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Mercedes Lackey

Autor(a) de Arrows of the Queen

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About the Author

Fantasy fiction author Mercedes Richie Lackey was born in Chicago on June 24, 1950, and she received a B.S. from Purdue University in 1972. She is also a professional lyricist and has rehabilitated raptors. Lackey started writing her own short stories when her favorite science fiction and fantasy mostrar mais authors weren't producing new books fast enough for her. She began writing professionally with the encouragement of author C. J. Cherryh, whom Lackey had met at a science fiction convention. Many of Lackey's books, including the Queen's Own trilogy, the Vows and Honor series, Valdemar: family Spies, and the Last Herald-Mage and Mage Winds trilogies, take place in the imaginary world of Valdemar. She has authored numerous series, including the Bardic Voices series and a series of occult mysteries featuring Diana Tregarde, a modern-day witch. Lackey enjoys collaborating and has co-written books with authors such as C.J. Cherryh, Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mark Shepherd, and Ru Emerson. Her title Redoubt made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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(eng) Ms. Lackey has written/edited books with others. Some of those are listed with both names. Do not combine those dual listings with this author page. Thank you.

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Obras por Mercedes Lackey

Arrows of the Queen (1987) 3,873 exemplares
Magic's Pawn (1989) 3,716 exemplares
Arrow's Flight (1987) 3,240 exemplares
Magic's Price (1990) 3,240 exemplares
Magic's Promise (1990) 3,201 exemplares
Arrow's Fall (1988) 3,170 exemplares
Winds of Fate (1991) 3,033 exemplares
By the Sword (1991) 2,956 exemplares
Winds of Change (1992) 2,785 exemplares
Winds of Fury (1993) 2,747 exemplares
The Black Gryphon (1994) 2,717 exemplares
The Oathbound (1988) 2,711 exemplares
Storm Warning (1994) 2,593 exemplares
Take a Thief (2001) 2,524 exemplares
Oathbreakers (1989) 2,502 exemplares
Storm Rising (1995) 2,495 exemplares
Storm Breaking (1996) 2,438 exemplares
The Fairy Godmother (2004) 2,433 exemplares
The White Gryphon (1995) 2,406 exemplares
The Elvenbane (1991) 2,363 exemplares
Brightly Burning (2000) 2,351 exemplares
Oathblood (1998) 2,239 exemplares
The Silver Gryphon (1996) 2,227 exemplares
Owlflight (1997) 2,211 exemplares
Exile's Honor (2002) 2,204 exemplares
Owlsight (1998) — Autor — 2,062 exemplares
Exile's Valor (2003) 2,018 exemplares
The Serpent's Shadow (2001) 2,007 exemplares
The Ship Who Searched (1992) 1,977 exemplares
The Fire Rose (1995) 1,938 exemplares
Owlknight (1999) 1,891 exemplares
The Outstretched Shadow (2003) 1,862 exemplares
The Gates of Sleep (2002) 1,787 exemplares
Elvenblood (1995) 1,733 exemplares
Joust (2003) 1,728 exemplares
The Black Swan (1999) 1,717 exemplares
Phoenix and Ashes (2004) 1,714 exemplares
The Lark and the Wren (1992) 1,661 exemplares
One Good Knight (2006) 1,562 exemplares
Foundation (2008) 1,559 exemplares
Burning Water (1989) 1,557 exemplares
The Wizard of London (2005) 1,539 exemplares
Children of the Night (1990) 1,488 exemplares
Alta (2004) 1,457 exemplares
To Light a Candle (2004) 1,393 exemplares
Firebird (1996) 1,372 exemplares
Fortune's Fool (2007) 1,299 exemplares
Reserved for the Cat (2007) 1,285 exemplares
Sanctuary (2005) 1,246 exemplares
When Darkness Falls (2006) 1,208 exemplares
Jinx High (1991) 1,184 exemplares
The Robin and the Kestrel (1993) 1,133 exemplares
Elvenborn (2002) 1,080 exemplares
The Eagle and the Nightingales (1995) 1,039 exemplares
