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Villains By Necessity

Forward, Eve

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ISBN 10: 0312857896 / ISBN 13: 9780312857899
Published by Tor Books/Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, New York, 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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446 pp .Stated "First Edition: March 1995", with '1' in number sequence on copyright page. Blue boards with bright gold lettering on spine. Glossy dustwrapper not price-clipped ($24.95) full front cover illustration, repeated on rear cover, of knight in armor on horseback, intent on slaying the fierce, fire-emitting dragon threatening him; No previous owner names. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005935

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Title: Villains By Necessity

Publisher: Tor Books/Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition, 1st Printing.

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Proving that even in Utopia some people are oppressed, the leftover "bad guys" from the triumph of Good and Light--thieves, a black knight, a vengeful, man-eating sorceress--attempt to save the world from the terrible fate of boredom

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Forward's first novel gives the concept of the balance between good and evil a most ingenious twist: What if good were so totally triumphant that it became a worse danger than evil, and a band of unemployed evil characters had to go on a desperate quest to find the means of putting the saving bit of evil back into the world? The result of this twist is an almost straightforward quest tale, with numerous well-drawn characters (including a centaur who starts off as a secret agent for good and eventually joins the side of evil), great ingenuity about magic, very creditable world-building, and considerable wit. Although bearing its share of first-novel flaws, it has many more virtues, which include an underlying, serious examination of the good-evil dichotomy that is the basis of so many role-playing games. Roland Green

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