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 has 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 has reached the end of his reign, yet he faced death with courage and rather unseemly good hu... more »mor. He neither broke down at the weeping of his favorite wife nor begged for 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 is 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 the an executioner's blade.
So begins THE RELUCTANT KING: a trio of full-length novels - The Goblin Tower, The Clocks of Izar and The Unbeheaded King - in one captivating volume.« less