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VICTORY ON JANUS [j2]
This Michael Gilbert painting is my favorite cover for this book - perfectly capturing the spirit and mood.
Ace (G-703) 1st printing 1968 paperback. Cover by Michael Gilbert, 190 pages, 50 cent cover price. Condition is VG+: tight and square with flat spine, mild uniform age tanning (darker on inside of back cover), light overall wear - mainly some scuffing in bottom inch of front and back covers (see scan.) No stamps, marks or writing - a clean copy.
Victory on Janus - this is the sequel to Judgement on Janus. Waking suddenly and prematurely from their winter sleep on the planet Janus, Ayyar and his Iftin comrades - who, in a former life, had been off-worlders until their recruitment and transformations into Ifts - find a hostile force threatening their citadel, the great tree fortress of Iftsiga. It is soon apparent that their ancient enemy, and extraordinarily strong (but never seen) evil force, has risen again and is marshalling all its power to rid the planet of the peace-loving Ifts. The beleaguered Iftins attempt to form an alliance with some other inhabitants of Janus. This attempt fails, serving only to increase the forces of evil concentrating against them. The only course remaining is to carry the battle to the heart of the nightmarish Waste where the enemy exists, there to grapple with the evil that has brooded over Janus for centuries beyond telling...