Fantasy with a talking/conscious artifact

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Fantasy with a talking/conscious artifact

1Ennas
Redigerat: feb 13, 9:14am

Hi!

I'm in search of books with a talking/aware/sentient artifact, like a talking sword or a talking key or whatever. A thing that's (sort of) alive.

Preferably fantasy, preferably standalone, but other genres or series are welcome, too.

Thanks!

3nessreader
feb 13, 11:08am

Well, there is an early, rather episodic Mercedes Lackey called The Oathbound with a sentient sword with an agenda that conflicts with what its wielder wants. It's a sword+sorceress buddy movie swashbucker.

TW: this is a 90s book and like some of the fantasy of its time uses rape too casually as a cheap way to up the stakes.

Also the Belgariad 5 book series by David Eddings has a very tiresome magic royal orb (missing heir fantasy trope) The orb is as thinly characterised as the rest of the ensemble cast who can be most kindly described as archetypes.

4Ennas
feb 13, 12:02pm

>2 vwinsloe: Thanks! I'll check it out!

>3 nessreader: I know these. Very well, actually. They would fit perfectly, but I'm not ready for a re-read yet. :)

5cpg
feb 13, 12:11pm

There's an evil talking sword in the Blue Oyster Cult song "Black Blade", whose lyrics were apparently written by Michael Moorcock, and which apparently reflects the lyricist's mythology in his sci-fi novels.

6reconditereader
Redigerat: feb 13, 12:53pm

It doesn't exactly fit the bill, but Swordheart by T. Kingfisher has a person trapped inside a sword, and it's great.

Oh! And Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett has exactly what you want. I enjoyed it.

7nessreader
feb 13, 12:54pm

>4 Ennas:
Rats :) I'll spin that to tell myself that I was on the right track. Have you also read the 90s fantasy Sword of Maiden's Tears by Rosemary Edghill? It has *alluringly* librarian interest. Magic sword with a morally corrupting power akin to the One Ring. Thwarted by questing elflord and his local helpers, a group of trainee librarians in new york. The pov is the student librarians; the sword is strictly antagonist. It was going to be a 12 book series but only 1 to 3 were published.

8Shrike58
feb 13, 1:22pm

The Raven Tower might fit the bill for you.

9Ennas
Redigerat: feb 14, 4:03am

Thanks everyone! I'll check them out. They all look interesting. :)

>7 nessreader: You were definitely on the right track! I have read some Edghill books, but not that one. Librarians...yay!

Edit
Tap the touchstone and...I _have_ read that one. And pretty recently, too: 2017. O_O

10merrystar
Redigerat: feb 14, 2:11pm

There is always the Tuesdays at the Castle series -- written for middle grades, but the castle itself is a sentient character. I've read the first two and they were enjoyable (my kid adores them).

And of course there is the ever charming "The Luggage" from Terry Pratchett's discworld novels.

The math book from Shadows by Robin McKinley is sentient.
In theory the titular Blue Sword from The Blue Sword by her is also semi-sentient, although I've never felt it really seemed to act that way.

11merrystar
feb 14, 2:14pm

No idea where the touchstones went and it won't let me fix them. Adding them here:

Tuesdays at the Castle
Shadows
The Blue Sword

12Ennas
feb 15, 4:43am

Thanks, merrystar! These look promising. :)

13Herenya
feb 15, 6:15am

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson has a talking sword and it's basically a standalone (the sword makes brief appearances in some of his other books and Sanderson has said he may one day write a sequel).

14vwinsloe
feb 15, 10:06am

>10 merrystar:. The Luggage is one of my favorite fantasy characters!

15SilverWolf28
feb 17, 8:54pm

The SFF-KIT for February is about Sentient Things and should have some ideas: https://www.librarything.com/topic/328832

16Ennas
Redigerat: feb 18, 5:57am

Thanks!

>15 SilverWolf28: That SFF category challenge looks very interesting. I might join you. :) (Lurking, that is.)

17tealadytoo
mar 10, 11:30am

>13 Herenya: Nightblood, the talking sword in Warbreaker is an exceptional creation, I think.

He reappears in the current "Stormlight Archive" series, but it takes awhile to recognize him.

18RoboSchro
mar 14, 12:58pm

It's not fantasy per se, but Tibor Fischer's The Collector Collector is told entirely from the perspective of a sentient artifact. I can't get the touchstone to work, so the link is https://www.librarything.com/work/9633