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THE KING OF THE SWORDS [Corum 3]
David McCall Johnston
This is from a batch where I was able to compare and select the best copy: perfect exterior or whiter pages, and I always chose the best interior / more readable copy.
Berkley Medalion edition October 1971 paperback (#S2070 - first American printing.) Cover by David McCall Johnston, 160 pages, 75 cent cover price. Condition is near-Fine (or better): tight and square with flat spine, very mild uniform age tanning. There is some age-darkening to the white background of the cover front and back (near spine.) Front cover has a pair of faint vertical impressions at right side - the kind that packing conditions can impart to new books. No stamps, marks or writing - this looks new/unread.
GOTTERDAMMERUNG! For countless eons the Lords of Chaos and of Law had contended together. Constrained by the Cosmic Balance, neither side held any permanent advantage. Then Chaos happened upon the contemptible Mabden, humankind, puppet, but none the less potent, and Chaos had prevailed over all the fifteen planes of reality. The old races, the Vadhagh and the Nhadragh, had decayed. Only the Vadhagh Prince Corum had been able to strike a blow for the forces of Light. And he, only because of his fateful legacies, the Hand of Kwll and the Eye of Rhynn. But constraint had been placed upon this Hero. To him, and his companions, the Margravine Rhalina and the enigmatic companion-to-heroes Jhary, had fallen the well-nigh impossible task of entering the legendary city of Tanelorn. There they would confront their fates, and there the age-old struggle would be resolved. But in Tanelorn was the Lost God Kwll himself, and He recognised not Chaos nor Law, nor even the existence of the Cosmic Balance...