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The Sword of Lankor

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The Sword of Lankor

Take one alien planet somewhere in the heart of the Milky Way, and very much like Earth.
Take one brawny barbarian adrift in the capital city of that world's largest Bronze Age empire.
Take one "miracle" in the form of a golden globe descending from outer space to announce a contest and a quest in the name of the country's chief idol.
Mix them up and what y
Paperback, F-373, 158 pages
Published 1966 by Ace Books
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Steve Goble
This is a weird little book. It reminds of Lin Carter's work, but with better prose. It has a plot that could have been lifted from Burroughs, but without as much reliance on coincidence. It reads like sword and sorcery, but without the savagery. The genre tropes are all there, including a damsel in distress, and yet the REAL plot involves intrigue and some thumbing-the-nose at superstition and religion.

I also liked the fact that the real hero of the book is NOT the guy with the quick and ready
The premise melds golden-era Science Fiction with something akin to a Conan pastiche (the cover misleads by name-dropping Burroughs, inappropriately in my mind). Conceptually it sort of works and even the execution has some diamonds in the rough, in the form of navigating intrigue between king and priesthood, and communication with a demanding god who doesn't act very godly.

Unfortunately, despite a promising start involving an arena battle with giant lobster/scorpion/hydra things, the story calm
K. Axel
Jun 04, 2011 K. Axel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sword and sorcery fans
Recommended to K. Axel by: the title...
The Story...
The Sword of Lankor is the story about Thuron of Ulmekoor, an adventuring warrior (I wont go so far as call him barbarian, as he doesn't act like one) and Gaar, a Kend oracle and conjurer. The Kend, by the way, are furry beings from a land called Kendsahr. These two meet up one fateful night at an inn, when Thuron decides to help Gaar in a battle against a group of blue-skinned guards from the city of Taveeshe. That same day, a strange Golden Sphere also appears out of nowhere.

A fine read in the Sword and Planet genre. You have an imposingly bulky hero with a named sword, the beautiful Princess, the slightly con man sidekick, a fat, oily Priest/enemy, a quest, battles with Pirates and Amazons.

A golden globe descends from the heavens and claims to be the Battle-God they all worship, saying he sent his son down many years ago in human form and didn't realize his identity. A tournament was to be held by all claimants.

And there were many. Blueskins, greys, Thuron our her
What started as a halfway decent Sword & Sorcery story was ruined on page122 by a glaring inconsistency. I have no Idea how old Donald (Ace's editor at the time) missed that one.
It was a good attempt to do something different with the Sword and Planet genre but I didn't think it worked all that well.
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