What is Players of Gor?
Players of Gor is the 20th book in the Gor series. The Gor series focuses mainly on the endeavors of the protagonist, Tarl Cabot. Tarl was a man from earth who turns out to be of Gorean origin, gets transported into the world of Gor. The story has also introduced and focused the spotlight on a few new characters who, like Tarl, were previously from Earth and were suddenly transported into the Gorean dimension.
The series is written by Chicago-based adult science fiction writer, John Norman.
Players of Gor was initially published in 1984 by DAW Books. Following its first release, the book has had around 18 other editions produced.
Players of Gor returns the spotlight to the series’ main protagonist, Tarl Cabot. Tarl is shaken by a shocking revelation—the Priest-Kings, his former allies, have turned their backs against him. Tarl has been branded a traitor by the Priest-Kings. To top it off, the latter sent an assassin in an attempt to kill him. In the midst of reclaiming his reputation and chasing after his assailant, Tarl finds himself disguised as a member of a traveling Gorean circus known as Player. Little does Tarl Cabot know, joining the circus is just as deadly and perilous as the threats that the Priest-Kings and Kurs have over his life.
Readers and critics are once again delighted to see Tarl back in action in Players of Gor. The book focused more on the ruptured trust between Tarl and the Priest-Kings, along with the ongoing feuds that Tarl has with the Kurs and the Players.
Related Practices and Fetishes
At its 20th installment, the Gor series never fell short of its depiction of women being captured and turned into slaves. Among its recurring themes include the portrayal of the Master-slave relationship and slave training.