The Misenchanted Sword

The old wizard wasn t exactly happy with Valder, who d led his enemy to his hut Now hut and magical supplies were destroyed But he d promised the young scout a magic sword to get him safely back to his own lines and a much enchanted sword Valder would get The resulting sword gave perfect protection sometimes It could kill any man or even half demon In fact, onThe old wizard wasn t exactly happy with Valder, who d led his enemy to his hut Now hut and magical supplies were destroyed But he d promised the young scout a magic sword to get him safely back to his own lines and a much enchanted sword Valder would get The resulting sword gave perfect protection sometimes It could kill any man or even half demon In fact, once drawn, it had to kill before it could be put down or sheathed.Army wizards told Valder that the sword would keep him alive until he d drawn it 100 times then it would kill him It wouldn t prevent his being wounded, maimed or cut to pieces, but it wouldn t let him die If his new job as Chief Assassin for the army didn t make him use up the spell, he d be practically immortal.Not bad, it seemed There had to be a catch somewhere.There was and it was a lulu
The Misenchanted Sword The old wizard wasn t exactly happy with Valder who d led his enemy to his hut Now hut and magical supplies were destroyed But he d promised the young scout a magic sword to get him safely back to hi

  • Title: The Misenchanted Sword
  • Author: Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • ISBN: 9780345318220
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
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    1. - Wirikidor? What kind of name is Wirikidor?- An old one, soldier. It's from a language so old that the name of the tongue is forgotten and no trace remains of the people who spoke it. It means 'slayer of warriors', and it was part of the spell I put on the thing, so now that's its name. The realms of fantasy are practically infested with magical swords of all sorts but I believe there isn't any to rival this Wirikidor in terms of fickleness and general unreliability. It brings on the head of it [...]

    2. I’ve read reviews of Watt-Evans’ work as being “pedestrian.” Meaning that nothing truly spectacular happens. Nothing earth-shattering or even exciting. This is true about this book, definitely.Valder gets an enchanted sword, and he doesn’t do anything with it. This is kinda refreshing, though it might have been nice for something to happen as a consequence. Instead there’s a lot of musing on things that might and could happen as a result of this enchanted sword, but we don’t get to [...]

    3. Light, engaging fantasy at it's best. In the Misenchanted Sword, Lawrence Watt-Evans has created a fun story that's hard to put down. Valder is a likable character that I found it easy to identify with and found myself caring about what happens to him next. Whether it's figuring out what properties the crazy swamp wizard imbued his sword with or escaping from an adolescent dragon that chases him directly into the middle of an enemy encampment, the fun rarely ceases in this novel.I had read this [...]

    4. Lawrence Watt-Evans is sitting at his writing desk, staring dreamily into space. "What if " he ponders, excitement brewing as he senses he's onto something, "what if I were to write a fantasy novel, except -" and here he pauses, falters, the idea about to fade away. But in the next instant, he's grasped it - "What if I were to make it NOT shitty?" He scrambles for a pen, jotting down notes as they flow in a rush, hurriedly, before he loses it all: "Instead of describing in pain-staking detail ev [...]

    5. I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed this book. I'm landing this one at 4 and a half stars.Valder, the protagonist, is a character that I find difficult to comprehend at times. He strikes me as a man cut from the same cloth as a certain Mr. Baggins – and is about as successful at avoiding adventure. He is portrayed as calm and turns out to be quite the homebody by the time all is said and done.The story coves a great deal of time and ground, but I don't know that I would term this an “e [...]

    6. Valder the scout is trapped behind enemy lines and is saved thanks to the intervention of an irate hermit who just happens to be a powerful wizard. To get rid of Valder the wizard enchants his sword - but neglects to inform him of the specifics of the enchantment before leaving the scout to find his way back to friendly territory. By the time Valder returns he's (barely) managed to kill several enemy troops, including a demonic shatra - thought to be unbeatable in single-combat. The corps of wiz [...]

    7. Reviews Of Unusual Size!Re: Accidentally finding himself behind enemy lines, Valder the Scout stumbles across a crotchety old hermit in the swamp. After his bumbling brings the enemy who destroys the hermit's home, which is also his wizard's workshop, the old man enchants Valder's sword to get him back home and out of his hair. But the sword has a few quirksOutstanding: Everything about this story is unique. The hero doesn't want to do anything but settle down and be comfortable. He doesn't want [...]

    8. Popcorn novel. Pick it up and read it for entertainment: it isn't life-changing and certainly not filling and one feels vaguely guilty for having spent time reading it later.The main character is a Gary Stu (author self insert) and never does anything until events or the plot force him to change. He's "desperately unhappy" about his lot in life and killing people ( supposedly- doesn't stop him from butchering over eighty people with his magic sword) but is a morally reprehensible character since [...]

    9. This is my favorite book in the Magic of Ethshar series,closely followed by The Blood of a Dragon. I recorded most of them, including this one, in 50-55 minute installments for my local Golden Hours radio service for blind or reading-impaired listeners. I also made CD copies for myself.Valder is an Ethsharitic Scout who has been cut off by a Northern Alliance offnsive, trapped behind enemy lines, and is pursued by an enemy patrol which includes at least one wizard and possibly a shatra, a demon [...]

    10. "cute" idea, not much character building. Just a "fun" story to frame an interesting idea. Instead of the gold ring the wizard needed to use he used a lesser metal to enchant a sword. The sword works great and will slay any enemye first 100 that is. then it will slay it's current user.ouch.

    11. Delightful. Possibly a bit episodic, although everything follows on in a natural way. Whether intentionally or not, the reader ends up trying to puzzle out the "rules" of the enchantment. There are a number of interesting and amusing twists.

