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Mercedes Lackey

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Pseudonym: Misty Lackey
Born: June 24, 1950
Occupation: novelist, short story writer
Nationality: American
Writing period: 1987 to the present
Genres: fiction
Subjects: fantasy
Influences: Marion Zimmer Bradley
C. J. Cherryh
Andre Norton
Website: Mercedes Lackey's official site

Mercedes Lackey (born June 24, 1950) (also known as Misty Lackey) is a prolific American author of fantasy novels. Many of her novels and trilogies are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth, mostly in and around the country of Valdemar. Her Valdemar novels form a complex tapestry of interaction between human and non-human protagonists with many different cultures and social mores. Image File history File links MLackey. ... A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ... June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 190 days remaining. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A literary genre is one of the divisions of literature into genres according to particular criteria such as literary technique, tone, or content. ... // Fiction (from the Latin fingere, to form, create) is the genre of imaginative prose literature, including novels and short stories. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley (June 3, 1930 – September 25, 1999) was a prolific author of largely feminist fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, and a steadfast encourager of equality (and quality) in writing. ... C. J. Cherryh (born September 1, 1942) is the slightly modified working name of United States science fiction and fantasy author Carolyn Janice Cherry, the sister of artist David A. Cherry. ... Andre Alice Norton (February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005), science fiction and fantasy author (with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction), was born Alice Mary Norton in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. ... June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 190 days remaining. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... Velgarth is a fictional world created by author Mercedes Lackey, and is the setting for the Valdemar Universe series of books. ... Several kings in Denmark and Sweden were named Valdemar: Valdemar I of Sweden Valdemar I of Denmark (Valdemar the Great) Valdemar II of Denmark (Valdemar the Victorious) Valdemar III of Denmark Valdemar IV of Denmark (Valdemar Atterdag) The fictional country of Valdemar is the setting for a number of books... Mores are strongly held norms or customs. ...


The other main world in which she writes is one much like our own, but also populated by elves, mages, vampires, and other mythical beings. Some of the interlocking series in this world are the Diana Tregarde thrillers, the SERRAted Edge books about racecar-driving elves, and the Bedlam's Bard books, describing a young man with the power to work incredible magics through music. While the SERRAted Edge and Bedlam's Bard series are still in progress, she has declined to write further Diana Tregarde stories because of low sales. Lackey received harassment from a small but determined number of fans over the decision. She claims that the trouble escalated to the point where she and her husband received death threats and were temporarily forced to suspend their fandom activities. She resumed attending conventions by 2004.


There is a Mercedes Lackey fan group on Usenet. The fanclub, the "Queen's Own", is named after Herald Talia's position in her books. Usenet (USEr NETwork) is a global, distributed Internet discussion system that evolved from a general purpose UUCP network of the same name. ...


Her earlier Velgarth novels are all solo projects, but later volumes in the Valdemar saga are illustrated by her husband Larry Dixon, and in many of her latest works he is also credited as co-author. Many of her other novels are collaborations. She has worked with fantasy genre giants Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Piers Anthony, and most recently has written The Obsidian Trilogy with historian James Mallory and a historical fantasy series based on Elizabeth I with romance writer Roberta Gellis. Larry Dixon, artist and novelist, not be confused with Larry Dixon the senator or Larry Dixon the race car driver, is a classically trained artist with a diverse and adventurous history. ...

Contents

Biography

Mercedes' birth in 1950 prevented her father from being called to fight in the Korean War. Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders...


She places her meeting with science fiction at age 10 or 11, when she happened to pick up her father's copy of James H. Schmitz's Agent of Vega. She then read Andre Norton's Beast Master and Lord of Thunder, and continued to read all of Norton's works. (Mercedes notes with chagrined amusement the difficulties of obtaining enough interesting books from the public library to sate her passion for reading.) She wrote for herself but without real direction or purpose, up until she went to college. She attended Purdue University and graduated in 1972. While there, she took a one-on-one class of English Literature Independent Studies with a professor who was a fellow sci-fi fan. He helped her analyze books she enjoyed and then use that knowledge. Mercedes then encountered fan fiction, which further encouraged her writing. She began publishing work in fanzines, and then discovered filk and had some filk lyrics published by Off Centaur Publications. She submitted a story to Sword and Sorceress, then sold the rewritten story to Fantasy Book Magazine. Her first sale was to Friends of Darkover. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Andre Alice Norton (February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005), science fiction and fantasy author (with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction), was born Alice Mary Norton in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. ... Purdue University (Purdue) is a land-grant, public university in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Filk is a form of music created from within fandom, and performed generally late at night at science fiction conventions. ...


She met C. J. Cherryh through filk, who mentored her during the writing of her 'Arrows' series. During this time, Marion Zimmer Bradley included her short stories in an anthology and Cherryh helped Lackey through 17 rewrites of 'Arrows' During this time, Lackey claims to have been writing so much that she had no social life at all. She divorced Tony Lackey, and eventually remarried to Larry Dixon. C. J. Cherryh (born September 1, 1942) is the slightly modified working name of United States science fiction and fantasy author Carolyn Janice Cherry, the sister of artist David A. Cherry. ... Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley (June 3, 1930 – September 25, 1999) was a prolific author of largely feminist fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, and a steadfast encourager of equality (and quality) in writing. ...


