An amnesiac man is transported to another world -- a new world, where he has a new name, and a new destiny!Copyright unrenewed.
st the dragging tide.
I lifted my sword -- threw the sheath away. I cut at the golden mists that fettered me.
Under the ancient steel the shining fog-wraiths shuddered and were torn apart -- and drew back. There was a break in the humming harmony; for an instant, utter silence.-
"Matholch!" the invisible whisperer cried. "Lord Matholch!"
The wolf crouched, fangs bared. I aimed a cut at its snarling mask. It avoided the blow easily and sprang.
It caught the blade between its teeth and wrenched the hilt from my grip.
The golden fogs surged back, folding me in their warm embrace.
"Caer Llyr," they murmured.
The Need-fire roared up in a scarlet fountain.
"Caer Llyr!" the flames shouted.
And out of those fires rose -- a woman!
Hair dark as midnight fell softly to her knees. Under level brows she flashed one glance at me, a glance that held question and a fierce determination. She was loveliness incarnate. Dark loveliness.
A good little book, it seemed complete to me. A few typos that made a sentence or two unintelligible, but overall a good treatement of parallel worlds/magic explained as physics/doppelgangers/and a quest to save the world.
It's fantasy, but at least some attempt is made to explain the fantasy elements. Better than Zelazny.
I am a fan of Zelazny's Amber books and read The Dark World because of the previous review. Excellent - my only complaint is that it was not longer. The fascinating world and characters could have supported a longer book or series.
Roger Zelazny credited this story with being influential to him, specifically in regard to his Amber novels. An excellent read in its own right.