Ill Met in the Arena
by Dave Duncan
Cover Artist: E.M. Gist
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765316875
Date: 19 August 2008 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
One and done, what an interesting concept in modern fantasy. This seems to be a one-off book, a true rarity in current fantasy writing. By the end of the book, plots are wrapped up and the reader doesn't have to wait for books 2-7 to know how it all works out. From official release/information:
Product Description: The nobles of Aureity have been breeding their children for psychic powers for generations. Women's powers are mental, including psychic control and mind-reading, making them ideal rulers. Men have superhuman strength and can teleport to any place they have previously visited. Consequently, young noblemen make their fortune by competing in psychic gladiatorial contests to display their powers in the hope of being hiredóand marriedóby women of high rank.
No one ever said revenge was going to be easy.