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The Cutting Edge (A Handful of Men Series #1)
     

The Cutting Edge (A Handful of Men Series #1)

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by Dave Duncan, David Duncan
 

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Beautiful Queen Inos married the loyal stableboy Rap and made him her king. They were very much in love, and they lived happily ever after.

Fifteen years went by Rap and Inos were comfortable, secure, and truly happy, raising their family in the little backwater kingdom of Krasnegar, well removed from the hurly-burly of great affairs...

But in far-off Hub, the

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Beautiful Queen Inos married the loyal stableboy Rap and made him her king. They were very much in love, and they lived happily ever after.

Fifteen years went by Rap and Inos were comfortable, secure, and truly happy, raising their family in the little backwater kingdom of Krasnegar, well removed from the hurly-burly of great affairs...

But in far-off Hub, the old Imperor's health — and, some said, his sanity — deteriorated inexorably. The borderlands were seething, Prince Emshandar — or Shandie, as Rap knew him — found himself leading his grandfather's armies into terrible battles where victory and justice hung in gravest doubt.

And now the end of the millennium was at hand, ushered in by prophecies of cataclysmic upheaval on a scale never before imagined. All across Pandemia, sensible people tried to dismiss a growing sense of unease as superstitious nonsense.

Then a God appeared to Rap and warned him that the prophecies spoke the least of the truth. Devastation was a certainty; total destruction loomed. The very fabric of the world was at risk. And it was all Rap's fault.

The lasting in the world Rap had wanted was another adventure. And it might be the last thing he would ever get..

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The world of Pandemia seethes with tension as imperial troops wage war along its borderlands and omens predict disaster. When the Protocol which restricts the use of magic begins to break down, only a few handpicked people have a chance to preserve the balance of their crumbling society. Set in the same world as the four-volume ``A Man of His Word'' series, Duncan's latest series opener promises an action-packed fantasy quest that should have wide appeal.
Roland Green
The first volume of a fantasy tetralogy entitled A Handful of Men begins about 15 years after Duncan's Man of His Word series ends and improves upon it. The magic-working kitchen boy Rap is now king of a small kingdom threatened, along with the rest of this fantastic world, by a succession crisis in the largest state--the Impire--as well as by assorted evildoers both magical and mundane. Rap, Prince Shandy (heir to the Impire), Queen Inos, and a large assortment of friends and allies have to take up the battle once again. Besides constructing a well-worked-out system of magic, Duncan in his hardcover debut also does a meticulous, absorbing job of world building while always keeping the story moving crisply. Fans of David Eddings will find this other David much to their liking, so most fantasy collections will want to find a place for "The Cutting Edge" on their shelves.
Kirkus Reviews
Book one of a projected four-part series, A Handful of Men, which itself follows Duncan's previous paperback series, A Man of His Word: lively, ingenious, disarming fantasy set in a well- realized land of sorcerers, gods, and numerous contending human varieties ("imps," "fauns," "elves," etc.). Now, at the end of the third millennium, the compact that prevented the world's four supreme warlocks from meddling in human affairs is breaking down. In the city of Hub, the old Emperor Emshandar stubbornly refuses to die, while heir prince Shandie and his rakish, self-serving assistant Ylo are preoccupied with the incessant military threats to the empire, many stirred up by sorcery. Elsewhere, King Rap of Krasnegar, once a sorcerer of godlike power, suspects his son has acquired sorcerous powers, is told by a god that one of his children will die, and realizes that the world-order is about to change for the worse. For the first time in a thousand years, the mysterious pixies intervene in human affairs. Finally, as old Emshandar dies, the sorcerers' compact dissolves: an insane dwarf sorcerer makes a bid for supreme power; Shandie—with a few loyal companions, Rap, and Raspnex the dwarf warlock—is driven forth from his palace, one step ahead of total disaster. Deftly woven and set forth with a refreshingly unpretentious clarity and directness: imagine David Eddings rewritten by Kate Wilhelm. Grab this one in the fervent hope that Duncan will maintain the same high standard throughout.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345381675
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/22/1993
Series:
A Handful of Men Series , #1
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.67(d)

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Dave Duncan (1933) is an award-winning Scottish Canadian fantasy and science fiction author. He is a prolific writer of more than fifty books including West of January and Children of Chaos He is a member of SF Canada and in 2015 was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

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Cutting Edge (A Handful of Men Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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NookHD_plus More than 1 year ago
Helps to have read "A Man of His Word" series first. If you are a fan of Dave Duncan, then you must read this series. Again the nature of "power" and the effect (both intended and unintended) on people is explored.
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Good Fantasy from a good author who puts together plots and characters well