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Completely revised by the author...the new second book in his warlock Series. Here's Gramarye, a gentle planet where, in the Thirty-first Century, people choose the life-style of medieval England; except they're prejudiced against and persecute their witches and warlocks (espers, naturally). Rod Gallowglass (dubbed High Warlock in spite of himself) is stationed there as an a Completely revised by the author...the new second book in his warlock Series. Here's Gramarye, a gentle planet where, in the Thirty-first Century, people choose the life-style of medieval England; except they're prejudiced against and persecute their witches and warlocks (espers, naturally). Rod Gallowglass (dubbed High Warlock in spite of himself) is stationed there as an agent of the intergalactic DDT--Decentralized democratic Tribunal--to protect the precious esper colony from its primitive fellow Gramaryans, and to insure a gradual integration. This already whacky society is stirred up with a batch of paranoid esper Neanderthals led by the strane King Kobold, brought in by alien futurians to destroy those espers so vital to DDT's future. When this unhealthy mess starts brewing, our warlock-cum-everyman is the one to watch.


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Completely revised by the author...the new second book in his warlock Series. Here's Gramarye, a gentle planet where, in the Thirty-first Century, people choose the life-style of medieval England; except they're prejudiced against and persecute their witches and warlocks (espers, naturally). Rod Gallowglass (dubbed High Warlock in spite of himself) is stationed there as an a Completely revised by the author...the new second book in his warlock Series. Here's Gramarye, a gentle planet where, in the Thirty-first Century, people choose the life-style of medieval England; except they're prejudiced against and persecute their witches and warlocks (espers, naturally). Rod Gallowglass (dubbed High Warlock in spite of himself) is stationed there as an agent of the intergalactic DDT--Decentralized democratic Tribunal--to protect the precious esper colony from its primitive fellow Gramaryans, and to insure a gradual integration. This already whacky society is stirred up with a batch of paranoid esper Neanderthals led by the strane King Kobold, brought in by alien futurians to destroy those espers so vital to DDT's future. When this unhealthy mess starts brewing, our warlock-cum-everyman is the one to watch.

30 review for King Kobold Revived

  1. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This is a re-write of an earlier novel from 1971, King Kobold, and is the second book in Stasheff's series about Rod Gallowglass, the Warlock-In-Spite-of-Himself. (Though there's some confusion and debate about the numbering.) Rod is an interstellar agent sent to a medieval planet to protect telepathic natives, one of whom he marries, and as the series progresses they have four children and we see them grow and go on to have families and adventures of their own. It's one of the best science-fant This is a re-write of an earlier novel from 1971, King Kobold, and is the second book in Stasheff's series about Rod Gallowglass, the Warlock-In-Spite-of-Himself. (Though there's some confusion and debate about the numbering.) Rod is an interstellar agent sent to a medieval planet to protect telepathic natives, one of whom he marries, and as the series progresses they have four children and we see them grow and go on to have families and adventures of their own. It's one of the best science-fantasy series of its time, and one of the best family-values series the field ever produced. Some of the Cold War political themes are a bit dated, but they're delightful moral fables with realistic family dynamic tensions and considerable humor. Good stuff!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I have actually read both versions of this book--I found the 1st version more in tune with the tone of The Warlock in Spite of Himself, and Revived closer to that of the rest of the series. His editing was a little spotty, but reading the 1st version will also explain a couple other things, such as what Brom was doing in Beastland, even though Galen is mentioned in Warlock Unlocked. Either way, not his best work, though Baby Magnus is awfully cute!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Schneider

    This is much more like it. So much better than the first two books in the series, and I credit this to the rewriting of same by the author in the 80’s after letting it sit in the old form since 1971. You can see that this story was well thought out, blending a combination of science with “magic”, particularly with the deductive reasoning of where and why the Neanderthals appeared on the main continent and brought war to the island. The plot moved in a fast paced linear fashion, the characters w This is much more like it. So much better than the first two books in the series, and I credit this to the rewriting of same by the author in the 80’s after letting it sit in the old form since 1971. You can see that this story was well thought out, blending a combination of science with “magic”, particularly with the deductive reasoning of where and why the Neanderthals appeared on the main continent and brought war to the island. The plot moved in a fast paced linear fashion, the characters were better developed and the story used prior information from the past novels to appropriate advantage. Again I cannot emphasize enough that the author elegantly used scientific theory/principle to combine with the events which unfold in the novel to explain why the story moved from one issue to another. I sure hope the upcoming books in this series move just as fluidly. Onward!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tammy McGaa

