I read a novel in about 1980 about a guy who was sought out by a sentient sword (named Sapia? Sepia?) to continue an ancient feud. The guy was, unbeknownst to himself, a descendent of one warring faction and was being recruited to kill with the sentient sword descendants of the other warring faction. The sword communicated telepathically, but the man could shut the sword out of his mind temporarily when he wanted privacy as if closing a window blind in his mind. Anyone remember that?

  • When you say "modern man" do you mean that the story took place in a contemporary setting? (i.e. Late 20th century) What country? – DavidW Feb 11 at 22:34
  • The story is set in the late 20th Century in the USA. The feud is thousands of years old. The man who is recruited by the sword was unaware of his lineage or if the feud. I think the sword could somehow sense if someone was a member of one or the other of these warring factions. – Bo Fisher Feb 12 at 17:53
  • Sounds Moorcock-Eternal-Champion-ish. – Spencer Feb 12 at 22:58
  • No, not Moorcock. I was reading Moorcock at the same time, as well as Wielder of the White Gold stuff, but this was none of those. – Bo Fisher Feb 13 at 23:11
  • As you can see, this is a tough one. Many hours have been wasted googling different word combinations in vain efforts to locate clues. – Bo Fisher Feb 13 at 23:13

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