There was a novel I read back in the 90s (I’m pretty sure) about a guy who fought using a weighted cloak or cape. There’s very little I remember about it beyond that. He didn’t take the cloak off in the cloak-and-dagger style, but rather used it kind of like a whip from his back and shoulders. Anyone ever heard of it?

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    – Edlothiad
    Jun 29, 2018 at 8:13
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    This sounds like The Shattered World by Michael Reaves. Some google searching reveals that one character is a cape/cloak fighter who has blades woven into his cloak. The book was published in 1985. amazon.com/Shattered-World-Michael-Reaves/dp/0671559516 Jun 29, 2018 at 13:11
  • Thanks @just_happen_to_know I'm buying the book now and will update if it's what I'm looking for
    – Nathan
    Jul 1, 2018 at 2:44
  • possibly the same as scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/108472/…
    – Otis
    Aug 25, 2018 at 21:08
  • @just_happen_to_know: If you put your suggestion as an answer rather than just as a comment, then he can choose it as correct if it turns out to be right, and you will get points for it.
    – Some Guy
    Dec 13, 2018 at 3:57

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If just_happen_to_know comes back, I'll yield the answer, but The Shattered World by Michael Reaves was identified in the comments and confirmed there was well.

A thousand years ago, the world was broken in a great cataclysm; now people live on the fragments, flying between them in ships made of the skin & bone of dragons. The book follows the interweaving stories of a thief, a couple of wizards, and various others as events are set in motion that will take them on perilous journeys to the far reaches of the world with far-reaching consequences.

The "cloakfighter" is named Kan Konar.

There's a sequel with some of the characters including Kan Konar called The Burning Realm.

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