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Updated Monday, 06 January, 2014
Mercedes Lackey is one of the most prolific authors I know of. Which is a wonderful thing, since it means there are more of her books to enjoy. And I have enjoyed every one I read. She's probably my absolute favorite author, and she apparently plays very well with her fellow authors, as I also enjoyed all of the books she co-wrote, or that were written by other authors in one of her universes. Of course, according to her, she co-writes basically all of her books with her husband, Larry Dixon, even when his name doesn't appear on the cover. Her Velgarth series spans hundreds and hundreds (possibly even thousands) of years, and has dozens of characters sprinkled through it. It is a huge piece of work, and every book in the series is worth buying and reading, and maybe reading a second or third time (and this from somebody who doesn't read books twice). For anybody who enjoys fantasy, Mercedes Lackey is a must-read.
She has created and written in a number of universes, and I have tried to break her books up by universe, and then by series within that universe.
Mercedes Lackey has, in a few short years, soared to the peak of the fantasy field, and her thousands of enthusiastic readers clamor for more and more. Now comes a volume demonstrating the wide range of her talent, running the gamut from her beloved Bardic fantasies to urban fantasy set in the modern world; from science fiction adventure to chilling horror. And throughout Fiddler Fair, Lackey's sheer storytelling skill will hold the reader spellbound. Learn what happens when animal rights fanatics try to "liberate" genetically reconstructed dinosaurs. Follow Lawrence of Arabia into the desert to meet a power beyond human comprehension; and be with King Arthur, reborn into the present day, when he again gains possession of the enchanted sword Excalibur. And, in a very weird encounter of the most bizarre kind, learn why an alien from a UFO took an unusual interested in a battered Chevy pickup truck.
Fiddler Fair is a feast for the multitudes of Lackey fans
Inspired by a classic fairy tale, Firebird is a marvelous coming-of-age fantasy novel with a most unusual setting: medieval Russia before the Tsars.
In the Age of the Mazonians women rule through
But then as now some people rise above what they've been taught. One such is Xylina; somehow she has always understood that being of the wrong gender, or even lacking magical power, is no reason for stripping a human being of dignity. How ironic, then, that the Queen has ordained that in order to avoid execution, Xylina must use her magic to publicly corquer the most glorious male Mazonia has ever
In Lammas Night a young weaver of spells is persuaded to bide a while in a small village, to make their village spells and keep the Dark at bay. As part of their persuasion, the villagers have given her the house of her predecessor. Not knowing that his spirit lingers there, she unwittingly breaks the spell that laid him. Now, a half-seen phantom courts her. He is either her lover for all time, the only one she will ever
Will she call him to her or banish him forever? Now is the time of choosing, the Witching on Lammas Night. Magic Dark and Light are in perfect balance. She begins the casting of her
Jennifer Talldeer is Osage and Cherokee, granddaughter of a powerful Medicine Man. She walks a difficult path: contrary to tribal custom, she is learning a warrior's magics. A freelance private investigator, Jennifer spends hours tracking down stolen magical Indian artifacts.
The House of the Tiger has skillfully ruled Merina in times of peace. But now the indomitable armies of the Emperor Balthasar stand poised to crush the vulnerable city/state. And in the enemy's midst is the gray mage
When young Kevin became a bard's apprentice, he thought that his new life would be filled with excitement and adventure; so when his new Master's first task for him is a perfectly ordinary manuscript copying errand to the castle of Count Volmar his disappointment knew no bounds. Why the Count was not even involved in Court politics!
But when the Count's niece is kidnapped by elves and the Count asks for his help in recovering her, Kevin is convinced that the adventure he craves is at last at hand. What he cannot know is that the distressed damsel is not really Count Volmar's niece, that the abductors are not really
ALWAYS A NECROMANCER
At least that's what all the other elves are telling the young human Gawaine about his master, the Dark Elf Naitachal. Of course Gawaine doesn't believe them; Naitachal has always treated him well and honorably, explaining that though he once was a necromancing Dark Elf, and still has the ebon skin of the breed, he long ago forsook all things black in order to become the first Elven Bard.
But though Naitachal means every word he says, and though Gawaine has known all along that things might get a little uncomfortable for a human with a Dark Elf master, neither has guessed what temptations the future might hold: for Gawaine to forsake his master, and for Naitachal to go back to his old necromancing ways. (book description)
The hero of the first Bard's Tale novel, Castle of Deception, is now a very old man, but his mentor, the Dark Elf Naitachal, is still going strong and training new apprentices. His latest: the King's own son, Alaire.