Mercedes lives with her husband outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in an unusual house. Mercedes describes it as a "2½-story concrete dome with an octagonal wooden shell over it to make it look more like a normal house ... it's round with curved outer walls, which makes placement of furniture kind of awkward." (Valdemar Companion, 68) Nickname: Location in the state of Oklahoma Coordinates: Country United States State Oklahoma Counties Tulsa, Osage, Wagoner, Rogers Government  - Mayor Kathy Taylor (D) Area  - City  186. ...


She and Larry Dixon have in the past worked in raptor rehabilitation. She often refers to her various parrots as her "feathered children". The afterwords to some of her books refer to rehabilitation and falconry, and it is clear that this interest has influenced and informed her writing. She also enjoys beadwork, costuming, and needlework. She claims, however, to be a "wretched housekeeper, and by and large an indifferent cook" (Valdemar Companion, p 64) Besides this, she does radar-reading during tornado season. She helps support the Alex Foundation Providing care for sick or injured birds of prey is called Raptor Rehabilitation or Raptor Rehab. ... It has been suggested that True parrots be merged into this article or section. ... Flying a Saker Falcon Falconry or hawking is an art or sport which involves the use of trained raptors (birds of prey) to hunt or pursue game for men. ... Dr. Irene Pepperberg (born April 1, 1949, Brooklyn, New York) is a scientist noted for her studies in animal cognition, particularly in relation to parrots. ...


Lackey has been active in the filking community. She was a major contributor to an early album of space filk, Minus Ten and Counting. She has won 5 Pegasus Awards, mostly for her songwriting. Filk is a form of music created from within fandom, and performed generally late at night at science fiction conventions. ... Minus Ten and Counting: Songs of the Space Age is an influential album of filk songs composed and performed by a variety of artists, released as a cassette tape in 1983 by Off Centaur Publications. ... The Pegasus Awards were founded to recognize and honor excellence in filking. ...


Her favorite book that she has written is By the Sword, and her easiest to write was anything about Tarma and Kethry.


Lackey's 'dream cast' list for her best known books is as follows:

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Related writers

Mercedes Lackey is a protegee of Marion Zimmer Bradley, and got her start writing short stories in Bradley's story collections. Other mentors include writers C.J. Cherryh and Andre Norton, along with her editor, Elizabeth (Betsy) Wollheim of DAW Books. Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley (June 3, 1930 – September 25, 1999) was a prolific author of largely feminist fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, and a steadfast encourager of equality (and quality) in writing. ... C. J. Cherryh is the slightly modified working name of author Caroline Janice Cherry (born September 1, 1942), the sister of artist David A.Cherry. ... Andre Alice Norton (February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005), science fiction and fantasy author (with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction), was born Alice Mary Norton in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. ... Categories: Stub ...


In her use of female and homosexual protagonists, she is like Tanya Huff, although she lacks Huff's sardonic tone. She has written many of her stories based on her own experiences. Tanya Huff Tanya Sue Huff is a Canadian fantasy author born in 1957 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. ...


Published works

Velgarth

Some of the trilogies follow on chronologically from each other. Others are set a considerable number of years apart from the others. Overall the books span some 3000 years of history. There is a significant gap in the middle which might some day be filled. In October 2003 Lackey announced that she was taking a break from writing Velgarth books.


Heralds of Valdemar

This set consists of the original trilogy, the very first Valdemar books published, and a prequel trilogy, the most recent.


Prequels

These centre on the Weaponsmaster Alberich (in the first two books) and the thief Skif (in the third book), telling the stories of their not-entirely-voluntary enrollments as Heralds.

  1. Exile's Honor, 2002
  2. Exile's Valor, 2003
  3. Take a Thief, 2001

Exiles Honor is a book in the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Take A Thief is about Skif the pickpocket, who appears in later Valdemar book Skif lives with his horrible uncle, and gets little to eat. ...

The original trilogy

These centre on the character Talia, from her first encounter with the Heralds to becoming the Queen's Own Herald.

  1. Arrows of the Queen, 1987
  2. Arrow's Flight, 1987
  3. Arrow's Fall, 1988

Arrows of the Queen is the name of a fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey. ... Arrows Flight is a fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey. ... Arrows Fall is the name of a fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey. ...

The Mage Winds

These follow on from the original Heralds of Valdemar trilogy, centering on Princess Elspeth completing her transformation from "the Brat" to a fully-fledged Herald. Secondary protagonists include Skif and a new character Darkwind.


The latter part of Kerowyn's Tale, By the Sword fills in the events that happen after Arrow's Fall but before Winds of Fate.

  1. Winds of Fate, 1991
  2. Winds of Change, 1992
  3. Winds of Fury, 1993

Winds of Fate is a fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey. ... The Wind of Change speech was a historically-important address made by British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to the Parliament of South Africa, on 3 February 1960 in Cape Town. ... Winds of Fury is a fantasy novel by author Mercedes Lackey and the concluding book of the Mage Winds trilogy. ...

