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King of Swords (The Starfolk Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dave Duncan
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 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: #62,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 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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13 of 14 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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9 of 9 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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9 of 9 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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9 of 11 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 25 days ago by Moonbeamy
4.0 out of 5 stars good read, more fantasy than SF
Plenty of action, plenty of unrequited love; kept me reading despite my preference for science fiction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. R. Flood
5.0 out of 5 stars what a book
great read
Published 3 months ago by raymond
4.0 out of 5 stars more Dave Duncan quality
This is another story of the Elvish, yet in Duncan's hands become a new story line. Not as good as Ill Met in the Arena or the Reluctant Swordsman series, this is nonetheless and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by skagarak
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected more
I am a huge David Duncan fan and enjoyed his other series., unfortunately, this one was written for a seventh grader.
Published 3 months ago by Cbass
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Starfolk', a very intimate submersion into an alternate reality!
The first of 2 novels about the 'Starfolk', a very intimate submersion into an alternate reality! Hopefully the author has or will write many more novels about this intriguing... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Burl A. Etue
2.0 out of 5 stars I felt like this book would've done well to been read by ...
For me the book felt drawn out. I just couldn't get into it because of the way the characters reacted to each other and their environments. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shane M.
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre compared to Duncan's prior books
I too have been a Dave Duncan fan for many years and have greatly enjoyed his prior series. I too would venture to say that this book seems like it was written by someone else. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Douglas S. Maughan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but fun
I gave this four stars because it's a YA title. The story was fun, but a bit simplistic. Still, I've never read anything by Dave Duncan that wasn't a fun read.
Published 5 months ago by Mary Morris
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried
I am usually a completionist when it comes to books. I always have to see how it ends, no matter how bad the writing is. Read more
Published 6 months ago by pencil name
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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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