Alair is an apt pupil, but before he has had a chance to master the secrets of Bardic power, he and Naitachal are sent by the King on a dangerous diplomatic mission. The kingdom on King Reynard's northern border, Suinomen, has banned magic for years, and now is making preparations for war. Their job: find out why their previously peaceful neighbor is making war noises, discover what's behind it, and stop it.
They cannot use their innate Bardic magic. Unlicensed use of magic in Suinomen earns the wielder a sentence in the Prison of Souls, a punishment which not only takes the magic user off the streets, but which eats away at a magic user's very life
The Dark Elf Naitachal, once a Necromancer who gained power by depriving others of their life forces, is now happy in the more peaceful role of Bard. But shadows from his past linger. Naitachal's Dark Elf clan sees him as the worst of traitors for daring to turn towards the Light. They mean to take revenge.
They create a trap, the Chaos Gate, a sorcerous portal that is meant to draw him into their hands and into their power.
Only Kevin, once Naitachal's apprentice, now a full Bard and Count in his own castle, stands between the Dark Elf and certain doom. But can even the powers of Bardic Magic be enough to vanquish the Darkness? (book description)
Once again, instead of writing music, working spells, or training his apprentice, Bard Alaire is asked to turn his hand to diplomacy. Because he's the only man the king, his brother, can trust to investigate the death of the previous Ambassador, Alaire has been made Ambassador to the troubled kingdom of Suinomen. Once before Alaire was in
The first three books in the Bardic Voices series: The Lark & The Wren, The Robin & The Kestrel, and The Eagle and The Nightengales, in one book. Combines the stories of Rune, the greatest violinist who played the Ghost of Skull Hill to sleep; Robin who must recruit the Ghost to aid their cause; and Nightingale who joins forces with T'fyrr, a nonhuman with the face of a raptor. (book description)
With the proper schooling young Rune would be one of the greatest bards her world has ever seen. Even if only she knows it. Unfortunately, the daughter of a tavern wench at the Hungry Bear, no matter how talented, doesn't get much in the way of formal training. What she does get is frustrated.
One night, to back up a brag she probably wouldn't have made if she weren't so mad, she went up to play her fiddle for the Ghost of Skull Hill. Everyone knows that no one who has ever gone up Skull Hill at night has come down again. Not alive, anyway.
But when the ghost appears Rune strikes a bargain: if the ghost tires of her playing before morning, her life is his; if he is still listening when the sun glints over yonder hill she will have earned both life and a sack of silver. Let the music
After the affairs recounted in The Lark and The Wren, Robin, a gypsy lass and bard, and Kestrel, semi-fugitive heir to a throne he does not want, have married their fortunes together and travel the open road, seeking their happiness where they may find it.
This is their story. But it is also the story of the Ghost of Skull Hill, the very ghost who gave Rune a bag of silver and her start in life rather than her death when she played the night away. Together, the Robin, the Kestrel, and the Ghost will foil a plot to drive all music forever from the
Why is the High King of the Human kingdoms not doing his
To discover just what is going on, she will join forces with T'fyrr, a birdman with the visage of a raptor and the voice of an angelic choir. And before the
A FINE FEATHERED FIEND
A magical maniac is loose in Alanda. The victims are always women, always lower-class, and the weapon is always a three-sided stiletto, most often found among Church regalia. But the killers are never churchmen, and they always commit suicide immediately after the bloody deed.
Tal Rufen is just a simple constable. But he really cares about his job, and when one of these murder/suicides happens on his beat he becomes obsessed. His superiors don't
THE POWER OF CHOICE
A strange pall has settled over Alanda. Everywhere representatives of the Church seek to ferret out unauthorized
HELVA HAD BEEN BORN HUMAN
Her life was to be rich and
Gifted with the voice of an angel and being virtually indestructible, Helva XH-834 anticipated a sublime immortality.
Then one day she fell in love! (book description)
The Ship Who Searched
Several hundred years after Helva was commissioned, Nancia takes her commission as XN-935. Her first trip is to transport five troublesome progeny of high-level families. Nancia finds her cargo have no respect for her or others, so she does not communicate with most of them. Most of the passengers do not realize Nancia is a Brain-ship, so under assumption she is a Drone-ship they conspire to break laws. After five years the passengers will see who has accumulated the greatest wealth. Her recording systems capture the conspiracy, and years later her travels bring her up against the network that the five have been operating. (book description)
Set in the same universe as The Ship Who Sang and Partnership, The Ship Who Searched tells the story of a shellperson and her search for the EsKays, a star-faring race whose artifacts are scattered througout the galaxy, but whose fate is a mystery.
