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"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...."
Set in Victorian London-where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth-the fourth novel in this best-selling series tells the story of Lord Alderscroft, Master of the British Elemental Masters Council-the most powerful Fire Master ever to lead the Council. Loosely based on The Snow Queen, The Wizard of London delves into Lord Alderscroft's youth, when he was bespelled by an evil Elemental Master who hoped to use him for political gain. .
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.
New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey: In an isolated land where the lure of the "Moontide" leads to shipwrecks, a woman is torn between obeying her father or her king. When she chooses to follow a Fool, she discovers magic she'd never expected... at a price that might be too high. World Fantasy award winner Tanith Lee: Struggling under the curse of a dead comrade, Clirando, a warrior priestess unready to face the powers trapped within her, must face "The Heart of the Moon" to reveal what has been hidden. C. E. Murphy: In "Banshee Cries," ritual murders under a full moon lead Jo Walker to confront a Harbinger of Death. Maybe this "gift" she has is one she shouldn't ignore-- because the next life she has to save might be her own!
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!
Book Three of The Mage Winds trilogy. No longer the willful novice of Winds of Fate, Princess Herald Elspeth has completed her magical training. She returns to her homeland with her beloved partner Darkwind. Will they be strong enough to confront the magical evil that is threatening their land? .
Lackey, who has enchanted readers since the publication of her first novel, Arrows of the Queen in 1987, scores another hit with the paperback release of the first book in an exciting new series. High magic had been lost to Valdemar when he gave his life to save his kingdom from destruction by the dark sorceries. Now it falls to Elspeth Herald, heir to the throne, to take up the challenge and seek a mentor who will awaken her mage abilities.
This remarkable sequel to the bestselling Winds of Fate continues the beloved story of Princess Elspeth of Valdemar and Darkwind k'Sheyna of the Tayledras Clan as they come to discover their hidden magical powers and as they learn to rely on each other in a world on the brink of chaos.
Demon Queen Savilla goes on the offensive in this conclusion to the Obsidian Trilogy.
The companion volume to "Fiddler Fair", this novel invites readers to lope through the night with a woman transformed into a leopard and pursued by a hunter who is more than human; to attend a gathering of romance writers that has a very unusual vampire in its midst; return to the world of Heralds of Valdemar; and join in more unforgettable adventures from a spellbinding master of fantasy and science fiction.
In The Outstretched Shadow, which was named by VOYA as Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror book for 2003, Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory introduced readers to a complex new fantasy world populated by humans, centaurs, elves, talking unicorns, and demons. The Golden City of the Bells, where only humans live, is ruled by the Mage Council, practitioners of High Magic---a powerful magic that is stable and reliable, though rigidly controlled and performed only by men. Outside the City's walls, humans and magical beings mix freely and call upon Wild Magic---a system sometimes erratic, always driven by desire and need, and performed by both men and women. Now, in To Light a Candle, the Demon Queen sends her forces against her human and elven enemies, sowing distraction and death. In the human City, the Queen's agents work to divide the Council and foment rebellion among the City's citizens. In the countryside, they target the most vulnerable and valuable---the young Elf Prince and the Wild Mages who might be the Demons' most dangerous enemies. 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 while 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.
Two twin elves have dreams of alternate futures of Britain.
Sequel to The Shadow of the Lion.
Kidnapping Persephone should have been an easy task. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothing's ever simple-and the wrong blonde goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back...A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms novella. Previously published in the Harvest Moon anthology.
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Mercedes Lackey enters a world with fractured fairytales that lead to Happily Ever Afters-with some unique twists and turns along the way!THE FAIRY GODMOTHERWhen Elena realizes she's never going to find her prince, she decides to break with "The Tradition"-a mystical power that encourages everyone in The Five Hundred Kingdoms to find their storybook role-and head off on her own. Because even with a little help from a Fairy Godmother, the road to a Happily Ever After isn't smooth....ONE GOOD KNIGHTFacing down dragons isn't the Traditional job for a princess, but when Princess Andromeda is chosen for the virgin sacrifice, she isn't going to go meekly. Teaming up with Sir George, her Champion, leads to a few more surprises, and suddenly she's seeing the dragon in a whole new light....
Mercedes Lackey's triumphant return to the best-selling world of Valdemar, Take a Thief reveals the untold story of Skif--a popular character from Lackey's first published novel, Arrows of the Queen. Skif was an orphan who would have died from malnutrition and exposure if he had never met Deke the pickpocket. By the time he was twelve, Skif was an accomplished cat burglar. But it wasn't until he decided to steal a finely tacked-out white horse, which was, oddly enough, standing unattended in the street, that this young thief discovered that the tables could turn on him--and that he himself could be stolen! .
The Empire of Sabis was 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 in secret by the Order. And the time will come when only one thing stands against destruction by a ruthless and invincible barbarian horde: The Sword of Knowledge.
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.
Tales about Heralds and their horselike companions. Fantasy.
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.
In Storm Warning, the first volume of the Mage Storms trilogy,
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.
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 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. .
As Storm Breaking opens, the western allies, led by Karal, Karsite Sunpriest and delegate to the Valdemaran Court, and the Adepts Firesong and An'desha, have traveled deep into the Dorisha Plains to locate the ancient ruins of the Tower of Urtho, Mage of Silence, creator of the gryphons. Legend has it that below the Tower, deeply buried beneath the plains, is Urtho's Vault, hidden stronghold of some of the most powerful magical weapons ever devised - weapons that Urtho himself felt were too dangerous to use. With the help of the Shin'a'in plainsmen, they have successfully excavated this ancient arsenal, and risked their lives triggering one of these antique but potent tools of death to unleash a monstrous burst of mage-energy. With this explosion of magical power, Karal, Firesong, and their companions have temporarily counteracted the ever-increasing waves of the mage storms. But they know that this desperate action will not save them - they have bought themselves precious time, but are still far from a permanent solution. They know now that the mage storms are an "echo" through time of the prehistoric Cataclysm which destroyed Urtho's Tower, created the vast and barren Dorisha Plains, and permanently warped their world more than two thousand years ago. And they also know that if they don't find a way to banish these magical vibrations they will culminate in another Cataclysm - this time destroying their world for good. But the Vault is not the only thing buried for centuries below the Dorisha Plains, and camped in the ruins of what once was the workplace of the most ingenious mage their world has ever known, the desperate allies soon come to realize that their solution may lie beneath the dust at their feet. The saving of their world just might be accomplished by the work of a man who has been dead for millennia! .
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.
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