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The Cadwal Chronicles [Kindle Edition]

Jack Vance

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For centuries the breathtakingly beautiful planet Cadwal has been held in trust by a centuries-old Charter of Conservancy, created by the now-defunct Naturalist Society on Old Earth.
Over time, restrictions on population expansion written into the Charter have become irksome to some who live on Cadwal—those who would take the unexploited wealth of Cadwal for themselves, also those forced to leave the planet to keep population in check.
Glawen Clattuc grows to manhood within the insular community of Araminta Station, the primary settlement on the planet, and becomes attuned to conflicts among the parties wishing to break free of the Charter. He joins the Constabulary, and ties mysterious events and circumstances together. To uphold the Conservancy, much depends upon locating the original Charter document, which has been lost for many years; Glawen is chosen to search for the Charter, on backwater Earth and worlds beyond.
The Cadwal Chronicles was written by Vance in his maturity- an accomplished master sure of his game- using a light touch and broad palette of characters.

Cover art by Paul Rhoads & Howard Kistler

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1104 KB
  • Print Length: 1144 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spatterlight Press LLC (Dec 8 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALHB7KO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Vance is a master storyteller June 11 2013
By Jim C - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Be forewarned - Jack Vance is one of my favorite writers. And I was not disapointed by this story. If you are a Jack Vance fan, you will enjoy this book and Cadwell is one of his classic creations. The last two books in the triligy lose some steam. I write this with news of Jack's Vance's recent passing and am so greatful of the worlds he created for us to enjoy in his books.

Thanks Jack!

I am very thankful for the kindle editions of Jack's books, and am better able to enjoy his books with the dictionary option. What a wordsmith Jack Vance was!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb world building here with complex social and cultural themes, along with an enthralling protagonist. Feb. 11 2013
By Jack Of Alltrades - Published on Amazon.com
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As a Vance fan who's read all his SF, and has read this trilogy 20 years ago, I can absolutely recommend this to those who want a great story. Don't let the cute dialog of the young adults in the early part of the first book deter you. This soon ends and the dialog is once again up to Vance's usual quality. The plot is good, if slow to develop. Give it a try and see what you think.

And, as you read it, pay attention to Vance's views on social and political issues. Like Heinlein, Vance has strong views and is not loath to offer them in his fiction. His fascination with mysteries also is evident in the plot.

The second and third book in the series are weaker than the first. It seems to me that he lost interest in his protagonists. The second book is one long shaggy dog story and the third has only one action scene. Vance seems to forget Glawan and Wayness in favor of two new love interests and his portrayal is unconvincing.

Nevertheless, it is Vance, and so, worth reading.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandmaster Feb. 24 2013
By Mr N - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Have been reading sci fi for 40 yrs, and "discovered" jack Vance about 8 yrs ago. and proceeded to comb the used bookstores for his out of print books. Have read most of his major works including the Cadwal Chronicles which is a compilation of Araminta Station, Ecce and Old Earth, and Throy. Dont think you could go wrong with ANYTHING he has written, he creates stories, societies, characters, and worlds that are so imaginative,detailed, unique, humorous, tragic that they are hard to put down. Jack Vance is a superior storyteller and I consider him the GRANDMASTER of the Genre. Overjoyed to know I can get his books in E- book form. Must read is the Dying Earth series
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vance's Best Work Jan. 31 2015
By Treybien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In my opinion this is the best story that Jack Vance ever wrote. As usual, in this story Vance builds alien worlds of great detail which are seasoned with human intrigue. Vance's mastery of characters, alien animals, and extra-terrestrial geography is at its best in this work. I have been a Vance fan since I was a teenager, and I am now in my 60s, and I think it is his best yarn. I am a biologist, so perhaps that is what draws me to this work, which is filled with detailed descriptions of the biota of Cadwal and the other worlds visited in the course of the saga. Basically, this story tells an all too familiar tale of the struggle between those who want to develop protected lands and those who are pledged to conserve them. I have read in its entirety 3 times, and can hardly wait to forget some of it so I can read it again. I rank this as my favorite all time science fiction story - the others in my top five, in order of preference are: Zelazny's "Lord of Light," Vance's "Demon Prince" novelettes, Herbert's "Dune," and Vance's "Tschai" series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Fanciful and Profound Work of a Genius of the Genre March 6 2015
By rjv - Published on Amazon.com
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Worlds flooded with sunlight, heroes both ironclad and quirky, vilians who horrify and entertain. The saga of Wayness in the second book is among the most creative, charming and compelling stories ever set down: it is impossible not to love her for her courage, honor, graceful humor and humility as she traverses some of the most wonderful and entrancing venues of Jack Vance's great body of work. Beethoven built complete new worlds in music. Vance does it with his ineffable language. Respect? Not strong enough a word. Reverence and gratitude serve in their way, but still are at best pale in light of what this writer deserves for what he has achieved here. How many stars? Look up into a crystaline sky and start counting.

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