The Runner and the Wizard – Dave Duncan

Ivor of Glenbroch #1 Ivor is a teenager in the north of Britain, around 900 AD. When his volunteers for his thane’s mission to find a mysterious wizard, he lets himself in for more trouble than he bargained for. Dave Duncan has a characteristically light touch, and a way with characters. He puts it to good use in this brief coming-of-age historical novel. Ivor faces difficulties, overcomes them, and learns about himself and the world.…

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The Death of Nnanji – Dave Duncan

Seventh Sword #4 Wallie Smith, reincarnated as Shonsu of the Seventh Sword, is now the deputy head of a widespread Tryst of peace. When his principal Nnanji is attacked and badly injured, the entire Tryst risks coming apart unless Wallie can find a clever solution. The Seventh Sword was Dave Duncan’s first fantasy trilogy, and not a particularly good one. With The Death of Nnanji, he revisits the world with a great deal more authorial…

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The Destiny of the Sword – Dave Duncan

Seventh Sword #3 Wallie Smith, reincarnated as Shonsu of the Seventh Sword, and struggling to fulfill the Goddess’ mandate, has gathered a small group of talented supporters, but ruined his reputation in the process. Now, he has to recruit an army composed of fellow swordsmen – who all despise him. I don’t recall why I didn’t pick the Seventh Sword series up when I first saw it years ago. Possibly because of its ‘sidewise’ concept,…

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The Coming of Wisdom – Dave Duncan

Seventh Sword #2 Wallie Smith, chemical engineer now in the body of Shonsu the master swordsman, has a goddess’ riddle to work out, and little in the way of hints. But he has a fellowship of able assistants of all stripes, and the best he can do is try to muddle it all out. The Coming of Wisdom has all of Dave Duncan’s usual light fantasy charm and personality, but less in the way of…

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The Reluctant Swordsman – Dave Duncan

Seventh Sword #1 Wallie Smith has died. Much to the surprise of all concerned, however, he’s turned up in the body of Shunso, Seventh-level swordsman in a world of temples, slaves, and duels. Wallie tries to do good, but then a god steps in, and Wallie has to re-evaluate his choices. I’m not generally a fan of sidewise type stories – where an ordinary guy suddenly finds himself in another time or dimension. There have…

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Irona 700 – Dave Duncan

Every year, the goddess Caprice selects one newly adult young person to join the Seventy – the ruling council of Benign. Irona, selected by what seems more like accident than divine will, must learn the complex politics of the Seventy, and quickly. I’ve noted previously that Dave Duncan is a usually reliable author (distinguished from predictable in that he generally offers an innovative concept), but that a previous book from Open Road felt like a…

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