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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.

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  • Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling (book 1 of Nightrunners) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luck_in_the_Shadows?
    – eshier
    May 1, 2017 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, 2017 at 16:24
  • Note to reviewers: OP has indicated in meta that they have identified the book, and want the question reopened so they can post an answer.
    – DavidW
    Jul 5, 2023 at 17:01
  • In ahead of them posting an answwer, it looks like this book also came up at scifi.stackexchange.com/q/6808/23243
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jul 5, 2023 at 17:30
  • Was the cover art an abstract design, a photograph or derived from one, "high art" (e.g. your examples), or a cartoon?
    – Spencer
    Jul 5, 2023 at 18:51

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Putting in a placeholder answer until PiousVenom comes back and posts. They identified the book here as Mickey Zucker Reichert's The Legend of Nightfall.

Cover of The Legend of Nightfall

He has been known by countless names and terrifying deeds throughout the lands of mankind—thief, magic wielder, swordsman, assassin, adventurer. But chief among those names and perhaps the most dangerous of his personae is that of Nightfall, a man—or perhaps the legendary demon himself—gifted with unique powers which any sorcerer would kill to possess.

Yet though Nightfall has always escaped his pursuers by moving on to new realms, new identities, and new enterprises, even the cleverest of beings must occasionally slip. And when this master of the night finally falls prey to a royal trap, he finds the consequences beyond even his ability to evade. Bound by sorcery and oath to guard and guide a young prince on his quest, Nightfall will need every trick and talent at his command to keep both himself and his idealistic young charge from death at the hands of unknown betrayers.

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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.

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  • Can you explain how this matches other than possibly the cover?
    – FuzzyBoots
    May 1, 2017 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. May 1, 2017 at 13:40

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