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Series Fantasy: The Duelists Trilogy by Julia Knight

Sunday, March 27th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

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Every time a fantasy series successfully wraps up, we bake a cake.

This week we celebrated the completion of Julia Knight’s Duelists trilogy, published by Orbit in quick succession late last year, all with covers by Gene Mollica:

Swords and Scoundrels (400 pages, $14.99/$9.99 digital, October 6, 2015)
Legends and Liars (400 pages, $15.99/$9.99 digital, November 10 2015)
Warlords and Wastrels (400 pages, $15.99/$9.99 digital, December 15, 2015)

What’s so special about The Duelists trilogy? It’s an adventure fantasy series “full of ruffians, scoundrels and rogues,” and I absolutely love the series description. Here’s Anna Gregson talking about the books on Orbit’s website.

So what’s the series about? Well, it follows two former champion duellists, a brother and sister named Kacha and Vocho. They’re down on their luck – and have been forced to become reluctant highwaymen. But when they pick the wrong carriage to rob, their simple plan to win back fame and notoriety go south fast… and they’ll find themselves mixed up in a plan to reclaim a stolen throne.

The world-building in this series really draws you in and the dynamic between the characters is superb – I can’t wait for you guys to meet Kacha and Vocho. If you’re into the likes of Douglas Hulick, Scott Lynch and Brandon Sanderson then this will be right up your street. And what’s great is, you’ll be able to get your hands on the whole series fast!

She’s not kidding about that last bit. If there’s a recent trend I’ve learned to appreciate, it’s publishers that release series quickly.

Julia Knight is also the author of the two-volume Oathcursed series (Ilfayne’s Bane, Love Is My Sin) from Samhain Publishing, and The Pirates of Estovan (Ten Ruby Trick, The Pirate’s Lady) from Carina Press, both romantic fantasy. This looks like her first attempt at adventure fantasy. I’m definitely going to treat myself to the first volume and see how things develop.

If you’re looking for other complete series to enjoy, old and new, you can browse some of our series coverage from the past two months.

The Wave Trilogy, by Aidan Harte
The Silistra Quartet by Janet Morris
The Pendulum Trilogy by Will Elliott
The Half-Light City by M.J. Scott
The ‘Mancer Series by Ferrett Steinmetz
The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne by Brian Staveley
The Finnbranch Trilogy by Paul Hazel
The Monstrumologist Series by Rick Yancey
The Ever-Expanding Universe Trilogy by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
The Bloodsounder’s Arc Trilogy by Jeff Salyards
The Birthgrave Trilogy by Tanith Lee
The Society of Blood by Mark Morris
Pathfinder Tales: The Pirate’s Trilogy by Chris A. Jackson
The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire by Rod Duncan
The Detainee Trilogy by Peter Liney

See all of our latest coverage of Series Fantasy here.

2 Comments »

  1. Is Orbit the one that never sends us review copies? If so, alas.

    I’m most of the way through the Leicht/Neal trilogy, and as the review starts to write itself in my head, I’m beginning to think reviewing a whole series at once is something I could get used to.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - March 28, 2016 10:20 pm

  2. > Is Orbit the one that never sends us review copies? If so, alas.

    Sadly, yes. If we do receive any of these, I’ll set them aside for you.

    > I’m beginning to think reviewing a whole series at once is something I could get used to.

    You have some impressive reviewer muscles, Sarah. I limit myself to reviewing one book at a time, these days.

    Comment by John ONeill - March 30, 2016 11:34 am


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