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The Lords of Darkness

(Tales from the Flat Earth #1-3)

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In the time before the Earth was round, the Demon Lords of Darkness sowed magic and misery, beauty and terror across the lands.
This 3-in-1 volume includes:

Night's Master.
He was Azhrarn, the Demon Lord of Night, and in his Underearth palace he reigned amid his own most glorious creations. Yet always he returned to the surface world to wreak his spells, destroying human lov
Hardcover, Science Fiction Book Club Omnibus, 726 pages
Published October 1987 by Nelson Doubleday (first published 1978)
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Three months of reading. That's how long it took me to work my way through this imposing omnibus of the first three books in the Flat Earth series. I've been really bad at finishing books lately, but it really helped that my friend Elena volunteered to buddy-read these with me, as I've had this tome on my shelf for years and never quite managed to have done with it.

This is a dark fantasy series for adults that has a mythological element
mark monday
Tanith Lee looked into my mind and pulled out all these things I didn't even know were there. thanks, Tanith!
N.K. Jemisin
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
A classic that deserves to stand the test of time. Lee takes old things -- old myth forms, old storytelling forms, etc. -- and makes them fresh again for modern eyes. My only frustration with these tales is that the form, which jumps from one character's tale to another, makes it hard to stay focused on any one of them, and sometimes I really wanted to. (I have the same frustration with Cat Valente's "The Orphan's Tale" books, which use the same format in an even more modernist reimagining -- al ...more
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is the series which created for me the number zero. This is the point from which all other stories which I encounter, are later gauged.
Wildly inventive mythological storytelling at it's best. Love the use of language it's rich texture and complex plots I knew nothing about Tanith Lee or her work, I was just pursing my friends reading lists and I just thought the title looked interesting, knowing nothing more than that I ordered the book and was surprised to find it was over 700 pages. (So incurious was my initial attraction that I hadn't even looked up how long it was or what reviews it had) I almost didn't read it as a result. ...more
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
The Flat Earth series is high fantasy fiction at its best. The personifications of evil, death, and madness interweave their stories set in a medieval flat earth afloat in darkness and chaos. This book contains Night's Master, Death's Master, and Delusion's Master. ...more
Kadja Draenor
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but it was hard to get through. It is essentially a book of short stories, but every short story impacts the others. It was very interesting, overall. Basically fairy tales from a demon's point of view. As you might expect, it was rather dark.
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Majestic and dark and brooding and fun! Lee's odd style of macabre and eldrich description if similar to Lovecraft's, but much more entertaining, with her straightforward and deceptively simple storytelling.
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Incredible. lush. exotic. a must read.
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
brilliantly transports you to another dimension. i was trapped there for 3 days straight!
This is an omnibus of 3 books in the series. I've only finished the first book so far, so this review is only based on that.

Night's Master- 5 stars
Night's Master, the first book, is made up of a series of interconnected stories all related, directly or indirectly, to Azhrarn, the Demon Lord who rules the Underearth. These are really dark, adult fantasy tales that deal with themes of love, lust, greed, etc. The characters that populate Tanith Lee's world aren't necessarily likeable-- which actual
A.F. Swinford
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the book I would take to a deserted island.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, m-m, rape, never-again
The short stories flow into one another nicely from character to the next character covering hundreds of years. I was impressed with the imagination and was pulled along...but

The sex in the stories, while not erotic, became overwhelming in scope. From m/m to demons getting it on with talking insects/reptiles to rape, f/f, bestiality, necrophilia, hermaphrodite relationships that result in a lot of confusion, seduction, and ending with an anal pregnancy. I may have forgot some, albeit gladly.

Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Jen Southmayd
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I would give this book a million stars if I could! Tanith Lee can not be beat for fantasy. Lord Azhrarn is simply one of the most amazing characters ever created. He is the Prince of Demons, as full of evil and shadows as the night, but his evil is subtle, seductive, and beautiful. The pain he inflicts is a pleasure, mortals his toys to play with, break, grow tired of and forget. The other Lords of Darkness have their charms, but you will find yourself waiting as if for a lover for the reappeara ...more
May 30, 2015 is currently reading it
'Night's Master' - 4* - a collection of linked myth tales about the darkest of demon lords and his manipulation games with humanity, the first in this series reads more like a vintage mythology book than a plot-driven fantasy novel, and that's a wonderful thing. vain kings, wicked sorceresses, blind seers, and lovers of all stripes have their lives cracked and shaped by their collisions with Azhrarn's power. by the end, little pieces of story that were dropped in the beginning get picked back up ...more
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Being a storyteller I'm always on the lookout for different/odd tales (really tired of all the personal narrative stuff and standard stories). Wow!! Tanith Lee takes very familiar archetypes and twists the stories until they are just about almost familiar but with darker plots.

I'm already telling original stories based on some of the characters. Here's the beginning of one of them (just to be sure I'm probably going to have to rename the character)

Azhrarn, Lord of Demons, Prince of Nightmares, w
Nov 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
While reading this I kept thinking, only Tanith Lee could write like this. I don't know how she does it: Her Flat Earth is so vast, yet in these three novels, which aren't long, she immerses you so deeply. From the vantage point she gives you, her characters' lives are short but you are attached to them in that short time. How can her world be so engaging yet so all-encompassing? The only answer is the obvious one: She's goddess as well as an author, for how else can she give this extra meaning ...more
Benjamin Dionysus
Aug 21, 2012 marked it as to-read
Recommended by Breedon, is the source of his username
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Amazing plots. Madly in love with Azhrarn. This is collection of tales a lot like Grimm's fairy tales and The Arabian Nights.
The writer is TANITH LEE, it's not a collectif.
Desiree Deyampert
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
First book of hers I ever read, dark fantasy, with her own mythology. q
Feb 03, 2008 rated it liked it
after many attempts to read the final book in this volume i am putting it back down. books 1 &2 were great. book 3 was not. oh well. ...more
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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

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)
  • Delusion's Master (Flat Earth, #3)
  • Delirium's Mistress (Flat Earth, #4)
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