Kirth Gersen carries in his pocket a slip of paper with a list of five names written upon it - the names of five Demon Princes. The Demon Princes are a race of beings who disguise themselves as humans and delight in power and destruction. However, to Kirth they are merely murderers who killed his family and destroyed his home planet - and who ...
Kirth Gersen carries in his pocket a slip of paper with a list of five names written upon it - the names of five Demon Princes. The Demon Princes are a race of beings who disguise themselves as humans and delight in power and destruction. However, to Kirth they are merely murderers who killed his family and destroyed his home planet - and who deserve to die for those misdeeds. Three have already fallen at Kirth's hands, but there are two more names on the list, two more Princes who will live only long enough to regret their evil ways. Lens Larque was just as unique as the other Demon Princes - uniquely appalling. Howard Alan Treesong poisoned his friends, tortured his colleagues, and wrote his own horrific holy book, The Book of Dreams. But, clever as he may be, a galaxy-wide guessing game will be his undoing - and Kirth Gersen's sworn vengeance will be complete.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-07-14 After taking a fling at heroic fantasy with The Dragon and the George (1976) and winning the World Fantasy Award for the effort, veteran SF author Dickson waited nearly two decades to fire his next shot at fantasy with The Dragon Knight (1990). His latest novel in the saga of Jim Eckert, an unassuming young mathematician who travels to an alternate 14th-century England where courage and loyalty are esteemed, plays down Sir Jim's ability to shape-shift into the intellectually challenged dragon Gorbach. Instead, Dickson sends Jim and his now familiarly Tolkienesque companions into the murky territory of Lyonesse to recover Jim's adopted infant, Robert, who was kidnapped by the horrid subterranean Gnarlies. Dickson builds his charming quest tale on traditional morals: friends (like brave Sir Brian, Master Archer Dafydd and the handsomely realized Aargh the Wolf) are necessary for survival; magic, here virtually synonymous with self-knowledge, is a creative art that can't be taught, only learned. Dickson also gently lampoons the heroic fantasy genre by allowing Jim and Angie, Jim's luscious but sensible wife, to express 20th-century opinions about unfair taxes and unsavory politicians in an often hilarious contrast to their medieval surroundings. Good fun is had by all. (Aug.) FYI: Dickson published his first SF novel, Alien from Arcturus, 41 years ago. Since then, he has won two Nebulas and four Hugos.
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