The Long Look

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Tymon the Black is the latest in a long succession of magicians to suffer under a curse called "The Long Look." He gets glimpses of future horrors, horrors that will almost certainly come to pass unless he acts. When one such glimpse prods him to arrange for the murder of a would-be hero prince, he sets off a wild chain of events that could lead to a future even more terrible than the one the prince's death was designed to prevent. Now all Tymon has to do is hang on to a friend, train an apprentice, prevent a ...
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Tymon the Black is the latest in a long succession of magicians to suffer under a curse called "The Long Look." He gets glimpses of future horrors, horrors that will almost certainly come to pass unless he acts. When one such glimpse prods him to arrange for the murder of a would-be hero prince, he sets off a wild chain of events that could lead to a future even more terrible than the one the prince's death was designed to prevent. Now all Tymon has to do is hang on to a friend, train an apprentice, prevent a prince obsessed with revenge from destroying himself and his entire kingdom, help a princess come to terms with guilt and grief, make sure a wedding happens, make sure a war doesn't, and send a creature of ultimate darkness back to the void from whence it came.
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At the beginning of this amusing but thoughtful sword and sorcery novel from World Fantasy Award finalist Parks (Worshipping Small Gods), evil magician Tymon the Black kidnaps Princess Ashesa and kills brave Prince Daras when he comes to rescue her. At least that's the official story. Tymon, blessed (or cursed) with an overabundance of foresight, is simply trying to prevent the damage a simple-minded, glory-addicted hero could do if he lived to become king, but even the magician's Sanchoesque dwarf companion, Seb, questions the magician's certainty that the ends justify the means. Tymon tries to make it right by helping Daras's bookish younger brother get together with spunky, guilt-ridden Ashesa, but initial intervention is increasingly complicated by the maneuverings of an exceptionally intelligent cast of characters. The tale doesn't overflow with crackling wit or moral complexity, but heroic fantasy fans will enjoy its clever tweaking of familiar clichés. (Sept.)

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Tymon the Black, known far and wide as an evil sorcerer, suffers from the curse called the Long Look, through which he sees horrors to come that only he can prevent. His current course of action involves kidnapping a princess, murdering a prince, involving himself in arranging a wedding, and preventing a war while sending a creature of darkness back to its home in the void. The author of two short story collections, The Ogre's Wife and Worshipping Small Gods, Parks's first full-length fantasy is equal parts dark comedy and fantasy adventure and should appeal to those who enjoy tales of derring-do that are ever so slightly off the beaten path. For larger fantasy collections.


—Jackie Cassada
Sally Estes
"[The Long Look] is a tale of multidimensional characterizations that is long on action, often-hilarious humor, introspection on the nature of good and evil, and the relation between cause and effect."
Faren Miller
"...And for all this book's wonderful, often perilous and magic-haunted adventures—definitely not the stuff of mimetic fiction told in unassuming prose—its archetypes keep giving way to individuals, familiar tropes to something unexpected.

A "dissident fairy tale" indeed!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594147043
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 9/17/2008
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Parks lives in Clinton, Mississippi, with his wife and a varying number of cats. He collects Japanese woodblock prints, but otherwise has no spare time and thus no hobbies to speak of.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    fascinating fantasy

    He is thought to be a demon, a dark magician, a sorcerer who practices the blood arts, but the truth is both much simpler and much more complex than the rumors. Tymon the Black has what is called THE LONG LOOK as he can see future tragedies with the knowledge some can be changed even prevented he works to do so. One of his Long Look makes him kidnap the Ashesa, the princess of Morushe, whose future husband he must lure him to Ttymon so he can kill him and prevent a war.. Instead the princess appeals to him to let the prince live. He heeds her request leading to leading her to see her future husband will plunge them into war. She ends up killing him. --- The dark prince¿s brother Galen wants to marry Ashesa because he loves her she agrees to their state marriage. Galen¿s enemies are planning to kill him and place a puppet on the throne. While Tymon sees their plot, an advisor to Duke Laras wants to push his lord into claiming the throne as he has a legitimate argument that he should be the ruler. Galen in a quest for revenge and brings something dark and evil into the realm to destroy Tymon. However he loses control of the darkness. Tymon is capable of saving the world by dying and his various enemies are planning to just that in a confrontation at the. Black Pits. --- Tymon is eyed as a vile villain, but ignores the monster label to do what he believes is right to include killing someone in order to prevent a greater catastrophe (mindful of the Star Trek episode ¿The City on the Edge of Forever¿). He hates killing, but knows he must do what it takes for what he perceives is the greater good. Richard Parks has written a fascinating fantasy with a deep morality question of when is it okay to kill an innocent and then there is the question of the time paradox in which changing the future with one death may lead to unforeseen consequences worse than what you prevented as the hero learns to his dismay. --- Harriet Klausner

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