"Inventive, labyrinthine, witty, and thoroughly engaging: Duncan rarely disappoints, and here he outswashbuckles himself."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Paragon Lost
"The long-running Light Fantasy series with hidden depths may sometimes seem like the exclusive province of Terry Pratchett, but he has at least one genuine rival in North America."
--Locus on Impossible Odds
"Probably the best yet. There's dark magic and light, captures and escapes, devious plots and light humor, and best of all, a story that moves quickly and convincingly toward its perhaps somewhat unexpected climax. Thoroughly good stuff in the spirit of Dumas and Sabitini."
--Chronicle on The Jaguar Kings
"Duncan's people are marvelously believable, his landscapes deliciously exotic, his swordplay breathtaking... [A] handsomely crafted commentary on honor and betrayal."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Gilded Chain
"Distinguished by its sophisticated structure and themes, Duncan's exceptional sequel to The Gilded Chain will satisfy both fantasy fans looking for high adventure and those more interested in rich characterizations... Duncan can swashbuckle with the best, but his characters feel more deeply and think more clearly than most, making his novels, especially this one, suitable for a particularly wide readership."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Lords of the Fire Lands
"An enormously clever and impressive reshuffle, whether you regard the final twist as a brilliantly contrived sleight or an outrageous swindle: for panache, style, and sheer storytelling audacity, Duncan has few peers."
--Kirkus on Sky of Swords
"One of the leading masters of epic fantasy."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Paragon Lost
"Duncan has a wonderful knack of conjuring up wacky scenarios and making them believable and fascinating; his characters are perky and distinctive, and his narratives strike an ideal balance between whimsy and gravity. Another winner."
--Kirkus Reviews on Past Imperative
"Duncan writes succinctly, avoiding the verbiage that bloats so many other contemporary fantasies. His novel features gritty, well-developed characters, several of whom change and grow believably in the course of the book."
--Publishers Weekly on Present Tense
"The estimable Duncan manages, somehow, to be in tremendous form every time out; his fans certainly won't be disappointed with this one."
--Kirkus Reviews on Future Indefinite