    12. I really liked the first third of this book, but then it seemed to lose its plot.Valder was a scout lost behind enemy lines and pursued by sorcerers when he came across a wizard. One exploded house later, the wizard foisted an enchanted sword on Valder to get rid of him. I loved the vivid details of the marsh and the swordfights, and Valder's experiments to figure out the limits of the magic.But the rest of the book was just boring. (view spoiler)[ Valder hated being forced into assassinating pe [...]

    13. This is a deeply odd book. Born in the 1980's fantasy novel craze, it lives in its own space between the high fantasy of Tolkein, the low fantasy of Thieves World and the funny fantasy of Myth Adventures. It's Mundane Fantasy. That requires a little unpacking: The Ethshar books (at least the 3 I've read) are about ordinary young men who want to live ordinary lives, are thrust into circumstances that would normally be the starts of heroic careers, and then claw and kick and drag themselves back t [...]

    14. This story is about a guy who doesn't have this epic saga or word changing journey. Something happens to him that saddles him with much more than he wants. He deals with it and lives a simple life and comes to a good resolution with his challenge.I enjoyed the simple approach to Valder's challenge. I liked learning about how he got through in life. I was content to read about someone who lives a simple life. It didn't need further drama. Why didn't it? Because it was a great introduction to Eths [...]

    15. I had read several other Lawrence Watt-Evens books but I hadn't read any of his Ethshar books. So I started with the first one. This was a fun book. I like his no nonsense approach to magic in his world. Magic works and it has very strict rules which might give you an unbeatable sword with a nasty curse/quirk. The hero of the story goes through a lot of interesting adventures to find a way to get the curse removed that really gives you a good over view of how magic works in his world with out ge [...]

    16. A great yarn. It was hard to put this down at bedtime. The problem inherent in the enchantment haunts Valder throughout the story -- even after he retires from the army and the assassination trade, which he hated doing. And no one seems to be able to remove the spell without killing Valder and the wizard who was foolish enough to attempt it.In the meantime, Valdar continues to grow old, with no hope of dying. That alone was enough to keep the tension up, but that wasn't the only obstacle he had [...]

    17. This book is great in that it examines a consequence not often seen in fantasy novels. It literally starts with a hundreds of years old war that ends a half way through. The action is consistently glossed over in favour of the complications involved in actually owning a magic sword and what happens to the heroes after the war ends. Not ending with the war, the author does a wonderful job providing a different kind of read.

    18. Magic swords. A lot of them exist in fiction, all with long, sparkly names.Now, suppose a magic sword had all of the traits a usual enchanted sword would have, only there's a catch that makes the sword quite unappealing to use for its owner? A catch so awful that the sword subtly ruins the person's life and they have to build their life around this curse? Then we have this book, which deflates the notion of a magic sword being at all romantic when swords are weapons meant to end a person's life. [...]

    19. a young man, a scout, is trapped behind enemy lines and meets a wizard, who grumpily enchants his sword so that they can escape. What follows is Ethshar's adventures with the sword. Good enough read, but not very memorablerrated by J. Bruce McRell

    20. This was unexpected. A fantasy book where (almost) everything makes sense, in some way! It's light reading, and slow-paced, but intriguing.

    21. I really enjoyed this book; although comprised of many elements common in fantasy, it stood out because for once its plot took a different angle. Valder is an army scout who is cut off from his unit when their age-old enemy from the North makes a surprise attack. While trying to outrun pursuers, he meets an old hermit, who is also a wizard. After helping him escape the enemy, the wizard just wants him to leave- and to help him on his journey away, he enchants his sword.Turns out the enchantment [...]

    22. I had read Lawrence Watt-Evans' "The Misenchanted Sword" (along with several other of his works) way, way back near the dawn of time. I really enjoyed them, but, for some reason, entirely forgot about him over the decades. I saw this book in the library, said "oh, yeah," and picked it up to re-read it. A highly enjoyable book. The universe he's created here is interesting, the writing is very well done, and the plot is enjoyable. I've got only two fairly minor issues with it. The first is that w [...]

    23. A traditional piece of fantasy for any wizard or sword loving reader. The book takes us through the land of Ethshar, where wizards, dragons, demons and endless wars are waged. Long behold a petty scout stumbles upon a lonely hermit and is bestowed a gift. Or at first that's what our scout Valder thought.The story as a whole was an entertaining piece of fiction. The book which is broken up into three "parts" tells the life of a scout who obtained an enchanted sword. His gift which has become a cu [...]

    24. After this most recent re-reading of "The Misenchanted Sword" I read several of the other reviews of the book and was surprised by the number of unenthusiastic responses. That forced to to consider why I like this book and why others may not. I think one of the critical elements for appreciating this particular story of Ethshar is some experience with the rest of the books about it. Some of the situations that appear in other books have their roots in the end of the Great War that develops here, [...]

    25. This story read like 2 completely different novellas bridged together with a common background. The first acquaints the reader with the tedium of the millennium-long war that encompasses the lives of the people. During this part of the tale, while on scouting duty, the main character, a soldier, meets a wizard who is also a hermit, accidentally leading a raiding party of the enemy (aka ‘the other side’) to the wizard’s hut. As payment (?) the wizard enchants the soldier’s military-owned- [...]

    26. This one of my favorite books of all time. Everything comes together so well. First, Valder is such a good character. He's written so authentically and honestly that I felt like I really knew who he was and didn't just think of him as a cut out. He's not the wisest, bravest, or most talented, but that makes him such a genuine person. Secondly, the story is fantastic. The progression from soldier to assassin to innkeeper is outstanding, and again comes off as very genuine and authentic. Finally, [...]

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