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Triumph of the Darksword Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 1997

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; First THUS edition (April 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553274066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553274066
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.6 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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I'm not going to complain, as others have, that they mixed Fantasy and SF in the same book; that's fine.
But what others call a "refreshing twist" is, IMHO, committing one of the cardinal sins of poor writing. A good author resolves a plot - characters' motivations get worked out, events progress to some natural conclusion, happy, sad, neutral, disturbing, or otherwise. Questions, at least some of them, get answered.
Weak authors build up piles of tension and intrigue then discover they've planned no way out. So instead of resolving plots and characters, they bring in new material that simply makes the previous thousand pages irrelevant.
Nations stand at the brink of war. Our hero is caught and conflicted, feeling responsible for the impending havoc. Each side thinks the other posesses the secret weapon. The motivations, hopes, and dreams of a few dozen supporting characters are balanced on the proverbial knife. The reader is on seats' edge, wondering which noble hearts will receive an unjust end, and whether villains will prosper or bleed out on the end of a white knight's sword.
When all of a sudden, a nameless, faceless force (farce?) with no logical motivation and with whom the reader has no relationship shows up and slaughters everyone. Can't figure out how to resolve that military hero, dear author? One blink of a tank's laser iris, and your conundrum vanishes - along with your reader's sense of resolution.
The series' most entertaining character and biggest enigma, Simkin, simply vanishes, with no explanation whatsoever except for some unsatisfactory handwaving in a weak and aimless epilogue.
Fun story, interesting characters throughout the trilogy. The ending, ashes and emptiness, sans denouement.
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One year after Joram cast himself Beyond, he returns from the mists, his wife Gwendolyn joining him. Ten years have passed for them Beyond. In Thimhallan, Prince Garald of Sharakan prepares for war with Emporer Xavier of Merilon. The battlefield is prepared, but something nameless rages over it, killing indiscriminately members of each side; the people from whom the ancients of Thimhallan fled centuries ago have crossed the Borders into the realm of magic, bringing with them the deadly tools and machines of Technology. Banding together, the people of Thimhallan must combine their magic with the Dark Arts to overcome the other-world intruders and save their world. Meeting at the Temple of the Necromancers, Joram, Saryon, and Gwen must battle both worlds, being betrayed by each -- it seems the only course of action is for Joram to return to the earth what he took from it.
I've re-read the entire trilogy in the span of the past six days, it being difficult to do anything else. Weis and Hickman, with their writing genius, know how to draw a person into a new world and keep them there. While more military in nature than magical, this book and its events conclude the Prophecy that bound them all together, drawing everything to a close in an unexpected way, but is still tinged with hope. Included in this final book is an appendix describing the game of tarok.
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...The Darksword Trilogy, as a whole, is an intruiging series. I always liked Saryon- he's just so kind and lovable. My absolute favorite character is Simkin, of course. Simkin represents the joker in all of us, and I laughed so hard I cried at some of his tricks. Joram is the exact opposite- he's the dark side in all of us, eager to find the light. I was always kind of hoping he would realize what a jerk he was being, but by the end of the first book I realized that wasn't going to happen, and it turned out for the better, apparently, in "Doom of the Darksword." Mosiah is most of us- trying (unsuccessfully) to get our friends to realize how hardheaded they're being and being quite helpful to others anyway. Other characters flit in and out of the novels (Blachloch, Elspeth, Anja) but the ones that last for a while are very good.
Okay. "Triumph of the Darksword" is a Five because of its flipping back and forth. You like Major Boris because he represents the good military man we know, but on the side of Thimhallan, who you've been following since the beginning, he and Menju represent everything evil to them- Technologists, Dead people who use the old art of Technology to destroy and annex and basically do bad things. The characters in this novel were as true to form as ever, and fit their molds in the Prophecy as expected (though I was a little put out at what happens to Simkin) and the plot is pretty good, as far as fantasy goes.
Personally, I liked the second book of the trilogy best, as far as character actions went. But for the plot and results of the entire trilogy- this one was the best. Read it and you'll fall in love.
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I often find the duo of Weis and Hickman unfairly maligned by fantasy fans (often simply because they had the audacity to work with TSR) but there are some valid criticisms. The major one I have is that they can't wrap up books - this, in my mind, was THE exception. I'm rather surprised others didn't find things that way, that some reviewers criticized the ending. So they deviated from the sappy finish you always see in fantasy, evident even in good series like Memory, Sorrow and Thorn..big deal. It's a pleasant change of pace and flowed logically from the story. This book, in my mind, really makes a good series great, starting with Joram and Gwen's return and the effects that has. Introduces some fine new characters and advances the bearing of others. This would have finally given Margaret and Tracy a series with a good ending - why the heck did they screw things up years later by plopping a fourth book onto a great trilogy? A very good read though, one I highly recommend.
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