full title: The First Book of Lost Swords: Woundhealer’s Story
by: Fred Saberhagen
You know, I don’t think I ever actually read this book before. I think my childish young self must have assumed that a story about a sword that heals couldn’t be that interesting. At least that’s the only reason I can think of for skipping the first book in a series. Hmm, no wait, as I recall now our local library was only spotty in what it had, so I just read what I could get. That’s probably a better answer.
I love that this book was so fast moving. Written in 1986 at a whopping 278 pages it’s a cool breeze compared to modern sci-fi/fantasy epics. Again, I enjoy these hulking behemoths, but sometimes a speedy wyvern is nice.
It’s a simple enough plot – King’s son is some kind of invalid, so King goes out hunting for the one possibly available method of healing him – chaos & intrigue ensues! We also get the beginning of what will eventually be an 8 book (bite-sized book!) epic in the way of the behind the scenes manipulations of the “Ancient One”. Side note: I forget how the main villain got from where he was in the earlier books (The Empire of the East trilogy) to here. Hopefully that will be mentioned in one of these books – maybe another one I couldn’t find at my childhood library!
Simple plot aside, great fun, easy to read & keeps you going – but nothing spectacular to move you or make you say “awesome” out loud.
THREE AND A HALF STARS