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Legacy of the Darksword

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It is twenty years since the once-magical land of Thimhallan was shattered by the forging of the Darksword. The survivors of that catastrophe now live on Earth, many still huddled in bleak relocation camps, bereft of magic, bereft of hope, forbidden by law to return to their ancient home. Only Joram, the willful, ambitious adventurer whose creation of the Darksword devastated Thimhallan, remains behind on that ravaged world. But the Darksword has been destroyed - and with it, Joram's power. But now an even greater catastrophe threatens. A merciless alien race known as the Hch'nyv is systematically annihilating Earth's outposts and colonies, moving relentlessly toward Earth itself. But there are rumors that Joram has forged a second Darksword, and Earth's desperate leaders regard it as their last, best hope. They enlist the elderly Saryon, Joram's friend and confidant of twenty years ago, to return to Thimhallan with his scribe and companion, Reuven, and persuade Joram to surrender the sword. Saryon and Reuven face grave challenges, not least the unpredictable dangers of an enchanted realm in ruins. An embittered Joram has his own plans for the Darksword - as do the Technomancers, a secret alliance of humans and Thimhallans whose soulless magic is based on the power of death. In the shadow of the Hch'nyv menace a closer danger lurks, threatening betrayal, enslavement, and death to humans and Thimhallans alike.
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Weis and Hickman return to the world of the "Darksword" trilogy in this heroic fantasy, which measures up to its predecessors. After the fall of Thimhallan, its people migrated to Earth. Bereft of magic, the evil Technomancers on Earth wanted and feared the new darksword. Believing that it could help defeat the alien invading Hch'nyv, King Garald and General Boris try to convince Saryon to go back to Thimhallan to retrieve the sword. Recommended for fantasy collections where the "Darksword series" is popular.

Hard as Weis and Hickman try to resuscitate their popular Darksword series (Darksword Adventures, 1988, etc.), this tired rehash never springs to life. Ruthless aliens, the unpronounceable Hch'nyv, are menacing both a near-future Earth dominated by military-industrial Technomancers and the extraterrestrial magical realm of Thimhallen, laid waste by the destruction of the original Darksword. As told by Rueven, a mute amanuensis to the aged wizard Saryon, parties all too familiar to fantasy quests gather to combat the Hch'nyv threat by discovering another Darksword. Newly forged by Prince Joram on Thimhallan and interminably juggled thereafter by nearly everyone else (Queen-in-waiting Eliza; her female knight, Scylla; renegade Enforcer Mosiah), the new Darksword is the target of Chief Technomancer Kevon Smythe, a tool of the Hch'nyv and a villain as insipid as his name. To guard the new Darksword, Weis and Hickman manage to create a realistic and tingle-inducing Dragon of the Night, but not even that great beast can breathe heat or life into this novel's trite characters and moribund plot. (June)

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