The Stricken Field (A Handful of Men Series #3)

The Stricken Field (A Handful of Men Series #3)

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by Dave Duncan
     
 

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Zinixo, the Almighty, may have overthrown the Impire and crowned himself, but there was revolt in the land. Next to Zinixo's, their forces were paltry, but each rebel leader carried the flame of freedom and was willing to go through any trial to save his people and his land....

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Zinixo, the Almighty, may have overthrown the Impire and crowned himself, but there was revolt in the land. Next to Zinixo's, their forces were paltry, but each rebel leader carried the flame of freedom and was willing to go through any trial to save his people and his land....

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The future appears increasingly bleak for those few still free to oppose the secret rule of Warlock Zinixo in this sequel to Upland Outlaws . Emshandar V, Imperor of Pandemia, and Queen Inosolan of Krasnegar, along with her twin teenaged children, Kadie and Gath, have been taken by the goblins, led by charismatic Death Bird. Inos and Shandie convince the goblin sorcerers of the danger posed by Zinixo, but then must persuade their captors to let them get the dwarves to join the new protocol that bans votarism--the virtual enslavement of sorcerers by those more powerful--doing away with Zinixo's power base. Far away, the faun King Rap, Inosolan's husband and once a demi-god, convinces the trolls' most powerful magic makers, as well as those of the cannibal anthropophagus, to join the fight against Zinixo's powerful concentration of sorcerers, the Covin. But the real weapon is revealed in the slowly unfolding tale of the pixie Thaile. Duncan's tale is laden with gloom and premonitions of doom, but the reader is irresistibly drawn further into the lives, loves and travails of appealing--and unappealing--protagonists. (Oct.)
Library Journal
While a false ruler sits upon the Opal Throne as the puppet of a mad sorcerer, the real Imperor, Shandie, and his allies roam the land in search of magical support. Four separate story lines carry the protagonists closer to their goal in this sequel to The Cutting Edge ( LJ 9/1/92) and Upland Outlaws ( LJ 4/15/93) . Duncan's talent for storytelling grows with each tale he tells. Most fantasy collections will want this title.
Roland Green
In the third volume of Duncan's four-part Handful of Men, the conjurings of the evil dwarf Zinixo and his legions of sorcerers appear to have swept all before them. However, the magic-wielding stableboy-turned-king Rap and his comrades have not given up the struggle. They have to split up, though, and Rap's wife and family find themselves in danger, too. What with having to keep four subplots moving all at once and being the third book of the saga, "Stricken Field"'s a trifle harder to follow than the first two and not the place to start the tetralogy. Yet it has all the virtues of earlier volumes, and those who have followed the story from the beginning form an eager audience that fantasy collections should be prepared to satisfy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345388742
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/1994
Series:
A Handful of Men Series, #3
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.01(d)

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