When the Saints by Dave Duncan

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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.

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About Dave Duncan

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Originally from Scotland, Dave Duncan has lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds are more satisfying than the real one, he has published more than forty novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also young adult, science fiction, and historical. Duncan makes his home in Victoria, British Columbia.
Published November 22, 2011 by Tor Books. 333 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Young Wulf is a Speaker, powerful but untrained and ignorant of magic's rules, wracked with doubts as to whether his talents truly emanate from saints or demons.

Oct 15 2011 | Read Full Review of When the Saints

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This is a dangerous role but she’s determined to save the man she loves.||Overall, this is a highly entertaining alternate version of European history with practical magic available for hire to advance or hinder the interests of the wealthy.

Feb 19 2012 | Read Full Review of When the Saints

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