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The Long Look by Richard Parks
Review by Paul Haggerty
Five Star (ME) Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781594147043
Date: 17 September 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Tymon the Black is an evil magician. The list of his atrocities is a cautionary tale told to children near and far across the known world. And they're all true … more or less. But things are never as simple as they seem. Tymon the Black is also a kind, caring man, who would never harm anyone unless it was necessary. And that is exactly the problem. Tymon suffers from the curse of "The Long Look". In essence he can foresee the future, or more accurately, he can see the horrors, disasters, and apocalypses that lie in the future. And with that knowledge comes the duty to prevent it, by any means necessary. And, unfortunately, the means for making the world a lighter and happier place usual means the commission of another atrocity or two.

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Synopsis: Tymon the Black is the latest in a long succession of magicians to suffer under a curse called "The Long Look." He gets glimpses of future horrors, horrors that will almost certainly come to pass unless he acts. When one such glimpse prods him to arrange for the murder of a would-be hero prince, he sets off a wild chain of events that could lead to a future even more terrible than the one the prince's death was designed to prevent. Now all Tymon has to do is hang on to a friend, train an apprentice, prevent a prince obsessed with revenge from destroying himself and his entire kingdom, help a princess come to terms with guilt and grief, make sure a wedding happens, make sure a war doesn't, and send a creature of ultimate darkness back to the void from whence it came.

(Source: Five Star (ME))

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