Reviews of Maske: Thaery (1976)
Review by clong (2006-04-15)
I am usually a big fan of Jack Vance, but this one left me pretty underwhelmed. It has basic elements in common with the Star King books, (i.e., dashing young man travels between planets trying to figure out what the mysterious bad guy is up to and while he's at it, exact revenge upon said bad guy). But the protagonist is much less compelling, the bad guy is much less interesting, and the world building is fairly sketchy. Add to that a silly romantic triangle, and you really have a fairly mediocre book.
If you're even moderately interested in classic sf, and you haven't yet read anything by Jack Vance, you should fix this soon. But don't start with Maske: Thaery.