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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Forging the Darksword. May 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A tale that differs from the norm. March 10 2002
By Kinga
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Upon talking to some other people who read fantasy, I found out that their general view on Weis and Hickman is usually one of apathy, or worse yet, contempt. Most of these people prefer books like the Wheel of Time series, which is fine, even though I think that that particular series has become nauseatingly boring. I've been reading Weis/Hickman books for a long time now, and while they certainly arent the best of the lot, they're a lot better than most: I certainly like them more than Jordan.
This particular book is probably among the best they've written. A strange, thoughtful tale, the book is a reasonably gripping read, that traverses vast periods of time within a few pages. (17 years to be exact: compare that to Jordan's crawling behemoth, that moves a few days in the space of a thousand pages.) The action itself takes place in a much shorter period of time though, which is just as well I suppose.
I wont bother with detailing the plot, except to say that it's above average and well-detailed. The book has a tangible sense of sadness to it, a wistfulness that is lacking in most fantasies. The characters are well portrayed: Joram is convincing as the unloved, bitter young man, Simkin is one of the more amusing characters in fantasy, and Bishop Vanya's amoral approach to manipulation hits close to home. But the real triumph of the book (and indeed the series) is Saryon. In my opinion, he is simply one of the best characters to have ever appeared in a fantasy. So much of fantasy is carried on the shoulders of testosterone-laden heroes, 'great' warriors who never make mistakes and rarely regret their actions. Even if they do show some semblance of sorrow and regret, it's as convincing as a fish putting on a bicycle show.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must if you are a fan of fantasy books!
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. Read more
Published on July 2 2010 by Yuriy Moos
5.0 out of 5 stars Early stages of Weis/Hickman
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. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Rosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
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. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by "aarif1"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite trilogies
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by Tina
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
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.. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003 by MFJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I give up on reading this sooner?
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. Read more
Published on May 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
Hickman and Weis prove that they can do more than Dragonlance. Joram is the son of the Empress who is deemed to bring about the end of the know world. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2003 by R. Reinhart
2.0 out of 5 stars A 3/4 Fan
I absolutley loved this book!
However, I have a major beef with the trilogy.
3/4 of this trilogy is great, however all of the books were completely ruined when the tanks... Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Weis/Hickman on the run as always
Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis must have lived in another time and space before they came to earth to write books for us. Read more
Published on July 6 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book for fantasy readers
This is a good book. Those people who like stories with magic and adventure this is your book. It starts slow, but it starts going after the first few chapters.
Published on June 19 2001 by "iceborg_1"
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