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The Jaguar Knights [Kindle Edition]

Dave Duncan
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Book Description

The realm's most feared swordsman, Sir Wolf has earned his name, the "King's Killer," well. Unlike many of his brother Blades, however, Wolf detests his sworn duty to do the bloody bidding of a liege he can never respect. But when an impregnable fortress is breached and a former royal mistress is abducted by brazen assailants, Wolf must leap into the fray.

Burdened with the company of his disgraced brother, Sir Lynx—the only Blade ever to lose his ward and live—and shadowed by a mysterious Inquisitor with a secret agenda, Wolf must make his way across a landscape of nightmares vivid and terrible enough to chill any fearless heart. For somewhere in this dark, unfamiliar world, the fate of all Chivial hangs in the balance—and it is the destiny of one reluctant Blade to tip the scales to salvation . . . or doom.

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From Publishers Weekly

In his latest energetic fantasy set in the medieval land of Chivial (after 2003's Impossible Odds), Canadian author Duncan provides a feast of sword and sorcery, mystery and romance, featuring knights whose wits and words are as sharp as their edged weapons. Sir Wolf, known as the "King's Killer," wishes to find solitude after years of obeying the orders of a king he both doubts and mistrusts. When a royal mistress is abducted, Wolf's hope for peace is shattered. Searching for the kidnapped lady, he is joined by an inquisitor and his troubled younger brother, Sir Lyne, both of whom challenge Wolf's outlook on life and duty. After increasingly bitter and exciting battles with one another and the magically empowered kidnappers, the uneasy brotherhood finally stumbles onto revelations that threaten to reveal unwelcome truths about Chivial itself. Duncan's voice is accessible, his pacing breakneck and his unadorned style makes the impossible seem probable.
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From Booklist

The latest of the justly popular King's Blades novels is a stand-alone--though readers already acquainted with Sir Wolf may appreciate it more. Sir Wolf has to track down his brother, Sir Lynx, who is turning into a jaguar after picking up a magical talisman left behind by the half-animal, half-human raiders who kidnapped the king's ex-mistress, Celeste. So Lynx searches for Celeste, and Wolf for Lynx. Wolf is accompanied by female mage Hogwood, who eventually becomes his wife and ever-present help in time of trouble, of which there is plenty. In the Hence Lands, Lynx's trail takes Wolf into furious confrontation with an Aztec-like civilization, whose magic enhances both its virtues and its vices. More furiously active than ever before, this volume boasts a body count not for the weak of stomach and shows Duncan as deft as ever with the Blades' small-group politics and the convolutions of the world in which they wield their weapons. Essential for King's Blades enthusiasts. Roland Green
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Product Details

  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060555122
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC2IYE
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent new entry in the King's Blades September 29, 2004
"The Jaguar Knights" is the sixth book in Dave Duncan's "King's Blades" series (it can also be said it is the third book of the second King's Blades trilogy). "The Jaguar Knights" is set in the land of Chivial. A "Blade" is a master swordsman who is magically "bonded" to the King, and this forces unwavering loyalty to the wishes of the King. One of King Athelgar's Blades is a man named Wolf. Wolf is one of the best of the Blades, but is in the bad graces of the King. They share a mutual dislike and disgust of each other. When the King learns of a massacre at a fortress that was supposedly impregnable, he sends Wolf to investigate. This is no simple massacre, however (if a massacre can ever be simple). The invaders slew several Blades, which is exceedingly difficult for anyone who is not another Blade. The invaders also captured the wife of the man in charge of the fortress, but to complicate matters this woman was the former mistress of the King and also has a past with Wolf. Wolf's main motivation, other than doing his job, is that his brother Lynx, also a Blade, was wounded at the massacre.

With Wolf comes an Inquisitor of the Dark Chamber who is pursuing her own investigation. Blades and Inquisitors seldom see eye to eye and had a mutual distrust of each other. When they arrive at Quondom castle, they learn something disturbing: the invaders may not have been completely human. The invaders appear to be part human, part beast, and it is these "monsters" which have taken the King's former Mistress. Further investigation points across the ocean, and Wolf and The Inquisitor are still on the trail.

Not being familiar at all with the other works of Dave Duncan and the King's Blades, I was unsure how much I would be missing by reading this sixth volume first.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as the other 'Blade' books April 29, 2006
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The Jaguar Knights by Dave Duncan is the latest edition in the King's Blade saga. By all accounts this will be the last King's Blade book as well. I believe I read somewhere that Duncan said their tale had been told and he doesn't envision going back there. That's a shame as the King's Blade books are some of the more refreshing fantasy books I have read lately.