Four & Twenty Blackbirds (1991) 1,036 exemplares
Sun in Glory and Other Tales of Valdemar (2003) — Editor — 1,030 exemplares
Aerie (2007) 1,006 exemplares
Intrigues (2010) 980 exemplares
The Snow Queen (2008) 975 exemplares
If I Pay Thee Not in Gold (1993) 957 exemplares
Sacred Ground (1994) 945 exemplares
Beyond World's End (2000) 936 exemplares
Bedlam's Bard (1991) 913 exemplares
Rediscovery (1993) 908 exemplares
Born to Run (1992) 862 exemplares
Knight of Ghosts and Shadows (1990) 850 exemplares
The Shadow Of The Lion (2002) 842 exemplares
Tiger Burning Bright (1995) 834 exemplares
Spirits White as Lightning (2001) 824 exemplares
Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar (2005) — Editor; Contribuidor — 814 exemplares
The Phoenix Unchained (2007) 803 exemplares
Fiddler Fair (1989) 796 exemplares
Changes (2011) 794 exemplares
The Sleeping Beauty (2010) 786 exemplares
WereHunter (1999) 775 exemplares
The Last Herald-Mage (1990) 772 exemplares
Beauty and the Werewolf (2011) 723 exemplares
Wheels of Fire (1992) 700 exemplares
A Cast of Corbies (1994) 691 exemplares
The Valdemar Companion (1990) — Contribuidor — 683 exemplares
Mad Maudlin (2003) 675 exemplares
Unnatural Issue (2011) 671 exemplares
Chrome Circle (1994) 666 exemplares
Winter Moon (3-in-1) (2005) 665 exemplares
Redoubt (2012) 655 exemplares
Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar (2008) — Editor; Contribuidor — 602 exemplares
When the Bough Breaks (1993) 586 exemplares
The Phoenix Endangered (2008) 576 exemplares
Hunter (2015) 575 exemplares
Castle of Deception (1992) 574 exemplares
Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit (2009) 559 exemplares
Summoned to Tourney (1992) 554 exemplares
Bastion (2013) 552 exemplares
This Scepter'd Isle (2004) 549 exemplares
Home from the Sea (2012) 544 exemplares
The Wizard of Karres (2004) 526 exemplares
Closer to Home (2014) 524 exemplares
Changing the World: All-New Tales of Valdemar (2009) — Editor — 521 exemplares
The Chrome Borne (1999) 517 exemplares
Music to My Sorrow (2005) 509 exemplares
This Rough Magic (2003) 501 exemplares
Steadfast (2013) — Autor — 463 exemplares
Fortress of Frost and Fire (1993) 458 exemplares
In Celebration of Lammas Night (1996) 437 exemplares
Charmed Destinies [Anthology 3-in-1] (2003) — Autor — 435 exemplares
Blood Red (2014) 429 exemplares
The Phoenix Transformed (2009) 426 exemplares
The Free Bards (Bardic Voices) (1997) 418 exemplares
The Otherworld (2000) 418 exemplares
Closer to the Heart (2015) 400 exemplares
Ill Met by Moonlight (2005) 386 exemplares
Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar (2010) — Editor — 383 exemplares
Prison of Souls (1993) 376 exemplares
Legacies (2010) 364 exemplares
Bedlam's Edge (2005) — Editor, Contributor — 354 exemplares
From a High Tower (2015) 348 exemplares
The Hills Have Spies (2018) 345 exemplares
Closer to the Chest (2016) 332 exemplares
Harvest Moon (2010) — Contribuidor — 320 exemplares
A Study in Sable (2016) — Autor — 318 exemplares
The House of the Four Winds (2014) 304 exemplares
Under the Vale and Other Tales of Valdemar (2011) — Editor — 301 exemplares
Trio of Sorcery (2010) 297 exemplares
Invasion (2011) 285 exemplares
By Slanderous Tongues (2007) 284 exemplares
Reap the Whirlwind (1989) 276 exemplares
Elite (2016) 273 exemplares
Eye Spy (2019) — Autor — 269 exemplares
Crown of Vengeance (2012) 263 exemplares
Flights of Fantasy (1999) 263 exemplares
A Scandal in Battersea (2017) 259 exemplares
Elemental Magic (2012) — Editor, Contributor — 246 exemplares
Brain Ships (2003) — Autor — 244 exemplares
No True Way: All-New Tales of Valdemar (2014) — Editor; Contribuidor — 239 exemplares
