The Cutting Edge : A Handful of Men

  • by Dave Duncan
  • Narrated by Mil Nicholson
  • Series: A Handful of Men
  • 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Beautiful Queen Inos married the loyal stableboy Rap and made him her king. They were very much in love, and they lived happily ever after.

Fifteen years went by. Rap and Inos were comfortable, secure, and truly happy, raising their family in the little backwater kingdom of Krasnegar, well removed from the hurly-burly of great affairs....
But in far-off Hub, the old Imperor's health - and, some said, his sanity - deteriorated inexorably. The borderlands were seething, Prince Emshandar - or Shandie, as Rap knew him - found himself leading his grandfather's armies into terrible battles where victory and justice hung in gravest doubt.
And now the end of the millennium was at hand, ushered in by prophecies of cataclysmic upheaval on a scale never before imagined. All across Pandemia, sensible people tried to dismiss a growing sense of unease as superstitious nonsense.
Then a God appeared to Rap and warned him that the prophecies spoke the least of the truth. Devastation was a certainty; total destruction loomed. The very fabric of the world was at risk. And it was all Rap's fault.
The lasting in the world Rap had wanted was another adventure. And it might be the last thing he would ever get.

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High expectations

I was a big fan of the "Magic Casement / Man of his Word" series, also by Dave Duncan and read by Mil Nicholson. Its the same world, same cast of characters... but 15 years later. Rap and the queen have children, and Prince Shandy has grown up, and the world keeps turning.

Its not necessary to read the previous series... But it really would help. You get a much better sense of things... Like why someone's name is important, and what events set up such a precarious situation that opens in book 1 here.

It was very nice to pick up with the same characters in the same narrator's voice. It made it especially easy to slip back into this world.

As with Duncan's last series... The first book is heavy on character development, set up, and foreshadowing. Things are happening... But you don't yet know how, or why, or what is going to be done about it. But PAY ATTENTION... It will all be tied together in the end.

Duncan's writing is again nearly without foul language. He makes reference to "nautical terms" when someone would be "swearing like a sailor".... But never actually drops an F-Bomb. I like that I can share these books with my middle school kids, and not feel guilty. Thats not to say its a child's book. There are some very adult themes in this world, and still may not be appropriate for all children.

I would highly suggest this book to anyone, and even more so to any fan's of Duncan's previous series.
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- Ryan M. Kelley

Great Continuation of a "A Man of His Word"

What made the experience of listening to The Cutting Edge the most enjoyable?

Seeing how the characters are further developing and learning more about the word they live in (including the different races). Also the introduction of interesting new characters.


What did you like best about this story?

The introspections of the characters are wonderfully written, funny, and clever.


Which character – as performed by Mil Nicholson – was your favorite?

All of them.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It really gets going halfway through the book.


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- Ron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios