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(Tiger and Del #7)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  677 ratings  ·  46 reviews
For the first time in years, life seems settled for Tiger and Del. They run a school for sword-dancers in the South. They're raising a two-year-old daughter. They collect income from their interest in a thriving cantina. Occasionally Tiger must dance against sword-dancers bent on killing him for forsaking the oaths and vows of the circle, but for the most part it's an idyl ...more
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by DAW
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Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
*** 4.25 ***

It is sooo sad to say goodbye to a series which has become a favorite in the amount of time it took to read it. As far as I know, this is the last book and as such, things were well rounded up and all plot lines resolved. To a degree, the series could have been considered ended in the previous volume, thus making this book 7 a bit of an afterthought, but I would take the opportunity to spend time with these beloved characters anytime and for whatever reason. Tiger and Del and the wor
Mayim de Vries
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
"My shodo once told me it's better to keep potential enemies close, rather than distant. So you know what they may be planning."
"Ah. My an-kaidin just told us to kill them."

This series has a certain sitcom quality to it. It is very much like Xena the Warrior Princess on paper.

Taking into consideration that #6 was supposed to be the grand finale, adding one book more inevitably falls flat. Sword-Bound is partly forced, partly rehashed and partly pointless (in the sense that it leads the readers b
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[3.5/5 stars] Mini Review: I wouldn’t call anything in this series groundbreaking for the genre, but for the pure fun-factor, it gets an “A” from me. Sword-Bound is a bonus book of sorts, published over 10 years after what I thought was the final book in the series. I really liked how the story arc in the first 6 books ended, so that’s probably why it took me a while to pick this one up. It read a bit like an extended epilogue (and I hear the author is working on yet another continuation), but I ...more
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Yay for authors changing their minds, she was right, there was more story to tell. This world and these characters feel so completely true, it's like a window into a real world. I know that the author labored over the sentences and paragraphs and plot choices and all of that writer stuff, but it ends up feeling like watching people I've known for years living out their adventures in a world that's 3D and as real as the room I'm sitting in. And it will be very interesting to see what happens next ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
It is great to be able to finish a series. It is great to see beloved characters making their way through adventures and difficulties.
It is not the best installment but I do not think there could have been much more.
Tim Bowie
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another outstanding tale from the mind of Jennifer Roberson. I have been addicted to the Sword Dancer stories of Del and Sandtiger for several years. This book is full of adventures and excitement from the beginning! I definitely recommend this adventure tale (tales?) for a romp in an unforgiving environment where death can lie in wait for anyone.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
3.5 stars

Shaitarn called it "Tiger & Del GREATEST HITS"!
I completely agree.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It is hard to begin this review. I will try to remain as objective as I can, but I will undoubtedly fail miserably. In short, I love this book. To be a bit more clear, I love this story, because I love the characters.
I was a bit worried when I began "Sword-Bound" the 7th book in the "Sword-Dancer Saga" by Jennifer Roberson because the previous novel ("Sword- Sworn" the 6th and presumed LAST book in the series, written over a decade ago)wrapped Tiger and Del's story up nicely. It was not defin
Daria Chenowith
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Shaitarn .
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up.

This was a buddy read with the FBR sword-dancer group.

After settling down to run a sword-school and bring up their daughter, Tiger and Del are spurred back into adventure by an accusation of being domesticated. Of course, once they’re out of their canyon/valley Things Happen and they find the adventure they’re young companion Neesha was hoping for.

It’s a decent enough read – Jennifer Roberson is an experienced writer, and it shows – but having read all of the previous novels
Bonnie McDaniel
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is the latest in a series that has been around for almost thirty years. I've been buying them for all that time, starting with Sword-Dancer, published in 1986. In that book, a unique fantasy world was introduced, and two unforgettable characters in Tiger and Del. The author has done a marvelous job with Tiger's voice; the rhythms and cadences, and snarky humor, are unmistakably his. It's a credit to her that his voice remains unchanged after all these years.

Tiger has grown considerabl
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.5 stars! *mild spoilers*

I'm sooo happy this series is continuing! I wasn't around when it was first published but just recently discovered it and I'm so glad I did! I ended up reading all the books in a couple months. I can certainly understand why so many people are happy to see Tiger and Del again doing what they do best! It literally felt like no time had passed at all, this author knows her characters and knows how to write! And I LOVE the way she reminds her readers about things from prev
Marsha Huddleston
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tiger and Del leave their home to have "adventures," at the behest of Tiger's son Neesha. They decide to go north to visit Neesha's home. Along the way they hire on as caravan guards, but have to contend with a new bounty put on Tiger's head by his old enemy, Umir.

Along the way they save Neesha's sister from vicious raiders, encounter multiple challenges from other sword dancers and make some new friends.

Roberson writes in a clean, uncomplicated style that moves the story along, and in the end,
Kristy Halseth
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book. A lot. It didn't feel as if there was a great gap between the early books and this one. It felt like a natural progression. Anyone who loved the early books should really pick this up and read it too. I thought I read something about an possible 8th book. I can't wait to read it.
Alyssa Nelson
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I feel like this book is very much a sort of afterthought to the Tiger and Del series proper (which it sort of was, I think publishing-wise). It takes place after Tiger and Del have mostly settled into a routine lifestyle; Tiger’s son wants to go on an adventure, so they oblige and have themselves an adventure.

