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The Cursed Review Ä 100 ↠ War had killed Gwin's husband and a plague of star sickness carried off her babies Desolate she nursed her stricken neighbors But the few who would survive the sickness were doomed anyway Every survivor would be cursed and each would become outcast for the curses were deadly than the plague itself Some survivors would gain powers War had killed Gwin's husband and a plague of star sickness carried off her babies Desolate she nursed her stricken neighbors But the few who would survive the sickness were doomed anyway Every survivor would be cursed and each would become outcast for the curses were deadly th. This was another forgotten gem It's one of the few stand alone books from Duncan's oevre By the time this book came out Dave was a well regarded figure in the fantasy field It was among the last of his books that I reviewed for the local paper Re reading it I found it crackled on every page with an intriguing magic system compelling characters and devastating conflicts

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Ung girl Who could predict that her simple act of outlaw kindness would change her life and her world foreverTHE CURSED is an epic tale of mortals swept up in the maelstrom of destiny of unforgiving fate and of new beginnings Journey with Dave Duncan into the world of THE CURSE. Many have died from the star sickness; those who survive become Cursed the holders of mysterious double edged powers conferred by the stars or fates It is unwise to have contact with the Cursed and illegal to shelter them yet after the death of her husband and children from the sickness innkeeper Gwin Nien Solith does just that taking in a girl cursed with the power to heal or kill When farmer Bulion Tharn and some of his family come to Gwin's inn a uest begins which will change the destinies of Gwin Bulion and their whole worldI had a hard time getting into this but I'm glad I kept on The worldbuilding is excellent; the curses and their ramifications and implications are very well worked out Duncan's characters are vivid and their dialogue witty and fun to read There are many hints of prophecy and destiny but he manages the plot adroitly so that there are still surprises along the way I hadn't read anything by Duncan in years after reading the Man of His Word series a long time ago; I may seek out of his books now

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The CursedAn the plague itself Some survivors would gain powers of healing and eually the power to inflict disease at the merest touch Some would see the future and it would drive them mad And some curses were even worse Under the law no one could shelter the Cursed but Gwin took in a yo. The world of cursed is a uniue one set in a fallen empire with warring factions inside and deadly invaders outside The focus is on the cursed survivors of the star sickness who end up with various psychic giftsThe powers are mostly two fold the healer can can easily harm the telepath can broadcast the one with out emotion can manipulate them in others the luck bringer causes occurrences good and bad Then there are the shapechangers continually shifting into new bodies without control and the forecasters who doom themselves to imbecility if they stray from the future they've forseen It's a fascinating and uniue system of magicThe rest of the infected die view spoiler unless they have received the opposite gift of destiny and become forces that change history instead of those that are lost to it hide spoiler