It all began when Tia, a bright and spunky seven-year-old accompanying her exo-archaeologist parents on an EsKay dig, was afflicted by a mysterious neural disorder, one whose progressing symptoms finally permit her no life at all outside of some total mechanical support system. But like The Ship Who Sang, Tia won't be satisfied to glide through life like a ghost in a glorified wheelchair; like Helva, Tia is going to strap on a spaceship!
But Tia has also set herself on a special mission: to seek out whatever it was on the EsKay planet that laid her low, to come to understand and then eliminate
THE SHIP WHO SEARCHED
The City Who Fought
The Ship Avenged
Simeon was a shell-
And now, the
It's ten years later, and Joat, the eleven year old techno-demon from The City Who Fought, is an adult herself, and by hook, crook, and blackmail (with an assist from Rand, her very own Artificial Intelligence), she's become one of the youngest commercial ship owners in human space.
Using the good ship WYAL (for While You Ain't Looking) for various motley "transport" jobs, she has quickly gained a reputation as a trustworthy courier with a flexible approach to the rules. Which is why Central Worlds Security has recruited Joat and the WYAL to determine the present whereabouts of the Kolnari space raiders, with whom Joat has an old score to settle.
But Belazair of the Kolnari has his own plans for revenge through an incurable and highly infectious disease that quickly destroys the higher brain functions, leaving the body a mindless husk. Belazair needs to find a carrier shiy to spread the
The Ship Who Won
The Ship Errant
The brainship Carialle and her brawn, Keff, find a habitable planet inhabited by an apparent mix of races and cultures and dominated by an elite of apparent magicians. Appearances are deceiving, however, and by the time the explorers have discovered the planet's
Carialle and Keff were the brainship and brawn crew who discovered intelligent life on the planet Ozran. Now she and Keff are serving as couriers for the "globe-frogs", to return them from whence they came. But to get there, they must transit a sector where Carialle experienced a trauma so intense it nearly destroyed her mind.And now all the evidence is indicating that the slime who caused Carialle such pain in the first place may be the very globe-frogs she and Keff have just become friends with. (book description)
Leonie Hastur, headstrong and lovely daughter of the Hastur Clan, most powerful of all the telepathic families who rule Darkover, is being escorted by her twin brother Lorill to Dalreuth Tower for training in the use of her psychic powers. Although this is the event she has long dreamed
Beauty Meats Beast in San Francisco
Heiress Rosalind Hawkins was a thoroughly modern medieval scholar, her road through life well planned and already embarked upon: by breaking new ground in the Groves of Academe she would show the world that brains and creativity trumped gender prejudice every
But when she arrives at her employer's mansion overlooking San Francisco Bay, Rosalind discovers that she is to be a governess in a house without children, or even a wife, and with only a single servant to keep the huge old house as immaculate as it was somehow kept. Furthermore, it seemed that she was never to meet her employer face-to-face, but merely to read to him through a speaking tube from ancient manuscripts in obscure and forgotten dialects. Still, if she persevered she might be able to resume her chosen life-path a decade earlier than would otherwise be the
As time passes, "governess" and employer learn first respect and then affection for each other. At last, they do meet face-to-face, and Rosalind learns Jason Cameron's terrible secret, and despite, or because of it, she comes to love him.
STALKED BY SORCERY
Maya Witherspoon lived most of the first twenty-five years of her life in her native India. As the daughter of a prominent British physician and a Brahmin woman of the highest caste, she graduated from the University of Delhi as a Doctor of Medicine by the age of twenty-two.
But the scienc of medicine was not Maya's only heritage. For Maya's aristocratic mother Surya was a
Though Maya felt the stirring of magic in her blood, her mother had repeatedly refused to train her. "I cannot," she had said, her eyes dark with distress, whenever Maya asked, "Yours is the magic of your father's blood, not
For as long as she could remember, Marina Roeswood had lived in an old, rambling farmhouse in rural Cornwall in the care of close friends of her wealthy, aristocratic parents. In the seventeen years that she had been fostered by Sebastian and Margherita Tarrant, and Margherita's brother, Thomas Buford, she had lived an almost idyllic existence. As the ward of three bohemian artists in turn-of-the-century England, she had grown to be a free thinker in an environment of fertile creativity and cultural sophistication. Under their loving private tutelage, Marina had learned to read and translate five languages, and was as literate as any well-bred woman of her era.
