The Wizard of Zao
cover of The Wizard of Zao
|Cover artist||Carl Lundgren|
|Series||The Chronicles of Kylix|
|Genre||Sword and sorcery Fantasy|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Preceded by||The Quest of Kadji|
|Followed by||Kellory the Warlock|
The Wizard of Zao is a fantasy novel written by Lin Carter, the second book of the Chronicles of Kylix series, in which each volume is set on a different world in the magical solar system of the fictional star Kylix. It was first published in paperback by DAW Books in June 1978.
The titular wonder-working wizard, fat, green and full of himself, makes an unlikely hero, but nonetheless has a humorous romp of quest he must undertake. He is accompanied on his journey by the 15-year-old Wild Girl Ooo, his newly purchased chela, who assists him as servant, apprentice and concubine. Strange beasts and stranger people are encountered along the way. The true identity of the wizard, a mystery in itself, is revealed in a surprise ending. The narrative is spiced with authorial asides and footnotes.