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The Steel of Raithskar

(The first book in the Gandalara series)
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“A fast, light and entertaining read which sets up the Gandalara Cycle very well . . . an escapist adventure in the classic mold” (SFF Chronicles).

The last thing terminally ill language professor Ricardo Carillo remembers is standing on the deck of a Mediterranean cruise ship, watching a giant fireball hurtle toward him. He awakens in the body of a young Gandalaran named Markasset, sharing a telepathic bond with a giant, intelligent feline named Keeshah.

Ricardo faces two challenges: navigating this unfamiliar desert world, and learning about his new identity and mission. Markasset turns out to be a talented swordsman with a powerful father who’s a Supervisor in the city of Raithskar. But Markasset’s own reputation is more dubious. He has gambling debts and a shadowy past—and he’s suspected of stealing a sacred gem, the Ra’ira, that was under his father’s protection.

With few allies except a beautiful fiancée and the loyal Keeshah, Ricardo is determined to piece together what really happened to the Ra’ira. The truth will either prove his innocence—or endanger the new life he has only just begun.

Praise for the Gandalara Cycle

“Entertaining and well-paced . . . Full of swordplay and giant cats.” —Theodore Sturgeon, The Twilight Zone Magazine

“This series as a whole is possibly the best of its kind in many years.” —SF Chronicle

Genre: Fantasy

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Paperback Editions

July 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Steel of Raithskar (The Gandalara Cycle)
Author(s): Randall Garrett, Vicki Ann Heydron
ISBN: 0-553-24911-8 / 978-0-553-24911-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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January 1981 : USA Paperback

Title: The Steel of Raithskar ((The Gandalara Cycle, No.1)
Author(s): Randall Garrett
ISBN: 0-553-14607-6 / 978-0-553-14607-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
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Kindle Editions

July 2014 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Steel of Raithskar (The Gandalara Cycle)
Author(s): Randall Garrett, Vicki Ann Heydron
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU