THE HIDDEN WORLDS OF ZANDRA by William Rotsler

THE HIDDEN WORLDS OF ZANDRA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A continuation of the fantasy, Zandra, and more like an episode in a long narrative than a book in its own right. Five Earth people--ex-vet Mace Wilde, L.A. cop Eve Clayton, black actress Liberty Crockett, animal trainer Barney Boone, physicist Simon Richter--have been drawn through a spacewarp in the Bermuda Triangle to the planet Zandra, which has a medieval society and weaponry combined with various wonder-machines left by the vanished Zull super-race. The Earthlings have become slaves of the haughty, beautiful princess Falana, daughter of the emperor Morak, who's trying to unite the diverse Zandran races (who tend to have confusingly similar names) and enclaves under one rule. So the slender plot here involves their tour of the Zandran provinces, as they're pursued through the mist, often underground, by bad-guy Zurians: they encounter the shape-changing Tigron (Barney tries to help them control their involuntary metamorphoses); they meet the hedonistic Scarn, who try to tempt Falana with Zull pleasure-machines. And, with many inventive, crisply narrated incidents, this is fairly diverting fare for the sword & sorcery set--despite tedious interior monologues and a weakly inconclusive fadeout.

Pub Date: July 15th, 1983
Publisher: Doubleday