It's been a thousand years since the time of Ardneh, the transcendant being that saved humanity from the vicious archdemon Orcus. It was a legndary battle between magic and technology that killed them both, but left behind tales of Ardneh's heroism and newly found hope for humanity. But in the passing years only a few remain that actually believe these legends as truths.
Chance Rolfson comes from a long line of Ardneh's followers, descendants from Rolf, the illustrious warrior who fought in Ardneh's name for humanity many years ago. A young man plagued with vivid nightmares, Chance hopes to clear his head by joining a forest expedition that seeks physical proof of Ardneh's existence. Their goal is to discover the great vault prophesized to hold the savior of humanity's secrets to his own power and wisdom. But the dangers are high in the uncharted forests, rife with bandits and demons that no magic can stop. And as Chance's dreams become more clear, he soon realizes these are not merely dreams but visions, and he alone holds the key to unlocking Ardneh's greatest gift, known to the followers as Ardneh's Sword.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
FRED SABERHAGEN lived in Albuqerque, New Mexico. In addition to the Empire of the East and his celebrated Berserker series, he has also authored several other popular series including his Swords and Lost Swords stories, the Book of the Gods series, and the chronicles of Dracula.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Having read 'The Empire of the East' and both sets of 'Swords' series, when I was reading this book, I had to check to make sure I had read the author's name correctly when I bought it. I thought this book was horrible. The writing was choppy and abrupt. It was such a forced attempt at connecting 'The Empire of the East' to the 'Swords' books as to be laughable. At one point towards the end, it was so contrived as to have one of the characters suggest they had a good idea of a game to play with the mortal humans thus hinting at the creation of the swords. Even the title of the book lamely uses the word 'sword.'This book doesn't live up to the depth and detail of 'The Empire of the East' or the epic sense of the 'Swords' books.
A thousand years has passed since the rise of the transcendent Ardneh, who along with intrepid warriors like Rolf, saved mankind from extinction from the minion of archdemon Orcus. Orcus and Ardneh died in their critical battle that employed the new magics and the old technology. Over the centuries Ardneh's tale of courage became more myth with few humans believing he ever existed or for that matter his evil adversary.------------------ In the present Rolf¿s descendent Chance Rolfson suffers from stunning nightmares. Hoping to escape his dreams, Chance joins an expedition seeking proof that the legendary Ardneh existed. They seek the great vault that most people insist is fable. In the unknown forests that they trek, bandits and demons attack the band. As they seek shelter from the assaults, Chance concludes that his nightmares are visions that will enable him to find the greatest weapon left behind by the fabled heroes of yore, ARDNEH'S SWORD.----------- This is a fine sequel that fans of Fred Saberhagen especially those who read the EMPIRE OF THE EAST (the tale of Rolf and Ardneh) will enjoy. The story line is filled with non-stop action as Chance joins a quest as a participant, but soon realizes that to his regret he is the man. Chance makes this an interesting epic fantasy as his doubts ring true.------------- Harriet Klausner