The Mage Storms

These follow on again, centering on the characters Karal and An'desha as Velgarth is threatened by a repetition of the Cataclysm described in The Mage Wars trilogy. This trilogy also focuses on the threat posed to Valdemar by the vast Eastern Empire and the development of the newly-formed Alliance between Valdemar and its surrounding nations.

  1. Storm Warning, 1994
  2. Storm Rising, 1995
  3. Storm Breaking, 1996

Storm Warning is a 1994 fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey. ...

Darian's Tale

The Owl trilogy takes place several years after the events of The Mage Storms, and follows the character Darian. The story focuses on the repercussions of the mage storms on Valdemar's northern border, and centers on new tensions between the kingdom and invading barbarians from beyond the Ice Wall.

  1. Owlflight, 1997 (ISBN 0-88677-754-2)
  2. Owlsight, 1998 (ISBN 0-88677-802-6)
  3. Owlknight, 1999 (ISBN 0-88677-851-4)

Owlflight by Mercedes Lackey is the first in a new trilogy in her Valdemar/ Velgarth universe. ...

The Last Herald Mage

These occur some centuries before the Heralds of Valdemar books, telling the life story of Vanyel Ashkevron; by the time of the "later" books he has become legend, thus explaining some of the small inconsistencies. Vanyel Ashkevron, Cover art by Jody Lee Vanyel Ashkevron is the main character of The Last Herald Mage trilogy of books by author Mercedes Lackey. ...

  1. Magic's Pawn, 1989 (ISBN 0-613-63053-X)
  2. Magic's Promise, 1989 (ISBN 0-613-63055-6)
  3. Magic's Price, 1990 (ISBN 0-613-63054-8)

Magics Pawn is a 1992 fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey. ... Magics Promise is the second fantasy novel in the Last Herald-Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and published in 1992. ... Magics Price is the 1992 fantasy novel and final in the Last Herald Mage Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. ...

Vows and Honor

  1. The Oathbound
    1. Mass Market Paperbound - Published By: DAW Books, January 19, 1989, ISBN 0-88677-414-4
    2. Mass Market Paperbound - Published By: DAW Books, January 19, 1989, ISBN 0-88677-285-0
    3. Hardcover - Published By: Rebound by Sagebrush, July 31, 2003, ISBN 0-61360-587-X
  2. Oathbreakers
    1. Mass Market Paperbound - Published By: DAW Books, January 30, 1989, ISBN 0-88677-454-3
    2. Mass Market Paperbound - Published By: DAW Books, January 30, 1989, ISBN 0-88677-319-9
    3. Hardcover - Published By: Rebound by Sagebrush, July 31, 2003, ISBN 0-61363-061-0
  3. Oathblood
    1. Hardcover - Published By: DAW Books, January 19, 1989, ISBN 1-56865-653-X
    2. Mass Market Paperbound - Published By: DAW Books, March 23, 1998, ISBN 0-88677-773-9

These precede the Heralds of Valdemar books, centering on the characters Tarma and Kethry. These characters appeared first in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress series) and were revisited in subsequent short stories. Two of these short stories are woven into the Vows and Honor books as part of a longer narrative. The original Vows and Honor pair of books were linked together with By the Sword (published long before Oathblood) as a trilogy. Categories: Stub ... Categories: Stub ... Categories: Stub ... Categories: Stub ... Oathblood is a short story collection by Mercedes Lackey. ... Categories: Stub ... Categories: Stub ... Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley (June 3, 1930 – September 25, 1999) was a prolific author of largely feminist fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, and a steadfast encourager of equality (and quality) in writing. ... The Sword and Sorceress series is a series of fantasy anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. ...


The third volume, Oathblood, is made up entirely of short stories in place of a longer narrative. With its publication, nearly all of the Tarma and Kethry stories were available together in a single compiled volume for the first time. The single missing story, A DRAGON IN DISTRESS, was co-authored with Elizabeth Waters and was originally published in the Sword and Sorceress series, volume XII. The story is missing from the compilation novel Oathblood due to the setting of the story taking place in Elizabeth Waters's world, not Mercedes Lackey's Velgarth. The Sword and Sorceress series is a series of fantasy anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. ...


The contents of Oathblood are as follows:

  1. Introduction (c) 1998 (Originally published in Oathblood)
  2. Sword-sworn (c) 1985 (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress III)
  3. Turnabout (c) 1986 (Originally published in ???)
  4. The Making of a Legend (c) 1990 (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress VI)
  5. Keys (c) 1988 (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress V)
  6. A Woman's Weapon (c) 1992 (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress IX)
  7. The Talisman (c) 1990 (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress VII)
  8. A Tale of Heroes (c) 1987 (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress IV)
  9. Friendly Fire (c) 1993 (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress X)
  10. Wings of Fire (c) 1991 (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress VIII)
  11. Spring Plowing at Forst Reach (c) 1998 (Originally published in Oathblood)
  12. Oathblood (c) 1998 (Originally published in Oathblood)

In the books and short stories, Tarma is a sword-wielding Shin'a'in tribeswoman. Kethry is a magic-user who carries a sword with unusual properties. The nature of this sword, Need, is explored in later series set in Valdemar. At the time of the Vows and Honor books, all that is known is that it is magic, protects female bearers, and can pressure its owner into assisting other women. The overarching goal for the two women is to accumulate resources enough to regenerate Tarma's almost-destroyed tribe. As the titles of the books suggest, emphasis is laid on the importance and consequences of oaths in at least one story from each book. The setting of the books is generally in the lands south of Valdemar such as Rethwellan, although there is a brief sojourn in Valdemar in Oathbreakers. Despite limited time in Valdemar, there were references in the first two Vows and Honor books to the Companions of Valdemar which laid early hints to their nature. The introduction of a fourfold deity (Tarma's Goddess) was something of a novel idea at the time of publication.


