Sword-Bearer (Tiger and Del #8) (Paperback)

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Sword-Bearer (Tiger and Del #8) (Paperback)


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A return to the vivid fantasy world of the highly popular Sword-Dancer saga, featuring iconic characters Tiger and Del.

Sword-Bearer marks a return to the vivid world of Jennifer Roberson’s highly popular Sword-Dancer saga, featuring iconic characters Tiger—the South’s most famous and gifted sword-dancer—and Del, a Northern-born woman and expert sword-singer. 
Tiger and Del have settled into semi-retirement to raise their daughter, establishing a school for those who wish to become sword-dancers, part of a highly ritualized rite in which specially trained sword-fighters are hired to settle feuds among rich and powerful desert princes. Death-dances are few and far between; the goal is simply to win within the confines of “the circle.”
But Tiger is an outcast, a man who attained the highest level of achievement at the training school he attended faster than anyone before him, only to voluntarily break all oaths in order to save Del. By doing so, he made himself a target of men formerly his colleagues, now sworn enemies. He is constantly challenged to death-dances where rules, and oaths, no longer apply.
Now, with the world around them falling victim to a malignant Northern-born magic, Tiger gathers Del and his adult son, Neesha, to end the magic threatening the world—and discovers, along the journey, yet another element of magecraft within himself. Yet even as Tiger learns more about his gifts, Del comes face to face with the daughter she left behind so many years before.
Fans of Roberson’s bestselling series should enjoy this wildest of rides alongside the Sandtiger and Delilah.
In a 40-year career, Jennifer Roberson has created the Sword-Dancer saga, the Chronicles of the Cheysuli, the Karavans universe, and the urban fantasy series Blood & Bone. Roberson plans more adventures in all of those series, but her current project is a historical fantasy trilogy featuring well-known women of legend and lore in keeping with her approach to the Robin Hood legend in Lady of the Forest and Lady of Sherwood, and her Scottish historical Lady of the Glen. She shows Cardigan Welsh Corgis, creates mosaic art and jewelry, and lives in Arizona.
Product Details ISBN: 9780756408770
ISBN-10: 0756408776
Publisher: DAW
Publication Date: December 13th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Tiger and Del
Praise for the Tiger and Del novels

“Not only a welcome continuation of the adventures of an engaging pair of heroes, but a solid introduction to first-time readers. A good choice for fantasy collections.” —Library Journal

“Jennifer Roberson has such confidence in this series and such knowledge of her characters that she is in the position many story tellers would envy.... A fascinating fantasy novel that works on many levels at once.” —Barnes & Noble Explorations

An innovator in every aspect.... This is surefire entertainment from an author destined for greatness in the fantasy genre.” —Rave Reviews

“Exciting swordplay, elegant prose, and detailed relationships make this latest sword-and-sorcery fantasy a must-read.” —Romantic Times

“The fragility in [Del and Tiger’s] relationship…is beautifully developed. This relationship between equals, their growing partnership, is even more fascinating than the sword and sorcery adventure which serves as its framework.” —SFRA

Sword-Dancer shows a quantum leap in storytelling.... [Roberson] continues to create memorable heroines.” —Phoenix Gazette

“[Sword-Maker] has more hairpin turns and slippery twists than a mountain road in a snowstorm.... I can’t wait to read the next book in this surprising and excellent series.” —American Fantasy