Cover: Michael Whelan.
The continent of Atlantis had troubles enough before Conax the Barbarian washed ashore. For Hoptor the Vintner, who considered himself a citizen of importance, things were going from bad to worse. The king was on his last legs, his generals were plotting, there were those scary lights in the sky, and Hoptor's favourite girl was being put up for auction on the slave block.
Then Conax, the self-styled king of Chimeria – a place nobody ever heard of – turned up at the auction with his broadsword, his barbaric manners, and his hair-triggrer temper. That was the last straw. From then on Atlantis was doomed!
John William Jakes (born 1932) is a writer of fiction, best known for American Historical fiction. Jakes first sold stories to pulp magazines while still in college in the early 1950s. He studied creative writing at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, graduating in 1953. After earning an M.A. in American literature from Ohio State University, he published several stories and novels over the next 20 years, many of them fantasy fiction, science fiction and westerns and other sorts of historical fiction, while working in the advertising industry. In 1971, he began to write full time.
During this time, John Jakes was also a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America (SAGA), a loose-knit group of heroic fantasy ... (more)