Too Many Magicians

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Too Many Magicians
TooManyMagicians.jpg
Cover of 1966 first edition (hardcover)
Author Randall Garrett
Cover artist Karen Eisen
Country United States
Language English
Series Lord Darcy series
Genre Fantasy, Science fiction, Alternate history
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
1966
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 260 p.
ISBN NA
Preceded by Murder and Magic
Followed by Lord Darcy Investigates

Too Many Magicians is a novel by Randall Garrett, an American science fiction author. One of several stories starring Lord Darcy, it was first serialized in Analog Science Fiction in 1966 and published in book form the same year by Doubleday. It was later gathered together with Murder and Magic (1979) and Lord Darcy Investigates (1981) into the omnibus collection Lord Darcy (1983, expanded 2002). The novel was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1967.

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel takes place in 1966. However, it occurs in a world with an alternative history. The Plantagenet kings survived and rule a large Anglo-French Empire. In addition, around AD 1300 the laws of magic were discovered and magical science developed. The physical sciences were never pursued. The society looks early Victorian, though medical magic is superior to our medicine.

The book uses the conventions of a detective story. The protagonist is Lord Darcy, Chief Investigator for the Duke of Normandy. This Sherlock Holmes-like figure is assisted by Master Sean O’Lochlainn, a forensic sorcerer.

The novel is a locked room mystery, which takes place at a wizardsconvention. Garrett delights in puns. Analogues of Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin, James Bond and Gandalf the Grey appear.

Lord Darcy also appears in several other novellas and short stories by Garrett, but this is Garrett's only novel-length Lord Darcy story. Michael Kurland has written two further novels set in the Lord Darcy universe.

References[edit]

  • Garrett, R. (1997). Lord Darcy: A Three-in-one Anthology. New York: Nelson Doubleday.