Kerowyn's Tale

This is a stand-alone novel which connects the Vows & Honor sub-series to the Heralds and other trilogies; it introduces the character Kerowyn who features therein. Kerowyn is the granddaughter of Kethry from the Vows and Honor sub-series.

  1. Mass Market Paperbound - Published By: DAW Books, February 19, 1991, ISBN 0-88677-463-2

By the Sword is the name of a fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey. ... Categories: Stub ...

The Mage Wars

These are set in pre-history, some 2000-3000 years earlier. They describe the events which set off The Mage Storms. It involves gryphons, creatures created by the mage Urtho (Mage of Silence). Co-protagonists are Skandranon Rashkae, a princely but proud ebony gryphon, and Amberdrake, a Healer of spirit and mind called a kestra'chern.

  1. The Black Gryphon
    1. Hardcover - Published by: DAW Books, January 1, 1994, ISBN 0-88677-577-9
    2. Mass Market Paperbound - Published by: DAW Books, December 12, 1994, ISBN 0-88677-643-0
  2. The White Gryphon
    1. Hardcover - Published by: DAW Books, January 4, 1995, ISBN 0-88677-631-7
    2. Mass Market Paperbound - Published by: DAW Books, February 15, 1996, ISBN 0-88677-682-1
  3. The Silver Gryphon
    1. Hardcover - Published by: DAW Books, January 3, 1996, ISBN 0-88677-684-8
    2. Mass Market Paperbound - Published by: DAW Books, November 7, 1996, ISBN 0-88677-685-6

The Black Gryphon is the first book in the Mage Wars trilogy by Mercedes Lackey. ... Categories: Stub ... Categories: Stub ... Categories: Stub ... Categories: Stub ... Categories: Stub ... Categories: Stub ...

Miscellaneous

This is a stand-alone novel, set somewhere between The Last Herald Mage and the Heralds books; it describes another legendary character referred to in the latter, Lavan Firestorm. Herald Lavan Chitward, known as Firestarter, and Firestorm; or more commonly Herald Lavan Firestorm is a fictional character in the book Brightly Burning, by Mercedes Lackey. ...

  1. Hardcover - Published by: DAW Books, May 8, 2000, ISBN 0-88677-889-1
  2. Mass Market Paperbound - Published by: DAW Books, May 28, 2001, ISBN 0-88677-989-8
  3. Hardcover - Published by: Rebound by Sagebrush, June 1, 2001, ISBN 0-61363-021-1

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Anthologies

  • Sword of Ice And Other Tales of Valdemar, 1997 (ISBN 0-88677-720-8)
  • Sun in Glory And Other Tales of Valdemar
  1. Mass Market Paperbound - Published by: DAW Books, November 21, 2003, ISBN 0-75640-166-6
  • Crossroads And Other Tales of Valdemar, 2005 (ISBN 0-7564-0325-1)

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Reference

  • Valdemar Companion
  1. Hardcover - Published by: DAW Books, November 30, 2001, ISBN 0-75640-037-6
  2. Mass Market Paperbound - Published by: DAW Books, November 22, 2002, ISBN 0756400694
  3. Trade Paperback - Published by: DAW Books, May 26, 2006, ISBN 0756403901

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Elves on the Road universe

Bedlam's Bard

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Bedlam's Edge is a collection of short stories, set in the same universe as the rest of the series but not involving any of the characters from the rest of the books. It includes two stories and an essay by Mercedes Lackey, one story each from Ellen Guon and Rosemary Edghill, and nine from a variey of other authors. When reading the series in chronological order, Music to My Sorrow follows directly from Mad Maudlin.


Diana Tregarde

  • Burning Water (1989)
  • Children of the Night (1990)
  • Jinx High (1991)

