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|Princess Hynchatti & Some Other Surprises|
Young adult short story collection.
Contents: Princess Hynchatti; Prince Brendran; Princess Sansu; Prince Chirrad; Princess Cleofern; Prince Friedal; Princess Dahli; Prince Amilec; Princess Gesnyl; Prince Chesorith; Princess Nathit; Prince Ulan.
|Here are twelve tales of princes and princesses (six of each) setting off to seek their fortunes in the finest tradition of fairy tale. Their quests take them through lands that are the stuff of legend, but somehow in spite of wizards and enchantresses, fairy-godmothers and wicked aunts, talking birds and dragons strewn along the way, things do not turn out quite right. To be sure each prince finds a princess and vice versa, virtue is rewarded and ill-doers receive their just deserts, but nothing is quite what it seems. These heroes and heroines muddle their way through situations where it is common sense and a cheerful heart that are indispensable. Magic merely supplies the Surprises. (dustwrapper copy)|
|Queen Of the Wolves|
Young adult novel. 55,000 words.
The third volume in the Wolf Tower sequence.
Collected in The Claidi Journals.
|Leaving the Rise, Claidi anticipates a
joyful reunion with her beloved Argul.
Instead, her return to the Hulta people meets only mistrust, fury and betrayal. Determined to unravel the lies and deceit which haunt her past and threaten her future, she journeys northward. But in the strange cities - and even stranger people - she finds, Claidi sees only more mystery and deeper secrets. (back cover copy)
|Quest For The White Witch|
Novel. 135,000 words.
The third volume in The Birthgrave Trilogy.
Nominated for the 1979 August Derleth Award (the British Fantasy Award for best novel).
|He called himself by the name of the
father he had never known, Vazkor, king of a forgotten land. In his veins were mingled the
blood of that regal warrior and that of his witch mother, the silver-masked, snowy-haired
survivor of the hated Old Race. He had sworn that she would die at his hands.
Across that age-haunted planet his quest went on. As he searched, so grew his own powers, his fearful heritage. Across wide seas, in conquered cities, and among haunted mountains, the hunt took him. As he drew closer to his objective, the clearer became the way she must be slain, the more certain his ability to rid the world once and for all of his creator-the white witch from the volcano.
Here is the windup of Tanith Lee's BIRTHGRAVE, the shattering conclusion of a panoramic vision of a faraway world. (back cover copy)
|Red As Blood, Or, Tales From The Sisters Grimmer|
Short story collection.
Nominated for the 1984 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection/Anthology.
Nominated as no. 2 in the Best Collection/Anthology category in the 1984 Locus Poll.
|How would it be if Snow White were the
real villain and the "wicked queen" just a sadly maligned innocent? What if
awakening the Sleeping Beauty should be the mistake of a lifetime - of several
lifetimes? What if the famous folk tales were retold with an eye to more horrific
Only Tanith Lee could do justice to it, and in RED AS BLOOD, she displays her soaring imagination at its most fantastically mischievous. Not for nothing was the title story named as a Nebula nominee. Not for nothing was the author of THE BIRTHGRAVE and THE STORM LORD called by New York's Village Voice, "Goddess-Empress of the Hot Read."
Here are the world-famous tales of such as the Brothers Grimm as they might have been retold by the Sisters Grimmer! Fairy tales for children? Not on your life! (back cover copy)
Young adult novel. 40,000 words.
The third volume in the Unicorn series.
|The young wanderer Tanaquil can mend
anything that is broken - except her own heart. With the engagement of her beloved
Honj to her sister, Empress Lizra, she returns home to her sorcerous mother - and her
mother's new lover, the magician Worabex.
Caught up in their combined magic, Tanaquil and her mischievous familiar - a literal pet peeve - find themselves in a parallel world where she meets Tanakil, a mirror-image princess with murder on her mind.
With Red Unicorn, award-winning author Tanith Lee returns once again to her epic fantasy of magic, of alternate worlds both perfect and flawed, and of the enchanting unicorns that travel between them. (dustwrapper copy)
|Reigning Cats And Dogs|
Novel. 70,000 words.
|About midday the white cat emerged
from Grace's open window and walked along the sills of the Rookery, jumping from
disastrous ledge to ledge, and down and up the vertiginous heights.
It surveyed the slums, the winding streets that were in parts so narrow, only cats could walk two abreast. Also, from the roof, later, the distant avenues of infamous Black Church where, in antique times, dark priests had had a monastery and worshipped the Devil.
Then, in the night, as the moon rose, the white cat sang. It sang in a high and sacred voice ...
Grace is green-eyed, beautiful, a psychic healer - and also a whore. She walks the streets of Black Church to make a living.
After years of horror and poverty as a brothel slave, Saul Anger was adopted into a life of ease, and he has now taken on the mantle of his dead uncle's house, as well as the leadership of a secret society whose figurehead is Anubis, the jackal god of Egypt. Dedicated to justice and retribution, this society will destroy those it deems evil. There must always be blood.
One midnight, in the great clock-tower of the city a man hangs himself - and secret desires are let loose. A demon now stalks the streets and alleys, slaying the wicked and the innocent alike. But can Saul locate the source of destruction and tame it?
Or will beautiful Grace - who has fallen in love with him - be able to stem this tide of madness and primeval terror? For, aided by the goddess Pasht and by all the cats of the city, perhaps she alone can turn back the clock. (dustwrapper copy)
|Sabella, Or, The Blood Stone|
Novel. 60,000 words.
Collected in Sometimes, After Sunset.
Nominated as no. 14 in the Best Fantasy Novel category in the 1981 Locus Poll.
A mere figment of superstition, a thing that could not exist.
A very real person, an enticing girl of flesh and warmth - who detested the sunlight, who required the blood of young men to feed upon, who was all that Dracula was said to be except never one of the "undead." Sabella was alive, sensual and dangerous.
She lived on Nova Mars, a colony of Earth and very much like the world we know. She knew what she was and her very existence was a peril to the all-too-human population of that world.
Never since C. L. Moore's Shambleau has there been another like Sabella. (back cover copy)
Novel. 100,000 words.
Book II of The Secret Books Of Venus.
Collected in The Secret Books Of Venus 1 & 2.
Nominated as no. 17 in the Best Fantasy Novel category in the 2000 Locus Poll.
|Starting with the premise of four novels
based on the phases of alchemy and the four elements, Tanith Lee has created an evocative
alternate Italy in her new series, The Secret Books of Venus. The first volume, Faces
Under Water, was set against a backdrop drenched with atmosphere and water in a
In Saint Fire, the gripping second volume in the series, Volpa is a strangely beautiful servant girl who glows with an inhuman inner fire. When her master, an abusive woodseller, is mysteriously incinerated, Volpa begins to discover her power of fire. Her gift is noticed by the church leaders, who see her as a mighty weapon in their holy wars. Not sure if her powers are heavenly or demonic, the priests are nonetheless determined to have Volpa on their side. This gripping fantasy of a mysteriously gifted Joan of Arc figure is stunning from beginning to end. (dustwrapper copy)
|The Secret Books Of Paradys 1 & 2|
Contents: The Book Of The Damned; The Book Of The Beast.
|The strange and the tormented dwell
in Paradys - prowling its dark streets and twisted alleyways, passing the endless
hours in the city's elegant mansions and smoke-tarnished inns, wandering in moldering
graveyards and the stark surrounding countryside. For the land here is bound by a
timeless, soul-chilling magic, and that power has cast its spell over all who have ever
lived in this foreboding and dangerous place.
So come to Paradys, and witness that city's life and history through the eyes of its provocative and perverse citizens - a darkly fascinating odyssey as only World Fantasy Award winner Tanith Lee could imagine it.
Journey back to an era of opulent salons and hopeless duels without honor - a time when it is fashionable among the idle rich to dabble in the occult. But in the case of one troubled man, such dabblings awaken an obsessive love for a mistress of seductive terror - a being who may well prove capable of draining his talent, his lifeblood, his very essence away ...
Venture into a medieval Paradys held siege by the plague - a city wherein a young woman, betrayed by her own family, is forced to face perils far more horrifying than the dread disease. For after all, the plague only claims its victims' lives ...
Enter the city of today and meet a writer who is lured to a fateful assignation with a man pursued by Death's dark shadow - only to find herself trapped by a sorcery as ancient and mutable as Egypt's ever-shifting sands;
Then travel back to the earliest days of Paradys and the Roman occupation, when the gift of a mysterious Assyrian amulet - the origins of which had been long lost even then - marks a family for doom. For the curse of the amulet follows them down through the generations, destroying not only those in the direct line, but all who are brave enough, or foolish enough, to love them ...
Includes The Book of the Damned (three novellas) and The Book the Beast (a novel). (dustwrapper copy)
|The Secret Books Of Paradys 3 & 4|
Contents: The Book Of The Dead; The Book Of The Mad.
|Paradys - the City - was a
place of decadence and decay, of luxury and lasciviousness, and, after the revolution, a
graveyard peopled by the insane and the dead ... and by those who preyed on both.
All who came to Paradys were forever touched by its dread magic - from the bride bespelled into the body of a weasel ... to the poet whose lust for vengeance drove him to a distant isle where voodoo held sway ... to the conjurer with a spell that enabled him to master almost everything ... to the woman whose mere presence seemed to herald death's approach.
Yet Paradys held far more treacherous secrets than these. The City was not one place but three, bound together by a labyrinth of ice yet separated, perhaps by time, perhaps by some long-forgotten enchantment, into Paradise, Paradis and Paradys -- each cursed in an entirely different way ...
The twins Felion and Smara dwelt in Paradise - brother and sister who prowled the ice labyrinth in an unceasing search for wealth, however ill-gotten.
The painter Leocadia was a citizen of Paradis. When her lover was found dead in her studio, she was committed to a mental hospital called the Residence - a welcome descent into madness.
