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What I love of Dusk Peterson’s stories is that they are all fantasy (and though with the “freedom” given to fantasy tale) with deep roots in real history. While reading one of his books, whatever the historical period he picked and reinvented, you have the feeling to be plunged in a true historical novel, sometime even more an historical essay than a romance, but in the end, Dusk Peterson manages also to give you the romance, and odd as it sounds, most of the time his romances are among the most...more
This volume contains an excerpt and two complete stories. The True Master is one of my favorite stories from this author, so I'm somewhat prejudiced in advance of reading the Omnibus. Unmarked takes place at a much later date (centuries) and is set in a boys boarding school. The underlying theme of the stories is inherited power relationships, the effect on individuals of being unable to fit into the established hierarchies, and the wisdom of learning from those below you. Unmarked is, on the su...more
Dusk Peterson writes fantasy, historical fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary fiction. Suspense plays an important role in many of the tales; the conflict in those tales is both external and internal. Peterson's stories are often placed in dark settings, such as prisons or wartime locations. The mood of the stories, however, is not one of unrelieved gloominess: friendship, heterosexual love,...moreMore about Dusk Peterson...