Beyond (2021) — Autor — 239 exemplares
The Bartered Brides (2018) 238 exemplares
Elementary (2013) — Editor, Contributor — 237 exemplares
Spy, Spy Again (2020) 228 exemplares
And Less Than Kind (2008) 227 exemplares
The River's Gift (1999) 215 exemplares
Crucible: All-New Tales of Valdemar (2015) — Editor — 192 exemplares
Much Fall of Blood (2010) 188 exemplares
Conspiracies (2011) — Autor — 187 exemplares
Apex (2017) 184 exemplares
The Case of the Spellbound Child (2019) 180 exemplares
Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar (2016) — Editor — 171 exemplares
Jolene (2020) 164 exemplares
Dead Reckoning (2012) 159 exemplares
Briarheart (2021) 151 exemplares
Into the West (2022) — Autor — 150 exemplares
Pathways: All-New Tales of Valdemar (2017) — Editor; Contribuidor — 136 exemplares
World Divided (2012) 127 exemplares
A Tangled Web (2010) 125 exemplares
Sacrifices (2013) 120 exemplares
The Silver Bullets of Annie Oakley (2022) 118 exemplares
Choices: All-New Tales of Valdemar (2018) — Editor; Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
Burdens of the Dead (2013) 104 exemplares
Passages (2020) 100 exemplares
Arcanum 101: Welcome New Students (2012) — Autor — 100 exemplares
Silence (2016) 96 exemplares
Blade of Empire (2017) 91 exemplares
Victories (2014) 82 exemplares
Dragon's Teeth (2013) 74 exemplares
Magic 101 (2014) 67 exemplares
Revolution (2014) 65 exemplares
Gryphon in Light (2023) 64 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2016 (2016) — Editor — 63 exemplares
Shenanigans (2022) 62 exemplares
The Waters and the Wild (2013) 52 exemplares
Reboots (2012) 47 exemplares
Breaking Silence (2020) 40 exemplares
Collision (2014) 39 exemplares
Grey's Ghost (1999) 35 exemplares
A Host of Furious Fancies (2012) 34 exemplares
Once Upon a Tale (2011) 33 exemplares
Stoned Souls (2006) 31 exemplares
Killer Byte (1994) 31 exemplares
Stolen Silver (Valdemar) (1991) 29 exemplares
On the Other Side (Valdemar) (2010) 28 exemplares
Nightside (1990) 28 exemplares
Satanic, Versus (1990) 28 exemplares
SKitty (1991) 28 exemplares
The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy (1990) 27 exemplares
Grey (1997) 27 exemplares
Sword Sworn (1985) 26 exemplares
Tail of Two SKittys (1994) 24 exemplares
Once Upon a Tale, Volume 2 (2012) 23 exemplares
Avalanche (2017) 21 exemplares
A Better Mousetrap (1999) 20 exemplares
Dragon in Distress (2010) 20 exemplares
SCat (1996) 18 exemplares
Halfblood Chronicles (1 to 3) (1997) 18 exemplares
Fierce: Sixteen Authors of Fantasy (2014) — Autor — 18 exemplares
Shipscat Collection (2012) 11 exemplares
Valdemar (2023) — Autor — 11 exemplares
Aliens Ate My Pickup (1998) 11 exemplares
Last Rights (1993) 11 exemplares
Balance (1988) 11 exemplares
The Cup and the Cauldron (1992) 10 exemplares
The Princess, the Dragon, and the Frog Prince (2012) — Autor — 10 exemplares
Exemplar (2014) 10 exemplares
Diabolical Streak (2014) 9 exemplares
Wings of Fire [short story] (1991) 9 exemplares
Dance Track (1989) 8 exemplares
Poetic License (Darkover) (1994) 8 exemplares
Set a Thief (Darkover Series) (2010) 8 exemplares
Moving Targets [novelette] (2008) 8 exemplares
Strike a Pose (2011) 8 exemplares
The Talisman (Vows and Honor) (1990) 8 exemplares
Scam Artistry (2011) 7 exemplares
Keys [novelette] (1988) 7 exemplares
Sgian Dubh (2011) 7 exemplares
Friendly Fire {short story} (1993) 7 exemplares
Jihad (1993) 6 exemplares
The Last of the Season (1987) 6 exemplares
Small Print (1994) 6 exemplares
Elvenbred 6 exemplares
Lovers, Lore & Loss (1995) 6 exemplares
White Bird (2011) 5 exemplares
Once And Future (1995) 5 exemplares
Operation Desert Fox (1993) 5 exemplares
Wet Wings (1995) 5 exemplares
