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1st book in the Halfblood series.
THE FOUNDING: A "lost ship" of Terran origin, in the pre-Empire colonizing days, lands on a planet with a dim red star, later to be called Darkover. DARKOVER LANDFALL THE AGES OF CHAOS: 1,000 years after the original landfall settlement, society has returned to the feudal level. The Darkovans, their Terran technology renounced or forgotten, have turned instead to freewheeling, out-of-control matrix technology, psi powers and terrible psi weapons. The populace lives under the domination of the Towers and a tyrannical breeding program to staff the Towers with unnaturally powerful, inbred gifts of laran. STORMQUEEN! HAWKMISTRESS! THE HUNDRED KINGDOMS: An age of war and strife retaining many of the decimating and disastrous effects of the Ages of Chaos. The lands which are later to become the Seven Domains are divided by continuous border conflicts into a multitude of small, belligerent kingdoms, named for convenience "The Hundred Kingdoms." The close of this era is heralded by the adoption of the Compact, instituted by Varzil the Good. A landmark and turning point in the history of Darkover, the Compact bans all distance weapons, making it a matter of honor that one who seeks to kill must himself face equal risk of death. TWO TO CONQUER THE HEIRS OF HAMMERFELL
Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Then Kellen found the forbidden books of Wild Magic-or did they find him! Their magic felt like a living thing, guided by the hearts and minds of those who practiced it and benefited from it. Questioning everything he has known, Kellen discovers too many of the City's dark secrets. Banished, with the Outlaw Hunt on his heels, Kellen invokes Wild Magic-and finds himself running for his life with a unicorn at his side. Rescued by a unicorn, healed by a female Wildmage who knows more about Kellen than anyone outside the City should, meeting Elven royalty and warriors in a world full of magical beings-Kellen both revels in and fears his new freedom. All the Mages of the City agreed that practicing Wild Magic corrupted a Mage. Turned him into a Demon. Would that be Kellen's fate? Deep in Obsidian Mountain, the Demons are waiting. Since their defeat in the last great War, they've been biding their time, sowing seeds of distrust between their human and Elven enemies. When the Demons rise to make war, there will be no alliance between High and Wild Magic to stand against them. And then all the world will belong to the Endarkened. From the Bookjacket
In the age of the Mazonians women rule through magic - and men suffer what they must.
From the back cover: Arrows of the Queen, introduced readers to the magical land of Valdemar. In this ancient realm, beset by war and internal conflicts, justice is dispensed by an elite force, the legendary Heralds. These unusual men and women, chosen from all corners of the kingdom by their mysterious horse like companions, undergo a rigorous training and follow a rigid code of honor. Bonded for life with their companions, the Heralds endeavor to keep the peace and if necessary, defend their country in the name of their monarch. Now, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Larry Dixon, Tanya Huff, Michelle Sagara and others add their own special chapters to the history of Valdemar. Meet with the Herald-assassin known only too the Queen and learn why in Karse, a question can be deadlier than any sword and discover how for two life bonded heralds justice prevails over honor, in eighteen original stories of valor and magic, including three coauthor ed by Mercedes Lackey herself.
This whole series and some other books are set in our own time and almost always take place in large cities. Hence they are often referred to as Urban Fantasies. In this series, Eric Banyon who is a bard and also capable of interacting with the fair folk who live parallel to us, finds himself called upon to interpose himself and his friends between the machinations of the evil fay and the world's survival. It sounds a little dramatic but, in general, these books offer vivid characterization, good depictions of urban teen-age life, and good fun and great storytelling.
England in the 16th century is a nation at a fatal fork in time, leading to two possible futures foreseen by the Sidhe of Elfhame Avalon. Either an evil queen will join forces with the Inquisition and rule with a blood-spattered iron hand, threatening humans and elves alike--or a benevolent, red-haired queen named Elizabeth will rule wisely and well.
An alchemist bungles a transformation and is trapped in wolf form. Rosalind can help him regain his humanity, but there is another alchemist, and another temptation.
Demon Queen Savilla goes on the offensive in this conclusion to the Obsidian Trilogy.
In a world in which elven nobles hold the power of life or death over their human slaves, an elvenlord turns traitor to elvenkind.
Vidal Dhu wants to eliminate Elizabeth as a possible heir to the English throne, so he plans a scandal to disgrace her, rendering her unfit to rule.
Sequel to The Shadow of the Lion.
Teenage passion meets centuries-old magic ... Prom night is going to be hell! Diane Tregarde hadn't expected to find a malevolent combo of sex and blood magic at Tulsa's Jenks High.
All is well in San Francisco with the elf-lord, his human bard companion, and the mage who brought them all together, until it turns out that the City is doomed by an earthquake.
Ariella, the daughter of a noble lord, has the magic of healing. After healing a Kelpie, a dangerously magical creature, she, of course, falls in love. Can the Kelpie rescue her from the evil knight?
Pausert is the captain of the space ship Venture. Two young witches from the planet of Karres assure an interesting, if short, life. Sequel to The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz.
