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A Dirge for Sabis (The Sword of Knowledge #1)

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Born from brute force, the Sabirn Empire falls now to an even greater force, a force that only a weapon born half a millennium before its time could withstand. The Sabirn have such a super-weapon—but what if the rules are too short-sighted to recognize it, or too tight-fisted to pay the price? Then truly it will be time for… A Dirge for Sabis
Paperback, 10 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Baen Books (first published 1989)
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Karen Ireland-Phillips
**SPOILER ALERT** for these books, published in 1989.[return][return]In this shared world trilogy C.J. Cherryh fully exercises her history fetish by exploring the what-if inherent in the rise, fall and adaptation of cultures. [return]The main characters, over a timeline of nearly a thousand years, are the descendents original citizens of the Sabirn Empire, and the cultures and empires which conquer and oppose them. [return]In Book 1, A Dirge for Sabis, Ancaran hordes from the north (pushed by ba ...more
Interesting. Picked this up in slim pickings at a used book store because of it's connection to C.J. Cherryh (although it seems the idea was loosely connected to Cherryh, and the story itself is Leslie Fish's).

The characters are interesting, but the story itself is situation-driven, rather than character-driven. An exploration of might-have-beens in a world that looks vaguely like a Mediterranean alter-ego. Medieval inventions and barbarian hordes of which parallels can easily be found in our ow
Lindsay (Santafefan)
I love most of Cherryh's book and was delighted with this one written with another author.
Dez Amiday
A great adventure.
I found this to be a compelling start to the series by Leslie Fish but ultimately let down by weaker later instalments by the other authors.
Incidentally Cherryh (who I love) has little to do with this book. Apparently she originally wrote some introductions which were subsequently deleted by the publishers.
Lian Tanner
Very different in style from the other books of Cherryh's I've read, but just as gripping and entertaining, with a subversive humour and wonderful characterisation. It'll be interesting to read the next two books in the trilogy and see if the different co-authors affect the style.
Leslie Fish
Jul 14, 2010 Leslie Fish added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Fantasy need include no more than *one* fantasy element -- in this case, "well/ill-wishing" -- in order to work.
Mark Lacy
Not very good. I don't plan on reading sequels.
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more
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