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Il giglio nero (The Saga of the Trillium #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  3,395 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Durante una tempesta, in un mondo lontano, nascono tre principesse. Ciascuna di esse è legata al magico potere di un fiore a tre petali, il Giglio Nero. Ciascuna di loro, una volta cresciuta, potrà liberare la patria comune e salvare il mondo intero rintracciando un altrettanto magico talismano.
Hardcover, 546 pages
Published July 16th 1993 by TEA (first published 1990)
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Jun 29, 2011 Angela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Honest to God, worst fantasy book I've ever read. Incoherent, predictable, and dull. Princess sisters whose personalities can be summed up by their hair colors! Red = hot-tempered! Blonde = Good, gentle, and naive! Black = brooding and mysterious! A reluctantly evil, yet handsome prince who becomes good through the power of loooove... for the pure-hearted blonde, of course. The entire book revolves around a magic flower. A magic macguffin flower.
Jan 16, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I got a copy of this from the Science Fiction Book Club when I was in junior high! Wow! I remember it so vividly! Each author took one sister and wrote her story, about how they each searched for one part of a three-fold magical talisman to save their kingdom. Triplet princesses, one with red hair, one blonde, and one with black hair (because that makes total sense). One is a warrior, one is a sorceress, and one is . . . sweet and noble . . . ? Whatever, she was the blonde. This is the kind of t ...more
April Biederman
Nov 25, 2008 April Biederman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites! This book is written by three authors about three sister princesses. At the beginning the sisters are together. After there castle is attacked they split up and each goes on her own journey. Each author writes a chapter about a princess. I had a hard time putting the book down because at the end of each chapter there was a cliff hanger. I just wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
Disclaimer: I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Black Trillium was first published in the early nineties, a joint effort of three respected fantasy authors now turning their collective attentions toward a trio of three royal sisters who are fated to restore balance to the world.

It's now being republished with a neat new cover but, unfortunately, the formulaic story with three heroines who may as well be stock characters for all of the depth they do not possess
Sep 29, 2008 Katey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty disappointing. Each of the three stories had potential, but fell very flat. The first 150 pages were very difficult to get through. In the end it was an okay story, but I doubt most people would want to slog through the beginning to get to the mediocre ending. If I read the sequels I'll be getting them out of the library, not buying them. Not even from the used bookstore.

I think the basic problem with this book is that each of the authors needed more time to develop her char
The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft
REVIEW: BLACK TRILLIUM by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, Andre Norton

I first read this classic in the 90's (originally published in 1990) and I remember being both astounded, and overtaken by joy. It was my first introduction to Julian May, though not of course to Andre Norton [who authored the first book I really remember reading, LORD OF THUNDER] nor to Marion Zimmer Bradley. I have stated many times that generally I am not a fantasy person; but in the hands of
Aug 17, 2015 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book.

The story is fairly formulaic, probably as a result of the collaborative compromises required by having three authors - each one established in her own right - work on the same world and then having each author's idiosyncrasies smoothed out for the combined work. That's not really the point, though.

The point, for me, is that this story featured women who, abnormally for 1991, had agency and didn't experience their character development by the sufferance of the men around them. W
...The idea behind this novel may have been interesting and the world the authors use as a setting is certainly unusual but that is not enough from saving this book from being a disaster. If you are attracted to it because the book has three female protagonists (rare these days, even rarer in 1990 when the book was first published) or because of the names of the authors, think again. The good thing about buying second hand books is that you can afford to take chances. I never seriously considere ...more
Jan 11, 2008 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Book 1 in the Saga of the Trillium (a collaboration between Marion Zimmer Bradley, Andre Norton, and Julian May).

Three princesses find themselves on the run after an evil sorcerer murders the rest of the royal family in his quest to take over their kingdom. Each princess has unique strengths and weaknesses and each must learn an important lesson before they can come back together to defeat the evil sorceror, Orogastus.

The eldest, Haramis, loves books and learning, but her quest for power may be
Nov 16, 2015 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I grew up reading Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton. In fact, I would go so far as to say that those two authors are the biggest factor in my continual love for the Fantasy genre. So it was with great excitement that I started reading 'Black Trillium'. While I finished the book less excited than when I began it, I did still enjoy it.

The story itself was interesting, and I loved the idea of the three sisters with their own *and* combined destinies. However, it felt like the book was too long
Aug 03, 2011 J'aime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I chose this book because I'm a fan of 2 of the three authors (I have never read Andre Norton). I love Bradley's historical fiction, and Julian May writes some of the best science fiction I have ever had the pleasure to read. Thankfully, this is one of those rare occasions where a book written by more than one author is unnoticeable as such. The story-telling is seamless in this fantasy saga of three sisters who embark on a quest to discover themselves and save their country in the process. This ...more
Sep 28, 2011 Kyleigh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-unowned
I was greatly disappointed by this book. MZB has been one of my favorite authors for a long time, and the promise of a fantasy story with not one but three female protagonists seemed too good to be true. Maybe it was. The story was so incredibly predictable. Each of the three sisters went through the exact same things, just with slightly different colorations. I have no desire to read a book three times in a row, no matter how good it might be. Unsurprisingly, the character development was extre ...more
May 13, 2013 Commanderd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a standard fantasy novel this is a good example of an easy-to-read and understand the characters. The three girls involved go from their beginnings as sheltered (and dare I say spoiled) princesses through a journey of discovery of self.

There are a lot of invented words, some of which are not well explained ('ell' as a unit of distance measurement for instance, it does not say exactly how far this is) but I didn't feel they impeded the text much.
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 12, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another one I really wanted to like. I took it with me to an out of town training Fort Wayne IN. I needed something to read, but it just wasn't that good and I never finished the series...
Feb 06, 2008 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
This book was so bad I couldn't even read it. Definitely not recommended.
Aug 17, 2009 Szeireil rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Typical and predictable. Ok - just boring. One of the thousands of fantasy book in this world. You really can choose something more original.
Awful. Unreadably bad writing.
Jun 21, 2017 Arwen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I made a mistake and read the last book in this trilogy first. This first book is written by 3 authors one of which is MZB. It's a pretty run of the mill fantasy novel, (crossing over coming of age with "the journey") but it's well done. Which is probably why I went out looking for the second one right after I finished it.
Jun 12, 2017 Ron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I should probably reread this for a more accurate rating.
N.A. Fedorak
Good, but not amazing. I expect I would have liked this book better if I were younger and/or hadn't read the various books that were written after it that drew on it for inspiration/etc.
David Sarkies
Jan 14, 2013 David Sarkies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: fantasy
I must have been really bored to read this book
14 January 2013

This is another of those books that I read a long time ago that I can't remember anything about: in fact I never actually remembered reading this book until I saw it sitting on the shelf of a second hand bookshop when (for some unknown reason) I was running my eye over the science-fiction/fantasy shelf (maybe because I was looking for something vaguely interesting, or at least the DS9 books that were set after the series, not that th
Sep 13, 2015 Violettebird rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-hated
This is a book that sucks. For serious. No-one go buy this book. Though it was a neat concept (a book about three characters, each one written by a different author) it was incredibly poorly executed.

The characters, for example, are slap-dash and two dimensional, whose 'development' is really just a string of events and actions that make no sense given the context of what they've been through. If Princess Delicate Blossom of Femininity and Ultimate Empathic Goodness sees her parents brutally mur
May 04, 2017 Aki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eh-okay
So when I was younger, I loved this book.

Now that I'm older, I'm not so enchanted with it. It was a bit verbose for me, and I'd forgotten that some of the characters were downright annoying.

Even the villian didn't do anything for me. He could have been more evil, perhaps a bit more human, too, with more flaws that explained him. Alas, we don't get this.

Still, I did enjoy this one more time.
Back when I originally read these books, in the late 90s, this was my favorite series ever. I can't recall exactly what drew me to it, but if I had to guess, it was the fact that there was not ONE heroine, but THREE! Teenage princesses with magical abilities, what more could I ask for?

However, 15 years later, it doesn't hold up. I found the plot to be dull and thoroughly un-suspenseful. (Is that a word? It is now.) At no point in the story do you think the princesses might fail. Sure, each of th
I remember this book being launched to much fanfare: three respected female writers of fantasy; a round-robin structure; and a unique and well-constructed land in need of saving by three triplet princesses each written by one of the well-respected authors. The world these authors have created is coming out of its last glaciation and the center part of it is still wild and covered by ice. Various lands exist around the borders as well as a pre-human, Ewok-like race with psychic powers. Ruwenda, t ...more
Kevis Hendrickson
This book is one of 3 legendarily bad books that forced me to stop reading adult fantasy for many years (the other 2 were Shadowmoon and Cormyr, book I). What a shame because this story had promise. The first chapter of The Black Trillium begins with a bang and promises a great story. But everything that follows is downhill after that. There is hardly anything memorable going on in this book. Even the world the characters live in is downright boring!

The three main characters of The Black Trilliu
Jan 03, 2014 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For this most part, this book is falls into the typical category of 90's-era fantasy. It is imaginative but not ground-breaking, and full of the standard "quest" adventure tropes. It is too long-winded, with a lot of time spent on world-building that isn't really original or inspiring at all, and so ultimately didn't add much to the story. Ultimately like much of 90's fantasy, most of it is forgettable, and will probably fade from my memory after enough time passes.

The story's premise is good, w
Sep 21, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
This book has one of the worst openings of any I've ever read. Every single thing the most basic writing advice would tell you to avoid is here: lengthy fantasy descriptions of places with silly names, written in a stilted, oh-so-fake, 'stylised' tone, giving you history for things you have yet to have any reason to care about. Paragraphs half a page long. Zero action.

Then - eventually! - we get to our main characters being born. Triplet princesses, each with different hair colours (!), each wit
Cathy Sprankle
Black Trillium is a fairly conventional but still entertaining fantasy-adventure/coming-of-age story, in which the heroines have to endure dangers and hardships as well as face and overcome their own character flaws to achieve their goal. The narrative is mostly fast-paced but drags in spots; in particular, I found Kadiya's story line hard to follow at times. On the other hand, the book could have benefited from a little more time spent developing the heroines' characters; I found them exciting ...more
Le Lorrum
Dec 17, 2013 Le Lorrum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a simple tale about three sisters who search for adventure and get more than they bargained for of course. I suppose part of my enjoyment comes from being one of three sisters and some aspect of each of these women was common to my own life. I also find having three authors, who obviously had so many problems with collaboration, producing one coherent novel a bit exciting--especially considering who they are.... I like the middle sister's story the best. I found the creatures she watched ...more
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Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham
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