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Sword-Singer (Tiger and Del #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,309 ratings  ·  42 reviews

It was here that Del and Tiger--she among the greatest of Northern sword masters, he a Southron warrior of legendary skills--must make their way to free Del from the life curse under which she traveled. For this was where she had slain her own sword master long before to blood her magical blade with the kind of power she needed to avenge the cruel dest
Mass Market Paperback, 382 pages
Published September 6th 1988 by DAW Books
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After finally tracking down her long-ago kidnapped brother with the help of master sword-dancer Tiger, Del now faces the daunting task of returning to the North to finally pay the price for having slain her sword-master. Tiger isn't about to allow his basha to return to her homelands alone to face a trial and possibly death and so comes along for the ride. All too quickly however, he discovers that the North is nothing like his beloved desert South. Not only is he faced with an unfamiliar landsc ...more
I wouldn't say this was a tough read, more like a frustrated read. Example....

Del and Tiger walking along, Tiger trips on a small stone.

Del: Look Tiger you tripped on a stone.
Tiger: I tripped on nothing, I don't believe in a stone.
Del: Open your eyes, it's a stone.
Tiger: That is nothing.
Del: *picks up stone* LOOK, it's a stone.
Tiger: I see nothing in your hand, stones do not exist.
Del: You are a fool.
Tiger: I may be a fool, but a fool that does not believe in stones.
Del: Then what did you trip o

Oh Roberson, you scruffy little nerfherder, how dare you end on such a cliffhanger!!!!

As for the book itself, nice flip - last book Del was fish out of water in the South and now here Tiger is fish out of water in the North.

Del makes some questionable choices that leave the reader with little sympathy for her (at best, your left thinking this girl needs therapy, stat) but an exciting continuation of Del and Tigers adventures.

Onwards to Book 3!
One of my favorite series. I reread them every 5 years or so, and still enjoy the characters very much.
i recalled this as being my favorite of the series, and rereading now i can see why. roberson comes into her own here. the pacing is under control. the characters are alive. the writing is focused. i wouldn't say this book is perfect, but it clicks together. the pieces fit. roberson works within the sword-and-sorcery tradition, and with a male narrator, to reimagine what is possible within the bounds of the genre and turns out an entertaining and successful story. it would be fun to see a good m ...more
In this book, we continue to follow Del and Tiger's adventures as they journey through the cold North.
I was debating whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. Just like in the first book, the story is pretty good, the dialog is witty, realistic and engaging and characters, magic and mythology are all pretty deep. Despite this there were several things I didn't like.

First of all, I really hated Del in this book. She does a few odd choices and I never really cared about her. By this point, her whol
What I am enjoying most about this series is the development of Del and Tiger's relationship. I find myself eager to observe its evolution, like a kid who's planted a kindergarten potato, I rush to the kitchen, or the next page, wondering which of them is going to show signs of growth. So far, it's been quite believable...the baggage they carry, the attraction they feel, the misunderstandings they have with each other and the emotional bog that sucks at both as they each struggle silently to dea ...more
I dare you not to love these characters. Awesome story
Marlena Mason
second in the sword's good. i like it. yep.
I did like it. I get a little annoyed at the bickering between the two, but they seem to want to be true to themselves rather than try to build a relationship. Del wants to prove she is as capable as any male and it is clear that she is, but she is giving up a part of her soul in the process. They each come together with their own baggage. Different but then again, alike in many ways. It seems to be a relationship based on convenience. But with their pasts, who can truly blame them. Del only see ...more
Probably loved book 2 better than the first! I liked that things were a bit less intense and we got to see Tiger and Del develop a bit more together. I totally sided with Tiger at the end though. Del has some issues and one of them is believing she always knows best. At the end of the day though, she is only 21 and is still coming to grips with the crap that she's had to suffer through. Tiger isn't untainted either, and I hope they can find some peace together.

The ending was a doozy and I'm dyi
Loved this series, and quickly moved through them all. Then, I got my husband into them and he went through them all very quickly as well. The interaction between Del and Tiger is so dynamic, it is one of the more realistic relationships that I have had the pleasure of reading.
Much like Sword-Dancer, and if you liked that, you'll probably like this. In the previous book, the one doing the growing up was mostly Tiger; in this one it's mostly Del. It manages to be "Ways in which Del is an asshole" without losing sympathy for her, which is a pretty good trick.