But the real core of her education was far outside societal norms. For she and her foster parents were Elementas Masters of magic, and learning to control her growing powers was Marina's primary focus. Each of them commanded the magic of a specific element. Margherita and her brother Thomas were Earth Masters, Sebastian was a Fire Master, and Marina herself was a fledgling Water Master of enormous potential, with a lesser affinity for the element of Air. Marina loved nothing more than to sit by a stream or small waterfall, watching or communing with the lesser Water Elementals, Undines, and Naiads. When she played her lute, harp, or flute, she was sometimes even graced by the presence of Air Elementals, the Sylphs and Zephyrs whome Sebastian had said were her allies, though why she might need allies, Marina had no clue.
Actually, there were quite a few mysteries about her life that Marina wasn't able to solve. Why, for example, had she never seen her parents, or been to Oakhurst, her family's ancestral manor in Devon? Her mother and father assured her fervently, in every letter, that they loved her and longed for her presence, yet if her parents loved her so much, why had they sent her awoy so young and why had they never once visited her? And why hadn't her real parents, who were also Earth Masters, trained her themselves? Why did neither her foster parents nor her real parents ever attend the Great Circle of Elemental Masters in London? That there was a secret about all this she had known from the time she had begun to question the world around her. Yet try as she might, she could get no clues out of her guardians and instinct told her that a confrontation would cause great pain to her birth mother.
But Marina would have answers to her questions all too soon.
For with the sudden death of her birth parents whle on holiday in Italy, Marina's life was transformed beyond all recognition. Taken from the only home and "parents" she had ever known and brought to the cold and lofty halls of Oakhurst Manor she met her new
Personal note: I really enjoyed this story. Go figure. I think I’ve enjoyed every one of Mercedes Lackey’s books that I’ve read. My biggest disappointment was that the book ended too soon. I could say more, but I’d be giving things away.
Eleanor Robinson's life had fallen apart. As a matter of fact, the whole world seemed to be falling apart. She had spent years trying to convince Papa to send her to Oxford; years during which she had labored to prove herself worthy, studying Latin and Greek, passing every examination, her only wish to study great literature at Oxfrod's new women's college. It hadn't mattered to Eleanor that they didn't grant degrees to
And then the letter had
Dragged to the hearth by Alison and her solicitor, Eleanor was forced to endure a painful and frightening
Reginald Fenyx was the priveleged, aristocratic son of Sir Devlin Fenyx of Longacre Park. But it was not his high social position, nor his huge manor house that caused the young men of Broom to hero-worship him. For Reggie was a pilot. He lived to fly, and whenever he returned to Broom on break from Oxford the youngsters of the town would turn out to see him lift his
During the war Reggie had become an acclaimed air ace, for unbeknownst to the villagers of Broom, he was an Elemental Master of Air. His Air Elementals had protected him until the fateful day when he had met another of his kind aloft and nearly died. When he returned to Longacre Park, Reggie was a broken man plagued by shell shock, his Elemental powers vanished.
