I enjoyed the story just as much. Perhaps what I like best about the story is that despite receiving a magical sword, Valder's aspirations remain to live a normal, low-key life, which conflicts with everyone else's opinion, resulting in his having to turn down groups of adventurers who call on him to join them for a quest or worse. Valder is an enjoyable, down-to-earth character, which makes him that more believable and unusual in a fantasy story. The story shows that we can find happiness in even a mundane and simple life and that sometimes what everyone seems to want (in this case, a magic sword) isn't always as great as people think. Definitely a fun, fast read you should check out!
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Snork More than 1 year ago
Simple fun in a light fantasy world. It has three kinds of magic that all work in differet ways, which I found interesting, though some of that I may have gotten from the 2nd book, which I think is a little better. You could read With A Single Spell, the 2nd book, first, as it has all new charicters and doesn't depend on you knowning anything from the previous book, though it is in the same 'world.'
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this back in the late 80's and loved it... we didn't really have the Internet back then, or the luxury of looking up other titles by the same author, so I'm anxious to read some of Lawrence Watt-Evans other titles. This is great fantasy for all ages. I've read it several times over the last 20+ years and think I will read it again this weekend... great read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book twice now..once back in the 90's and one more time just in the last few days...i still love this book and am getting more of his writings...if you like Tolkien's work...you should like evans also....:)...Thomas Reuter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
High on hummor and excitement. Unexpected turns around every corner. This is a book that any reader could enjoy. I like the way that Watt-Evans connects this book to some of his other works.