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Upland Outlaws (A Handful of Men #2)

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The power-mad dwarf-sorcerer Zinixo had driven Emshandar V from his throne. He had shattered the ancient Protocol that kept tenuous peace among Pandemia's warlocks. And his conquest had only begun.

Somehow the deposed Imperor had escaped his clutches -- so far -- but Shandie would soon be found. Then the Impire would be Zinixo's alone. Outlying countries would fall beneath
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 20th 1995 by SOS Free Stock (first published 1992)
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Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

For millenia, the peace of the continent of Pandemia has been upheld by a Protocol restricting the use of powerful magic, a covenant controlled by the four most powerful sorcerers in the realm and by the emperor of Imps in the aptly named capital city of Hub (the sorcerors have dominion over the East, North, West and South of Pandemia). As the third millenium is coming to a close, the Protocol is broken (see book one The Cutting Edge ) by a renegade sorcerer named Zinixo - your regular evil ma
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I swear to God that nearly 50% of this book is all exposition. Also, Thaïle doesn't even appear in the book until over 50% in. And yet somehow I still manage to enjoy the hell out of it. Since I don't know where my copy of The Cutting Edge went, I'm glad that at least I do have my copy of the book where they explain Zinixo's conspiracy.

I repeat that I absolutely adore the fact that Dave Duncan wrote this series because he had Rap do something really morally justifiable in Emperor and Clown and t
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being the 2nd of 4 (or the 6th of 8), the narrative is left with everybody falling off a cliff and hoping that a miraculous parachute will save them. Well written. Slower paced - especially when dealing with the pixies. The edition of the book that I purchased did not a have a "map" of Pandemia included (a map would help those who had not read the previous 4 books). As in the other editions, the editing was very poor - many typos. Didn't really detract from the story. Characterizations were very ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
As always, Dave Duncan delights with an engrossing story. The second in the series, our group of heros is split as they strive to survive the magical take over of the Empire. Each group rides headlong into danger with goblins, sorcerers, and evil humans. Definitely not wanting to reach the end of each book but delving into the next helps with withdrawal symptoms.
Jun 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sbuchler by: Sabrina
Genre: High Fantasy

This is the second book in the _A Handful of Men_ series, it continues where the last one left off (actually it continues slightly before that - re-telling the last scene of the first book from a different perspective; slightly repetitive, but interesting :-) ). Surprisingly, given the structure of the prequel series, this book (like _The Cutting Edge_ before it) is still mostly set-up. Stuff starts happening, but not at nearly the rate I was expecting.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Fabulous instalment in the series. Things get steadily worse for the heroes, and minor victories seem to only set them up for a bigger fall by the end of the book. Excellent read, diving straight into the next!
Sean Randall
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The pieces are falling into place and yet I can't see precisely where everything will end up. Every mid-series book by this man is damn good indeed, though; and this is no exception. halfway there!
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Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an awesome series!!!
Fredrick Nicholson
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Liking this follow up to the first series much better.
Stephen Graham
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
As expected with the second book, things keep getting worse for all concerned. Moves along nicely.
Steve Markham
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic read from the master!
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