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Lyonesse: Book 1 - Suldrun's Garden Paperback – April 1, 1983
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Part of what makes it different is Vance's willingness to embrace a sort of Edwardian storytelling style. He does not drop us into a non-stop actionfest. Neither is this a coming of age story. At first the omniscient narrator, pace, and style is distancing. We are more observers than participants in Suldrun's early life. But gradually, gradually the reader is drawn into a world rich in detail, closely observed, and gloriously realized.
I mentioned Eddison's famous epic. The similarity to that 1922 novel is, I think, particularly deliberate: there are placenames that both share, for example. Both novels follow multiple character arcs. And both are kind to, or at least understanding of their villains (of which there are many). While I think Eddison's work's flaws (he was too unwilling to give up some of his juvenalia) make is much less open to modern readers, Lyonesse shows that its author has closely and carefully observed these antique hallmarks of fantasy---the ones that he would have cut his teeth on and the ones that I love as well.
If you've never experienced this trilogy, get it now. The great thing about Kindle is that deserving books can find a life away from the ignominy of being out-of-print. Here is one example of a reason why this is a wonderful thing: a classic, unfairly forgotten, that you can read today. If you love fantasy, then spend a little time, like Suldren, in a secret garden lost to memory.
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The first 50 pages are a bet hard to get through while he lays out the landscape of the story.Read more