The Simple Gifts (Short story) (2014) 5 exemplares
Object Lesson (Darkover) (2010) 5 exemplares
Finding the Path [short story] (2014) 5 exemplares
Hallowmas Night (2010) 4 exemplares
Dumb Feast (1993) 3 exemplares
Roadkill (1990) 3 exemplares
The Secret World War 3 exemplares
A Tail of Two SKittys 3 exemplares
After Midnight 2 exemplares
Thrice Bound 2 exemplares
The Red Sea 2 exemplares
Out Of The Deep 2 exemplares
Thicker Than Water (2010) 2 exemplares
Blue Heart (1997) 2 exemplares
Bull God 2 exemplares
Sun & Shadow (2005) 2 exemplares
Run Silent, Run Deep 2 exemplares
Mercedes Lackey Mixed Prepak (1993) 2 exemplares
Navy Seal 1 exemplar
Prepak-Merecedes Lackey-16cy (1990) 1 exemplar
Werehunter [novelette] (1989) 1 exemplar
Freedom Flight 1 exemplar
Turnabout [novelette] (1986) 1 exemplar
Reboots | Diabolical Streak (2017) 1 exemplar
Sun in Glory [novelette] (2003) 1 exemplar
The Fire Bird 1 exemplar
Sword of Ice [short story] (1997) 1 exemplar
Grey Eminence {ss} 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Ring of Fire I (2004) — Contribuidor — 670 exemplares
Catfantastic (1989) — Contribuidor — 547 exemplares
Free Amazons of Darkover (1985) — Contribuidor — 516 exemplares
Sword and Sorceress III (1986) — Contribuidor — 511 exemplares
Sword and Sorceress IV (1987) — Contribuidor — 400 exemplares
The Dragon Quintet (2003) — Contribuidor — 377 exemplares
Sword and Sorceress V (1988) — Contribuidor — 359 exemplares
Sword and Sorceress X (1993) — Contribuidor — 356 exemplares
Domains of Darkover (1990) — Contribuidor — 343 exemplares
Sword and Sorceress IX (1992) — Contribuidor — 322 exemplares
Renunciates of Darkover (1991) — Contribuidor — 320 exemplares
Snows of Darkover (1994) — Contribuidor — 317 exemplares
Sword and Sorceress VII (1990) — Contribuidor — 315 exemplares
Festival Moon (1987) — Contribuidor — 307 exemplares
Sword and Sorceress VIII (1991) — Contribuidor — 304 exemplares
Sword and Sorceress VI (1990) — Contribuidor — 302 exemplares
Sword and Sorceress XII (1995) — Contribuidor — 301 exemplares
DAW 30th Anniversary Fantasy Anthology (2002) — Collaborator — 300 exemplares
Catfantastic III (1994) — Contribuidor — 289 exemplares
Honor of the Regiment (1993) — Contribuidor, algumas edições288 exemplares
Fever Season (1987) — Contribuidor — 279 exemplares
Agent of Vega & Other Stories [11-story collection] (2001) — Prefácio — 274 exemplares
Catfantastic IV (1996) — Contribuidor — 271 exemplares
Grails: Quests of the Dawn (1992) — Contribuidor — 233 exemplares
Murder by Magic: Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural (2004) — Contribuidor — 232 exemplares
Troubled Waters (1988) — Contribuidor — 221 exemplares
Tales of the Witch World (1987) — Contribuidor — 218 exemplares
Catfantastic V (1999) — Contribuidor — 212 exemplares
Games Creatures Play (2014) — Contribuidor — 195 exemplares
Divine Right (1989) — Contribuidor — 192 exemplares
The Sword of Knowledge (1995) — Autor — 192 exemplares
Smuggler's Gold (1988) — Contribuidor — 188 exemplares
Sisters in Fantasy 2 (1996) — Contribuidor — 185 exemplares
Winds of Change: The Blood of Ten Chiefs Vol.3 (1989) — Contribuidor, algumas edições174 exemplares
Horse Fantastic (1991) — Contribuidor — 174 exemplares
Flood Tide (1990) — Contribuidor — 171 exemplares
Endgame (1991) — Contribuidor — 166 exemplares
The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine Vol. 1 (1994) — Contribuidor — 150 exemplares
Treasures of Fantasy (1997) — Contribuidor — 141 exemplares
Against the Wind (Blood of Ten Chiefs, No 4) (1990) — Autor, algumas edições141 exemplares
Serve It Forth: Cooking with Anne McCaffrey (1996) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
