Speak to the Devil

Speak to the Devil

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As the old country Dobkov begins to form national armies, the days of feudal chivalry are fading. But Otto Magnus is still baron. His brothers include the ambitious Anton and the amiable youth Wulf. Unable to seek fortune as a knight errant, Anton has enlisted with a band of hussars with Wulf as his servant.There's still magic in Dobkov, rituals performed by Speakers who believe the Voices they hear belong to saints. But many outsiders think it's a form of Satanism, so Speakers guard their identity closely. Anton is not a Speaker... but Wulf is.Anxious to impress the court, Anton exhibits spectacular horsemanship at a royal hunt, with a little boost from Wulf. Two nights later, the king's chief minister offers him anything he could dream of if he takes command of a strategic fortress at Cardice. Anton wants nothing to do with this, but Wulf's Voices tell him that he should accept the charge. The result is a harrowing cross-country ride with astonishing results.
Publisher: New York : Tor Fantasy, 2016.
ISBN: 9780765363343
Branch Call Number: PB Dunca
Characteristics: x, 369 pages ; 18 cm.

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Dec 30, 2011

Set in the imaginary European country of Jorgary a couple of generations after Joan of Arc, this is a world in which those who hear Voices and perfom miraculous feats may end up condemned by the church and burned at the stake. Are the Voices saints, as they claim, or are they sent by the devil? This is an exciting adventure, frustrating in that it ends on a "to be continued" note without wrapping up the plot, but that seems to be the trend in publishing these days. The sequel is _When the Saints_.

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Dec 30, 2011

Anton had told him a thousand times that courage wasn't absence of fear, it was refusing to give in to it.

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