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The Magestone by Andre Norton
A Thread in the Tangle
Sabrina Flynn - 2013
Isiilde knows this more than most. She is a nymph - a faerie in a realm of humans. Coveted by men and gods alike, she is destined to be sold when she comes of age. Threatened with imprisonment, her formidable guardian, Oenghus Saevaldr, flees with her to the Isle of Wise Ones to beseech a mad seer for refuge.A secret sways the seer, but his choice comes at a cost. A thousand wars have been fought over possession of a single nymph, and this one's mere presence proves disastrous. Isiilde's strange affinity with fire, stemming from Chaos itself, makes her a dangerous prize.As Oenghus strives to carve a future for the nymph, Isiilde trembles on a precipice, caught between the lust of men, the greed of kings, and an eternal struggle for dominance. As three powerful kingdoms vie to own her, the fire in her blood awakens, sparking a cataclysm that spirals into disaster."Storytelling at its finest.""Riveting and epic!""An extremely original tale."
Vincalis the Agitator
Holly Lisle - 2002
The author of The Secret Texts Trilogy (Courage of Falcons, Vengeance of Dragons, and Diplomacy of Wolves) takes readers back to the days before the ancient apocalypse, into the decadent heart of a fantastic empire in this evocative page-turner.--Booklist.
The Ring of Allaire
Susan Dexter - 1981
Now there was only Tristan, an ill-trained apprentice, to carry on the quest to rescue Allaire, a princess held in enchanted sleep in Nimir's frozen halls. Though a thousand master mages had already failed in the quest, Tristan must succeed or all of Calandra would be doomed by Nimir's greed.First Tristan would have to find the wonder-horse Valadan, who had vanished long ago. Then he had to secure the aid of the one knight among many who was a true Heir to the Throne. Together, they must overcome the Guardian dragon of Nimir's realm.After that well, there was still the tenth ring to be found, since Allaire was powerless without it.Nothing, of course, was ever that simple. There were complications . . .
Barbara Hambly - 1999
He is Lord Aversin, the Dragonsbane, whose dragon-slaying days have won him renown across the land. But when Gareth finds Lord Aversin, he discovers the mighty hero is squat and bespectacled, the ruler of a mud-village who admits that he killed the dragon not with a lance, but with ignoble poison. Still, he’ll have to do. Gareth and Aversin set off in company with Jenny Waynest, a witch with great ambitions but disappointingly puny powers—a ragtag crew destined to become legendary, or die in the attempt. DRAGONSHADOWLord John Aversin--with the help of his mageborn wife, Jenny Waynest-- has fought and defeated two dragons, earning the title of Dragonsbane. But there are creatures more terrifying than dragons. Demonspawn from a dark dimension have learned to drink the magic--and the souls--of mages and dragons alike, turning their victims into empty vessels. And now they've stolen John and Jenny's mageborn son, twelve-year-old Ian.In desperation, John seeks the help of the eldest and strongest dragon: Morkeleb the Black. But the demons have allies, too: a vast army poised to plunge the Realm into civil war. In the coming struggle, Morkeleb will sacrifice what he values most. Jenny will question everything she trusts and believes in. And John will embark on a perilous quest for the only things capable of defeating such powerful demons--even more powerful demons . . .
Larque on the Wing
Nancy Springer - 1994
But Larque, wife, mother and painter isn't like most 40-year-olds. All her life she's been generating "doppelgangers," psychic manifestations of her thoughts that can impact and, as she suddenly realizes, impede, the reality of her own life. She embarks on a journey of self-exploration that culminates in her transformation--a common occurrence in this world--into an attractive gay man. In the end, she must weigh the attractions of this existence against the good aspects of her actual life. A 1995 James Tiptree Award winner.
The Free Bards
Mercedes Lackey - 1997
So she joined forces with T'fyrr, a strange nonhuman with the face of a raptor and the voice of an angelic choir.This unlikely set of heroes had the daunting task of saving the King—and through him the Gypsies, Free Bards, and non-humans of the twenty kingdoms. Fortunately, their opponents had no idea how potent a weapon music could be....