The Best of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine Vol. 2 (1995) — Contribuidor — 136 exemplares
Spell Singers (1988) — Contribuidor — 131 exemplares
A Magic-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (1998) — Contribuidor — 131 exemplares
Ring of Fire III (2011) — Contribuidor — 131 exemplares
Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern (2013) — Contribuidor — 125 exemplares
Alternate Warriors (1993) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
Excalibur (1995) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian (2003) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
Witches' Brew (2002) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
Battlestations (2011) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
Dinosaur Fantastic (1993) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Magic in Ithkar 3 (1986) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
Witches: Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful (2012) — Contribuidor — 114 exemplares
Magical Beginnings (2003) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
A Fantastic Holiday Season: The Gift of Stories (2014) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
The Best of the Bolos : Their Finest Hour (2010) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
Legends of Red Sonja (2014) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs (2013) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Deals with the Devil (1994) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
Sword and Sorceress XXIII (2008) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Women Writing Science Fiction as Men (2003) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
A Quest-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (2002) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Christmas Ghosts (1993) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush (2016) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
By Any Other Fame (1994) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
A Cosmic Christmas (2012) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
By Tooth and Claw (2015) — Contribuidor, algumas edições32 exemplares
Space Cadets (2006) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Swords Against Darkness (2016) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
The New Roger Caras Treasury of Great Cat Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Music of Darkover (2013) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Grails: Quests, Visitations and Other Occurrences (1992) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
The Best of Galaxy's Edge 2013-2014 (2014) — Contribuidor, algumas edições; Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Sword and Sorceress 32 (2017) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
When the Villain Comes Home (2012) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
I signori di Darkover (1993) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Sword and Sorceress 34 (2019) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Streets of Blood: Vampire Stories from New York City (1998) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Galactic Games (2016) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 2, May 2013 (2013) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
StoryBundle: The Crossing Worlds YA Bundle — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology (2018) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
When the Hero Comes Home: 2 (Volume 2) (2013) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Free Stories 2020 — Contribuidor, algumas edições1 exemplar


