Trial by Treason – Dave Duncan

Trial by Treason


Durwin, the Saxon now surprisingly become a familiares of the Norman king, is thrust in a treasonous plot. Armed only with a handful of spells and a pair of young allies, he comes up against dark, demonic danger.


I really enjoyed Dave Duncan’s work when I first encountered it in A Man of His Word, and that enjoyment lasted through several other series. After a while, I didn’t like everything, but still thought very highly of Duncan’s work. More recently, I finally got around to The Reluctant Swordsman, and didn’t care for it. And toward the end of his life, it felt like he was rushing out trunked books that weren’t really ready. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t great, and my memory Duncan started to tarnish. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to revisit some of the series I’d liked so much before, for fear they’d tarnish too.

The Enchanter General series, happily, has restored my faith. It’s a YA adventure very much in the line of Duncan’s earlier, stronger work – an appealing, engaging hero, an interesting world, good characters, a fun plot, etc. As I noted in my review of the first book in the series, Ironfoot, the series is very reminiscent of a YA Crystal Cave, but with more actual magic. There are no great surprises in this book, but it’s a great deal of fun to read along. Whereas Ironfoot felt somewhat rushed, this moves at a quick but reasonable pace. All in all, a fine series to end with. I’m looking forward to the last book.

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