The Luck of Relian Kru (1987) is set in a fanciful fantasy world. Relian Kru is a nobly born young man dogged by malevolent bad luck. He ends up at the castle of a sorcerer hoping that magic can cure his malaise. But the sorcerer has other plans for Relian Kru . . .
Relian Kru reads so much like a book by Jack Vance that one
might accuse the authoress of plagiarism, or think that Paula Volsky
is a pseudonym of Jack Vance. But imitating if it is imitating Jack
Vance is a sure way to please this reader, as I admire Jack Vance's
skills at creating worlds and people for his novels. The little
details matter, the names borne by the characters, their costumes
and habits and singular occupations, these for me make a great book
as much as the drama and storyline. And Paula Volsky has
embellished Relian Kru richly.
The plot is not complicated, it takes a back seat to the rich tapestry
of the world Relian Kru inhabits, but the denouement is satisfying and
worth getting to.