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Madouc: Lyonesse, Book 3 | [Jack Vance]

Madouc: Lyonesse, Book 3

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.
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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!

©1991 Jack Vance (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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  • 1990 World Fantasy Award, Best Novel
  • “(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)

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    Would you listen to Madouc again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Madouc to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he is a competent performer.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it really kept my interest.


    Any additional comments?

    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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