So this is a series that I read in the late 90's/early 2000's. I remember it as being 4 books.

It involved a boy who, if I can recall correctly, returned to his village that had been burned and his family killed.

He then travels with an old travelling blacksmith/mage who I think was part of a greater guild. I remember the boy forging a sword and while doing so the guy he was travelling with imbued the sword with the 4 runes of the world that would empower magic that was then channelled through it (although this was not found out until later in the series/book).

I think this series ended with the boy fighting his nemesis on a mountain side and discovering the properties of his weapon and using this to end the battle.

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  • It may be one of the stories in this set "Ursula K. Le Guin Earthsea". I do seem to remember something like your asking, and he eventually goes back to his village after receiving training but I lose it there as to what he did – Enigma Maitreya May 2 '17 at 0:06
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    You're describing Star Wars. Boy returns to his homestead to find his family killed, check. Travels with an old mage, check. Gets a magical saber, check. Fighting his nemesis, check. The saber turns out to channel memories later in the series, check... – Mr Lister May 3 '17 at 6:39
  • Does the story involve a great library which is burned down by the protagonists enemies? If I'm correct, one of the runes/gems is found in the library. If so, I'm looking for the same series. – Jezusjan Nov 2 '18 at 16:15
  • I think, even I'm looking for the same book. Probably had a picture of a sword on the cover, and the end was fought in a church. It was a series of sort. – Nilesh gupta Nov 12 '18 at 12:19

I'm not 100% sure, but could it be Kingmaker's Sword?


The Skai and the Tyr were one people long ago. But that day is lost in the mists of time. And now the Skai have sent a warrior to find the Rune Blade that could slice through the darkness of blood and violence that had falled [sic] across their land.

It's a similar sort of story. Father figure and a son, magic blade.

One of the reviews has a longer description:

Mouse is a slave. Dubbed Foxmouse because of his flaming red hair, he is now known as just Mouse and he is about to make his escape. Two nights ago his sole friend in the world was savagely assaulted and murdered while he watched and that horrific act simultaneously crushed Mouse and did away with any reason he had to stay in the filthy hole he has lived in for as long as he could remember. While on his headlong flight to freedom, Mouse runs into his past in the form of a hulking Tyran clansman on a journey to find his long-lost nephew. Suspecting Mouse may just be that boy, Cullin dav Medroch dubs the boy Kian and takes him under his wing. On their way back to Tyra, Cullin and Kian encounter a determined swordswoman by the name of Kerridwen who is on a quest of her own. When Kerridwen and Kian accidentally cross blades a bond is forged that takes them both unpleasantly by surprise and shapes the direction their paths will take from that point on.

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  • Could you please expand on this a little? Explain why you think that this is the answer? Please edit some more information in. Thanks! – Mithical May 3 '17 at 12:15
  • The Skai and the Tyr were one people once - that would make them the Skaters? :-) – RDFozz Aug 25 '18 at 4:15

I've no doubt you've long since found the book you're looking for, but I'm almost certain it's The Darkweaver Legacy quartet by Mark Robson, the first in the series being The Forging of the Sword.

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    Could you please edit in how this matches? – Stormblessed Sep 8 '19 at 19:23

It could be “The Anvil of Ice” by Michael Scott Rohan.

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    Hi there! :) Could you edit elements which make you think this is 'the one'? – Jenayah Aug 24 '18 at 21:47

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