The Wizard of Lemuria

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The Wizard of Lemuria
The Wizard of Lemuria.jpg
Cover art from The Wizard of Lemuria
Author Lin Carter
Cover artist Gray Morrow
Country United States
Language English
Series Thongor series
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Ace Books
Publication date
1965
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN NA
Preceded by Young Thongor
Followed by Thongor of Lemuria

The Wizard of Lemuria is a fantasy novel written by Lin Carter, the first book of his Thongor series set on the fictional ancient lost continent of Lemuria. The author's first published novel, it was initially issued in paperback by Ace Books in 1965. The author afterwards revised and expanded the text, in which form it was reissued as Thongor and the Wizard of Lemuria, first published in paperback by Berkley Books in 1969. This retitled and revised edition became the standard edition for later reprintings. The novel was also adapted into comic form, appearing in eight issues of Marvel's Creatures on the Loose.

Plot and storyline[edit]

Cover art from the first edition of the retitled and revised version, Thongor and the Wizard of Lemuria, Berkley Books, 1969.

The tale of Thongor of Valkarth, barbarian warrior of the prehistoric lost continent of Lemuria, who becomes humanity's champion in its pivotal struggle with the dragon kings who had previously dominated the world. As the serpent people make their play to recover their mastery, all that stands in their way are the courage of Thongor and his comrades and the magic of the wizard Sharajsha.

Setting[edit]

Map of Lemuria by Lin Carter
Map of Patanga, "City of the Flame," by Lin Carter

The Thongor series is Carter's premier creation in the Sword and Sorcery genre, representing a tribute to both the Conan series of Robert E. Howard and the Barsoom novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. He pictures the lost continent of Lemuria as a prehistoric land mass existing in the South Pacific Ocean during the ice age, on which Mesozoic lifeforms persisted after the catastrophe which wiped them out in the rest of the world. An intelligent reptilian humanoid race descended from dinosaurian forebears formerly reigned supreme as the dominant life form, but was partially supplanted as such by humanity as the continent was colonized by fauna from outside Lemuria. Humans have gradually thrown off the subjection in which they were initially held by the older civilization. Culturally, Lemuria is a mixture of civilization and barbarism, but overall is precociously advanced over the outside world, boasting a magic-based technology that even includes flying machines. The Thongor books relate the struggle of the titular hero to unite the humans of Lemuria into a single empire and complete the overthrow of the "dragon kings."

Preceded by
none
Thongor series
The Wizard of Lemuria
Succeeded by
Thongor of Lemuria