The Lost Swords The First Triad Author:Fred Saberhagen From the dustcover of this 3-in-1 volume: — THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SWORDS opened the way to a world where, for their own amusement, the gods forged twelve Swords of Power and cast them into the kingdoms of men. But they had forged their weapons too well, for the Swords could slay the gods themselves. And with the gods gone and the Swords scattered,... more » men and women and wizards both good and evil were about to contend for control of the twelve Powers...
THE FIRST BOOK OF LOST SWORDS: WOUNDHEALER'S STORY.
His son Adrian blind and racked by seizures, Prince Mark of Tasavalta is determined to find Woundhealer, the Sword of Mercy. But Mark's sworn enemy, Baron Amintor, has already stolen Woundhealer. And, allied with the evil wizard Burslem, Amintor will prove a formidable opponent for the prince in a confrontation that will see the magic of four of the great Swords -- Woundhealer, Dragonslicer, Shieldbreaker and Farslayer -- unleashed against friend and foe alike.
THE SECOND BOOK OF LOST SWORDS: SIGHTBLINDER'S STORY.
Prince Mark, his nephew Zoltan and Ben of Purkinje, have been seeking the wizard Honan-Fu, hoping he will accept Adrian as an apprentice. But their quest is cut short when Mark is unceremoniously kidnapped by a griffin and imprisoned in the wizard's castle. The castle has been captured by the dread Ancient One -- a being part human and part reptilian, equipped with powerful spells, deadly demons...and Mark's own stolen weapon, Shieldbreaker. Ben and Zoltan are helpless against his power, until Sightblinder, the Sword of Stealth, decides to take a hand -- Sightblinder, the Sword that makes the view see what he most desires...or fears.
THE THIRD BOOK OF LOST SWORDS: STONECUTTER'S STORY.
Having borrowed the Sword Stonecutter from Prince Mark, Prince al-Farabi is understandably distraught when the weapon -- which can cut through any substance -- is stolen from his desert camp. Then the young physician Kasimir meets the illustrious magistrate Wen Chang, and persuades him to help recover it. But can even the clever Wen Chang prevail when the thief's trail leads them into the murderous intrigues of two jealously competing Temples?« less