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Six of Swords by Carole Nelson Douglas

Six of Swords (original 1982; edition 1986)

by Carole Nelson Douglas

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Title:Six of Swords
Authors:Carole Nelson Douglas
Info:Del Rey (1986), Mass Market Paperback, 276 pages
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Six of Swords by Carole Nelson Douglas (1982)



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A bit ambitious beyond its reach, this tale falters mainly in two areas. First, the plot is so threadbare as to be nonexistent; I'm used to writers not spelling things out, instead leaving it for the reader to pick up piecemeal, but by 200 pages in one still doesn't quite know what the problem is, or worse, what the two main characters are doing about it other than stumbling around. Secondly, Douglas' prose leaves a lot to be desired. Consider the foll0wing sentence: "He glanced at Irissa's withdrawn profile, her closed lashes lying like a massed army of dark barbs across the peaceful valley of her eye sockets."

Yeah, she wrote that. And there's more besides, at least half of which sounds like it could win a Bulwer-Lytton contest. In fact, the entire last three or four chapters of the book are so laden with bad prose and utterably dull situations (which are meant to be 'riveting') that the best descriptor of the book I can imagine is "tedious."

Avoid this book at all costs. ( )
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Irissa of the Green Veil bent to the forest pool.
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Irissa was the last of the sorcerous Torlocs, untutored in magic and abandoned upon this decaying world by her people. Kendric was one of the Six of Swords, gifted with a legendary weapon to guard the Realms from harm. But now he was outcast, and his death was sought without reason by the other Five.

Sorceress and swordsman, they were thrown together; each filled with ancient prejudices against the other. But only by combining her uncertain powers with his remaining skills could they survive.

Survive they must, however. Rule was a world formed upon magic - but now magic was failing and there would soon be no place for it. And destiny in strange guise had chosen them to make one last stand against the dark forces that were waiting at the Gate of Valna, seeking to destroy their world.
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