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King of Swords (The Starfolk) [Kindle Edition]

Dave Duncan
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Rigel has always known he is not quite human, but the only clue to his origin is the otherworldly bracelet he has worn since childhood.

His search for his parentage leads him to the Starlands, where reality and fantasy have changed places. There he learns that he is a human-starborn cross, and his bracelet is the legendary magical amulet Saiph, which makes its wearer an unbeatable swordsman. Fighting off monsters, battling a gang of assassins seeking to kill him, Rigel finds honorable employment as a hero. He knows that he must die very soon if he remains in the Starlands, but he has fallen hopelessly in love with a princess and cannot abandon her.

Through the imaginative landscape of the Starlands, Rigel's quest leads him to encounter minotaurs, sphinxes, cyclops, and more fearsome creatures in Dave Duncan's latest fantasy series.


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About the Author

Dave Duncan is a prolific writer of fantasy and science fiction, best known for his fantasy series, particularly The Seventh Sword, A Man of His Word, and The King's Blades. He and his wife Janet, his in-house editor and partner for over fifty years, live in Victoria, British Columbia. They have three children and four grandchildren. Dave's blog and webpage: www.daveduncan.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1376 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (September 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1MFUVO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great fantasy from Dave Duncan October 15, 2013
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What if the magical world of Elves really exists, along with a host of mythical beasts (Centaurs, Pegasus, Harpies, Minotaurs, etc)? This story begins when the soon to become reluctant hero, Rigel (who had suspected all his life that he was not completely human), becomes embroiled in a fight for his life under very perplexing circumstances.

Having been a very long time fan of the author, Dave Duncan, I have always enjoyed his quirky characters and sense of humor.

This book doesn't disappoint!!! It is very fast paced with a truly fascinating fantasy world. I had happily suspended my disbelief in his world of magic and wonders, especially because he remained true to the behavior of all of his mythical beasts, delightfully translating them into a contemporary time line with present day earth.

I found myself reluctant to put this book down, thus I finished reading it within three days (when normally it takes me about two to three weeks to read a book). Now I find myself on tenterhooks awaiting for the next novel in this series to become published.

Reviewed by Debbie.

And Grey says: If you like well-written fantasy with a large dose of humor, you should try this book. Debbie was laughing out loud the whole time she was reading it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Youthful Teenage Fantasy November 21, 2013
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I would put this novel into the hands of a young high school boy - not because he could handle it or love it, but because that is what it seems to have been written for. With a heavy emphasis on breasts and other assorted body-parts this book plays right into that age bracket.

This is and adequate fantasy with very simple world building and story telling. Nothing too taxing for anyone, but enough action to keep you mildly intrigued.

What I didn't like is that it is not unlike so many other novels in this genre. It is difficult to get excited by another fish in an already over-crowded pond. There was nothing here to make this book stand out for me. I had a difficult time caring for or about the characters.

I have never read anything by this author, but had heard tons of praise and I simply expected so much more from someone who gets the accolades this author did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars -- good, but some flaws November 14, 2013
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Dave Duncan’s KING OF SWORDS is the first of a new series called The Starfolk. The main character is Rigel, an orphan about twenty years old. From infancy, he has worn an amulet (bracelet) called Saiph that becomes a sword.

Rigel has always wondered about his parentage and how he came to be the owner of Saiph, so, after a serious incident in Wal Mart, he visits the Starlands. He learns that he is a Starborn-human cross (referred to as Halfling) – much less than full-Starborn but not as bad as all-human. He seeks honorable employment, but because he is Halfling, he and his prospective employer face problems with the authorities.

The characters Rigel meets are excellently developed. I particularly like the way Duncan handled the character of the imp (Starborn child) Izar.

The plotline moves well, and one interesting subplot is a forbidden romance.

Though overall this book is very good, I have to stop at four stars. Sometimes for this type of work the style and phrasing seem a little awkward and more average twenty-first century than another place and (perhaps) time.

There are occasional situations and word choices that make this book more appropriate for older high schoolers and up rather than a younger audience.

