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For the first time in years, life seems settled for Tiger and Del. They run a school for sword-dancers in the South. They're raising a two-year-old daughter. They collect income from their interest in a thriving cantina. Occasionally Tiger must dance against sword-dancers bent on killing him for forsaking the oaths and vows of the circle, but for the most part it's an idylFor the first time in years, life seems settled for Tiger and Del. They run a school for sword-dancers in the South. They're raising a two-year-old daughter. They collect income from their interest in a thriving cantina. Occasionally Tiger must dance against sword-dancers bent on killing him for forsaking the oaths and vows of the circle, but for the most part it's an idyllic life. Until Tiger's twenty-five-year-old son accuses him of being "domesticated."Thus challenged by his own flesh-and-blood to reclaim his legendary status, Tiger, accompanied by Del and his son, embarks on a journey northwards that will test his sword skill and resolve, and lead him and Del into danger from an old enemy. Though Tiger had forsaken his magic years before, he now faces the choice to reclaim it, and to wield it, in order to save those he loves....

Title : Sword-Bound
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ISBN : 9780756407964
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 343 Pages
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Sword-Bound Reviews

  • Cathy
    2019-05-29 13:29

    Yay for authors changing their minds, she was right, there was more story to tell. This world and these characters feel so completely true, it's like a window into a real world. I know that the author labored over the sentences and paragraphs and plot choices and all of that writer stuff, but it ends up feeling like watching people I've known for years living out their adventures in a world that's 3D and as real as the room I'm sitting in. And it will be very interesting to see what happens next now that Tiger...well, you'll see when you read it.

  • Brian
    2019-05-18 07:43

    It is hard to begin this review. I will try to remain as objective as I can, but I will undoubtedly fail miserably. In short, I love this book. To be a bit more clear, I love this story, because I love the characters.I was a bit worried when I began "Sword-Bound" the 7th book in the "Sword-Dancer Saga" by Jennifer Roberson because the previous novel ("Sword- Sworn" the 6th and presumed LAST book in the series, written over a decade ago)wrapped Tiger and Del's story up nicely. It was not definitive, but it allowed the reader to believe that Tiger and Del had achieved some happiness and stability they needed, and greatly deserved."Sword-Bound" picks up two years later, Tiger and Del are still, Tiger and Del (readers of the series will know what I mean by that)albeit a bit older (especially in Tiger's case). They are rousted back into adventure when someone close to Tiger teases that he has been "domesticated". Seeing that as a challenge, Tiger and Del set out to "bring luster back to the Sandtiger legend." Needless to they get more than they bargined for: Sword dances, raiders, bounty hunters, kidnappings, and mages. Tiger and Del are not the same by books end, marred by tragedies,and forced choices with uncertain consequences.If I were to level any criticism at the book, I would say that it does have too much recap. Even with the 7th book in the series a lot of it is recounting what has happened in previous books. I understand that recap is necessary to keep readers invested, to remind them of events (especially after a ten year hiatus) and to intrigue new readers to go back and read the previous books. However, at some point, as an author can't you assume that people who are reading the 7th book in a series MAY ALREADY know what you're talking about! Do not let this one criticism keep anyone from this brilliant, and much deserved addition to the series. We see SOME of our favorite secondary characters again(others are mentioned). The witty dialogue and batter between Tiger and Del is as crisp as ever ( there are places where I laughed out loud) this book has more action, and sword dances than several of the other books combined. I also welled up with tears towards the end, both because of the aforementioned tragedies and how it will effect Tiger and Del. With desperate choices made, it is uncertain what will happen next. Luckily, we won't have to wait too long. Ms. Roberson is currently working on the 8th book in the series "Sword-Bearer". I for one can't wait...hoping against hope that there MAY even be more books after that. Who knows my prayers were answered not once, but twice ( with the 7th and 8th volume), perhaps they will be again.

  • Daria Chenowith
    2019-05-18 09:30

    I have a terrible time rating this book. Tiger and Del are two of my all time favorite characters, and they were as wonderful as ever! I love the world, which was as vibrant as it always is. But the book seemed a little choppy in its transitions, and a theme of repetitiveness (considering the entire series) lurked around the corner. A must read for fans, no question, but I hope that the next book will go down a little more smoothly. That being said, I was ecstatic to find out the book had been published, and there will be more!!

