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The Complete Lythande (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Marion Zimmer Bradley , Elisabeth Waters

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It's a long wait until the Last Battle of Law and Chaos, when the forces of Good and Evil will clash for the final time. So what's a body to do in the meantime? Lythande has to earn a living, after all. Music and magic are saleable skills--sometimes both together. There's a magic lute....

Mermaids, dragons, small children--Lythande's life is full of challenges, of which the biggest is never allowing the Secret to be revealed, on pain of total loss of magic... oh, and death.

Biographie de l'auteur

Marion Zimmer Bradley is probably best known for her Darkover novels and her best-selling Arthurian novel THE MISTS OF AVALON. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988, and an annual anthology, SWORD AND SORCERESS. For more information, see her website:

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 257 pages
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  • Editeur : Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust (28 mars 2014)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Classic Fantasy 1 décembre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
The Complete Lythande by Marion Zimmer Bradley is a collection of short stories centered on a character first introduced in a Thieves' World anthology. Lythande, however, was not a comfortable fit for that world and soon could be found in another world of the author's creation. Lythande is a nearly immortal adapt of the Blue Star, committed to fighting on the side of Law in the final battle between Law and Chaos. In the meantime Lythande makes a living as an itinerant minstrel and magic using problem solver.

I enjoyed this anthology. The stories were written over a period of years and showed the author's growth. I especially enjoyed the stories that paired Lythande with the character Eirthe, created by the author Elizabeth Waters. Eirthe is one of the few people who truly know Lythande. The stories where Lythande is interacting only with strangers are entertaining and often funny. The stories with Eirthe, especially "The Gratitude of Kings" allow the reader to delve deeper into Lythande's character. I would recommend this book to fans of fantasy and especially fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Witty and Creative 7 mars 2014
Par Becky B. - Publié sur
In this anthology of twenty stories, published over the course of 18 years in various magazines and collections, Lythande is a wanderer among fantasy worlds, a mercenary magician and minstrel, working for board, lodging and pay. Lythande is an Adept in the Temple of the Blue Star, a society of magicians who have pledged to fight on the side of Law against Chaos in the last battle at the end of the world. Accordingly, every such Adept is essentially immortal as long as the vows are upheld. There are three major vows - to fight always in support of Law, to never eat or drink in sight of men, and to maintain a personal secret, the key to each individual's power and invulnerability. However, if these vows are broken, then the individual loses the magic and may be killed.

Lythande's secret is the fulcrum of conflict for many of the stories. The secret is in jeopardy and the plot revolves around the difficulty this presents and the tactics taken to protect it. Because each story has been published at a different time and in a different magazine, each must review what a Blue Star Adept is, the vows and rituals it entails, and an explanation of Lythande's secret, so the reader can have an appreciation for the difficulties Lythande faces. This becomes quite repetitive for a reader of this collection.

The situations that place the secret in danger are different in each story. Examples are: a nemesis who tries to discover and expose Lythande's secret (The Secret of the Blue Star); a thief who accidentally discovers the secret (The Incompetent Magician); a magic object that clings to Lythande, but possession of it would expose Lythande's secret (Somebody Else's Magic); and a magic duel where Lythande's casting of magic would, itself, reveal the secret (The Gratitude of Kings).

Other stories make the secret a minor problem to be addressed in the course of resolving some larger conflict: A mermaid is threatening a village of fishermen who go to sea and never return. Lythande agrees to remove the danger, but the secret proves more troubling than anticipated. (The Sea Wrack); Lythande incurs the wrath of a magical creature due to her secret (The Wandering Lute).

The remaining 15 or so stories in the collection each mention the secret, but it doesn't play a real part in the conflict. These situations include a Goblin Faire (Goblin Market), being turned into a dog (Bitch), coming to an inn where the children are turned into pigs (The Walker Behind), summoning demons (The Malice of the Demon), being considered for sacrifice to a volcano (The Virgin and the Volcano), banishing invisible varmints from a farmer's silo (The Wuzzles) and many others.

