By Michael Swanwick
Dancing With Bears follows the adventures of infamous con-men Darger and Surplus: They''ve lied and cheated their manner onto the caravan that's providing a precious present from the Caliph of Baghdad to the Duke of Muscovy. the single factor tougher than the adventure to Muscovy is their arrival in Muscovy. An viewers with the Duke turns out most unlikely to acquire, and Darger and Surplus speedy turn into entangled in a morass of deceit and revolution. the one more thing harmful than the convoluted political internet surrounding Darger and Surplus is the reward itself, the Pearls of Byzantium, and Zoesophia, the governess sworn to guard their advantage.
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