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Kothar of the Magic Sword

(Kothar #2)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Kothar stole the helix from the fat Emperor of Avalonia. It was the only way he could hope to recover his magic sword Frostfire from the belly of the Great Eagle of Nirvalla. But the original theft of the helix was to embroil Kothar in even more uncanny adventures. An "ice being", an eerie creature even in Kothar's world, used the helix for his own dark purpose.

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Paperback, 154 pages
Published by Unibook (first published 1969)
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S.E. Lindberg
May 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-by-se
Gardner F. Fox’s Kothar of the Magic Sword: unmet promises & meaningless fetch quests quell potentially-good adventure

The title and the author’s foreword to this second Kothar book (the first being Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman of five Kothar Series) promise conflict from two sources: (1) the magic sword “Frostfire” (cursed so that Kothar “can never be otherwise wealthy”, and (2) revenge from the sorceress Red Lori, whom Kothar contributed in arresting within a silver gibbet (in book-1 presum
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paperback
Other reviews I read of this short novel panned Kothar as a weak "Clonan" adventure (a clone of Conan the Barbarian), and while it is a bit derivative, I thought the overall story-telling was pretty entertaining.

Maybe the structure of the book didn't click with people - this particular installment is actually two novellas combined together, continuing (evidently) an ongoing adventure from Book 1 (and probably concluding by Book 5) between Kothar and Red Lori, a sorceress who has lost her powers
Dec 22, 2008 rated it liked it
The foremost impression is that Fox was putting the story together as he went along. Both novellas have a improvisational quality, of incidents strung together and veering far from the initial concept and littered with problems of story logic.

For instance, in "The Helix from Beyond", Kothar is employed to steal the titular "helix", which turns out to be both a portal to a pocket universe and the source or generator of such (not clear, and Fox breezes past such details). Having entered the world
Jeff O'Brien
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars.

I don't know why I waited so long to read this series. If you're a fan of the Corman barbarian flicks, which of course are unapologetic knockoffs like almost any Corman production, these are the barbarian books you want to read. Everything negative reviewers have to say about this series is everything I love about it.

I will admit that this book was not as good as the first one. And yes, it's downright sloppy at times. It's also fairly rushed at times, with major characters that have m
Scott Nieradka
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crap-fantasy
for the record, objectively, this is a terrible terrible book.

But it is awesomely terrible, and emminently mockable like no other book ive read. The epitome of bad barbarian fiction boiled down to its well thewed stygian essence.
Sep 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I heart barbarian fantasy. Especially barbarian fantasy that includes the heart-warming phrase "the flash flood of horse-flesh." As long as I can read books like this, life is good.
Jul 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Entertaining Sword & Sorcery, although not up to the level of Robert E. Howard certainly.
Tim Deans
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's a barbarian fantasy novel, second in the series. I knew what to expect and Gardner F. Fox delivers a good tale as usual. This is not great literature, but as a quick read for enjoyment it is ideal. Kothar is like a simplified Conan-clone. I liked this book a lot, but the second story has less substance than the first.
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1987 grade C-
Peter Juzyk
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A rather straightforward tale similar to the takes of Conan. Those who like action and more swords than sorcery will enjoy Kothar of the Magic Sword.
John Jacobs
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a basic sword and sorcery story, but it's so enjoyable to return to this style after reading the PC garbage that's written in sci fi and fantasy today.
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Soooo pulpy. The plot is kind of Swiss-cheesy, and Kothar's motivations are much more convenient for it than for his own good or even his stated interests. Not too purple. Fun and easy escapist reading.
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
solid book, good old classic sword and sorcery
Timothy Boyd
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
As a barbarian Kothar is not Conan by any means and the writing is not as good as Robert E. Howard's but these are still good stories. Quick and easy reads. Recommended
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Gardner Francis Cooper Fox was an American writer known best for creating numerous comic book characters for DC Comics. Comic book historians estimate that he wrote more than 4,000 comics stories, including 1,500 for DC Comics.
Fox is known as the co-creator of DC Comics heroes the Flash, Hawkman, Doctor Fate and the original Sandman, and was the writer who first teamed those and other heroes as th

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Kothar (5 books)
  • Kothar: Barbarian Swordsman (Kothar, #1)
  • Kothar and the Demon Queen (Kothar, #3)
  • Kothar and the Conjurer's Curse (Kothar, #4)
  • Kothar and the Wizard Slayer (Kothar, #5)