Ironfoot: The Enchanter General, Book One

Ironfoot: The Enchanter General, Book One

by Dave Duncan


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A lowly enchanter finds himself entangled in a plot to assassinate the king in a new historical fantasy series set in twelfth century England.

Medieval magic, murder, and mayhem!

It is 1164, and for a hundred years England has been ruled by the Normans. A young Saxon boy named Durwin, crippled by a childhood accident, had caught the eye of a Norman sage teaching at a rural school of magic. Realizing that the boy had promise, Durwin was made stable boy, and eventually allowed to attend classes.

Now twenty, Durwin is proficient enough that he is assigned to teach, but the other sages refuse to promote him and he is hassled by the Norman juniors for his disability. But those troubles turn out to be the least of his worries when he manages to corrects errors in an ancient corrupted spell, which promptly prophesies murder.

Sure enough, word soon reaches the school that one of the local count’s house sages has died, perhaps slain by black magic. Durwin is whisked away to the family’s castle, only to find that one death was only the beginning. The young sage quickly learns of a dizzying plot to assassinate King Henry. Dropped into the middle of the complex politics of England’s royal courts, can Durwin stop them in time?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597809306
Publisher: Night Shade
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Series: Enchanter General Series , #1
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dave Duncan is a prolific author of fantasy and science fiction, including the fantasy series The Seventh Sword, A Man of His Word, and the King’s Blades, whose books have been translated in fifteen languages. He is both a founding and honorary lifetime member of SF Canada. Dave and his wife Janet, his in-house editor and partner for over fifty years, live in Victoria, British Columbia. They have three children and four grandchildren.

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Ironfoot: The Enchanter General, Book One 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice mix of history and fantasy.
blackbasketdog More than 1 year ago
A wonderful cross between Cadfael and Harry Potter.
Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
Durwin, sometimes called Ironfoot because of the boot he wears due to an accident that caused his broken leg to heal shorter than the other, is a level-headed, bright student determined to become a mage. Most of his fellow students and all his instructors are Normans and Durwin is constantly aware of his lower social status- at twenty, he’s older than many squires his age after being skipped over for promotion to adept. The social disparity is especially apparent when he finds himself bullied by a new student, William. Unable to fight back, Durwin’s patience is constantly tried by the younger boy and while he longs to fight him, he is smarter enough not to. While Durwin is smart, patient, determined…and boring. He’s not made out to be perfect, but he’s a generally shining example of a person and I found him to be incredibly bland. He made a few mistakes, but nothing with any far-reaching consequences, and he seemed to learn from his experiences. He’s smart enough to see errors in ancient spells and correct them in order to make the spells work after years of being thought to be useless. Durwin is skilled enough to tackle any task thrown his way, with minimal effort or aggravation. He’s not truly average, yet he doesn’t seem to have any exceptional skills. Whatever, guys, I just found him boring and didn’t connect! The rest of the story worked for me though. I enjoyed the character arc and growth of William however – he was a bully with depth and once he’s forced to work with Durwin, he’s given considerably more depth than Durwin is. The murder mystery added into the story of a student at a magical academy kept the plot from feeling stale. I had some suspicions, but the twist had me foiled, so I was still surprised at the end. Granted, I’m not one to wrack my brain desperately trying to figure out the killer because I like being surprised at the end. The magic in this book is based on singing or chanting enchantments, typically with at least two sages (or adepts or squires) though some can be sung solo or with three or more. The academy has many old scrolls and grimoires with spells that the sages have decided no longer work, but it is discovered that many were transcribed wrong over the years or contain purposeful errors to trip up the unschooled. I liked all of this and wanted to know more about the ancient magic and different types of spells. This novel feels like it falls somewhere halfway between YA and adult fantasy, as there’s swearing and a few sex scenes, yet Durwin feels young for twenty and his journey from squire to adept feels very coming of age. If you’re looking for a one-shot fantasy with a pretty compelling bully and a murder mystery set in England in the 1100s, I would recommend this.