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The Third Book of Lost Swords: Stonecutter's Story (1988)

by Fred Saberhagen

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Series: Book of Lost Swords (3), Ardneh's World (10)

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Another good, solid entry in the Swords/Lost Sword series(es) from Fred Saberhagen. This one is essentially a side-note in the series (appropriate, since it's a "Lost" sword), none of the usual main characters are present except in a few references; instead, Saberhagen introduces a Sherlock-Holmes-like character, and with the requisite Watson analog turns the whole thing into a Holmesian investigation, of sorts.

He's really quite good at it, and the story is quite enjoyable...but somehow, doesn't quite click in the end. It's a good story, but when you're reading an obvious Holmes tribute, particularly when it's a well-written Holmesian story like this one, there really needs to be a clever and memorable ending. Unfortunately the ending in this case simply wasn't up to the quality of the rest of the book. If it had been I'd have easily rated the book four stars. ( )
  PMaranci | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Fred Saberhagenprimary authorall editionscalculated
MarenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Russo, CarolCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Two hours before dawn the dreams of Kasimir were disturbed by a soft noise at the tent wall no more than a sword's length from his head.
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The Sword Stonecutter is missing - stolen from Prince al-Farabi's desert caravan, from the tent of young Kasimir, a physician en route to the city of Eylau in search of employment. Fortunately, at the next oasis Kasimir encounters the legendary Magistrate Wen Chang, whose black, glittering eyes (it is said) can see into the secret hearts of men and women.

It is even greater good fortune that Wen Chang undertakes the finding of Stonecutter, for his strength is more powerful than magic: it is intelligence.

As al-Farabi follows the thief's trail into the desert, Wen Chang and Kasimir make their way toward Eylau. In the walled city, where the Red Temple, devoted to sensual pleasures, has engaged the great sculptor Robert de Borron to create new statuary, Kasimir encounters embarrassment and Natalia, a young woman who is more beautiful unclothed than clothed.

Meanwhile, Wen Chang has learned of a certain fabulous diamond, and of Mistress Headmark, the lapidarist whose duty it will be to cleave it, perfectly. Either a lapidarist or a sculptor would have great use for Stonecutter. . . but so would the smoothest assassin Eylau has ever seen.
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