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After a meteor explosion, Rikardon wakes in a new body--and in a strange desert land named Gandalara, where a sacred gem known as the Ra'ira grants its owner the power to rule--or to destroy...Gharlas, the murderous caravan leader who stole the Ra'ira, has left Raithskar and fled across the desert. His destination is Eddarta, a city rife with corruption and slavery. And Rikardon, along with his telepathic warcat, Keeshah, and the beautiful illusionist Tarani, intend to be waiting when he gets there. Tarani soon learns of another reason to journey to the distant city. Her mother, Zefra, is still living and married to Eddarta's High Lord, Pylomel. Despite her rank, Zefra is little more than a prisoner herself--and her revelations about Tarani's heritage put the travelers in mortal danger from the ruthless ruler and his ambitious son. Outnumbered yet determined, Rikardon and Tarani must rescue the gemstone before Gharlas sets his insane plan in motion... and before their luck finally runs out.
Comprising 3 novels - The Steel of Raithskar, The Glass of Dyskornis, and The Bronze of Eddarta
Ricardo Carillo wakes after a meteor explosion in a new body--and in a strange land of desert and danger named Gandalara, where a stolen gem holds the power to control or destroy.Ricardo, now renamed Rikardon, has cleared himself of accusations that he stole the sacred Ra'ira. But he still has enemies, especially in Gandalara's seamy, dangerous underbelly. A powerful moneylender is threatening Rikardon's loved ones to ensure a debt is repaid. For their safety, Rikardon leaves the city of Raithskar for Thagorn, home to the Sharith--a brotherhood of warcat riders like himself. Thagorn is expecting another new arrival too--an illusionist named Tarani, whose uncle, Volitar, is a famed glassblower with information on the Ra'ira's whereabouts. Rikardon is drawn to the beautiful, intriguing Tarani, though she appears to be plotting against him. Tracking down Volitar forces them into an uneasy alliance... and into the path of a murderous villain intent on using the gem's power to rule Gandalara, no matter what the consequences may be...
How could a man tell the difference if all the reality of Earth turned out to be a cosmic hoax? Suppose it turned out that this was just a stage set for students of history?
If King Richard the Lionheart hadn't died in 1199 and his descendants ruled the Anglo-French Empire, castles would be illuminated by lantern light and long distance conversation would be held by way of "telesin." In the world of detective Lord Darcy and his sidekick, sorcerer Sean O'Lochlainn, it is a very different looking late 20th Century. The laws of magic have developed in place of the laws of physics, but it is Lord Darcy's remarkable deductive reasoning skills that answer "whodunnit.""A Matter of Gravity" (1974)When a magically talentless count falls from a tower window in a locked room, Lord Darcy and Master Sean recreate the moment of impact to prove murder. What they uncover turns out to be both absolutely real and absolutely deadly."The Ipswich Phial" (1976)In this political thriller, a secret agent's dead body is found on a beach with no footsteps in any direction. Love potions, beautiful Polish spies, and the disappearance of the sun itself all spin a complicated web Lord Darcy must untangle."The Sixteen Keys" (1976)When Lord Vauxhall is found dead in his home, it isn't the idea that he's been murdered that's so shocking. It's that he appears to have aged fifty years in an hour. The explanation is rooted in a desire as old as humanity itself."The Napoli Express" (1979)Winner of the 1980 Locus Pole Award for Best Novella, this story infuses magic and humor in Garret's homage to Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. When a murder on the Napoli Express interrupts Lord Darcy's delivery of a secret treaty, the world's safety hangs in the balance.
This Sidewise Award-winning series starring detective Lord Darcy and his sorcerer sidekick, Sean O Lochlainn, takes us into an alternate reality where Richard the Lionheart's descendants rule the Anglo-French Empire and the laws of magic have developed in place of the laws of physics. Murder and Magic, comprised of the first four stories of the acclaimed Lord Darcy series, finds Lord Darcy solving murders using his wits, a keen eye for observation, and a few choice magic tricks. In "The Eyes Have it," Lord Darcy must figure out who killed the taciturn playboy, the Count D'Evreux.In the political thriller "A Case of Identity," Lord Darcy picks apart the disappearance of the Marquis of Cherbourg, especially mysterious considering the escalating cold war with Poland.Lord Darcy and Master Sean investigate a body coated in blue paint already occupying a coffin built for the late Duke of Kent in "The Muddle of the Woad."Literary humor is at the heart of "In a Stretch of the Imagination," where the head of an important publishing house commits suicide under suspicious circumstances.
After a meteor explosion, Rikardon wakes in a new body--and in a strange desert land named Gandalara, where a sacred gem known as the Ra'ira grants its owner the power to rule--or to destroy...Victory is sweet--but for Rikardon and Tarani, it is all too brief. Although they have retrieved the sword of the Kings from the lost city of Kä, a savage battle with the vineh mars their journey back to Raithskar. These ape-like creatures were once controlled through the power of the Ra'ira. Now they pose a threat both to the cat-like sha'um and humanoid Gandalarans.To restore order, Rikardon and Tarani must travel to Eddarta, where Tarani can use the Ra'ira against the increasingly vicious vineh. First she must face her treacherous brother, Indomel, and convince the Council to name her High Lord in his place. Indomel will not take such betrayal lightly, but another danger is about to reveal itself--a sinister and ambitious traitor who has been hiding in plain sight all along.
Ricardo Carillo comes to Gandalara to protect its people. Love and heroism finally prevails and he accomplishes his purpose of coming to Gandalara.
