Fred Blosser mentioned the great comic book writer Gardner F. Fox. Fox also wrote a variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy paperbacks. I just happened upon Fox’s Kyrik: Warlock Warrior which was published by a fringe paperback publisher, Leisure Books, back in 1975. As the cover says–“In the tradition of CONAN”–Kyrik is a fighter and powerful tactician.
But Kyrik first appears in this novel as a small statue. An evil sorcerer imprisoned Kyrik in this statue for a thousand years! A beautiful sorceress named Aryalla finds the statute and casts the spell that frees Kyrik. In return, Aryalla wants Kyrik to help her overthrow the dictator Devadonides. Devadonides relies on the evil sorcerer, Jokaline, to keep him in power.
Kyrik, with his sword Blue Fang, and Aryalla with her Magic, Gardner F. Fox launches them on an adventure worthy of Conan. Sure, this is a pastiche of the Real Thing, but if you’re looking for Sword & Sorcery action, Kyrik is a fun substitute. GRADE: B