Eleanor and Reginald were two souls scourged by war and evil magic. Could they somehow find the strength to help one another rise from the ashes of their destruction? (book description)
Set in Victorian
Ninette Dupond was a dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet. She had been very
Unlike many other dancers, Ninette was smart enough not to harbor an ambition to become one of the premier danseurs, and being an etoil like Mademoiselle Jenmarie
But Ninette’s luck changed the day that Mlle Augustine sprained her ankle and Ninette was chosen to fill in as La
Alone, unemployed, and soon to be destitute, Ninette returned to her little garret apartment knowing that she had three days to find work, for in three days the rent would be due, and if she couldn’t pay it she would be thrown out into the street. But the only type of work she knew was dance, and the only type of dance was ballet, and she soon found that the Folies Bergére and the Moulin Rouge had no use for her particular talents. On the eve of the third day, filled with despair, Ninette had returned to her apartment to find a thin, rangy, tabby-striped tomcat sitting on her wondowsill. He was
Ninette though she was going mad, but the cat offered her an alternative to prostitution, albeit an extremely unusual one. He proposed that she leave France, go to England, impersonate a nerowned Russian ballerina, Nina Tchereslavsky, and go to work in a specific music hall in Blackpool. The cat also told her that he would take care of her in every
What Ninette didn’t know was that the cat was an Elemental Spirit sent to protect her by her long-lost father, who had been an Elemental Master of Earth, and that the cat was guididng her to a music hall owned by another Elemental Master, a sympathetic Master whos domain was Air. But she also didn’t know that the real Nina Tchereslavsky no longer existed. For the real Nina had been "absorbed" Elemental Spirit of the darkest kind, and this evil spirit was now bent on Ninette’s
Bedlam's Bard (Reprint of Knight of Ghosts and Shadows and Summoned to Tourney) (by Mercedes Lackey and Ellen Guon)
- Knight of Ghosts and Shadows (by Mercedes Lackey and Ellen Guon)
Eric Banyon, musician, is out playing the blues on his flute one day, but he couldn't have known that the desperate sadness of his music would free a young elven noble from the magical prison he has been languishing in for centuries--nor does he believe it!
- Summoned to Tourney (by Mercedes Lackey and Ellen Guon) (out of print)
Elves in L.A.? When things get too hot there, they move north to San Francisco. But in their futuristic world, San Francisco is doomed to drop into the ocean The only hope lies with the humanlord--who must summon the soul-devouring Nightflyers.
Diana Tregarde Investigations
- Children of The Night (by Mercedes Lackey)
Diana Tregarde finds unexpected danger in New York--a rock band of psi-vampires that feed on strong negative emotions--and soon this practicing witch allies herself with Andre LeBrel, a true vampire who intends to destroy this musical menace.
- Jinx High (by Mercedes Lackey) (publisher out of stock)
- Burning Water (by Mercedes Lackey)
Something is stalking Dallas. First it attacked cattle, leaving bloody corpses. Now it is going after people. Detective Mark Valdez feels the evil surrounding the city and calls in a specialist, Diana Tregarde, a romance novelist and practicing witch. But will Diana be an avenging angel or a willing sacrifice?
The SERRAted Edge
- The Chrome Borne (Reprint of Born to Run and Chrome Circle) (by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon)
- Born to Run (by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon)
Hot cars, fast elves, and rock-n-roll. Good elves are intrigued by stock car racing, and bad elves run kiddie-porn and drug rings. Trapped in between are three runaways who are in serious trouble and about to get into more--unwitting pawns in a deadly game between good and evil.
- Chrome Circle (by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon)
There are mages out there . . . and some of them are kind of cute--like Tannim, a young human mage with a taste for hot Celtic rock, fast cars and dangerous women. Now he thinks he's found Ms. Right, but there are some small problems: Her father is a dragon; she's not human, though she's definitely a fox; and she wants to kill him!
- The OtherWorld (by Mercedes Lackey, Mark Shepherd and Holly Lisle) (a reprint of Wheels of Fire and When the Bough Breaks)
- Wheels of Fire (by Mercedes Lackey and Mark Shepherd)
When a boy is kidnapped from his mother by her ex-husband, he becomes the prisoner of a radical cult. His mother gives up her job and home to search for him, but the only way she'll find him is with the help of a fun-loving, hard-driving elf.
- When the Bough Breaks (by Mercedes Lackey and Holly Lisle)
Equipped with more inherent psi power than any mortal or elf, an abused little girl threatens to destroy Earth and the Faerie world, unless the elves can stop her. (from an Amazon.com review
King Aedham of Avalon
- Elvendude (by Mark Shepherd) (I haven't read this one yet)
Sent to live in another world with altered memories so as to protect him from the evil forces that prey upon his father's kingdom, Prince Adam finds his life turned upside down when his true heritage catches up with him. (from an Amazon.com review)
(Mass Market Paperback)or (Paperback edition) (by Mark Shepherd)
- Spiritride (by Mark Shepherd)
Randolf "Thorn" Wilson died a long time ago. But that doesn't stop him from riding his ghost Harley through the sky, trying to help other bikers. Now he's caught in a battle between an elven King and his skateboard-riding champion and a mad Prince of the Dark Elves and his demon drug-pusher. Also caught in the middle are two mortal bikers: Wolf, an ex-vet who's a mage-in-training, and Lucas Tatum, a criminal in training. It's up to Thorn to save the two without getting the tattered remnant of his spirit blasted to the four winds.... (from the back of the book)
(Paperback edition)(by Mark Shepherd)
Dobie's ambitions didn't extend much past working fast
food—until the Lazerwarz arena came to town. There he discovered the world of laser tag, and with it a warrior's persona he never knew he possessed. Then a goddess in disguise picks him up in a shiny red Corvette, and the fireworks really get started. (book description)
Mercedes has two series of books set in the same timeline. If she names the world I missed it, so I am sticking both series here, because a main theme is the Balance between The Light and The Darkness.