    Missing pages I had read this book years ago, so certain parts I really looked forward to reading again. Imagine my unpleasant surprise when at that very place, the page is blank. As if that weren't bad enough, several more pages were also blank...about one every two to three pages to the end of the book. If I am going to pay money for something I fully expect to get what I paid for. Missing pages I had read this book years ago, so certain parts I really looked forward to reading again. Imagine my unpleasant surprise when at that very place, the page is blank. As if that weren't bad enough, several more pages were also blank...about one every two to three pages to the end of the book. If I am going to pay money for something I fully expect to get what I paid for.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Al

    (spoiler alert!) Somewhat farfetched story for this one and found it personally hard to read. Smart neanderthals that time traveled to a different planet and bred to have superpowers, kid from alternate dimension who found their exact copy of parent.... story pushes politics as well which for me is not what you would expect from a fantasy/sci fi book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Excellent Totally enjoyed reading this book 2 of a modern Yankee in King Tuan's Court. Not usually a fan of time travel, but this book is GOOD. Excellent Totally enjoyed reading this book 2 of a modern Yankee in King Tuan's Court. Not usually a fan of time travel, but this book is GOOD.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Youren

    Second in the Warlock series. Still fun although the cold war themes from the 60's doesn't shine in the one as well. Second in the Warlock series. Still fun although the cold war themes from the 60's doesn't shine in the one as well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan Murdoch

    An old book recrafted by the author. I enjoyed the tongue in cheek telling of the story. But you really should read the "Warlock in spite of himself" first. An old book recrafted by the author. I enjoyed the tongue in cheek telling of the story. But you really should read the "Warlock in spite of himself" first.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ken Robson

    I actually prefer the original version of this book. I put of reading the updated version for many many years

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    Far more understandable now then when I first read it in junior high.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Colin

    So, I picked up a stack of these Warlock books for $0.25 each at a local used book store (Zia Records on Thunderbird in Phoenix, AZ), mostly because they looked very Appendix-N-like, and because I needed some light reading. The series is goofier than I expected, but fun - the basic premise is that in a spacefaring future, a colony was founded on a distant world by a sort of SCA group that wanted to have a medieval society. The kinds of colonists who were attracted to this were mostly latest psi So, I picked up a stack of these Warlock books for $0.25 each at a local used book store (Zia Records on Thunderbird in Phoenix, AZ), mostly because they looked very Appendix-N-like, and because I needed some light reading. The series is goofier than I expected, but fun - the basic premise is that in a spacefaring future, a colony was founded on a distant world by a sort of SCA group that wanted to have a medieval society. The kinds of colonists who were attracted to this were mostly latest psionicists, and a few centuries of breeding from a population that self-selected (unknowingly!) for this trait in a medieval world bred "witches" and "warlocks" with uncanny "magical" powers (psi-powers). Worse, there is a native fungal life-form, which they dubbed "witch moss," which reacts to psi power by reshaping itself into other forms - the subconscious projections of a world of psi-wielders created fairies and monsters and such out of witch moss. So it is a complete fantasy world, a lost colony of humans in space . . . until Rod arrives on the planet. He represents a government agency tracking down lost colonies and trying to prevent them from being manipulated by shadowy enemy organizations. They - and he - realize that the concentrated psi-powers of this planet may be just what the democratic future of humanity in space needs - instant communications between worlds via telepathy! So Rod is safeguarding the world for humanity's future - but in the meantime, he needs to fit in, and uses his technology (including putting his ship's AI into a robotic horse body) disguised as an unknown form of magic to become the High Warlock. All is going well . . . until the island kingdom, the planet's only settlement, is attacked by Viking raiders from afar . . . who are Neanderthals?!?!? Something is very wrong here! And so it goes . . .

  12. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Lemieux

    Like many readers here, I've read both versions and actually preferred the original. I don't think it was nearly as flawed as its reputation makes it out to be. It's uneven in places and a touch slowly paced, perhaps, but there is a lot great stuff in it. The original is a valid entry in a series that was just getting on its feat. "Revived" itself is also good and it's not often readers get two different, distinct versions of the same story, so fans will definitely want to read this version in ad Like many readers here, I've read both versions and actually preferred the original. I don't think it was nearly as flawed as its reputation makes it out to be. It's uneven in places and a touch slowly paced, perhaps, but there is a lot great stuff in it. The original is a valid entry in a series that was just getting on its feat. "Revived" itself is also good and it's not often readers get two different, distinct versions of the same story, so fans will definitely want to read this version in addition to the original. It also provides some insight it how authors themselves can view their own, older works as imperfect and attempt to "fix" what they see as mistakes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matt Kruse

