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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Do exactly as I say; otherwise you must come to grief, and fly Madling Meadow as
a heron or, more likely, a crow; the fairies at times are over-mordant in their
humour." "You need never worry; when I listen I hear and what I hear I retain
forest shade, surveyed the meadow. He perceived a scene of bucolic peace, with
no sound but the hum of insects. Buttercups, daisies, mallows, corn-flowers and a
dozen other flowers spotted the green grass with colour. In the soft blue sky ...
Is this not Stangle* Meadow, where I may test my wonderful nexus?" "Foolish
mortal! You have compounded your solecism! Such words are not to be uttered in
the presence of the Sempiternals; it is considered in poor taste. Secondly, this is ...
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