Come to the magical planet of Majipoor. Follow Valentine as he joins a motley band of jugglers to seek the secret of his lost past across a wide and wonderous world. In the shattered city of the Shapeshifters, in the temple of the Lady of Sleep and the Isle of the King of Dreams. From the depths of a dying emperor's dark domain, to the destiny that awaits him high atop Lord Valentines Castle.
Eric S. (Shooter) reviewed Lord Valentine's Castle (Majipoor: Lord Valentine, Bk 1) on
I first read this book in college, and found a world unlike any other. The sheer size of Silverberg's Majipoor is amazing, and he somehow has managed to blend fantasy with science fiction in a way I have never seen before. The feeling I got when reading this book was similar to the feeling I had when I first saw The Matrix... a sense that there was much more to the story than was being told, and hints of greater things. I especially loved the fact that a simple thing like juggling could be a part of a much greater story set in a world that had been imagined so richly. Silverberg has built a mythology and a class structure into the world of Majipoor that is extremely detailed, and his characters are much more real than most characters of literature. Even though I haven't picked up my dog-eared copy of the book in probably ten years or more, I still remember the names Valentine, Carabella, Zalzan Kavol, the lands of Ni-Moya and Pidruid, and much more. To me, that says a lot about the power of this novel.