Lyonesse is one of the ten kingdoms of the Edler Isles and Casmir, its ruthless and ambitious king, is at the centre of intrigue as their rulers contend for control. Casmirs beautiful but other-worldly daughter, Suldrun, is a key element in his plans: he intends to cement alliances by arranging a marriage. But Suldrun defies him. She is confined to her beloved garden, where she meets her love, and her tragedy unfolds. Lyonesse is a spellbinding fantasy masterpiece of eerie beauty, mystery and enchantment as intrigue, war, magic, adventure and romance are interwoven in a rich and sweeping tale set in a fabled land.
Jack Vance was born in 1916 and studied mining engineering and journalism at the University of California. During the Second World War he served in the merchant navy and was torpedoed twice. He started contributing stories to the pulp magazines in the mid 1940s and published his first book, The Dying Earth, in 1950. Among his many books are The Dragon Master, for which he won his first Hugo, Big Planet, The Anome and the Lyoness sequence.