Paperback - 1985
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The critically acclaimed author of "The King's Mistress" brings another fascinating woman from history to life in an enthralling story of political intrigue, personal tragedy, and illicit love.
Joan of Kent, the renowned beauty and niece of King Edward III, seems blessed with a life of royal privilege until her father is executed for treason and she becomes a ward of the king, living amongst those who deem her the daughter of a traitor. Joan begins to understand the brutal constraints and dangers inherent in being of royal blood. There is one at court who loves her, but his love proves the greatest threat of all.
As an impetuous teenager, she escapes into a clandestine marriage in a bid for freedom, then must hide it for nearly a decade, as her guardians marry her off to another man. After her first husband's death, Joan--now a mother of four--enters into another scandalous relationship, this time with the heir to the British throne, Prince Edward, hero of Crecy and Poitiers, who has loved her all along. But his devotion comes at a terrible price. Haunted by nightmares of her father's execution and the ruthlessness of her royal kin, Joan must reconcile her passion for the crown prince with the potentially tragic costs of a royal life.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [1985], c1970
ISBN: 9780345333926
Branch Call Number: NIVEN L
PS3564.I9 R55
Characteristics: 342 p. : ill. ; 18 cm


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Mar 13, 2018

Larry Niven's award-winning novel that, when first published in 1970, pushed the limits of imaginative science fiction writing. Although the writing is sometimes stilted and the tropes (although not as established in 1970 as they are today) may be off-putting to some readers, this book is a must-read for anyone who enjoys reading classic sci-fi novels that helped define and expand the genre.

May 24, 2016

The concept and imagination of the actual Ringworld are far more engaging than the event-less story and bland characters. Every character that exists, and every plot point that transpires, is there just to have an excuse to be in awe of this imaginative alien artifact. It's worth the read if the idea of exploring a ring a million miles wide and 900 million miles in circumference is exciting to you. It was to me, but I'm not walking away from the story with anything else sticking with me.

morrisonist Mar 18, 2016

Science is just another belief system albeit a highly logical one that is much easier to work with in real life than superstitious mythology...

Jan 08, 2013

An amazingly creative and wonderfully immersive work. The sheer brilliance of the situations and characters makes up for any minor flaws in writing style. I don't know if I'd call it a classic, but it's certainly very good sci-fi.

Jul 17, 2012

Classic science fiction

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Jan 31, 2011

Ringworld (#1 of the series: Ringworld) ----
by Larry Niven c - 1970 ---- Enjoy! ---- Richard Paul

Anarchy_Bunny Sep 08, 2009

If you ask me, this is one of the demarcation lines in sci-fi: When writers seemed to become more enchanted with stories that explain the feasibility of their ideas instead of allowing readers that little thing that carried the genre previously...the suspension of disbelief. If you tear away all the bits explaining how a world like this would work you'd end up with a pretty straightforward adventure story. This all sounds very harsh but it's not a bad read.


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