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The War of Powers: v. 1 Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 1984

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; Repint edition (1 Mar. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450056619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450056611
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert E. Vardeman is the author of more than 100 fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as numerous westerns under various pen names (Jackson Lowry, Karl Lassiter). F&SF titles include two Star Trek novels, the fantasy Dark Legacy (Magic: The Gathering tie-in) and sf novel Ruins of Power (Battletech: Mechwarrior tie-in). The reprint of his Star Frontier trilogy was launched with Alien Death Fleet and Genetic Menace. Black Nebula will be published soon. The complete Biowarriors series (The Infinity Plague, Crisis at Starlight, Space Vectors) has been published for the Kindle, as well as the original near future sf novel Moonlight in the Meg.

Fantasy work includes the novelization of Sony Playstation videogame God of War 1 (co-authored with Matt Stover) and the forthcoming God of War 2. All nine titles in the Swords of Raemllyn series have been republished in Kindle format. Additional original short fiction has been published for the Kindle, including "Along the Feathered Road" and "Hammer and Fangs."

In addition to short stories for the Kindle, his collection Stories from Desert Bob's Reptile Ranch covers almost thirty years of writing.

Editorial work includes Career Guide to Your Job in Hell and the spectacular anthology, co-edited with Joan Spici Saberhagen, Golden Reflections.

Vardeman is a longtime resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA graduating from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in physics and a M.S. in materials engineering. He worked for Sandia National Laboratories in the Solid State Physics Research Department before becoming a full time writer.

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A wonderful fantasy book full of magic and mystery

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Nov. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A lusty, funny, gore-soaked romp of a fantasy, with well-rounded characters and a very thoroughly developed world in which the story is set. The very best fantasies have a totally imagined world through which the characters travel, rather than a series of unconnected and unconvincing locations which don't really hang together, and The War of Powers books have this completely. Not only is the world in which the story is set laid out in great detail, but the backstory is also detailed, convincing, well-explained and very relevant to events in the books.

All this groundwork of location and backstory underpins a superb plot; lusty, gore-soaked, sexy, intriguing, scary and funny. Fost, the main character, might appear as a simple overmuscled sword-swinger, but in time you get to realise that there's a lot more to him than that. Add in two very sexy Princesses, one good and one very satisfyingly evil, both up for a tumble whenever the occasion presents, a totally psychopathic Prince who you really love to hate, but also can't help admire for what he's capable of when he's not torturing victims, and a wisecracking, hedonistic ghost in a jar, and you have a really satisfying read.
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By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2014
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This is chock full of appealing, well rounded characters, a sumptuous and involving tale and fully realised settings which come together in this massively satisfying adventure.This and book two "Istu Awakened" brings together the original six volume set and they are a superb read; I'm not even into fantasy type stuff but I really enjoyed reading about Fost Longstrider, his journeys, battles and relationships! These are two of the few books I've kept since my late teens and I'm looking forward to reading them again soon. These books inspired me to read, read, read and then eventually to write a few of my own.

The pages almost turn themselves and are full of glorious action and fleshy antics; if more young men were given this to read in their mid teens we wouldn't have any literacy problems!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun. 2005
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I originally read this book quite a few years ago, little realising it was part of a 6 book saga. It has taken me quite a few years to locate the rest of these books and this alone should tell you how much I enjoyed the first book. However, it must be said that if you are slightly embrassed to references to sex (and there are quite a few) don't read this book because you will be very embrassed. OK story:

Fost - a basic FED express man - is delivering a package to a eminent wizard. After discovering the man's death he soon encounters a oversexed and fiesty princess whose sister has usurped her rightful thone. What follows is the princess's attempts to throw off her sister from the throne and restore the kingdom. Needless to say, Fost and Princess get it on and Fost is drawn into the war between the sisters. Together with 2 ghosts in jars and other warrior women, Fost et al go to war.

This book has a killer ending. Highly recommended.
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Read volume 1 & 2 quite some time ago but remember them well.
I enjoyed them a lot at the time, nothing high brow.
Just a very good all round escapist romp.
Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You'll love this series. The characters and events are unforgettable! 12 Jan. 2014
By Kenneth E Fix - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's been years since I first read what was originally a six paperback book series by Robert Vardeman and Victor Milan. I've met Milan; these two authors were college friends when they wrote the series. Playboy paperbacks published the first editions in the 1980's, hence the lack of circulation and widespread dissemination. There's also lots of adult level sex and violence to be had, but in the current era of media with Game Of Thrones and the like, the adventures here aren't so shocking anymore. Suffice it to say, I've reread the series 4 times over nearly 30 years. The characters are well thought out and come to life in the pages here. I will not reveal the story elements, but there's lot's to be encountered here, and I wish it had been longer, but it's not. War of Powers part one takes in the first three books: The Sundered Realm, The City In The Glacier, and The Destiny Stone. Part two takes in The Fallen Ones, In the Shadow of Omizantrium, and Demon Of The Dark Ones. If you can get the two collected volumes here for a reasonable price, it will be well worth what you'll pay for them. Better enjoyment of a sex filled swashbucking epic just cannot be had. This series is one of my absolute favorites and if I could give it ten stars instead of five, I would. Enjoy without reservations!!!!
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A great omnibus series, everyone should read this often over looked fantasy author 10 May 2009
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This review is for Volumes one & two of The War Of Powers.

The story begins with Fost Longstrider a space-courier being assigned the task of delivering a parcel, unbknownst to Fost the parcel contains a jug and in jug the spirit of a thousand year old spirit called Erimines The Ethical who is supposed to know the secret of imortality, now Erimines was when he was alive a prophet of some fame, always speaking that physical pleasure was a sin, after a thousand years of being stuck in a jug the only thing the spirit can think of is the pleasures he missed when he was alive.

As Fost delivers the parcel he descovers the man who the parcel was for dead, at a lost at what to do he head mack to his city, along the way Fost meets Priness Moriana who be druging Fost managed to steal the jug contaning the spirit taking it back to her sky city, when Fost wakes up he start his persuit.

And this persuit leads Fost into a war with demons and the evil sister of Moriana and her sky warriors. This series of books are great, plenty of action and adventure with a great cast of characters, my personal favourite is Erimines, his one liners are quit amazing, I couldn't stop laughing.

A great series well worth reading!!
Top 5 book ever read. Epic. 2 April 2015
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Loved these books any chance of a kindle release
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