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A fantasy more epic in scope than J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. A saga more thematically multilayered than Frank Herbert's Dune sequence. A realm more vividly described than Robert Silverberg's Majipoor. One of the rare series worthy of such acclaim is Eric Van Lustbader's The Pearl, a literary tour de force that is redefining the term epic.
Set on a mystical world where a technologically advanced race of alien conquerors known as the V'ornn -- a male-dominated society based on a strict caste system -- have struggled for decades to rule over the native Kundalan, the saga of The Pearl is essentially the story of Riane, the Dar Sala-at, the prophesized savior destined to lead the Kundalan uprising against their militant oppressors.
In Mistress of the Pearl, the third volume of The Pearl (following The Ring of Five Dragons and The Veil of a Thousand Tears), the Kundalan resistance against the V'ornn is growing stronger, as more and more disgruntled V'ornn secretly join in the rebellion. As this already bloody struggle intensifies, the V'ornn technomages desperately search for a way to escape an unstoppable race bent on ferreting out and annihilating all V'ornn in the universe. The answer, they believe, lies in bioengineering hybrid V'ornn/Kundalan beings; but thus far they have only succeeded in butchering innocent natives. Meanwhile, Riane must somehow unlock the doors to her forgotten past and unravel the mystery -- and much-needed wisdom -- of the Pearl.
Simply put: This series, which encompasses both science fiction and fantasy elements, is an absolute must-read for any serious fan of the genre. Paul Goat Allen