by Dave Duncan
October 1, 2013
The first novella in the witty and deftly-crafted The Adventures of Ivor series.
Young Ivor dreams of being a swordsman like his nine older brothers, but until he can grow a beard he’s limited to being a runner, carrying messages for their lord, Thane Carrak.
That’s usually boring, but this time Carrak has sent him on a long journey to summon the mysterious Rorie of Ytter. Rorie is reputed to be a wizard—or an outlaw, or maybe a saint—but the truth is far stranger, and Ivor suddenly finds himself caught up in a twisted magical intrigue that threatens Thane Carrak and could leave Ivor himself very dead.
[Dave Duncan] has created a huge world with loads of fully drawn and memorable characters whom we, the reader, can easily learn to care about.
…this novella had much to recommend it, which I do, enthusiastically.