In this novel from the TEKUMEL® series of books, forgotten knowledge from the distant past now threatens the Empire of the Petal Throne. Harsan, raised among the alien Pe Choi, must take his place among humans when the Emperor summons him to decipher the secret of the Man of Gold. Follow Harsan on his quest as he searches for the knowledge that will change the world of Tekumel.
|Publisher:||Tekumel Foundation, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)|
About the Author
M.A.R. Barker (1929-2012) created the world of Tekumel, the setting for his novels and games. Inspired by Indian, Mayan, Aztec and other non-European mythologies and cultures, Barker wove these together with his own ideas to imagine an amazing science-fantasy setting. A Fulbright Scholar, Barker went on to teach at McGill University in Montreal and then at the University of Minnesota. A long-time historical game player, in 1975 Barker created a role-playing game, Empire of the Petal Throne after playing Original Dungeons & Dragons. After that, he wrote several novels, including The Man of Gold and Flamesong, both of which were published by DAW Books in the 1980's. His work is available again through the efforts of The Tekumel Foundation, established in 2008 to preserve Prof. Barker's creative legacy.
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The Man of Gold based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
A novelization of the author's role playing game, Empire of the Petal Throne. The game was far more original than Dungeons & Dragons, with truly odd alien races instead of overworked orcs and elves. The novel illustrates why game settings don't translate readily into readable works of fiction. To his credit, Mr. Barker does try to rationalize his overloaded milieu, but it is evident that there is more invention than imagination at work.
The monk Hasran travels across the Empire of the Petal Throne in search of the "Man of Gold", a mysterious artifact from a lost age of technology. He becomes a pawn used by various factions bent on acquiring the device for their own purposes.Barker is renowned as a world builder rather than a novelist, and his world of "Tekumel" is a welcome change from the Tolkienesque dross that dominates so much of fantasy. Both the far future strangeness of Tekumel and the better parts of the story reminded me of Wolfe's "Book of the New Sun". However, the weaker passages of the "Man of Gold" read like an RPG session writeup, punctuated by info-dumps. The novel is no masterpiece, but definitely worth reading.
Professor Barker has written an excellent adventure novel, that also happens to be a superb introduction to the world setting of Tekumel. The Man of Gold is a "Sword and Planet" story about a young man caught up in the intrigues of an Empire and the personal goals of the movers and shakers, while searching for a lost artifact. If you enjoy court intrigue, travel adventures, and mysteries, you will enjoy The Man Of Gold.