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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"What of King Gax across the way in Xounges? Is he still alive?" "It is said that he
is finally dying and a Ska puppet will be the next king; that is the news which has
come to us." "Hold off your departure, if you will, and also show me where I can ...
Xounges had been a fortified place since before the beginning of history. The
town occupied a flat-topped knob of stone bounded on three sides by cliffs rising
a sheer two hundred feet from the water. On the fourth side a narrow saddle of ...
Suffice it to say, we would feel that we must take Xounges by force." "If this is so
simple, why have you not done so before?" Duke Luhalcx considered a moment,
then said: "I will tell you this: we do not regard Xounges as impregnable.
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