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A Study in Sorcery: A Lord Darcy Novel (Lord Darcy #5)

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In an alternate history in which the Plantagenets still rule in England, France, and the New World, and where the science of magic has displaced the magic of science, Lord Darcy is the official representative of King John IV to investigate murders and other bizarre crimes, and Master Sean O Lochlainn his forensic magician sidekick. An Azteque prince is sacrificed at the to ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published May 7th 2011 by Borgo Press (first published June 1st 1989)
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Although I enjoyed reading this book, it was not as good as the previous novel by Kurland or the original series by Randall Garrett.

The Setting: I really like how it was set in the New World, Central America, to be specific. I find the continued exsistence of the Aztecs and other Native American Tribes to be pretty cool, and a logical deviation from reality. However, I felt that the deviations of Azteque and Angevin magic were not fully explained or followed through on. The use of blood magic b
Jonathan Palfrey
This is a good crime story, a nice exercise in alternative history, and it's good fun to read.

When I first read Kurland's two Lord Darcy novels, I thought they were quite good but not as good as Randall Garrett's originals (Garrett having been the creator of Lord Darcy and his world). However, after repeated rereading I've decided that Kurland's Lord Darcy is about as good overall as Garrett's. Perhaps Garrett is slightly better at scenario and plot, while Kurland is slightly better at character
Not terrible, but not as good as the original Lord Darcy tales
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Michael Kurland has written many non-fiction books on a vast array of topics, including How to Solve a Murder, as well as many novels. Twice a finalist for the Edgar Award (once for The Infernal Device) given by the Mystery Writers of America, Kurland is perhaps best known for his novels about Professor Moriarty. He lives in Petaluma, California.
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Other Books in the Series

Lord Darcy (5 books)
  • Murder and Magic (Lord Darcy, #1)
  • Too Many Magicians (Lord Darcy, #2)
  • Lord Darcy Investigates (Lord Darcy, #3)
  • Ten Little Wizards (Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy)

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