Books by Mercedes Lackey

ELITE by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Avoiding second-volume sag with plenty of charisma, this outing proves to be a satisfying read that takes the baton neatly from the first and leaves readers ready for more. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Following the events of Hunter (2015), now that she's become an Elite, Joy knows she's in for more high-stakes danger and will be facing more dangerous Othersiders than before. Read full book review >
HUNTER by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Captivating, dynamic, well-paced, and thrilling. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Joyeaux Charmand is a young Hunter, chosen from her village to join the Hunter corps of Apex, protecting its Cits from the Othersiders—fantastical, menacing creatures—and also protecting the secrets and people of her village back home. Read full book review >
VICTORIES by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"A smart and snarky finale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Spirit White and her mage schoolmates prepare for a battle royal in this energetic series ender. Read full book review >
SACRIFICES by Mercedes Lackey
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2013

"Combat classes, propagandistic emails and the disappearance of students create a bleak read more reminiscent of The Hunger Games than Hogwarts. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Boarding school students prepare for war, but the enemy may already be among them in this tense teen fantasy, third in the Shadow Grail series. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A fantasy fanatic's feast."
Lackey and Mallory (The Phoenix Transformed, 2009, etc.) begin another speculative allegorical series with the chronicle of Elven Queen Vieliessar of Farcarinon. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2012

"A novel take on historical fiction that nevertheless disappoints. (Paranormal historical fiction. 10 & up)"
A post-Civil War tale follows an unlikely trio of teens that unites to fight zombies. Read full book review >
CONSPIRACIES by Mercedes Lackey
FANTASY
Released: July 5, 2011

"A diverting if trivial read; it could have been so much more. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Paranoid speculations prove to be sensible strategy in the second entry of this fantasy series. Read full book review >
LEGACIES by Mercedes Lackey
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2010

"A competently crafted fantasy that should satisfy all but the most exacting fans of the genre. (Urban fantasy. YA)"
Imagine attending Hogwarts...but the school seems designed to murder you. Read full book review >
ELVENBORN by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Better than 1995's Elvenblood but far from over."
Norton and Lackey add to their swelling, long-gestated epic fantasy begun with The Elvenbane (1991). Read full book review >
SPIRITS WHITE AS LIGHTNING by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Harmonizing with an Irish jauntiness, Lackey and Edghill jam each page with a spirit-crushing good humor that solves one of Life's Great Mysteries about grinding out sorcery series: know your elfin addicts."
Lackey, well known for using various collaborators for her Heralds of Valdemar and Bardic Voices series (Brightly Burning, 2000), joins forces with Edghill once again (Beyond World's End), this time for the fifth installment of Lackey's Bedlam's Bard series. Read full book review >
THE SERPENT’S SHADOW by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 6, 2001

"A promising start, with plenty of solid period detail and a splash of feminism, but disappointingly developed, with a thin, poorly motivated plot and a showdown that just hangs out to dry."
Snow White variant set in Edwardian London, from the author of Brightly Burning (2000), etc. Dr Maya Witherspoon, her Indian mother dead, her English father mysteriously killed by snakebite, sets up a practice in London, having fled the vengeful fury of her aunt Shivani, a magic-powered devotee of Kali. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW OF THE LION by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2001

"Tor should get fantasists who write with this straightforward strength and avoid broadstrokes through heavy cream."
Supercolossal New Age fantasy set in 1537 Venice. Read full book review >
BEYOND WORLD’S END by Mercedes Lackey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Glacially slow and mostly vacuous: strictly for series addicts."
Addition to an established series, the Bedlam Bards (none reviewed), by Lackey and various collaborators. Read full book review >
BRIGHTLY BURNING by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 8, 2000

"Only Valdemar experts will be able to place this installment chronologically—or want to."
Another of Lackey's fantasy yarns set in Valdemar (Storm Warning, 1994, etc.), a magical kingdom where magic-powered Heralds bond for life with horselike Companions, now facing war with neighboring Karse. Read full book review >
THE RIVER'S GIFT by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 1999

