The Misenchanted Sword (Legends of Ethshar, #1)
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The Misenchanted Sword

by Lawrence Watt-Evans
Release date: 1985
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy


The old wizard wasn't exactly happy with Valder, who'd led the enemy to his hut. Now hut and magical supplies were destroyed. But he'd promised the young army 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. But there had to be a catch somewhere – and there was!

updated 2016-10-07

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I loaned The Misenchanted Sword from a friend a couple of days ago and I finished reading it today. It was a nice and simple fantasy book. It wasn't a masterpiece, but I liked it very much (it's nice to read this kind of light fantasy every once in a while). If you want to read an entertaining fantasy book, The Misenchanted Sword is a good choice. It's not a great book, but it's very entertaining.
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