World Fantasy Award nominee 1977.
KANE – The Mystic Swordsman battles the prophet of an ancient cult of evil that began before the birth of Man.
Out of the blackness of an almost-forgotten past, the cruel cult of Sataki has come to life again. Orted Ak-Ceddi, a daring outlaw, is its prophet. He draws thousands of converts to his Dark Crusade – a design to destroy mankind. His bloody cohorts conquer Shapeli, but they are defeated when they drive to vanquish the southern kingdoms. Orted knows he must have a powerful cavalry to launch a new drive – and Kane is the man who can command the conquest. But Kane intends no final victory for the Forces of Darkness.
Kane serves the evil cult for one purpose alone. He intends to rule the earth himself!