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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)