Search Results: "Mercedes Lackey"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >