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When the Saints

Duncan, Dave (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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When we left the Brothers Magnus, they had assembled in Cardice to help Anton Magnus defend the castle from attack by a neighboring state with a significant military advantage and several officers who at any moment could request help from saints-or, depending on your perspective, from the devil.But Cardice has a secret weapon in the form of young Wulfgang Magnus, who can ask a few favors of his own from these devil-saints. The only problem is that Wulf is in love with Madlenka, the countess from Cardice who was forcibly married to Anton to explain why he's suddenly leading the country.Even Wulf is unsure if family and political loyalty should override love. He's also beginning to realize that the magical battle he's stepped into has some serious rules that he doesn't know, and has no way to learn. And when several wild cards in every battle can tap into nearly limitless sources of magic, who knows how far and wide the battle might range?This stunning continuation of the story begun in Speak to the Devil amps up the romance and intrigue, while letting readers spend more time with master fantasist Dave Duncan's unique, complex, and ornery-but-delightful characters. When the Saints is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Science Fiction & Fantasy title.
Authors: Duncan, Dave, 1933-
Title: When the saints
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 332 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Dave Duncan
Notes: Sequel to: Speak to the Devil
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
ISBN: 0765323486
9780765323484
Branch Call Number: SF DUNCAN 2011
Subject Headings: Imaginary wars and battles Fiction Magic Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Imaginary wars and battles
Magic
LCCN: 2011021617
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May 17, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is the sequel to _Speak to the Devil_, and really the two together are one big book, so don't read one without the other. It's a dark world these characters are living in, filled with brutal warfare, devastating disease, corrupt clergy and treacherous politics. While the powers that be use Europe as a giant chessboard, the poor pawns try to survive the game, sometimes with surprising success. Plenty of twists and turns in this tale as the plot races along. My only complaint is that after so much dramatic action in and around Castle Gallant the spotlight shifted elsewhere, and somehow I wanted a more up close and personal resolution to that part of the story. Well, wishing a book could be just a little bit longer and that you could see just a little bit more of certain characters is a good thing, all told.

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May 17, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Although he loved her to distraction, he really did not know her very well.

May 17, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wartislaw of Griffin had not won his duchy by being nice to anyone, even his nominal overlord, the Holy Roman Emperor. His entire court was terrified of him. So were his generals, because he liked to boast that none of them ever lost more than one battle.

May 17, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Anton twirled up his mustache and shot Wulf a pregnant look of warning – so pregnant that it ought to drop triplets instantly, but Wulf had no idea what species they would belong to.

May 17, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

my father was both a warrior and a diplomat, and he taught us that more wars were won across a table than on a battlefield. He also said that the first thing one should know was what the other side really wanted.

May 17, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

His father had always said that truth was safer than lies because it was easier to remember.

May 17, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I made the worst mistake in warfare – I counted on the enemy doing what I wanted him to do!

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