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Hadon of Ancient Opar (Khokarsa Series #1 - Wold Newton Prehistory) (Wold Newton Novels) Paperback – January 15, 2013
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"Farmer has created in Hadon one of the fullest realizations of the mythological hero to debut in recent years." -Science Fiction Weekly
"If you like deadly action, a quest, a catastrophe or two, a gripping dungeon escape, a chase, battles and fights galore...it's all there and more." -Science Fiction Review
"The work of the tireless and astonishing Philip José Farmer." -The New York Times
About the Author
Philip José Farmer was a multiple award-winning science fiction writer of 75 novels. He is best known for his Wold Newton and Riverworld series. In 2001 he was awarded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Prize and a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. He passed away in 2009.
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Fans who enjoyed "Times Last Gift" and wonder what became of the main character should also check this out. He is mentioned in this first novel and even makes brief appearances in the second and third novels.
However, the character that really steals the show is the giant wrecking machine, Kwasin. If you like Conan, you'll love Kwasin.
This new edition includes a fact filled introduction from Christopher Paul Carey (co-author of The Song of Kwasin, the final portion of the Khokarasa Trilogy,as well as Exiles of Kho, a prequel to the Khokarsa series) which highlights the literary crossover connections present in the series. Not only that, but a new Afterword by Cary has been added (in addition to the fantastic addendums which were already present). The Afterword contains an index/glossary for characters, races and geography. Farmer was a first class world builder, so this section will come in very handy for reference.
Farmer used his consummate narrative skills to create an engaging an immersive story. The civilizations here are dominated by a superstitious belief in various gods and goddess. Loyalties are to tribes first - Bear - Eagle - Ant etc and to town/territory's last.
Hadon, an athletic young man from an improvised family, competes in a trial to the death version of combat Olympics. Although most die the prize of becoming King of one of the principal city-states and the hand of the comely princess seems worthy of the dangers.
After many an exciting bout of combat Hadon wins the trials and finds the current King more that reluctant to hand over the throne and the princess. He decides to sends Hadon on a exceeding difficult errand into dangerous country to find several individuals. An angry and infuriated Hadon reluctantly accepts the task in order to win the throne and the princess.
Readers of imaginative novels have encountered these commonly used story concepts by authors such as A. Merritt, Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Kenneth Bulmer books of Dray Prescot to name a few. What makes this book worthy of your reading time is the imagination of Phil Farmer. He has a wonderful capacity to create memorable characters and fantastic cliffhanger type situation that keep the pages turning.
Fans of Farmer must seek out this book by all means; other well, if this is your first foray with Farmer you are in for an enjoyable reading experience.
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Published by Titan Books, Wold Newton Series
If the word `Opar' seems familiar, it is not without reason.Read more
To most general readers of science fiction, Philip Jose Farmer is probably best known as the creator of the RIVERWORLD series, and possibly also...Read more