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Speak to the Devil

by (author) Dave Duncan

Publisher
Tor/Forge
Initial publish date
Dec 2016
Category
Military
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780765363343
    Publish Date
    Dec 2016
    List Price
    $12.99
  • CD-Audio

    ISBN
    9781522651185
    Publish Date
    Jan 2017
    List Price
    $14.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780765323477
    Publish Date
    May 2010
    List Price
    $33.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781250255730
    Publish Date
    Dec 2016
    List Price
    $29.99

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A new adventure of brotherhood and magic from beloved fantasist Dave Duncan
In the Kingdom of Jorgary, the days of feudal chivalry are fading as national armies are formed. But Ottokar Magnus is still baron, and his host of brothers include Anton, an ambitious young soldier, and Wulfgang, an amiable teenager. Unable to seek his fortune as a knight errant, Anton has enlisted with the royal Jorgarian hussars and taken Wulf along as his servant.
There is magic in Jorgary, but it is regarded as Satanism, rituals performed by Speakers who are in contact with the Devil. The Speakers, though, believe that the Voices they hear belong to saints. Anton is not a Speaker...but Wulf is.
Anxious to impress the court, Anton exhibits spectacular horsemanship at a royal hunt, with a little boost from Wulf. Two nights later he is dragged before Cardinal Zdenek, the king's chief minister. Zdenek offers him an earldom and anything else he could dream of if he will ride at once to a strategic fortress at Cardice and take command there. The count and his son have died, victims of both treason and witchcraft. The cardinal thinks that neighboring enemies are preparing to invade, using "modern" arms to capture the fort. Mortal resources alone will not suffice, but Zdenek knows that Anton's improbable jump at the hunt was aided by supernatural power.
Anton wants nothing to do with this mission, but Wulf's Voices tell him that they should accept the charge. The result is a harrowing ride through limbo with astonishing results.

About the author

Originally from Scotland, Dave Duncan has lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds are more satisfying than the real one, he has published more than forty-five novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also young adult, science fiction, and historical. He has at times been Sarah B. Franklin (but only for literary purposes) and Ken Hood (which is short for “D’ye Ken Whodunit?”)
His most successful works have been fantasy series: The Seventh Sword, A Man of His Word and its sequel, A Handful of Men, and six books about The King’s Blades.
He and Janet were married in 1959. They have one son and two daughters, who in

 

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Editorial Reviews

“Duncan's storytelling has never been better [than] in this superb fantasy.... How the children of Celebre reunite makes for a captivating, adventure-filled story.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Children of Chaos
“Inventive, labyrinthine, witty, and thoroughly engaging: Duncan rarely disappoints, and here he outswashbuckles himself.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Paragon Lost

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