"Fluffy no-brainer evidently aimed at a younger—much younger—fantasy audience."
New fantasy, with few and tiny pages, from the author of The Black Swan (p. 496), etc. Beautiful 15-year-old Ariella of Swan Manor likes to don workaday clothes, run off into the forest, and use her magic gifts to heal sick and injured animals. Read full book review >
THE BLACK SWAN by Mercedes Lackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Lackey's popular, and this one will have its adherents: decorously embroidered and pleasant but, well, feathery."
Another reworking of an Old Russian folk tale (like Firebird, 1996), this one having also inspired the famous music and ballet Swan Lake. Read full book review >
FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Only fans who need everything spelled out in the tiniest detail will stick around."
First hardcover appearance for Lackey's Bardic Voices series (The Eagle and the Nightingales, etc.). Read full book review >
OWLFLIGHT by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Should entertain the more junior and unsuspecting sections of the audience."
Stand-alone Valdemar yarn from the wife-and-husband team (The Silver Gryphon, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
FIREBIRD by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"A pleasant enough diversion aimed at the younger sections of the audience; pity that Lackey didn't inject some modern rigor and logic into the proceedings."
Reworking of an Old Russian folk tale from fantasist Lackey (Sacred Ground, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SILVER GRYPHON by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Standard fare for series regulars."
Third in the Mage Wars trilogy from the wife and husband team. Read full book review >
TIGER BURNING BRIGHT by Marion Zimmer Bradley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"More parsimonious editing and greater attention to detail in the formative stages would've helped considerably with this workmanlike, predictable yarn and its remarkably obtuse bad guys: the authors, notwithstanding their individual accomplishments, strike no sparks together."
When the irresistible armies of the Emperor Balthasar threaten to invade the peaceful, Goddess-worshipping port of Merina, its rulersDowager Queen Adele, Queen Lydana, and princess Shelyradecide to avoid bloodshed and simply submit. Read full book review >
ELVENBLOOD by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"A dreadfully slow start—the first 100-plus pages could have been collapsed into a few paragraphs—but thereafter modestly appealing and involving, if lacking real bite."
Independent sequel to The Elvenbane (1991). Read full book review >
THE WHITE GRYPHON by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1995

"Newcomers to Lackey's fantasy universe are best advised to sample one of her solo novels, but the many fans who follow the series will probably find little to object to in this collaboration with husband Dixon. (12 b&w illustrations by Dixon, not seen)"
The second in a prequel trilogy set roughly a thousand years before the main action in Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series (Storm Warning, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
STORM WARNING by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Non-fans and browsers will simply yawn and pass on."
From Lackey (with Bill Dixon, The Black Gryphon, 1993) a starter for yet another sword-and-sorcery trilogy set, like her Mage Winds books, in Valdemar, though only experts will know where, chronologically, this one fits in. Read full book review >
SACRED GROUND by Mercedes Lackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

Contemporary mystery/fantasy wherein Lackey (The Black Gryphon, etc.) combines an insurance-fraud investigation with Native American magic. Read full book review >
THE BLACK GRYPHON by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Should keep the fans happy but won't tempt many newcomers. (A sequel, The White Gryphon, is promised.)"
Prequel to Lackey's various fantasy series, chronologically set about a millennium before the founding of Valdemar. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1993

"Still, a huge audience is guaranteed."
Inventive but rather superficial fantasy written by Lackey from a summary provided by Anthony, then revised and edited by him. Read full book review >
REDISCOVERY by Marion Zimmer Bradley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 14, 1993

"Dedicated Darkover fans will probably find deep meaning in some of the apparently slight episodes, but for a newcomer to the series, almost any of Bradley's solo novels would be a better introduction."
Bradley (Black Trillium, 1990, etc.) here joins forces with the prolific Lackey (coauthor, The Elvenbane, 1991, etc.) for the long-awaited story of the rediscovery of the lost colony of Darkover, settled by a ship from Earth, but unable to sustain high technology after losing contact with the parent civilization; now, after centuries of isolation, a second wave of exploration from Earth arrives. Read full book review >
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Overall, then, despite shallow characters and a lack of real tension (we never doubt that Shana and friends will succeed), an entertaining adventure."
A collaborative effort from fantasy grande dame Norton and relative newcomer Lackey (the paperback Magic's Price), this tale of magic and intrigue offers a mixture of standard genre elements and an engaging plot. Read full book review >