Actual title: The Wannek.
Marooned on the strange planet Tschai, Adam Reith agreed to lead an
expedition to return the princess Ylin Ylan, the Flower of Cath, to her
homeland halfway around the globe.
Monsters of land and sea lay before them, and begins both human and alien who might rob, kill or enslave them. Tschai was a large planet, an ancient planet, where four powerful alien roces struggled for mastery while humans were treated as pawns; nothing would be easy for Reith on this journy. But the girl's father was enormously wealthy and her homeland technologically sophisticated.
If Reith was ever to obtain human aid in returning to Earth, where better than Cath? If he could get there...
John Holbrook "Jack" Vance (1916–2013) was an American mystery, fantasy and science fiction writer. Though most of his work has been published as by Jack Vance, he also wrote 11 mystery novels using his full name John Holbrook Vance, three under the pseudonym Ellery Queen, and once each using the pseudonyms Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse.
Vance won the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1984 and he was a Guest of Honor at the 1992 World Science Fiction Convention in Orlando, Florida. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America made him its 14th Grand Master in 1997 and the Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in 2001, its sixth class of two deceased and two living writers.