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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.
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Kat  Hooper
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The last line of this book asks the question “what is love?” It is a poignant line that brings the series up to that point full circle and sets up for where the next book in the series begins. What is love is a question that has been asked for eons but the answer always remains elusive. It is this question that is central to the tragedy that is the Flat Earth series and that has played a substantial role in the development of the character Azahrarn ever since he saved the world from Hate at the ...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)
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
Nov 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
A continuation in Lee's eerie Tales of Flat Earth series, she introduces new characters with old. Her ability to characterize and similarly humanize the most evil of creatures shows in her descriptive abilities. Personally, I feel this is Lee's strongest feature. Her description leaves little to imagination, and is written in beautiful, poetic prose. I can't judge any of the characters based on human morality, or I can but I choose not to most of the time, since they are so far from humans even ...more
Not her best work. Decent in the series. It seemed like it was a lot more about Night's Master from the first book instead of Delusion's Master which is book is named for, odd. Mainly the characters didn't really grab me.
Nov 19, 2011 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
Ана Хелс
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
David Layton
The third of the Flat Earth novels follows the pattern of the previous two. Written in the manner of telling legends of the olden times, the story is about a quasi-Arabic world ruled by Demons. Humans are the playthings of the demons. This book tells the story of a battle between two of the demons, Chuz, the Master of Madness, and Azhrarn, the Master of Night. Because the main characters are to one degree or another supernatural and the human characters all one-dimensional, the story is less com ...more
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
Aldo Ojeda
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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!
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I expected a run-of-the-mill fantasy novel and got much more. The style is more like a saga told by a master storyteller at the camp fire.
Quite original.
I am glad to read that there are 2 more books in this series.
Apr 14, 2014 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.
Mickey Schulz
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More Lords of the Flat Earth. Chuz, the Lord of Delusion, really is intriguing.
Zak Strassberg
What a magical book. I wish I could think like Tanith Lee writes.
Duncan Rice
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written gothic.
Virgil S.
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very beautifully written novel.
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 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Racconto lungo sulla sfida tra due Signori delle Tenebre, in un mondo fantasy decisamente affascinante.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Tales from the Flat Earth (5 books)
  • Night's Master  (Tales from the Flat Earth #1)
  • Death's Master (Flat Earth, #2)
  • Delirium's Mistress (Flat Earth, #4)
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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.” 26 likes
“Azhrarn the Beautiful," said Chuz lovingly, "it is your beautiful madness I have come to see.” 4 likes
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