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Dagger (Thieves' World Novels #5)

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The dagger's blade was double-edged with magic...and danger. And Samlor hil Samt was its new owner. Caravan master, warrior extraordinaire, Samlor had come to the foul city of Sanctuary to protect his niece's claim in a secret inheritance. Yet something dark and savage lurked in the shadowed streets--something evil--born of the mystical blade Samlor dared to wield...

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Mass Market Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Ace
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This isn't one of Drake's better novels; I think he was not quite as comfortable trying to force his story into the Thieves' World framework as he would have been without the existing confines. It's still a pretty fun read, and his knowledge of blades and weaponry is impressive, but it does get a little slow in spots.
I've very much enjoyed a lot of David Drake's books so I'm putting this down to an anomaly. I didn't like this much. It just seemed so incredibly slow. It read to me like something that should have been a short story but was expanded into a novel without having the plot to carry it. Read his Hammer's Slammers stuff, or his horror stuff.
It's pretty good, except for a couple of places where it stops trying to even attempt to make sense.
Really it's more of an ultra-long short story than a novel, so don't expect much in terms of plot or character development or much of anything else, but it's still entertaining.
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David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.
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