The Anome (Durdane, #1), The Brave Free Men, The Asutra (Durdane, #3), and Durdane. One of life’s great pleasures is hunting out old Jack Vance paperbacks. Wherever we are, if I spot a second hand book shop and can spare a. The Demon Princes was the first major series Jack Vance wrote—or at least started. Begun in with The Star King, the effort proved difficult.

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They rule the Chilite people who live in the country of Shant on the planet of Durdane. Didn’t remember anything about it, apart from the lead character’s name being instantly familiar, and it didn’t engage me strongly. Although I do not mack it to be the very best Vance has written, the Durdane series is well worth reading by both the general reader and Vance fans.

Vance was terrifically prolific, and it seems there’s always vvance new to find. The Roguskhoi invade towns, killing all men and children and kidnapping the women. I don’t wish to give away too much about the story, which is compelling and well constructed.

Gastel Etzelwane skips out on the cult refuses to be a “Pure Boy,” which I kept reading as “Proud Boy”- I’m sure the canton authorities also frowned on masturbation lol because they make him abandon his mom and are generally dicks.

Durdane Series by Jack Vance

He also meets a man named Ifness from Earth a much more technologically advanced world who is visiting Durdane undercover as a Research Fellow for the Historical Institute. Critical Appreciations and a Bibliography ed. He and Ifness decide to use a power vehicle from Earth to visit Caraz udrdane investigate. The setting is another world; the time, the very distant future, when humans have left the Solar System and colonised other planets. One of the most striking elements of Durdane is its steampunkery.


There are huge injustices and the sexes are distinctly separate in both temperament and treatment.

Etzelwane has to find a way to prevail upon the Faceless Man to do something. De Rode mensen vallen steeds vaker aan, doden mannen, ontvoeren vrouwen en kinderen. I’m glad I chanced upon it.

Although I do not find it to be the very best Vance has written, the Durdane series is well worth reading by both the general reader and Vance fans.

The author was born in and educated at the University of California, first as a mining engineer, then majoring in physics and finally in journalism. Durdane is a place where defiance is punished with death.

But when the Faceless Man appears to cance no action to mitigate the threat, something must be done. However, the depiction of this land’s society is greatly complex and varied.

BTW, my previous prediction comparing it to Anathem was wrong.

Each canton has its own culture and lives, for vancee most part, under its own laws which vary greatly from place to place. Anonymous 9 February jacm The third volume finds Etzwane and his ally Ifness travelling to Durdane’s other large continent, Caraz, to trace the Asutra. Shit gets real when barbarians roughly in the orc mold — the Rogushkoi, big, ugly, mean, rapacious — invade Shant, killing various extras and also Etzelwane’s mom.


The Demon Princes was the first major series Jack Vance wrote—or at jaco started. The citizens of Shant do not know where these monstrous humanoid creatures came from but suspect that a neighboring country might have created them from cloning to use as a weapon against the Shant.

He maintains control by virtue of the torca ring of explosive placed around the neck of every adult in Shant.

Durdane Series

The various cultures of Durdane lived in their own way but are controlled by torcs around their necks provided by drdane Faceless Man. Als hij ontsnapt aan een zware straf wegen Jzck weer een beter boek van Vance.

Though the world is vivid and full of life, the characters are a bit underdeveloped and their dialogue is not as full of life as Vance’s other works. It was released as a novel under the current title in I’ll bear it in mind though. Niemand weet precies waar deze wezens vandaan komen. Jul 29, D.