Books by Fred Saberhagen

Fred Saberhagen is the author of several popular science fiction and fantasy series. His Berserkers® have menaced the universe for almost 40 years. Fred's SWORDS and LOST SWORDS stories have caught the imagination of many fantasy readers. Less well known,


ARDNEH’S SWORD by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 2, 2006

"Meandering and unsurprising; will fill in some gaps for long-time Saberhagen fans, but has little to offer readers who are not already committed."
From the versatile Saberhagen (Berserker's Star, 2003, etc), a sequel to Empire of the East (not reviewed), which featured the apocalyptic meltdown of technology and the rise of magic, demons and other fantasy elements. Read full book review >
BERSERKER’S STAR by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2003

"Then the Berserkers appear in force."
Thirteenth in the Berserker series, though the credits page lists only nine and skips entirely Shiva in Steel (1998), an awesome disappointment for most Berserker fans. Read full book review >
GODS OF FIRE AND THUNDER by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A so-so installment that, lacking strong mythological underpinnings, badly needs plot drivers."
Addition to Saberhagen's far-future fantasy series featuring the Faces: indestructible masks brimming with "odylic" magic, they sink into the head of the wearer and confer the memories and powers of ancient gods. Read full book review >
GOD OF THE GOLDEN FLEECE by Fred Saberhagen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A splendid notion, the Faces, and this outing—plausibly blending ancient myth and modern fantasy—vastly improves on the two rather soggy previous episodes."
In Saberhagen's current fantasy series, Faces are masks of tremendous power: they sink into the head of the wearer, endowing that individual with the abilities, attributes, memories, and personalities of a god (The Arms of Hercules, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ARMS OF HERCULES by Fred Saberhagen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"After a strong start (The Face of Apollo, 1998), this subsequently disappointing series has subsided into fairly aimless twiddling."
Third in Saberhagen's fantasy/far-future SF series (Ariadne's Web, 2000). Read full book review >
ARIADNE'S WEB by Fred Saberhagen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Faces are just the latest of Saberhagen's remarkable notions (including Berserkers, Swords, revisionist Merlins, Sherlock Holmeses, and Draculas), but here the plot barely hangs together, and the overlong, plodding delivery doesn't help."
Second entry in Saberhagen's series—fantasy or far-future SF, please yourself—about magical masks, or Faces, that sink into the wearer's head, bestowing the attributes and memories of gods. Read full book review >
GENE RODDENBERRY'S EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT: THE ARRIVAL by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 27, 1999

"In terms of sales potential—well, just look at Star Trek's spin-offs."
First of a projected series, each entry from a different author, expanding on the successful television series Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict (yes, Star Trek's creator is still dead, the crunching title notwithstanding). Read full book review >
SHIVA IN STEEL by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Another yarn about the berserkers, intelligent machines programmed by the vanished Builders to seek out and destroy organic life (Berserker Fury, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
THE FACE OF APOLLO by Fred Saberhagen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Another winner for Saberhagen—like his Swords, the possibilities and permutations seem endless—but riddled with minor inconsistencies and irritatingly slapdash for all that."
 First of a new series from Saberhagen—your choice whether you call it fantasy or far-future science fiction—an offshoot of, or prequel to, his Lost Swords yarns (The Last Book of Swords, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
BERSERKER FURY by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Plenty of well-orchestrated maneuvers and action, not too much subtlety: This reliable formula should please the many berserker devotees."
 An addition to Saberhagen's long-standing series about the berserkers (Berserker Kill, 1993, etc.), smart machines whose programming directs them to roam the galaxy seeking out and destroying organic life—and especially ``badlife,'' those beings who attempt to resist extermination. Read full book review >
A SHARPNESS ON THE NECK by Fred Saberhagen
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Neat, sober Saberhagen and immensely engaging."
 Intelligent mix of historical and modern-day vampirism, with the ninth return of Saberhagen's revisionist, sharing-and-caring Prince Vlad Dracula (SÇance for a Vampire, 1994, etc), the most honorable of the undead. Read full book review >
DANCING BEARS by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The traditional equation of bears with Russia, redeveloped here, hardly amounts to allegory as the publishers seem to think; otherwise, a well-handled and historically engaging fantasy—though not quite up to the standard of Merlin's Bones (1994)."
 Visiting London in 1908, Russian landowner Gregori Lohmatski is urgently called home when his father is reported killed by a giant bear. Read full book review >
AN ARMORY OF SWORDS by Fred Saberhagen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Nonessential but agreeable entertainment for Lost Swords fans, with Saberhagen himself—perhaps inevitably—stealing the show."
 Eight substantial tales set in the same world, and employing the same devices, as Saberhagen's generally above-average Lost Swords tales (concluded with The Last Book of Swords, 1993). Read full book review >
MERLIN'S BONES by Fred Saberhagen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"So, despite a plot that doesn't bear close scrutiny and the irritant of multiple first- person narrators: a truly exhilarating jaunt."
 Following his rather fine Dracula-meets-Sherlock Holmes yarn (Seance for a Vampire, 1994), Saberhagen tackles Camelot and King Arthur from a fresh perspective. Read full book review >
SêANCE FOR A VAMPIRE by Fred Saberhagen
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 1994

"A clever idea, appealingly and persuasively set forth, but about halfway through, the uncomplicated plot subsides into aimless twiddling."
 Saberhagen's revisionist Dracula series (A Question of Time, 1992) features the count as a sharing and caring New Vampire who also happens to be a relative of Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Watson, capably assisted by the count, relates how, in 1903, Kulakov, a mad Russian vampire of 18th-century origin, sets in motion a plan to recover some missing jewels from the prosperous Altamont family. Read full book review >
THE LAST BOOK OF SWORDS by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"But Saberhagen's series, while uneven at times, has provided tireless entertainment in the seemingly inexhaustible combination of Swords and magics, and no fan of the series will want to miss this one."
 Saberhagen's Lost Swords yarns have been appearing since 1986; here, he wraps up the entire idea in fine style, by destroying the Swords one by one. Read full book review >
BERSERKER KILL by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Dwells rather too long on virtual reality, currently one of science fiction's hot topics, but otherwise reliably plotted and executed: a worthy addition to a popular series."
 Addition to Saberhagen's long-standing series (The Berserker Throne, 1985, etc.) about the ``berserkers''—insensate smart machines that roam the galaxy seeking out and destroying intelligent organic lifeforms. Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH BOOK OF LOST SWORDS by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Soap-opera-ish, in that nobody seems to have anything much to do except chase after Swords; still, by now the characters are as familiar and comfortable as old shoes, the plotting agreeable enough, and the workout overall well up to par."
 Wayfinder, one of the ten surviving Swords forged by the gods and imbued with tremendous magical powers, leads its wielder wherever he or she commands it to go. Read full book review >
A QUESTION OF TIME by Fred Saberhagen
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Starts well, ends comic-strippy."
 Dark fantasy about a deformity in time in the Grand Canyon, by the author of the Berserker and Lost Swords series, etc. Saberhagen begins his time-warp tale by anchoring it solidly in gritty 1935, with down-and-outer Jake Rezner coming across a young woman artist in the Grand Canyon with whom he falls into an affair. Read full book review >
MINDSWORD'S STORY: Book VI of Lost Swords by Fred Saberhagen
Released: Dec. 18, 1990

A palatable but unexceptional installment in Saberhagen's cleverly conceived Swords series. Read full book review >