The Wizard of Lemuria
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Cover art from The Wizard of Lemuria
|Cover artist||Gray Morrow|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Preceded by||Young Thongor|
|Followed by||Thongor of Lemuria|
The Wizard of Lemuria is a fantasy novel by American writer 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
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.
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."
The Wizard of Lemuria
Thongor of Lemuria