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Impossible Odds, Dave Duncan's fifth installment in the Chronicle of the King's Blades series (Gilded Chain, Lord of the Fire Lands, etc.), pits four youths -- two half-trained Blades, a Blades reject, and a religious order dropout -- against Lord Volpe, a great warrior and skilled sorcerer, and his arsenal of deadly magic.
When exiled Grand Duke Rubin, a distant cousin of King Athelgar, arrives in Chivial, he brings with him a dark history of political treachery and cold-blooded murder. Overthrown by his cousin Volpe, the Grand Duke wants not only to recover his throne but also to rescue his wife and infant son, who are most likely dead or dying somewhere in a dark dungeon. With no suitable senior Blades available, the King is forced to assign the two best choices under the circumstances: Ranter, a mule-headed bully, and Ringwood, a skilled swordsman who has barely reached puberty. The Grand Duke also enlists Bellman, a Blades reject who was forced to drop out after an accident impaired his vision, and Sister Gertrude (a.k.a. True) a brilliantly acute young woman with the power to detect magic.
Once on their quest to somehow gain back the throne, the four youths discover several unnerving truths about the enigmatic Duke, including the astonishing fact that "he" is really the Grand Duchess in disguise!
Fans of Duncan's King's Blades and King's Daggers novels should enjoy his newest offering, as much a mystery as a fantasy. With enough subplots and surprise twists to make Agatha Christie happy, this novel will have readers guessing until the very end. Paul Goat Allen