Baker & Taylor As the aged Pontifex Prankipin nears the end of his life, the Coronal Lord Confalume begins the Funeral Games to prepare before his court-weary replacement comes to power, unaware that the young Korsibar has been told a fearsome prophecy
Blackwell North Amer On the gigantic planet Majipoor, it is a time of ancient mysteries and new wonders. The aged Pontifex Prankipin, who brought sorcery (and prosperity) to the Fifty Cities of Castle Mount, is at last near death. Omens are seen, prodigies are born, wine and blood are consumed...even the sea-dragons have been glimpsed from the cliffs. Truly, a great change is at hand! The Coronal Lord Confalume, who will become Pontifex, decides to begin the Funeral Games before his own replacement is chosen. It is no secret that the next Coronal will be Prince Prestimion. By law and custom, the blood son of the present Coronal cannot rule the seemingly endless castle with its 30,000 rooms. Besides, everyone knows that young Korsibar is an outdoorsman, preferring the pleasures of the hunt to the intrigues of the court. What everyone does not know is that the hunter has a new and secret quarry - the Starburst Crown. Korsibar has been visited by an oracle. From the thin lips of the two-headed Su-Suheris, he has heard the whispered words that will plunge the planet into a fearsome conflagration, engulfing all the myriad races of Majipoor in a war to alter destiny itself.
Baker & Taylor The first installment of a new trilogy set in the author's fantasy world of Majipoor, home to various intelligent life forms, takes place a thousand years before the era of Lord Valentine, featured in Lord Valentine's Castle. Tour.