Elizabeth is wearing a collar that requests but one thing: the death of Tarl Cabot.
As I said, my biggest complaint with Nomads is the simple fact that Norman spends a lot of time explaining the culture of the Wagon Peoples and their politics compared to the rest of Gor. It becomes rather Tolkien-esque, but you really gotta commend him for the immense amount of world building he put into these novels.
The best part of Nomads is clearly the Tuchuk people. I have praised Norman previously for the females in his books, but a lot of the side characters felt lacking. Kamchak and Harold may be my favorite characters in the series so far. They are both utterly ridiculous but they are also powerful warriors.
Harold in particular is responsible for my personal favorite moment. Harold is a Kamchak warrior who hasn't received his Bravery Scar ( scar that marks all the warriors from an early age) yet. He has been bullied endlessly by a woman named Hereena. Eventually, Hereena is turned into a slave and kept in the land of Turia. Harold's plan to earn his courage scar involves escorting Tarl Cabot to the Priest King Egg and also capturing the enslaved Hereena. The ensuing antics involve a giant gelatinous monster and fleeing the city with the slave girl. It is quite comical and felt like it would be right at place in an 80s fantasy movie. It's a shame the Gor movies didn't adhere to the source material.
There are a few twists and turns throughout the novel, but a lot of them felt telegraphed to the point where they weren't really twists. However, Nomads of Gor is such a wild 1980s Fantasy movie that I found myself just enjoying myself and not worrying whether or not the twists were really twists.
There is one major change that occurred in Nomads of Gor and this may change the series from here on. There is a sex scene in the book. I'm four books in and there is finally a sex scene in this book series that is allegedly full of sex and women being abused. The scene lasts for an entire chapter and is filled with so much philosophical discourse that I really hesitate to call it a sex scene. However, it is there.
Overall, Nomads may be my favorite of all the Gor books thus far. It's the most fun of all the books with Kamchak and Harold playing off the straight man Tarl Cabot. The women are beautiful and fierce. The twists and turns will keep you reading and the battles are a blast. This was a great improvement over Priest Kings and I really look forward to reading Assassin of Gor.