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Lackey, Mercedes Ritchie
Outros nomes
Lackey, Misty
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locais de residência
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Purdue University (grad. 1972)
Dixon, Larry (husband)
American Airlines (IT ∙ previous employment)
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Ball-jointed doll community
Prémios e menções honrosas
Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award (2021)
Nota de desambiguação
Ms. Lackey has written/edited books with others. Some of those are listed with both names. Do not combine those dual listings with this author page. Thank you.



Short story - Fantasy Feast for the dead em Name that Book (Agosto 26)
Mercedes Lackey series' em FantasyFans (Julho 2018)
Fantasy - probably YA Dragons em Name that Book (Março 2018)
Tales of the 500 Kingdoms em Fairy Tales Retold (Julho 2011)


The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey offers a gaslit mashup of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella with salamanders and sylphs. As a bonus, you get an evil butler who is into the sex and drug trade. The novel is set in San Francisco just before the quake but provides less local color than I wanted. Lackey has a readable style and a likable heroine, even though she carries laudanum in her pocket just in case she feels like suicide today. Finally, there are just too many lapses of logic, detail, and (even for the nineties) political correctness.… (mais)
Tom-e | 35 outras críticas | Dec 6, 2023 |
The third book in the Founding of Valdemar series brings the Companions and the first Heralds. Kordas has stopped being able to dodge the will of his people and has been crowned King. He is the sort of man who is always thinking and planning for the good of his people in this new and dangerous land. With the Tayledras withdrawing to cleanse new parts of a Pelagirs, Kordas is concerned about his people's future.

Kordas feels that he and his son won't be tempted to form their kingdom into an empire with all the abuses he fled to get to this new land. But he worries about his future descendants and petitions the gods for some sort of solution. The arrival of the Companions is an answer to that prayer. And the answer is timely because an Adept is planning to take over Valdemar and has an army of magical creatures at her disposal.

I enjoyed this epic fantasy which had great worldbuilding. There is interesting magic and huge magical battles. There was a pair of cursed lovers whose story winds its way through many of the later Valdemar stories in the songs of the Bards. And there are also small things like grieving the loss of a cat. I enjoyed the people in the story and their trials in building a new world.

This was engaging epic fantasy whether you are new to world of Valdemar or someone like me who has been reading in that world for more than thirty years.
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kmartin802 | 1 outra crítica | Nov 25, 2023 |
This is a collection of short stories and novelettes published in 1999. The title story is taken from an anthology of stories set in Andre Norton's "Witchworld" and references events in Norton's Year of the Unicorn. I found it a bit predictable and derivative. Four stories centre around a space cat in a future where cats have been engineered to be more intelligent, to be loyal to a handler and given paws more like a racoon's so as to be able to manipulate objects. They are probably nice stories for cat lovers, but I found a few implausible aspects which made it hard to suspend my disbelief such as, if these cats are so valuable that they are leased by the company which creates them, why would they allow kittens to be sold off by the leasees without at least having a financial interest in them? And the premise introduced in the first story, that a newly contacted alien race has been beset for their whole history by a parasitical insectoid species with no natural predator, for me pulled the rug out from under all four stories - the parasites are native to the planet and the intelligent bipeds they beset have not wiped out their natural predator, parasite or disease, so the idea that nothing has evolved to put any curb on their numbers was too incredible. I couldn't believe that there could be a creature which nothing would have used as a food source, especially if the parasites were as plentiful as suggested. It also didn't help that there were a number of changed premises and/or continuity errors between stories, such as a character changing their mind about going back to space when they had been keen to do so, between story 2 and 3 - this was eventually handled by there being a job incentive mentioned in story 4 - and the alien city being spotlessly clean because the bipeds keep it so to try to deprive the parasites of food sources - but then by the end of the sequence it is the parasites themselves who keep the place clean. Small points, but when the stories are read back to back they stand out and 'niggle'.

Having said all that, the stories in the collection do, by and large, improve in the second half. Although there is a huge backstory/info dump in 'Operation Desert Fox', the idea of an intelligent AI-controlled tank and its relationship with its unusual driver, based on their mutual love of the history of WWII German General Rommel, was engaging. 'Satanic, Versus' was a nicely light-hearted romp about a witch who is also a crack shot and her vampire sidekick, attending a Halloweed party as Mrs Peel and Steed from the (British show) "The Avengers". 'Stolen Silver' was a rare Valdemar short story, set in Karse - I think a whole novel could have been developed around that idea and lead character. And the last two stories, 'Grey' and 'Grey's Ghost', set in Victorian London, featured a working class East End girl called Nan, and her friendship with the daughter of African missionaries, the said daughter staying at an unusual school. The background of Indian colonial influences and, in the second story, fraudulent mediums, was engaging and the stories were well written and had some good character development, especially of Nan. So these better stories brought up the level of the collection as a whole and it balances out at a respectable 3 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 7 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
I read 'By the Sword' before this book - which begins when the two protagonists of this series are older women - and liked both characters, especially the swordswoman Tarma, so decided to give this a try. I had originally decided to give it away after finding Lackey's Last Herald Mage series full of angsty wallow and sadomasocism, but was pleasantly surprised to find 'By the Sword' a workmanlike fantasy - with various flaws as I mentioned in my review, but still interesting. So I was expecting something similar from this book and wanted to read about the earlier lives of these two characters.

