When the Saints

When the Saints

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
In the sequel to Speak to the Devil, after the Brothers Magnus assemble in Cardice to defend a castle from attack, Wulfgang Magnus finds himself falling in love with a woman already betrothed to someone else, as well as being confounded with strange rules of magic that command the battlefield.

McMillan Palgrave

The sequel to Speak to the Devil, beloved fantasist Dave Duncan's stirring new adventure of magic and brotherhood.


When we left the Brothers Magnus, they had assembled in Cardice to help Anton Magnus defend the castle from attack by a neighboring state with a significant military advantage and several officers who at any moment could request help from saints-or, depending on your perspective, from the devil.

But Cardice has a secret weapon in the form of young Wulfgang Magnus, who can ask 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 stepped into 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.
When the Saints is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Science Fiction & Fantasy title.



Baker
& Taylor

After the Brothers Magnus assemble in Cardice to defend a castle from attack, Wulfgang Magnus finds himself falling in love with a woman already betrothed to someone else, as well as being confounded with strange rules of magic that command the battlefield.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765323484
0765323486
Characteristics: 331 p. ; 25 cm.

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May 17, 2012

Although he loved her to distraction, he really did not know her very well.

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May 17, 2012

Wartislaw of Griffin had not won his duchy by being nice to anyone, even his nominal overlord, the Holy Roman Emperor. His entire court was terrified of him. So were his generals, because he liked to boast that none of them ever lost more than one battle.

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May 17, 2012

Anton twirled up his mustache and shot Wulf a pregnant look of warning – so pregnant that it ought to drop triplets instantly, but Wulf had no idea what species they would belong to.

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andreareads
May 17, 2012

my father was both a warrior and a diplomat, and he taught us that more wars were won across a table than on a battlefield. He also said that the first thing one should know was what the other side really wanted.

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May 17, 2012

His father had always said that truth was safer than lies because it was easier to remember.

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May 17, 2012

I made the worst mistake in warfare – I counted on the enemy doing what I wanted him to do!

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May 17, 2012

This is the sequel to _Speak to the Devil_, and really the two together are one big book, so don't read one without the other. It's a dark world these characters are living in, filled with brutal warfare, devastating disease, corrupt clergy and treacherous politics. While the powers that be use Europe as a giant chessboard, the poor pawns try to survive the game, sometimes with surprising success. Plenty of twists and turns in this tale as the plot races along. My only complaint is that after so much dramatic action in and around Castle Gallant the spotlight shifted elsewhere, and somehow I wanted a more up close and personal resolution to that part of the story. Well, wishing a book could be just a little bit longer and that you could see just a little bit more of certain characters is a good thing, all told.

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