Waiting on Wednesday: Irona 700 by Dave Duncan

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Irona 700 by Dave Duncan
Expected publication: August 18th 2015 by Open Road Media

Fantasy at its most enchanting: An original and absorbing tale from a master storyteller about the profound effects of a single life on the battle against ultimate evil.

It is Midsummer Day, the beginning of the year 700, in the city of Benign. All the children born in the year 684 celebrate their joint sixteenth birthday by passing in front of the statue of the blind goddess Caprice—but only one will become the Chosen and join the Seventy who govern and guide the city.

Much to her surprise, Irona Matrinko, one of the many children of an impoverished fisherman, is chosen. Irona 700 moves into the palace and, with the help of a new mentor, recognizes and cultivates her great talent for guiding wars: strategy and tactics, leadership and inspiration.

As Irona gives her life to the city, an ancient enemy, Maleficence, attacks again and again, corrupting Irona’s friends, destroying her lover, and continually defeating her grandest plans for peace and harmony. Along the way, Irona becomes a masterful politician, a shrewd judge of character, and, even at great cost to her personal happiness, a true heroine.

Somehow, despite my best of intentions, I have yet to give Dave Duncan a read. I really have no excuse, especially since he's an adopted Canadian, but how better to help him celebrate the 60th anniversary of his arrival in Canada this week than by finally giving him a read.


  1. Sounds like an interesting blend of many stories. I've not read him either.

  2. Oooh intriguing! Totally new to me! Hope you enjoy this one!

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    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. Sounds fun, but a poorly done cover!

    1. Yeah, Open Road Media has been great at reprinting 'classic' SFF titles and publishing some new ones as well, but their covers are not the best.

  4. I've never read him either! This one sounds interesting, going to think about it! Hopefully you got a copy of this from NetGalley and will be able to read it soon:-)

  5. I have not read him either, and didn't know he was an "adopted Canadian" :) I'll have to check out his stuff, though I'll probably hear what you think before looking at this one.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  6. This sounds interesting. And I've not read any books by him either :) Great pick!


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