. But redemption can come from unexpected directions and in unrecognizable guises. But the day he sets out in the service of the elderly Lord Wassail turns to a black one, and young Beau's journey ends in horror and blood. But to do so, beau must ride alone back through the icy gates of Hell. Many legends have emerged from the shadows of ironhall, yet surely none can surpass the greatness and glory predestined for Sir Beaumont—possessor of the purest and strongest of hearts, and a mind as quick, keen, and accurate as his sword.
Impossible Odds: A Chronicle of the King's Blades Chronicle of the King's Blades Series Book 2HarperCollins e-books - . The king's bladesthe king has decreed that new Blades must be sworn into the service of the Grand Duke Rubin, deposed by a foul usurper and currently on the run. Joining the duke's entourage along with the courageous and prescient White Sister Trudy, the would-be champions must restore a rightful ruler to the throne or die in the process.
Elite warrior swordsmen, they are unequalled in any time or realm. But before them waits an army of the dead. And the duke whom the blades must protect to the last drop of their lifeblood is not the liege they imagined. But none of the rough youths being readied at Ironhall possess the seasoning to survive what better, more skilled Blades already have not.
Impossible Odds: A Chronicle of the King's Blades Chronicle of the King's Blades Series Book 2 - Still, two woefully unprepared candidates are approached with an offer of early bonding and probable death: deft but dense, and eager, rude Ranter, impetuous Ringwood . With a third, the inadequate swordsman but potentially able spy Bellman, enlisted into their threadbare ranks.
The Jaguar Knights Chronicle of the King's Blades Series Book 3HarperCollins e-books - The realm's most feared swordsman, Sir Wolf has earned his name, the "King's Killer, " well. 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. Unlike many of his brother blades, however, Wolf detests his sworn duty to do the bloody bidding of a liege he can never respect.
Or doom. 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.
One Velvet Glove: A Tale of The King's BladesFive Rivers Publishing - Spender knows of a fabulous treasure that was lost more than thirty years ago and thinks he knows where it may be. Why shouldn’t the four of them go and look for it?But King Ambrose also remembers that treasure and believes it belongs to him. Why shouldn’t he try to stop them? Rhys’s father is the great Blade hero, Sir Spender, who finds himself in the same predicament.
The tales of the King’s Blades continues…. So what happens next? sir rhys, sir sharp, no job, and Sir Trusty—three of the world’s greatest swordsmen―are released from the Royal Guard in their twenties with no pension, and no money.
Gilded Chain: A Tale Of The King's BladesHarperCollins e-books - As unwanted and rebellious boys, they find refuge in Ironhall. Years later they emerge as the finest swordsmen in the realm—A magical ritual of a sword through the heart binds each to his ward—if not the king himself, then to whomever else the monarch designates—with absolute loyalty. The blades have ways to protect their own, but death and madness haunt the path to salvation—and few ever return unscathed.
But he soon finds himself enmeshed in treasonand foul intrigues, compelled to betray the king he had hoped to serve. The blades have ways to protect their own, but death and madness haunt the path to salvation—and few ever return unscathed. But he soon finds himself enmeshed in treason and foul intrigues, compelled to betray the king he had hoped to serve.
Gilded Chain: A Tale Of The King's Blades - As unwanted and rebellious boys, they find refuge in Ironhall. Years later they emerge as the finest swordsmen in the realm—A magical ritual of a sword through the heart binds each to his ward—if not the king himself, then to whomever else the monarch designates—with absolute loyalty. And the greatest blade of them all was—and is—Sir Durendal.
But a lifelong dream of protecting his beloved liege from enemies, traitors, and monsters is dashed to bits when Durendal is bonded till death to an effete noble fop at his king's orders.
Lord of the Fire Lands Tale of the King's Blades Book 2Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy - Now on the run for their “treasonous” act, monsters, where pirates, the two gifted swordsmen must escape to the Fire Lands, and mixed allegiances wait around every corner. Duncan can swashbuckle with the best, but his characters feel more deeply and think more clearly than most” Publishers Weekly.
. Dave duncan’s lord of the fire lands serves as a splendid sequel and companion to his earlier book The Gilded Chain, and his later Tale of the King’s Blades Sky of Swords. Engaging and complex, it may be enjoyed as a standalone novel or in combination with the rest of the trilogy. Magic both enhances the Blades’ fighting skills and binds them to lifelong duty.
Lord of the Fire Lands Tale of the King's Blades Book 2 - Either way, readers are in for a smart, thrilling adventure that cuts like a knife. Raider and wasp have spent five years at Ironhall studying to become Blades, expert swordsmen whose talents stand unmatched. Exceptional. . . But when raider and wasp are selected to protect the king of Chivial himself, they refuse, an act unprecedented in the living history of the Blades.
As old hatreds and still‑fresh tragedies come to light, these young swashbucklers must confront both harsh truths from the past and a present swarming with their would‑be brothers at arms seeking vengeance and intending punishment.
The Monster War: A Tale of the Kings' Blades King's Blades Book 2Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy - The same great characters are all here: Ambrose himself, and Blades Durendal, Bandit, Grand Master, and Snake. Appearing for the first time are sir stalwart, the only Blade who does not bear a binding scar, and Emerald of the White Sisters, the only girl ever enrolled in Ironhall. A new link in the tale begun in the gilded Chain from “one of the great unsung figures of Canadian fantasy and science fiction” Quill & Quire.
