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Reviewed by Carine Engelbrecht for Readers' Favorite
Imagine being raised from infancy by a race of intelligent plant-like beings. All you know about human civilization, history and customs is what you have been able to glean from book learning. You were a good student and know much, at least theoretically. But you are about to be thrust into the thick of it in a large city. As guide and companion, you have your inheritance - a sentient sword that your parents had left you. This is exactly the predicament in which Eurik, the hero of The Living Sword by Pemry Janes, finds himself. But the action quickly gets even hotter. His unusual treasure - a weapon he is untrained to wield - has attracted a whole host of deadly attention.
Eurik's tale is in some ways reminiscent of Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone, another hero with an unusual sword. In contrast to the albino prince who was wise and wary, Eurik is innocent and naive, but keen to learn as much as he can. But although his inexperience with his fellow humans and his lack of swordsmanship skills place him at a disadvantage against several unscrupulous villains, he does have one thing in his favor. He has a highly unusual fighting style that is the result of his non-human upbringing. Of course, if you were hoping to observe a more conventional swordsman in action, there is always the warrior princess, Broken Fang. She's smart, tough as nails, and gets at least some of the good lines. I also enjoyed the sword Misthell's personality and surprising quirks of knowledge. The Living Sword by Pemry Janes is the first in a series that promises to be highly entertaining.