- Mass Market Paperback: 142 pages
- Publisher: Lancer; 1st edition (1964)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0447727613
- ISBN-13: 978-0447727616
- Package Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,035,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Reign of Wizardry Mass Market Paperback – 1964
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efore the Glory of Greece, Crete ruled the known world - and kept it enslaved by black magic! The evil of Minos held sway, protected by three unconquerable walls. First is the fleet that they call the wooden wall. Then there is a giant of living brass - he is the second wall. Then there is another barrier about the power of Minos, the Wall of Wizardry. Theseus, the tall Achean, the man they called Captain Firebrand, vowed to scale and destroy all three, and to rid the world of the evil yoke of Crete. But Minos had other defences besides the walls, and many ways to attack as well...
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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 Theseus and the Minotaur, it adds motivation and backstory to help round out the characters. It's not quite up to the standards of some of the other Retro Hugo nominees, but it is good enough to be on the final ballot and receive some attention.