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Dave Duncan

Bio: David 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 spent twenty-five 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 under a pseudonym.



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1 The Coming of Wisdom [Seventh Sword #2] [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  Wallie Smith is staring death in the face; only a miracle can save him. And then one does! The Goddess appears to preserve his soul, but she does much more than that. She promises to bestow upon him a new and powerful body, and, more important, to endow him with the fabled Sapphire Sword of Chioxin. But nothing in this world or any other comes without a price. The Goddess demands that for her services Wallie become her champion. It will be an honor to serve such a presence, to have the chance to... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 118093 - Reading Time: 337-472 min.
Category: Fantasy
73 Reader Ratings:
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2 The Destiny of the Sword [Seventh Sword #3] [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  Wally Smith, having died on Earth, finds himself reincarnated as a swordsman in another world and entrusted by the presiding goddess with a mission that has no appeal for him at all. Can he bring together all the swordsmen to finally defeat the Sorcerors and their terrible technology? Wally isn't quite convinced he should, but Goddesses can be very persuasive... This is the third and final exciting book, after "The Reluctant Swordsman" and "The Coming of Wisdom," in The Seventh Sword Trilogy. (Published: 2005)

Words: 120111 - Reading Time: 343-480 min.
Category: Fantasy
75 Reader Ratings:
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3 The Monster War: A Tale of the King's Blades [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  Originally issued as a YA trilogy, "The King's Daggers" (including volumes Sir Stalwart, The Crooked House and Silvercloak), The Monster War works equally well as a single novel. The story fills a gap in the first Blades novel, The Gilded Chain, when King Ambrose sought to shut down the evil sorcery of the "Elementaries" and the sorcerers fought back by trying to kill him. The same great characters are all here: Ambrose himself, Grand Master, and Blades Durendal, Bandit, and Snake. Appearing for... more info>> (Published: 1999)

Words: 145057 - Reading Time: 414-580 min.
Category: Fantasy
5 Reader Ratings:
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4 The Stricken Field [A Handful of Men #3] [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  Paranoid but almighty, the sorcerer Xinixo had seized control of the Impire. But ruling the imps and most of the world was not enough. He would never feel safe until he was universally loved, so he would smash everything and then rebuild the whole world in his own insane image. Who could resist him? King Rap of Krasnegar and Shandie, the rightful Imperor, were still at large and determined to resist the evil, however slender their chances. Their one, faint hope was to enlist the help of the rema... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 115132 - Reading Time: 328-460 min.
Category: Fantasy
88 Reader Ratings:
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5 Wildcatter [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  As long as there is money to be made, there will be Wildcatters. Throughout human history wildcatters, the first great explorers and prospectors to lay claim to newly discovered lands, have marched to the beat of a different drummer--motivated by a deep yearning to be the first to walk on uncharted land and benefit from treasures yet to be discovered. In the future, wildcatters in space will travel to exoplanets, located in The Big Nothing, to search for new chemicals which, when transformed i... more info>> (Published: 2012)

Words: 56273 - Reading Time: 160-225 min.
Category: Science Fiction

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6 Emperor and Clown [A Man of His Word #4] [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  A princess and a stableboy? It sounds like the worst sort of hackneyed formula romance. Think again, for "A Man of His Word" may well be the most original fantasy you ever read. The magic is unique and applied in unexpected ways, some of which the late Lester del Rey admitted he had not met in fifty years as writer and editor. The world itself is unique--there are no humans in Pandemia, only imps, elves, gnomes, jotnar, and many more, all of whom you will recognize as "human". With Inos married ... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 150798 - Reading Time: 430-603 min.
Category: Fantasy
76 Reader Ratings:
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7 Faery Lands Forlorn [A Man of His Word #2] [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  A princess and a stableboy? It sounds like the worst sort of hackneyed formula romance. Think again, for "A Man of His Word" may well be the most original fantasy you ever read. The magic is unique and applied in unexpected ways, some of which the late Lester del Rey admitted he had not met in fifty years as writer and editor. The world itself is unique--there are no humans in Pandemia, only imps, elves, gnomes, jotnar, and many more, all of whom you will recognize as "human". When Inos was abdu... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 128356 - Reading Time: 366-513 min.
Category: Fantasy
96 Reader Ratings:
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8 Hero! [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  Space opera at its finest and most action-filled, from the bestselling author of fantasy quests, epic tales and swashbuckling adventures. Vaun, born a peasant in the stinking mud flats of Ult, a thriving colony planet, claws his way to survival and fame by becoming the toughest young officer in the Space Patrol. A veteran of the brutal training academy, he seizes opportunities as they arise, leading the first ship out against a surprise attack by the mysterious Brotherhood. He returns to a hero'... more info>> (Published: 1991)

