Book Reviews of Steel of Raithskar (Gandalara Cycle, 1)

Steel of Raithskar (Gandalara Cycle, 1)
Steel of Raithskar - Gandalara Cycle, 1
Author: Randall Garrett
ISBN-13: 9780553146073
ISBN-10: 0553146076
Publication Date: 1981
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
Book Type: Unknown Binding
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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!