THE BOOKS OF WILD MAGIC
There were three of them, at the bottom of a pile of ledgers, very slender volumes bound in some fine-grained, dark leather, with just a touch of gilt on the spine. Kellen found himself turning them over in his hands with some puzzlement. There was nothing on the spine of each but a single
Odd. Definitely out of keeping with the rest of the used bookseller’s wares.
He opened the front covers. The title pages were handwritten, not printed. The Book of Sun. The Book of Moon. The Book of Stars. He leafed through the pages, trying to puzzle out the tiny writing. The contents were handwritten as
They shouldn’t be here at all! Kellen thought with a sudden surge of glee. Books on magic were very closely kept, with Students returning their workbooks to their Tutors as they outgrew them. And these weren’t any of the recognized Student books, or anything like them, as far as Kellen could tell.
Without bothering to look through them further, he put them on the top of his pile and caught the stallholder’s eye.
"Got younger sibs at home, do you?" the man asked as he wrote up a bill of sale with the merest stub of a graphite rod.
"No," said Kellen, startled. "Why do you ask?"
Kellen studied it in confusion. There were his Histories, but what was this? Tales of the Weald, Fables of Farm and Field, and Hearth-side Stories?
There was something very odd about those books. (book description)
THE DEMON QUEEN ATTACKS!
To his own surprise, young Kellen, once the disappointing son of the great Mage who leads the City’s Mage Council, has become a powerful Knight-Mage. Valued for his bravery and his skills as both wizard and warrior, Kellen joins the Elves’ war councils. Yet he cannot convince the City of his birth that it is in terrible danger.
Kellen’s sister Idalia, a Wild Mage with great healing ability, has pledged her heart to Jermayan, a proud Elven warrior. Someday Idalia will pay a tragic Price for a world-saving work of Wild Magic, but until then, she will claim any joy life can offer her.
Jermayan, who has learned much fighting at Kellen’s side and loving the human Idalia, finds that everything changes when he Bonds with a dragon while rescuing the Elf Prince and becomes the first Elven Mage in a thousand years.
Furious at her enemies’ success with the dragon, the Demon Queen attacks in force. Light struggles against Dark, like flickering candle flames buried deep in the shadow of Obsidian Mountain. (book description)
A great working of Wild Magic and High Magic strikes at the heart of the Demon Queen’s plots, but the human city, the Golden City of the Bells, falls farther under her sway with each day that passes. And without the City’s High Magicians, the Wild Magicians, the Elven Army, and all their allies will surely fall before the onslaught of the Demon Queen’s malignant warriors.
But all hope is not lost. The Light’s young mages, tempered by war, grow ever more powerful. High Mage Cilarnen learns an ancient secret that can make him, for a brief, white-hot time, the greatest mage in the
Jermayan, the first Elf-Mage in centuries, has linked with the dragon Ancaladar and rediscovered the swift-as-thought powers of Elven magic, which can reshape mountains and summon lightning from clear skies.
Knight-Mage Kellen has molded his troops and the Unicorn Knights into a deadly fighting force. Soon the Elven King and his Commanders put Kellen’s magical gifts to their greatest test, in the final battle between the Elves, the humans, and the Demons. (book description)
New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory first teamed up to write The Obsidian Trilogy, set in a wondrous world filled with magical beings, competing magic systems, and a titanic struggle between good and evil. That world proved so popular with creators and readers alike that Lackey and Mallory have returned to it with The Phoenix Unchained, Book One of The Enduring Flame, the opening volume of a new epic fantasy trilogy.
For a thousand years, since the time of the heroic Kellen the Poor Orphan Boy and the Blessed Saint Idalia, the world has known peace. Humans live side by side with centaurs and brownies; Elves and dragons abide together in their own lands, far from the fleeting lifetimes of humankind. Wild Mages appear only rarely and in times of great need, for the world is Balanced between Light and Dark.
