The Baron of Magister Valley

The Baron of Magister Valley is a fantasy novel by American writer Steven Brust, set in the fictional world of Dragaera and part of the Khaavren Romances.[1] Like the other books in that series, the novel is heavily influenced by the d'Artagnan Romances written by Alexandre Dumas, and is written by Brust in the voice and persona of a Dragaeran novelist, Paarfi of Roundwood, whose style is a tongue-in-cheek parody of Dumas, matching both his swashbuckling sense of adventure and his penchant for tangents and longwindedness.[2][3]

The Baron of Magister Valley
Steven Brust - Baron of Magister Valley.jpg
AuthorSteven Brust
CountryUnited States
SeriesThe Khaavren Romances
PublisherTor Books
Publication date
July 28, 2020
Preceded bySethra Lavode 

The Khaavren Romances books have all used Dumas novels (particularly the Three Musketeers series) as their chief inspiration, recasting the plots of those novels to fit within Brust's established world of Dragaera.[4] The Baron of Magister Valley follows suit, using The Count of Monte Cristo as a starting point.[5]

Plot summaryEdit

A young Dragaeran, Eremit, is sent by his parents to investigate a plot against the family for control of their lucrative mines. He is kidnapped and imprisoned on a volcanic island for more than 600 years, where he dreams of taking his revenge.


  1. ^ Steven Brust (28 July 2020). The Baron of Magister Valley. Tom Doherty Associates. ISBN 978-1-250-31146-7.
  2. ^ Speer, Cindy Lynn (2003). "Review: The Paths of the Dead". SF Site. Retrieved 2020-08-03.
  3. ^ Walton, Jo (2009-11-27). "I have been asking for nothing else for an hour: Steven Brust's The Phoenix Guards". Retrieved 2020-07-25.
  4. ^ Tilendis, Robert M. (2014-12-23). "Steven Brust's The Khaavren Romances". Green Man Review. Retrieved 2020-08-03.
  5. ^ Eddy, Cheryl (2020-07-01). "There Are So Many New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Coming Out in July". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2020-08-03.