Black Trillium (The Saga of the Trillium #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, & Andre Norton (review)

July 8, 2015 All Reviews, Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fi 0 DNF

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Black Trillium (The Saga of the Trillium #1)  by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, & Andre Norton  (review)Black Trillium by Marion Zimmer BradleyJulian MayAndre Norton
Series: The Saga of the Trillium #1
Published by Open Road Media on July 7th 2015 (reprint)
Number of Pages: 368
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Purchase: At Amazon

Ruwenda is a pleasant, peaceful land-but the magic of its guardian, the Archimage Binah, is waning. Binah must pass along her protectorship to the triplet princess of Ruwenda. She bestows upon the infant girls the power of the rare and mystical Black Trillium—badge of the royal house, symbol of an ancient magic.

While the sisters blossom into beautiful young women, neighboring Labornok use a dark magician to sunder Binah's protection. As invaders pour into Ruwenda, the Archimage orders the princesses to flee—and changes them to search for three magical talismans which when brought together will be their only chance to regain their kingdom and free its people. Each must accomplish her task separately—and to succeed, each must also confront and conquer the limits of her own soul.

I really like Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton. So I was hoping I would love this book. Unfortunately I ended up DNFing at the 50% mark. The Prologue is long, slow, and reads like a dry history book until the very end where the Black Trillium plant is mentioned. Then it picks up for a bit, and ends shortly thereafter.

The rest of the book is a mix of slow slogging through and then interesting bits. Unfortunately the interesting bits didn’t last as long as the slow bits. The princesses themselves didn’t have enough personality to keep me interested. The eldest, Haramis, reminded me a little bit of Aramis from the Three Musketeers at first. And then it was like her personality was sucked out of her during her journey.

Kadiya, the middle sister, was a stereotypical redhead. She had the fiery temper, impetuousness, stubborn and quick to anger, and her answer to everything was to attack it. I just couldn’t find a reason to like her.

The youngest princess, Anigel was my favorite. Her personality was more vibrant than her sisters. She also actually grew as a character during the 50% of the book I got through. I liked her helper the most as well. She started out as a weepy, scared girl who liked typical girl things. And as the story went on, she grew a backbone and did what she needed to do even though she was still frightened of what was happening to and around her.

I want to know how the book ends, how putting together the talismans will help their kingdom. And I’m sure that Anigel is going to end up with the prince of the land who conquered theirs. Just a feeling, but I wouldn’t be surprised. However I don’t want to know these things enough to be willing to force myself to read the rest of the book. It took me 8 hours to read 145 pages, and since I can usually read 1 page every 1-2 minutes… *shrugs*

Your mileage may vary, but I won’t be reading the other books in the series.


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