Words: 113480 - Reading Time: 324-453 min.
Category: Science Fiction
29 Reader Ratings:
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9 Ill Met in the Arena [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  Though Quirt's name is little-known, his skills as a gladiator are quickly obvious and hard to match. In Aureity, noblemen battle in the arena circuit, using their powers of teleportation and telekinesis to prove their breeding and strength. The prizes at play are not only silver and bronze but also the chance to rise amongst the nobility and mate with the ruling class of women. Older than most players, Quirt still manages to draw attention and awe through his mastery of the games. Some of that... more info>> (Published: 2011)

Words: 92956 - Reading Time: 265-371 min.
Category: Fantasy

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10 Magic Casement [A Man of His Word #1] [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  A princess and a stableboy? It sounds like the worst sort of hackneyed formula romance. Think again, for A Man of His Word may well be the most original fantasy you ever read. The magic is unique and applied in unexpected ways, some of which the late Lester del Rey admitted he had not met in fifty years as writer and editor. The world itself is unique--there are no humans in Pandemia, only imps, elves, gnomes, jotnar, and many more, all of whom you will recognize as human. In Magic Casement the ... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 123331 - Reading Time: 352-493 min.
Category: Fantasy
101 Reader Ratings:
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11 Perilous Seas [A Man of His Word #3] [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  A princess and a stableboy? It sounds like the worst sort of hackneyed formula romance. Think again, for "A Man of His Word" may well be the most original fantasy you ever read. The magic is unique and applied in unexpected ways, some of which the late Lester del Rey admitted he had not met in fifty years as writer and editor. The world itself is unique--there are no humans in Pandemia, only imps, elves, gnomes, jotnar, and many more, all of whom you will recognize as "human". Hunted now by the ... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 124268 - Reading Time: 355-497 min.
Category: Fantasy
86 Reader Ratings:
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12 Pock's World [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  In this thrilling story of adventure and suspense by master storyteller Dave Duncan, five flawed individuals must decide the fate of an entire world. On the outskirts of the Ayne Sector sits Pock's World. Years ago, humankind settled the planet. Now, it might or might not have been infested by humanoid aliens, hidden amongst the populace, waiting to interbreed and use humans as incubators for their parasitic spawn. Five people are chosen to travel to the quarantined Pock's World to find out wh... more info>> (Published: 2010)

Words: 87592 - Reading Time: 250-350 min.
Category: Fantasy
2 Reader Ratings:
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13 Shadow [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  Sald Harl would like nothing more than to soar on the wings of his noble eagle, but his youthful rides in the sky are cut short by an appointment to guard the prince. Sald watches his dreams of flight fade with his name and independence as he takes over his bodyguard duties. During a perilous journey to the edges of the kingdom a dark secret comes to life. Now the great Prince Shadow is accused of treason and Sald must orchestrate a desperate plan of escape or he will lose the one thing he has b... more info>> (Published: 1987)

Words: 84639 - Reading Time: 241-338 min.
Category: Fantasy
46 Reader Ratings:
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14 Strings [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  Alya has an almost magical talent. Her hunches are never wrong. The scientists of planet 4-I want to use her talent and promise her a spot on the next offworld colonization team in return for her assessment of the potential of the latest worlds they've discovered. But Alya meets Cedric, the grandson of the brilliant and tyrannical director of 4-I and she begins to doubt her own intuition. Cedric has dreamed of becoming a scout and exploring new worlds and when he meets Alya he is more determined... more info>> (Published: 1989)

Words: 113365 - Reading Time: 323-453 min.
Category: Science Fiction
16 Reader Ratings:
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15 The Cursed [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  The world was desperate. Since the empire had fallen a hundred years ago, Gwin and her people had nearly given up hope that the Renewer would come? Gwin had lost everything. Her husband was killed in one of the wars. Her children died of Star Sickness. Even her work at the hostel was in jeopardy because the politicians had it out for her. The cursed Gwin, therefore, had nothing to lose? When she took in the girl, a survivor of the Star Sickness, it was a dreadful crime. Gwin was at the end of he... more info>> (Published: 1995)