  • Nightwitch
    2019-05-29 06:37

    I was never a huge fan of the Tiger and Del books growing up, although I loved Roberson's Cheysuli series. Something about the first-person narrative bugged me, as well as the way in which both Del and Tiger seemed larger than life and almost too perfect. It makes sense as a response to the sort of fantasy novels which focus on a larger-than-life, driven male avenger figure - the gender roles were really reversed, with Del leading the charge and Tiger along for the ride as the wisecracking sidekick (in the first book, anyway) - but I came to the books in an era when I had plenty of female-driven fantasy available to me. I recently re-read the series and enjoyed it much more as an adult. I think the books really benefit from being read in rapid succession: both Tiger and Del grow as people, and their flaws (and personalities) are much more apparent as the books continue. It becomes a fun adventure narrative, particularly as the books take place so close together in time. I was pleased, therefore, to see that there was a new Tiger and Del novel out.The chief problem with this book, I would say, is pacing. The book starts out very slowly - at the end of the last book we left Tiger, Del, their newborn daughter, and Tiger's grown son in their canyon refuge, running a school. The three adults start roaming the world again because of wanderlust, but find themselves in precarious situations because old enemies are searching for them again. By the end of the book the stakes are very high, but it's a little difficult to feel for the characters when their reason for ending up in this predicament boils down to "boredom." Additionally, it takes a while for the plot to get going; the first few chapters read like independent adventures, almost like short stories, which again makes it hard to feel the requisite amount of tension. First they go over here, and this happens; then they go over there, and that happens.Another, secondary problem with the book, which unfortunately is an issue with the whole series, is that it over-relies on rape as a motivator for the characters. This was pretty typical of fantasy in the 80s and 90s, and Roberson never deals with it less than respectfully, but I know many readers who have decided that they don't need this in their fiction. Additionally, it feels more superfluous in this book than it did in previous books in the series, (view spoiler)[which mostly dealt with the aftermath of Del's sexual assault. Del is a main character and this was a major driving force for her; that makes sense. In this book, the rape happens to a minor character - who we don't meet until afterwards - and serves, plot-wise, primarily as a motivational device for others, which the characters explicitly acknowledge. The trope of a man who is motivated by the rape of a woman in his life is problematic in this day and age; I don't think it was badly handled in the book but I wish Roberson had found another way to reach the emotional conclusions she wanted. (hide spoiler)]The book ends on a great set-up for the promised eighth book, but this came out in 2013 and there is no news of Book 8. The ending is not too cliffhanger-y, so if you've enjoyed previous books in the series you should definitely read this one regardless of whether the sequel ever shows up. However, I wouldn't recommend this as a starter to the series.

  • Bonnie McDaniel
    2019-06-08 13:46

    This book is the latest in a series that has been around for almost thirty years. I've been buying them for all that time, starting with Sword-Dancer, published in 1986. In that book, a unique fantasy world was introduced, and two unforgettable characters in Tiger and Del. The author has done a marvelous job with Tiger's voice; the rhythms and cadences, and snarky humor, are unmistakably his. It's a credit to her that his voice remains unchanged after all these years. Tiger has grown considerably throughout the series, however, as has Del. In the beginning, Tiger is quite frankly a male chauvinist pig, the usual type for a desert fantasy world. Del successfully changes his mind and makes him view and treat women as people, a process that is still ongoing. There's a strong feminist streak that runs throughout the series, especially in the fifth book, Sword-Born, where Tiger tells Del to “go where you wish to go, be who you wish to be,” even if that means leaving him. Del replies that being with him is where she wishes to be, and in this, the seventh book of the series, they are still together. Two talented, damaged people, who have been through hell and back, each nearly killing the other; and here they are, their loyalty, partnership and love still going strong. Things have changed, though. They have a daughter now (Del miscarries another child in this book), and both have matured. Tiger is content with his life and his family, and Del is no longer so bent on revenge. These characters have a rare depth, and they are absolutely on target. I couldn't say the same about the plot, unfortunately; it tended to flail and meander for the first two-thirds of the book, although my fascination with the characters more than made up for that. The climax came quite suddenly, almost out of the blue, although I'm sure when I reread the book I'll see where the clues were planted. Nevertheless, this does seem like a rather unpleasant reversal to the overall storyline. Tiger was finally able to live his life, free from wizards and magic, and now he's being sucked back into it again?Well, I guess I'll have to read the next book to find out, won't I?One note about the covers. I know authors usually have no say in the covers and cover models, but good heavens, I wish Jennifer Roberson could have done something about this cover model. He is spectacularly unattractive, with a peculiar cube-shaped face. Not how I see Tiger at all. The series' second book, Sword-Singer, shows what I consider to be the real Tiger (who happens to look a lot like Patrick Swayze). Never mind, ignore this cover, and revel in these characters and this world.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-12 13:46

