The Demon Princes, Volume Two: The Face/The Book of Dreams

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Kirth Gersen carries in his pocket a slip of paper with a list of five names written upon it - the names of five Demon Princes. The Demon Princes are a race of beings who disguise themselves as humans and delight in power and destruction. However, to Kirth they are merely murderers who killed his family and destroyed his home planet - and who deserve to die for those misdeeds. Three have already fallen at Kirth's hands, but there are two more names on the list, two more Princes who will live only long enough to ...
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Overview

Kirth Gersen carries in his pocket a slip of paper with a list of five names written upon it - the names of five Demon Princes. The Demon Princes are a race of beings who disguise themselves as humans and delight in power and destruction. However, to Kirth they are merely murderers who killed his family and destroyed his home planet - and who deserve to die for those misdeeds. Three have already fallen at Kirth's hands, but there are two more names on the list, two more Princes who will live only long enough to regret their evil ways. Lens Larque was just as unique as the other Demon Princes - uniquely appalling. Howard Alan Treesong poisoned his friends, tortured his colleagues, and wrote his own horrific holy book, The Book of Dreams. But, clever as he may be, a galaxy-wide guessing game will be his undoing - and Kirth Gersen's sworn vengeance will be complete.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Collected here are the first three novels in Vance's classic "Demon Princes" series. Kerth Gersen seeks the demon princes, a destructive race that disguises itself as human, to exact revenge for the death of his family and planet. Recommended for sf collections not owning the separate titles.
Kirkus Reviews
The first three books (originally published in 196467) of Vance's superb space opera series (the subject of an October 15, 1995, Kirkus editorial), presenting the related yet independent novels The Star King, The Killing Machine, and The Palace of Love. These are rare, rattling adventures, with fearsome villains, damsels in distress, and swashbuckling avengers, but there are more subtle delights to be found, too: One can linger with Smade of Smade's Tavern, meet Navarth the mad poet, or ponder the "Scroll from the Ninth Dimension." A writer of many remarkable qualities, here Vance displays his considerable ability to render imaginary worlds so compellingly that, by comparison, reality itself seems wan and insubstantial.

Sublime examples of the master storyteller's art.

From the Publisher
"Jack Vance is one of the truly important science fiction writers of our day."—Los Angeles Times Book review

"Vance's descriptive eye is sharp, and his ear for the language is close to infallible."—New York Newsday

"(Vance has) a velvety elegance that rivals John Gielgud reciting poetry....One of the treasures of science fiction."—Washington Post Book World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312853167
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/15/1997
  • Series: Demon Princes Series, #2
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 807,183
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Vance is one of the greats of science fiction. He has been writing for more than 60 years, and in 1997 was honored as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He is the author of dozens of science fiction and fantasy novels, including the World Fantasy Award winning Lyonnesse series, and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning The Last Castle. He lives in Oakland, California.

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