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Woundhealer's Story by Fred Saberhagen
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Woundhealer's Story (1986)

by Fred Saberhagen

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For Joan / As are all the others, whether labeled so or not
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Here in the green half-darkness an endless melody of water ran, a soft flow that played lightly and moodily over rock.
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The gods gone, the Swords are scattered across the land, some held by those of good heart. . . others by those whose purposes are evil.

Mark, Prince Consort of Tasavalta, and his wife, Princess Kristin, have a seven-year-old son Adrian, who has been blind and racked by seizures since birth. The magic Sword Woundhealer, the Sword of Healing, is said to be held at the White Temple far to the south. Mark is convinced that if he can find Woundhealer, Adrian will be cured.

Thus Mark embarks on his perilous journey in search of Woundhealer. But the evil wizard Burslam has joined in partnership with Mark's enemy, Baron Amnitor, and they are also intent on gaining the lost Swords. Baron Amintor has stolen Woundhealer from the White Temple. . . and Burslam has lured Mark's nephew Zoltan away, hoping to use him to gain other Swords in Mark's possession. Zoltan escapes, only to enter into his own dangerous quest.
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(Woundhealer's Story) - Mark, Prince Consort of Tasavalta, and his wife have a seven-year-old son who has been blind and racked with seizures since birth. Mark sets out on a perilous journey to search for the magic sword, Woundhealer, convinced it will heal his son. (Sightblinder's Story) - A young country boy, Arnfinn, holds a sword of great power named sightblinder. Though he is innocent of the sword's great power, he is drawn into a great battle of good and evil. (Stonecutter's Story) - Having borrowed the Sword Stonecutter from Prince Mark, Prince al-Farabi is understandably distraught when the weapon - which can cut through any substance - is stolen from his desert camp. The thief's trail leads them into the murderous intrigues of two competing temples.… (more)

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