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(Tiger and Del #2)

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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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Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, advanture
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the FBR group:):):)

Well that was an ending I did not expect! Wow! The author sure did a trick on us...

You see, after the first adventure of Tiger and Del, the Southern and Northern Sword-Dancers, who have been traveling together for 10 months now, I thought I had the measure of the two and was settling down for another regular "adventure of the week". I was write for the most part. Having somewhat completed her task in the Desert South, Del has to get back to the Nort
Mayim de Vries
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
"There were many things unknown between us, many things unspoken, because we had both been shaped by circumstances far beyond ken or control. We were an odd amalgam, the woman and I; sword-dancers both; dangerous, deadly, dedicated, as loyal to the rituals of the circle as to one another. And yet denying, in our own independently stubborn ways, any loyalties to one another at all; preferring, for countless ridiculous reasons, to claim ourselves invulnerable to the normal course of human wants, n ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazing sequel, much better than book #1. Great characters, amazing interactions (the dialogues were full of content, discussions regarding trauma, gender roles and future of the main characters were just so passionate and modern) and great scenery.
The deadly charm of the North is also an incredible part of the story.
The plot is also incredibly paced, in terms of action and in terms of twists. Some that were difficult to foresee!
Mar 18, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2011, fantasy
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
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
I read but did not review the first book. (Sword Dancer) It was several months ago. Both books are about a Southren and a Northern Sword Dancer, Sandtiger and Deleliah (Del). Tiger, after 16 years as a slave won his freedom and his name by entering the cave of a deadly Sand Tiger who had been killing children and by killing the tiger. He then studied the art of Sword Dancing which is a ritual sword fight done in a circle drawn on the ground. Sometimes it is a fight to see who wins and the loser ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this sequel to Sword-Dancer Tiger and Del are returning to Del’s homeland. She must present herself for judgement for the crime of killing her sword teacher at Staal-Ysta within the year or be declared an outlaw, with a price on her head that any may claim. But with bandits, evil spirits and magical hounds to contend with, the journey won’t be easy.

After the first book set in the southern desert homeland of Tiger, we’re exploring the snow and ice northern land that Del called home this time
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Plot: Picking up shortly after the last book, we continue with Tiger and Del heading northward. Del has a limited amount of time to argue her case (as to why she killed her teacher) before she becomes fair game for any sword-dancer, and Tiger has decided to accompany her. Their journey is full of the dangers of the North.... while the South had more natural, nature-based dangers, the North has those plus multiple magical dangers.
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Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sff, reread, fiction, 2013
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
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

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!
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I dare you not to love these characters. Awesome story
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite series. I reread them every 5 years or so, and still enjoy the characters very much.
Marlena Mason
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: myfaves
second in the sword's good. i like it. yep.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A worthy second book about the -southron sword-dancer Tiger and the northern sword-singer, Del. The development of the characters are well done with a surprise or two inbetween as we travel North with them towards the 'Place of Swords', where Del learned her skills. The world is fraught with dangers and the main characters are hard people. We find out how hard in this good second book.
Todd R
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book couldn't get past my 100 page initiation that I give most books I read. I couldn't finish the first one in the series and this one is the same. I love Roberson's Cheysuli series, but this one I just can't like...
Hearing about how attractive Del is on every page gets old....and I get that the North is different from the South...okay...move on.
The sequel is better than the first because the characters are known to us and the magic in this installment is very present. Del is annoying (but with good reason) and Tiger becomes more likable with every page. Ends with a cliff hanger.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Better. Character growth and more story pace that seemed to keep me wanting to read. Ended in a way that actually makes me want to pick up the next because I want to not because I feel like I should (begrudgingly).
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Better than the first book, but a terrible and confusing ending that lowers the score.
Kris Rafferty
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. 4th time I read it. Great series.
Ian Racey
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I suppose this was meant to parallel Sword-Dancer: instead of a journey through the South, with the Sandtiger the native and Del the obstreperous fish out of water, this was a journey through the North, with their roles reversed. The problem, then, is one of reader expectation: Sword-Dancer explicitly establishes that it's going to be about such a journey, that it's the story of Del's search for the whereabouts of her long-lost brother. But both the end of that book and the beginning of this bo ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read the first book years ago and I liked it, but didn't love it. Eventually I gave the book away. But when I saw this book at the library, I became curious...what ever DID happen to Tiger and Del?

This book was intriguing from the very start. Del has to return to her sword school to face trial for killing her sword teacher, and Tiger, being in love with her (though even he won't admit it), goes with her. The adventure that follows is full of surprises and threats, and lots of character develop
Roshan Sadanani
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this better than book 1! Character growth was fun to see and the pace felt a bit better as the world started to grow.
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Éric Kasprak
Ok, so this is the second book about the adventures of Tiger and Del and (as per my review of the first) the action scenes are still lacking in the visceral department but I do love my journey with Tiger and Del. I just realize that the strength of novel is that we are always following one storyline, no jumping from one POV to another. That focus on the protagonists enable the reader to be invested and mostly (for me) have them on my mind all the time. So even do I decided to read another novel ...more
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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 its o ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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Jennifer Roberson has a BS in journalism with extended majors in British history and anthropology.  Hobbies include showing dogs, and creating mosaic artwork and jewelry.  She lives in Arizona with a collection of cats and Cardigan Welsh Corgis.

Other books in the series

Tiger and Del (7 books)
  • Sword-Dancer (Tiger and Del, #1)
  • Sword-Maker (Tiger and Del, #3)
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