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By Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye

Aahz discovers that the shabby-looking sword he acquired at a flea marketplace in a distant measurement is Ersatz, chief of the Golden Hoard, a fabled selection of robust magical treasures which could flip any usual being right into a hero. They pass looking for the opposite contributors of the Hoard, in basic terms to discover that they are now not the one ones having a look. A dancer named Calypsa, operating with Aahz's previous good friend Tananda, is looking for to gather them to unfastened her grandfather from the scary wizard Barrik. hassle is, every person desires the treasures for themselves, and there are sturdy the reason why the Golden Hoard isn't all within the related size at one time.

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