The BEST Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series..., February 14, 2006
Reviewer: K. A Stevenson (Tucson)
Recently, I came across this series packed away and even though I have over 100 books still waiting to be read, I couldn't resist reading this again. This six set series cries out to be published again for a new generation because its story is timeless and the best fantasy/science fiction that I can ever remember reading. I read this previously about 20 years ago and I have never forgotten its terrific tale.
"The Steel of Raithskar" is the first book in the series and opens with Ricardo Carillo, a 60-ish language professor who has 6-months to live - hurt and barely alive in a desert. As he gains consciousness, he is amazed to discover that he is in a strange new world.
How did he get there? His last known memory is of him on a cruise ship - talking to a beautiful young woman whose company he finds delightful. Suddenly, he sees the meteor falling to earth and straight toward the ship.
He now realizes that not only is he in a strange new world, but he is young and strong and wait...his facial features and species are even different! He has become Markasset, a master swordsman and son of a powerful leader.
But the greatest thrill is that he is a Rider, who belongs to an elite group, where each man has been chosen by a sha'um (kinda like a Sabertooth tiger). They are bound forever to their sha'ums and not only ride them, but communicate with them telepathically.
This series is worth hunting around for and is truly a classic!