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The Clocks of Iraz (The Reluctant King #2)

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Wizardly schemes, Jorian knew, went oft a-gley. But this time the wizard's plan seemed simple. Since ancient prophecy foretold that the clocks would save Iraz, Jorian must repair the great tower clocks that his father had built. If everything went well, Karadur could then plan the rescue of Jorian's beloved wife, Queen Estrildis, from Xylar. And Jorian would be appointed ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 161 pages
Published December 1983 by Del Rey (first published 1971)
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Francesco Manno
Dec 31, 2015 Francesco Manno rated it really liked it

Jorian of Iraz is the second fantasy novel of the trilogy Jorian king of Iraz, written by Lyon Sprague De Camp.
The author sets the story in the imaginary world of Novaria, a nation that is located in an astral plane immediately under our working under different legal systems: theocracy, monarchy, republic, anarchy and where the inhabitants believe in magic, and in the in reincarnation.
The book tells the story of Jorian of Ardamai, who after becoming king o
Stephen Brooke
Jan 19, 2016 Stephen Brooke rated it liked it
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“The Clocks of Iraz” follows the events in De Camp's “The Goblin Tower,” once again recounting the exploits of Jorian, a fellow who wishes to be only an ordinary working man but keeps having adventures thrust upon him. Or so he claims.

There is more of a plot to this one, and less wandering through colorful locales. There are also more of the events that somewhat strain our willingness to suspend disbelief — too much exaggeration and even whimsy. Once again, pretty much everyone but our hero, som
Mar 11, 2010 John rated it really liked it
So I did something that I never do.
I read the 2nd book in a Trilogy before reading the first.
It had been sitting on my shelf for years and I've always been a fan of de Camp. I picked it up, forgetting it was book two and when I realized, just said - eh, what the heck.
I'm glad I did.
The book was exciting, funny, and clever with excellent dialogue and interspersed with storytelling that made the world much bigger than it's 160 pages. Now I'm excited to find book 1 and 3. I love the lead character
Dina Fragola
Apr 22, 2012 Dina Fragola rated it really liked it
That one had been sitting on my shelf for years. I got it because it was by L. Sprague and I love his science fiction books...when I first decided to read it I found out it was fantasy, a genre I am not so much into so ended up not reading it at the time. But finally I gave it a try...and I loved it! It's fun, clever (well it's de Camp after all) and a very enjoyable read. Will be reading more of his fantasy books from now on!
Se questo romanzo non avesse avuto alle spalle "La torre di Goblin", dove le peripezie di Jorian cominciano, sarei stato più che soddisfatto di questa storia portata avanti con linearità e garbata ironia. Avendo però assaggiato varie prove di un De Camp decisamente più frizzante, mi rimane in bocca la medesima insoddisfazione che purtroppo accompagna molti sequel, seppur più che dignitosi.
Nov 13, 2014 Kim added it
Recommends it for: no one, ever

A perpetually dull set of empty short stories as a follow up to a lively set of sequential, well explored tales. Book one felt like it read in an old style of word choice to add colour to the world. Book two feels like a writing exercise, and like a chore to read. Couldn't finish it.

Lillia Gajewski
Sep 13, 2015 Lillia Gajewski rated it liked it
De Camp wrote in the 1960s and 1970s, so his material is a bit slower and less "Game of Thrones" than most people would be comfortable with in SF today, but the humor is evident and the satire is just enough to make the book enjoyable.
Apr 06, 2015 Dantegideon rated it really liked it
Either I'm becoming accustomed to the style, or they're getting better. Whichever it is, I liked this one the best so far.
Similar to The Goblin Tower but much more compact. Contains dynamic minor characters, which is pretty impressive.
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Lyon Sprague de Camp, (Pseudonym: Lyman R. Lyon) was an American science fiction and fantasy author and biographer. In a writing career spanning fifty years he wrote over one hundred books, including novels and notable works of nonfiction, such as biographies of other important fantasy authors.He was widely regarded as an imaginative and innovative writer and was an important figure in the heyday ...more
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