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Mother of Lies

Dave Duncan, Author
Dave Duncan, Author . Tor $24.95 (348p) ISBN 978-0-765-31484-0
Reviewed on: 02/05/2007
Release date: 05/01/2007
Ebook - 352 pages - 978-1-4299-5479-2
Mass Market Paperbound - 416 pages - 978-0-7653-5382-5
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Heroes and villains charge toward a satisfying climax in the violent, intrigue-filled conclusion to Duncan's two-volume epic fantasy (after 2006's Children of Chaos ), set on a dodecahedral world. The four young sibling heirs to the dying Doge of Florengia, who were kidnapped and separated years earlier by the Bloodlord Stralg, have grown to adulthood and finally been reunited by the Liberators, led by brash Marno Cavotti (aka the Mutineer). As they fight their way homeward, Stralg's bloodthirsty, fanatical sister, Saltaja Hragsdor, begins her own march on Florengia, intent on setting her brother's bastard son on the doge's throne. One well-choreographed combat scene follows another. Some playful sibling rivalry provides comic relief. This smartly plotted fantasy should please not only Duncan's many loyal fans but also those who enjoy the work of Terry Goodkind and Jennifer Fallon. (May)

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