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Lord Prestimion
Silverberg, Robert.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperPrism, [1999]

Physical Description:
416 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Sequel to: Sorcerers of Majipoor.
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Lord Prestimion finds his world in the grip a fastspreading plague of madness, left as a "gift" by Dantirya Sambail and the rebels. Now Prestimion must track down Sambail before the slow-creeping despair that infects humanity can destroy him and the world he rules.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The latest volume of Silverberg's colossal Majipoor cycle (Sorcerers of Majipoor, etc.) makes a respectable addition to the series of fantasy tales set in a far-future, far-distant human-settled world. Just after he is crowned Coronal, and thus ruler, of Majipoor, Prestimion faces a number of problems. The treacherous rebel leader Procurator Dantirya Sambail has escaped from the royal dungeons, and Prestimion must pursue him across the vast face of Majipoor. A plague of madness has spread through his subjects, with more gruesome incidents cropping up every week, and Prestimion must struggle to contain it while he wonders if he himself caused the trouble when he cast a spell to make everyone forget the bloody civil war that brought him to power. At the same time, the Coronal is recovering from the death of his last love and growing increasingly interested in the graceful daughter of a boorish merchant. Eventually all the quandaries are resolved in a climax so fast and so furious that it is over before it can build up any proper emotional impact. Silverberg gives over much space to travelogues on Majipoor, a vividly described setting that is as captivating as any of the people who inhabit it, but he fails to spend the same amount of care developing Prestimion's character. In contrast, he does a fine job on minor playersÄthe precocious Lord Dekkeret; brave Prince Akbalik; the two-headed sorcerer, Maundigan-Klimd; and Prestimion's brother, Abrigant. These personalities keep the novel lively enough to please Majipoor's many dedicated followers. (Aug.) FYI: Silverberg has published more than 100 books of SF, fantasy and nonfiction. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

To heal the scars of civil war from his land, Coronal Lord Prestimion decrees the casting of a great spell to erase the war's memory from everyone on Majipoor, with the exception of himself and his two most trusted advisors. When sudden outbreaks of violence and inexplicable disturbances rack the land and a new enemy arises to threaten the peace, Prestimion must face the consequences of his act of compassion. This sequel to Sorcerers of Majipoor revisits the author's richly diverse world of sorcery and science to tell the story of a man catapulted by destiny into the position of lord of his world. Silverberg excels at balancing strong characters and complex plotting to achieve a rare example of epic fantasy told with a scientist's eye for detail. A superb choice for most libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.