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Shadowblade


Anna Kashina - 2019
    The timely intervention of a powerful stranger suddenly elevates her into elite Upper Grounds training. She has no idea that the stranger is Dal Gassan, head of the Daljeer Circle. Seventeen years ago he witnessed the massacre of Challimar's court and rescued its sole survivor, a baby girl. Gassan plans to thrust a blade into the machinations of imperial succession: Naia. Disguised as the legendary Princess Xarimet of Challimar, Naia must challenge the imperial family, and win. Naia is no princess, but with her desert-kissed eyes and sword skills she might be close enough...

A Magic of Twilight


S.L. Farrell - 2008
    Told from the viewpoints of numerous characters, it is a sweeping saga of murder and magic (portrayed both as a powerful religion and a forbidden art), of deception and betrayal, of Machiavellian politics, star-crossed lovers, and a realm facing war on every front.The opening novel in an intricate and spellbinding fantasy series. "One of the rising stars of Celtic fantasy."

The Serpent Bride


Sara Douglass - 2007
    Now, with the DarkGlass Mountain saga, she reveals her biggest adventure yet. Rescued from unspeakable horror, Ishbel Brunelle has devoted her life to a Serpent cult that reads the future in the entrails of its human sacrifices. But the Serpent has larger plans for Ishbel than merely being archpriestess, plans that call for a dangerous royal marriage balancing on the edge between treachery and devotion, and an eerie, eldritch warning: Prepare for the Lord of Elcho Falling . . . And there are other dangers. For while Tencendor is gone, even its fall cannot destroy the Icarii. As the Tyrant of Isembaard reaches for glory, both StarDrifter SunSoar and his son, Axis, are pulled into the deadly dance of intrigue and sorcery. The DarkGlass Mountain—once known as the Threshold—is waiting, and as the Dark God Kanubai rises from his prison in exile, no one will escape unscathed.

Calix Stay


Niel Hancock - 1977
    For in their care they possess the sacred Arkenchest, and it must be saved . . . at any cost.Their only hope of reaching safety is a desperate race to the Calix Stay. But can they cross its rushing waters in time?

The Hidden Princess


Cara Coe - 2015
    To keep the balance, no inhabitants are allowed to cross into another kingdom. To do so is to be charged as a spy... At only thirteen, Princess Amelie of Candor developed the powers of persuasion - she can seduce men to do her bidding. Unable to suppress her magic and affecting the males in the palace, she is sent away to live in a small convent of nuns. Time and seclusion eventually has rumors circulating around the princess's disappearance. It isn't until years later when assassination attempts threaten the royal family that she is brought back in secret to use her unusual skills to gather information. Her mission sends her into dangerous territory: into the neighboring kingdom of Draeden. A run-in with one of their princes results in her capture and she is taken in to Draeden's palace to stand trial. But there's a lot more on the line than she could have ever known. Somewhere along the way she falls for the prince and her heart, which she never thought could beat for someone else, is suddenly her biggest risk of all. Prince Seth has been immune to magic since he was young which suits him because he dwells in the kingdom of Draeden where powers are forbidden. Even so, when he learns that underground mages in his kingdom are disappearing, he and a band of his soldiers are determined to investigate. When he stumbles across a spy from Candor with the power to seduce men, her magic has no affect on him. But underneath her magic - the woman he comes to know - reins him in with a power far greater than any mage could produce. What becomes of two enemies that fall in love?

The Copper Crown


Patricia Kennealy-Morrison - 1984
    Then, at the start of the reign of Aeron, mistress of high magic and queen of all the Kelts, an Earthship made contact with her long-fled children. And while Earth and Keltia reached out to form alliance, the star fleets of the enemy mobilized for final, devastating war....

The Troll's Grindstone (Wizard's War, #1)


Elizabeth H. Boyer - 1986
    Fleeing his enemies, Leifr, a young Viking, escapes into the Alfar realm and takes on the identity of the long-lost Fridmarr, only to discover that Fridmarr had betrayed both his own people and their arch-enemy, the evil wizard Sorkvir.

Ladylord


Sasha Miller - 1996
    Sasha Miller collaborated with Andre Norton on the much-acclaimed On Wings of Magic.

Clouds End


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.

