Books by R. Garcia y Robertson

R. GARCIA Y ROBERTSON lives in Mt. Vernon, WA.

FIREBIRD by R. Garcia y Robertson
Released: May 16, 2006

"A consummate blend of folklore, magic, history and storytelling, this book is sensual, culturally literate and perfectly pitched."
Toothsome fantasy set in a medieval Russia analogue, from Robertson (White Rose, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
WHITE ROSE by R. Garcia y Robertson
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Sexy, witty adventure against a well-drawn historical background."
Time-travel romance about a high-powered Hollywood exec who moves back to the Wars of the Roses. Read full book review >
LADY ROBYN by R. Garcia y Robertson
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Good, clean entertainment, with plenty of period detail and a healthy dose of modern irony."
Garcia y Robertson's latest historical (after Knight Errant, 2001, etc.), this set in 1460s England during the War of the Roses. Read full book review >
KNIGHT ERRANT by R. Garcia y Robertson
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Robyn winds up making history instead of movies, and RGyR's time-travelers will be all the happier for it."
This historical fantasist has taken readers to the spirit world of Native Americans to Atlantis in the Bronze Age to Mesozoic dinosaurs (The Moon Maid: and Other Fantastic Adventures, 1998), and to witchcraft in 16th-century Scotland (The Spiral Dance, 1991). Now. . . . Read full book review >
THE MOON MAID by R. Garcia y Robertson
Released: March 23, 1998

A first collection from the author of The Spiral Dance (1991) gathers eight substantial tales, 198996, ranging from historical fantasy to far-future science fiction. In the historical department: Gypsies travel through time using Tarot cards in order to rescue their kindred from persecution (by the Nazis, the Inquisition, etc.) and a handsome profit by retrieving otherwise doomed works of art; a cultured Chinese girl and her allies outwit a mendacious, grasping senator in 19th-century San Francisco; an Amazon warrior, duty-bound to kill a man-eating lion, meets Hercules; a Christian Norse warrior contends with a dreadful Swedish god; and a young Crow girl, who must claim a Sioux scalp in order for her beloved brother to rest in peace, gets involved in the battle of Little Big Horn. More science fictionally, a scientific team disappears on a terraformed planet overrun by angry Neanderthals; and lost tourists, doglike aliens, vampires, and crazy VR role-playing gamesters mix it up on the Moon. Impressively diverse and impeccably crafted, but also blandly unmemorable, with little significance beyond what's immediately obvious. Read full book review >
THE SPIRAL DANCE by R. Garcia y Robertson
Released: Oct. 22, 1991

An exemplary historical fantasy, re-creating the colorful landscape of 16th-century Scotland with dashes of witchcraft and lycanthropy. Anne Percy, Countess of Northumberland, joins her husband Tom and his allies when they rebel against the Protestant absolutism of Queen Elizabeth. Among other things, the northern nobles reject the new religion imposed by the Tudors; they remain loyal to the Catholic faith. But the revolt quickly bogs down, and the rebels must flee into Scotland, where they take refuge among the feuding, lawless Scottish clans. Betrayal follows betrayal; Tom is sold off to the English; and Anne barely escapes herself, aided by an ancient Scottish witch and an amorous werewolf, Jock of the Syde. Anne's wanderings carry her from castle to hovel to dungeon, across Scotland to the northern Isles and finally to the Ends of the Earth. While she retains her faith in the Virgin Mary, her experiences among the Scots make Anne far more sympathetic to the even older pagan rites she encounters there. Here's a novel that harbors none of the romantic misconceptions of history typical of most historical fantasies: this Scotland is bleak, dirty, and rough; life is hard and poor, but an authentic sensual joy lives beneath the squalid surface. Garcia y Robertson peoples his convincing historical background with believable, well-rounded characters, and neatly links Anne's personal odyssey with actual events. A fine novel for anyone interested in history or fantasy, and surely the most promising debut of the year. Read full book review >