When we left the Brothers Magnus, they had assembled in Cardice to help Anton Magnus defend the castle there from attack by a neighboring state with a significant military advantage and several high-ranking political figures capable of either requesting help from ally saints — or, depending on your perspective, from the devil.
But Cardice has a secret weapon, in the form of young Wulfgang Magnus, who can request 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 in 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 more time with master fantasist Dave Duncan’s unique, complex, and ornery-but-delightful characters.
David John Duncan (1933-2018) was an award-winning Scottish Canadian fantasy and science fiction author.
Duncan was a prolific writer and penned over fifty books. His sixth book, West of January, won the 1990 Aurora award, an award he would win again in 2007 for Children of Chaos. He was a member of SF Canada and in 2015 he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.