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Il giglio nero

(The Saga of the Trillium #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,698 ratings  ·  107 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 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 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 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 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
Autumn Is Azathoth
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 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
Nov 16, 2015 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
Jan 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
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
Aug 03, 2011 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 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 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 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...
Aug 17, 2009 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.
Feb 06, 2008 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.
Awful. Unreadably bad writing.
this book was...interesting. it took awhile for me to get into it because it's definitely a certain kind of high fantasy that has overwrought dialogue and reactions from characters, but once i adjusted to that, reading it got easier.

i appreciated that this was a story about three sisters on a journey to fulfill their great destinies. it's not one you see a lot in fantasy and i did like how the authors worked to show the women changing on their journeys without losing the foundation of their cha
Your Common House Bat
To me this book was a little slow in the beginning but it picked up pretty quick. I liked how all three characters had their own strengths and weaknesses that played well with one another. All three of the princesses, Haramis being my favorite of them. I also liked Immu as a side character. I liked the world building too, it was a little confusing at first but as I read on it started to just come together. Overall I think that this was a compelling fantasy read.
Jun 21, 2017 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.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Black Trillium by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Andre Norton, and Julian May.

It started out alright. I was entranced with the goings-on. Then, well, it just wound up being blah. I get to page 190 and . . . I "fell out" of the book. I simply couldn't go on. It just fizzled for me. Not sure why. Perhaps one day I'll try again. For now, however . . . No. Just no.
The same for me ! Long time I have search the title of this book because he is not that much know in France and the title is different but same memory about it!
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great collaboration by 3 well know authors, thoroughly enjoyable. Will have to check for further books in the series.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what happened considering these are big names in sci fi/fantasy, but there is little 'showing' and a plethora of 'telling.' The main characters would make great supporting characters.
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.
Chuck Ledger
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well done young adult book by 3 fabulous authors.
Kimber Klos
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this magical world and its contrasting women.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I should probably reread this for a more accurate rating.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books. I first read it during a particularly bad winter in high school. I’ve read it often since then.
William Ray williams
It was ok. But it lacked something but it's great for teens.
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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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