Swords in the Mist by Fritz Leiber

Swords in the Mist (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser) (Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #3)

by Fritz Leiber

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser take to the sea in the third installment of this seminal sword and sorcery series that "has lost none of its luminous magic" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Swords in the Mist, book three in the Lankhmar series, thrusts our indentured, sword-swinging servants into the question of hate, its power, and its purpose. Times are lean in Lankhmar, illuminating the link between money and love. Luckily, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser don't always believe in love. When Lankhmar gets too gritty, our travelers take to their other, less harsh mistress, the sea. But the sea can play tricks on men, and so can the sea king. He can break a man, or worse yet, curse him. But when he is away, it's all play for the formidable swordsmen and the Triple Goddess . . . and two luscious sea queens. But luck may not always be there, as they discover on the way to see Ningauble, their wizard employer. After a long journey in defense of their control over their own fates, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser find themselves pawns in a life-and-death chess game, all of Lankhmar being the pieces. How many pawns will be left on the board before someone wins?

Before The Lord of the Rings took the world by storm, Leiber's fantastic but thoroughly flawed antiheroes, Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, adventured deep within the caves of Inner Earth, albeit a different one. They wondered and wandered to the edges of the Outer Sea, across the Land of Nehwon and throughout every nook and cranny of gothic Lankhmar, Nehwon's grandest and most mystically corrupt city. Lankhmar is Leiber's fully realized, vivid incarnation of urban decay and civilization's corroding effect on the human psyche.

Drawing on themes from Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft, master manipulator Fritz Leiber is a worldwide legend within the fantasy genre and actually coined the term Sword and Sorcery that describes the subgenre he helped create.

Reviewed by charlton on

4 of 5 stars

This book,3rd in the 7 book series about Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser.I really liked this book,but I also have a big liking for the 2 main characters.They will do anything for each other,they stand together and fight anyone.One is a hulking barbarian from the north and the other smaller yet light on his feet thief.They depend on the skills the other has and he does not.
And that is just the surface.
This is by far a sword and sorcery,every few pages there's some kind of fight and when there's not in short order they will come across magic.Not magic-type but sorcery evil-doers.
And yes some people may think magic and sorcery are the same but I like to think sorcery is greater and has a evil connotation.

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