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Sorcerer's Blood (Warrior of Vengeance Series, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1982


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Ross Anton Coe is a big, fat Indian giver 19 Feb. 2015
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The blurb on the paperback's front cover reads: "In the epic sword and sorcery tradition of the mighty Conan," and, sure 'nuff, Ross Anton Coe does his damndest to live up to that brag. This is my old-timey review of Coe's Warrior of Vengeance, Book 1: Sorcerer's Blood (1982). I read this one when I was a kid, and it's noteworthy in that it cemented my addiction to sword and sorcery fantasy. Looking back now, there wasn't much that made my guy, Nuroc, stand out from the other sword-smiting warriors. Yeah, in his veins does flow the blood of the greatest wizard of them all, Talmon-Khash, and, thus, Nuroc is rendered immune to all sorcerers' spells. And, yeah, he's a 17-year-old kid in love with a girl years older than him. So that's something. Elsewise, he's daring and honorable and fights with righteous fury if not finesse. He's averagely clever and doesn't have much of a sense of humor. Typical laconic servant's son become savior guy. Coe does put him thru his paces. Nuroc must win out against a gauntlet of freakish adversaries, be they "wild boards, slavering eelsharks, murderous raiders, vengeful allies, a thirty-foot, man-eating centipede, and mind-controlled zombies." And then he has to face Augage, malevolent sorcerer-king of a rebel kingdom and supposedly "the most powerful foe on the face of the earth." Great fun, man. I tore into the book like a starved tick burrowing into flesh. To me, Nuroc's adventures seemed more dynamic and full-blooded than a crap ton of other sword and sorcery stuff being churned out in the '80s. Admittedly, it takes a minute for the story to really get going, but that's the writer doing his best to build his world. Coe wrote a sequel, Trails of Peril (Warrior of Vengeance No. 2), but then nada after that... and I remember as a kid waiting and waiting for the next sequel and being let down. I feel that Ross Anton Coe owes me a sequel or two. My bitter disappointment could've scarred me as a child if I hadn't been made of sterner stuff. But pay the piper, Coe! And you, too, David R. Palmer (with your proposed yet unrealized To Halt Armageddon trilogy), Mark Sumner (with your short-lived alternate fantasy western series), and Daniel Keys Moran (with your abandoned Tales of the Continuing Time). Y'all left a gang of readers hanging.
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First in a series of Conan like novels. 16 Aug. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pulp fiction for the Conan or AD&D fan
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