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The Novels of Tiger and Del, Volume III (Sword (DAW Fantasy)) by Jennifer  Roberson
DAW Trade Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0756403448
Date: 04 April, 2006 List Price $16.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

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From back of book: The South had always been Tiger's home. Left as an infant to die in the desert, his real origins were unknown. When he won his freedom from the tribe who enslaved him by slaying a deadly sandtiger, he joined the elite brotherhood of Southron sword-dancers, swearing a lifelong oath to abide by their code of honor. With Del, one of the most deadly sword-singers in the North, Tiger had forged an unlikely partnership of equals, sharing adventures, danger, and eventually love. But when Tiger forfeited an important dance to rescue Del, he broke his sworn code of honor--and his sentence was death.

Fugitives from both the North and the South, Tiger and Del flee to the distant island of Skandi. Tiger has been told he resembles the people there, and now he seeks his true heritage. But Skandi provides no safe haven. Abducted by priest-mages, altered in mind and body, Tiger is forced to acknowledge that he possesses his own special brand of magic. A personal magic that carries its own price: Tiger will have only ten or twelve more years to live.

As Tiger and Del struggle to escape, his long-dormant power begins to manifest. He falls victim to visions he cannot dismiss, dreams of a dead woman luring him into the crystal sands of the Punja, the South's deadliest desert. "Find me," she bids him, "and take up the sword." Though he fights it, Tiger can't deny the compulsion in his own blood. He must accept his magic and his fate. Yet can Tiger avoid paying the terrible price that they threaten to extract?

(Source: DAW Trade)

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