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Tanith Lee
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15 Sep 2009 Tales from the Flat Earth
NIGHT'S MASTER is the first book of the stunning arabesque high fantasy series Tales from the Flat Earth, which, in the manner of The One Thousand and One Nights, portrays an ancient world in mythic grandeur via connected tales.

Long time ago when the Earth was Flat, beautiful indifferent Gods lived in the airy Upperearth realm above, curious passionate demons lived in the exotic Underearth realm below, and mortals were relegated to exist in the middle. Azhrarn, Lord of the Demons and the Darkness, was the one who ruled the Night, and many mortal lives were changed because of his cruel whimsy. And yet, Azhrarn held inside his demon heart a profound mystery which would change the very fabric of the Flat Earth forever...

Come within this ancient world of brilliant darkness and beauty, of glittering palaces and wondrous elegant beings, of cruel passions and undying love.

Discover the exotic wonder that is the Flat Earth.

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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: TaLeKa (15 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607620448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607620440
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable for Tanith Lee fans! 30 Oct 2009
A heart-breakingly beautiful work by possibly the greatest fantasy writer of our age, NIGHT'S MASTER is the first book in Tanith Lee's 5-volume "Flat Earth" series.

For anyone who hasn't read this saga before, it's imperative that you start with this volume. All the later volumes refer back to it and it's well-nigh impossible to make sense of the mammoth epic DELIRIUM'S MISTRESS (volume 4) unless you know the earlier books.

NIGHT'S MASTER is not a novel but a trilogy of interlinking novellas. The central character that unites them is Azhrarn, Prince of Demons - dark, seductive, bisexual, all-powerful and wholly irresistible. In a perverse twist, this Lord of Darkness actually sacrifices himself to save humanity from destroying itself, becoming a sort of 'dark Christ' figure.

The novella format works brilliantly because (and I say this as a fan) Tanith Lee is an infinitely better writer of short fiction than of full-length novels.

Unmissable for anybody who loves her work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 2 Nov 2010
This was my first Tanith Lee book, and one of my first fantasy novels.. TL opened a whole new world for me, in terms of introducing eroticism to fantasy, and just seeing things from a different perspective to what I had come across until then.. These stories make for an interesting read about Azhrarn, Prince of Darkness.. Loved it!
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A wonderfully written dark set of stories of Azhrarn, Lord of Darkness and Prince of Demons and his cruel meddling in the lives of mankind. The way the stories weave from one into the next and the harsh realities of this almost-mythological world draw you in and keep you reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Foray into the wonders of Tanith Lee 9 Dec 2013
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This is the first book I have ever read by Tanith Lee, I had been hankering for new Fantasy books from different authors when I stumbled across some information about Tanith Lee online. The book is dark in an arabesque fashion, its a decorative fiction with dark themes. Character development is decidedly shallow but understandable for a book written from, the perspective of powerful and beautiful demons who view humans as play things for their infernal mischief. Demon-kind are cold, immortal and merciless but are taught humility when faced with the extinction of human kind on flat earth(to find out why read the book). The separate stories are all woven together to culminate in a climax focusing on Azrahrn the Lord of Darkness who is a chief demon in this tale. I love that the book has metro-sexual overtones, offering something fresh and modern over typical high fantasy novels. All in all a fantastic introduction to Tanith Lee and the Tales of Flat earth series; I need to order and review the next book in the series now (Deaths Master) watch this space.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong prose and a richly imagined world 30 April 2001
By S. Gustafson - Published on
Fantasy, ultimately, depends on description to carry it. The more alien the landscapes and psychologies an author wishes to describe, the more she must rely on her style and vocabulary to carry it off.

-Night's Master- kicks off the Flat Earth series, about a richly imagined, glittering, world of cruel and proud daemons. What ultimately carries off the story of Azhrarn is Tanith Lee's strong prose style. You can tell that she must have been the victim of a classical education.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tanith Lee's BEST 26 Jun 1998
By Kate Lawrence - Published on
Tanith Lee weaves tales of demons and mortals in ways that are familiar, yet with such singular and unexpected twists that even the most well-read fan of this genre will find her work refreshing. The entire Flat Earth series is at once terrible and wonderful. What is it like to be the Prince of Demons? What would happen if a mortal suddenly was given immortality? What would the Prince of Darkness do if suddenly he had no humans to torment, much as he might despise them? All these are questions that Lee is not afraid to pose through her characters from commoners to kings; from demons to gods so strange we can scarce comprehend them. With powers of description that are as evocative as Joseph Conrad's, and with the ability to paint characters in the style of a Charles Dickens, she spins a tapestry of events that binds these series of self-standing tales into a marvelous whole. Is it any wonder I highly recommend her work? Get all five of the Flat Earth series. If you are like me, you will find yourself reading them time and again.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Magical... 14 Sep 2001
By axel - Published on
...and you have the strange feeling that you are reading something that is a dream, and yet it is so magical and fairytalish, but in a dark and twisted way.
In this book we meet the Prince of Demons, Azhrarn, who plots and schemes to his own dark ends. He is an evil, selfish antagonist, and yet Sivesh, his adopted son is the 'good guy', falls prey to his evilness and in the end...
The book is written like a myth, with strange and wonderful things like silver collars woven of tears, and demon horses that ride the night...
Enjoy it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A master's magnum opus. 5 Feb 2010
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Tanith Lee is one of the great masters of fantasy fiction, and the "Flat Earth" cycle is arguably her finest work (though the "Paradys" and "Venus" cycles are right up there, too). The new Norilana/TaLeKa editions are lush reprints of this cycle, with Night's Master the first out (they are also issuing her other works as well in uniform editions). The best news is that down the line will be two wholly new Flat Earth titles, the novel Earth's Master and the story collection The Earth is Flat.

Lee's fantasies tend to be rich in mood, usually somber and exotic mood, but she's no one-trick pony: her characters are deep and full-fleshed, and her plots Byzantine (sometimes more or less literally) amd her prose suitably rich without ever being purple.

Finally, none of her work is cookie-cutter: you will not have been to the lands of the Flat Earth before, or anything like them, in anyone else's fat fantasy. Read: enjoy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all time best books I've ever read! 13 May 2000
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Night's Master was my first introduction to Tanith Lee nearly ten years ago and ever since I have been addicted to her work. Her writing is beautiful and seductive filled with lush imagery and descriptions that will have you longing to enter the pages of her novels. This is not your typical "fantasy" novel. It is powerful and moving and unlike anything else I have ever read. Of all of Tanith Lee's books, I would recommend the Flat Earth series and The Silver Metal Lover as the best. They never fail to transport me to another world, and really isn't that the great joy of reading novels?
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