These books are set in the same real world as the SERRAted Edge books: that is, a real world with levinbolts and elves who drive racing cars. At least one character (Tannim) is seen in both sets of books. The main character, Diana Tregarde, is an American witch, practicing a fantasy version of Wicca; by virtue of her position as a "Guardian" Diana has access to more magical power than many, but she is required to give her help when someone asks it of her. Her magical abilities do not pay the bills, however, and Diana is a genre (romance) novelist in her day job. In the stories, she must protect others from angry deities (Burning Water), vampires (Children of the Night), and a sorceress who intends to remain eternally young (Jinx High). The books were published under Tor's horror imprint rather than as fantasy. At the time of publication, positive depictions of what Wiccans and, more generally, neopagans believed and did were rare. In the mid-nineties, Lackey's books generally and these three particularly were regularly cited as examples of pagan-friendly fiction. ([1] (1992), [2] (1995)) Lackey has written that she has no plans for further books in the series because they did not sell well (and not, as some fans apparently believed, because she had come under pressure for stumbling "too close to the truth" of some supernatural conspiracy); nonetheless, she incorporated several elements of the Guardian mythos, including the apartment building where Diana lived, into later books in her Bedlam's Bard series. For other uses, see Wicca (disambiguation). ... The Sorceress by John William Waterhouse Magic and sorcery are the influencing of events, objects, people and physical phenomena by mystical, paranormal or supernatural means. ... Genre fiction is a term for fictional works (novels, short stories) written with the intent of fitting into a specific literary genre in order to appeal to the fans of that genre. ... A romance novel is a literary genre developed in Western culture, mainly in English-speaking countries. ... Tezcatlipoca as depicted in the Codex Borgia. ... Further reading Christopher Frayling - Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula 1992. ... Horror fiction is, broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the reader. ... Neopaganism (sometimes Neo-Paganism, meaning New Paganism) is a heterogeneous group of religions which attempt to revive ancient, mainly European pre-Christian religions. ... A conspiracy theory attempts to attribute the ultimate cause of an event or chain of events (usually political, social, or historical events), or the concealment of such causes from public knowledge, to a secret, and often deceptive plot by a covert alliance of powerful or influential people or organizations. ...


The character Diana Tregarde first appeared in two short stories, "Satanic, Versus..." and "Nightside", which were originally written for inclusion in the Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic roleplaying game and subsequently featured in the short story collection Werehunter (1999). "Satanic, Versus..." is a humorous cautionary tale that demonstrates just what can happen when people who don't quite understand magic meddle with it, whereas "Nightside" is a preliminary version of what later became the novel Children of the Night. A roleplaying game (RPG) is a type of game in which players assume the roles of characters and collaboratively create stories. ...


The game Bureau 13 concerned a secret government agency tasked with investigating the supernatural. Presumably any original connection to the game's continuity has been rendered apocryphal by the expansion to novel form. Nonetheless, perhaps it is not entirely coincidental that a similar agency appears as an antagonist in a later Bedlam's Bard book. In Judeo-Christian theologies, apocrypha refers to religious Sacred text that have questionable authenticity or are otherwise disputed. ...


In the collection "Bedlam's Edge" Lackey says that she placed the Diana Tregarde world with her SERRAted edge and Summoned to Tourney world with the intention of forcing anyone who believe Diana Tregarde and the Guardians were real would also have to believe in elves, dragons, and other patently fantastical things.


The unification of her worlds has an odd effect, in Summoned to Tourney the main character, Eric, associates elves with "telepathic horses" (Like in her Valdemar books) and "Aztec Gods rising in Oklahoma" referring to one of the Diana Tregarde books.


This leads to canon-inconsistency, because Tannim, another character from SERRAted Edge, lives in both worlds, and Eric ends up living in the same building (or one near identical) to the one Diana Tregarde lived in. Eric references what will later become part of his own book series.


The Serrated Edge

  • This Scepter'd Isle (2004) with Roberta Gellis (prequel)
  • Ill Met by Moonlight (2005) with Roberta Gellis (prequel)
  • By Slanderous Tongues (2007) with Roberta Gellis (prequel)

Born to Run and Chrome Circle were incorporated into an omnibus called The Chrome Borne. Wheels of Fire and When the Bough Breaks were incorporated into an omnibus called The Otherworld. The books were paired off by thematic content rather than order; thus readers wishing to read the series in chronological order would be advised to read the first half of The Chrome Borne, all of The Otherworld, and then the latter half of The Chrome Borne. Larry Dixon, artist and novelist, not be confused with Larry Dixon the senator or Larry Dixon the race car driver, is a classically trained artist with a diverse and adventurous history. ... Mark Shepherd is the author of several novels in the fantasy genre. ... Holly Lisle (1960- ) is an American writer of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal romantic suspense novels. ... Larry Dixon, artist and novelist, not be confused with Larry Dixon the senator or Larry Dixon the race car driver, is a classically trained artist with a diverse and adventurous history. ... Mark Shepherd is the author of several novels in the fantasy genre. ... Mark Shepherd is the author of several novels in the fantasy genre. ... Mark Shepherd is the author of several novels in the fantasy genre. ... Sarah de Almeida Hoyt (Sarah A Hoyt, Sarah Hoyt) is an award winning fiction author. ... An omnibus is a book or video collecting two or more previous works by the same author or director. ...


Mark Shepherd's solo books in this series are only thinly connected to the other books, and might more properly be considered a separate series of their own.


