Friday, June 22, 2007

Sorcerers of Majipoor by Robert Silverberg

First sentence:

There had been omens all year, a rain of blood over Nimoya and sleek hailstones shaped like tears falling on three of the cities of Castle Mount and then a true nightmare vision, a giant four-legged black beast with fiery ruby eyes and a single spiraling horn in its forehead, swimming through the air above the port city of Alaisor at twilight.


The Long-Awaited Prequel!

A thousand years before Lord Valentine, the destiny of kings is hostage to sorcery and deceit.

On the planet Majipoor, it is a time of great change. The aged Pontifex Prankipin, who brought sorcery (and prosperity) to the Fifty Cities of Castle Mount, is dying. The Coronal Lord Confalume, who will become replacement is chosen. It is no secret that the next Coronal will be prince Prestimion. By law and custom, the blood son of the present Coronal--has a secret quarry--the Starburst Crown. Visited by an oracle, Korsibar has heard a prophecy that will plunge the planet into a fearsome conflagration and alter destiny itself: "You will shake the world!"

My thoughts:

A good epic political battle set on a distant planet. Silverberg describes the settings and characters well. Some of the themes I got was how it's dangerous to assume the future and how prophecies can be ambiguous. I look forward to reading the sequel, Lord Prestimion.

Date read: 6/21/2007
Book #: 49
Series: Lord Prestimion #1
Rating: 3* = good
Genre: SF

ISBN-10: 0061057800
ISBN-13: 978-0061057809
Publisher: Eos
Year: 1998
# of pages: 624
Binding: Paperback
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