The World Fantasy Award-winning third volume of the Lyonesse trilogy brings attention to the faerie changeling Madouc. Where princess Suldrun once meekly endured the proprieties of Castle Haidion, Madouc defends herself with rotten fruit. Vexed, King Casmir arranges a contest to marry her off, but Madouc has other ideas, and enlists the stableboy "Sir Pom-pom" on an impromptu quest to find her father. During their travels, they encounter swindlers, faeries, trolls, ogres, a knight in search of his youth, and a relatively pedestrian item known as the Holy Grail. As the sorcerers Shimrod and Murgen investigate portents of cataclysm in the world of magic, Casmir plans a murder that will bring all the lands under his iron rule; however, his ambitions will be complicated by one small but important oversight-he's failed to allow for Madouc!
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“(Vance) gives you glimpses of entire worlds with just perfectly turned language. If he’d been born south of the border, he’d be up for a Nobel Prize.” (Dan Simmons)
“Vance has the narrative force, the willingness to look very coldly at violence and cruelty, to not shy away…. He has an amazing ear and writes a beautiful sentence.” (Michael Chabon)
This was a big disappointment. I loved the first and second book, but this one should have had the beginning and ending cut, and it should have been a stand alone book all about Madouc. I love the character Madouc and she's certaintly worth her own book. As is though, this book really felt like the beginning and the ending were a continuation of the trilogy,, but not so much the middle. Maybe Madouc should have been introduced in the first book like Dhrun was.That would have made the entire series better, but I would still love to read more about Madouc. Madouc's character was made even better by the voice Mr Collins selected for her and the way he just really brought her character to life. I'll be looking for more of Vance's and Kevin T. Collins' works.
Yes. It is a complex story with many threads. The characters are interesting and the background the story is set against holds your interest. It is a lead in to Jack Vance's other works.
It is similar to the others in the "Lyonesse" series and most of his other work. If you like Jack Vance - you will like this. It is a bit more complex than some of his "straight" Science fiction work.
No, but he is a competent performer.
No, but it really kept my interest.
Recommenced for anyone who likes fantasy - Jack Vance laid the foundations for many of today's authors. A warning though, as with many fantasy novels, you will need to keep track of the various sub-plots and individuals who pop up during the story.
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