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{Download Kindle} ⚤ Lord Darcy ß Welcome to an alternate world where Richard the Lion Heart did not die in the yearwhere magic is a science and science is an art where the great detective Lord Darcy and the sorcerer Sean O Lochlainn combine occult skills and brilliant deductions to bring criminals to the King s Justice and thwart those who plot against the Realm Welcome to a world where murder may be committed by magic most foul, but crime still does not pay as long as Lord Darcy is on the case This is a tough one I ve been wanting to read these stories for a long time, after having read The Ipswich Phial in at least a couple anthologies many, many years ago And in terms of the premise and setting, the stories lived up to what I hoped they would be Garrett has constructed an enjoyable world in these stories, and he s put some thought into how they evolved The laws of magic he uses will be familiar to any reader of Isaac Bonewits among others , so they mesh perfectly with the Eur This is a tough one I ve been wanting to read these stories for a long time, after having read The Ipswich Phial in at least a couple anthologies many, many years ago And in terms of the premise and setting, the stories lived up to what I hoped they would be Garrett has constructed an enjoyable world in these stories, and he s put some thought into how they evolved The laws of magic he uses will be familiar to any reader of Isaac Bonewits among others , so they mesh perfectly with the European setting But in the end the stories left me felt wanting The stories do get better as they go along, but I kept wishing Garrett was a better stylist than he was The first three stories, in particular, are painfully earnest at times And as mysteries, well, they don t quite deliver The body in a locked room scenarios are a little too cliched, and the guilty parties make one too many, You ll never take me, copper style attempts to escape Having said that, these are definitely entertaining diversions Baen would ve done everyone a favor by going with a smaller font, so this 650 page book would have been at least slightly easier to take along on a vacation or a plane ride, which would be the perfect venue for them A slightly less horrendous cover would ve been nice too, but, you know, Baen If you re a fan of mysteries and of fantasy settings, I would still say they re worth a try The English royalty with all their pomp and splendor would have been quite a sight for the sore eyes in their days of glory All that I have are faded photographs and a big bunch of written material about them But then looking at some of the newspapers and tabloids having a field day when someone from the royal family is pregnant is enough indication of how it would have been in the old days Randall Garrett envisages for his characters an England where monarchy never died His world even in t The English royalty with all their pomp and splendor would have been quite a sight for the sore eyes in their days of glory All that I have are faded photographs and a big bunch of written material about them But then looking at some of the newspapers and tabloids having a field day when someone from the royal family is pregnant is enough indication of how it would have been in the old days Randall Garrett envisages for his characters an England where monarchy never died His world even in the 1970 s is ruled by a Plantagenet King John IV and the Sun does not set over the empire Let me pick up from the book what Garrett says about His HighnessJohn IV, by the grace of God, King and Emperor of England, France, Scotland, Ireland, New England and New France, King of Romans and the Holy Roman Empire, Defender of the Faith et cetera The King reigns supreme with his only thorn in his side being the dastardly Poles led by His Slavonic Majesty King Casimir IX It is a game of who bests whom among the two of them while the general humanity lives on oblivious One most interesting factor to note in the King s lands are that magic is no longer seen as just hocus pocus In a country where religion has the second best stranglehold on people, magic has now become a branch of science in itself Interweaving fields of physics, chemistry, thaumaturgy and most importantly mathematics, magic has evolved into yet another highly stable field of science There are no wild card magicians around for they all need licenses ratified and approved by the Church before a sorcerer can do as much as raise a finger to perform a spell It is into such a complicated yet highly interesting World that Garett sets forth his principal character of Lord Darcy.Any unmarried, energetic and slightly eccentric criminal investigator who focuses almost exclusively on deductive reasoning and logic is bound to draw comparisons with Sherlock Holmes That weighing of scales needs to be dispelled at the onset for Holmes and Darcy are plainly different Darcy does not focus on solving problems alone and relies on the magical skills of his companion and master sorcerer Sean O Lachlainn and sometimes with the aid of a chirurgeon for the uninitiated, that is a forensic surgeon Dr Pateley The two others furnish the data and his lordship ties the ends together and presto Mystery solved Almost all of the stories in the book are the closed room mystery kind and it does get a slight shade repetitive in terms of the setting but not in terms of the mystery itself At the onset of the book, WP book reviewer Michael Dirda calls the story Too many magicians as a brilliant one worth re reading It is by no means an exaggerated claim for it is the longest and the best story of them all The plot is quite a convoluted one with no clue as to the nature of the perpetrator The other stories are not really all that first class but not one of them is boring Beyond the peripheral understanding in the tales, there is not much indication of the lives of the characters and the puzzle always seems to hold sway over