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Gloriana by Michael MoorcockDescription: Gloriana; or, The Unfulfill'd Queen Series:
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Beautiful, powerful, and revered, Gloriana rules Albion, a vast empire that stretches from Asia to America. On the surface, the queen appears happy and her empire enjoys an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity. But underneath the golden veneer is a monarch suffocating under the burden of her duty and seeking release in all manner of debauchery. For unbeknownst to Gloriana, this age of peace is maintained by her chancellor through terror, oppression, and a network of informants-the most dangerous of whom is the sinister Captain Quire. And when this peerless spy feels insulted by the court and seeks revenge through seducing the frustrated queen, all Albion will suffer...
A towering achievement in modern fantasy, GLORIANA won the World Fantasy Award, the John W. Campbell Award, and the British Fantasy Award. Now Michael Moorcock's lush masterpiece of dark eroticism is presented in a special edition featuring both the later revised ending and the original, controversial version.