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A Sorcerer's Treason
A Sorcerer's Treason centers around a Wisconsin lighthouse keeper named Bridget Lederle. Bridget is an old maid in 1899 society and lives with her housekeeper and her housekeeper's son. She has made it her mission in life to save as many of the sailors as she can by almost religiously guarding the light. When a stranger is cast ashore wearing strange clothing and speaking a strange tongue, she takes him in - and ends up changing her life forever. Bri...
In Camelot's Shadow
Luna, Mar 2004, 13.95, 384 pp. ISBN: 0373802048 When Risa was about to be born, her father Lord Rygehil, desperate to save the life of his beloved wife Jocosa, receives shelter from a storm from the evil sorcerer Euberacon. However, for his hospitality, the malevolent one demands payment placing a curse on the newborn daughter. Euberacon vowed to collect the debt when the baby was old enough. That baby is of an age for Euberacon to demand re...
Kingdom Of Cages
Chena Trust has landed with her family on Pandora, a planet where they hope to make a new life. This environmental utopia is divided into primitive villages and domed cities, both designed to protect the environment. Unfortunately, the rest of the galaxy is suffering from a "diversity crisis" which is quickly killing them all off. They've threatened to destroy Pandora unless the Pandorans help them find a cure. The cure, thinks many Pandorans, may be fou...
The Firebird's Vengeance
Tor, August 2004, 27.95, 416 pp. ISBN 076530126 The Nine Elders of Hung-Tse called their guardian the Firebird to help them when their enemy Isavalta threatened to invade their kingdom. The Empress Medeoan using powerful magic managed to cage the Firebird for thirty years but upon her death the spell broke freeing the Firebird. The angry guardian vowed vengeance on both kingdoms. He flew to Hung-Tse and killed the nine elders, plunging the cou...

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The Quiet Invasion
Warner, Mar 2001, 6.99, 478 pp. ISBN: 0446609412 Dr. Helen Failia refuses to accept that her dream of a permanent colony on Venus seems doomed especially after the difficult but successful establishment of Venera. Though human descendants now have been born in the orbiting city, most earthlings believe humanizing the greenhouse planet is futile because it is too costly to conquer the ultra-hostile environment. Helen's few allies have their ...
The Usurper's Crown
Tor, April 2003, 27.95, 528 pp. ISBN 0312874421 When it is discovered that the princess and heir of Isavalta is a sorceress, the emperor and empress ask the powerful sorcerer Avanasy to teach her how to use her powers. Over the years the two become friends until a political marriage is arranged to Kacha, the nephew of the king of Hastinapura. The princess falls in love with him, but Avanasy warns her that he is treacherous and not to be trusted...


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