A Handful of Men

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 311 ratings

The Cutting Edge 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.

©1992 D. J. Duncan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Cutting Edge

    • Part One of A Handful of Men
    • By: Dave Duncan
    • Narrated by: Mil Nicholson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 87

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • High expectations

    • By Ryan M. Kelley on 04-08-14

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • Upland Outlaws

    • Part Two of A Handful of Men
    • By: Dave Duncan
    • Narrated by: Mil Nicholson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    The old Imperor was dead at last. His popular soldier grandson, known as Shandie, had succeeded him... Hadn't he? No, he hadn't. The man who sat the opal throne was not Shandie, but an illusion created by the mad dwarf, Xinixo. Year after year he had stealthily been enchanting sorcerers, turning them into loyal minions. Now, wielding their combined power, he was irresistible. He ruled the Impire, so he ruled the world. He would continue to rule it for centuries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Keeps Getting Better

    • By Ron on 02-22-13

    Regular price: $21.95

  • Book 3

    • The Stricken Field

    • Part Three of A Handful of Men
    • By: Dave Duncan
    • Narrated by: Mil Nicholson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Paranoid but almighty, the sorcerer Xinixo had seized control of the Impire. But ruling the imps and most of the world was not enough. He would never feel safe until he was universally loved, so he would smash everything and then rebuild the whole world in his own insane image. Who could resist him? King Rap of Krasnegar and Shandie, the rightful Imperor, were still at large and determined to resist the evil, however slender their chances. Their one, faint hope was to enlist the help of the remaining free sorcerers of the world, those not already spellbound by Xinixo.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • addictive

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-02-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • The Living God

    • Part Four of A Handful of Men
    • By: Dave Duncan
    • Narrated by: Mil Nicholson
    • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    The sorcerer Zinixo had declared himself the Almighty. Now goblin hordes ravish the Impire. Dragons incinerate entire legions. And the slave-sorcerers of the Covin practice whatever barbarities Zinixo requires. It is only a matter of time before the mad Zinixo is almighty in fact as well as name - unless Rap of Krasnegar can conjure up a miracle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love it when a plan comes together!

    • By Ryan M. Kelley on 06-09-14

    Regular price: $29.95