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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At midnight, as the two lay pressed close together, Shimrod said: "I have an
uneasy feeling that you were about to tell me something more of the wizard
Visbhume." "Yes, that is so." "Then why will you not tell me?" "Because I feared
that you ...
Please, can you help me?" "We shall see, we shall see," said Visbhume airily. "
Come sit beside me and tell me an item or two of information." "Sir, let me
conduct you to Watershade, where we may talk at leisure." Visbhume held up his
Then, in all kindness, I ask that you tell me what you know of the matter, and I
therefore put this easy and harmless question to you: who is Dhrun's mother?" "
Dhrun never knew his mother," said Glyneth. "He was nurtured by fairies and
spent a ...
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