Daw, March 2004, 24.95, 384 pp.
The war between Tia and continues because of the Jousters and their dragons, the first line of offense on the borders. Although Tia has more Jousters and dragons Alta has the magi which sends bad weather into Tia so that the dragons cannot fly. Kiron, a former serf made dragon boy to jouster Ari and his dragon Keshet discovers that he is the only one who besides Ari who does not have to drug his ... Arrows of the Queen
A daydreaming girl escapes a bland and uncaring family when she is Chosen as a Herald, one of the guardians of Valdemar. She struggles to fit in with peers and is harrassed by evil noble children, but once she befriends other Herald and Herald trainees, the evil noble kids are brought to justice. ... Beyond World's End
and Rosemary Edghill
Baen, Jan 2001, 24.00, 331 pp.
After his last save the world success (see Bedlam's Bard), musician Eric Banyon looks forward to quiet time studying the flute as an adult-student at Julliard. While Eric plays the student flautist, avaricious research scientists have discovered some drugs that turn individuals into beings with magical capabilities. Being of a non- ethical bent, the coven of scientists pla... Burning Brightly
Lavan Chitward or Firestorm as he's later to be callled in the novel is a reluctant hero that Lackey uses in yet another Valdemer story. The story begins with a lonesome Lavan being forced to move to the city of New Haven by his seemingly uncaring parents and being forced to attend a trade school where the older students torture and beat the younger students if they fail to follow orders and generally just for enjoyment. This continued abuse leads to t...
Daw, Oct 2002, 24.95, 352 pp.
He is the youngest captain in the Karse army, a man who made it up through the ranks due to a sixth sense. He had to keep his magical power secret because only the sun priests who rule the country are supposed to wield the power, a gift from their God. When a Sunpriest discovers Alberich's powers he orders him burned in the cleansing fire, but his horse rescues him and takes him into Valdemar, Karse'... Exile's Valor
Daw, Nov. 2003, 24.95, 448 pp.
Once he was a loyal soldier in the Karsian army. Through an unusual set of circumstances he was chosen to be the Companion of Kantor, a magical being that looks like a horse but is so much more. Alberich had to prove to the Heralds of Valdemar that he was worthy of joining them. He accomplishes that during the Tedral War. Now with Tedral defeated and Karse involved with its internal problems, Val... Firebird
The Firebird is a book based on the classic Russian fairy tale of the same name. Ivan is a self-styled tsar who has many strong, trained, warrior sons, but none of them are very bright. Except for Ilya, the middle son. He is much smarter than his brothers so they naturally assume that he is a sorcerer and use every opportunity provided to beat him to a pulp and just generally make his life miserable. When someone steals Ivan's prize cherries, he sends hi... Joust
Vetch was still alive because he was simply too stubborn to die. He refused to show any emotion to his master, Khefti-the-Fat, even when he was beaten and starved. As an Altan serf, Vetch had no rights among the conquerers, the Tians. He had watched the Tian army murder his father and then his whole family enslaved and separated.
Vetch had little or no hope that his life would improve, but he felt that it was unfair that one of the famed Jousters, wa... Magic's Pawn - The Last Herald Mage 1
Vanyel, a young lordling, is sent, in disgrace, to live with his aunt. His father was unable to make a "man" out of him and so sends him to be fostered in the capital city. Once there Vanyel falls in love with a young Heraldic Trainee (kind of a soldier with a magical "horse")named Tylendel. They manage to keep their love almost a secret until Lendel's death. But, by the time Vanyel's father storms in to beat the fey out of the boy Vanyel himself has bee... Magic's Price - The Last Herald Mage 3
In a country where the king is dying of a uncurable disease, Herald Vanyel, a Herald-Mage, fights to keep the country peaceful. In a series of mysterious accidents, Vanyel becomes the last Herald-Mage. He learns of magic's price when he hunts down the killer, Leareth, sacrificing his life to defeat the villain....
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One Good Knight
Princess Andromedia of Acadia is a failure as a princess. She is not beautiful (she wears glasses), does not remember all the rules of royalty (too busy reading), and wants to help her mother with something other than marrying a prince. Unfortunately, her mother, the beautiful Queen Cassiopeia, doesn't want a daughter at all. Desperate for her mother's attention and love, the young princess soon forces her mother to recognize her with scholarly resear... Phoenix and Ashes
Daw, Oct 2004, 24.95, 405 pp.
While World War I rages in Europe, in Broom, England widower Charles Robinson is a successful merchant raising his daughter Eleanor. One day he returns from a business trip with a surprise for Eleanor; he introduces her new “mother”, his new wife Alison and her two daughters. Almost immediate after the nuptials, he signs on for trench warfare and dies in combat.
