The first novel in Darlene Bolseny's Duanor series, Morticai's Luck is a rip-roaring, swashbuckling fantasy adventure that is a cross between The Three Musketeers, The Lord of the Rings, The Thief of Baghdad, and the 87th Precinct mysteries.
Welcome to the haunted, twin-mooned world of Duanor. Meet Morticai--a reckless rogue, a man of many alias, a ladies' man, a skilled gambler and a believer in gods-given luck, an expert bladesman, an adept thief ... and a (somewhat) respected lawman.
The Droken, the bloodthirsty devotees of a sadistic, outlawed god, murdered Morticai's parents, leaving him to survive alone as an unwanted corryn orphan on the meanest streets of Watchaven, a human city. Once a professional thief, he escaped the criminal underworld by joining the Northmarch, the kingdom's elite paramilitary peacekeeping force. But even while honoring his peace officer's oaths, he holds even stronger to his childhood vow to find and punish those who murdered his parents, and to oppose the works of Droka wherever he finds them.
Using his second-story skills from his past life, he discovers a nest of Droken that has infiltrated his own city and is commanded by powerful, nearly untouchable members of the nobility. His unofficial actions against the Drocken nearly cost him his life and his commission, but Morticai refuses to give up. Stubbornly following the lead, and aided by his loyal Northmarcher squad mates and a Knight of the Faith, he finds evidence of a shadowy conspiracy designed to embroil Watchaven and the corryn kingdom of Dynolva in a disastrous trade war that threatens to overwhelm not only Watchaven and Dynolva but all of the kingdoms, human and corryn, of Duanor.
It's not the first time that the trouble-seeking Morticai has found himself in over his head ... but it may be the last.
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