In the Eye of Heaven: The Tales of Durand, Book One (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the The Tales of Durand series.

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When Durand's inheritance is ripped from under him after studying 14 years to be a knight, the only thing left is to put that training to use as a mercenary. But something looms on the horizon and it seems our 'hero' lies at the heart of it. David Keck builds a gritty world full of peril and superstition. If you enjoy George R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson, or Glen Cook you will welcome this series. --Jodie

— From Staff Favorites List- Summer 2018


In the Eye of Heaven is book one of David Keck's acclaimed and gritty epic fantasy Eye of Heaven trilogy

Durand is simply a good squire trying to become a good knight in a harsh and unforgiving world.

After fourteen years of grueling training, Durand's knighthood and inheritance, the lordship of a small village in his father's duchy, seemed assured. However, Fate saw otherwise. When the long lost son of the knight of that village unexpectedly returns, Durand must forge his own name and fortune.

Disgraced sons, treacherous dukes, plots of murder, and banished monsters—what begins as a young man’s journey to self-discovery quickly turns into a quest to save the World of Man.

About the Author

A native of Canada, David Keck lives in New York City with his wife, the editor and novelist Ann Groell. His books include In the Eye of Heaven and In a Time of Treason.

Praise For…

"A work of laudable ambition and a promising debut." —Locus on In the Eye of Heaven

“The style reminded me somewhat of Gene Wolfe's in his Wizard Knight series . . .”—Bookloons

“A powerful and assured debut novel, featuring gritty realism, skilled characterization, and compelling storytelling, set against the backdrop of a mythos that has the ring of primordial truth.” —Jacqueline Carey on In the Eye of Heaven

“A very intelligent book, with a hero who starts out as raw and physical as the world in which he finds himself but who proves able to use his mind to get out of the situations his body's gotten him into.” —David Drake on In the Eye of Heaven

“In David Keck's new fantasy, the gritty reality of medieval warfare is all the more believable against the backdrop of an Otherworld whose magic is rooted in folklore.” —Diana L. Paxson on In the Eye of Heaven

“The world and its cultures that Keck unveils in In the Eye of Heaven are brutal and raw, and through it all the reader senses a fierce authenticity, a depth of knowledge in the author assuring that every detail every nuance, is precisely as it should be. This novel marks the debut of an exceptional series, revealing the mythical depth and resonance possible with in the genre of fantasy--a rare feat these days.” —Steven Erikson, author of Gardens of the Moon

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250172525
ISBN-10: 1250172527
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2018
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: The Tales of Durand