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Delusion's Master (Tales from the Flat Earth #3)

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He was Chuz, Lord of Madness, and he alone would defy Azhrarn's might. If Azhrarn chose to make a woman into a god, Chuz would play a game of his own design with Demon and mortal alike; a game that would result in life, death, and an ages-long conflict between Demon Lords.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 1984 by DAW (first published 1981)
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Kat  Hooper
May 05, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

In Delusion’s Master, the third of Tanith Lee’s FLAT EARTH novels, we’re introduced to another Prince of Darkness: Chuz, the Prince of Madness, who is handsome when seen from one side and hideous when seen from the other. Chuz watches humans and uses the opportunities they give him to practice his craft: There were several doors by which Madness might enter any house; one was rage, one jealousy, one fear.

We first meet Chuz when a jealous queen tries to get
D.D. Price
After reading this book I’m thinking “What the hell was that?” As with the previous books in the Flat Earth series it makes for an interesting read but there is a catch to this one and that’s that it is by far the most puzzling in the series. Once I got to a certain point over half-way through the book I realized I didn’t really understand it that well. So I read and skimmed through all of the rest of the book barring the prologue – but it is a fantastic prologue – and thus had much greater unde ...more
There is something exotically old world about Tanith Lee's story-telling that makes my battered paperback feel like a huge leather bound illustrated tome faintly scented with spices and dust.

My copy of this always falls open along its abused spine to pg 156/157 - so frequently have I returned to the story of the creation of The Cat. The image it spawned when I read it many (many) years ago of the most beautiful of all of literature's Dark Lords passing his hand down the creature's back and bring
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 22, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
Delusion's Master, the third in her "Flat Earth" series is centered upon Chuz, another prince of the Underearth who is Lord of illusion and madness. Azhrarn, "Night's Master" is also prominent in the book. Lee creates and unforgettable world in this series that doesn't feel derivative of any other fantasy world, and with lush, luminous prose. Not only is Lee's prose gorgeous but there's enough imagination to fill several ordinary books. No filler, no padding here, this is even shorter than Night ...more
Jul 05, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
Easily my favorite of the original three books this time around. When Lee died, I vowed to reread the Flat Earth Novels as an adult and am making my way through them with pleasure and pain, the former for the delicious prose, the latter from the knowledge of it's too early truncation. These novels are brilliantly reinvented myths, psychedelic retellings of ancient stories from ancient lands that may or may not ever have existed. The references to and radical redefinition of Biblical stories and ...more
Dec 09, 2008 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tanith-lee
Book 3 of the Flat Earth series. This book is slightly different from Night's Master & Death's Master in that it contains a plot development which gives the series direction whereas the 1st 2 simply created mythology.
Giovanni Guzzabocca
Una lettura ripescata dalla notte dei tempi, eppure ancora capace di regalarmi le stesse identiche sensazioni.
Semplicità nella trama e nettezza nella prosa possono annoiare, ma anche lasciare immutate quelle antiche emozioni e suggestioni. Sembra di leggere un libro sacro, antico e proibito, e non un romanzo. Lande sterminate e torri bianche non come quelle di Tolkien, che pur nella loro poesia ambiscono alla verosimiglianza: qui si capisce che si vuole intenzionalmente varcare il limite metafis
Sep 28, 2014 Miriam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanith Lee is my favorite author. Nothing sounds quite as right to me as her writing voice does: with its blend of elegance, intelligence, gentle irony, and Sheer Deliciousness. She seduces and educates and entertains, and sometimes, she does it all in one scene.

She's at her best with Tales from the Flat Earth, and I think this particular installment may be my favorite.

It isn't absolutely essential to read the first two books that came before Delusion's Master (which would be Night's Master and
Feb 19, 2012 Larou added it
Shelves: fantasy, 2011-12
I have had occasion to remark on my love for everything Arabian Nights related before, but even among the category Tanith Lee’s Tales from the Flat Earth has always been a particular favourite. I think at least one of the reasons is that those volumes don’t just decorate their stories with same exotic oriental trappings, but attempt a more comprehensive evocation, encompassing not just the setting but also the narrative structure with its serpentine plot twists and abundance of framing devices. ...more
Ана Хелс
Nov 30, 2013 Ана Хелс rated it it was amazing
Господарят на делюзиите е онзи кикот в мрака, тихата стъпка на неясна сянка зад ъгъла, ароматa на разложение от привидно напъпилата роза… Той е всичко, което противоречи на здравия разум, което те кара да преминеш границите на предвидимото и да се отдадеш в прегръдките на невероятното. Когато умът излети през покрива на ежедневното, последният шанс е безвъзвратно загубен, и пелената на болката се спуска бавно над хоризонта, той идва и те прегръща с ръка, чиито пръсти са диви змии, и усмивка на л ...more
Aldo Campos
Mar 17, 2015 Aldo Campos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Returning to Tales from the Flat Earth series by Tanith Lee feels like returning to the house of my youth. I am deeply in love with the landscapes, characters and mythology of this arabesque world. Here we are presented to the intriging Chuz, Prince Madness, although Azhrarn is the real protagonist (and of course, you can't have a more charming and charismatic character). And in these pages we finally find someone who can challenge the Prince of Demons.

This, the third book of the series, may be
Zak Strassberg
May 19, 2014 Zak Strassberg added it
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What a magical book. I wish I could think like Tanith Lee writes.
Virgil S.
Oct 30, 2014 Virgil S. rated it it was amazing
A very beautifully written novel.
Azhrarn is an unforgettable character. Flat Earth is unforgettable series. i am not sure which Flat earth book is my favorite since they all are amazing, beautiful, gorgeous, stunning and so on, and so on (when it comes to Lee, adjectives just keep coming, can't help it), but delusion's master melts my heart everytime i reread it, from the very first pages with the mad woman holding her child's bone to the very last sentence with the jawbones demanding what love is. wow - just wow!
Duncan Rice
Nov 09, 2015 Duncan Rice rated it really liked it
Wonderfully written gothic.
Aug 08, 2014 Seikaiha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love most of the stories, or the concepts like those mockeries to human faith, in this book, though I remember, when I first read it and Delirium in translation, how I hated the facts that Azhrarn were losing interest in humans.
Aug 04, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Some beautiful passages, but very bleak and hard to read at times. If you like lovely language and despair rolled up together, this will hit the spot.
Aug 31, 2013 Devero rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Racconto lungo sulla sfida tra due Signori delle Tenebre, in un mondo fantasy decisamente affascinante.
Mickey Schulz
Dec 03, 2008 Mickey Schulz rated it it was amazing
More Lords of the Flat Earth. Chuz, the Lord of Delusion, really is intriguing.
Mar 31, 2011 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faux mythical writing style made for a tedious slog, clich
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Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She was the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She also wrote four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series "Blake's 7."
Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a wai
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Tales from the Flat Earth (5 books)
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“The bitterness of joy lies in the knowledge that it cannot last. Nor should joy last beyond a certain season, for, after that season, even joy would become merely habit.” 24 likes
“Azhrarn the Beautiful," said Chuz lovingly, "it is your beautiful madness I have come to see.” 3 likes
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