FRED SABERHAGEN lived in Albuqerque, New Mexico. In addition to the Empire of the East and his celebrated Berserker series, he has also authored several other popular series including his Swords and Lost Swords stories, the Book of the Gods series, and the chronicles of Dracula.
Simple prose and a straightforward plot make the latest entry in Saberhagen's Empire of the East saga perfect for younger fantasy fans. The aristocratic parents of 15-year-old Chance Rolfson, a descendant of the hero Rolf, whose adventures are chronicled in Empire of the East (2003), encourage the lad to join an expedition seeking ancient artifacts associated with the godlike being Ardneh. They hope a taste of the outdoor life will cure Chance of "certain dreamy, unambitious tendencies." Chance soon finds that traveling with a scholar, an intelligent owl and a small band of troopers isn't all that easy. When Chance starts to notice strange occurrences, the adults in his party doubt his explanations. Eventually, the expedition becomes an exhilarating mad dash to reach Ardneh's sword, an object of immense power with the potential to change the world forever. Chance, however, remains pretty passive throughout. Hopefully, he will take a more active role in future installments. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
More than a millennium has passed since the hero Ardneh, a transcendent being, defeated the demon Orcus in a battle that pitted magic against technology. Now, young Chance Rolfson, a follower of Ardneh, has been suffering from nightmares that plague his expedition to search for proof of Ardneh's existence. When he realizes that his nightmares are actually visions, he discovers that he is on the track of a great artifact that will soon be needed by his world. Saberhagen ("Book of the Gods" series) adds another chapter to his "Empire of the East" saga with this tale of a young man's search for faith in a time of trouble. A good choice for most libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Perfect for younger fantasy readers. "Publishers Weekly on Ardneh's Sword" Ranks favorably with Tolkein. Exceptional in sheer unbridled zest and imaginative sweep. Saberhagen's style in noteworthy for its detail, the depth and humor of his characterizations, and his ability to imbue villains with wicked charm. "School Library Journal on Empire of the East""