Sorcerers of Majipoor (Prestimion Trilogy)

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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!"

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Robert Silverberg has won five Nebula Awards, four Hugo Awards, and the prestigious Prix Apollo. He is the author of more than one hundred science fiction and fantasy novels -- including the best-selling Lord Valentine trilogy and the classics Dying Inside and A Time of Changes -- and more than sixty nonfiction works. Among the sixty-plus anthologies he has edited are Legends and Far Horizons, which contain original short stories set in the most popular universe of Robert Jordan, Stephen King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gregory Benford, Greg Bear, Orson Scott Card, and virtually every other bestselling fantasy and SF writer today. Mr. Silverberg's Majipoor Cycle, set on perhaps the grandest and greatest world ever imagined, is considered one of the jewels in the crown of speculative fiction.

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Another of veteran Silverberg's yarns set on Majipoor, the giant planet inhabited--for the most part amicably--by humans along with a bewildering array of aliens (The Mountains of Majipoor, 1995, etc.). In an era when sorcery dominates the councils and deeds of the mighty, the ancient Pontifex, Prankipin, lies dying. According to ancient tradition, his successor will be Lord Confalume, the present Coronal. But there is great rivalry between Prince Prestimion, expected to be named Coronal after Confalume, and Confalume's son Korsibar--the latter of whom, an oracle has told, ``will shake the world.'' Korsibar's sister, the ambitious Thismet, is also ``destined for greatness,'' again according to an oracle. But Prankipin takes so long to die that Prestimion and Korsibar agree to inaugurate his Funeral Games before he actually expires. Meanwhile, the sorcerers and Thismet persuade Korsibar that his claim to become Coronal is stronger than Prestimion's, thus precipitating a plot to usurp the prince. The upshot is a sorcery-inspired civil war so terrible that the victor orders the sorcerers to wipe its memory from history and from the minds of the people. Nearly 500 pages of elegant, soporific twiddling; even Majipoor addicts are likely to find their attention wandering. -- Copyright 1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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