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Valentine Pontifex (Lord Valentine #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,326 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
The national bestselling saga of Robert Silverberg's stunning imagination continues in the first new hardcover "Majipoor" novel in nearly a decade. As a prequel to Silverberg's earlier "Majipoor" novels. "Sorcerers of Majipoor" provides a deep, dark vision for the background of the conflict in Lord Valentine's Castle and Valentine Pontifex.Treachery and wizardry run rampan ...more
Paperback, 478 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Eos (first published 1983)
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Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a very Frank Herbert kind of book.

Not that one Grandmaster must adopt the style and tone of another, but I could most definitely see many similarities between this end of a trilogy book and Herbert’s Dune.

Silverberg’s Majipoor, like the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert, is thousands of years old and the distant, almost mythical origins of “Old Earth” are shrouded in remote collective memory. Silverberg’s “water kings” the enormous and mysterious sea dragons are also mindful of Her
Buck Ward
This is the third in a series known as the The Majipoor Cycle. Unlike LeGuin's Hainish Cycle, The Majipoor Cycle is a regular series and should be read in sequence, though it wouldn't hurt if the second were read before the first. I had read the first two books, Lord Valentine's Castle and Majipoor Chronicles in the previous 14 months. I wish I had read the series more closely together, so that the previous books had been fresher in my memory. The earlier books establish the history that lead to ...more
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Mmmh. I loved the first two books in the series for the world-building, for the exploring of exotic places with exuberant flora, fauna, and architecture, which made up for weak plots and characterisation. In Valentine Pontifex, however, there's a lot less world-building and more political plot, and it doesn't work well, imo. Most of the world-building is reduced to name-dropping, which there's lots of and which requires that the reader remembers those places well from the previous books, otherwi ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely piece of science fantasy, well-paced and engaging. I didn't like it quite as much as the lush world of Majipoor Chronicles, but it was a fun and interesting fantasy treatment of colonialism and reparation and forgiveness. The struggle with the Metamorphs has come to a head in Valentine Pontifex; they have begun to act in an attempt to take back their world form the humans and other aliens that came to Majipoor thousands of years ago. The crops are failing, new and dangerous beasts have ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
The first Majipoor novel was so good that its readers will likely feel emotional attachment to just about any followup set in the same world. That said, Valentine Pontifex is a bit of a letdown. While the book provides a much-welcome reunion with Valentine and friends, his companions are relegated to supporting roles, and Valentine himself becomes annoyingly passive.

Gone is the adventurous optimism of the first novel. Majipoor is beset by a crisis, and the "young, happy world" so lovingly descr
Dec 21, 2012 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I got half way through this and got stuck. I was too worried about what the bad guys were up to and not invested enough in the good guys to keep reading.

I recently read a review that said while this was a solid book, it didn't have the magic of the previous two. I decided to take that, along with the fact I haven't read any of the book for the better part of a year, as good reason to make this officially a DNF.
Valentin de Majipoor nous raconte la fin des aventures de Valentin, le coronal(1) de Majipoor. Celui-ci doit faire face à des problèmes inconnus sur cette planète où la vie est facile pour tous : famine, insurrection, et surtout une guerre raciale menée par les métamorphes, qui furent les premiers habitants de la planète et vivent désormais dans une réserve. Grâe à ses amis, et à sa clairvoyance, il viendra à bout de tous ses soucis, et Majipoor redeviendra une planète heureuse et sans histoire. ...more
After Lord Valentine's Castle, epic science fantasy novel, Silverberg wrote a follow-up called the Majipoor Chronicles. Why not pursuing the serie even longer? Valentine Pontifex describes the reign of Valentine once he recovers his Coronal title.
To some extent this novel focuses on the right themes and could have been a very strong add-on to the serie. The decadence of Majipoor's society were presented in a quite naive way in the first volume. Here Silverberg uses the weak spot undermining the
Shawn Thrasher
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Like he did in Majipoor Chronicles, Silverberg plays around with narrative point of view (although it's always in third person in Valentine Pontifex) and even non-linear storytelling (the first part of the book isn't in a specific order, and a scene is told from several view points). The plot moves more slowly than Lord Valentine's Castle, and by book 3 in this series, I think the reader is able to poke some holes in the balloon that is Majipoor. These holes won't necessarily take away from the ...more
Chip Hunter
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, actually thought that it was better than the first two in the series. Hissune and the other princes on Castle Mount were realistic and cool, Faraataa was a really good (crazy as hell) bad guy, and the sea-dragons were finally revealed as the all-knowing god-like creatures that Silverberg intended for them to be the whole time. Like everybody else, I was disapointed that Valentine didn't toughen up a bit, but it would have changed his character too much and Silverberg' ...more
The other John
In Lord Valentine's Castle, Valentine, the Coronal of Majipoor, faced a long, hard road to regain his usurped throne. In this sequel, Valentine now finds himself facing some unpleasant duties of his office. One is the threat of war with the native race of Shapeshifters. A Shapeshifter plot is causing havoc in the far reaches of Majipoor and threatening the well being of the realm. Must Valentine, a man of peace, shed blood to save his people? The other duty is that of tradition. It has always be ...more
My main complaint about this book was the slow start. It took a good 100 pages from many POV's to lay the groundwork for the story. This seemed to be a bit disjointed to me and was not that easy to make sense of early on. Once the plot was set, things moved along nicely.

