Upland Outlaws (A Handful of Men Series #2)

Upland Outlaws (A Handful of Men Series #2)

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by Dave Duncan
     
 

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The power-mad dwarf-sorcerer Zinixo had driven Emshandar V from his throne. He had shattered the ancient Protocol that kept tenuous peace among Pandemia's warlocks. And his conquest had only begun.

Somehow the deposed Imperor had escaped his clutches — so far — but Shandie would soon be found. Then the Impire would be Zinixo's alone. Outlying countries

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The power-mad dwarf-sorcerer Zinixo had driven Emshandar V from his throne. He had shattered the ancient Protocol that kept tenuous peace among Pandemia's warlocks. And his conquest had only begun.

Somehow the deposed Imperor had escaped his clutches — so far — but Shandie would soon be found. Then the Impire would be Zinixo's alone. Outlying countries would fall beneath his fist. And at long last, he could wreak fabulous revenge upon Rap of Krasnegar. For Zinixo wielded the greatest magic ever imagined: an army of slave-sorcerers bound to serve his every whim — to the death.

No one could stop him: Shandie had scarcely an ally in the world; Rap's magical powers were a shadow of their former strength; and there was hardly a free sorcerer to be found in all Pandemia. Where could any resistance effort find even...A Handful of Men?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A paranoid ex-sorcerer attempts to take over a world of imps, fauns, dwarves, trolls, pixies and other races in this sequel to The Cutting Edge . After the death of his father, young Imperor Emshandar V (known to all as Shandie) is urged to flee by the dwarf warlock Raspnex, a member of the council that controls magic in the Impire. Raspnex warns that his nephew Zinixo has enthralled an army of sorcerers to help him take over the Impire and then the world. Joined by King Rap of Krasnegar, who has lost much of his power, Shandie, his family and a small band of followers escape, planning to foment a counterrevolution with a new Protocol governing magic. The group splits up: Shandie heads to Krasnegar to find Rap's prescient 14-year-old son, whose fate is mysteriously linked with that of the Imperor; Rap tracks rumors about slaves and a possible liberator; Lord Umpily noses around the capital; and Sir Acopulo searches for the other council members. Duncan plots a lively adventure with appealing protagonists capable of carrying the tale through the next two planned volumes. (May)
Library Journal
With the Imperior dead and the land of Pandemia under attack by a mad wizard, Shandie, the heir to the throne, must fight a running battle to restore order to a battered world. Multiple plot lines develop their own momentum as a queen and her children abandon safety to search for a missing loved one and a king discovers an ally in an unlikely place. Libraries needing good series fantasy are advised to consider this well-detailed adventure set in a uniquely imagined world.
Roland Green
This second volume of the tetralogy A Handful of Men takes up the story after the usurpation of the Impire by the sorcerer Zinixo, who has driven the rightful imperor, Shandie, into flight, put a simulacrum on the throne, and is trying to suppress or suborn all the other magic-workers around. Rap, the magic-working kitchen-boy-turned-minor-ruler, leads Shandie's handful of loyal supporters, not all of them human, but wonders whether he leads a lost cause and is perhaps doomed to lose his own magic as soon as Zinixo starts taking him seriously. As in "The Cutting Edge", Duncan raises conventional subject matter above its usual level of interest by means of superior pacing and world building full of well-chosen details.

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ISBN-13:
9780345378972
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/13/1993
Series:
A Handful of Men Series, #2
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
320

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