Unfortunately I was somewhat disappointed. Firstly, this book starts off when the two characters have already met - their origin story was published in a volume of the Sword and Sorceress series. That is rather odd - it isn't unusual for science fiction or fantasy novels to start off as short stories published in SF/F magazines, which are either expanded subsequently or else have other segments added on - Anne McCaffrey's DragonFlight, for example, where the opening 'Weyr Search' story won a Hugo award in its own right, or Vonday McIntyre's 'Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand' which won a Nebula award and appeared in a couple of collections of short stories, but still became the first part of her novel 'Dreamsnake'. So it is odd that the story of how the two main characters met is not reprinted here, though the events it covers are mentioned sufficiently that it's possible to work out the rough sequence.

Tarma is a plains warrior whose tribe had been wiped out by bandits. She had pledged herself to the tribal warrior goddess in her quest for vengeance and now is a superb fighter, who has been trained by the spirits of various deceased members of her tribe. Kethry is a mage from the White Winds school whose ethos is to travel while they are Journeymen until they develop the power and abilities necessary to progress to Master level whereupon they usually set up their own mage school. Somehow - and this is where it would have been useful for that original story to be included - she became bonded with a magic sword, Need, which works for women but not against women and has a tendency to force her to go to the aid of women who are endangered. In that first story, the two women apparently ended up bonded magically by the goddess and, because Tarma's vows make her "asexual" Kethry agrees to rebuild Tamra's tribe by eventually having as many kids as she can manage.

Slightly odd but I knew from reading 'By the Sword' that eventually she went on to have seven children whom the two women brought up and who formed the core group of the tribe, going on to marry people in other tribes who then joined, plus their eventual reputation etc lead orphans from other tribes to join. By the time of that later novel, the tribe is back up to strength and is wealthy from breeding the superb horses for which the tribes are famed.

This book, however, doesn't get the two far towards that goal. It is rather oddly structured with some episodic tales of how they become involved in a few incidents where Kethry is forced to answer Need's drive - a woman who is accused of her husband's murder in a classic "locked room" mystery, for example. But in at least some cases, the build up is there but then in a very odd structural quirk, the story then switches to afterwards, where the characters are sitting around with friends in a pub, discussing what has happened - the dramatic scene the reader didn't get to see - and congratulating each other on their legal expertise or whatever which resolved the problem. So that was one rather odd aspect of it. There was, in fact, quite a lot of exposition and people discussing and telling each other things rather than showing it dramatically: a tendency which was a little problem in 'By the Sword' but seems a big feature here.

There is also a large and disturbing aspect which might be a trigger warning for some readers. This book has a lot of rape - not described in detail, but it is there as a constant theme. Kethry had suffered it from an abusive husband - eventually she tells Tarma about it in a conversation. Tarma herself had apparently been gang raped by the murderers of her tribe, and in this story ends up having the same done again. But even odder she - and it seems Kethry - get over it in no time with no apparent lasting trauma. The only ones who don't are the poor young girls abducted by murderers and, very oddly, part of the retribution the two protagonists dish out is to put a glamour (spell of illusion) on the chief murderer so that he will end up subjected to the same treatment by his surviving men. This turns out to be a bad move on their part. And there is some very odd stuff in the last part of the book, also around this theme.

There were some aspects to the book that I liked: the relationship between the two women and the sentient wolf-cat creature who becomes the third member of their team, the details about horses - the author must have real knowledge of them - which are intelligent and trained to be as deadly in battle as their riders - and the friendship the women form with two mercenaries who give them good advice and don't subject them to unwanted advances. So those balancing points are enough to bring the book back up from the one star where it was headed to an overall 2 stars.
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