D.J. Bodden - 2019
He has one weekend to dive into an untested world full of intrigue, violence, and corruption to prove that Viridian Gate Online works, but the AIs running the game have their own plans for his soul. Set a year before the events of “Viridian Gate Online: Cataclysm,” The Illusionist: Nomad Soul takes you back to when VGO was just a game, or so it seemed. From James A. Hunter—author of Viridian Gate Online, Rogue Dungeon, and War God's Mantle—and D.J. Bodden, author of The Black Year Series, comes an epic new entry into the Expanded Universe of Viridian Gate Online that you won't want to put down!
Drinker of Souls
Jo Clayton - 1986
Bonded to twin demonic shape-shifters, she roved the land in search of rich life source to feed her demons' need. But Brann too had a need that couldn't be denied, a quest to free her family from the evil king who'd enslaved them - a quest that would lead Brann and her unearthly allies into magical realms ruled by witches and werewolves, lawless lords and murderous villains, and the ever-present ghosts of the restless dead....(Source: back cover)
The Complete Krondor's Sons 2-Book Collection: Prince of the Blood, The King's Buccaneer
Raymond E. Feist - 2000
Feist. This bundle includes the complete Krondor Sons series.The bundle includes: Prince of the Blood (1), The King’s Buccaneer (2).Set between the rift wars, these two novels explore Midkemia beyond the borders of the Kingdom of the Isles.Prince of Blood is set twenty years after the events in The Riftwar Saga, and follows the adventures that erupt when a group of powerful nobles attempt to overthrow the Empress of Kesh. In the centre of the conflict are the two princes of Krondor – Borric and Erland.In The King’s Buccaneer, Prince Nicholas and Squire Harry set sail to visit Martin in Crydee. However, shortly after their arrival, Crydee is brutally attacked. With the castle reduced to ruins, the townspeople slaughtered, and two young noblewomen – friends of Nicholas – abducted, the two young men must venture further from the familiar landmarks of their home than ever before.While in pursuit of the invaders, Nicholas learns that there is even more at stake than the fate of his friends…
Sean Stewart - 1996
Clouds End tells the story of Brook, a young women living on an island near the edge of the Mist, whose destiny washes up on the shore in the form of her twin. They are two women of one soul, who must embark on a journey between two realms: the unreachable sky and the unfathomable sea.
Lords of the Sky
Angus Wells - 1994
Now, with "Lords Of The Sky," it is clear that he has saved his most sweeping and imaginative tale for an epic more powerful than anything he has written before. For centuries, the Dhar have had to face the Ahn, fierce warriors who would lay claim to Dharbek, the land they call their ancestral home. Now, in fantastic airships powered by magic, the Ahn have begun their greatest campaign yet. In preparation for the coming onslaught, Storymen like Daviot travel the land collecting tales and sharing the history it's their responsibility to safeguard. But Daviot's travels show him the dark side of Dharbek, and inspire him to be a catalyst for change, to overcome doubt and fear, and pursue the one dream that has eluded Dharbek. Using his special gifts for storytelling and world-building, Angus Wells reaches new heights with a story as ambitious as it is broad in scope. "Lords Of The Sky" has all the action, adventure and magic a fantasy-lover could desire, and tackles social change, prejudice, the value of genuine friendship and the power of enduring love.
Sword of the Archon
Derek Prior - 2010
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, plague breaks out in the streets of Sarum, and a horde of undead rises from the sacred burial mounds of the Dreamers.Prompted by a voice from the Abyss, the liche Dr. Cadman has discovered a piece of the mythical Statue of Eingana and corrupted its power, but worse than that, an ancient enemy has noticed and turns his eyes once more upon the Earth.Those with understanding know all too well the threat that hangs over Creation and have taken great pains to ward against it.