This Scepter'd Isle, Ill Met by Moonlight and By Slanderous Tongues are a prequel series set several hundred years prior to the other books in the series. The first printing of This Scepter'd Isle's first Baen hardcover edition included a bound-in CDROM containing ebook editions of that as well as many other works by Lackey and other authors. As with Baen's other bound-in CDs, this CD included blanket permission to copy and share its contents noncommercially; thus it may be found freely circulating in peer-to-peer networks, as well as hosted on the world-wide web. The three books are historically based, unlike the other SERRAted Edge books, surrounding Elizabeth I's parentage, birth, and rise to power. The books currently published take Elizabeth to about age 15. Baen Books is a publishing house that publishes science fiction and fantasy novels, including numerous military science fiction genre works. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... An eBook (also: e-book, ebook) is an electronic (or digital) version of a book. ... A peer-to-peer (or P2P) computer network is a network that relies on the computing power and bandwidth of the participants in the network rather than concentrating it in a relatively few servers. ...


Sacred Ground

  • Sacred Ground (1995)

Sacred Ground is a non-series novel in contemporary milieu concerning Native American magic. There is no formal connection stated with Lackey's other contemporary fiction, but it fits better here than with her other novels. In her short story After Midnight Lackey insinuates that the novel was an attempt to recover the spirit of the Diana Tregarde novels after the fiasco with a few fans believing the novels were based on real events ( http://www.mercedeslackey.com/features_laststraw.html ). However, Sacred Ground also did not sell well, and Lackey took a break from dark fantasy.


Secret World Chronicle

The Secret World Chronicle is a series of "braided novels," based on characters and ideas created by Lackey and Libbey in an on-line role-playing environment, transposed into an entirely new setting. Although there are plans to set future works in different eras, Invasion is set in the present-day in a world where "metas" (short for metahumans, that setting's term for superheroes) first appeared during World War II and now play an important role in keeping the world safe. In Invasion, the world is invaded by a mysterious force of armored Nazi soldiers, some of whom are subsequently found not to be human. Steve Libbey (born February 1, 1969) is a Portland, Oregon-based musician and author. ... In role-playing, participants adopt characters, or parts, that have personalities, motivations, and backgrounds different from their own. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... National Socialism redirects here. ...


While Secret World Chronicle is not set in the same world as the Serrated Edge and Bedlam's Bard series, it does share certain elements in common with those books; one of Invasion's central characters, Victoria Victrix Nagy, is referred to as a Knight of Underhill.


The first book of The Secret World Chronicle began serialization in podcast form in September, 2006, read aloud by actors Adam Higgins and Laura Patterson. No plans have yet been announced for print publication. An orange square with waves indicates that an RSS feed is present on a web page. ...


The Halfblood Chronicles

with Andre Norton ... Andre Alice Norton (February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005), science fiction and fantasy author (with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction), was born Alice Mary Norton in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. ...

  1. The Elvenbane (1991)
  2. Elvenblood (1995)
  3. Elvenborn (2002)
  4. Elvenbred (?)

The Elemental Masters

Set in an earth where magic exists during the early 1900s, these stories follow magicians who control the powers of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. These stories are based loosely —-sometimes very loosely-— on various fairy tales. Although these books all take place in the same "world" and all include the same established system of Elemental Magick, the first book, The Fire Rose, can be distinguished in that the story takes place in the United States rather than in England, and the set of characters are not interrelated as are those in the following books. The Wizard of London can be considered a prequel to the other stories set in England and takes place during the Victorian Era. Elemental Masters is a fantasy series written by Mercedes Lackey, They focus on people who have magic over air, water, fire, or earth. ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ...

  1. The Fire Rose (1995, ISBN 0-671-87750-X) based on Beauty and the Beast
  2. The Serpent's Shadow (2001, ISBN 0-7564-0061-9) based on Snow White
  3. The Gates of Sleep (2002, ISBN 0-7564-0101-1) based on Sleeping Beauty
  4. Phoenix And Ashes (2004, ISBN 0-7564-0272-7) based on Cinderella
  5. The Wizard of London (October 2005, ISBN 0-7564-0174-7) based on The Snow Queen.
  6. Reserved For the Cat (Coming October 2007)

The Fire Rose is a book written by Mercedes Lackey and part of her Elemental Masters series. ... Illustration by Warwick Goble Beauty(jessie chen) and the Beast(tiffany zhao) is a traditional fairy tale (type 425C -- search for a lost husband -- in the Aarne-Thompson classification). ... The Serpents Shadow is a book written by Mercedes Lackey and is part of her Elemental Masters series. ... Snow White in her coffin, Theodor Hosemann, 1852. ... Sir Edward Burne-Jones painted The Sleeping Beauty. ... Phoenix and Ashes is a book written by Mercedes Lackey, a well-known fantasy author. ... Gustave Dorés illustration for Cendrillon Cinderella is a popular fairy tale embodying a classic folk tale myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward. ... Cover of a modern Danish edtion of The Snow Queen (Sneedronningen) Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Snow Queen The Snow Queen (Danish: Sneedronningen) is a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and first published in 1845. ...

Fairy Tale

  1. The Black Swan
  2. Firebird

The Black Swan, published in 1999, is fantasy author Mercedes Lackeys retelling of Swan Lake. ...

Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms

A fantasy series that deals with the more mature side of fairy tales. In the Five Hundred Kingdoms (almost certainly a literal name), the destiny of witches, knights, princesses and such are regulated by The Tradition, a magical force that is one of the primary sources of magic. Fairy Godmothers, Champions and Wizards are responsible for ensuring that The Tradition is upheld with a minimal loss of life. As with The Black Swan, place-names suggest that these books are set in a fantasized version of late-medieval Europe. The Five Hundred Kingdoms series is published as part of Harlequin's Luna imprint, targeted at female romance-science fiction/fantasy readers.