After a meteor explosion, Rikardon wakes in a new body and in a strange desert land named Gandalara, where he must uncover his purpose--and survive to outwit his enemies...Tarani is the new High Lord of Eddarta, and she intends to end its tradition of slavery and corruption. But before Tarani's rule begins in earnest, she and Rikardon have a mission to complete in Raithskar, where a mindgifted Lord known as Ferrathyn is using the Ra'ira's powers to manipulate the ape-like vineh. The once majestic city is overrun by chaos and fear, and Ferrathyn's ambition extends far beyond Raithskar.But another threat is looming, different and more terrifying than any they've encountered before. In the wake of a major earthquake, Rikardon finally discovers the origin of his new homeland and the reason he was brought here as Ricardo Carillo many months ago. Every battle and hard-won alliance has been leading to this: a race to save a mighty civilization from destruction, and forge a new future for Gandalara...
The unexpected and exciting conclusion of the Gandalara series--a fantasy world in a strange desert environment.
After a meteor explosion, Rikardon wakes in a new body and in a strange desert land named Gandalara, where he must uncover his purpose--and survive to outwit his enemies...Hidden somewhere in the ancient city of Kä lies the sword of the Kings--a precious artifact that will help Tarani and Rikardon wrest control away from the malevolent High Lord Indomel. Problem is, not only is the sword lost, but so is Kä itself. Rikardon and Tarani gather their strength in the Valley of the Sha'um, home to war cats like Rikardon's companion, Keeshah. Tarani forms her own mindlink with Keeshah's pregnant mate, Yayshah. Soon they'll journey into the unforgiving desert to search for Kä, guided by memories Rikardon retrieves from the mystic All-Mind. But as Rikardon knows, while the sword can prove Tarani's claim to the throne, it will also reveal a deception that she may never be able to forgive...
Tarini has a special bond with the big cat and is going in search of the ancient city of Ka to retrieve a historical symbol - a sword - one of a pair. If Tarini gets it she can win the support of the Lords.
They were in deep space, past the point of no return, when the saboteur struck. There were plenty of suspects, including an experimental robot, and many possible motivations. But when they found the first body, they knew they were facing a ruthless killer who would murder them all if he was not caught--and blow up the ship if he was.
The last thing terminally ill language professor Ricardo Carillo remembers is standing on the deck of a Mediterranean cruise ship, watching a giant fireball hurtle toward him. He awakens in the body of a young Gandalaran named Markasset, sharing a telepathic bond with a giant, intelligent feline named Keeshah.Ricardo faces two challenges: navigating this unfamiliar desert world, and learning about his new identity and mission. Markasset turns out to be a talented swordsman with a powerful father, Thanasset, who's a Supervisor in the city of Raithskar. But Markasset's own reputation is more dubious. He has gambling debts and a shadowy past--and he's suspected of stealing a sacred gem, the Ra'ira, that was under his father's protection. With few allies except a beautiful fiancée and the loyal Keeshah, Ricardo is determined to piece together what really happened to the Ra'ira. The truth will either prove his innocence--or endanger the new life he has only just begun.
"NOW WHAT the hell's the matter with me?" thought Paul Wendell. He could feel nothing. Absolutely nothing: No taste, no sight, no hearing, no anything. "Am I breathing?" He couldn't feel any breathing. Nor, for that matter, could he feel heat, nor cold, nor pain.
The book contains some of Randall Garrett's science fictional pastiches ("Backstage Lensmen") and several reviews in verse of prominent science fiction and fantasy titles.
Set in an alternate reality where Richard the Lionheart's descendants rule the Anglo-French Empire, the laws of magic have developed in place of the laws of physics. In this late 20th century world, people still travel through pea fog by horse and carriage, but magic has made levitation and enchantment spells the norm, especially at a sorcerer's convention. The International Sorcerer's Convention is in full swing. Until London's Chief Forensics Sorcerer, Sir James Zwinge, is found dead inside a locked room, that is. Master Sean O Lochlainn had been at odds with Sir James over competing breakthroughs in incision-free surgery, making him the prime suspect. It's up to Lord Darcy to solve Sir James' murder and exonerate his own forensic sorcerer and trusted assistant.But the mystery deepens when the murder of a Naval spy is connected to that of Sir James' death. Conflict with Poland, a dominating world power, changes the game and suddenly there is a lot more at stake than the freedom of Lord Darcy's old friend. Too Many Magicians was nominated for the Hugo Award in 1967, and the complete Lord Darcy series later won the Sideways Award for Alternate History.
After a meteor explosion, Rikardon wakes in a new body--and in a strange desert land named Gandalara, where a sacred gem known as the Ra'ira grants its owner the power to rule--or to destroy...Rikardon and Tarani have the Ra'ira in their possession and plan to return it to the Council at Raithskar. But before they reach their destination, Rikardon is dealt a savage blow--Keeshah, his giant war cat, leaves to reunite with his own kind in the Valley of the Sha'um. Newly vulnerable, Rikardon and Tarani are captured and brought back to Eddarta, where Tarani is forced to surrender the Ra'ira to the vicious High Lord Indomel. As Indomel's older sister, Tarani has a claim to his throne--and the gem. But to win the support of the other Lords, Rikardon and Tarani need more than birthright. They need an ancient talisman that can only be recovered by traveling to the poisonous crater known as the Well of Darkness--a journey that will test their courage and bond to the breaking point.
Bearing the Ra'ira, the sacred gemstone, Rikardon and Tarani flee from their enemy, protected by the warcat and the magic bird. But when the warcat goes to answer his mating instinct, they must face the risk of death.