Valentine Pontifex: Book Three Of The Majipoor Cycle
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The Classic Bestselling Saga by Science Fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg
Plagued by nightmares of Majipoor besieged by blizzards and earthquakes, Lord Valentine believes these omens signal an encroaching war between his people and the Shapeshifters who once ruled the planet. For centuries they have conspired to regain their stolen world and recently, they were discovered impersonating members of the kingdoms inner circle.
Since coming to power, Valentine has made peaceful overtures to the Shapeshifters, actions that have many in the royal court questioning his motives and loyaltiesand led them to consider removing him from his governing duties so that he may ascend to the higher ceremonial office of Pontifex.
But if Valentine accepts the mantle of Pontifex and surrenders his position to his successor-in-waiting, he may be remembered as a leader who evaded his responsibilitiesand shattered the peace that has reigned for eight thousand years...