Some of the stories are humorous, one or two are sardonic, a few are quite witty - their tone varies. It's quite difficult in the confines of a short story to develop character. Short stories tend to focus on plot. The conflict and any character development happens solely in support of that focus - a character must make a moral decision, an immaturity is exposed, an eccentricity acts as a turning point. However, for a series of stories about one particular character, the reader hopes to see something different about the character as the stories progress - some growth, some further definition over what motivates the person, what past difficulties may influence present circumstances, how the character feels! This doesn't happen with Lythande, who is quite one-dimensional.

The stories are, of necessity by their publishing history, episodic and tend to follow a fairly standard pattern - Lythande is wandering along a road near some woods and the weather is miserable, so finding an inn is paramount. In the inn the inhabitants are either experiencing a recent or current magical occurrence. Lythande, in exchange for a night's lodging and a meal, agrees to address the problem, maybe charging an additional fee if the problem seems large or dangerous. Lythande eats alone, plays the lute or a harp for an audience, maybe rests, then goes out to deal with the issue. All of the interest in the story falls on how the issue is resolved. We learn very little about Lythande besides the rather thin thread of the secret on which many of the stories hang. The situations, themselves, are interesting and appropriate for the worlds of Lythande, but since the reader lacks identification with Lythande, knowing very little about the character, there is no real feeling of suspense or drama developed. Some of Lythande's solutions are clever, but more frequently the problem is just resolved by the use of magic and the story ends.

Any short story collection can be uneven. Quite a few of the stories in this collection, such as The Story of the Blue Star, Somebody Else's Magic, To Kill the Undead, Fool's Fire, and The Gratitude of Kings, are witty and creative and keep the reader's interest. They make the book worth reading.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very glad this was published 6 décembre 2013
Par Stuart Lutzenhiser - Publié sur
I received this book as part of an Early Reviewers Edition. That being said: I'm very glad this book was compiled and published. This is a posthumous anthology of stories of the wandering Magician and Musician Lythande who is a woman compelled by her society and associations to live secretly as a man. MZB was well known in her life as a writer with a very keen sense of Women's issues and brought that to her writing. These stories carry on that tradition in an interesting way. Lythande actually isn't that most powerful magician. In many of the stories, Lythande is overwhelmed by other magics or other powers and must use her brain and luck to get out of a sticky situation. Also interestingly, the stories aren't always a confrontation, but rather more domestic. The final story, the only one unpublished up until now, tells of Lythande helping return a young girl to her family and then helping them come to the understanding that they must send her to school for magic in order to protect her and themselves. Bradley started writing in the fifties and this kind of story would have been much less likely to have been written without the impact of MZB and other writers continuing to push the envelope of fantasy as it relates to women. That being said, each story stands on its own and was published on its own - so each story has to weave into it that Lythande is a woman pretending to be a man because of her training as a magician; that she can't eat or drink in front of men, etc. There are various world-building elements of the narrative that have to be addressed in every story so that the reader knows what's going on. Makes sense when there is only one story - but when there are 21 of them - it does eat up a fair amount of reading space.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Magic of the Magician Lythande 8 novembre 2013
Par Time and chance - Publié sur
Disclaimer: I have always been a very big fan of Mrs. Bradley and am delighted that her work is still being published posthumously. Lythande, the character, is delightful and magical and while the short story format necessitates a lot of repetition the stories are engaging and the recurring characters become familiar friends. Lythande has a curious role to play in the world of magic and is engaging and fun, with a sense of humour which many fantasy character lack, so busy are they being noble. There is still the comfort that we know absolutely that Lythande will not desert the vows that bind the Blue Star magicians. I would definitely recommend any Marion Zimmer Bradley fan read this collection and enjoy so many of her stories that were published individually. For anyone who has not read her broad range of fantasy novels, it is a great introduction and I for one am now heading off to reread the Avalon series. I am purposely not giving away the plotline(s). Suffice it to say you will met the full range of characters: villains, bad sorcerers, innocents, good magicians, eccentric nobles, a were-dragon, even wuzzles (who are not at all like Muggles) and one of my favourites a candlemaker whose best friends are salamanders.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exactly As Advertised 13 août 2014
Par A. Musumeci - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The Complete Lythande is exactly as advertised - a collection of all of MZB's Lythande tales, which are nuggets of gold, every one. I bought this book even though I had bought an earlier Lythande collection just to make sure I could read ALL of the stories, and rereading old tales among some new ones did not disappoint. :)
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