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Book Note: David Weber, Oath of Swords

I read this book about 25-Dec-2001. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1995. This note was last modified Saturday, 19-Aug-2006 10:48:49 PDT.

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Having mostly run out of his SF, I've had to stoop to reading David Weber's fantasy.

This one was fun, if a bit too abrupt in the ending (I really didn't like the female lead getting signed off with a message sent via falcon unexpectedly in the last few pages).

I guess aspects of this are the usual EFP trappings -- there are elves, dwarves, men, trolls, and halflings, for example. And Hradani, for some reason.

An interesting religious system -- a pantheon of white and dark gods, many of whom do interact with humans. Some rules on how far they can go, which perhaps are followed more strictly than is really believable. An interesting touch that the god of war is also the god of justice.

Magic has been divided rather strictly into white and black, with one "wild" wizard still running around. Lots of consequences left over from a major magical war 1200 years ago, too.

I rather like the main character, Bahzell. He has this compulsion to fight injustice that he mostly explains as weakness and stupidity.

Overall, it was fun, and I'm going on to read the next one. And only once does a character ever say "Let's be about it."

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