Warriors of Thlassa Mey by Dennis McCarty

Warriors of Thlassa Mey by Dennis McCarty

The cover for Warriors of Thlassa Mey by Dennis McCarty is an interesting thing. It shows a mustachioed warrior of some sort emerging from a tomb, and as his mummy-like wrappings are falling away he’s zapping an unfortunate victim with some sort of finger magic. His chest is puffed out, and there’s a sword on the ground — perhaps belonging to the victim.

This is actually the second book in the somewhat-obscure Thlassa Mey series (perhaps its obscurity is linked to its difficult-to-pronounce title). The first in the series, Flight to Thlassa Mey, was published in 1986. The fifth and final book, The Birth of the Blade, was released in 1993. This title was published in 1987.

The Thlassa Mey books are the only science fiction titles Dennis McCarty has published, but he has still had an active and unusual career. McCarty is a reverend in the Unitarian Universalist church. He has written a play titled Servetus: the Radical Reformed Musical and a book called Little Celebrations: Readings from a Gentle Atheist. He is an active pulpit preacher and a newspaper columnist.

Warriors of Thlassa Mey by Dennis McCarty

This cover, which is the work of Darrell K. Sweet, is the first and only cover this novel has received. Sweet supplied covers and art for many well-known fantasy series, including the Xanth series by Piers Anthony and the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. He worked with many science fiction and fantasy authors over the course of his career, including Alan Dean Foster and Anne McCaffrey.

Sweet’s illustration career took off in 1975, after Judy-Lynn del Rey recruited him to paint the cover for Gather Darkness by Fritz Lieber. He went on to create more than 3,000 illustrations. In the 1980s, he created new covers for The Hobbit and all three books in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also provided original illustrations for licensed calendars.