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Six of Swords (Irissa and Kendric #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  972 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Irissa was the last of the sorcerous Torlocs, untutored in magic and abandoned upon this decaying world by her people. Kendric was one of the Six of Swords, gifted with a legendary weapon to guard the Realms from harm. But now he was an outcast, and his death was sought with reason by the other Five. Sorceress and swordsman, they were thrown together; each filled with ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 276 pages
Published April 12th 1986 by Del Rey (first published June 12th 1982)
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Oct 05, 2011 Jason rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, time-wasted
I bought this book in the summer of '83 when I first moved to Cleveland. I didn't know anyone & high school was still 3 months away from starting. My mom felt bad that I was alone so she & my dad tried to find ways to keep me from moping. Along with the chores of moving into a new house, they took me to the local bookstores & let me buy what I wanted. Since I was heavily into sci-fi & fantasy at this time (Elric was still swinging his black blade in my world), I decided to find ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book 30 years ago! Having lost it over the years, I'm planning on buying a new copy of it, and its companions, to introduce my children to this particular world. Lots of excitement and adventure, but also, if I remember correctly, a great deal of growing up, learning to get along with others different from oneself, and learning to play to your strengths and bolster your companions along the way. A very good book, worth buying all over again!
Donna Wilson
Jun 28, 2014 Donna Wilson rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was in middle school. I loved it then, and after rereading it, I still love it. I love the story and I love the fact that the characters go through struggles with themselves, just as you or I would if we were in their situations. This is a good read and if you like the fantasy genre, I highly recommend this book.
Feb 25, 2010 Ban rated it really liked it
I know time clouds memory and a bunch of the books I'm adding here were read long ago but I DO remember liking this book and thinking, in my young mind, that it was quite 'different'. It's on my to be read again list.
May 31, 2016 Kivrin rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite fantasy books. First read it as a teenager, and many times since then. Maybe I'll do an in-depth review the next time I read it.
Karyn Silverman
Forgot this book until Goodreads recommended it! I have a memory of having loved it. The cover certainly elicited a powerful surge of book nostalgia.
Oct 31, 2011 Deanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasyandscifi
Read this years ago, and my copy has been round the world with me. One of those books I reread every so often.
Oct 09, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it
I read this series in High School and loved it. It is one I am planning on going back to again.
David Sarkies
Nov 14, 2015 David Sarkies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to David by: I saw it in a bookshop
Shelves: fantasy
Just another fantasy book
18 January 2013

Once again this is one of those books that I read a very long time ago that I pretty much remember nothing about (with the exception of the cover) and upon finishing it pretty much got tossed back onto the bookshelf to be forgotten forever. A quick glance over the synopsis on Goodreads, and a commentary by somebody who basically uses the phrase 'this is what is wrong with 70% to 80% of fantasy today' and 'this is why critics of the genre hate it so much'
Sep 17, 2011 Ramón rated it it was ok
This read was pure candy for me. I read it years ago and couldn't remember if I liked it, so I read it again. Now I know why I couldn't remember. There's really not much of substance here. It seems like she tries to put together several fantasy cliches into a single narrative which doesn't hold together.

While I enjoy having to work to understand the internal logic of various magical worlds, I felt like there was no payoff for the questions I put to the characters and the plot. The characters se
Aug 18, 2016 Dorian rated it liked it
The two stars is slightly ungenerous, I have to admit, but with limited options to choose from I opted to round the score downward rather than up. This must have been one of the first fantasy novels I read, about 30 years ago. I enjoyed it then and enjoyed re-reading it now. It's no more than a pleasant generic fantasy of no great substance or originality. The characters are superficial but engaging, I enjoyed their sparring, and the cat is very well written, the best thing about the book. The ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Audrey rated it it was ok

Would be three stars for a decently interesting world had she not insisted on giving in to the temptation to needlessly connect the story to the King Arthur mythology. It really added nothing.
Aug 20, 2016 SBC rated it did not like it
Shelves: g-adult-fantasy
Tried the first chapter. Had trouble with the archaic writing style and the way the plot plunged into trouble without any world-setting or back story.
Feb 05, 2011 Dralore rated it really liked it
Pretty decent, lots of good imagery use. Towards the end, the sheer volume of description got a bit in the way of narrative (ex. who is doing that again?)
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Carole Nelson Douglas is the author of sixty-three award-winning novels in contemporary and historical mystery/suspense and romance, high and urban fantasy and science fiction genres. She is best known for two popular mystery series, the Irene Adler historical suspense novels and the 28-book Midnight Louie contemporary mystery series. Delilah Street, PI (Paranormal Investigator), headlines ...more
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