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Forging the Darksword [Mass Market Paperback]

Margaret Weis , Tracy Hickman
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Dec 1 1987 The Dardsword Trilogy (Book 1)
/Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman In the enchanted realm of Merilon, magic is life. Born without magical abilities, Joram is left for dead but grows to manhood with the help of his constant vigilance and sleight-of-hand skills. When he meets the scholarly catalyst Saryon, the two join forces, attempting to forge the powerful magic-absorbing Darksword and ov.

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Outlawed by the mage-priests of Thimhallen since the Iron Wars, the Ninth Mystery, called Technology, has survived only among society's outcasts until a young man born without magic and a priest who is a catalyst of magical energy form an alliance that shakes their complacent and stagnant world. The authors of the "Dragonlance" series again demonstrate their talent for vivid world-crafting and strong characterization in a novel that will appeal to fans of epic fantasy. Recommended. JC
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A must if you are a fan of fantasy books! July 2 2010
As I said it's a must. The book itself is not in top 5 best fantasy book but it surely has a place in top 15-20! the authors created a very unique world and magic itself. If you are searchin a new view on middle-earth magic this is a book for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early stages of Weis/Hickman June 4 2004
By Rosa
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If you want a lot of interesting, evolving plot, this book has it. It's an early trilogy by Weis and Hickman and it shows. It's a fantasy meets sci-fi piece that is just right for the early 80's *LOL*. I throughly enjoyed this series. I read it once in High School and now that I'm in Graduate school, I re-read it. Great trilogy. It's a classic tragic hero story that you can't put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! March 28 2004
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I had this trilogy for a long time before i actually got down to reading it, I had hte feeling that it would betoo weird for my taste. Then when I actually read it my mind was blown a way, this book is awesome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite trilogies Feb. 3 2004
By Tina
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When a friend introduced me to this trilogy, I was skeptical. I had read very little sci-fi and what I had read I found boring, but I instantly fell in love with Merilon, and especially with Simkin, the loveable trickster. I will, I think, forever be in love with Simkin.
I highly recommend this series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment Oct. 16 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dont get me wrong.. Im quite thankful for Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman for introducing me to the world of dragonlance.. since then Ive been reading a lot of sci fi books.. especially books written by them and other authors (jordan,goodkind,eddings pratchett,etc).
However I was bitterly disappointed with this book.. there seems to be something missing from it that makes it a great book to read.. after a few chapters i just kept reading through it bored and wishing the story gets interesting as i go further but sadly, it doesnt. The story itself didnt have that spark in terms of enticing the reader to know more, the mood itself was bland and the characters dull.
I was expecting more from the authors that started me to enjoy reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't make myself stop reading Sept. 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The time was 11:00 p.m. I was just delving into page one of the Darksword Trilogy I: Forging the Darksword. From then on til 4:00 a.m. the time just flew by, not something that happens often but I simply could not make myself stop reading.
It was quite happer's chance that I even took the book home. Judging by the looks of it and its title I was expecting something mediocre, if not downright cheesy. Funny, I didn't even notice that the description said "...born withOUT magic..." I was thinking, "born with magic" what's the big deal in that? Thankfully I was in a hurry to leave the library so I was in a mind to grab anything that looked semi-bit-interesting.
It didn't take long to get into the book. It all began with a crying baby, very much alive yet even his mother, the Empress, weeps tears of crystal for her dead son.
We are introduced to the catalyst Saryon, born to serve and uncomfortable with himself, wanting nothing more than to possess the "mysteries" of the more powerful wizards. In a world where "love" in outlawed, his curiosity will leads him on a journey into a world as alien to him and to us. He will bond with Joram, a tortured young man born without magic, and together they set out to forge the magic absorbing Darksword and forever change the face of the world.
The world is vividly realized, painting dream-like images on the expansive canvas of the mind. I can still envision Merilon in all its glory and it creates a wistful mood which I can't properly least not intellectually *wink*.
Most of the characters are well portrayed with interesting and diverse personalities. The jovial Simkin reigns as not only my favorite character here, but perhaps the most amusing character I've ever encountered in literature.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I give up on reading this sooner? May 29 2003
By A Customer
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I read Forging the Darksword, Doom of the Darksword, and finally Triumph of the Darksword, wanting to know how it would come out, and hoping, expecting, that it would get better. It did not. The pace drags, the plot fails to hang together, and the characters fail to become real. It was a waste of time reading these, when I could at least have been rereading other, better books in this genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forging the Darksword. May 12 2003
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The world of Merilon is one where magic is life -- individuals are born into their station and rank in life according to their magical abilites. However, more and more, Dead babies (babies lacking magic) are being born to the nobility. They are left to the Deathwatch, to leave this world they were not supposed to be born into; yet, Dead babies are hidden by grieving parents, or smuggled away, and are raised in the world ...
This is the story of the intelligent but tormented Catalyst Saryon, the outcast Dead murderer Joram, the lovable trickster Simkin, the bumpkin Mosiah, and the greedy and deceptive Bishop Vanya. Sent away because of an infraction against the Church seventeen years prior, the Catalyst Saryon must locate and turn in the murderer Joram. This quest takes him from a small farming village, to the dread Camp of the Technologists, science being the forbidden Ninth Mystery of the world. Drawn instantly to Joram, Saryon and he create the Darksword, a weapon with the power to drain an individual of all magic, with which one can rule the world.
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, authors of novels in the popular Dragonlance saga, have written another excellent mind-consuming novel. I have read this work many times, and never tire of it's page-turning suspense! This is the first of four Darksword books. Originally written as a trilogy, a fourth book was brought out because so many people wanted to know "what happened next."
"What they do not understand, they fear. What they fear, they destroy."
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