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Hardcover LORD DARCY: Murder and Magic; Too Many Magicians; Lord Darcy Investigates (by the author of The Gandalara Cycle) Book

ISBN: 0739403478

ISBN13: 9780739403471

LORD DARCY: Murder and Magic; Too Many Magicians; Lord Darcy Investigates (by the author of The Gandalara Cycle)

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Lord Darcy, Chief Investigator for the Duke of Normandy, and his assistant, Master Sorcerer Sean O'Lochlainn, use their occult powers and deductive skills to solve mysteries and bring criminals to... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Lord Darcy at his best!

For those who enjoy Christopher Stasheff you will also enjoy the Lord Darcy stories and novels. An alternate dimension in which Great Britian continues to be ruled by the Plantagenets as Richard The Lion-Hearted does not die in battle but lives on to continue ruling. Magic and science flourish side-by-side though magic is seen as being logical and science as a field that does not hold up to logic at all. Enjoyable stories which make one sorry to see the end coming. The only bad thing is that Randall Garrett did not write more Lord Darcy stories and novels!

Magic and Mystery in The Empire

I had the pleasure of knowing Randall Garrett, and he was an incurable punster. Be warned, he really cut loose in this one.This book is fun. The protagonist, Lord Darcy, and his Forensic Sorceror, Master Sean, serve the Plantagenet Empire, which in this time-line still exists. (Richard the Lion Heart recovered from that crossbow wound and founded an empire.) Together they solve many cases of murder and espionage. The stories are clever and good mystery stories in their own right. The "gimmick" is that in this time-line magic has been developed as a science, and we get to see a forensic Sorceror apply the laws of magic to crime scene investigation. Lord Darcy then applies his deductive talent to the evidence. They make a good team.All the Lord Darcy stories are here, from the very first one, "The Eyes Have It," to "The Napoli Express." "Too Many Magicians" is a great fun read, long enough to develope several characters and fill in a lot of the background of the Empire. In these stories Randall threw in as many puns and allusions to spy and mystery novels and series as he could. Nero wolf and Archie Goodwin, James Bond, the Man From Uncle, The Pink Panther, they're all here, as well as many more.Finally we have "The Spell of War" an atypical story in that it is a war story, and takes place early in Lord Darcy's life, when he is a young officer in the Imperial Army in the war of '39.Aside from that one the dates in the stories are approximate to the date they were written. Randall gives the impression that the stories were happening at the time of writing, in a parallel universe.Highly recommended.

A perfect introduction to the type

It's great to see paperback publishers bringing out "unitary editions" of OP classics for the benefit of those who were too young to know them when they first appeared (or have read their original copies to rags), and Garrett's Lord Darcy trilogy is one of the best choices this particular house could have made. In a splendidly imagined and explicated parallel/alternate 20th-Century world where magic not only works but has been officially codified and where the milieu takes off from recognized historical events (Richard Lionheart didn't die at the Siege of Chaluz in France in 1199, and his descendants went on to create the Anglo-French-speaking Angevin Empire, where physics, not sorcery, is the stuff of fairy tales--the internal-combustion engine and wired communications have never been invented, yet magic operates according to mathematical theory), Garrett seamlessly brings together sf, fantasy, espionage, and murder mystery in the adventures of Lord Darcy, Chief Investigator for the Duke of Normandy, and his friend and assistant, Master Sorcerer Sean O Lachlainn. "Too Many Magicians" is a full-length novel with elements of international intrigue lent by the machinations of Casimir IX of the Polish "quasi-empire," who, like Hitler, dreams of continental (if not world) domination, while "Murder and Magic" and "Lord Darcy Investigates" are collections of short stories originally published in various sf magazines in the '60's and '70's. Garrett (now, sadly, deceased) was obviously a student of history, and he's also a skilled and ingenious plotter who shows a real mastery of what used to be called the "locked-room mystery." Though some of his characters' explanations of how and why magic works may seem a bit tedious, your patience in reading them through will be rewarded--everything in them contributes to your understanding of Lord Darcy's reality. And he throws in some great curve balls too: while "Mechicoe" is a duchy of the Empire's New World possessions, it's still administered by a (Christianized) descendant of the Montezumas. I can think of no similar book that's as good apart from Poul Anderson's "Operation" stories. These books can truly be appreciated as examples of more than one genre and should reach a crossover audience.

Fantasy Mysteries

The Lord Darcy stories are set in an alternate universe where magic works and King Richard I lived longer, leaving Britain and France still under the control of the Plantagenet family. Lord Darcy is the chief criminal investigator for Richard, the Duke of Normandy, and Master Sean O'Lochlainn is his sidekick and forensic sorcerer. They are called in to investigate crimes in which magic has been used. It is a series of short mystery stories, including locked room puzzles and a knockoff of Murder on the Orient Express. The writing is a little repetitive--in particular, I grew very tired of the phrase "the tubby little Irish sorcerer". But overall, these stories are just incredibly fun.

Finally, all of the Lord Darcy stories collected

When I started reading science fiction and fantasy one of the first books I read was _Too Many Magicians_ byRandall Garrett. Over the years I read other Lord Darcy stories that were collected in various volumes, but as time passed I lost my copies of those books. Thus, it was with great pleasure that I discovered that Baen Books had reissued all of the Lord Darcy stories, including the novel _Too Many Magicians_ in one volume. The book is organized into three sections, the first is the Lord Darcy stories written before _Too Many Magicians_, the second section is _Too Many Magicians_ and the third is the Lord Darcy stories that were written in the 70's. Finally there is an appendix that contains the last Lord Darcy story that Garrett wrote, which details the first meeting of Lord Darcy and his sorcerer, Sean O'Lochlainn. If you like mysteries and fantasy then this book is for you.
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