Summary and Info
Great Kings' War, the authorized sequel to H. Beam Piper's classic novel, was first published in paperback in 1985 by Ace Books. This edition is a Ltd. Edition quality hardcover of Great Kings' War, the long awaited sequel to H. Beam Piper's Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen and chronicles the further adventures of Calvin Morrison, Pennsylvania State Policeman-forcibly retired. This new edition is revised and expanded (over 30%) by the authors with new maps, including Hostigos Town, Hostigos and the Five Kingdoms, and a new dramatis personae. Calvin Morrison was a pretty good cop in Pennsylvania-until he was scooped up by the cross-time flying saucer and transported to Styphon's House Subsector, a 16th Century equivalent parallel time-line. Here the Indo-Aryan invasions went east across Asia and down the Aleutian Islands into North America, where they have stagnated for thousands of years. Dropped off into the middle of a local dispute, Corporal Calvin Morrison comes face to face with warriors armed with pikes and broadswords, not petty criminals. Lord Kalvan, as the locals call him, transforms the petty Princedom of Hostigos into a fearsome warrior Kingdom by inspired leadership and advanced military knowledge. And, now, after having created and saved his new nation of Hos-Hostigos from destruction by Styphon's House, a tyrannical theocracy that holds sacred the secret formula for gunpowder, Kalvan, now Great King of Hos-Hostigos, faces his greatest challenge-keeping what he has won. The Holy Host of Styphon and the Royal Army of Hos-Harphax, two of the greatest armies in the history of the Five Kingdoms, are on the move and Kalvan will once again have to call upon his knowledge of military history to save his family and friends. This time it's personal!