Omar often gets into trouble as a result of his role as the world’s greatest storyteller. The wrong tale at the wrong time told to the wrong audience can prove fatal. A slighted innkeeper threatens to kill Omar by tossing him out into the vicious storm that rages just outside the door of the inn. But this time, for a change, Omar also has the chance to redeem himself by using his gift. If Omar can top the most outrageous tales invented by the inn’s guests, he may get away with his neck intact. Omar not only tells a series of tales that would astonish the most gifted bard, but he corrects the errors of the others and weaves them all together into one absolutely compelling tale of adventure.
About the Author
Dave Duncan (1933–2018) was born in Scotland, and received his diploma from Dundee High School and got his college education at the University of Saint Andrews. He moved to Canada in 1955, where he lived with his wife. Duncan spent thirty years as a petroleum geologist. He has had dozens of fantasy and science fiction novels published, among them A Rose-Red City , Magic Casement , and The Reaver Road , as well as a highly praised historical novel, Daughter of Troy , published, for commercial reasons, under the pseudonym Sarah B. Franklin. He also published the Longdirk series of novels, Demon Sword , Demon Knight , and Demon Rider , under the name Ken Hood. In the fall of 2007, Duncan’s 2006 novel, Children of Chaos , published by Tor Books, was nominated for both the Prix Aurora Award and the Endeavour Award. In May 2013, Duncan, a 1989 founding member of SFCanada, was honored by election as a lifetime member by his fellow writers, editors, and academics. He passed away in 2018. Visit https://www.daveduncanauthor.com/ for more information on the author.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An interesting series of stories told by a variety of apparently disconnected people, 10 of them to be exact, echoing such classics as the Decameron and the Cantebury Tales. Omar or Homer is literally trying to save his life by telling tales of the past. The others with him want his blood for various reasons, the trick is that he tells a story for every story told by one of the other people there, these stories are all interwoven and there's an implication that Omar is very long-lived and has seen many of these situations.Enjoyable but not spectacular.
Great book and story. Have yet to read a Dave Duncan story I did not really enjoy. THIS book would have been easier to read had the editor edited it better. REMEMBER: a successful SpellCheck does NOT mean good context! ~Munchkin