"Vance sees himself in the tradition of popular fantasy writers, but his classic writing style is also comparagle to Homer’s Odyssey, and Cervante's Don Quixote. Though the Cugel tales may lack the scope and pathos of the greatest adventure yarns, in the twenty-first century, they may be as close as one gets to the celebration of epic human perseverance."editor, Brilliance Audio
Cugel’s Saga, published 17 years after Eyes of the Overworld, is the second novel that features the scoundrel and trickster, Cugel. Again, Cugel tests wits with Iucounu and acquires rudimentary powers himself.
“Cugel the Clever [is] a rogue so venal and unscrupulous that that he makes Harry Flashman look like Dudley Do-Right. How could you not love a guy like that? .... Judging from the number of times that Cugel has come back ... you can’t keep a bad man down.” —George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire.
“Cugel the Clever [is] a liar and thief in a doomed world of liars and thieves.... Probably the least attractive hero it would be possible to find, struggling through a universe like a Hieronymus Bosch painting, a hero only in that nearly everybody else he encounters in that universe is on the make too, and yet the Cugel stories are howlingly funny.” —Kage Baker, author of Empress of Mars.
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Cugel's Saga takes place in the earth of the far future known as The Dying Earth, also the title of a series of stories by Jack Vance. The sun is loosing its power, and in consequence, the earth is also dying. This causes magic and sorcery to become more powerful, and the character's in these stories are often sorcerers battling one another, or manipulating people and other beings for their own purposes. Cugel is a con artist of sorts, who tries again and again to outwit sorcerers and others, not always to his own advantage! It's not necessary to first read The Dying Earth, but I highly recommend both books, which compliment one another.