The Trillium Series

by Andre Norton, Julian May,

and Marion Zimmer Bradley



Black Trillium ~ 1990;

Ruwenda is a pleasant, peaceful land -- but the magic of its guardian, the Archimage Binah, is waning. Binah must pass along her protector-ship to the triplet princess of Ruwenda. She bestows upon the infant girls the power of the rare and mystical Black Trillium-badge of the royal house, symbol of an ancient magic. While the sisters blossom into beautiful young women, neighboring Labornok use a dark magician to sunder Binah's protection. As invaders pour into Ruwenda, the Archimage orders the princesses to flee-and changes them to search for three magical talismans which when brought together will be their only chance to regain their kingdom and free its people. Each must accomplish her task separately-and to succeed - each must also confront and conquer the limits of her own soul.


Golden Trillium ~ 1993;


One of the famed triplet princesses who defeated the evil sorcerer Oragustus, Kadiya ventures forth into the choked swamp lands of Ruwenda to seek her own destiny among the Oddlings she once led in battle. Armed with her mystical three-eyed sword, she reaches the lost city of the Vanished Ones and discovers a strange race of dream-catchers called Hassitti whose vision brings chilling warning of a lethal plaque that sows the land with death. Now Kadiya, with only three companions to aid her, journeys into the Thorney Hell, realm of the cannibalistic saurian Skritek, to stop the carrier of the evil disease. Here they discover a portal leading to a universe of awesome darkness – an entranceway to a horror that threatens the very existence of the world of the Three Moons.

The full series consist of five titles;

  1. Black Trillium (by Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Julian May)
  2. Blood Trillium (by Julian May)
  3. Golden Trillium (by Andre Norton)
  4. Lady of the Trillium (by Marion Zimmer Bradley)
  5. Sky Trillium (by Julian May)




The Trillium Series

3 titles NOT by Andre Norton

  • Blood Trillium (1993) by Julian May, Published by Bantam, PB, 0-553-56198-7, $5.99 ~ Book # 2 in series
    • (2015) Published by Open Road Media, DM, 978-1-4976-7582-7, $7.99, 450pg ~ cover by Angela Goddard
  • Lady of the Trillium (1995) by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Published by Bantam, PB, 0-553-57263-6, $5.99 ~ Book # 4 in series
    • (2015) Published by Open Road Media , DM, 978-1-4976-7581-0, $7.99, 304pg ~ Cover by Angela Goddard
  • Sky Trillium (1997) by Julian May, Published by DelRey, PB, 0-345-38001-0, $6.99 ~ Book # 5 in series
    • (2015) Published by Open Road Media, DM, 978-1-4976-8474-4, $7.99, 398pg ~ cover by Angela Goddard


blood trillium 2015    lady trillium 2015    sky trillium 2015


Write-up for "Blood Trillium" ~ from the back of paperback ~

Three of fantasy's finest talents combined in the writing of Black Trillium to tell the story of the triplet princesses of the royal house of Ruwenda. Now Julian May returns to the world she created with Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton, a world that is imperiled by a dark power...

Twelve years after the princesses Haramis, Kadiya, and Anigel wielded the three-part Sceptre of Power to vanquish the sorcerer Orogastus, the Archimage Haramis is visited by a fugitive who brings dire news. A sorcerer has escaped from the Kimilon, remote Land of Fire and Ice, to establish himself through force of magic as Portolanus, Master of Tuzamen. Harimis's talisman cannot - or will not - tell her whether Portolumas is the long-banished Orogastus, but it brings ominus intelligence: The sorcerer has brought from his exile a magical object that can unbound the three talismans of the Sceptre, transferring their powers from the sisters to Portolumas himself. Even more Fearsome, Haramis's talisman reveals a grave threat to the unity of the sisters and the future of Ruwenda...for the sacred Black Trillium contained within the amulet worn by each sister has changed, its petals stained the color of blood.

Write-up from a fan ~

Twelve years after the princesses Haramis, Kadiya, and Anigel used their three talismans to defeat the sorcerer Orogastus, Haramis is now the Archimage and caretaker of the land area of the Planet of Three Moons.  A fugitive comes to her seeking justice for his murdered family, from a sorcerer escaped from the Kimilon and busy establishing himself as Portolanus, Master of Tuzamen, a distant kingdom.  He has brought back from the Kimilon (which was the place Archimage Binah's predecessor used to store dangerous magical objects) a device that can unbond the sisters three talismans of the Sceptre.  Stirring up all the trouble he can, he gets the Outlings of the sea islands to steal Kadiya's Three-Eyed Sword, and  gets the Pirates of Raktum to kidnap Anigel's husband, King of Laboruwnda, and two of her three children.  The third child is a little brat and winds up allying himself with Portolanus, who manages to get the Raktumians and a rebellious knight of Laboruwenda to besiege the Laboruwendian capitol in an attempt to obtain the other two parts of the Sceptre of Power.  He nearly succeeds, because the triplet sisters are at odds with each other, and the precious Black Trillium in their amber amulets has turned the color of blood. ~ SL

Write-up for "Lady of the Trillium" ~ from the back of paperback ~

From Marion Zimmer Bradley, bestselling author of The Mists of Avalon, comes a major fantasy novel, in the latest beloved Trillium saga, whose contributors have included the stellar talents of Andre Norton and Julian May. In Lady of the Trillium, Marion Zimmer Bradley carries this masterful epic to its unforgettable conclusion.

The last of the surviving triplet princesses, Haramis - the White Lady - has lived several lifetimes as Archimage. Now its time to seek a successor as Guardian of a land abloom with the mystical Black Trillium. Princess Mikayla knows nothing of her kinship with Haramis or the magical destiny that awaits her. But she will soon find herself the priviledged - if reluctant - captive of the ancient Archimage. For fate demands that she abandon her dream of marriage to her sensitive and gifted childhood companion and dedicate herself to the magic arts. Yet the challenges ahead are more difficult than either Haramis or Mikayla imagines, as powerful enemies gather to wrest control from the rightful heir to the land.

Write-up from a fan ~

Haramis is the last of the triplet sisters (known as the Royal Trillium) still living, many decades after she and her sisters had combined their powers to defeat the evil wizard Orogastus, who relied too heavily on the ancient technology of the Vanished Ones.  Now Haramis is feeling her age and decides it is time to choose her successor to train as Archimage and Land Guardian.  Her choice is her great-grand niece--or is it great-great-grand niece--who is quite reluctant to give up her own desires. ~ SL

Write-up for "Sky Trillium" ~ from the back of paperback ~

Three sister princesses... three magical talismans... one chance to save a world from utter annihilation: Sky Trillium!

In the world of the Three Moons, an unknown evil stirs... and severe earthquakes, widespread volcanic eruptions, and disastrous weather rock the land...

Only the legendary Sky Trillium - made from the three talismans of the princesses Kadiya, Anigel, and Haramis - can heal the ancient wounds of the world. But Anigel's is missing, and Kadiya's talisman has lost its potency. Yet even if the sisters are able to regain all three of the talismans, will they be strong enough to control the awesome magic of the Sky Trillium?

Encounter the wonderous world of the Black Trillium, originally created by three of fantasy's stellar talents: Julian May, Andre Norton, and Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Write-up from a fan ~

The evil wizard who'd been vanquished by the Royal Trillium (triplet sisters) was not destroyed, but merely transposed to a satellite where he became the prisoner of one of the original Star Guild, who has been made insane by the long centuries of exile. ~ SL





Map from Blood Trillium by Claudia Carlson


Map from Lady of the Trillium by Claudia Carlson


Map from Sky Trillium by Claudia Carlson



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