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 inventing imaginary worlds is more satisfying than poking holes in the real one, he has published three dozen novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also in 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?"). He has been married (to the same lady, Janet) since 1959. They have one son and two daughters, who in turn are responsible for a spinoff series of four grandchildren. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
The Bloodlord of the Hrag dynasty of Vigaelia has conquered its rival realm, Florengia, and taken the doge of Celebre's four children as hostages, disbursing them throughout the land. Fifteen years later, one of the hostages must return home to serve as a puppet ruler, while the other three are marked for death. The bittersweet reunion of the four Celebre children tests the results of their long years of captivity as they search within themselves for their former family ties. This latest novel by the author of the popular "King's Blades" novels unfolds in a 12-sided world suffering under the bloody reign of savage warlords. Duncan's ability to transform his unique premise into a story that transcends the novelty of its circumstances makes him one of the genre's standout authors. A good addition to most fantasy collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Duncan's storytelling has never been better in this superb fantasy, the first of two books set on a dodecahedral world. Fifteen years after the doge of the walled city of Celebre handed over his four children as hostages to the invading Vigaelians besieging Celebre, the siblings have grown up separately as captives in the land of Vigaelia. One boy, Benard, has become a stonemason of amazing, god-given talent in the city of Kosord. Another boy, Orlando, has become an initiate in the cult of Weru, the god of storm and battle. Frena, who was a babe in arms 15 years earlier, has no memory of the family she was wrenched from, and the revelation of her past history completely changes her life. As for the fourth child, Dantio, he supposedly died early on. How the children of Celebre reunite makes for a captivating, adventure-filled story. Born in Scotland, Duncan (The Jaguar Knights) now livesin Canada. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"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" "The estimable Duncan's mad plots, dark intrigues, vivid cast and lashings of magic leave many engrossing mysteries to be elucidated in volume two."--"Kirkus Reviews "on" Children of Chaos" "This odd group of siblings . . . behave nothing at all like the standard protagonists of epic fantasy but a great deal like real people thrust into Interesting Times. . . . Duncan, that wily devil, has done it again!"--"Locus "on "Children of Chaos" "Dave Duncan produces excellent work in book after book, yet never gains the attention he deserves. This is a fun book but with more substance than most light fantasy. . . . Another solid entry by a writer who deserves a wider audience."--"SFReview "on "Children of Chaos"