    This book shifts the series from soft sci-fi to soft fantasy. It's decent overall, but at least at this point it doesn't seem to quite know what it is - is it meant to be more serious, as the overall style seems to indicate, or more tongue in cheek, maybe not so far on that spectrum as the Discworld series, but along those lines, where you just need to ignore the anachronisms and occasionally weak logic? This book shifts the series from soft sci-fi to soft fantasy. It's decent overall, but at least at this point it doesn't seem to quite know what it is - is it meant to be more serious, as the overall style seems to indicate, or more tongue in cheek, maybe not so far on that spectrum as the Discworld series, but along those lines, where you just need to ignore the anachronisms and occasionally weak logic?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Deal

    Where I did indeed really enjoy this novel, it is not a great one. It does indeed suffer from several problems. The prominent being telling rather than showing. The action of the novel is skipped over through out which is somewhat annoying I would rather see Rod do these things than here about them after the fact. Yet the characters are still wonderful and charming especially rod and gwen's baby magnus. I plan to read the whole sereis but this one is more on the silly side of life. Where I did indeed really enjoy this novel, it is not a great one. It does indeed suffer from several problems. The prominent being telling rather than showing. The action of the novel is skipped over through out which is somewhat annoying I would rather see Rod do these things than here about them after the fact. Yet the characters are still wonderful and charming especially rod and gwen's baby magnus. I plan to read the whole sereis but this one is more on the silly side of life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Preston

    As good as the rest of the series is, this book is terrible. I have no earthly idea what happened, but this book missed the mark. I had to practically bribe my husband to finish it and keep moving with the rest of the series instead of just giving up the Warlock. Do yourself a favor and skip to book 3.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    While this one isn't Stasheff at his best, it's still a decent read if you've started the series. ** Please note that depending on where you find this book (which I believe is out of print atm) you can end up with a "different" book; the author was allowed to rewrite the book after the first edition went to print to work in some major edits to the text. While this one isn't Stasheff at his best, it's still a decent read if you've started the series. ** Please note that depending on where you find this book (which I believe is out of print atm) you can end up with a "different" book; the author was allowed to rewrite the book after the first edition went to print to work in some major edits to the text.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Đenis

    Do Gramarie vniknú neandertálci s paralýzou v pohľade. Rod sa musí s týmto problémom nejak vysporiadať a zistiť, kto je za to všetko zodpovedný. Samozrejme spolu s kráľom, kráľovnou, Bronom, čarodejníkmi a nakoniec aj so svojim dvojročným synom Magnusom. Prišlo mi to ako priemerná poviedka stretu renesancie a praveku, pričom obe strany vládnu esperickými schopnosťami.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jim Razinha

    This came back to me as I read it (30 years and a plethora of books intbe meantime are reason enough for a little literary amnesia), and I remembered enjoying it even as I enjoyed it this time. Very fun. Someday, I hope to run across a copy of the original...Stasheff says it's not the same story and I'm curious as to the differences. Nice piece in the canon. This came back to me as I read it (30 years and a plethora of books intbe meantime are reason enough for a little literary amnesia), and I remembered enjoying it even as I enjoyed it this time. Very fun. Someday, I hope to run across a copy of the original...Stasheff says it's not the same story and I'm curious as to the differences. Nice piece in the canon.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ariana

    I'm having a hard time putting my finger on why these books a so annoying to me, but I believe that it's the writing style. I really enjoyed the characters, and the plot is decent, but the delivery is rough. I think with a better editor I would enjoy this series much more. I'm having a hard time putting my finger on why these books a so annoying to me, but I believe that it's the writing style. I really enjoyed the characters, and the plot is decent, but the delivery is rough. I think with a better editor I would enjoy this series much more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I actually own both this version and the orignal. Each has its own charm. The revised version fits better into the timeline of the series while the original has more of the tone of the early books in the set.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    In this second book of the series the warlock, his wife and son must match wits against an army of boogeyman. Brought to Gramarye by future totalitarians to put a stop to its chance of developing democracy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    Interesting.

  23. 4 out of 5

    C.G.

    This is about the third time I've read this series and won't be doing much reviewing. This is about the third time I've read this series and won't be doing much reviewing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    SciFiOne

    1990 grade C series book W2

  25. 5 out of 5

    MarsianMan

    Skimmed this because I did not like it as much his other books (even if it is a rewrite to make it better).

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ig-88

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Howard

    13

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Nuchols

  29. 5 out of 5

    Thyne Richards

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alda

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