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I read this book between 1996-1998. It was paperback, and actually quite thick. The artwork was something reminiscent of:

enter image description here I don't think it was Tad Williams book, but the size of his paperbacks and the artwork are reference points. I believe that the main character was a swordsman looking for something. And the word "Night" is quite relevant, but I'm not certain how. I want to say that there was something about being skilled with a sword earned a rank or a sword or something.

I wish I had more to go on, but if I think of anything, I'll be sure to edit.

  • Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling (book 1 of Nightrunners) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luck_in_the_Shadows? – eshier May 1 '17 at 13:46
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    Honestly, we're going to need more info. A swordsman looking for something that may have something to do with Night is pretty vague. Late 90s epic (long) fantasy was pretty popular and the other details probably describe hundreds of books. – eshier May 1 '17 at 16:24
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The Swords of Night and Day: A Novel of Druss the Legend and Skilgannon the Damned (Drenai Saga: The Damned)

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this one?

or possibly this one, the art looks really similar

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Edit: added the second book cover.

  • Can you explain how this matches other than possibly the cover? – FuzzyBoots May 1 '17 at 13:36
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    about swords, and the word night stands out, cover looks similar too. if the poster of the question can confirm its not the correct book i delete my post. – TerranGaming May 1 '17 at 13:40

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