IN A WORLD OF ANARCHY AND CHAOS, ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE... TO RULE THE WEAK
Magnus D'Armand, the Rogue Wizard, travels the stars fighting injustice and oppression, sowing the seeds of freedom and revolution throughout the galaxy.
But on the planet Durvie, he may have met his match: a lost colony founded by idealistic anarchists, whose civilization has long since crumbled into utter chaos. Dozens of greedy warlords, ruling through fear and violence, wage never-ending petty wars over land and loot while the common folk struggle just to survive.
Over the centuries, the history and knowledge of the original colonists has been forgotten, and the people have reverted to a medieval state. With no central government to overthrow, it seems impossible for Magnus to restore peace and order - until he discovers the hidden knowledge harbored by the Fair Folk within the countryside's Hollow Hills.
December proves a double-Stasheff month as this talented writer offers not only the fifth book in his Wizard in Rhyme series (reviewed above) but also the fifth in his Rogue Wizard series (A Wizard in Peace, etc.). Magnus D'Armand, aka Gar Pike, travels from planet to planet helping people free themselves from unjust governments. When Gar and his loyal companion, Dirk DuLaine, start investigating the seemingly endless warfare on a world called Durvie, however, they discover that this time there is no central government to overthrow. Durvie's original colonists were anarchists, and now that world is in chaos. Can Gar and Dirk bring order to a planet run by skirmishing feudal lords with no leader to rein them in? As usual, Stasheff delivers a brisk story with smart twists and lots of action, as well as a nicely textured alternate world. Whether his fans dig into either or both of his two new novels, they won't be let down.