The Iron Lords(1979)
(The first book in the War of the Gods on Earth series)
A novel by Andrew J Offutt
A world in peril, and one man to save it...
A savage tragedy rocked Jarik's world that day. In one moment he was orphaned, again, without village, without purpose, without anywhere to belong - but not alone.
He set off on a quest for vengeance and glory, to lay waste to the hawkers who had destroyed his village with murder, rape and fire. By his side was his sister Torsy, and inside of him was another. Someone who couldn't exist, shouldn't exist, but did.
On his journey across the sea he looks not only for revenge but to unroot his unknown origins, as well as those of Oak, his mysterious counterpart. And to cure his adoptive sister Torsy of her shock and find a place they can truly belong.
Along the way he becomes embroiled in struggles with in godly legend and humanly vices, battling marauders, his host village and social isolation daily.
And now he undertakes his greatest lesson: learning the arts of war.
His destiny is unfolding before him, but down two different paths.
The path of the great healer, or of the violent avenger?
He must decide.
The Iron Lords is a gripping fantasy adventure, the first volume of the War of the Gods on Earth series.
Praise for Andrew J Offutt:
"Great entertainment of epic scope" - Poul Anderson
"One of the major players from the sword and sorcery boom from the 70s" - Adventures Fantastic
"Offers a new dimension in heroic fantasy." - Jerry Pournelle
"This is only the first of many adventures to come." - Andre Norton
Andrew Jefferson Offutt was an American science fiction and fantasy author who wrote prolifically under a variety of pseudonyms and genres, including John Cleve, John Denis, Jeff Morehead, and Turk Winter. He is the father of novelist Chris Offutt and professor Jeff Offutt. A sterling author of both science fiction and fantasy, primarily in the subgenre of Sword and Sorcery, he was most active throughout the 1970s and 80s.
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Used availability for Andrew J Offutt's The Iron Lords
May 1984 : USA Mass Market Paperback
July 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback
March 1979 : USA Paperback
August 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition