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The Crooked House (King's Daggers #2)

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In Book Two of the King's Daggers, Sir Stalwart and Emerald set off for an ancient lord's house known as Smealey Hall where they believe the source of evil -- in the form of murder -- lies. Stalwart invites Badger, a surly Blade-in-training, to join them on their journey, and the three must survive harsh terrain, sorcery, swordplay, and the company of a traitor . . . or an ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 31st 2000 by Avon Books (first published October 2000)
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Benjamin Thomas
Nov 20, 2014 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it
This is the second of three short novels that make up the "King's Daggers" trilogy, a YA set that takes place in Dave Duncan's popular "King's Blades" series of 6 books. Once again, this is a nice swashbuckling tale filled with action, intrigue and daring do. The main two characters are back of course, Sir Stalwart, known as "Wart" and Emerald, a "White Sister". While the plot involves those two helping to investigate an unexplainable death in the midst of a royal ceremony, a major role is playe ...more
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Good book, but the ending was unsatisfactory.
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Jan 10, 2011 Sean Randall rated it really liked it
"Sir Durendal, who on the sixth day of Sixthmoon, 355, in a meadow outside Waterby single-handedly opposed four swordsmen seeking to kill his ward and slew them all without his ward or himself taking hurt."

This event is just a paragraph or two in the very first book to feature the king's blades, and yet here, a whole story is drawn around those dead men. This is the eighth book in the world I've read. it truly never gets old.
Donna Jo Atwood
Mar 18, 2009 Donna Jo Atwood rated it really liked it
Sir Salwart and Emerald team up again to save the king from death and disaster. This time they take Badger, a blade-in-training, with them as they travel to Smealey Hall, supposedly the center of sorcery and treason.
I love David Duncan's books and I don't know how I miss this one when it came out.
Aug 21, 2009 Cindy rated it liked it
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An enjoyable light read, part of The King's Daggers trilogy. Sir Stalwart and Sister Emerald get caught in a long distance sorcery plot to murder the King of Chivial.
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These books are too, too short!
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