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King of Swords (The Starfolk Book 1) by [Duncan, Dave]
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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

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  • File Size: 1376 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (September 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1MFUVO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kurt G. Schumacher VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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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.

What happened? Did you, perhaps, seeing the growth of the young teen fantasy market, try to write a book to capitalize on that market? Because that's what this book reads like: like you were writing for children.

I can assure you that the last time I checked I was not a teenage girl. While I appreciate that you shouldn't necessarily be writing books that appeal exclusively to me, I sincerely believe that you are one of the most supremely talented fantasy/sci-fi writers in existence. Your books and series bear multi-tiered appeal, such amazing world-building, such an amazing balance of excitement, tragedy, comedy and examination of the human condition.

Where does this book fall into a continuum of your work? How does it compare to the incomparable West of January? How related is it to the A Man of His Word series, or the King's Blades? Seventh Sword?

It's like this book was written by someone else, that's how it compares.

I'm really sorry. I want to write glowing reviews over every one of your works. I don't blame you for trying new stuff. After all, any of those series above should have been enough to make you one of the world's premier writers and I just don't understand why you aren't more well known.

But this book just wasn't for me. I bought and read the follow-up book "Queen of something-or-other" and it fell basically into the same category. In summary, it's OK. Just not what I expect from the Dave Duncan.

Chris.
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