When Bisochim, a Wild Mage of the desert, finds that the Balance has shifted too far toward the Light, he knows he has discovered his life’s
Harrier Gillain is Tyr’s best friend. Son of the Harbormaster, Harrier has been hauling Tyr out of scrapes since he was three years old. When Tyr decides to try to find the Elves and see what they know about High Magic, Harrier knows he’ll have to go along. He’s the practical one, after all, and someone has to make sure Tyr eats and sleeps and doesn’t burn down the whole forest. Harrier has no idea that Tiercel isn’t the only one about to discover a brand-new destiny. (book description)
Personal note: When I first started reading this book, I was under the mistaken impression that it was set in the Velgarth universe. The more I read, the more I started to doubt my initial impression. As it turns out, it is the fourth book set in a new universe. Now I just need to read the first three to be up to speed so that I can read the last two.
Not long ago, Tiercel Rolfort was a pampered young noble of the city of Armethalieh. Now he’s a budding High Mage, bonded to a fearsom black dragon, and on a mission to save the world.
At his side is his best friend, Harrier Gillain, the first Knight-Mage in a thousand years. Harrier hates
Hidden deep in the desert, the rogue Wild Mage Bisochim continues his attempts to restore Darkness to the world, even as the fanatical Zanattar leads thousands of desert warriors against Bisochim’s enemies.
One tribe has resisted Bisochim’s siren call to war and fled to an almost-forgotten underground city once inhabited by Elves. Shaiara and her people briefly enjoy a time of
Tiercel, Harrier, Shaiara, and the dragon Ancaladar seek desperately for a way to stop Bisochim and Zanattar. The boys have only been Mages for a few moonturns. Can they really stop a war? (book description)
Jumping one thousand years in time, Lackey and Mallory have told the compelling story of Harrier Gillain, the first Knight-Mage in a thousand years; Tiercel Rolfort, the first High Mage in hundreds of years; and Shaiara, the young leader of a desert tribe who takes both boys under her wing but has a special affection for Harrier.
These three young people are their world’s main defense against the evil called up by the rogue Wild Mage, Bisochim. Bisochim’s conviction that he was restoring the balance was shattered the moment Ahairan took her first breath. Now, in The Phoenix Transformed, Bisochim joins forces with Harrier and Tiercel, and the three mages search desperately for a way to destroy Ahairan as she sends her magical forces against them and the desert nomads under their protection.
COMPLETE IN ONE VOLUME FOR THE FIRST TIME
The Empire of Sabis is falling, besieged by the army of a more powerful empire and by hostile wizards. A small group of philosopher-scientists could reverse the tide if they could convince the rulers of Sabis to build the deadly new weapon that they have invented: the cannon. But when the rulers prove too short-sighted and Sabis falls, the scientists flee, disguising their knowledge under the cover of religion. Though centuries will pass and the Sabirn race will be oppressed and persecuted, the powerful knowledge will be preserved by the Order. And the time will come when only one thing stands against the destruction by a ruthless and invincible barbarian horde:
THE SWORD OF KNOWLEDGE
It is a grim time for the Empire of Sabis. The barbarian hordes are invading, yet no one in the capital city wants to believe the growing danger. No one, that is, except the philosopher-scientist, Sulun, and his followers. (book description)
It is 500 years since the fall of the Sabrin Empire, an empire whose rulers sealed their fate by refusing to countenance the development of weapons that could have saved them from the barbarians. Now the Sabirn have fallen on hard times indeed, & lie supine beneath the boot of the Ancar, laboring in mines & fields & streets at work no member of a "higher" race would touch. But rumors abound that among the Sabirn are some who retain occult knowledge, & use it in secret rites aimed at the overthrow of the new master race. The Ancar say this is justification for genocide. The Sabirn say genocide is justification for anything; The Sword of Knowledge cuts both ways. (book description)
THE FALL ACCORDING TO C.J. CHERRYH
The Roman Empire. Imagine its fall. Now imagine that warring time with
In A Dirge for Sabis we saw the Sabirn Empire fall to barbarians because the rulers were too inflexible to make use of the technology available to them.
Wizard Spawn opens centuries later, with the Sabirn empire a blighted memory, and the barbarians established as the new and oppressive rulers.
