Dave Duncan (writer)

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Not to be confused with David Duncan, the American screenwriter and science fiction novelist. For others of similar name, see David Duncan.

David Duncan is a Scottish Canadian fantasy and science fiction author. He was born in 1933 in Scotland, and educated there at the High School of Dundee and at the University of St Andrews. After graduating in 1955 he moved to Canada where he lived in Calgary, Alberta, and is currently situated on Vancouver Island in Victoria, British Columbia. He has been married since 1959 to his wife, Janet, and currently has one son, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

He started writing fantasy novels in 1984 and made his first sale (A Rose Red City) in 1986, at which point he switched to full-time writing, after 31 years as a geologist in the petroleum industry. Although Duncan usually uses his own name, he has written as Ken Hood and also used a female pseudonym Sarah B. Franklin.


The Seventh Sword[edit]

A dying young man named Wally Smith is transferred from Earth into the body of a master swordsman in a technologically backward world by its gods for their own purposes.

  1. The Reluctant Swordsman (1988), ISBN 0-345-35291-2
  2. The Coming of Wisdom (1988), ISBN 0-345-35292-0
  3. The Destiny of the Sword (1988), ISBN 0-345-35293-9
  4. The Death of Nnanji (April 2012), ISBN 1-61756-778-7

The Pandemia books[edit]

A Man of His Word[edit]

  1. Magic Casement (1990), ISBN 0-345-36628-X
  2. Faery Lands Forlorn (1991), ISBN 0-345-36629-8
  3. Perilous Seas (1991), ISBN 0-345-36630-1
  4. Emperor and Clown (1992), ISBN 0-345-36631-X

As mentioned in the forewords, these titles are based on an excerpt from the 1819 poem Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

The voice I hear this passing night was heard
In ancient days by emperor and clown:
Perhaps the self-same song that found a path
Through the sad heart of Ruth, when sick for home,
She stood in tears amid the alien corn;
The same that oft-times hath
Charm'd magic casements, opening on the foam
Of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn.

A Handful of Men[edit]

  1. The Cutting Edge (1992), ISBN 0-345-37896-2
  2. Upland Outlaws (1993), ISBN 0-345-37897-0
  3. The Stricken Field (1993), ISBN 0-345-37898-9
  4. The Living God (1994), ISBN 0-345-37899-7


  1. The Reaver Road (1992), ISBN 0-345-37481-9
  2. The Hunters' Haunt (1995), ISBN 0-345-38459-8

The Great Game[edit]

  1. Past Imperative (1995), ISBN 0-380-78129-8
  2. Present Tense (1996), ISBN 0-380-78130-1
  3. Future Indefinite (1997), ISBN 0-380-78131-X

The Years of Longdirk[edit]

Published using the pseudonym Ken Hood:

  1. Demon Sword (1995), ISBN 0-06-105410-0
  2. Demon Rider (1997), ISBN 0-06-105758-4
  3. Demon Knight (1998), ISBN 0-06-105759-2

The King's Blades[edit]

Tales of the King's Blades[edit]

  1. The Gilded Chain (1998), ISBN 0-380-97460-6
  2. Lord of the Fire Lands (1999), ISBN 0-380-97461-4
  3. Sky of Swords (2000), ISBN 0-380-97462-2

Chronicles of the King's Blades[edit]

  1. Paragon Lost (2002), ISBN 0-380-81835-3
  2. Impossible Odds (2003), ISBN 0-380-81834-5
  3. The Jaguar Knights (2004), ISBN 0-06-055511-4

The King's Daggers[edit]

A series of young adult books set in the "King's Blades" world:

  1. Sir Stalwart (1999), ISBN 0-380-80098-5
  2. The Crooked House (2000), ISBN 0-380-80099-3
  3. Silvercloak (2001), ISBN 0-380-80100-0

Omnibus edition of all 3 is titled The Monster War, ISBN 1497627087


  1. Children of Chaos (2006), ISBN 0-7653-1483-5
  2. Mother of Lies (2007), ISBN 0-7653-1484-3

The Venice trilogy[edit]

  1. The Alchemist's Apprentice (2007), ISBN 0-441-01575-1
  2. The Alchemist's Code (March 2008), ISBN 0-441-01562-X
  3. The Alchemist's Pursuit (March 2009), ISBN 978-0-441-01678-5

Brothers Magnus[edit]

  1. Speak to the Devil (2010), ISBN 978-0-7653-2347-7
  2. When the Saints (2011), ISBN 978-0-7653-2348-4

The Starfolk[edit]

  1. King of Swords (2013), ISBN 147780739X
  2. Queen of Stars (2014), ISBN 1477849173

Ivor of Glenbroch[edit]

A series of young adult short stories:

  1. The Runner and the Wizard (2013), ISBN 1927400392
  2. The Runner and the Saint (2014), ISBN 1927400538
  3. The Runner and the Kelpie (2014), ISBN 1927400651

Omnibus edition of all 3 is titled The Adventures of Ivor, ISBN 1927400899

Standalone novels[edit]


  1. ^ "Dave Duncan's Official Webpage". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 

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