Around the world, the dragon has been reborn in modern fantasy fiction. The classic winged fire-breathing reptiles often associated with evil (they do despoil villages and demand virgin sacrifices, after all) tend nowadays to be more kindly disposed to humanity, sometimes aloofly offering magical wisdom, sometimes actively involving themselves in human lives, whether as a servant or friend. In this volume, originally compiled exclusively for the members of the Science Fiction Book Club and not available in stores, editor Marvin Kaye has skillfully gathered brand- new contributions to the hoard of dragon lore by five top fantasy authors. Orson Scott Card-an expert at writing from a child's point of view, as evidenced in his bestselling Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow-offers a gothic yarn "In the Dragon's House" set in contemporary suburbia. Card tells about the mysterious dragon that lives in the wiring of an old house, palpable only to a young boy who in dreams shares its body and feels its true size and power. But what does it really want? Mercedes Lackey, prolific author of the Valdemar saga, writes of a slave boy who is chosen to care for a warrior's dragon. Vetch (and the reader) will learn much about dragon behavior . . . and this special dragon's secrets may be the key to his freedom. (Lackey was so taken by young Vetch that she expanded his adventures into a full-length novel with the same name as this novella-"Joust.") Tanith Lee is no stranger to dragons, which appeal quite often in her award-winning fantasies. The fable "Love in a Time of Dragons" is imbued with her signature atmosphere-Old World, moody, erotic-as a kitchen maid goes a-questing with a handsome champion to slay the local drakkor. But the tale takes a surprising twist. . . . Elizabeth Moon author of the popular Esmay Suiza and Heris Serrano series, takes a break from military science fiction to give us the tale of a young man forced by lies to flee his village . . . into an adventure of dwarfs and dragonspawn, of trust and wisdom, and, ultimately, "Judgment". Rounding off the collection is Michael Swanwick's "King Dragon", a strange amalgam of twentieth-century technology and faery magic, in which the award-winning author invokes a truly sinister and repellent creature-a being with the soul of a beast and the body of a machine- part metal, part devil... all merciless.
WOLVES, WITH OCCASIONAL MUSIC They'd only gotten as far as Columbus Circle when suddenly half-a-dozen enormous black shapes came lunging out from among the other cars toward them. After a moment's stunned incredulity, Eric realized what he was seeing. Wolves-but worse. They were to normal wolves what a forest fire was to a birthday candle-they were all the primeval terrors of night and the ancient forest given fur and fangs and flesh. He threw a shield around himself and Lady Day just as one of the beasts dodged in, snapping at his foot. Suddenly Eric heard a jangle of disharmonic harpsong, and his shield was ripped away. Before he could react, he felt powerful jaws clamp down on his ankle, yanking him from Lady Day's saddle and hurling him to the ground. One of the dire-wolves landed on top of him, knocking the breath from him, and beneath it all, the harp played on, like Stravinsky on crack, making it hard to think. Lady Day-in horse form now-stood like a stag at bay, surrounded by a panting half-circle of dire-wolves. Just beyond her a black limousine stood parked. Eric readied his spells. The back door of the limousine swung open. Jormin ap Galever sat in the back. He was holding Magnus against his chest, with a silver knife to Magnus's throat. Magnus's head lolled limply; he was unconscious, but Eric could see that his brother was still alive. "Will you join us, Bard?" Jormin called cheerily.
When it became certain that Edward VI was dying, the duke of Northumberland, made a plan that would let him hold onto his power. He dared not let Mary come to the throne because she was fiercely Catholic and he had espoused the Protestant cause.
The fourth book in the Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. Aleksia, Queen of the Northern Lights, is a mysterious fairy known to have a heart of ice. But when she's falsely accused of unleashing evil on nearby villages, Aleksia realizes there's an impostor far more heartless than she could ever be.
For the first time in paperback, a new solo novel by a fantasy great. Set in the same world as Bardic Voices, Book I: The Lark and the Wren, this fantasy novel is "deft and readable . . . as lively as one might wish, and the reappearances of the Skull Hill Ghost from The Lark and the Wren are especially well-rendered" (Dragon).
If Rune could get the proper training, she could become one of the finest bards her world has ever seen. But her advantages are few, so when she decides to play her fiddle for the Ghost of Skull Hill, he agrees to a bargain--an arrangement that could mean silver for her future quest . . . or her death at the hands of the ghost.
This is your soul on drugs... After the events chronicled in Bedlam's Bard, world-saving bard and magician Eric Banyon moves into his new New York apartment hoping to settle down to the quiet life. No such luck: his building is a safe-house for a group of occultist Guardians protecting the city from supernatural evil. And there's a new evil for them to guard against. When unethical drug researchers discover that they can induce amazing mental powers using psychotropic drugs, they begin planning to raise a drug-enslaved army of mercenaries and grow very, very rich. But this gets the attention of Aerune mac Audelaine, lord of the dark Unseleighe Sidhe, who hopes to use the drugs to break through to the human world and feed on the suffering there. Both plans will bring terror to the world -- and both are threatened by the very existence of Eric Banyon. With his possibly loyal companions -- a beautiful elven half-breed and a gargoyle -- Eric heads for a three-way battle of wizardry that will determine Gotham's fate -- and his own.
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