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Lady of the Trillium Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1996

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From Library Journal

When the aging princess Haramis, Archmage of Ruwenda and protector of its lands, senses her impending death, she settles upon young Princess Mikayla as her successor-heedless of the fact that her plans ignore Mikayla's own desires. Set against the background created in Black Trillium (co-authored with Julian May and Andre Norton, LJ 8/90), Bradley's latest novel focuses not on the cliched battle between good and evil but rather on the more subtle war of the misunderstanding and intolerance found between old and young. Poignant in its depiction of old age, this is a strong addition to most libraries.
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From Booklist

Bradley writes the latest sequel to Black Trillium (1990), the fantasy she created with Julian May and Andre Norton that has generated several successful progeny, all by her lonesome. Her tale concerns the triplet princesses of Ruwenda and their fight to save their homeland. Some time back, Princess Haramis became, on next to no notice, archimage of Ruwenda and had to learn how to handle both her powers and her office as she went along. Now she is aging and must groom a successor. Her determination unleashes a storm of personal and political intrigues, both mundane and magical. With her well-established talents for depicting female characters, political shenanigans, and potent magic, Bradley turns out a thoroughly satisfying yarn that brings to a fine conclusion a project that might have been a disaster in lesser hands. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553572636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553572636
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Marion Eleanor Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67.

She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to VORTEX SCIENCE FICTION. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels and for her Arthurian novel, THE MISTS OF AVALON.

In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called SWORD AND SORCERESS, which is still published annually under the title MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY'S SWORD AND SORCERESS.

She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a branch off of a book Bradley wrote with two other authors, The Black Trillium. Haramis is now faced with the rebellious Mikayla and her unwillingness to separate from a friend. Haramis means for Mikayla to be the next Archimage, but the princess has a mind of her own. Against the wishes of Haramis, she continues to have contact with her childhood friend. With the help of her friend she learns her lessons from the Archimage, but some of the results of that contact are very unexpected and at times amusing. I enjoyed this book very much due to its plot, wording, ending and just about everything else. There are a few slow points, but the twist in the end is worth it. I highly recommend getting this book, it is one of Marion's good pieces of writing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Observer on April 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I think what must have happened here is that Marion Bradley and Julian May had different ideas when it came to a sequel for Black Trillum.

And this IS a sequel to 'Black Trillium, not to the other two books in the series, Blood Trillium and Sky Trillium.

In terms of the direction the series takes I much prefer the direction taken in May's sequels rather that this one.

This book focuses on Haramis needing a replacement archimage, being old, and near the end of her days. She finds some of what she is looking for in a decsendant of Anigel, however she finds her work to be cut out for her in that Mikhayla has other ideas than becoming an traditional archimage.

This is a good book, well written, but the reason why I rated it 3 stars is because the other sequels written by May fit the original story more suitably and are, I think, better.

This is a good book to read if you are a fan of Bradley's work.
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Hello Everyone,

I am basing my rating on my personal enjoyment and perception of each story, and how well it fits with each of the other four books in the 'Trillium Saga'. I am also not basing my rating by comparing it to other books written by each of the 3 authors' other works (Bradley, Norton, May).

For this review/rating, I will not bump any stars off for bad service from Amazon/seller, or for any issues pertaining to the Publisher's presentations of these books.

For the record, I think the cover artist and the interior maps illustrator did a great job! FYI: I have never read any other books by Bradley, Norton, or May - either before, or since the five Trilliums, so this is my only reading experience with them.

I am outlining the chronology of the 5 novels below, because I have noted many people are somewhat confused or unaware of the series as a quintet, and some have asked what reading order, which book directly sequels this or that one, etc. I do not mean to throw any "spoilers" out here, so I apologize if anything I say is undesired.

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The series goes like this:

1990 - BLACK TRILLIUM - by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Andre Norton, and Julian May (focuses on the lives of the Three Sisters and their efforts to defend Ruwenda from invaders from Labornok and Orgastus) ** {Note: 'Haramis' was M. Z. Bradley's character, 'Kadiya' was Ms. Norton's character, and 'Anigel' was Ms. May's character}. ~ Chronologically is #1

1992 - BLOOD TRILLIUM - by Julian May (direct sequel: precisely follows the plots and characters of 'Black Trillium', although it begins 12 years later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was very dissapointed with Lady of the Trillium. Though I have not read the other books in the series, I found that it was not nearly as well written as I would have expected from this superb author. It did have an intriguing story-line, but the synopsis was very misleading, for there were no real enemies trying to ruin things. It also didn't have near as much detail and it skipped from one event to another and from one year to another. Most unordinary of all, M.Z.B. didn't take the time to let you really get to now the characters. I found that this book definitely needs some work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lady of the Trillium is a good read. I finished it in less than a day. Though some of the characters aren't as well put-together as others, together they make a perfectly decent story. It might help to read Black Trillium first, since some of it's events are referred to. It's not Marion Zimmer Bradley's best book, but it's definitely still worth reading
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I started with this book, not knowing it was a series. You can very well read it by itself, but it helps if you read the previous ones.
I love this book! I also love Black Trillium. Golden Trillium and Blood Trillium are good, but they miss the MZB touch. Of the 3 authors (Andre Norton, Julian May and Marion Zimmer Bradley) I prefer MZB
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
If you read & liked the other 3 books in this series, don't read this one. It was written as if Ms. Bradley hadn't bothered with considering the story developments within the other sequles to BLACK TRILLUIM. (Blood Trillium & Golden Trillium) There is no continuity between it and the other sequels. I was very disappointed.
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