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The Reign of Wizardry

3.08  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Cover art by Frank Frazetta.
Hardcover, 193 pages
Published March 1984 by Phantasia Press (first published 1940)
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Ignacio Senao f
Feb 19, 2015 Ignacio Senao f rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nos narra como un ser que se aburre mucho y le gusta los deportes de riesgos. Se centra en querer matar a un Rey-Dios, porque el lo vale. Para conseguir esto pasara por guerras marinas, pruebas, luchas con titanes, brujos, y la más dura de todas: abrazar a su amada.

Está asegurada la acción y la aventura. También lo común, poco original y previsible. Ahora antes de leerla: busca que sea tu momento de dejar el cerebro en la repisa donde estaba el libro.
Jon
3.5 stars

I read this as one of the Best Novel nominees for the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards. A surprisingly good reimagining of the tale of Theseus and the Labyrinth. Because it's fantasy, and mythically based, it stands the test of time better than the Golden Age science fiction stories I've been reading.
Morgan Dhu
Jun 18, 2016 Morgan Dhu rated it liked it
Reading Jack Williamson's Reign of Wizardry (it's one of the Retro Hugo finalists) is like stepping back into my childhood, the days when many science fiction and fantasy novels were brisk swashbuckling adventure stories based, sometimes quite openly, other times more subtly, on legends and folktales, and ancient history.

Reign of Wizardry is set in the time of the Minoan Empire, and calls on the myth of Theseus, the Athenian who killed the Minotaur and broke the hold of Minoan Crete over the Med
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Risa Fey
May 04, 2016 Risa Fey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the edition with 254 pages, and while this story contains much in cliche and expected happenings, it was still a highly entertaining read! But the edition I got (at least) read like a messy manuscript in need of some cleaning up. There was a lot of possibility for expanding on the details and taking time to savor a slower pace. I don't take away from the book's rating for any of these reasons since I truly was entertained. I loved the descriptions, word-choice, and the little wizard Snish ...more
Norman Cook
Retro Hugo Award Finalist (1940)

This short novel was first serialized in 1940. There were almost no science fiction novels being published at that time, and the ones that were were often just mindless pap. This novel is not just a brainless pulp adventure, although the swashbuckling action is at the forefront. Jack Williamson was one of the all-time grandmasters of science fiction, and although this is from early in his career, it is a well organized and exciting read. Based on the legend of The
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Chris
In the introduction to this edition Williamson talks about how Campbell wanted the work for his new title Unknown to be very different from what was published in Weird Tales. I find it strange to point it out in this work as sits much closer to the work of Howard than that of Leiber or DeCamp.
Loosely based on Theseus and The Minotaur, it blends lots of notes about older societies (often anachronistically) together into this story of evil scientist-wizards controlling an island and these strongly
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Richard
Feb 06, 2016 Richard rated it liked it
From the beginning, Theseus is gunning for the fall of the Minoan empire. His hell bent obsession is fueled by his unflappable bravado. Despite the odds or the circumstances Theseus cannot and will not be daunted. Fine and well, but it seemed contrived. Heroes don't have to be supermen. Otherwise, it was a decent read.
Nicholas Whyte
Dec 31, 2015 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it
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this is a very competent retelling of the Greek legends of Theseus, with some parts of other legends thrown in, that rises to a cracking good conclusion.
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John Stewart Williamson who wrote as Jack Williamson (and occasionally under the pseudonym Will Stewart) was a U.S. writer often referred to as the "Dean of Science Fiction".
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