Lady of the Trillium (The Saga of the Trillium, Book 4)
Marion Zimmer Bradley, Elisabeth Waters
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Torn between love and duty, a reluctant young acolyte will be called on to magically save her imperiled world in this enthralling chapter of the Saga of the Trillium.
Of the three royal siblings who made up the Petals of the Living Trillium, only Lady Haramis survives nine hundred years after the events that nearly devastated their realm. But the Archimage is old and ill, and a successor must be found if Ruwenda is to remain safe and protected. In Princess Mikayla, Haramis recognizes the ideal candidate. However, the impulsive teenager must be carefully schooled in the magic arts—and the headstrong youth isn’t certain she even wants the responsibility, especially if it means abandoning her one true love. But time is running out—for Haramis and for the kingdom. And with disaster looming, the fate of Mikayla’s endangered homeland may soon fall heavily on the shoulders of a young, only half-trained rebel, ready or not.
Revisiting the magnificent world she created with fellow fantasy luminaries Julian May and Andre Norton in Black Trillium, the remarkable Marion Zimmer Bradley joins coauthor Elisabeth Waters to gaze into the far future of the World of the Three Moons. Lady of the Trillium is an enthralling, unforgettable tale of destiny, duty, magic, love, and the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between old and young.
after lunch while Haramis was in her study talking to Uzun. Haramis had assumed that she was in the library until she went to find her for dinner. But the library was empty, as was the bedroom she had told Enya to assign to the girl—had anyone told her that this was now her room? Haramis rolled her eyes and went down the hall toward Fiolon’s room, willing to bet that she would find the girl there. Sure enough, she heard Mikayla’s voice as she approached the room. She stopped just outside the
it’s a bit soon for that, Lady.” Uzun’s protest was formal, and Haramis ignored it. “I’ll be the judge of that, old friend.” She smiled at him, momentarily forgetting that he could not see her, partly to take away the sting of her words and partly to hide how frightened she suddenly felt. I may not have as much time as I thought. “You always were stubborn.” Uzun’s voice rippled through a soft glissando along the strings. “Do as you wish; you will anyway.” Haramis found Mikayla in her
I feel,” Mikayla said. “I hurt from the top of my head down to my stomach.” “But nothing below the waist hurts?” Uzun asked. “No. Why should it?” Mikayla asked in bewilderment. “What does hurt is more than enough.” “The cords attach to different points on your body depending on the type of bond you have,” Uzun explained. “If you and Fiolon had been married, for example, the pain would go down as far as your legs. Since it stops at the waist, obviously Haramis is mistaken.” “Fiolon told her
of an ancient and highly advanced lost civilization—in this heroic adventure set in the shared world introduced in Black Trillium (with Marion Zimmer Bradley and Julian May). Norton’s latest effort bears witness to her mastery of no-frills storytelling. A prime candidate for fantasy collections.” —Library Journal Lady of the Trillium “An inventive quest with strong characters and a well-realized setting.” —Kirkus Reviews “[Lady of the Trillium] focuses … on the more subtle war of the
was listening intently. “I think that they’re saying the same thing in different languages—some sort of welcome or announcement, perhaps. Listen to the cadences; do you hear how similar they are?” Mikayla listened until the voices fell silent, but shook her head. “I’m afraid I haven’t your ear, Fiolon, but I’m sure you’re right. Come, Master Musician, let’s see if we can find you another music box.” She hooked a hand around his elbow and dragged him farther into the building. The building was