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Parzival13 May 2017 5:55 p.m. PST

Okay, help my memory!

I know I read this in the last few years or so, but I simply cannot recall the name or the context.

It's a bit of a dark fantasy, not unlike The Black Company.

The hero is hiding out and joins a traveling troupe of dragon hunters (I think). Dragons are pretty much just beasts, but hard to kill. The method usually involves a trap of some sort; I recall one character having a crossbow.
There is a war going on with tensions between two kingdoms (or possibly rival lands within a greater empire). One leader is a woman (possibly a sorceress?), and implied to be evil; the others are men.
At one point the hero has to travel or flee into a swamp. There are islands in the swamp, and people or intelligent creatures who live there. There is some central island containing a ruin and I think some important magical object or clue or other McGuffin. There's some sort of mystical monsters they have to fight, possibly undead, and some of the hero's companions may become undead during this fight in the swamp.

There's a lot more, including some tent camp or fair and maybe a magical mask? There are also a number of fruitless last stands for the nominally good characters, especially the good king/lord. It's all a jumble in my head.

Does any of the above ring a bell with anyone?

SBminisguy13 May 2017 6:20 p.m. PST

Hmmm…maybe the Dragonsbane series by Barbara Hambly??


Parzival13 May 2017 8:41 p.m. PST

Nope, not that one. It has a dark edge to it, like THE NAME OF THE WIND, though it's not that book either.

Other elements: at one point there's a good king or lord whose castle is under siege; this lord has some ability to heal (IIRC). The forces are outnumbered.

Dan 055 Inactive Member13 May 2017 9:40 p.m. PST

That sounds like the Book of Swords series by Fred Saberhagen

Parzival14 May 2017 9:58 a.m. PST


I'd forgotten I'd even read that book!

Thanks for the memory jog, Dan055!

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member14 May 2017 12:22 p.m. PST

Hah,you just reminded me--someone did a memorable cover. It's on this list:

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2017 5:58 p.m. PST

No that is not from the Book of Swords series of books.

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