The Green Pearl
Berkley Books, 1987 - Fantasy fiction, American - 407 pages
In THE GREEN PEARL, King Aillas of Troicinet defends the peace of the Elder Isles against both the Ska marauders who once enslaved him and the wicked King Casmir. While organizing the unruly barons in the frontiers of his land, Aillas goes out of his way to capture the lovely Ska noblewoman who once stung him with her disregard. When he gets separated from his men, his dream of forcing the lady's recognition becomes the toil of dragging a defiant captive across lands governed by Casmir's henchmen. Meanwhile, the world of magic has gone on the move. The concentrated malice of the witch Desmki has manifested as a green pearl, breeding lust and envy and death; and a sorcerer in Casmir's employ abducts the princess Glyneth, in a bid to draw Aillas and friends on a hopeless rescue mission across a bizarre and deadly alternate world.A masterpiece of romantic, picaresque adventure, THE GREEN PEARL extends the epic founded with LYONESSE: SULDRUN'S GARDEN and concluded in the World Fantasy Award-winning MADOUC. The ElectricStory eBook comprises the definitive text assembled and re-edited by the Vance Integral Edition project with the close collaboration of Mr. Vance himself.
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Sir Kreim, who stood at Gax's elbow, declared that Aillas' rule was transitory, and
why? The reason, according to Sir Kreim, was well-known: Aillas' sexual
perversions had made him sickly and limp. This caused Gax to spit on the floor.
Sir Kreim, next of the royal succession, also endorsed Gax's intransigence, if for
reasons quite at variance with Gax's own. Sir Kreim was a burly heavy-faced man
of middle maturity, with black hair, lowering black brows and a short curling ...
There is no royal prince in the statutory line of succession — " Here Sir Kreim
indignantly thrust himself forward. "Absurd and incorrect! I am in the direct line of
succession, and I shall be the next king of North Ulfland!" Duke Luhalcx smiled.
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