The Lost Swords Endgame Author:Fred Saberhagen From the dustcover of this 2-in-1 volume (WAYFINDER'S STORY and SHIELDBREAKER'S STORY): — Buen of Purkinje possessed many virtues, but temperance was not among them, and there were times he deeply regretted the lack. His first meeting with Sergeant Brod was one of those times. — The Blue Temple had promised the Sarge a rich bounty for Ben's captur... more »e. And though Ben had been exceptionally formidable in his youth, at 42, with a throbbing head and a body still numb from a night's heavy drinking, he was no match for Brod and his greedy men.
Yet he dared not let them hamper the mission he'd undertaken for Prince Mark of Tasavalta: a desperate search for the Sword Woundhealer, the one Power that would cure the gravely ill Princess Kristin. In his present condition, Ben could not hope to outfight or outrun his captors, Therefore he set about the outwit them...
Valdemar had always believed he would one day be touched by greatness. But he never actually yearned for adventure nor dreamed of leaving his beloved mountain vineyards -- until he found the Sword of Wisdom, Wayfinder, on his doorstep.
It seemed the fulfillment of his youthful expectations -- though Valdemar did not seek wealth or glory. Instead he asked the Sword, "Guide me to the woman I have almost despaired of ever finding, the one who is most fit, most suitable, to share my life."
Seven years later, Wayfinder led him to Yambu -- she who had once been called the Silver Queen. No suitable bride for the young grape-grower, but a 60-year-old sorceress who might lead him to his heart's desire. If Death did not find him first.
For all their paths were coming together...a dangerous confluence of magical forces and mortal desires as the Great Swords' final destiny unfolded.« less