Book Review: Priest Kings of Gor
I don't know how to describe my thoughts on Priest Kings of Gor. It's good, but I wouldn't say it's as good as Outlaw of Gor.
The common feedback I've heard on my book Ghosts of the Past is that it seems too lore heavy and doesn't focus on the story of Valkin. I can understand that thinking. However, there are a lot of elements introduced in Ghosts of the Past that I, as the author, know are important to convey to the audience. That is how I would describe Priest Kings of Gor. It's a filler book that serves to world build important elements of the past and the future of the Gor series.
I will say that I don't know if heavy sci-fi is a suitable genre for John Norman. He's great when it comes to writing epic sword and shield action scenes. The war that breaks out in the Nest feels a bit confusing with the action at times. This is something that Edgar Rice Burroughs could occasionally suffer from early on as well.
For example, what is the silver tube? I thought it was a lightsaber thing but it's also a gun? I wish more description of these things was delved into. Then again, this book came out in 1968, they didn't know what Star Wars was. Heck, they barely knew what Star Trek was.
Overall, I think John Norman is still a great writer and I understand what this book is going for. It's really sci-fi heavy, so if you're into that, you might like this one more than the other two books. I wish the sci-fi was delved into a bit more.
I also wish it wasn't necessary to write a book of filler, but sometimes you have to do that in order to build up your world.
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