Cugel's Saga by Jack Vance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Jack Vance is one hell of a storyteller. I may have gotten off on a slightly wrong foot with the first Tales of the Dying Earth, but once I fell into the groove in the second novel, it and the third are a pure delight.
Because it's nonstop trickery, confidence games, theft, and conscience-less knavery. :)
We follow Cugel the Clever who falls into every situation on both feet, lying the most grandiose lies and cheating his way through every fantasy location only to get found out and run out of every town. He never stops running.
He amassed and lost massive wealth in equal measure to each chapter. Quite delightful. Wicked. And cruel. :)
What Vance lacks in worldbuilding and reasons for a dying sun is more than made up for in chicanery and amusement. :)
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