  1. The Fairy Godmother (2004)
  2. One Good Knight (2006)
  3. Fortune's Fool (2007)

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Free Bards universe

Bardic Voices

  1. The Lark and the Wren (1992)
  2. The Robin and the Kestrel (1994)
  3. The Eagle and the Nightingale (1996)
  4. Four and Twenty Blackbirds (1997,ISBN 0-671-87853-0)

The Free Bards had their genesis in the story "Fiddler Fair", originally written for an Andre Norton shared-world anthology entitled Magic in Ithkar. The Ithkar series did not continue after its second volume, so Lackey rewrote, changed, and expanded the story into a setting of its own in The Lark and the Wren. "Fiddler Fair" may be found in the Mercedes Lackey short-story collection that is also titled Fiddler Fair. Andre Alice Norton (February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005), science fiction and fantasy author (with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction), was born Alice Mary Norton in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. ...


Bardic Choices

  1. A Cast of Corbies (1994)

The Dragon Jousters

The books primarily follow the story of Vetch (or Kiron, from the second book onward), and centers initially around a war between the neighboring countries of Alta and Tia, both of which use Dragon Jousters as their most powerful weapons. The books are based on the predynastic period of Ancient Egypt and (very loosely) the myth of Atlantis. Khafres Pyramid (4th dynasty) and Great Sphinx of Giza (c. ... Picture of Platos description of Atlantis Atlantis (Greek: , Island of Atlas) is the name of a legendary island first mentioned in Platos dialogues Timaeus and Critias. ...

  1. Joust (2003)
  2. Alta (2004)
  3. Sanctuary (May 2005)
  4. Aerie (Oct 2006)

Joust is the first in a planned tetralogy by Mercedes Lackey. ... Alta is the second book in the planned Dragon Jousters tetralogy by Mercedes Lackey. ...

Heirs of Alexandria

An alternate universe/historical fantasy series set primarily in the Republic of Venice during the 1500s. In this world, Hypatia converted to Christianity and managed to save the Library of Alexandria from destruction. As a result, magic is a regular part of the Church, and priests double as magicians. The books focus on citizens of the Republic as they attempt to prevent their beloved city from being destroyed by the demon Chernobog. The Heirs of Alexandria is an alternate history/historical fantasy series set primarily in the Republic of Venice in the 1530s. ... Borders of the Republic of Venice in 1796 Capital Venice Language(s) Italian, Latin Religion Roman Catholic Government Republic Doge  - 1789-1797 Ludovico Manin History  - Established 727 (697)  - Treaty of Zara June 27, 1358  - Treaty of Leoben April 17, 1797 Map of the Venetian Republic, circa 1000. ... Hypatia could refer to: Hypatia of Alexandria (?370–415), a neo-Platonic philosopher, mathematician, and teacher. ... Inscription regarding Tiberius Claudius Balbilus of Rome (d. ... Chernobog (also spelled Crnobog, Czernobog, ÄŒernobog or Zernebog, each name meaning Black God) is a mysterious Slavic deity of whom much has been speculated but little can be said. ...

  1. Shadow of the Lion with Dave Freer & Eric Flint
  2. This Rough Magic with Dave Freer & Eric Flint
  3. A Mankind Witch by Dave Freer solo work continuing the series.

Dave Freer is a South African-born science fiction author writing mostly humourous or alternate history novels. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction, alternate history, and fantasy author and editor. ... Dave Freer is a South African-born science fiction author writing mostly humourous or alternate history novels. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction, alternate history, and fantasy author and editor. ... Dave Freer is a South African-born science fiction author writing mostly humourous or alternate history novels. ...

Obsidian Trilogy

This series primarily follows the adventures of Kellen Tavadon, and centers on the war between the races of light, and the Endarkened.

  1. The Outstretched Shadow with James Mallory
  2. To Light a Candle with James Mallory
  3. When Darkness Falls with James Mallory

Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... JP Mallory is the nom-de-plume of Irish-American archaeologist and Indo-Europeanist Prof. ... To Light a Candle is the second installment of Mercedes Lackey and James Mallorys Obsidian Trilogy. ... JP Mallory is the nom-de-plume of Irish-American archaeologist and Indo-Europeanist Prof. ... When Darkness Falls is the third and final book of Mercedes Lackey and James Mallorys It is preceded by The Outstretched Shadow and To Light a Candle. ... JP Mallory is the nom-de-plume of Irish-American archaeologist and Indo-Europeanist Prof. ...

Enduring Flame

New series, set 1000 years after the events in Obsidian Mountain (Obsidian 1-3); and following an entirely new cast of characters.

  1. Phoenix Unchained with James Mallory September 18th 2007 (Also Referred to as 'Obsidian 4')

JP Mallory is the nom-de-plume of Irish-American archaeologist and Indo-Europeanist Prof. ...

