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The Sword of Knowledge (The Sword of Knowledge #1-3)

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The Empire of Sabis was falling, besieged by the army of a more powerful empire and by hostile wizards. A small group of philosopher-scientists could reverse the tide if they could convince the rulers of Sabis to build the deadly new weapon that they have invented: the cannon. But when the rulers prove too short-sighted and Sabis falls, the scientists flee, disguising thei ...more
Hardcover, 809 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Baen Books (first published March 1st 1995)
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Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Only read because of the CJ Cherryh name on it - definitely not up to her standards.
First two novellas - meh. Third one was ok.
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Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
A series of three novellas charting a small order of scholars trying to keep a grasp on knowledge during a dark age. The first takes place at the dawn of the dark age, as the scholars try to find a place to safely hide the knowledge. The second takes place a few hundred years later, in the middle of the dark age, and the third several hundred years after that, as society is about to emerge from the dark age.

It has a very Canticle for Leibowitz feel to it, in that sense, although fantasy (with r
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cherryh is such a fine writer, her stories always having a human quality. Here she teams up with 3 other known writers in this trilogy published in one volume. The story is not epic, even the magic users are realistically human with only the ability to ill-wish or bring good luck to enemies or friends. A skill that backfires in one story with Karmic like consequences.

There is no BIG BAD from BEYOND, just the greed, hate and ignorance any Free Thinker encounters in dealing with other humans. So q
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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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