The Sword of Rhiannon

Leigh Brackett
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The Sword of Rhiannon


The Sword of Rhiannon by Leigh Brackett

3.0 Stars

The Sword of Rhiannon is typical pulp. Big He Man goes off on an adventure, finds beautiful woman and saves the world. Matt Carse, an archaeologist on Mars, finds himself thrown back in time to the days of a lush green Mars with a thriving, sea-faring civilization. He gets caught up in a war where he finds himself cast as the god Rhiannon. And indeed, Rhiannon has possessed him. After freeing himself from the beautiful princess and warrior, Ywain, he, with the help of Rhiannon, saves the day.

Ywain, is not quite the damsel in distress that must be rescued often found in the pulp stories. She is pretty self sufficient, being a warrior herself. She does what she feels is right, and makes her own choices. Brackett used technology to explain Rhiannon, which is different from the magic or mythology that is often used. Packed with action, there isn't a lot in this book to make the reader think. But, The Sword of Rhiannon is a purely entertaining story.