the authorthan developing his characters I did not know even an inchabout Darcy by the last tale that I knew from the beginning A clever set of little tales Worth a read Long ago far away, Randall Garrett wrote this series, about an England where the great detective Lord Darcy and the sorcerer Sean O Lochlainn combine occult skills and brilliant deductions to bring criminals to the King s Justice and thwart those who plot against the Realm Entertaining stuff, in my mostly decades old memories This omnibus collects them all in one convenient volume or file From a National Review essay on the series, by S.T Karnick, excerpted here Long ago far away, Randall Garrett wrote this series, about an England where the great detective Lord Darcy and the sorcerer Sean O Lochlainn combine occult skills and brilliant deductions to bring criminals to the King s Justice and thwart those who plot against the Realm Entertaining stuff, in my mostly decades old memories This omnibus collects them all in one convenient volume or file From a National Review essay on the series, by S.T Karnick, excerpted here The Darcy mysteries were written in the 1960s and 70s and are set in an alternative twentieth century in which the Reformation never happened, the rules of magic were discovered during the Middle Ages, and technology has not advanced beyond the mid nineteenth century The stories and one novel combine dashing adventure, real fair play puzzle mysteries, a world where magic is real but bound by definite rules, and some lightly presented insights into the human condition.To read the stories on the Baen website, click Once you read them, you will want to read them all Here s someinfo on Lord Darcy, from my National Review Online essay on the series First published in science fiction magazines in the 1960s and 70s, the stories tell the exploits of Lord Darcy, a detective who bears a striking resemblance to Sherlock Holmes But if Darcy seems familiar, the world in which he lives is anything but In this alternative universe, King Richard the Lion Hearted did not die young, having narrowly escaped death at the Siege of Chaluz the source of his demise in our world , and that particular event changed everything The brash, irresponsible king s brush with mortality sobered him up greatly, and he ruled wisely and well for another two decades and ensured the continuation of a long line of great Plantagenet rulers that has lasted to the present day Despite the presence of magic, the puzzles are fairly clued once Garrett establishes the rules of magic, he sticks to them, and we can trust that all the evidence will be laid before the reader before Darcy presents his ingenious solution The puzzles are quite good, in fact, which is particularly remarkable in that Garrett was mainly a science fiction writer and a widely admired one Darcy uses deduction to solve the crimes, while Sean serves the function of a forensic scientist The saga consists of three novellas written in the 1960s, six from the 1970s, and the 1966 novel Too Many Magicians After Garrett s untimely death, sci fi and mystery writer Michael Kurland wrote twoDarcy novels in the late 1980s Garrett s writing style is as elegant and charming as his setting, and his mastery of atmosphere is admirable Garrett himself was something of a cad Per his Wikibio, Garrett was a complicated man Although cherished by his friends, who often repeated anecdotes of his rakish and endearing behavior, he horrified many women, to whom he routinely introduced himself with obscene propositions 3.5 stars for the collection as a whole The writing is simple and the characterizations are shallow, but the stories are fun A little hokey, but fun I was entertained by the setting and amused by the scientific applications of magic.This 700 page omnibus contains the entire Lord Darcy series 10 short stories and the Hugo nominated novel Too Many Magicians They are straightforward detective stories mostly locked room mysteries set in an alternate fantasy world where a large and prosper 3.5 stars for the collection as a whole The writing is simple and the characterizations are shallow, but the stories are fun A little hokey, but fun I was entertained by the setting and amused by the scientific applications of magic.This 700 page omnibus contains the entire Lord Darcy series 10 short stories and the Hugo nominated novel Too Many Magicians They are straightforward detective stories mostly locked room mysteries set in an alternate fantasy world where a large and prosperous Anglo French Empire is still ruled in the 20th century by the descendants of Henry Plantagenet.It seems that Richard the Lionheart did not die from his arrow wound in 1199, but survived to fight off his wicked brother John and leave the throne to their nephew Arthur who in real life was probably murdered by King John This second King Arthur proved worthy of his namesake, and so the Plantagenets and their empire persevered and flourished.Lord Darcy is the Chief Criminal Investigator for His Royal Highness, Richard, Duke of Normandy He s a dashing man of action with a Sherlock Holmes intellect This world uses magic, strictly regulated by the church, as a substitute for science, and Lord Darcy solves crimes with the aid of forensic sorcery performed by his sorcerer sidekick.Garrett wrote the early stories in the 1960 s and they take place in the same time frame in this alternate world The technology is mostly at a Victorian level gas lighting, horse drawn carriages, steam engines but in some areas magic exceeds the capabilities of modern science.The society of the empire is a cheerful, modern version of feudalism The hereditary nobility wield actual power in a benevolent, regulated sort of way It reminds me a little bit of the society in the Honor Harrington novels The reader might get tired of all the my lording, since most of the characters are lords, duchesses, marquises or Masters of this or that, and nearly always address each other formally