The Man of His Word series debut—a novel “with enough fresh ideas to allow it to sit unashamedly alongside the great fantasy books of recent times” (Fantasy Book Review).
“Duncan’s unique concept of goblins, fauns, and imps adds a new twist to this imaginative fantasy adventure” as Princess Inosolan is forced to leave behind her carefree childhood—as well as her dear friend, the stableboy Rap (Library Journal). Now of marriageable age, she is sent to a finishing school to hone the skills that all noble ladies should possess. Mystery, menace, and the gods appear in short order, as Inos and Rap begin to discover their magical powers, even as Inos is courted by a charming man with motives far more dangerous than the eye—and heart—can see . . .
“Magic Casement has a charm and vibrant sense of humor. . . . If it’s traditional fantasy adventure with a bit of nudge-nudge wink-wink you’re after, Dave Duncan is your go-to guy.” —SFReviews.net
Inos, daughter and only child of good King Holindarn of Krasnegar, is bored. She longs to go riding and hang out with the servants' children, but imperious old Aunt Kade is determined that the marriageable young princess cultivate a ladylike air and learn the social graces. To further that end, Inos is sent off to the estate of Kinvale, a combination finishing school and matchmaking bureau. There, she is swept off her feet by Sir Andor, a man of uncertain motives whose natural charms have been enhanced by a ``word of power.'' Back in Krasnegar, Rap the stableboy, a childhood friend of Inos's, is exhibiting some magical prowess of his own, not to mention a rush of adolescence. The latter transforms his friendship into an undying love certain to be requited before the series--of which this is the first installment--is over. This is a childish romance wrapped in a thin veneer of fantasy which, despite the presence of sorcerers, imps, goblins and the like, fails to invest a weak story with the slightest bit of real magic. Duncan's works include A Rose-Red City.
Fast-paced and exciting read. Look forward to sequel.