West of January

West of January

Dave Duncan

Language: English

Publisher: Open Road Media

Published: Apr 2, 2014

Words: 127628
Pages: 476


**The Aurora Award–winning novel of a remote far-future world caught in a cycle of destruction, from the author of the Seventh Sword saga. ** On the distant planet of Vernier, a single day lasts an eternity. Lifetimes pass before a region fully experiences dawn, midday, and dusk. With each new daybreak comes a new generation, with no memory of the catastrophes that occurred when the sun crawled across the sky—entire civilizations scorched into oblivion. Only Vernier’s “angels” possess the ancient knowledge to preserve past technologies that will save the world’s population from the ruthless cycle of destruction. Knobil was born during the west of January among the herdsmen, a primitive culture in which the men fight to the death to preserve their own lineage. He is also the son of an “angel,” who left him the means to enter Heaven. It is an odyssey that will take Knobil among all the other peoples of his world—the beautiful but unthinking seafolk, the cruel slavers, the manipulative traders, the secretive spinsters—to a destiny he may die before embracing at the far end of December. Of epic scope, this is a novel of the struggle for survival in a hostile environment from the author of *The Reluctant Swordsman* and *Portal of a Thousand Worlds*, “an expert at producing page-turning adventure” (*Locus*). ** ### Review "Duncan's talent for storytelling grows with each tale he tells." "Duncan is an exceedingly finished stylist and a master of world building and characterization." "Distinctive and markedly superior to most of the competition." "Painted in bold strokes with pleasingly offbeat and entertaining results." ### About the Author Dave Duncan, born in Scotland in 1933, is a Canadian citizen. He received his diploma from Dundee High School and got his college education at the University of Saint Andrews. He moved to Canada in 1955, where he still lives with his wife. He has three grown children and four grandchildren. He spent thirty years as a petroleum geologist. He has had dozens of fantasy and science fiction novels published, among them *A Rose-Red City*, *Magic Casement*, and *The Reaver Road*, as well as a highly praised historical novel, *Daughter of Troy*, published, for commercial reasons, under the pseudonym Sarah B. Franklin. He also published the Longdirk series of novels, *Demon Sword*, *Demon Knight*, and *Demon Rider*, under the name Ken Hood. In the fall of 2007, Duncan’s 2006 novel, *Children of Chaos*, published by Tor Books, was nominated for both the Prix Aurora Award and the Endeavour Award. In May 2013, Duncan, a 1989 founding member of SFCanada, was honored by election as a lifetime member by his fellow writers, editors, and academics. His website is www.daveduncan.com.