In this, the 12th book in the famous Gor series, the fight for survival on the primitive, Earthlike world, Gor, continues with a ferocity that matches the rest of the series.
On Gor, there are three different kinds of beings that are labeled beasts: There are the Kurii, a monster alien race that is preparing to invade Gor from space; the Gorean warriors, who fight with viciousness almost primitive in its blood lust' and then there are the slave girls of Gor, lowly beasts for men to do with as they see fit, be it as objects of labor or desire. Now all three come together as the Kurii fight to take over Gor with its first beachhead on the planet's polar ice cap.
As all three kinds of beasts struggle together, an incredible adventure is told, one that begins in lands of burning heat and ends up in the bitter cold of the polar north among the savage red hunters of the polar ice pack.
©1978 John Norman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Tarl Cabot will tell you more then you ever want to know about his Earth Born, Gorean Transported ideology. He thinks out loud, he reminds me of Anne Rice's Louis the Vampire in this constant self analysis. The books are written in "Translation" and Narrator Lister brings the first person inner dialog to life. He is the perfect voice for Tarl. Cabot will repeat himself and share details that make me want to grab him by the red hair and shake him, and then an arrow will fly over his shoulder and swords will be drawn. If you are OK with the subject matter by now, there is a great deal more adventure, and introspection, musing, self-analysis, "Kajira Psychology," and "Arrows Over the Shoulder" to come. Keep going. If you have a problem with the subject matter, you are a masochist for having read this far. I was thrilled to see he is going all the way through the series and I'm excited to catch up with what happens to him after "Magicians." I thought that was the end of the series for a number of reason, but I'm glad to see it is not. I believe that these are the original versions of Norman's novels, some parts are new to me, but I have not gone back to check. They do state that they were all the versions that he approved. It would not surprise me if some of the novels were edited against his will. In any event, I clearly missed important plot details when I read them year by year as they came out in paperback. I'm very pleased to see that they are now available to be loved and/or hated by readers once more.
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