In Storm Rising, mysterious mage-storms are wreaking havoc on Valdemar, Karse, and all the Kingdoms of the West, plaguing these lands not only with disastrous earthquakes, monsoons, and ice storms, but also with venomous magical constructs-terrifying creatures out of nightmare. Both Valdemar's Heralds and Karse's Sunpriests struggle to marshal their combined magical resources to protect their realms from these devastating, spell fueled onslaughts. But as the situation becomes bleaker and bleaker, the still fragile alliance between these long-hostile lands begins to fray. And when Karal, the young Karsite envoy to the court of Valdemar, is wrongfully accused of collusion with the enemy, only the personal intervention of Solaris, the High Priestess and ruler of Karse, can defuse what is rapidly becoming a dangerously explosive situation. But Solaris also confirms the worst fears of the Heralds-that these storms do not come from the Eastern Empire, but from a completely unknown source. And unless Valdemar and Karse can locate and destroy the creator of the storms, they may see their entire world demolished in a final magical holocaust.
Granddaughter of the sorceress Kethry, Kerowyn had been forced to run the family keep since her mother's death. Kerowyn's plans for peace were shattered when her home was attacked, her father killed, her brother gravely wounded, and his new bride kidnapped. Facing her family's foes sets Kerowyn upon the road that eventually leads her to the Kingdom of Valdemar at the head of her own company of mercenaries.
Exciting conclusion to the Mage-Winds trilogy. Elspeth & Darkwind return to Valdemar for a final confrontation with Ancar of Hardorn, the evil Adept Hulda, and a surprising ending for Falconsbane!
The third and final book in the Darian's Tale trilogy, a powerful saga charged with war and magic, life and love.<P> Two years after his parents' disappearance, Darian has sought refuge and training from the mysterious Hawk-brothers. Now he has opened his heart to a beautiful young healer. Finally Darian has found peace and acceptance in his life. That is, until he learns that his parents are still alive--and trapped behind enemy borders....
1st book in the Halfblood series.
Maya Witherspoon had 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 had known only luxury. Trained by her father in the medical arts since she was old enough to read, she graduated from the University of Delhi as a Doctor of Medicine by the age of twenty-two. Welcomed into her father's lucrative practice, she treated many of the wives and daughters of the British military personnel who,made up a large percentage of their patients in the colonial India of 1909. But the science of medicine was not Maya's only heritage. For Maya's aristocratic mother Surya had not just defied her family, friends and religion to marry Maya's father, she had turned her back on her family's powerful magical traditions as well. For her mother was a sorceress--a former priestess of the mystical magics fueled by the powerful and fearsome pantheon of Indian gods. 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 mine...." Surya had never had the chance to explain this enigmatic statement to her daughter, before cholera claimed her life. Yet Maya suspected that something far more sinister than the virulent disease had overcome her powerful mother. But it was Maya's father's death shortly thereafter which confirmed her darkest suspicions. For her father was killed by the bite of a krait, a tiny venomous snake. In the last hours of her mother's life, in the seeming delirium of her final fever...
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
In Storm Warning, the first volume of the Mage Storms trilogy,
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, Marian had learned to read and translate five languages, and was as literate as any well-bred woman of her era.<P> But the real core of her education was far outside societal norms. For she and her foster parents were Elemental 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 event graced by the presence of Air Elementals, the Sylphs and Zephyrs whom Sebastian had said were her allies, though why she might need allies, Marina had no clue.<P> 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 away 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.<P> But Marina would have answers to her questions all too soon.<P> For with the sudden death of her birth parents while 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 guardian -- her closest surviving blood relative -- her father's eldest sister Arachne. Cold, aristocratic, and superior, Aunt Arachne was an industrialist. Her pottery factories brought her a great deal of wealth and power, but Marina sensed that Arachne's real power came from something far different than commerce. For Arachne exuded a dark magical aura unlike anything Marina had encountered, a stifling evil that seemed to threaten Marina's very spirit. Slowly Marina realized that her aunt was the very embodiment of th endanger her parents had been hiding her from in the backwoods of Cornwall. But could Marina unravel the secrets of her life in time to save her from the evil which had been seeking her for nearly eighteen years?
Set in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Valdemar, this unique and exciting novel continues the story of Talia. Having mastered the powers necessary to become a guardian of the kingdom, she faces the final preparation for her initiation as adviser and protector of the Queen.
Growing up in a repressive, puritanical environment, young Talia dreams of service as a Herald--one of the Queen's elite special guard, who act as lawgivers, peacekeepers, and even warleaders. Chosen by one of the mysterious and powerful Companions, Talia is awakened to her own unique mental powers and magical abilities, and assumes a vital role in the efforts to save the kingdom of Valdemar from disaster.
This book and its prequel are set in the middle of the valdemar cycle and center around an arms master who is a fugitive from his own country and who finds honor and courage in the service of the throne of Valdemar. It tells of the period of queen Selenay's first marriage.
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
Alberich was born in Carsh and grew up hating everything about Valdemar. He learned to be a highly effective soldier and was quickly rising through the ranks toward the position of commander. Then, without warning, he is accused of witchcraft and is nearly burned alive. How will he adjust now that he has crossed the border into Valdemar, Karsh's mortal enemy?
While Shana, her dragon friends Kalamedea and Keman, Mero, and others look for a new home for the halfbloods, the elven princess Sheyrena - daughter to the ambitious Lord Tylar - escapes a unwanted marriage with her half-blood brother Lorryn and maid Myre, a shape-changed dragon in disguise.
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.
These are a series of stories about Tarma and Kethry, characters from the Valdemar series.
"Dear Mrs. Harton, As terrible as it is for us, we must send our daughter Sarah out of the dangers of Africa and back to the safety of England..." So began the letter that introduced twelve-year-old Sarah Jane Lyon-White to Isabelle Harton, who with her husband Frederick, ran The Harton School for Boys and Girls in central London. The letter seemed quite simple and straightforward, and to most people, it would have been. But Isabelle could detect the faint glow of "true magic" about the letter-she could tell that its writer, Sarah's mother, was a practitioner of Earth magic. She could even sense in it the presence of a true Earth Master-surely Sarah's father. It was what was not written in the letter that resonated to Isabelle's own finely tuned "extra" senses: "Sarah has gifts we cannot train," the letter whispered to her, "nor can anyone we know. Those we trust tell us that you can...."
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.
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