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July 25, 2008 / jadettman

The Broken Sword

Last night, I finished reading The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson. It was a good read full of cool stuff like Vikings, Elves, Trolls, changelings, a war between the folk of Faerie, and clever bits of magic. If you like fantasy books, and you can find it, I recommend you check it out.

A few months ago, I read Anderson’s Three Hearts and Three Lions which is also a fantastic book with several elements in common with The Broken Sword. I picked up the first book because I had decided to read some of the books that the creator’s of original D&D have claimed inspired the creation of that game. No particular reason, I’m just kind of interested in the direction they were coming from.

So, after reading 3H&3L I began to remember some of the Poul Anderson books that I had read growing up, mostly in the SF vein, and, recalling my enjoyment of those, I started to pick up some of his fantasy works when we stopped by used bookstores.

Of course, I did briefly worry that Mr. Anderson’s works wouldn’t live up to my recollections but he is supposed to be one of those master-class writers from the pre-80s . . .

Needless to say, I haven’t been disappointed yet. Sure, I occasionally have a nit to pick, and they probably aren’t books that will go on my re-reading list, but they’re a good read nonetheless.


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