I don't know a whole lot about this book I read years ago other than the fact that I remember LOVING it and really would love to read it again. I want to say that I read it in the late 80s and that it was written about the same time. I remember the cover being black and white split down the middle. Possibly with some sort of helmet on it...

The basic premise of the book is that there are knights but they fight with swords that I remember them calling "arc" something or other. It was a futuristic book and there were suits are armor and that was where the arc's came from. Kind of a lightsaber sort of thing. I remember there was a quest but don't remember anything about that side of it. I also seem to remember there being a time travel element to it.

Please help me find this book! Thank you in advance!

  • The "arc" weapons is teasing me, I've read something very similar. I don't remember it as arc, though, but something else. Argh.
    – JohnP
    Jul 27, 2015 at 21:53
  • i know John! Its been driving me nuts!
    – Nathan
    Jul 28, 2015 at 3:27
  • @JohnP Although not related to the answer below, you may be thinking the force blades in M. John Harrison's Viriconium books, the baan. Sep 20, 2015 at 3:36
  • probable duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/89830/…
    – Otis
    Oct 16, 2015 at 15:17

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Sounds somewhat like the Northworld series by David Drake.

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

The people, though they live in primitive conditions with little technology, have very sophisticated powered armor. This Armor has one major weapon, an electric arc extending from the suit's gauntlets.

  • I have the Northworld books, and I agree with revenant that they sound very like the book in question. The covers don't match the description, but covers tend to vary between reprints. The books do involve knights in armour fighting each other with energy weapons called "arcs". Jul 28, 2015 at 9:18
  • OH MY GOSH i think that might be it!!! Holy cow you all are awesome!!!! i'll check it out and let you know!
    – Nathan
    Jul 29, 2015 at 4:03
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    @Nathan Can you confirm whether this was definitely the answer?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Feb 12, 2017 at 14:34

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