Wildcatter – Dave Duncan

The prospector is the person who actually goes down to the newly discovered planet. Hired on by a thinly-funded company with one ship and one shot at the big time, Seth is the ship’s jack-of-all-trades and low man on the totem pole. Traveling with two women, one other man, and two hermaphrodites who regularly shift sex, they find a mystery at journey’s end, and it’s up to Seth to work it out. This is an…

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Against the Light – Dave Duncan

A family of secret witches falls out with those in power. I’ve been reading Dave Duncan for a long time now – since A Man of His Word’s first book (Magic Casement), at least. I’ve read a lot his books, and enjoyed most of them (The Alchemist’s Apprentice was an exception that I found dull). Mostly, Duncan specializes in the very real feeling, likeable young hero. His characters may have special skills, but they act…

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The Reaver Road – Dave Duncan

Omar #1 Omar and his chance companion Thorian are caught up in an intrigue of war, gods, treachery, and lust. Standard Dave Duncan in that this is a fun, very readable fantasy with agreeable, intelligent characters. The Reaver Road is one of two books featuring Omar the Storyteller (also see The Hunter’s Haunt). The players act (sort of) as real people might, and are characteristically upbeat and optimistic. All in all, a lighthearted bit of…

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