This story is a tale of one Blade Sir Wolf going on a mission that accomplishes two things. One he helps the Inquisitors, but more importantly he tries to help his disgraced brother, another Blade, Sir Lynx. The majority of this story takes place away from Chivial and adds an assortment of new characters and ideas. Duncan does a good job at introducing just enough information as to keep some things fresh and exciting while at the same time explaining enough so the reader is not lost and confused.

The plot in this book is interesting and well scripted; however, at times it feels that the writing does not bring the richness out of it that I think could have been done. There are moments where the reader must think to themselves, that was too easy, or something didn't make any sense of why it happened like it did. This is the sixth book I have read from Duncan, all being in the King's Blades saga and this one just doesn't measure up to the others. It `feels' almost as though Duncan rushed to write this and get it on the shelves. Don't take me wrong though, this is better than some fantasy out there today, but this just doesn't measure up to what I was expecting from Duncan.

The characters in this book also don't measure up to what I would expect from a Duncan book. Simply said, I didn't care about the vast majority of characters in this book as I have with the other Duncan books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, not great March 8, 2005
By Yttire
I've had the pleasure of reading all of the blade books, and enjoyed each and every one in a unique way- for each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

In each of the blade stories the blades are mind warped with powerful enchantments which make them into unswerving patriots- and the accompanying evil which comes with such simplicity of purpose. And true to form as in the other books, the characters in "Jaguar Knights" struggle with their conscious as they perform abhorrant tasks in the name of their ward. This complexity of purpose- the conflict between serving their enchantment and higher goals- makes each of these books an interesting read.

Among the collection, this is not the strongest or best, but it certainly has shining moments and is well worth reading. Duncan comes through with his witty reparte between characters and byzantine political machinations which makes his worlds spin. (And your head spin if you actually try to follow the political motivation of every underling).

Like "Lord of the Fire Lands" much of the action takes place in lands far from Chivial, and part of the excitement of reading is in exploring these new worlds with the characters. Thus, this is like travel writing, but traveling to places far more exotic than anything here on earth has provided.

There are three main characters here, Wolf, Dolores, and Lynx. Each of them figure promininently in the unfolding action, and true to form the combination of loyalties and mind bending enchantments each of them are involved with make up a good part of the story (and each characters motivations).

I actually would have preferred to see more of the conflict which the character Lynx undergoes as he participates in two societies- this was interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love this book as much as the others in the ...
I really wanted to love this book as much as the others in the Tale of the King's Blades series, but the author wrote things in a very confusing fashion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Toddler Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing plot
Dave Duncan is his normal self in this. He holds you from start to finish hungering for the next page. This is a must read for anyone who likes swords and sorcery
Published 5 months ago by charlie
4.0 out of 5 stars Was a gift
I bought this book as a gift for my brother and he liked it. Based on that I give it a rating of 4.
Published 22 months ago by John Dwiggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly different "Blade" book, but still excellent
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the King's Blades books. This story, like all of the others, stands on its own and does not require reading all the previous books to be enjoyed. Read more
Published on September 18, 2012 by P. Kinyon
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Mixture of Genres
This story is mainly about two Blades, Wolf and his younger brother Lynx. An unknown force has entered a secure castle and destroyed the defenders, carrying off the King's former... Read more
Published on December 10, 2011 by nontoxyc
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Series
Duncan's original three book set of this "series" is probably the best "trilogy" I've ever read. I don't want to give away any secrets, but you must read all three, and do so in... Read more
Published on June 17, 2011 by Deborah Levinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story of The King's Blades
While I also feel this book comes in six out of six in order my favorite King's Blade books, it's still far better than the fantasy I have read by most other authors. Read more
Published on August 20, 2010 by Captain
4.0 out of 5 stars Good!
I really like Dave's work, but I love the King's Blades Books!
That being said, this one is my least favorite.
Published on April 18, 2009 by M. Hale
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated Swashbuckling
Another fantastic adventure in the King's Blades series. The King's Blades are phenomenally trained swordsmen who are bound by a risky magical ritual to serve their wards loyally. Read more
Published on March 2, 2008 by Miz Ellen
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven story redeemed by final chapter
I picked up "The Jaguar Knights" simply because it had a jaguar on the cover; I am utterly unfamiliar with Dave Duncan's other works or any other of the King's Blades novels. Read more
Published on May 28, 2007 by D. Z. McRoy
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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:

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