Originally issued as a ya trilogy called the king’s Daggers including volumes Sir Stalwart, and Silvercloak, The Crooked House, The Monster War works equally well as a single novel. If you missed this one the first time and most Blades fans did, then here is your chance to join the action as the King’s Blades ride again!
The Monster War: A Tale of the Kings' Blades King's Blades Book 2 - The story fills a gap in the first blades novel, The Gilded Chain, when King Ambrose sought to shut down the evil sorcery of the Elementaries, and the sorcerers fought back by trying to kill him. The action wanders across chivial from the White Sisters’ headquarters at Oakendown, to Grandon, and into the heart of Ironhall, for the evil penetrates even there.
Sky of Swords: A Tale Of The King's Blade 3 Tale of the King's BladesHarperCollins e-books - Making her uncertain way through the blood labyrinth of schemesand betrayals, Malinda can trust none but the Blades of the Royal Guard. But the blades themselves are in grave peril. Now, with the kings abrupt death, civil war has become her grim destiny. The mightiest swordsmen in the relm, are bound by magic to defend their noble wards.
. To the death. The king's blades the unloved child of the unscrupulous King Ambrose, Princess Malinda learned at an early age to fight for what was rightfully hers. And the young queen faces the most crucialdecision of her life: a choice that will either redeem her kingdom from chaos. Or bring ultimate destruction down upon it, her Blades, and herself.
The Seventh Sword: The Complete SeriesOpen Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy - The coming of wisdom: wallie is staring death in the face when the Goddess gives him a new body and the fabled Sapphire Sword in return for being her champion. Wallie, known now as shonshu, must ride out to fight the war he hoped would never come, and his failure or success will determine the fate of the world for the next thousand years.
. A young man is transformed into a barbarian fighter in this adventurous series from “one of the leading masters of epic fantasy” Publishers Weekly. The death of nnanji: for fifteen years the truce has held, but now sorcerers have started killing swordsmen again and swordsmen traitors are aiding them.
And while he’s not quite convinced he should oblige, goddesses can be very persuasive. . . But wallie and his weapon quickly find themselves outmatched in a world of high-stakes magic. The reluctant swordsman: wallie goes to the hospital and wakes up in the body of a barbarian swordsman, accompanied by a voluptuous slave girl and an eccentric priest babbling about the Goddess.
The Seventh Sword: The Complete Series - The destiny of the sword: wallie is entrusted by the presiding goddess with a mission to bring together all the swordsmen to finally defeat the sorcerers and their terrible technology. In this complete collection of the high fantasy Seventh Sword series by Aurora Award–winning author Dave Duncan, Wallie Smith must face a new destiny and save an unfamiliar world from evil forces.
When he learns the Goddess needs a swordsman, he reluctantly agrees to set off on her quest.
The Years of Longdirk: The Complete SeriesOpen Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy - In order to make the exchange, in the dank and fetid dungeons of Barcelona, though, Toby and his ally Hamish must face the hexer Oreste on his own ground, where souls are racked and tortured—and ultimately destroyed on the relentless wheel of the Inquisition. But stranger winds are swirling across the lochs—eldritch winds that are ridden by hobs and wisps and demons.
In 1244, all of europe is under the control of Genghis Khan, whose conquering Golden Horde has cut a swath of devastation. The hordes are reorganizing and plan to sweep over the Alps once more to retake their lost prize of power and conquest. As the outlaw longdirk, Toby wields a sword that can cut down men like stalks of corn.
The Years of Longdirk: The Complete Series - Toby wants his freedom—and the spirit of the tyrant-demon Nevil, ensorcelled in amethyst, can be traded for the exorcism of the hob. Scotland, in addition, lies under the heel of England. Demon rider: longdirk has become possessed by a hob, as amoral as a child, a murderous demon spirit, neither inherently good nor evil.
The enemy Sassenach king is also a sorcerer. But there is more at stake than freedom and the destiny of a continent—a woman’s love hangs in the balance . .
Portal of a Thousand WorldsOpen Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy - And as the cold-hearted dowager empress closely guards a fateful secret, and a rebel army led by a fanatical zealot gathers strength under the Bamboo Banner, the cataclysm approaches. . . . The recipient of two aurora awards and numerous Locus and Endeavour Award nominations, Dave Duncan is an acknowledged master of sword-and-sorcery adventure on par with George R.
R. A sprawling epic with a colorful cast of royals, thieves, assassins, merchants, dragons, gods, prostitutes, warriors, and mages set against the backdrop of a volatile alternate Asia, Portal of a Thousand Worlds is a magnificent work of invention from one of the premier fantasists of our day. The looming threat of a once-in-a-millennium magical event sends nineteenth-century China into violent chaos in this epic alternate-history fantasy.
Only the firstborn—he who has been reincarnated through countless generations and remembers all he has ever learned—knows what the future holds, but he has been imprisoned for refusing to comply with a repressive imperial government’s wishes. Now, those hoping to seize the opportunity for wealth and position are hatching sinister plots.
Portal of a Thousand Worlds - Ten centuries have passed since the last time the Portal of a Thousand Worlds opened, upheaval, bringing chaos, and radical change to the then-ruling dynasty, and now the mystical gateway is rumored to be on the verge of opening once more. Martin of Game of Thrones fame. These are troubled years in the Good Land.