    4.5 stars! *mild spoilers*I'm sooo happy this series is continuing! I wasn't around when it was first published but just recently discovered it and I'm so glad I did! I ended up reading all the books in a couple months. I can certainly understand why so many people are happy to see Tiger and Del again doing what they do best! It literally felt like no time had passed at all, this author knows her characters and knows how to write! And I LOVE the way she reminds her readers about things from previous books without going overboard. Even though I read these close together, it was still helpful because you really do find yourself forgetting some things in an eventful series such as this.The first half started out a little slower than I was used to with these books, however it was sooo nice to see the domestic side to Tiger and how he and Del have settled into a happy home and life together. And Sula is just adorable! I was glad we got to see more of Neesha and look forward to seeing HIS future unfold as well. Things pick up in the second half, and the ending was where I was biting my lip the most! The only thing I'm unsure of is Tiger and his newfound magic... I have so many questions.. does he now have only 10 years to live again? Does the book inside him somehow counteract that? And did he heal Del so she can possibly have kids again? And where the heck is Samiel now? I just thought some things could have been made more clear.. and maybe he could have talked to Del about it, so something just felt missing there and that was my one quibble. I can't help wanting him to pour all his magic back OUT because its just rubbing me the wrong way and I don't have a good feeling about it. PLUS I have no idea when the next book is expected to come out and that is definitely NOT a good thing. But Knowing we will at least have a book 8 is good enough for now. Can't wait to continue and I will definitely be re-reading this one!

  • Rena McGee
    2019-05-31 10:38

    The blurb for Sword-Bound is basically a complete synopsis of the entire series to date. I am not sure why, but I wonder if I should have taken it for a warning that this book is not much different from the rest of the series except Tiger is older now and a little more crotchety. (Don’t get me wrong, the crotchety is kind of adorable, since I’m not the one who has to deal with it, but still.) Sword-Bound is something of a mid-life crisis road trip novel.Sandtiger is pretty well settled at his school and with helping Del raise their daughter.Read this review on Rena's Hub of Random on WordPress.

  • Jaclyn
    2019-06-15 13:36

    I'm not usually a fan of series, but there's something about Tiger and Del that I really enjoy. I didn't even think that we needed another book in this series, but I loved this latest edition. It's been so interesting watching these characters change over subsequent books. In Sword-Bound we pick up 2 years after the last book. Tiger and Del have settled into domestic life with their young daughter, Sula, and Tiger's grown son, Neesha. Of course, we wouldn't have an entire book if it was a picture of domesticity. After setting out on an adventure, Tiger suddenly finds much more adventure than he bargains for. This was another action-packed book and with it's ending it looks like fans will be getting another book in the series. I for one, will be tuning in and I highly recommend that everyone take a chance on the series.

  • David Teachout
    2019-06-11 12:24

    The essential simplicity and character-driven story of Tiger and Del is like coming back to a well-worn trail, there's comfort at old voices and yet still find a few new things along the way. The relationship now with family brings up a host of new issues though in no way removing the martial prowess and while considerations of family pervade the interactions the story loses very little time getting down to some good sword swinging action. In some ways it is Tiger that takes a back-seat to the rest of the characters, particularly his son and Del, but given the nature of the story this makes sense and truly enriches the tale just having him there doing what he does best.

  • Kara
    2019-05-31 06:17

    The Sandtiger, world’s best swordfighter, and, for years, wanderer and womanizer, has, much to his own surprise, found himself settled down with a baby and a house and running a school and in a monogamous relationship.So, to stay sharp, he and Del give the kid to some friends to babysit for a while and head to seek adventure. They find it, but things go from light hearted to very serious quite quickly.As usual, Robinson left things open ended. This may be the last of Tiger and Del, or we may see more one day…

  • Marsha Huddleston
    2019-06-02 08:28

    Tiger and Del leave their home to have "adventures," at the behest of Tiger's son Neesha. They decide to go north to visit Neesha's home. Along the way they hire on as caravan guards, but have to contend with a new bounty put on Tiger's head by his old enemy, Umir.Along the way they save Neesha's sister from vicious raiders, encounter multiple challenges from other sword dancers and make some new friends. Roberson writes in a clean, uncomplicated style that moves the story along, and in the end, Tiger comes to a deeper understanding of his new life and a new appreciation of family.

  • Debbie Gascoyne
    2019-05-20 08:28

    So nice to spend time with these characters again. I remember thinking that books 5 and 6 were a bit unnecessary (especially 6), but this one adds something to the overall story. It's lovely to read a really complete loving relationship. No artificial tension or conflict - what conflict there is arises naturally from the characters and their backgrounds. But mostly, they are like really comfortable boots, well-worn and familiar and loved. And there is t be another! I'll look forward to it.

