In the Eye of Heaven: The Tales of Durand, Book One

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Tom Doherty Associates, Mar 6, 2007 - Fiction - 416 pages

From a strong new voice in epic fantasy comes the tale of Durand, a good squire trying to become a good knight in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Set to inherit the lordship of a small village in his father's duchy because the knight of that village has been bereaved of his own son, Durand must leave when the son unexpectedly turns up alive.

First he falls in with a band of knights working for a vicious son of a duke and ends up participating in the murder of the duke's adulterous wife. Fleeing, he comes into the service of a disgraced second son of a duke, Lamoric, who is executing a long subterfuge to try to restore his honor in the eyes of his father, family, and king. By entering tournaments anonymously as "The Red Knight," Durand will demonstrate his heroism and prowess and be drafted into the honors of the king.

But conspiracies are afoot—dark plots that could break the oaths which bind the kingdom and the duchies together and keep the banished monsters at bay. It may fall to Durand to save the world of Man...

Authentic and spellbinding, In the Eye of Heaven weaves together the gritty authenticity of a Glen Cook with the high-medieval flair epitomized by Gene Wolfe's The Knight, to begin an epic multi-volume tale that will take the fantasy world by storm.


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Normally, I'd be all over a book like this. It promised a lot. There were some interesting ideas in it, all the makings of a good tale. But it didn't take me there. Read full review

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Confusing in some places, but for someone who likes gritty-ish fantasy novels, it has points of merit. There are a lot of interesting bits with fairies and forest-folk, and they're all vicious and ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page Copyright Notice Acknowledgments
The Path of Knots
Homecoming
Between Fires
The Hungry Leagues
Peers of the Leopard
A Tower in Ferangore
Mantlewell
The Price of Secrets
Where Dance the Shadows
On the Field of Bower Mead
Terns above the Glass
The Hounds of Hesperand
Mornaway Welcome
Ashes
Beneath the Ripples Gleam

The Night of Two Hills
Trial above the Mere
Death and Dreaming
Ride to the Glass
The Ladys Bower
The Seal of the Patriarchs
Wings of Memory
The Broken Crown
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A native of Canada, David Keck lives in New York city with his wife, the editor and novelist Ann Groell.

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