Fantasy Masterwork of the Week: Lord Darcy

Randall Garrett was a prolific contributor to Astounding and other SF magazines of the 1950s and 1960s. He acted as a mentor to a young Robert Silverberg and is best known for his innovative Lord Darcy stories, which take place in an alternate version of our world where the Plantagenet dynasty never fell.


Welcome to a world where the Plantagenet kings survived, the laws of magic were discovered and the physical sciences never pursued. In the resulting Anglo-French Empire, a detective like Lord Darcy needs more than a keen mind and an observant eye. Luckily, Darcy can call on the aid of Master Sean O’Lochlainn, forensic sorcerer.


This omnibus contains all of the Lord Darcy stories as well as the only Lord Darcy novel, TOO MANY MAGICIANS, and has a new introduction by Michael Dirda.



Lord Darcy is available as an SF Masterworks paperback and an SF Gateway eBook. You can find more of Randall Garrett’s work via his author page on the SF Gateway website and read more about him in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.