Jack Vance - The Green Pearl
|Title||The Green Pearl
cover art by Luc Desmarchelier
In the second volume of the Lyonesse trilogy, new threads are woven into the epic tapestry begun in Suldrun’s Garden. While war rages across the Elder Isles, King Aillas’s true love, Glyneth, is carried off to a parallel world by an amoral magician in the pay of the wicked King Casmir. Meanwhile, a sorceress’s malice, condensed into a green pearl, passes from hand to hand bringing poignant misery to whomever it touches.
Jack Vance conjures up a tale of war and politics, magic and derring-do, presented in the inimitable style that has made him one of fantasy’s acknowledged grandmasters.
The Green Pearl is part 2 of 3 of Lyonesse
The Lyonesse Trilogy is a group of three fantasy novels by Jack Vance, set in the European Dark Ages, in the mythical Elder Isles west of France and southwest of Britain, a generation or two before the birth of King Arthur. An Atlantis theme haunts the story, as do numerous references to Arthurian mythology.
Some place names and concepts, such as references to sandestins as magical creatures that do the actual work of carrying out a magician's spells, are shared between Lyonesse and Vance's Dying Earth series, suggesting that the two worlds may be linked.