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The Tainted Sword (Dungeons & Dragons) Paperback – 5 Nov 1992

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (5 Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560763957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560763956
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,483,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Fain Flinn, noble fallen knight is helped to glory by squire Johauna Menhir, and this is the first part of the Penhaligon trilogy... an exciting and clever story.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d319f00) out of 5 stars The rise and fall of Fain Flinn 7 Jan. 2002
By Lucius Robinson - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Tainted Sword is, as I'm sure you've gussed, a fantasy. There isnt a definable main character, but the story focuses on two people in particular above the rest. These two are Flinn and his Squire-to-be/lover-to-be,Johauna Menhir. Flinn is a knight who has fallen from grace in his court. The book never really explains why so many people support his fall,seeing as he has saved the land multiple times,but he is constently tormented by everyone he sees.He adpots an very mean spirit and refuses to talk to anyone he sees. Finally someone gets through his rough deamanor and sees the goodness in him.That someone is Johanua Menhir. A really nicely written relationship between them begins and is even delayed at one point where the author could let it all come together between them. Flinn evetually reagins his titles and his honor and heads out back inot the world to destroy his sworn enemy who has been ravaging the world, the dragon Verdilith. The final encounter between then is very intense and the end is totally different from what I would expect from a book with 2 sequels. This is a very well writen novel, that expresses a lot of human emtion and has vey believable characters. I would highly recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d2f5c98) out of 5 stars An engaging story line with great twists and character depth 17 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've bought this book when I was in forth grade, and I'm still reading it in tenth. It would be impossible to sum up the greatness of this book in just a simple paragraph, but to generally put it... The characters each had a unique personality, which the author has done well to describe them.
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d328210) out of 5 stars A Timeless Epic 6 Aug. 2004
By Thomas Woodward - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is one of few that clearly defines what i have always been looking for in fantasy novels. The author paints a vivid world where the reader can lose themselves and completely identify with the suprisingly lifelike characters. Each character has a unique personality and sucessfully evokes true human emotion. Anger, sadness, lust, bravery, honor, and guilt paint the pages of this tragic yet beautiful work of art. It is so rare that a story can display such emotion and beauty, which makes this novel all the more genuine.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d35a4b0) out of 5 stars Classic D&D Novel. 5 Jan. 2006
By Red Jason - Published on
Format: Paperback
To me this is THE classic Dungeons and Dragons novel. The Penhaligon Trilogy was my first exposure to D&D books, and after reading dozens and dozens of Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms novels etc. since, nothing has yet to come close to this.

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!
HASH(0x8d35c4ec) out of 5 stars Sets the Standard for D&D Novels 11 Jun. 2016
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Format: Paperback
I received this book as a last-minute birthday gift from a friend who never read past the front cover. That said, I felt no obligation to pick it up beside the fact that I am a RPG nerd. I am not an avid reader-- or rather, wasn't-- when I finally peeked inside. I carried it around with me on campus and would knock out a few pages here and there when I found myself with free time.

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.
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