Lord of the Fire Lands: A Tale of the King's Blades Paperback – 4 Nov 2011
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Sophisticated structure and themes . . . will satisfy both fantasy fans looking for high adventure and those more interested in rich characterizations. "Publishers Weekly""
"Sophisticated structure and themes . . . will satisfy both fantasy fans looking for high adventure and those more interested in rich characterizations." --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Dave Duncan, born in Scotland in 1933, is a Canadian citizen. He received his diploma from Dundee High School and got his college education at the University of Saint Andrews. He moved to Canada in 1955, where he still lives with his wife. He has three grown children and four grandchildren. He spent thirty years as a petroleum geologist. He has had dozens of fantasy and science fiction novels published, among them A Rose-Red City, Magic Casement, and The Reaver Road, as well as a highly praised historical novel, Daughter of Troy, published, for commercial reasons, under the pseudonym Sarah B. Franklin. He also published the Longdirk series of novels, Demon Sword, Demon Knight, and Demon Rider, under the name Ken Hood.
In the fall of 2007, Duncan's 2006 novel, Children of Chaos, published by Tor Books, was nominated for both the Prix Aurora Award and the Endeavour Award. In May 2013, Duncan, a 1989 founding member of SFCanada, was honored by election as a lifetime member by his fellow writers, editors, and academics. His website is www.daveduncan.com.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The discrepancies were curious at first, and unlike other reviewers, I had no idea how he was going to resolve everything as he promised in his forwards. But he did, and it was satisfying and imaginative.
I rank Dave Duncan with my favorite fantasy authors of Tolkein, Steven Erickson, Roger Zelazny, Patrick Rothfuss and George RR Martin. And unlike the latter two, Duncan is a prodigious author with many books in print, and is still going strong.
I think it needs to be said that I have never read a book where the author `warns' the reader before the start of the book. When I first read the warning I was confused and wondering what he meant. Of course, this made me want to read the book even more. Here is what the warning states:
This book, like Gilded Chain, is a stand-alone novel. They both cover much the same time interval and certain characters appear in both, but you can read either without reference to the other. The same is true of the upcoming third volume, Sky of Swords. However, the three taken together tell a larger story. If you read any of the two, you will notice certain discrepancies that can be resolved only by reading the third.
Well, after finishing this second book, I fully agree with this warning. The ending of this book throws off the ending of Gilded Chain in so many ways. I `think' I know what is going to happen, but I am rarely right. So I won't even speculate here.
The plot of this book is just as tight and well written as Gilded Chain. Duncan quickly gets the reader to care about his characters. Raider and Wasp are two very memorable characters and ones that everyone should read about. The development of Raider in particular is just great to read. Following him from his time at Iron Hall to where he ends up (sorry no spoilers here). I would like to touch on all the memorable characters within this book, but I don't want to write a novel myself. Suffice it to say that the characters in this book are fantastically written and just fun to read.
The plot in this book is a little cliché at times, but Duncan spins it in such a way that it seems new and refreshing. This plot has all the elements readers enjoy. Fight scenes, murder, intrigue and much much more. There are a few plot twists in this book that surprised me, but looking back they really made sense. It's evident from reading the first two book sin this series that Duncan knows how to structure a plot and make sure everything makes sense. This is series that I will recommend to people for a long time to come.
Now, as I mentioned above, the ending of this book directly conflicts with the ending of Gilded Chain, so I am eagerly awaiting the resolution of how this will work itself out. There was one part of this book that took a little while for me to get into. It seemed a little slow and forced at the start, but after reading he entire book, it makes a lot of sense why it was included within the pages of this novel.
If you are a fan of well written, concise fantasy books this series is a must read for you. I can't say enough about how much I am enjoying this series so I won't even start.
Another great book from Dave Duncan!