Portal of a Thousand Worlds (Paperback)

By Dave Duncan

Open Road Media Science & Fantasy, 9781504038751, 482pp.

Publication Date: February 14, 2017

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Description

The looming threat of a once-in-a-millennium magical event sends nineteenth-century China into violent chaos in this epic alternate-history fantasy.

Author of the Seventh Sword series Dave Duncan transports us to Imperial China in an alternate nineteenth century--an Asian epoch not unlike the Boxer Rebellion era--with a spellbinding tale of rebellion, political intrigue, larceny, seduction, shape-shifting, dark magic, and murder. These are troubled years in the Good Land.

Ten centuries have passed since the last time the Portal of a Thousand Worlds opened, bringing chaos, upheaval, and radical change to the then-ruling dynasty, and now the mystical gateway is rumored to be on the verge of opening once more. Only the Firstborn--he who has been reincarnated through countless generations and remembers all he has ever learned--knows what the future holds, but he has been imprisoned for refusing to comply with a repressive imperial government's wishes.

Now, those hoping to seize the opportunity for wealth and position are hatching sinister plots. And as the cold-hearted dowager empress closely guards a fateful secret, and a rebel army led by a fanatical zealot gathers strength under the Bamboo Banner, the cataclysm approaches. . . .

The recipient of two Aurora Awards and numerous Locus and Endeavour Award nominations, Dave Duncan is an acknowledged master of sword-and-sorcery adventure on par with George R. R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame. A sprawling epic with a colorful cast of royals, thieves, prostitutes, gods, warriors, dragons, assassins, merchants, and mages set against the backdrop of a volatile alternate Asia, Portal of a Thousand Worlds is a magnificent work of invention from one of the premier fantasists of our day.


About the Author

Dave Duncan, born in Scotland in 1933, is a Canadian citizen. He received his diploma from Dundee High School and got his college education at the University of Saint Andrews. Duncan moved to Canada in 1955, where he still lives with his wife. He has three grown children and four grandchildren. He spent thirty years as a petroleum geologist and is the author of dozens of fantasy and science fiction novels, among themA Rose-Red City, Magic Casement, andThe Reaver Road, as well as a highly praised historical novel, Daughter of Troy, which he published under the pseudonym Sarah B. Franklin. Under the name Ken Hood, Duncan is the author of the Longdirk series, which includes Demon Sword, Demon Knight, andDemon Rider. In the fall of 2007, Duncan s 2006 novel, Children of Chaos, was nominated for both the Prix Aurora Award and the Endeavour Award. In May 2013, Duncan, a 1989 founding member of SF Canada, was elected a lifetime member of the organization by his fellow writers, editors, and academics. His website is www.daveduncan.com."
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