Alison, a dark Earth Master, make... Storm Breaking - The Mage Storms 3
Book Three of The Mage Storms. The only answer to how to stop the mage storms seems to be in the ruins of the Tower of Urtho, Mage of Silence. It seems one of his weapons that was so powerful that he would not allow them to be used, could be the answer. Karal and a select group go there and try to figure out which one, and how to use it before the last storm comes. It seems that Karal is the key, because of his ability to channel.... Storm Rising - The Mage Storms 2
Book Two of The Mage Storms. Karal is the envoy, but no one will take him seriously because of his age. The Mage Storms are getting really bad, and no one knows what caused them or how to stop them. Solaris, High Priestess and ruler of Karse, decides to visit Valdemar and confirm Karal. Karal's friends at the Compass Rose and An'desha figure out what is causing the storms and how to maybe slow them down until a solution can be found to stop. With Ka... Storm Warning - The Mage Storms 1
Book One of The Mage Storms. Karal is the Sun Priest and secretary to the envoy to Valdemar. When the envoy is killed and Karal is made the envoy, he doesn't know what to do. Then he gets a Firecat and becomes friends with a Companion. Now the Mage Storms start, and it seems that Karal has a secret talent. He can channel magic and will play a more important role in stopping the storms and forming alliances than he first thought.... Take A Thief
A child loses his mother, lives for a time with mean-spirited relatives, finds a family unit of thieves, and becomes a thieve's apprentice. After a time, he experiences great loss, and vows to see justice done. Rescued from this dangerous emotional turn of event by Companion Cymry, Skif finds a place that is willing to accept him, a heart ready to love him, and a man ready to help him seek revenge and serve the Queen's justice at the same time. But ca...
Mercedes Lackey novels
The Black Gryphon - Mage Wars 1
This book is listed as part of the Heralds of Valdemar series, but it actually takes place about 1000 years before Valdemar even existed. Ma'ar and Urtho, the Mage of Silence, are at war with one another. Skandranon, one of Urtho's gryphons, is a spectacular aerial fighter. Amberdrake, Skan's human friend, heals the minds, hearts, and, sometimes, bodies of many of the soldiers and healers, but even he sometimes needs a shoulder to lean on. Winterhart... The Black Swan
This retelling of the story of "Swan Lake" deals with Odile, the "evil" Black Swan from the story. Odile lives in a secluded castle with her father, a powerful magician. She learns magic from him and seeks his admiration constantly. As she grows older, she begins to question the beings who live on the castle grounds by the lake. They are swans during the day, but women by moonlight. Odile learns that these are women whom her father has captured and encha... The Fairy Godmother
Luna, Jan 2004, 24.95, 432 pp.
After years of being little more than a slave to her odious stepmother and stepsisters, Elena Klovis gets her first taste of freedom when they are forced to flee the country, one step ahead of the creditors. Elena, known to the townsfolk's as Ella Cinders, attends the Mop Fair hoping to be hired on as someone's servant but everyone is afraid that Madam Klovis will return and they don't want to feel ... The Fire Rose
In an act of hubris, railroad tycoon and Firemaster Jason Cameron attempts a spell for which he is magically unsuited. The spell fails, and his body is warped into a shape halfway between a man and a wolf. Jason shuts himself up in his elaborate mansion with only his elemental servants and his apprentice as company.
Determined to reverse the damage wrought by the spell, Jason finds himself in need of a linguistic expert to transcribe his magical g... The Gates Of Sleep
This book is sort of a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Marina Roeswood is given several gifts by her godparents at her christening. Before the last gift can be given, however, Arachne, Marina's aunt, appears and curses the child so that she will die on her eighteenth birthday. After she leaves, the last godparent gives a gift that changes the curse somewhat, although it can't be completely removed. Then Marina is taken away from her parents so that she... The Lark and the Wren - Bardic Voices 1
Rune was a self-taught musician who had great dreams. She wanted to be famous and play for the wealthiest men in the land who would shower her with riches and treat her like a queen. Too bad she was stuck in the middle of nowhere working in a run down tavern with her slutty mother making a play for the newly widowed owner. Rune was born out of wedlock and had no future in the village, but was content to stay and work hard at the inn to keep a roof over h...
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The Oathbound - Vows and Honor 1
Tarma, a swordsworn, and Kethry, a White Winds Mage, become mercenaries after avenging the deaths of Tarma's clan. They try to gain a reputation so that people wil come to join her clan when they finaly re-establish it in the plains.... The Serpent's Shadow
Maya Witherspoon is an indian sorcerer struggling to control her burgeoning powers, while working as a doctor in Edwardian London. Her father's murderers have followed here and are attempting to murder her. Her best hope is to learn to use her magic to protect herself, under the instruction of Peter Scott, a handsome ship's captain and master of elemental water magic. As they struggle to thwart the murderous plot, they also fall in love.... The White Gryphon - Mage Wars 2
Ten years have passed since the settling of White Gryphon and now Amberdrake and Skandranon must form an alliance with the Haighlei Emporers, in particular King Shalaman. Suddenly a series of mysterious murders begin to occur, throwing suspicion on the White Gryphon representatives. Amberdrake and Skandranon must solve the mystery before the Eclipse Ceremony or risk being forced to fight for their new home.... Winds of Fate
Herald Elspeth, heir of the thrown of Valdamar, convinces her reluctant mother Queen Selenay and the governing Council that she is the only one suited to seek the very reclusive Hawkbrothers, legendary for their mage abilities and mentioned only in some of the oldest of her country's records. The Hawkbrother's help is necessary if Valdamar is going to recover the True Magic her kingdom lost with the death of the last Herald-Mage. And True Magic is the on...