- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Ace; 1st edition (December 1, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044151944X
- ISBN-13: 978-0441519446
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,114,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marianne, the Magus, and the Manticore Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1985
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When Marianne's parents died, leaving control of their fortune to her feared older brother, she struggled to make her way as a student in America - and her old home began to seem as unreal as a fairy tale, her childhood there as distant as a dream . . . Until the Magus came to claim her, and the Black Madame to destroy her, and the Manticore to hunt her down through the streets of another world - for there is magic in Marianne's blood, and magic in her soul. And in a battle fought in an everchanging world of warped time and wicked magic, it is the souls of Marianne and her family that are the ultimate prizes. Marianne, the Magus and the Manticore is the first volume of Sheri S. Tepper's acclaimed Marianne Trilogy.
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Marianne Zahmani is a young woman living in modern day Virginia, perpetually under the thumb of her abusive half-brother and striving to claim her independence. It is not until a chance encounter at her university with a guest speaker from the country of her parents' birth (Alphenlicht) that she discovers her subservience to her half-brother is being enforced by evil magic. When the mage Makr Avehl seeks to help Marianne overcome this wicked power, she is snatched away into bizarre shamanic otherworlds where she is endanger of losing not only her independence but her memories and ultimately her life. As Makr Avehl scrambles to follow her , Marianne traverses strange and inventive parallel worlds, each new realm showing off Tepper's imaginative prowess expertly. It is a short novel at 185 pages but utterly captivating.
In other reviews for other books I've heard that Tepper is accused of "man-bashing". That is not evident in this book. The male and female characters are equally balanced with character strengths and weaknesses. Marianne is a stalwart heroine and Makr Avehl is a charming hero. In short, if you can get your hands on a copy of this hard-to-find book, you wont be disappointed. Both Tepper fans and those new to Tepper (like me) will doubtlessly enjoy this creepy, inventive little tale. But you'll definitely want to have the second book "Marianne, the Madame and the Momentary Gods" in your possession as the book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.
The story is a bit dark, but a spark of hope and courage is always present to keep you reading.
My only displeasure was when the book ended. I enjoyed her second installment "Marianne and the Momentary Gods," nearly as much as the first and only regret that she didn't continue beyond three books.