Book Reviews of The Gandalara Cycle: Vol I

The Gandalara Cycle: Vol I
The Gandalara Cycle Vol I
Author: Randall Garrett
ISBN-13: 9780553259421
ISBN-10: 0553259423
Publication Date: 4/1/1986
Pages: 515
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 20 ratings
Publisher: Spectra
Book Type: Paperback
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One moment he was Ricardo Carillo, an aging language professor from our own world. The next, he found himself in a young, strong body in the exotic desert world of Gandalara.
He was now a master swordsman telepathically linked to a giant warcat called Keeshah. And he was a man on the run, accused of murder and the theft of a precious gem with awesome, perhaps magical, powers.
With the aid of Tarani, a beautiful illusionist, he set out on a perilous quest to recover the sacred gem he had supposedly stolen and to clear his newfound name.
----Great adventure fantasy----
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This is a omnibus edition of The Steel of Raithskar, The Glass of Dyskornis, and the Bronze of Eddarta. This is an awesome series! I really enjoyed reading this one! A bit of Scifi mixed with fantasy. Very good stuff!
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Simply astounding, February 25, 2000
Reviewer: Julie Gele (Austin, TX (USA))

All seven of this wonderful series will keep you intrigued. Full of mystery, color and wonderfully sarcastic cats, the surprise ending with shock you. I never saw it coming and in a day where everything is so cut and dry, something as creative as this is a diamond in the rough. I was lucky enough to find all seven book at a half price book store and was shocked to now discover them out of print. These series should be on the shelves for ages to come.
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Ricardo Carillo, an aging language professor, is on a Mediterranean cruise ship when it is hit by a meteor. He wakes up in a blinding hot desert, sharing the body and some of the memories of a young man named Markasett. Not quite human - supraorbital ridges around the eyes and large canine teeth.

The first being he encounters is a huge cat, bigger than a horse, called a sha'um. The sha'um's name is Keeshah, and recognizes Carillo as Markasett. Carillo discovers that the 2 of them are linked telepathically, after being scared half to death.

They make their way back to 'civilization', where he is accused of murder and theft of the Ra'ira, a precious gem. With the help of Tarani, an illusionist, they set out on a quest to recover the gem and clear his new name.

Vivid characters, sword play, great giant cats, and a desert world called Gandalara....sort of like Arabian Nights? :) The book was originally released as 3 short novels, 'The Steel of Raithskar', 'The Glass of Dyskornis', and 'The Bronze of Eddarta'.
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This is a riveting story that, in my opinion, closes the gap between fantasy and sci-fi. Even though it falls under the category of Si-fi, it could easily be categorized as fantasy. The Cycle: Volume 1 contains the first three books in the series and was a treat to read them all as one volume. The authors have done a great job of creating an alien world similar to, but different from, ours. The main character is somehow propelled into this alien world after a meteor strikes the Mediterranean cruise ship he is vacationing on killing everyone aboard. However, he then awakens, not only realizing he's alive, but finding himself lying face down in a desert with a large cat-like animal stalking him!
The action begins there and pulls the reader along with him into the intriguing and strange, yet somehow familiar world in which he finds himself!