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Villains by Necessity is a fantasy novel written by Eve Forward, daughter of Robert L. Forward.

Villains by Necessity
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Cover of first edition (hardcover)
AuthorEve Forward
Cover artistDarrell K. Sweet
CountryUnited States
GenreFantasy novel
PublisherTor Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages446 pages



Over a century after the ultimate triumph of good over evil, the world's last assassin and the world's last thief discover from a druid that, without more evil, the world will be destroyed. With the help of an evil sorceress and a black knight, the party sets out to save it from the misguided forces of good.


Kirkus Reviews called it "frothy and ingenious", and praised its "agreeable, mildly humorous streak", but ultimately judged it "unsuspenseful and too long".[1] At the SF Site, Steven H. Silver considered it to have been "ambitious", but too reminiscent of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, with "anachronistic" humor, and evil characters whose evilness lacks "any real depth".[2]


  1. ^ VILLAINS BY NECESSITY by Eve L. Forward, reviewed at Kirkus Reviews; published January 1, 1995; archived online May 20, 2010; retrieved October 27, 2018
  2. ^ VILLAINS BY NECESSITY by Eve Forward, reviewed by Steven H. Silver, at the SF Site; first published no later than April 17, 1999 (date of earliest version on; retrieved October 27, 2018

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