Now another half millennium has passed, and new barbarians are on the rise. It will be a battle of barbarian vigor vs. The Sword Of Knowledge in
REAP THE WHIRLWIND
Alberich had spent most of his youth in the Karsite military schools training to be an officer. At thirteen he had been chosen from among the male children of Karse by the most powerful priests, the Voices of Vkandis Sunlord. Strong of body, quick of mind, but also
Alberich had risen in the ranks with almost unnatural speed. He had developed expertise in many weapons with an ease that was the envy of his classmates, and picked up his lessons in academic subjects with what seemed to be little or no effort. But in fact, the reclusive Alberich studied long and hard, pushing himself ruthlessly. This lean, tall, hawk-faced young man got up before dawn for extra exercise, spent all his spare time practicing against older boys, and studied by the light of Vkandis’ lamps in the Temple until the priests came in for midnight prayers.
In battle, Alberich had an uncanny way of knowing what the enemy’s next move would be, and when and from where the attack would come. He had always had a sort of "sixth sense" about things which were about to happen. Instinctively, he hid this ability with the utmost care, for the Sunpriests kept careful watch for anyone exhibiting the "demon powers" which were the hallmark of Karse’s greatest
Both Alberich’s skill and secret served him well in the army of Karse, and when his cavalry captain was killed during a skirmish with bandits at the border, Alberich was honored by a Voice, becoming one of the youngest captains in the army of Karse. And with this commission came a
But these problems were merely distractions, for the Voices had laid a trap which even Alberich’s strange foresight could not
Once a heroic Captain in the army of Karse, a kingdom at war with Valdemar, Alberich becomes one of Valdemar’s Heralds. Despite prejudice against him, he becomes the personal protector of young Queen Selenay. But can he protect her from the dangers of her own heart? (book description)
Skif was an orphan. For as long as he could remember he had slept on a pile of rags under the stairs at the Hollybush Tavern, his Uncle Londer's dreary inn in the slums of Haven. Any sunny memories of the time before his parents’ death had been eclipsed by the dark reality of the life he now led. Awakened before dawn, Skif began every day trying to get the Hollybush kitchen fire restarted. Skif would labor with flint to light the partially-burned ends of logs his skinflint uncle bought from the rag-and-bone men. Sometimes he even had to sacrifice the precious bit of straw stuffed into his boots for warmth to get the blaze going. Once he had the fire started, he had to unload the day’s supplies from the wagon outside. His uncle only purchased the cheapest of goods: the foul leavings of other taverns and inns. Skif never understood why more of the tavern’s patrons didn’t die from food poisoning. He never ate at the tavern! Thanks to Queen Selenay, he didn’t have to. For the queen of Valdemar had proclaimed that all children in the kingdom had to be schooled until they could read, write, and cipher. Furthermore, the queen believed that no child could learn on an empty stomach, so every child who arrived at school on time was provided with a healthy breakfast. And because of Valdemar law, there was nothing Uncle Londer could do to keep Skiff from attending school.
But it was after school that Skif got his real education and nourishment. For as he wandered through the back streets of Haven he discovered that he could slip into the laundry rooms of wealthier homes and dress himself as a page. In the proper livery a young boy would be essentially invisible to the older members of a large household staff, and Skiff could easily pocket a certain percentage of the food he was serving. And so Skiff
Deek was a pickpocket, the oldest member of a group of young boys who, with the guidance of their teacher and leader, a crippled man named Bazie, survived by their wits and their nimble fingers. But Bazie was more than just the head of a band of young thieves, he was unlike anyone Skif knew. Bazie cared about the boys. He cared that they were safe, he cared that they were fed, he cared that they were warm. Uncle Londer barely cared whether Skif was alive or dead. It was an easy decision for Skif to abandon the Hollybush and throw in his lot with Bazie’s boys.
By the time Skif was twelve, he was an accomplished cat burglar and one of the leaders of Bazie’s gang. Housed in Bazie’s warm, secret lair, well fed, comfortable with his chosen "family," and a master of his chosen profession, life had definitely taken a turn for the better for Skif. Light on his feet, silent as a ghost, small enough to slip through protective window bars, his "take" had evolved from silk hankies slipped from laundries and pockets to gold and silver jewelry stolen from "hidden" cupboards in affluent houses.
But it wasn’t until Skif decided to steal a finely tacked-out white horse, which was standing unattended in the street, that this young thief discovered that the tables could turn on
Personal note: Once again, Lackey has introduced a new character, immersed me in his life, and really made me feel connected to the kid. I hope that she will continue Skif’s adventure and further develop his character.