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Black Trillium is a 1990 Fantasy novel co-written by Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Julian May. It is also the first book in the Trillium series, consisting of four more novels set in the same universe and featuring more or less the same cast. After the original novel, however, the three co-authors decided to write the sequels separately, so there are effectively three mutually exclusive continuities, of which Black Trillium is the lowest (and only) denominator.

The principle characters of the novels are:

  • Haramis, the oldest of the three princesses. A bookworm since childhood, she is the most intelligent of the three and her mastery of magic soon surpasses pretty much everyone in the world. Her personal artifact is the Three Winged Circle (a wand) and since the end of BT, she is known as the White Lady and the Arch-Sorceress of the Land. In the original novel, her chapters were written by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
  • Kadiya, the second princess, is a Lady of War and has a brash, passionate personality, often putting her at odds with the logical Haramis (especially in May's continuity). Her personal artifact is the Three Lobed Burning Eye (a sword) and after BT, she is known as the Lady of the Sacred Eyes, serving as the protector of the Oddlings. In the original novel, her chapters were written by Andre Norton.
  • Anigel, the youngest princess. A Princess Classic who mediates the other two and seeks diplomatic solutions. Her personal artifact is the Three Headed Monster (a crown) and after BT, she succeeds her father as a queen of Ruwenda, immediately marrying Antar, the prince of Labornok, and uniting the two kingdoms into Laboruwenda. In the original novel, her chapters were written by Julian May.
  • Orogastus, alias Portolanus. The Evil Sorcerer who was really behind Labornok's aggression and an on-and-off love interest for Haramis. His role and motivation are greatly expanded in May's continuity.
  • Antar, the Crown Prince of Labornok. The Wise Prince who mistrusts Orogastus and later defects to Anigel's army and eventually marries her. In May's continuity he often plays the Distressed Damsel role for Anigel.

The novel and the subsequent series contain examples of following tropes:

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