The True Game

The True Game

Hardcover, 469 pages

Published by Nelson Doubleday Inc


Award-winning and bestselling fantasy author Sheri S. Tepper has been hailed as "one of the genre's best writers" by Publishers Weekly. Here is the masterwork that launched her career, the series that anticipated the Dungeons and Dragons gaming phenomenon, the epic story of the most dangerous game o......more


Mary Lynn E. Longsworth

"The True Game" is a compilation of Sheri S. Tepper's first three novels "King's Blood Four," "Necromancer Nine," and "Wizard's Eleven," all released from 1984 through 1985, and the first part of what became a nine-novel set; the other two belonging to the "Mavin the Manyshaped" trilogy, and the "Ji......more


One of the most unique book series I've ever read. I read it first as a younger person when I opened the first of nine books (there are even more in side stories) and just when you think you understand where it's going or what's its point is, the world opens up a bit more, the themes and character n......more


This combined trilogy is written in a classic mythbuilding fantasy style that reminds me of Tolkien/Pratchett/Le Guin, that is to say many details are littered throughout the narrative but no sentence is superfluous. It's like a lifetime has passed in the hour that you've been reading it. Even if th......more


First off, this review is somewhat less than objective as this book holds a great deal of nostalgia value for me. I first read this book almost 25 years ago, shortly after reading the Chronicles of Mavin Manyshaped - which is actually a prequel and written later, and at the time it opened me up to a......more

J L's Bibliomania

I was in the mood for a re-read and so I revisited the world of Mavin Manyshaped and Jinian StarEye. The Omnibus The True Game contains 3 novels centered around Peter, who we discover partway through the book is Mavin's son. But thanks to a serendipitous discovery, he is much more than a just a shap......more


A really solid piece of science fantasy, impressive as a debut trilogy and showing quite a bit of the author Tepper would eventually become. The world is fascinating, both when it seems magical in the first novel and when it becomes recognizably science fiction in the second two. The set pieces are ......more


I wanted to read this book because I had read of her books before (Beauty) and loved it, so I thought I would give this a try. It’s her debut trilogy and for the price of one! The first novel was extremely difficult to get through. There are a huge number of names, places, and other things just thro......more

Albert Myburgh

I have always enjoyed Sheri S Tepper's novels immensely. She is such a master of her craft, a kind of voice I miss when I haven't read her for a while. However, 'The True Game' trilogy really stood out to me. It could be because these three books are her debut novels and it is pure genius. She reall......more


In a world where psychic abilities run rampant and laws are only rules of the Game that those with psi-talent play for power and advancement using living people as game pieces. A young orphan boy named Peter grows up in the schoolhouse with the children of other Gamelords learning the lists of psi-t......more

Darlene Vendegna

OH. MY. GOD! I absolutely loved this book. It is one that will stay with my forever. It is part coming of age, part quest, part fantastic imagery, wonderful characters, interesting and unique world and most of all a compelling storyline. I'm almost sorry I finished it because I am loath to leave tha......more

About the author(Sheri S. Tepper)

Sheri Stewart Tepper was a prolific American author of science fiction, horror and mystery novels; she was particularly known as a feminist science fiction writer, often with an ecofeminist slant.

Born near Littleton, Colorado, for most of her career (1962-1986) she worked for Rocky Mount......more

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