The Tainted Sword (Dungeons & Dragons) Paperback – 5 Nov 1992
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An aging knight takes in a waif who has proclaimed herself his squire and a young man who dreams of becoming a mage, and together the two apprentices confront a dragon who is determined to destroy the knight's good name.
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The storyline is unpredictable, and leaves you wanting more. In a matter of fact, I would love to see this trilogy be extended to a 4 or 5 book series.
This book also arises many different emotions throughout the book.... happiness, fright, anger, sadness, depression, abandonment... All to a great extent.
This novel combines romance, action, and magic into one great novel that you would surely want to read.
Great story of an exiled fallen hero who attempts to save face by saving the people who have shunned him. Throw this in with love,an epic battle with a dragon, and an unsuspected ending and youve got yourself a classic. Although these themes may sound typical, this book and the following two ( The Dragons Tomb and The Fall of Magic) are not, they are great!
Dori does an excellent job in investing the reader in the characters. By the second chapter, I was vested in knowing where the protagonist's adventure would lead. It does this efficiently too, as it isn't a particularly difficult read. It's straightforward, got natural dialogue, and is littered with juicy imagery and descriptions through-and-through, which is almost necessary for a successful fantasy author to have.
I subsequently have read the entire trilogy, and while her writing habits become repetitive (and aggregating, at times), it's easily ignored. At the end, you have a traditional sword-swinging sorcery-flinging fantasy novel that set the standard for all fantasy tales I read from thereon. Highly recommended if you enjoy D&D, fantasy settings, or tales with a strong female protagonist.
A lot of "lip pursing" goes on. It happens multiple times in a chapter, in some areas.