"Fabulous sword and sorcery tale"
Tiger and Del fled Southron when he failed to heed
the call of his sword-dancers as required by his oath in
order to rescue her. The partners healed on the island of
Skandi, but the loss of some of his fingers leaves Tiger
handicapped in a duel. When the vision of a dead woman
calls him to return to get the true sword probably buried
under rock, Tiger knows he must go home though he faces a
certain death penalty.
Tiger and Del travel to Julah where they meet an old
friend, cantina owner Fouad, who is frightened to see the
legendary pair. When they last met, Fouad betrayed Tiger
and Del by spiking their drinks at the demand of the now
dead but then deadly Sabra. Word spreads that Tiger is
back and a fellow Alimat sword dancer challenges him to the
death. If he survives that duel, Tiger and Del know their
latest perilous adventure has just begun.
SWORD-SWORN, the sixth Tiger-Del tale, is a fabulous
sword and sorcery tale that keeps the characters' behavior
constant with past novels yet provides a fresh feel to the
adventures. Newcomers will enjoy this book as a stand
alone, but gain much more pleasure by starting with the
first story. Tiger is an intriguing individual who has
grown over the saga due to his association with his
Northern lover. On the other hand, Del remains a staunch
woman's libber in a world that is shocked by strong
females, but often places the duo in unnecessary danger.
Still Jennifer Roberson furbishes her readers a powerful
epic fantasy that lives up to the author's special
Harriet Klausner - Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 31, 2001