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The Monster War

(The King's Daggers #1-3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Originally issued as a trilogy, "The King's Daggers" (including volumes Sir Stalwart, The Crooked House and Silvercloak), The Monster War works equally well as a single novel. The story fills a gap in the first Blades novel, The Gilded Chain, when King Ambrose sought to shut down the evil sorcery of the "Elementaries" and the sorcerers fought back by trying to kill him. Th ...more
Paperback, Omnibus, 516 pages
Published May 28th 2010 by (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sean Helms
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another good book by Dave Duncan-one of my favorite authors. The title is a little deceptive, as it is really a book of 'The King's Blades'. The story revolves around Intrepid, a young man and Prime Candidate to be the blade bonded to the king, and Sister Emerald of the White Sisterhood.
The story is fast paced, filled with action and intrigue. The characters, as his always are, are entertaining and easy to root for throughout.
I wish there were more of these that I haven't read...
Sharon Schafer bennett
Love this book

I had read this book back when it was a series of 3 books. I like it better as one book. If I had to recommend a book as an opener to this world of Mr. Duncan, this would be the one I would recommend.
Julie Thomas
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Better than the other books imo.
Sean Randall
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Bless my celebrated eyebrows! What have we here? Last week you were a carrot boy. Yesterday you collected animal excretion. And today you're a swordsman. What are you really?”
I love the books in this series. They're quick and light, for the most part, the daggers especially so of course. I'd already read two thirds of this title, as it compiles Sir Stalwart, The Crooked House and Silvercloak, the latter of which remained to be consumed. I bought this volume for two reasons, first, to fix my rat
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
A collection of the three "King's Daggers" novels from Dave Duncan. They were written for a younger audience than the "King's Blades" series and it shows in the simpler storylines and the age of the hero. Nevertheless, Duncan is still an entertaining and excellent storyteller and this collection is definitely worth a read if you liked some of the Blades novels.

I really don't read much fantasy these days, but Duncan is one author who deserves to be on my list.
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been reading a number of dark fantasy, lately. It was great to get back to a Dave Duncan series.
Very enjoyable. Like snuggling under a warm blanket on a chilly night. Good story. Great fun!

And now for the Blades and Chronicles!

Probably a 4.5
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is a compilation of a young adult trilogy published quite a while ago. I have read most of Dave Duncan's books at least twice, but I don't think I ever read these as they were targeted toward young adults. They were a fun, entertaining read.
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Päris hea. YA küll, kuid Duncani hea, äraproovitud kvaliteediga ja "The King's Blades" maailmas (ja samade mõnusate tegelastega). Paremaks arusaamiseks oleks küll vaja tunda vähemalt "The King's Blades" esimest köidet.
Shannon  Duran
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i love dave duncan he is a great writer i have yet to be let down by any of his books . i highly recommend them to anyone who likes fantasy novels. this book is is a ya read but i enjoyed it . i enjoyed learning more about iron hall and its traditions especially
Steve Markham
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A colection of three Blades stories. fantastic! Brilliant etc. Duncan at his best. Aimed more at young adults or children... Who cares? Wonderful stuff. Why I hear you ask not 5 stars? Easy! Not enough in the book. A few hundred more pages of joy and then...
Erik Buchanan
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great trio of adventure yarns, featuring an unlikely pair of teenage heroes having extraordinarily unlikely adventures. All three books are fun, fast-paced, and don't waste a word. I highly recommend them.
Shawn Brunko
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I thought it was a good stand alone book. I did read the first book that dealt with the monster wars and this was a nice time in.
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Originally from Scotland, Dave Duncan lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds were more satisfying than the real one, he published more than 60 novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also young adult, science fiction, and historical.

He wrote at times under the pseudonym Sa

Other books in the series

The King's Daggers (3 books)
  • Sir Stalwart
  • The Crooked House (The King's Daggers, #2)
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