The Bard's Tale

Based on The Bard's Tale computer role playing game series. The Bards Tale (Tales of the Unknown: Volume I) is a computer fantasy role-playing game created by Interplay Productions in 1985 and distributed by Electronic Arts. ...

  1. Castle of Deception (1992) with Josepha Sherman
  2. Fortress of Frost and Fire (1993) with Ru Emerson
  3. Prison of Souls (1993) with Mark Shepherd

Josepha Sherman is an American author // Works Series Buffyverse Visitors (Buffy novel) (1999) (with Laura Anne Gilman) Deep Water (Buffy novel) (2000) (with Laura Anne Gilman) Find Your Fate Junior Transformers 9. ... Mark Shepherd is the author of several novels in the fantasy genre. ...

Collection of Short Stories

  • Fiddler Fair (March 1, 1998), ISBN 0-671-87866-2
    • How I Spent My Summer Vacation
    • Aliens Ate My Pickup
    • Small Print
    • Last Rights
    • Dumb Feast
    • Dance Track
    • Jihad
    • Balance
    • Dragon's Teeth
    • The Cup and the Caldron
    • Once and Future
    • Fiddler Fair
    • The Enemy of My Enemy
  • Werehunter (April 1, 1999), ISBN 0-671-57805-7
    • Werehunter
    • SKitty
    • A Tail of Two SKitties
    • SCat
    • A Better Mousetrap
    • Last of the Season
    • Satanic, Versus
    • Nightside
    • Wet Wings
    • Stolen Silver
    • Roadkill
    • Operation Desert Fox
    • Grey
    • Grey's Ghost

Sword and Sorceress series Short Stories

All Mercedes Lackey stories written for the Sword and Sorceress series anthology involve Tarma & Kethry as the main characters. With the notable exception of A DRAGON IN DISTRESS, all of these short stories have subsequently been published in a compiled Tarma & Kethry novel called Oathblood (April 1998, ISBN 0-88677-773-9). The reason this story was left out of the compiled novel is due to the fact that the setting for A DRAGON IN DISTRESS takes place in Elizabeth Waters's world, not Mercedes Lackey's Velgarth. The Sword and Sorceress series is a series of fantasy anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. ... The Sword and Sorceress series is a series of fantasy anthologies edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. ...

  1. Sword and Sorceress III (July 1986, ISBN 0-88677-141-2), story SWORD SWORN
  2. Sword and Sorceress IV (July 1987, ISBN 0-88677-210-9), story A TALE OF HEROES
  3. Sword and Sorceress V (August 1988, ISBN 0-88677-288-5), story KEYS
  4. Sword and Sorceress VI (June 1990, ISBN 0-88677-423-3), story THE MAKING OF A LEGEND
  5. Sword and Sorceress VII (December 1990, ISBN 0-88677-457-8), story THE TALISMAN
  6. Sword and Sorceress VIII (September 1991, ISBN 0-88677-486-1), story WINGS OF FIRE
  7. Sword and Sorceress IX (April 1992, ISBN 0-88677-509-4), story A WOMAN'S WEAPON
  8. Sword and Sorceress X (June 1993, ISBN 0-88677-552-3), story FRIENDLY FIRE
  9. Sword and Sorceress XII (July 1995, ISBN 0-88677-657-0), story A DRAGON IN DISTRESS with Elizabeth Waters

Other works

she also did the Elvenbane trilogy with andre norton 1)- the elvenbane 2)- elvenblood 3)- elvenborn 4)- elvenbred (not yet relesed) Reap the Whirlwind is the 1999 debut album by Cleveland, Ohio hip hop artits 10,000 Cadillacs. ... C. J. Cherryh (born September 1, 1942) is the slightly modified working name of United States science fiction and fantasy author Carolyn Janice Cherry, the sister of artist David A. Cherry. ... The Sword of Knowledge (Omnibus paperback, 1995) The Sword of Knowledge is a trilogy of shared world fantasy novels credited to the authors C. J. Cherryh, Leslie Fish, Nancy Asire, and Mercedes Lackey. ... The Ship Who Searched is the second book in the Brainship Series written by Anne McCaffrey with Mercedes Lackey. ... Anne Inez McCaffrey (born April 1, 1926) is an American science fiction author best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series. ... Wing Commander I Original Box Logo Wing Commander is a series of space combat simulation computer games from Origin Systems, Inc. ... Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley (June 3, 1930 – September 25, 1999) was a prolific author of largely feminist fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, and a steadfast encourager of equality (and quality) in writing. ... The Darkover series consists of several novels and short stories set in the fictional world of Darkover as created by science fiction author Marion Zimmer Bradley. ... Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born August 6, 1934 in Oxford, England) is a writer in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. ... Andre Alice Norton (February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005), science fiction and fantasy author (with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction), was born Alice Mary Norton in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. ... Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction, alternate history, and fantasy author and editor. ... Dave Freer is a South African-born science fiction author writing mostly humourous or alternate history novels. ... Merovingen Nights is a series of shared world science fiction books set in writer C. J. Cherryhs Alliance-Union universe. ...


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NAME Lackey, Mercedes
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Lackey, Misty
SHORT DESCRIPTION American novelist, short story writer
DATE OF BIRTH June 24, 1950
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