Ports of Call

Ports of Call

Book - 1998
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Melisende was the oldest daughter of Baldwin of Jerusalem, a princess of the Franks and, since she had no brothers, heir to the Crusader Kingdom. The crown would go to the man who married her, and after to her son.

But Melisende was a strong woman; the law that forced her to marry instead of taking the crown in her own name was a thorn in her side. It was she who ruled the City and who juggled the politics of church and court. The knights of Jerusalem fought in her honor, many of the best sworn to her personal service. She would not submit easily to a husband's rule, nor for long.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312858018
Branch Call Number: Science Fiction F Van


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Oct 17, 2017

I have read and own copies of most of Jack Vance's imaginitive writings, except for this lesser space opera and its sequel. Most of the events in the book take place after Myron has been abandoned by his aunt. The thing that struck me is that it reads stylistically very much like James Morier's Haji Baba of Ispahan and, although quite unalike in plot and setting, both are about the adventures of a resourceful youth making his way in a tricksy world. It is also unusual that the 2 longest reviews of the 5 (the last one by George R.R. Martin) on the back cover are actually about one of Vance's other novels instead.


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