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    Fantasy book about kings that get beheaded every 7 years and a new king annointed

    I'm looking for a book I perused at the bookstore but didnt buy and have regretted ever since.

    The book starts with the king making preperations for his execution. Once a king has reigned so long, he's beheaded and his head flung into a crowd, the person that catches the head becomes the next king. Dozens of folks show up hoping to be king, even knowing the outcome. One bit I recall was that the crown requires a chin strap, since a previous king's head and crown were caught by different men, resulting in a civil war in the kingdom. The story is about how the current king plans on beating the odds and escaping execution and fleeing into the wilderness.

    That's as far as I got. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have to know how it ended.

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    Would be writer? Sure. Davis Ashura's Avatar
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    I'm blanking on the name, but it sounds like something from L. Sprague DeCamp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Ashura View Post
    I'm blanking on the name, but it sounds like something from L. Sprague DeCamp
    And we have a winner!

    http://www.amazon.ca/Reluctant-King-...reluctant+king

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    Awesome!

    Thank you very much. Ordering off Amazon now.

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