Cover art by Jane Walker.
The passing of thousands of years left the planet Earth a series of broken lands... a mutated world of distant alien empires and near-at-hand rapacious satraps.
The hunted common people were sustained by one last legend – that some day one would come who would "ride the Elephant" and thereby bring back the Golden Age.
is the gripping novel of the young rebel who found out what the legend
really signified, and of how he sought to use that banned knowledge in
the very heart of the satrap's stronghold of alien magics and
well-guarded scientific mysteries.
Fred Thomas Saberhagen (1930–2007) was a Chicago-born American science fiction and fantasy fiction author most famous for his Berserker series of science fiction stories.
He also wrote a series of vampire novels in which the vampires (including the famous Dracula) are the protagonists, and a series of post-apocalyptic mytho-magical novels beginning with his popular Empire of the East and continuing through a long series of Swords and Lost Swords novels. Saberhagen died of cancer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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