Obviously not as good as Lord Valentine's Castle, but still not that bad as sequels go. I really enjoy the world of Majipoor that Silverberg created for these books and will be looking out for the other books and stories set ther
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I wasn't terribly enamored by the first book in this trilogy, Lord Valentine's Castle. I had read it as a teenager and thought it wonderful. Not so much the second time around. I went ahead and read the Chronicles, the second in the trilogy. It was fantastic and gave me hope that the third and final book would be just as enjoyable. Alas it was not. Mr. Silverberg is a superb short story author. Full length novels on the other hand not so much... His characters over time are not consistent in the ...more
I did not feel as if I disliked this book. It was more like I enjoyed it in spite of itself. It kept hopping between several loosely-connected plot threads, which were all stories in their own right but could be confusing to follow all at the same time, and it was loaded down with long, unwieldy character and place names. I would pity anyone who tried to produce an audiobook of this. At the same time, while I was reading it I felt as if I really was in a different world, earth-like enough for an ...more
Pat Beard
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Same old story. I understand trying to create an atmosphere but, as an example, meaningless nouns - plants you can't see - overly effusively trying to evoke a melancholy sadness for past glories of a garden, just doesn't cut it for me and bogs down the narrative. Why not just describe the person's feelings about the lost garden rather than ramble on like I am doing? Irritating isn't it? That grumble done I did like some of the characterization and the plot. I did find Valentine in this book a bi ...more
Apr 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
I enjoyed this book, but maybe not quite as much as the first in the trilogy, Lord Valentine's Castle. I felt like it was a slow read at the beginning, but it definately picked up towards the middle. I enjoyed the chapters about other non-main characters throughout Majipoor, which really let you experience what they were going through. The only negative about the book is I felt the end was very rushed and ended quite abruptly. But still worth a read.
Erik Graff
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Silverberg fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I picked this up at a used bookstore without knowing about the Majipoor series, but being confident that more Silverberg would be a good read. I was wrong. Perhaps if I read the whole series in order it would have been a better experience, but I never pursued the hypothesis in an orderly fashion, reading Majipoor novels haphazardly.
It's a beautiful story, with interesting characters and the usual world development you find in Silverberg; too bad his writing isn't compelling as I thought it would be. This could have been a four star book, or even a five star one, but it was too difficult to read.
the prince wants to begin his reighn to find test before him he can't possibly surmount
Frank Taranto
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The last book in the Valentine story.
William Tracy
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This one was better than the first two books, and I'm glad I finished the series, but not one of the best books I've read.
Little Red Readinghood
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I love all the other books but not this one.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Not too bad fantasy. Keeper pile. =)
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Still a marvelous journey in the world of Majipoor, just not as memorable as the first two visits. Still a great, enjoyable read.
Aug 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
Juggler/King in space-ish.
Good series!
Iain Watson
Valentine Pontifex by Robert Silverberg (1984)
Michael Baker
Nov 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining. Good character base, easy to follow.
Tom Britz
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A strong finish to the trilogy started wit Lord valentine's Castle. A cut above the mediocre second book and almost as good as the first.
Fredrick Danysh
Lord Valentine believes that his dreams of blizzards and earthquakes foretell between shape shifters who once ruled the planet and his people.
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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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Lord Valentine (3 books)
  • Lord Valentine's Castle (Lord Valentine, #1)
  • Majipoor Chronicles (Lord Valentine, #2)

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