The Reluctant King Author:L. Sprague De Camp To rise from commoner to king would seem a remarkable stroke of luck. But King Jorian of Xylar had reason to dispute that. For in Xylar a new king was chosen every 5 years--by decapitating the old one and throwing his head to a waiting crowd. — Jorian had reached the end of his reign, yet he faced death with courage and rather unseemly good hum... more »or. He neither broke down at the weeping of his favorite wife nor begged help from spectators. Because, clearly, the only help for King Jorian now lay with his spiritual adviser.
Of course things would have been different if the crowd had realized that Jorian's spiritual adviser was, in truth, a wizard. Or if Jorian himself had known that his bargain with the magician--escape from Xylar in return for help stealing a collection of sorcerous manuscripts--would lead him to adventures every bit as perilous as the fall of an executioner's blade!
So begins THE RELUCTANT KING: a trio of full-length novels--The Goblin Tower (cpoyright 1968), The Clocks of Iraz (copyright 1971) and The Unbelieving King (copyright 1983)--in one captivating volume.« less