Urshurak


Brothers Hildebrandt - 1979
    Urshurak, a land of extremes--of beauty and ugliness, violence and peace--where an epic struggle between the forces of good and evil will be fought, a struggle that will decide the fate of the world.URSHURAK is the creation of the Brothers Hildebrandt, artists famed for their fantasy and science fiction illustration. Perhaps best known for their visual recreation of the characters of Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS and the STAR WARS poster, the Brothers have turned their unique talents to storytelling. With Jerry Nichols, they have put into words a tale in the classic tradition of fantasy, a rich tapestry of high adventure and romance set in a land where magic reigns and anything is possible. Sixteen color paintings and more than 80 black and white drawings by the Brothers vividly illustrate the text, bringing to life the characters and landscape of URSHURAK

Dragon & Issola


Steven Brust - 2001
    Now, in one handy volume, are the two newest adventures of Vlad Taltos, human in aworld of near-immortal Dragaeran "elfs," witch and telepathic partner to the winged-lizard Loiosh. Dragon tells the story htat has bedeviled Vlad's fans for years: how a self-respecting assassin ended up as a soldier on the losing side of the famous Battle of Baritt's Tomb -- an apocalyptic warbetween two sorcerous armies. Since Vlad much prefers the shadows to daylight, and a knife in the back to massed magical battle, you know the answer involves the words "kicking and screaming"... Issola finds an older and slightly wiser Vlad on the run from his employers, the house of jhereg, over the small matter of a double-cross. Unfortunately, he's going to wish he had only the jhereg to worry about, since two of his most powerful friends have been kidnapped by teh Jenoine -- the enigmatic race that may have created the Dragaerans hundreds of thousands of years ago and who are masters of time and space itself. And if that's not enough, the Jenoine apparently want to hire Vlad to kill a God....

Air Awakens Complete Digital Boxed Set (Books 1-5): "Air Awakens", "Fire Falling", "Earth's End", "Water's Wrath", "Crystal Crowned"


Elise Kova - 2016
     Air Awakens, #1 bestselling YA Fantasy, described as, "Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Harry Potter meets Throne of Glass." AIR AWAKENS, BOOK ONE A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond... The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war. Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all--the Crown Prince Aldrik--she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she's known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she's always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla's indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined. FIRE FALLING, BOOK TWO Soldier... Sorcerer... Savior... Who is Vhalla Yarl? Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire's monster? EARTH'S END, BOOK THREE A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood. Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance. WATER'S WRATH, BOOK FOUR Librarian turned sorcerer. Sorcerer turned hero. Hero turned puppet. The Solaris Empire found victory in the North and, at the cost of her heart and her innocence, Vhalla Yarl has earned her freedom. But the true fight is only beginning as the secret forces that have been lurking in the shadows, tugging at the strings of Vhalla's fate, finally come to light. Nowhere is safe, and Vhalla must tread carefully or else she'll fall into the waiting arms of her greatest foe. Or former lover. CRYSTAL CROWNED, BOOK FIVE Long live Solaris. One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?

The Morgaine Saga


C.J. Cherryh - 1979
    Cherryh's epic story of a woman's mission across time and space to preserve the integrity of the universe.

The Initiate Brother Duology


Sean Russell - 1991
    Among those out of favor with the new liege is the Order of the Botahist Monks, whose mystical powers have enabled them to hold positions as Spiritual Advisers to the Imperial court for nearly ten centuries. But Emperor Akantsu fears none so greatly as he does Lord Shonto, the brilliant leader of the most important of the Old Families, whose influence could rally the Great Houses against the throne, and whose adopted daughter, the beautiful and talented Lady Nishima, is the last surviving member of the old royal family. Sent to be military Governor of a northern border province long threatened by barbarian invaders, Lord Shonto knows he is being lured to his death. But Akantsu has underestimated his foe, for not only is Lord Shonto the greatest military genius of the age, but he has with him a Spiritual Adviser from the Botahist Order—a young man gifted with extraordinary martial arts skills and magical abilities, Initiate Brother Shuyun. And even Lord Shonto does not realize the true potential of this young monk. Only time will reveal that Shuyun’s magical powers have not seen their equal in nearly a thousand years—not since the Perfect Master himself walked the paths of the Empire…

Rebel's Blade


Frost Kay - 2017
    Sage desires to help the neglected Aermians but is bound by duty to provide for her own… Until, that is, she's offered a chance to make a difference. ​ THE REBELLION ​ Sage knows the risks; imprisonment or death, and yet, she's still willing to take them to protect her family. But when plans unravel, Sage finds herself facing the devils themselves, her sworn enemies, the princes of Aermia. ​ THE CROWN ​ Tehl Ramses is drowning; crops are being burned, villages pillaged, and citizens are disappearing, leading to a rising rebellion. As crown prince, and acting ruler, Tehl must find a way to crush the rebellion before civil war sweeps through his beloved kingdom. He'll do whatever is necessary to save his people. Yet, his prisoner is not at all what he expected. ​ ONE STORY. TWO SIDES. ONE GOAL: SAVE AERMIA.