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Upland outlaws
Duncan, Dave, 1933-
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Publication Information:
New York : Ballantine Books, [1993]

Physical Description:
299 pages : map ; 18 cm.
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"A Del Rey book."
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Deposed Imperor Shandie and his friend, Rap of Krasnegar--whose magical powers are a shadow of their former strength--set out to stop Zinixo and his army of slave sorcerers from seeking revenge on Rap. Reprint.

Author Notes

Dave Duncan was born in Scotland in 1933. He graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1955 and moved to Canada. He worked for 31 years as a geologist in the petroleum industry. He started writing novels in 1984 and became a full-time author in 1986. He has written over 40 novels including the series The Seventh Sword, A Man of His Word, A Handful of Men, The King's Blades, The Great Game, Years of Longdirk, King's Daggers, and Seventh Sword. He has also written under the names Sarah B. Franklin and Ken Hood.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This second volume of the tetralogy A Handful of Men takes up the story after the usurpation of the Impire by the sorcerer Zinixo, who has driven the rightful imperor, Shandie, into flight, put a simulacrum on the throne, and is trying to suppress or suborn all the other magic-workers around. Rap, the magic-working kitchen-boy-turned-minor-ruler, leads Shandie's handful of loyal supporters, not all of them human, but wonders whether he leads a lost cause and is perhaps doomed to lose his own magic as soon as Zinixo starts taking him seriously. As in The Cutting Edge, Duncan raises conventional subject matter above its usual level of interest by means of superior pacing and world building full of well-chosen details. ~--Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

A paranoid ex-sorcerer attempts to take over a world of imps, fauns, dwarves, trolls, pixies and other races in this sequel to The Cutting Edge . After the death of his father, young Imperor Emshandar V (known to all as Shandie) is urged to flee by the dwarf warlock Raspnex, a member of the council that controls magic in the Impire. Raspnex warns that his nephew Zinixo has enthralled an army of sorcerers to help him take over the Impire and then the world. Joined by King Rap of Krasnegar, who has lost much of his power, Shandie, his family and a small band of followers escape, planning to foment a counterrevolution with a new Protocol governing magic. The group splits up: Shandie heads to Krasnegar to find Rap's prescient 14-year-old son, whose fate is mysteriously linked with that of the Imperor; Rap tracks rumors about slaves and a possible liberator; Lord Umpily noses around the capital; and Sir Acopulo searches for the other council members. Duncan plots a lively adventure with appealing protagonists capable of carrying the tale through the next two planned volumes. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

With the Imperior dead and the land of Pandemia under attack by a mad wizard, Shandie, the heir to the throne, must fight a running battle to restore order to a battered world. Multiple plot lines develop their own momentum as a queen and her children abandon safety to search for a missing loved one and a king discovers an ally in an unlikely place. Libraries needing good series fantasy are advised to consider this well-detailed adventure set in a uniquely imagined world. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.