"The Vazdru do not weep."
"Who weeps? Not I."
"Each word spoken was a tear."
-- from Delirium's Mistress
Delirium's Mistress is the fourth book of the stunning arabesque high fantasy series Tales from the Flat Earth, which, in the manner of The One Thousand and One Nights, portrays an ancient world in mythic grandeur via connected tales.
Long time ago when the Earth was Flat, beautiful indifferent Gods lived in the airy Upperearth realm above, curious passionate demons lived in the exotic Underearth realm below, and mortals were relegated to exist in the middle.
She is the neglected daughter of Azhrarn, Demon Lord of Darkness, and she has many names -- Soveh, Azhriaz, Sovaz, Atmeh. Half demon, half mortal, she is Moon's Fire, vulnerable child, vengeful sorceress, terrifying Goddess of a wondrous city of cruel delirium that spans thirteen kingdoms, and a humble priestess of life's true wisdom. When her lover, Chuz, Prince Madness himself, is taken from her, she who is Daughter of Wickedness and Delirium's Mistress finds herself on a journey spanning an eternity of lives, in her search for love and redemption, and the ultimate truth of humanity, Godhood, and self.
Come within this ancient world of brilliant darkness and beauty, of glittering palaces and wondrous elegant beings, of cruel passions and undying love.
Discover the exotic wonder that is the Flat Earth.
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Praise for Delirium’s Mistress:
“[Delirium’s Mistress] contains all of Lee’s inimitable, rich inventiveness and language, and is unlikely to disappoint her fans.”—Booklist
“Here still is all the rich poetry, voluptuousness, and wicked lemon-sweet humor that this great British authoress is known and appreciated for.” —British Fantasy Society Bulletin
“Tanith Lee has a private window into another world. That’s the only possible explanation for the inventiveness of [Tales from the Flat Earth]... all told with a degree of wit and humor rarely attempted in fantasy fiction, and even more rarely achieved.” —S.F. Chronicle
“The prose in Delirium’s Mistress is as luxuriant as ever, imparting some of the qualities of a fever dream.”—Fantasy Review
“These tales embody a unique blend of magical imagery, metaphysical vision, and psychological insight into the hinterland of the human (and not-so-human) soul.”—Phoenix
“Sensuous, decadent, Beckford-like fantasies, these tales focus on the Arabian Nights-style adventures of various Lords of Darkness, mages, poets, witch-queens, and priestesses.” —Book World
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Book Description Arrow, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099515806