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Three fantasy giants--the "others" are Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey--join forces to produce this tale of three women who rule a city. A priestess grandmother, a reigning queen mother, and a warrior princess daughter must use all their skill and strength in both open and secret battle to defeat an evil emperor and his truly odious, not to mention potent, sorcerous henchman. None of the troika has ever told a bad story on her own, and they do not when collaborating. The only possible caveats are that the three writers blend so well that this is not the book to start an acquaintance with any one of them individually and that the plot is so stock that some may find it lacking in interest. Interest will not, however, be lacking in any book with these three mighty fantasists' names on the cover. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley is probably best known for her Darkover novels and her best-selling Arthurian novel THE MISTS OF AVALON. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988, and an annual anthology, SWORD AND SORCERESS. For more information, see her website: www.mzbworks.com. Mercedes Lackey graduated from Purdue University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. This, she soon learned, along with a paper hat and a nametag will qualify you to ask “would you like fries with that?” at a variety of fast-food locations. She had always written from her early teens and developed this hobby by writing fan-fiction for various amateur magazines. In the 1980s she met both Marion Zimmer and C J Cherryh, both of whom helped mentor her from amateur into professional writer. Her first book was published in 1985. Misty is approaching 100 books in print, and her foreign editions include Russian, German, Czech, Polish, French, Italian, Turkish, and Japanese. She is the author, alone or in collaboration, of the Heralds of Valdemar, Elemental Masters, Secret World Chronicles, 500 Kingdoms, Diana Tregarde, Heirs of Alexandria, Obsidian Mountain, Dragon Jouster, Bedlam Bards, Shadow Grail, and other series and standalone books. A night-owl by nature, she is generally found at the keyboard between 10 PM and 6 AM. For more information, see her website: www.mercedeslackey.com. Andre Norton is perhaps best known as the author of the Witch World novels and wrote over 100 books, including at least one beginning with each letter of the alphabet. She was named a Grandmaster by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust (August 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938185307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938185304
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,424,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
For the first hundred or so pages, this book was extremely boring. The characters were 2-dimensional (Wise old queen, impetuous young princess, etc.),it was somewhat hard to follow, and it was impossible to tell WHY anyone did what they did. After that, however, the plot picked up rather nicely, and, by the middle of the book I could not put it down. The romances were, in my opinion, predictable, but sweet anyway. I would say read it, it IS pretty good after the beginning, but be prepared to wade through a few hundred pages first.
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By A Customer on August 23, 1999
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This is a truely amazing book no matter where your taste lies. It is interesting, descriptive (without becoming boring), and has the ability to compell readers to read this beautifully wrought novel. Though it is told mainly through feminine views, it is not a story which the only reason the hero is not male is because the author likes the novelty of female heroines and thus gives the heroine infinite powers. Instead it is a story which contain both the upsides and downsides of human personality. However, since it is a fantasy novel and not a "real-life" story (in which someone gets cancer and the parents are divorced), something unusual has to happen to seperate it from the afforementioned category. The result is one of the best books I have ever read.
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this book had me bored to tears. i literally threw this book down a few times wondering when things were going to culminate? everything is tediously described three times by three different characters. three generations of a royal family are seen through three women of this royal house; the old queen, the middle aged heir and the young princess. in that it's pretty standard but instead of moving this story, which at its heart is wonderful, every scene is retold through each character's eyes with barely any variance.
this story of a kingdom threatened by an invading emperor who lusts for conquest sounded pretty interesting to me. his son, who the reader finds quickly is really loving and wishes for peace, is in this kingdom to help conqueror it. the three main characters, through who the story is told, are the queen, the heir and the young princess. the queen is aging and must pass on the throne but cannot when they are all forced to flee into hiding by the invaders. this summary is brief but the story is closely connected with the characters and i don't want to hand out to many teasers.
at the begginning of the book i was intrigued by the idea of this mystical kingdom with hidden secrets and mysterious rituals but by the third chapter i was wondering when something was going to happen to already. "tiger burning bright" hints that angels may play a very important role but then abruptly ignores the subject leaving the reader wondering why the lengthy description if they play no real role?
chapter after chapter is devoted to what every character is thinking, feeling, wearing and what they plan to do but never actually do.
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This is an excellent book! I was hooked from the first chapter. The characters take on a life of their own and you can't wait to find out what happens next. Highly recommended!
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By A Customer on May 12, 1997
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Honestly, I expected something much more from such good writers. I was disappointed--so much so that I just couldn't finish it. Unfortunately, in many places, the three writing styles don't blend together leaving you wondering are they talking about the same characters here? Their mannerisms and exact ways of speaking change from author to author, which can be really frustrating. Also, the threat of the invasion of their precious city is the focus of the book--but you don't know their city, and don't give a darn what happens to it. You want to take over the city? Go ahead, for all I care! Also, I know that the authors tried to create very strong women, but I find that they are somehow...lacking. There are better characters out there--especially from Mercedes Lackey, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton. BUT the characters in this book just are not up to their usual standards. It's too bad, really. If you are looking for a good book, then I suggest you keep looking
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I'm an avid reader and book collector, and this has remained my favorite book for the past few years. It is not a brainless book -- it is hard for some people to get used to if they are not used to the style in which it is written. It had some wonderful original points and very strong, creative female characters. I have yet to have a friend say they didn't like this book!
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Three strong female writers serve to deliver a work with three strong and different female heroines.

The city state of Merina is facing destruction by the Emperor Balthasar. The ruling house of the Tiger surrenders the city to the oncoming forces. The ruling Queen then disappears, along with her Dowager mother (presumed dead) and heir apparent daughter.

I'm a bit surprised by the negative reviews to this book. I found the weaving together of the 3 stories worked well. The characters were strong, yet different, both in their motivations and their actions. The three different heroines were an excellent use of 3 talented authors.

Recommended for any fantasy fans, fans of the authors involved, and especially fantasy works with strong female protagonists.
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