I can still remember books that I read in English in high school many, many years ago Lord of the Flies for instance, or that book about the kid who stole a motorcycle and then proceeded to kill an old lady but this book, I cannot remember anything about it. I am a fan of the setting, too. The point, for me, is that this story featured women who, abnormally for 1991, had agency and didn't experience their character devel. One is a warrior, one is a sorceress, and one is. Kadiya, the red-haired one, is the warrior woman. At no point in the story do you.
Forced to flee, the young princesses must follow their separate destinies through a dangerous and unfamiliar world of Oddlings and enemies—for only the combined power of three magical talismans can help them defeat the malevolent sorcerer who has brought chaos and death to their once-idyllic home. All document files are the property of their respective owners, please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. Book 1 in the Saga of the Trillium a collaboration between Marion Zimmer Bradley, Andre Norton, and Julian May. I am so grateful to Open Road Media for bringing this classic in vivid new life and grateful I can now read it as an ebook. 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. In unresponsive shock, maybe, or crying hysterically, yes.
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. This book is written by three authors about three sister princesses. He could have been more evil, perhaps a bit more human, too, with more flaws that explained him. I was entranced with the goings-on.
At the beginning the sisters are together. Thankfully, this is one of those rare occasions where a book written by more than one author is unnoticeable as such. The characters, for example, are slap-dash and two dimensional, whose 'development' is really just a string of events and actions that make no sense given the context of what they've been through. And the story is well-written. We didn't view them through the lenses of the male characters. She also maintained a large family of writers at her home in Berkeley. Ruwenda is a pleasant, peaceful land-but the magic of its guardian, the Archimage Binah, is waning.
Overall, I'm glad I read the book, but it didn't leave me with a sense of being touched by the story. They each had distinct motivations and needs and personalities which, if the basis was typical, were presented in new and different packages. Sure, each of th Back when I originally read these books, in the late 90s, this was my favorite series ever. Then, well, it just wound up being blah. I liked the world building too, it was a little confusing at first but as I read on it started to just come together. Which is probably why I went out looking for the second one right after I finished it.
That's not really the point, though. . The world these authors have created is coming out of its last glaciation and the center part of it is still wild and covered by ice. It just fizzled for me. 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 entire book revolves around a magic flower. I remember it so vividly! I have no desire to read a book three times in a row, no matter how good it might be.
I think the basic problem with this book is that each of the authors needed more time to develop her character. The story was so incredibly predictable. This novel spawned several sequels written individually by the authors. However, it felt like the book was too long I grew up reading Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton. I simply couldn't go on.
It's now being republished with a neat new cover but, unfortunately, the formulaic story with three heroines who may as well be stock c. And longs to rush into battle because she is woman, hear her roar! Some books ought to be reclaimed by each new generation. Triplet princesses, one with red hair, one blonde, and one with black hair because that makes total sense. If I read the sequels I'll be getting them out of the library, not buying them. If you didn't know it had three authors, you'd never guess.