Sword-Bound: A Novel of Tiger and Del

Sword-Bound: A Novel of Tiger and Del

by Jennifer Roberson


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After years of deadly quests and dangerous enemies,Tiger and Del have finally found relative saftey in a secluded desert canyon. They enjoy a settled, if somewhay less exciting, life raising their daughter, Sula, and training Tiger's son, Neesha. They also train all those who manage to find them, thus forming their own school of sword-dancing.

But the manhunt for Tiger has not ended, for he is still an outcast from the brotherhood of sword-dancers for breaking the oaths of honor codes of Alimat, and his deadly brethren seek to kill him. To add to the threats, an old enemy, Umir the Ruthless, has offered substantial bounty for anyone bringing Tiger to him alive. Umir possesses a powerful grimoire--a book of spells that Tiger had locked by magic--and he is determined to use any means at his disposal to force Tiger to unlock this deadly book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756407964
Publisher: DAW Hardcover
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Series: Tiger and Del Series , #7
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Roberson is the author of the Sword-Dancer Saga and the Chronicles of the Cheysuli, and collaborated with Melanie Rawn and Kate Elliott on the historical fantasy The Golden Key, a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. She has also published three historical novels, and several in other genres. An exhibitor and breeder of Cardigan Welsh Corgis, she lives on acreage in Northern Arizona with eight dogs and two cats.

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"Surprise-filled... such a satisfyingly human series. Sensitive readers of both sexes should appreciate how Roberson rises above the usual genre cliches." —Publisher's Weekly

"Exciting sword-play, elegant prose, and detailed relationships make this latest sword and sorcery fantasy a must-read. This book stands alone, but the entire Sword-Dancer series is a treat." —Romantic Times

"It's not just Ms. Roberson's fertile imagination that makes her books so special. It's also wonderful characterization and a marvelous sense of timing that keeps her readers right on the edge of their seats." —Rave Reviews

"Roberson doesn't take the easy way out...she has the courage and the writing ability to let her characters be true to themselves, and the result is a taut and breathless novel." —American Fantasy

"Review enough books and you start to run out of superlatives, and I wish I could make a new one up to describe this particular fantasy adventure.... Go out and buy this book. Buy a copy for a friend." —Science Fiction Chronicle



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Sword-Bound: A Novel of Tiger and Del 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Missy_Snark More than 1 year ago
A good novel is like going home and the characters from a good series are like family. For twenty-five years, Jennifer Roberson has been my favorite novelist; the adventures of Tiger and Del have been my chosen couple. My original copies of the Sword-Dancer series have grown ragged and dog-eared from frequent reading, and I have replaced the set at least once. When Roberson announced plans to release a seventh (and an eighth!) book, I wooted and whooped—and almost performed back flips. Roberson paints a canvas with words, creating a world alive and vital--full of memorable characters, vivid places. In Sword-Bound, she resumes the adventures of Tiger and Del, a story set two years after where they last left the reader. The plot kicks off slowly, depicting domestic life in a peaceful canyon, where the couple lives with their two-year-old daughter, Sula, and Tiger's grown son, Neesha. They operate a sword-dancing school and Tiger appears quite domesticated—up until his son accuses him of being so and challenges him to go on an adventure. The pace picks up swiftly, covering ground and combats, with caravan guard duty and what may be Tiger's most challenging sword dance ever. Overall, it comes fast and furious, and keeps on coming. There are occasional bits of back story, explanations for those not familiar with the series that slow things down a little. Umir-the-Irritating (not his real name) is back to his old mischief. All in all, the story is absolutely absorbing—an "I can't put this down" thriller. The worst thing about a series is when it ends because the couple gets together. Tiger and Del provide the reader with the rare and satisfying experience of watching a beloved couple continued to evolve and grow—together. There are touching moments of shared affection, amusing glimpses of our dynamic duo confronting the messy realities of parenthood, and that hilarious competitiveness of a man and woman who keep their significant other on their toes. A six star read. Unfortunately, I can only give it five stars.
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alyssama121 5 months ago
I feel like this book is very much a sort of afterthought to the Tiger and Del series proper (which it sort of was, I think publishing-wise). It takes place after Tiger and Del have mostly settled into a routine lifestyle; Tiger’s son wants to go on an adventure, so they oblige and have themselves an adventure. There’s not a whole lot to say about it. Fans of the series will enjoy seeing familiar characters–Tiger and Del are just as fierce as they’ve always been; parenthood hasn’t slowed them down very much. I really liked getting to meet new characters and seeing how people react to Tiger as a legend and an aging, maimed man. If you haven’t read the first six books, I don’t think this would hold very much appeal for you. While the story is fairly solid, not much time is spent on character development and I just don’t think you’ll be able to connect with the characters very well without the background knowledge of the first books. The plot also probably makes much more sense if you have that backstory. I will say that I don’t remember Tiger being so horribly chauvinistic. He must have been even more so in the earlier books, but I was younger and it didn’t bother me quite so much. This personality trait grated on me at first, but once the story got going it became less frustrating to me; I’m not sure if that’s because I got used to it or because there was less machismo (though it’s probably the former). Overall, I was happy to have another adventure with the characters, but it’s not necessary to the series as a whole. I’m always game for another Tiger and Del novel, but the series is fine where it stands.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading Sword Dancer in June and read all of the Sword Dancer novels in a row. I enjoyed them immensely and am now waiting for the next one Sword Bearer.
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BLRobin More than 1 year ago
Excellent continuation of the Sword Series. Took a long time but definitely worth the wait. Character development and story line fit with the prior books and are still very entertsining and believable.
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