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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace Books (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441505317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441505319
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,251,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By gustovwind on May 8 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I just could not get into this series. It just seemed to drag on and on and did not excite me at all.
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By A Customer on Feb. 23 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How can this book possibly be out of print? What madness has overtaken the human race, that junk like Gene Wolfe or Dragonlance rules the bestseller list, while this, the supreme accomplishment in the history of the fantasy genre, languishes in relative obscurity? Jack Vance is so irresistable, so indescribable, that I won't bother to try to summarize Lyonesse; that's for fourth-grade book reports. Suffice it to say that it will haunt your dreams the way Lord of the Rings or Elric or any of the other greats of the genre do, only Vance writes much better (and funnier) prose. For the love of all that is holy, get this book, and somehow or another get it back in print with a major publisher.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Charming Changeling Nov. 30 2000
By James D. DeWitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Madouc, the third book in Vance's Lyonesse Trilogy, is probably the best. The first two books, Suldrun's Garden and The Green Pearl, are wonderful, but the title character, Madouc, and her search for her pedigree, are among the most charming characters and quests in fantasy. She steals the show.
Casimir, the relentlessly scheming king of Lyonesse, has learned the child he thought was his grandaughter, Madouc, is in fact a fairy changeling. That is somehow wrapped up in the mystery of Dhrun, son of King Ailias of Troicenet, of whom it was prophecied by a magic mirror that he would be the king of all the Elder Isles. Not if Casimir can help it. He wants that throne for himself.
And there are much larger, darker schemes afoot, as the evil magician Tamurello and the mysterious witch Desmei plot against Murgen, the Elder Isle's greatest wizard, who alone keeps the Elder Isles from sinking into the sea.
And into this web of political and magical intrigue wanders Madouc, determined to learn her pedigree, possessed of a bit of her fairy mother's magic and a truly wonderful charm all her own. It is Madouc who sets this novel apart from other fantasies. Vance does a splendid job creating a central figure who will beguile and amaze you.
Vance blends myths from half a dozen cultures into a seamless whole. The Elder Isles are saved, if at a terrible cost. The kingship is resolved, after a terrible war. And Madouc even learns her pedigree. The book is full of surprises, and sly references to other legends. As just one example, you will learn how the Holy Grail got to where Sir Gallahad could find it...
You should read the whole Trilogy. If for some reason you cannot, read Madouc. It's a wonderful conclusion to a wonderful trilogy.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
this book is supreme. Aug. 16 1999
By lleinart@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fantasy-lovers, take heed! Madouc is third in one of the greatest fantasy trilogies ever written. You will fall in love with the fairy changeling/royal princess whose search for her heritage takes you on a merry chase. Read all three of the Lyonesse books by Jack Vance-you won't regret it. A note: Madouc won the award for Grand Fantasy in the year 1990.
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
it breaks my heart Feb. 22 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How can this book possibly be out of print? What madness has overtaken the human race, that junk like Gene Wolfe or Dragonlance rules the bestseller list, while this, a supreme accomplishment in the history of the American fantasy genre, languishes in relative obscurity? Jack Vance is so irresistable, so indescribable, that I won't bother to try to summarize Lyonesse; that's for fourth-grade book reports. Suffice it to say that it will haunt your dreams the way any of the other greats of the genre do, only Vance writes much better (and funnier) prose. For the love of all that is holy, get this book, and somehow or another get it back in print with a major publisher.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed Lyonesse Dec 17 2010
By Kat Hooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, here's the finale of Jack Vance's Lyonesse, and I'm sorry to see it end. This novel was about Madouc, the changeling princess of Lyonesse, and her interactions with Casmir, Sollace, Aillas, Dhrun, Shimrod, Throbius, Sir Pom-Pom, Umphred, Twisk, et al.

Madouc maintains the quality of this excellent trilogy -- it's filled with clever prose, charming characters, and lots of imagination. Jack Vance's careful planning produced a tight plot and Madouc wrapped up all the loose ends from Suldrun's Garden and The Green Pearl.

I thoroughly enjoyed Lyonesse, but it may not be for everyone. It occurs to me that these books are a lot like Monty Python. They're fast-paced, weird, silly, outrageous, and (somehow) smart.

I'll give you one example: the magician Murgen realizes he's being spied on by someone who is disguised as a moth, so he sends Rylf to follow the moth and find out who it is. The moth flies away and joins a thousand other moths who are flying around a flame. As Rylf watches, one of the moths eventually drops down, turns into a man, and walks into an inn. But Rylf doesn't take note of the man because, as he figures, the laws of probability suggest that the particular moth he's after must still be flying around the flame.

If you don't find that hilarious, you may not enjoy Lyonesse as much as I did.

Part of what I love most about Jack Vance's humor is that he doesn't tell us it's funny. It's a completely deadpan delivery. So, when King Throbius (King of the Fairies) assures Madouc that "fairies are as tolerant as they are sympathetic," there's no narrator or character who explains to Madouc (and, thereby, us) that this does not mean that fairies are tolerant. I have never read any author who does this as beautifully as Jack Vance does, and I loved it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Perfect Fantasy! June 29 2009
By Crystal Lily - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
First off let's put the books in order.
1.Suldruns Garden
2.The Green Pearl (despite what the digital version says in its title)
3.Madouc
Now that that is out of the way!
Oh, to see the trilogy end!

But what a great ending. A fantastic denouement. All things resolved with wicked cleverness and justice dealt to every corner.

Jack Vance has got to be one of my favorite authors of all time. Maybe top of the list even. He writes with his imagination set on stun and with a wit to keep you giggling. I just can't understand the out of print-ness of this trio. If you enjoyed this Vance work then you will love, The Dying Earth, The Demon Princes, and Night Lamp.

Maybe if we could all get together and get Peter Jackson to sign on for the movie rights....

Ah a girl can dream can't she?
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