Ardneh’s Sword review

Ardneh’s Sword, Saberhagen. If you’ve read Empire of the East and the Books of Swords. This was just about exactly what you’d expect it to be. Saberhagen, bless him, does not misuse “whomever”. I was left wanting something more substantial; I’m re-reading at least the first three Books of Swords now, to see whether there was more to Ardneh’s Sword than I saw.
Update: here‘s what I found.