Duncan, Dave -- Ill Met in the Arena

Twisty political thriller in a world where a zillion little principalities are breeding for psychic powers through regular arena combat. Duncan inevitably spins a vast ream of weird political and cultural institutions, crossed with details about various magical abilities, all of which wind up being (a) vital to the plot and (b) not a chore to read at all, because the plot is so bouncy. Not my all-time favorite Duncan, but he's still got it.

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