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Ironfoot

Ironfoot

The Enchanter General, Book One
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Trade Paperback - $15.99
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ISBN: 9781597809177
Forthcoming: 10/10/2017

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ISBN: 9781597809306
Forthcoming: 10/10/2017


A lowly enchanter finds himself entangled in a plot to assassinate the king in a new historical fantasy series set in twelfth century England.

Medieval magic, murder, and mayhem!

It is 1164, and for a hundred years England has been ruled by the Normans. A young Saxon boy named Durwin, crippled by a childhood accident, had caught the eye of a Norman sage teaching at a rural school of magic. Realizing that the boy had promise, Durwin was made stable boy, and eventually allowed to attend classes.

Now twenty, Durwin is proficient enough that he is assigned to teach, but the other sages refuse to promote him and he is hassled by the Norman juniors for his disability. But those troubles turn out to be the least of his worries when he manages to corrects errors in an ancient corrupted spell, which promptly prophesies murder.

Sure enough, word soon reaches the school that one of the local count’s house sages has died, perhaps slain by black magic. Durwin is whisked away to the family’s castle, only to find that one death was only the beginning. The young sage quickly learns of a dizzying plot to assassinate King Henry. Dropped into the middle of the complex politics of England’s royal courts, can Durwin stop them in time?

Praise for Ironfoot

“Enjoyable characters, a detailed setting, and atmospheric adventure intertwine in this multilevel mystery.”—Publishers Weekly

“A magical medieval murder mystery that will keep readers guessing until the evildoer is revealed . . . An entertaining, fast-paced read that will please readers looking for mystery and enchantment set amid castles, horses, counts, and peasants.” —Kirkus

Ironfoot is gritty, magical, at times brutal, but above all humane. This is historical fantasy pulled off spectacularly well.” —Greg Keyes, author of The Briar King and The Reign of the Departed

“A fantastic murder mystery firmly anchored in real history, plus a generous mix of arcane magic.”—Glenda Larke, author of The Lascar’s Dagger

Praise for Dave Duncan

“Deserves a wide readership and belongs in most fantasy collections.”—Library Journal

“Rich, evocative language and superior narrative skills . . . only enhance Duncan's reputation as one of the leading masters of epic fantasy.”— Publisher's Weekly

“Distinctive and markedly superior to most of the competition.”— Kirkus Reviews

“Dave Duncan writes rollicking adventure novels filled with subtle characterization and made bitter-sweet by an underlying darkness. Without striving for grand effects or momentous meetings between genres, he has produced one excellent book after another.”— Locus

“Duncan is an exceedingly finished stylist and a master of world building and characterization.”— Booklist

“Duncan writes with unusual flair, drawing upon folklore, myth, and his gift for creating ingenious plots.”— Year's Best Fantasy and Horror

“Dave Duncan is one of the best writers in the fantasy world today. His writing is clear, vibrant and full of energy. His action scenes are breathtaking and his skill at characterization is excellent.”— Writers Write

“Duncan's prose avoids the excessively florid in its description and the archaic in its dialogue, opting instead for simpler narration and contemporary parlance . . . serves as a refreshing reminder that epic fantasy need not always be doorstops filled with manly men speaking in overblown rhetoric and grasping their swords.”— SFF World

“Dave Duncan produces excellent work in book after book . . . Duncan is a great world-builder. His fantasy worlds are not mere medieval societies with magic added but make organic sense. Duncan's other strength as a writer is strong characterization. Each of the main characters comes across as his or her own person.”— SFReview

“Dave Duncan has long been one of the great unsung figures of Canadian fantasy and science fiction, graced with a fertile imagination, a prolific output, and keen writerly skills.”— Quill and Quire

“The single greatest pleasure afforded by Duncan's writing is its incredible polish and narrative mastery. . . . I heartily recommend it to any fantasy fan who's looking for something slightly out of the ordinary.”— Ticonderoga Online

“When you’re looking for a good adventure, Dave Duncan is a sure thing. Mostly in fantasy, but he can certainly do SF as well . . . [with] his sly & fast paced plotting, his ability to construct intriguingly different worlds, & his knack for quick & entertaining characterization & dialogue.”— Eclectic Ruckus