Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Broken Sword - Poul Anderson

Faerie biffo.

"The elf raid on Trollheim was to be a strong one. Fifty longships were manned with the best warriors of Britain's elves, and veiled and warded by the soreries of Imric and his wiest warlocks."

"Ax and sword! Spear and club! Cloven shield and sundered helm and ripped byrnie! Red gusy of elf blood meeting cold green flow of troll's! Auroras dancing death dances overhead!"

Trolls 1-0 Elves

Skafloc the elf survives, becomes an outlaw, as his evil twin lives it up. He realises he has to fix Thor's broken sword to have a chance to win. He also happens upon the bright idea of asking the Tuatha de Danaan for help. Add those two together, and a whole lot of trolls learning that sleeping with the enemy is really stupid, you have :

Trolls 1-1 Elves, Elves win in extra time.

3.5 out of 5

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