Seven Citadels (was Re: Book recommendations)

Jacob Proffitt Jacob at
Mon Sep 3 16:50:43 EDT 2001

---Original Message From: Melissa Proffitt
> On Mon, 3 Sep 2001 05:39:50 -0400 (EDT), Kyra Jucovy wrote:
> >the Seven Citadels quartet by Geraldine Harris - I don't think I can 
> >emphasize enough how much I love these books.  But the 
> copies that my 
> >library has of them has a DWJ blurb on the back, so maybe that'll 
> >pursuade people to read them.  This is just a fantastically detailed 
> >world, and, again, I _love_ the characters.  Yum, yum, yum.  
> Basically, 
> >the book is about an ancient empire which is clearly doomed. 
>  A young 
> >prince and his half-brother (IIRC the son of a concubine) 
> must save it 
> >by encountering seven immortal sorcerers/esses - and 
> persuading them to 
> >give up their powers.  These books just rule.
> What stands out for me are the vivid colors and settings of 
> the world.  It's a Tour, but not the usual kind, and the 
> characters change because of the things they encounter.  The 
> hero goes from being a semi-spoiled Prince of the Godborn 
> (title of the first book BTW) to being--well, that would ruin 
> the ending.  I read them when I was young enough to really be 
> blown away by the conclusion.  I made Jacob read them as an 
> adult and he was equally impressed.  They may be hard to find 
> now, but worth the search.

Yeah.  I read the books in my 20s and was blown away.  Excellent books.


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