The Broken Sword.

By: Anderson, Poul

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Grading: Light minor splash (?) stain along top corner page edges, top page edges a little browned, else a fine (unread) copy.


Fantasy novel. Five page introduction by Lin Carter. Originally published in hardcover by Abelard Schuman in 1954: much later reissued (revised by the author as his preferred text) in 1971 as part of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series edited by Lin Carter. Compton Russell (a library-supplier publisher) issued a UK hardcover a year after this Sphere paperback in 1974. An uncommon UK paperback.

''The Broken Sword (1954; rev 1971) is a violent, sometimes confused, plot-dominated tale set in a Dark-Age England occupied by humans and wainscot societies of elves and trolls. Other residents of Faerie, the Sidhe, have an ambiguous role and intervene in the human world, the affairs of which are additionally affected by the Aesir who, though neutral in the war between elves and trolls which propels the plot, have their own agenda. The human protagonist is kidnapped as a baby, an evil changeling being substituted and becomes a hero of sorts, though the cursed, eponymous sword requires him to kill each time he draws it. In the end, he plays a significant role in the cruel war (as does his shadow elf), falling in love with his own sister en passant, but loses all and dies (as does his cruel elf shadow)'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of Fantasy).

Title: The Broken Sword.

Author Name: Anderson, Poul

Categories: COLLECTABLE PAPERBACKS,

Edition: First British edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Sphere: London.: 1973.

ISBN Number: 0722111576

ISBN Number 13: 9780722111574

Binding: Paperback original.

Grading: Light minor splash (?) stain along top corner page edges, top page edges a little browned, else a fine (unread) copy.

Seller ID: 47958