Trying to find a trilogy from 1990/2000's with men and women sword fighters. The swords had some special souls in them. At the end the man loses his sword's power while the woman is giving birth. I have looked everywhere and can not find it. I think the women was from the north and the man was from the desert.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. Do you remember the cover at all? Do you mean to imply the sword's soul went into the baby?
    – DavidW
    Commented Sep 4, 2020 at 3:18
  • Sorry, I dont remember the cover. The Sword had a soul of some type Commented Sep 4, 2020 at 3:42
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    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 4, 2020 at 7:08
  • Reminiscent of Jennifer Roberson's Sword Dancer book series. I don't remember the specific incident you describe, though it's been many years since I read them, and I .only have read the first 4 of 7.
    – LAK
    Commented Sep 4, 2020 at 12:56
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    THANK YOU! It was Jennifer Roberson---it was driving me crazy because I was looking for the authors name and wanted to read it again Commented Sep 6, 2020 at 2:53

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Jennifer Roberson's Sword Dancer series (books published from 1986-2013) had the characters of Tiger, a sword-dancer from the South (desert area), and Del, a sword-dancer from the North (cold mountainous area). The Northern sword dancers had some mystical aspects, including having souls bound into their swords. The Southern ones were more straightforward fighters. I recall that the 2 characters eventually had a child, though it's been too long for me to recall whether Tiger loses his abilities because of it.

This is the cover of the first book:

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  • This bubbled up in my memory hours later, but I couldn't even begin to say where this book might be hiding, and it was over 30 years ago... Nevertheless I like this answer; definitely a decent possibility.
    – DavidW
    Commented Sep 4, 2020 at 20:12
  • That was the one that popped into my head as I was reading Wendy's description. (Although I think I only read the first two, and skimmed through the third, way back in the 1990s, so I'm not sure about such details as a magic sword losing its power at the same time a woman is giving birth. I suspect that only came later on, if it is in fact the same series.)
    – Lorendiac
    Commented Sep 4, 2020 at 23:21

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