Words: 153743 - Reading Time: 439-614 min.
Category: Science Fiction
1 Reader Ratings:
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16 The Cutting Edge [A Handful of Men #1] [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  The great adventure had ended happily. The good folk of Krasnegar discovered that a beautiful princess could, indeed, succeed her royal father and rule in her own right, and rule very well, too. And when Queen Inos married Rap, the former stableboy, he turned out to be a very good king. He never admitted that he was a sorcerer, and everyone knew that Rap was a Man of His Word, so that was all right. The years passed. Rap and Inos raised a family, prospering in their remote little kingdom. But tr... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 117746 - Reading Time: 336-470 min.
Category: Fantasy
111 Reader Ratings:
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17 The Hunters' Haunt [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  A blizzard savaged the mountain peaks, but at an inn called the Hunters' Haunt, travelers found safe refuge, a cozy room, and a roaring fire. All but Omar, the Trader of Tales--against whom the innkeeper had been nursing a grudge. But before he could pitch Omar out into the storm, his other guests proposed a contest: if Omar could top a roomful of their tallest tales, the storyteller could win his room and board. For Omar the stakes were life and death. That gave the contest some spice. So as wi... more info>> (Published: 1995)

Words: 85848 - Reading Time: 245-343 min.
Category: Fantasy
34 Reader Ratings:
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18 The Living God [A Handful of Men #4] [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  War had engulfed the whole world. The imposter Imperor ruling in Hub was the tool of the paranoid and almighty sorcerer Xinixo, who wielded the combined power of thousands of sorcerer slaves. And yet, despite his seeming omnipotence, the pathetic few who resisted him were still at liberty, even making a little progress. Xinixo's prime foe, Rap of Krasnegar, had rallied troll sorcerers to the cause and was about to try enlisting the incomprehensible elves. Fortunately for his sanity, he did not k... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 154580 - Reading Time: 441-618 min.
Category: Fantasy
87 Reader Ratings:
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19 The Reaver Road [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  Omar is the finest storyteller the world has ever known, captivating audiences everywhere, from the campfires of soldier camps to the plush residences of nobility. In times of turmoil, people can still appreciate a good tale that offers respite from their troubles. But as hordes of barbarian soldiers surround the unvanquished city of Zanadon after ravaging the surrounding countryside, few things are certain any longer. Omar has been guided to the city by prophetic dreams, yet finds himself in an... more info>> (Published: 1992)

Words: 91478 - Reading Time: 261-365 min.
Category: Fantasy
44 Reader Ratings:
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20 The Reluctant Swordsman [Seventh Sword #1] [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  Wallie Smith can feel the pain. He goes to the hospital, remembers the doctors and the commotion, but when he wakes up it all seems like a dream. However, if that was a dream how do you explain waking up in another body and in another world? Little Wallie finds himself in the physique of a barbarian swordsman, accompanied by both an eccentric priest babbling about the Goddess and a voluptuous slave girl. Is this a rude awakening or a dream come true? What in the world will Wallie do now that he'... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 103781 - Reading Time: 296-415 min.
Category: Fantasy
82 Reader Ratings:
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21 Upland Outlaws [A Handful of Men #2] [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  The old Imperor was dead at last. His popular soldier grandson, known as Shandie, had succeeded him... Hadn't he? No, he hadn't. The man who sat the opal throne was not Shandie, but an illusion created by the mad dwarf, Xinixo. Year after year he had stealthily been ensorcelling sorcerers, turning them into loyal minions. Now, wielding their combined power, he was irresistible. He ruled the Impire, so he ruled the world. He would continue to rule it for centuries. Anyone who knew the truth or op... more info>> (Published: 2005)

Words: 106685 - Reading Time: 304-426 min.
Category: Fantasy
95 Reader Ratings:
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22 West of January [MultiFormat]
by Dave Duncan
  Set on a distant planet, far in the future, WEST OF JANUARY tells the story of a world in which the sun moves across the sky with agonizing slowness. It takes lifetimes for a region to experience dawn, midday and dusk and because of this the planet's population does not remember the catastrophes that occur as the sun moves across the sky--entire civilizations have been scorched into oblivion. The only people who remember the dangers of the past are the planet's "angels"--a people who have tried ... more info>> (Published: 2002)

Words: 128873 - Reading Time: 368-515 min.
Category: Fantasy
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