When the Saints

When the Saints When we left the Brothers Magnus they had assembled in Cardice to help Anton Magnus defend the castle from attack by a neighboring state with a significant military advantage and several officers who

  • Title: When the Saints
  • Author: Dave Duncan
  • ISBN: 9780765323484
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When we left the Brothers Magnus, they had assembled in Cardice to help Anton Magnus defend the castle from attack by a neighboring state with a significant military advantage and several officers who at any moment could request help from saints or, depending on your perspective, from the devil.But Cardice has a secret weapon in the form of young Wulfgang Magnus, who can aWhen we left the Brothers Magnus, they had assembled in Cardice to help Anton Magnus defend the castle from attack by a neighboring state with a significant military advantage and several officers who at any moment could request help from saints or, depending on your perspective, from the devil.But Cardice has a secret weapon in the form of young Wulfgang Magnus, who can ask a few favors of his own from these devil saints The only problem is that Wulf is in love with Madlenka, the countess from Cardice who was forcibly married to Anton to explain why he s suddenly leading the country.Even Wulf is unsure if family and political loyalty should override love He s also beginning to realize that the magical battle he s stepped into has some serious rules that he doesn t know, and has no way to learn And when several wild cards in every battle can tap into nearly limitless sources of magic, who knows how far and wide the battle might range This stunning continuation of the story begun in Speak to the Devil amps up the romance and intrigue, while letting readers spend time with master fantasist Dave Duncan s unique, complex, and ornery but delightful characters.When the Saints is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Science Fiction Fantasy title.

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    1. What happened to Dave Duncan? His novels, although certainly on the light side, at least usually were interesting and well-plotted, with decent characterization. Lately though his stuff has really gone downhill - I couldn't even finish this one.

    2. This one sure doesn't lack complexity - but nor did the real world in that era, as Duncan notes in his afterword. In this book, Wulf learns about how the masters of manipulation work, and we learn that in Duncan's world there's a whole 'nother layer of manipulators. The plot rips along, and Wulf has an implausible combination of skill and luck, but it all hangs together. Must have been hard to write. I'm not sure the whole thing with the Speakers would stand up to a thorough analysis (as Larry N [...]

    3. Another most worthy end to a series, if a little predictable. I even felt a little bad for the brother who dies, because I sort of didn't like him but didn't really want him to die! The falconry terms were quite neat, and I especially liked the phrase "He must behave like a swordsman, not a sorcerer", which rang a lot given Duncan's history.

    4. 3.5 stars. An enjoyable sequel to Speak To The Devil. I always appreciate the fine scheming and politics that goes on behind the scenes in Dave Duncan's workhe really is excellent at spinning webs within webs of intrigue, as well as wonderful characters, that keep his stories interesting. I hope to hear more from The Brothers Magnus!

    5. Somewhat forgettable medieval fiction with semi-historical pretensions which I read only for the Endeavour. I've yet to read a Dave Duncan book that I actually liked. This one was actually one of the better ones. But having characters that I cared about and appreciate is certainly not something that was achieved here.

    6. Most wonderous! Another great story of the Magnus brothers. I had loved the the Blade series - this one has all the fun and twists and turns of that. I can't wait to read the intrigue of the next book (there will be more, right?).

    7. Interesting magic system, as always from Duncan. This time the magic itself had little cost so the people set up a system of checks and balances. I liked Wulfgang but found some of the other POV chapters dragged.

    8. Well, that was interesting but has a GIANT cliffhanger ending and I can't say I like the way one of the characters dies (best way to describe it is "where's the chapter I missed reading where this happens?") Fun book overall, but the last few chapters felt like Duncan was rushed.

    9. The first book, Speak to the Devil, left me having to know what happend next which lead me to When the Saints. I liked the first book more, but thought this was a good conculsion. Over all - pretty satisfied.

    10. Liked it better than the first book. The book ends well, which will end the series for me. Just a light, fluffy read.

    11. It takes some very interesting turns that I didn't anticipate. Mostly that was a good thing, although I would have liked more of the other brothers.

    12. Took me awhile to get into this one-the plot pieces didn't quite connect. I would've been lost if I hadn't read the first book in the series.

    13. I love this author. Dave Duncan writes great fantasy novels. But this is definitely not one of my favorites. I found it to be too simple-- the characters, the story, the conclusion.

    14. Fun, light easy reading. Not particularly good alternate history fiction, nor particularly good characters, but a fun enough distraction.

    15. This is a major improvement on the first in the Brother Magnus series and it nicely ties up all the loose ends.opionator.wordpress/2012/0

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