Kellory the Warlock

Kellory the Warlock is a fix-up fantasy novel written by Lin Carter, the third book of the Chronicles of Kylix series. Its seven episodic chapters were originally written as short stories, but only one, "In the Valley of Silence," had been previously published (as "Vault of Silence," in the anthology Swords Against Tomorrow (1970)). The book was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in April 1984.[1] It was reprinted in hardcover by Wildside Press in 2007.

Kellory the Warlock
Kellory the Warlock
dust cover of Kellory the Warlock
AuthorLin Carter
Cover artistSteve Marchesi
CountryUnited States
SeriesThe Chronicles of Kylix
GenreSword and sorcery Fantasy
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages180 pp
Preceded byThe Wizard of Zao 


Each volume of the Chronicles of Kylix is set on a different world in the magical solar system of the fictional star Kylix in the constellation of the Unicorn. The system consists of the five planets Zao, Olymbris, Thoorana, Zephrondus and Gulzund. Kellory the Warlock takes place on Zephrondus.

Kellory is the last survivor of the Black Wolves tribe, descended from the Lost Kings of Illyriod. His people were massacred by the Thugoda Horde, who burned his father alive and held his own sword hand in the same fire so he could live to tell the tale but never raise a sword against his tormentors. He dedicates his life to revenge against the horde, becoming a warlock since he is no longer able to be a warrior. In time, he achieves his dark goal.


  • 1. Dark Palace of the Flame.

The young Kellory seeks the castle of the Green Enchanter, the world's most powerful mage, in hope of becoming his apprentice to be able to employ magic against the Thugoda Horde in place of his lost sword arm. The enchanter's castle lies within an active volcano, protected by sorcery from the heat.

  • 2. In the Valley of Silence.

Some years later, now possessed of a staff to focus his magic power, Kellory saves a female captive from a band of Thungoda. He is searching for a legendary spell book, the Book of Shadows that he believes will help him destroy the whole horde. He seeks it futilely in the abandoned tower of its original owner.

  • 3. The City Where Death Was King.

Kellory and his companion are captured by desert tribesmen, whom they win over. Together they enter a lost city, where the tribesmen hope to find treasure and Kellory the Book of Shadows. Instead they encounter a supernatural menace.

  • 4. Shadows in the Dark.
  • 5. The Smile on the Face of the Beast.
  • 6. Lord of the Shadows.
  • 7. The Gray Enchanter.


The book was reviewed by Jackie Cassada in Library Journal, v. 109, issue 5, March 1984, p. 599, and Paul M. Lloyd in Fantasy Review, v. 7, no. 8, Sep. 1984, p. 26.


  1. ^ Kellory the Warlock title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database


Lin Carter

Linwood Vrooman Carter (June 9, 1930 – February 7, 1988) was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor, poet and critic. He usually wrote as Lin Carter; known pseudonyms include H. P. Lowcraft (for an H. P. Lovecraft parody) and Grail Undwin. He is best known for his work in the 1970s as editor of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, which introduced readers to many overlooked classics of the fantasy genre.

List of fantasy novels (I–R)

This page lists notable fantasy novels (and novel series). The books appear in alphabetical order by title (beginning with I to R) (ignoring "A", "An", and "The"); series are alphabetical by author-designated name or, if there is no such, some reasonable designation. Science-fiction novels and short-story collections are not included here.

Swords Against Tomorrow

Swords Against Tomorrow is an anthology of fantasy stories, edited by Robert Hoskins. It was first published in paperback by Signet Books in August 1970.The book collects five sword and sorcery or sword and planet short stories and novelettes by various authors, together with an introduction and introductory notes to the individual stories by the editor.

All of the authors represented except Leigh Brackett were members of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America (SAGA), a somewhat informal literary group of fantasy authors active from the 1960s to the 1980s, making the book a precursor of the five Flashing Swords! anthologies of SAGA-member works edited by Lin Carter from 1973 to 1981.

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