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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: #182,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
2 of 2 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!
3 of 4 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
3 of 4 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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and worth reading Feb. 22 2014
By Ed Garvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not as good as best Vance - but definitely entertaining and worth reading. Works well as kindle - especially as it is not in print.
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Jack's Worst. Feb. 8 2014
By chrisam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me begin by saying that I am a longtime fan of Vance, a fact to which the moldering paperbacks on several shelves will attest. Ok. Now let me utter heresy: this book/trilogy whatever it is SUCKS.Had it been written by anyone else, I'd have given it one star. But, as always,Jack gets points for being Jack. His diction and style and worldbuilding skills are all here. What is lacking are plot, action, and sympathetic protagonists. Nothing happens for chapter after chapter, and when something finally does the reader doesn't care because he/she could not care less about the characters. I never thought I would say this about a Jack Vance book, but don't waste your money

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