Tough Guide Alert

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Sun Jul 16 12:33:57 EDT 2000

On the train this afternoon, I read a really good book with a novel
twist on one of the fantasy mainstays mentioned by the Tough Guide: 
the new Dark Lord whose identity nobody knew turned out to be the
Puppet King. 

It's suggested that one of the reasons he becomes a Dark Lord is so
that he can then free his country from the guy holding his strings; 
the guy holding his strings, btw, is not a Dark Lord but merely (?) a
politician, and the strings are not magical but perfectly serviceable
everyday political and military might.

It's a really good book. The author has said he started out by asking
himself the question "Why would someone become a Dark Lord, anyway?",
and all the Dark Lords consequently have Motivations, which is
something you don't often see.

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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