Tanith Lee: oh, one of my most favorite authors as a teen.
And I still love those favorite books. Such as Drinking Sapphire Wine.
In 2008 Jo Walton did a review of both books in that sequence. If you want to see part of why Wine so caught my attention -- and my love -- go read her review. The first half-page of Wine is there.
If you want to be spoiled for Drinking Sapphire Wine, or after you've already read Don't Bite the Sun and Drinking Sapphire Wine -- read this review by Chelsea McDonald. Because ooma's voice: perfect.
And here's another review of the entire story arc by Reflected Pensiveness in 2009.
Back in high school, I did a book report -- a compare/contrast of Drinking Sapphire Wine with Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light, another favorite novel. They do have some similar aspects.
My teacher appreciated it. 8)
Words of Jang Slang that I still use: derisann, floop, groshing, insummat, ooma, ooma-kasma [which I forgot had a hyphen, oops!] and thalldrap.
Also: drumdik, farathoom, vixaxn, zaradann.