It ends on a cliffhanger which, since I am in a position to know that there are at least three more books published in this series, sort of fails to be a cliffhanger at all, which is fairly amusing to me. However, I
Just as a note, this is one of the first series I've read as a child, and they hold a special place in my heart, so I can't objectively rate them. I've reread the series as an adult and still enjoy them, however.
These are just too much fun -- and with a surprising amount of emotion snuck in when you're not looking. I'm addicted. Perfect light reading without feeling like an inconsequential throwaway.
This, the second of the Tiger & Del series, takes the characters out of the desert and into Del's world. Upon re-reading, this one is not as good as the first one. I think this is in part because it's told through Tiger's eyes, again, and he spends much of the book miserable and cold. More of it, though, is probably due to Del's progressively more detached manner, and the rather annoying way things fall out in the end. I'm also not that fond of Tiger's sword trying to become a character in i ...more
Picking up right where Sword-dancer left off, Sword-singer follows the travels of Tiger and Del into the North. While Del is facing the ghosts of her past in her native land, Tiger is facing the reality of strange Northern magic and customs. Ever the skeptic, Tiger often takes too long to admit that there is something strange in the North - evil powers that be, which threaten to steer he and Del off their course. Which could end with death, for one or both of our heroes. In sword-singer, Roberso ...more
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H.L. Stephens
Thoroughly enjoyed this book years ago when I read it. Imaginative and fun.
Sometimes Tiger was a big, stubborn dumb-dumb, but I still love him.
Again, 3.5 stars.
Cassie White
Originally read 1993

Unfortunately there is no way I can rate the first four novels of the Tiger and Del saga individually. They are too deeply steeped in memory and woven together in my mind for me to separate and break them down objectively even after rereading them for the first time in about a decade. I simply must give them five stars. I think the Sandtiger and Delilah deserve at least that much.
I couldn't get into the characters (maybe because I unwittingly began on the second in the series?) They were simply too cliche. Silent, angry, always-right, sexy woman. Deadly, too. Bumbling, sex-crazed, strong, angry-at-being-confused, man. I never finished this book- seeing that it has a strong average rating I can see that I either missed the point of the book, or should have muscled through.
Frank Taranto
I enjoy Del and Tiger as characters and I like the way they interreact. Their trip north to bring Del back to where she learned her craft is interesting, as the North is much different than the South.
The solution to Del's problem near the end leads to problems for Tiger. I dislike cliffhanger endings to books, I don't mind all the questions not being answered, but this one was really aggravating.
Interesting from the male perspective; I was expecting a female voice, and the change was marked. A lot of useless fluff; most things seemed stretched to fill more pages then they were worth. A few of the supporting characters were very one-dimensional. They were meant to play a role, and they did that very successively, but they were also very unentertaining characters.
I have to admit I did a bit of skimming, but it was mostly because I read book 1 and book 2 back to back and didn't need all the recap to remind me of 'who, what, where, why and when' regarding the storyline and the characters.
Lots more magic in this one since it takes place in the North rather than Tiger's homeland; the South.
Great ending!
It's hard to read books in hindsight (i.e. knowing what happens in the sequels), but somehow, this book is all the more powerful for knowing what happens after. I haven't lost myself in a series the way I have in the Tiger and Del books in a long time.
Richard Houchin
The Sword-Dancer series never impressed me as much as the Chronicles of the Cheysuli. It just doesn't seem to have the same depth or social relevance. But the Sword-Dancer books are solid fantasy with talking, uppity swords, so it's all good!
Another enjoyable book in the series. The more I read, the more I like Tiger and his horse, of course. This book sometimes makes me laugh, or at least smile. A quicker read which is a good thing to offset the longer books I am also reading.
Again, I am very much enjoying this series. The characters are continuing to remain complex. The author keeps you thinking and on your toes. As soon as I finished this second book, I picked up the third in this series.
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Jennifer Mitchell Roberson O'Green is an author of fantasy and historical literature. Roberson has lived in Arizona since 1957. She grew up in Phoenix, but in 1999 relocated to Flagstaff. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northern Arizona University. Roberson had spent her final semester in England at the University of London. This enabled her to do indepth research at castles ...more
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