A King in Cobwebs

David Keck. Tor, $17.99 trade paper (448p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1322-5
Keck (In a Time of Treason) concludes his Tales of Durand trilogy with this superlative fantasy epic, which sees the warrior Durand Col take his place among battles and treachery that threaten the kingdom of Errest the Old. Durand stands as champion to Abravanal, Duke of Gireth and holder of the Duchy of Yrlac. Although the Yrlacies are restless under Abravanal’s rule, the duke is commanded to ride with his household to the Fellwood Marches by his unhinged king, Ragnal. Yrlaci rebels harry the soldiers of Gireth on the road to the Fellwood, and, once there, they are chased by the inhuman host of maragrim, “hideous in their innumerable deformities.” Durand must rescue the duke’s daughter, Almora, from the Hornbearer, leader of the nightmares, and then lead the ducal army against the maragrim as they surge toward Eldinor, Errest’s capital. Keck sends the stalwart Durand through darkness and a lost land, facing terrors and beset by the dead. Human politics and dreadful foes are combined in this tale that stands with the very best fantasies. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/12/2018
Release date: 12/04/2018
Hardcover - 448 pages - 978-1-250-30397-4
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