  • secondwomn
    2019-06-02 08:40

    a solid and fun addition to the tiger & del series. roberson manages to pull in all the right old threads & the book never comes off as extraneous (as can so readily happen in a long-lived series). if i have one criticism, it's that what ought to have been a big "oh shit" moment towards the end was thoroughly predictable within the first couple of chapters. still, very much looking forward to the 8th installment.

  • Erika
    2019-05-17 11:41

    I am one of Ms. Roberson's biggest fans. I have a nearly complete collection of her books, most of them signed. (Three of them in both print and shook formats. To preserve the books, of course!) At first, I had a little trouble gaining momentum, but I kept at it and the payoff was HUGE. This is my favorite of her series and I cannot wait for the next one!

  • Mary
    2019-05-29 11:47

    I like this series a lot (certainly enough to stick with it for 7 books). I think the fast pacing in all of these books tends to weaken the character development, but I do like how quickly things turn. This last one feels tacked on to the rest of the series, but it's still comforting to be in a world I've gotten to know well (despite the mush of random plot lines & predictable peril).

  • Valerie
    2019-06-09 14:33

    I was not yet done enjoying the adventures of the stud. He certainly has more story left in him. I was amused by Tiger's musings that it had only been 5 years since he had met Del. Especially since I started reading these books something like 20 years ago...the timeline has seemed a bit longer to me. And they certainly have packed a lot into those 5 years.

  • Kristy Halseth
    2019-05-30 11:20

    I really like this book. A lot. It didn't feel as if there was a great gap between the early books and this one. It felt like a natural progression. Anyone who loved the early books should really pick this up and read it too. I thought I read something about an possible 8th book. I can't wait to read it.

  • Tim Bowie
    2019-05-19 08:38

    Another outstanding tale from the mind of Jennifer Roberson. I have been addicted to the Sword Dancer stories of Del and Sandtiger for several years. This book is full of adventures and excitement from the beginning! I definitely recommend this adventure tale (tales?) for a romp in an unforgiving environment where death can lie in wait for anyone.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-21 08:31

    I give this a weak three. It's been a while, but I seem to remember the preceding books being much better. This one was totally haphazard and just all over the place. It jumped around SO much. There was no real conflict/resolution because there were approximately twenty of them with each getting successively weaker.

  • Jo
    2019-06-12 07:17

    Good old fashioned adventure book with two favorite characters Sandtiger and Del. I probably enjoyed it more than 3 stars because I have been reading about these characters since the 80s and the story was good, but on other hand nothing was spectacular. Just solid.

  • Barry
    2019-06-15 14:34

    For years I thought Ms Roberson was finished with Tiger and Del. luckily they changed her mind and returned to play. Excellent read with Tiger forced to regain his magic to save Del and their daughter Sula.

  • Damian
    2019-05-28 10:27

    Just as a note, this is one of the first series I've read as a child, and they hold a special place in my heart, so I can't objectively rate them. I've reread the series as an adult and still enjoy them, however.

  • Lauren Noel
    2019-06-01 13:17

    This book is a bit more tame than the rest of the series, but it definitely picked up near the end.I really enjoyed it, just like the others. I absolutely love Tiger and Del. They are almost real people to me.

  • Brian Palmer
    2019-06-04 09:19

    I admit I haven't read all of the preceding series, but this still felt like a return to characters I knew. Some of the reviews have commented that this felt like a series of short stories stitched together; I agree, but the overall narrative worked for me

  • Nora
    2019-06-12 14:19

    Weird pacing -- the majority of it was rather sedate, and then the last hundred pages or so were ALL THE TENSION -- but overall, it was a ton of fun to hang out with our two favorite sword-dancers again. Looking forward to the next sequel!

  • Eric Means
    2019-05-19 11:47

    I didn't feel like this was as good as the previous books in the series. It feels very light on the character development, and much of the actual action passes by in very short parts of the book.That said, if you like Tiger and Del, well, it's definitely more of that. :)

  • Jarl Anderson
    2019-05-21 14:39

    I'm very happy to be spending some quality time with Tiger & Del again, but besides a lot of horse-riding, not a lot happened in this one. She definitely knows horses. Seemed mostly like setting the stage for the next, as-yet-unreleased book.

  • Katy
    2019-05-18 09:42

    Enough like the rest of the series to be like a familiar old friend, but with some refreshing new adventures. A very good return to the world of Tiger and Del.

  • ~Anita~
    2019-06-02 11:28

    Solid sword and sorcery book

  • Meredith Kaupp
    2019-06-04 07:46

    Oh, I really forgot how much I love Tiger and Del. Thank you, Ms. Roberson for continuing their story! Can't wait for the next one.