There’s not a whole lot to say about it. Fans of the series will enjoy seeing familiar characters–Tiger and Del are just as fierce as they’ve always been; parenthood hasn’t slowed them dow
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, fantasy, magic
I'm not usually a fan of series, but there's something about Tiger and Del that I really enjoy. I didn't even think that we needed another book in this series, but I loved this latest edition. It's been so interesting watching these characters change over subsequent books.

In Sword-Bound we pick up 2 years after the last book. Tiger and Del have settled into domestic life with their young daughter, Sula, and Tiger's grown son, Neesha. Of course, we wouldn't have an entire book if it was a pictur
David Teachout
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The essential simplicity and character-driven story of Tiger and Del is like coming back to a well-worn trail, there's comfort at old voices and yet still find a few new things along the way. The relationship now with family brings up a host of new issues though in no way removing the martial prowess and while considerations of family pervade the interactions the story loses very little time getting down to some good sword swinging action. In some ways it is Tiger that takes a back-seat to the r ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

The Sandtiger, world’s best swordfighter, and, for years, wanderer and womanizer, has, much to his own surprise, found himself settled down with a baby and a house and running a school and in a monogamous relationship.

So, to stay sharp, he and Del give the kid to some friends to babysit for a while and head to seek adventure.

They find it, but things go from light hearted to very serious quite quickly.

As usual, Robinson left things open ended. This may be the last of Tiger and Del, or we may see
Roig Maldonado
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I believe this was the best book thus far. (Besides maybe book 2.) It wrapped most things up and left it open for another one. I just hope I don't have to see Tiger die by the end. Either way I loved this series and recommend it to anyone!
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Good up until the ending
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was never a huge fan of the Tiger and Del books growing up, although I loved Roberson's Cheysuli series. Something about the first-person narrative bugged me, as well as the way in which both Del and Tiger seemed larger than life and almost too perfect. It makes sense as a response to the sort of fantasy novels which focus on a larger-than-life, driven male avenger figure - the gender roles were really reversed, with Del leading the charge and Tiger along for the ride as the wisecracking sidek ...more
Rena McGee
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
The blurb for Sword-Bound is basically a complete synopsis of the entire series to date. I am not sure why, but I wonder if I should have taken it for a warning that this book is not much different from the rest of the series except Tiger is older now and a little more crotchety. (Don’t get me wrong, the crotchety is kind of adorable, since I’m not the one who has to deal with it, but still.) Sword-Bound is something of a mid-life crisis road trip novel.

Sandtiger is pretty well settled at his s
Debbie Gascoyne
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, fantasy
So nice to spend time with these characters again. I remember thinking that books 5 and 6 were a bit unnecessary (especially 6), but this one adds something to the overall story. It's lovely to read a really complete loving relationship. No artificial tension or conflict - what conflict there is arises naturally from the characters and their backgrounds. But mostly, they are like really comfortable boots, well-worn and familiar and loved. And there is t be another! I'll look forward to it.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, fiction, sff
a solid and fun addition to the tiger & del series. roberson manages to pull in all the right old threads & the book never comes off as extraneous (as can so readily happen in a long-lived series). if i have one criticism, it's that what ought to have been a big "oh shit" moment towards the end was thoroughly predictable within the first couple of chapters. still, very much looking forward to the 8th installment.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I am one of Ms. Roberson's biggest fans. I have a nearly complete collection of her books, most of them signed. (Three of them in both print and shook formats. To preserve the books, of course!) At first, I had a little trouble gaining momentum, but I kept at it and the payoff was HUGE. This is my favorite of her series and I cannot wait for the next one!
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I like this series a lot (certainly enough to stick with it for 7 books). I think the fast pacing in all of these books tends to weaken the character development, but I do like how quickly things turn. This last one feels tacked on to the rest of the series, but it's still comforting to be in a world I've gotten to know well (despite the mush of random plot lines & predictable peril).
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not yet done enjoying the adventures of the stud. He certainly has more story left in him. I was amused by Tiger's musings that it had only been 5 years since he had met Del. Especially since I started reading these books something like 20 years ago...the timeline has seemed a bit longer to me. And they certainly have packed a lot into those 5 years.
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, fantasy
I give this a weak three.

It's been a while, but I seem to remember the preceding books being much better. This one was totally haphazard and just all over the place. It jumped around SO much. There was no real conflict/resolution because there were approximately twenty of them with each getting successively weaker.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Good old fashioned adventure book with two favorite characters Sandtiger and Del. I probably enjoyed it more than 3 stars because I have been reading about these characters since the 80s and the story was good, but on other hand nothing was spectacular. Just solid.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
For years I thought Ms Roberson was finished with Tiger and Del. luckily they changed her mind and returned to play. Excellent read with Tiger forced to regain his magic to save Del and their daughter Sula.
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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

Other books in the series

Tiger and Del (7 books)
  • Sword-Dancer (Tiger and Del, #1)
  • Sword-Singer (Tiger and Del, #2)
  • Sword-Maker (Tiger and Del, #3)
  • Sword-Breaker (Tiger and Del, #4)
  • Sword-Born (Tiger and Del, #5)
  • Sword-Sworn (Tiger & Del, #6)