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Sorcerers of Majipoor (Lord Prestimion #1)

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The Long-Awaited Prequel! A thousand years before Lord Valentine, the Majipoor Cycle explores another grand epic in a world conceived on a truly epic scale.

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 Pontifex
Mass Market, 611 pages
Published August 1998 by HarperPrism (first published 1997)
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Sarah Sammis
Oct 25, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2009
Sorcerers of Majipoor takes place one thousand years before the start of Lord Valentine's Castle. The traditional passage from Coronal to Pontifax and the choosing of a new Coronal will be challenged when the blood heir of the soon to be Pontifax desires the throne. Though there is no written law against a blood succession it just isn't done. Until now.

What Works:
Majipoor is still an interesting, diverse and complex world. Silverberg has thought about how the country works from the ground up. Fo
Aug 15, 2010 AndrewP rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I did not enjoy this one as much as the others I have read in this series. For me this was a pretty basic storyline that was drawn out for way to long. Lot's and lots of weird character and place names, that were minor to the plot and became pretty confusing in places. An index of names would have helped a lot I think. There were some very nice maps in the front of the book, however, most of these were not relevant to the story. Only a few places mentioned in the book were actually on the maps. ...more
Aug 31, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Is it true, as is often said, that there are no new plots in literature? That every story we hear or read or imagine has appeared countless times before? Whether there is just one basic plot or seven or whatever number one can conjure up -- and the numbers do vary, despite one theory that there are only seven -- it can be argued that pretty much every narrative conforms to an ur-pattern. One might think that there is no need to create new tales when they already exist in one form or another.

May 14, 2011 Siv30 rated it it was amazing
וידוי, אני שפוטה של סילברברג. אני חושבת שהוא כותב גאוני ומצליח ללכוד את הקורא "המסכן" בקורי העכביש של הסיפור בלי יכולת לעזוב. הספר הזה לא שונה בטיבו והוא יצירת מופת (לטעמי). הוא למעשה החלק החמישי מתוך סדרה, אבל ניתן לקרוא אותו בפני עצמו (חלק מהגדולה של סילברברג) מבלי להרגיש בפערים במידע. יסלחו לי אלה מבינכם אשר לא סובלים ספויילרים, ויפסיקו לקרוא כאן. הסאגה מתחילה בתיאור ההכנות להלוויתו ולהעברת השלטון מידו של השליט העליון בעולם מאגיפור. מאגיפור הוא עולם בן עשרות אלפי שנים, בו לא התחוללה מלחמה מזה ...more
Chip Hunter
Dec 31, 2016 Chip Hunter rated it it was amazing
This is the Tale of the coming to power of the Coronal Lord Prestimion. Its really got the flavor of an epic saga, the way the book progresses through time and events. It's got friends, enemies, lust, idealism, betrayal, sorcery, defeat, triumph, and war. There is really very little that this book lacked. The characters are bad-ass (good and bad) and the plot is interesting. Very few parts of the book dragged out too long and the story progressed very quickly, keeping the reader interested, thro ...more
Martin L. Cahn
Gave up on this book at page 168. I've never read any of the Majipoor books, but I'm with a lot of the others here: boring. Here I am, nearly half-way through the book and the most exciting thing so far happened chapters ago, in a rather jarring way. At this point, it's just droning on about two men's very long journeys (Majipoor is a huge planet compared to Earth) on the way to a particular castle. My only hope is that, someday, I'll try the later (chronologically, in terms of story) books and ...more
Aug 29, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book is sooo boring, I started it over a year ago and have not been able to finish it. maybe someday!
Michael Nalbone
Jul 15, 2016 Michael Nalbone rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Never underestimate the damage that can be done by a furious woman.
Aug 19, 2007 Mareklamo rated it did not like it
Shelves: sff
I found this a disappointing addition to the Majipoor series. The ending was particularly unsatisfying.
Aug 01, 2007 Ratiocination rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
A largely-indifferent book capped off by one of the worst cop-out endings I've ever read.
Stephen Hampshire
Badly needs an editor. I'm beginning to wonder if the first books in this series were as good as I remember?
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Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine’s Castle, as well as At Winter’s End, also available in a Bison Books edition. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Sc ...more
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