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THE KNIGHT OF THE SWORDS [Corum 1]
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 June 1971 paperback (#S1971 - first American printing.) Cover by David McCall Johnston, 176 pages, 75 cent cover price. Condition is Fine (minus): tight and amost square with flat spine, very mild uniform age tanning. The only flaw is some age-darkening to the white background of the cover front and back (near spine.) No stamps, marks or writing.
There were Gods abroad in those days. It was their whim to wipe clean the slate of history, to destroy the old races, the Vadhagh, the Nhadragh, the remnants of still more ancient peoples. Mankind, the contempible Mabden, was their instrument, washcloth to the Gods. But the Gods themselves fell out, and Chaos gained the advantage over Law. The stage was set for heroes. One such was the Vadhagh Prince Corum. Driven mad for revenge by the callous slaughter of his family and race, and by his own grotesque mutilation at the hands of the Mabden, he agreed to accept from the treacherous sorcerer Shool the Eye of Rhynn and the Hand of Kwll in exchange for a lien on his soul. Thus armed he set out upon a personal crusade against the Sword Rulers, Lords of Chaos, puppetmasters to Man. And first of these was the loathsome Arioch, Knight of the Swords, master of five of the fifteen planes of reality. From Arioch, Prince Corum required his heart...