Sword of the South
by David Weber
Cover Artist: Dave Seeley
Review by Jon Guenther
Baen Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781476781273
Date: 03 May 2016 List Price $18.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
I admit very little familiarity with Mr. Weber's Bahzell Bahnakson/War God universe, but I decided to read The Sword of South because I enjoy many of this author's other works. As I imagined, he doesn't disappoint in this book.
This is the story of Kenhodan, a mysterious stranger we meet at the beginning of the story, who winds up in the tavern of Bahzell Bahnakson and his War Maid bride, Leeana, not knowing who he is or from whence he's come. To add to the mystery, he comes under the interest and protection of the millenniums-old wizard, Wencit of Rum. Together, this trio will embark on a journey against the dark sorceress Wulfra of Torfo to retrieve an ancient weapon (the obligatory fantasy MacGuffin) that will help our heroes defeat her and overcome the impending final battle against Kontovar's dark lords who want to conquer the world (or just the lands of the ancient kingdom of Norfressa in this case).
This book is rife with dwarves, dragons, shadow assassins, magic-wielding dark wizards, and a host of creatures one would expect to find in any good fantasy. The book moves at a great clip. There are adventures over land and over sea, including battles reminiscent of those you'd find in a good sea tale. There is also political intrigue, and a surprising herald archetype in a young girl with a surprising gift.