Even with the flaws in style, I will definitely look for more of Duncan’s work, particularly more in this series.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! September 18, 2013
By Ken
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm always thrilled to read the first book of a new world by Dave Duncan. His stories are fun to read as the stories expand upon an interesting and captivating plot with a bit of humor which often makes me laugh. I've read many, if not all, of his books over the decades (!) and enjoyed the mystery, plot and characters in this latest book. I hope he continues to create wonderful new stories for years to come. Thanks for the good read, Dave!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of twists, turns, and boob descriptions November 10, 2013
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Our young hero has a mythical sword strapped to his wrist that cannot be taken off and is rarely beaten. He also is missing a navel and nipples, which marks him as at least a "half-breed" starborn (known in most mythology as ELVES). He is taken to the Starlands, which is full of elves who wear only waist wraps, full of magic, and full of danger. Can he discover his parentage and avoid the assassins who want his mythical sword? The politics of the elven realm play out in fits and spurts, and the twists in the plot seem contrived much of the time. The 20-ish male cannot seem to keep his eyes off the chests of the elven females, which are properly endowed, though brightly hued. I found those descriptions distracting at best. This reads like a juvenile action novel. It was OK, but it was definitely not a book to read twice.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What happend with this book?! November 7, 2013
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I have read just about every Dave Duncan book out there, and this book is just not up to his usual level. I kept stopping during reading and re-examining the author bio to see if he collaborated with somebody while writing this book. The writing was stiff, forced, and not easy to read. I kept thinking of something Kurt Vonnegut wrote once, about how some days he just couldn't write and was possessed by somebody called "Phillboyd Studge". I feel like Duncan was briefly possessed by Mr. Studge while writing this book. The dialogue was just PAINFUL. Not just once or twice, but almost in every instance. This is so weird, as Duncan's dialogue generally has me rolling on the floor several times a chapter.

I'm not sure what happened between the last book he cranked out ("Into the Light," less than a year ago), which I thought was very good, and this one. I suppose even a brilliant author like Duncan can have a few clunkers. If you are like me, and love series like The Kings Blades, this one will be a let down. Read his last book instead, it's engaging and fun to read.

Glad everyone seems to like it. If you haven't read any other Duncan then you REALLY have some good books in store for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your ordinary sword book
It is well written, action filled, with good character development. I became attached to several of the characters. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Donald Shannon
4.0 out of 5 stars typical Dave Duncan...incredible plot, plenty of twists, keeps you...
typical Dave Duncan...incredible plot, plenty of twists, keeps you guessing! Plenty of history. Not sure how accurate though. Enjoy! It
Published 10 days ago by David M Garwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Sci fiction fantasy reading
Interesting reading.....Found all the strange names difficult at times to follow but enjoyed the book and was able to follow the action.
Published 14 days ago by Dan
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
Dear Mr Duncan,

I must be one of your biggest fans. I am constantly extolling your virtues here on Amazon, in bookstores and to random people on the street. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Keane
2.0 out of 5 stars A romantic story
A fast read, character driven, fantastical creatures, evil verses good, a bit of predictive motives, with a side of nonsense
Published 2 months ago by Creta Massenge
5.0 out of 5 stars another fantasy world epic
As always Dave can transport one into a new world of wonder, reading this book I am very much reminded of "ill met in the arena" except now I am ecstatic that there is a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SinningTree
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
Pretty good. Gets a bit slow but over all has great potential of being a great series. I will buy the next book to see how it goes.
Published 2 months ago by Wil
5.0 out of 5 stars King of Swords
Great story. I enjoyed the story line and the characters. I would like to see a whole series, like with Anne McCartney and her Perm series .
Published 2 months ago by Lana Phalen
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
One word really says it all: boring.
I'm only adding more verbiage because amazon requires a minimum word count. K
Published 2 months ago by E. Goldman
4.0 out of 5 stars The boy of the stars
Though Dave Duncan has been writing for eons, I never actually read any of his books -- perhaps because there WERE so many, and I wasn't sure where to start. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. A Solinas
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Dave Duncan is a prolific writer of fantasy and science fiction, best known for his fantasy series, particularly The Seventh Sword, A Man of His Word, and The King's Blades. He is both a founding and honorary lifetime member of SF Canada. Dave and his wife Janet, his in-house editor and partner for over fifty years, live in Victoria, British Columbia. They have three children and four grandchildren. Visit his blog and webpage: www.daveduncan.com

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