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Valentine awakes to find himself lying on a rock outside the enormous city of Pidruid. He remembers nothing of his past. He meets a young herder named Shanamir, who explains that there is a festival for the Coronal (leader/king named strangley enough Lord Valentine) of Majipoor. Valentine therefore goes with Shanamir and meets a truope of jugglers led by an alien called Zalzon Kavol. Valentine quickly learns to juggle and falls in love with Carabella, one of the jugglers. Valentine begins to have strange dreams about power and destruction. Could the Lady (queen of good dreams) be sending him a message? He soons realizes that the Coronal of Majipoor might not be who he is and that Majipoor might be on the brink of civil war. Embarking on a journey through the gigantic world of Majipoor, he explores many parts and begins to regain his memory. Sensing that he is special the troupe of jugglers say nothing, but soon enough Valentine will remember his past.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   ruler Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   amnesia Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   performer Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   neutral aliens    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   description of breasts How much dialogue?    -   mostly dialog

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