In Paradys, 11-year-old Hilde's unrequited love for an actor left her so distraught that her family placed her in an asylum, never expecting a full recovery.
Then Felion and Smara met Leocadia and Hilde ...
This exclusive SFBC omnibus volume includes The Book of the Dead (eight short stories) and The Book of the Mad (a novel). (dustwrapper copy)
|The Secret Books Of Paradys: The Complete Paradys Cycle|
Contents: The Book Of The Damned; The Book Of The Beast; The Book Of The Dead; The Book Of The Mad.
|Paradys -- the City -- was a
place of decadence and decay, of luxury and lasciviousness, and, after the revolution, a
graveyard peopled by the insane and the dead ... and by those who preyed on both.The
strange and the tormented dwell in Paradys -- prowling its dark streets and twisted alleyways,
passing the endless hours in the city's elegant mansions and smoke-tarnished inns, wandering
in mouldering graveyards and the stark surrounding countryside. For the land here is bound by
a timeless, soul-chilling magic, and that power has cast its spell over all who have ever
lived in this foreboding and dangerous place.
All who came to Paradys were forever touched by its dread magic. The city was not one place but three, bound together by a labyrinth of ice yet separated, perhaps by time, perhaps by some long-forgotten enchantment, into Paradys, Paradis and Paradys -- each cursed in an entirely different way.
Witness the city of Paradys' life and history through the eyes of its provocative and perverse citizens -- a darkly fascinating odyssey as only World Fantasy Award winner Tanith Lee could imagine it.(inside dustwrapper and back cover copy)
|The Secret Books Of Venus 1 & 2|
Contents: Faces Under Water; Saint Fire.
|World Fantasy Award Winner Tanith Lee
leads us through a sinister version of Venice, where, amid the canals and palazzi,
terrible powers play out deadly games.
Faces Under Water ...
During Camival -- six weeks of gay abandon when it's illegal to walk abroad unmasked -- it's not unusual for some poor wretch to wind up drowned or murdered after a night of drunken revelry. Furian Furiano makes his living hunting the canals for these corpses, bringing them to an alchemist friend for his questionable cures and experiments. But one night, Furian happens upon a finely crafted mask floating in the murky waters ... and is plunged into a bizarre tangle of love, obsession and evil.
The mask -- an eerie thing a-drip with malice -- belonged to the composer Del Nero, who vanished after writing a wondrous song to a stone-faced beauty. Furian determines to meet her and falls headlong in love. But elusive Eurydiche will lead him further into a labyrinth of secrets. For her composer's mask hides a sinister art of black magic and ancient alchemy.
Saint Fire ...
As a child, she had been named by her slavemaster: Volpa, vixen, for the yellow eyes and fiery hair that made her seem the devil's own familiar. Yet through her misery and hardship, the girl dreamed only of angels. Orphaned at fourteen, she would have been brutally raped save for her holy gift: incited by emotion, Volpa could call down fire.
Accused of witchery before the dread Eyes and Ears of God, she is saved by the warrior-priest Cristiano. Enchanted against his will by her innocence and mildness, Cristiano brings her to the attention of his benefactor, Magister Major Fra Danielus, who removes her to a convent where Volpa, now Beatifica, learns the love of worship. Danielus believes he has been given a miracle - Beatifica will be a saint, and the corrupt priesthood will fall. But there is one who is eager to see her dead, her body burnt by a fire not her own - and only Danielus can save her ... (dustwrapper copy)
|The Secret Books Of Venus 3 & 4|
Contents: A Bed Of Earth; Venus Preserved.
|Gorgeously written, The Secret Books of Venus I & II took readers
into the rarefied atmosphere of a parallel 16th-century Italy, a place redolent of elegant decay, of the
supernatural and the sublime ... where passion slips the bonds of sanity and intrigue is the coin of the realm.
Now World Fantasy Award winner Tanith Lee enraptures us again with the third and fourth books in this bewitching
A Bed of Earth ...
In Venus, an ancient city built on water, a nobleman is laid to rest on the Isle of the Dead. This scene on the disputed land of a burial ground sets the stage for the haunting tale of A Bed Of Earth--the bitter rivalry between two families, the della Scorpios and the Barbarons. Beginning with the story of 14-year old Meralda, whose passion for a young artist is betrayed with deadly consequences, the drama unfolds over years, as an unhuman force rises from beneath the city's placid canals and rotting foundations and exacts his violent retribution ...
Venus Preserved ...
Centuries into the future, the sunken city of Venus has been rebuilt under a dome and computer- controlled to mimic surface-world reality. It is here, in Venus Preserved, that a macabre experiment to resurrent two lost souls--Jula, a beautiful first-century gladiatrix, and Cloudio Del Nero, the 18th-century composer, both murdered in their times--is taking place. A descendant of Cloudio's comes to meet his own prophesied fate amid beauty, Picaro is plunged into a city-wide catastrophe from which he narrowly escapes. Is it an accident? Or is a more sinister danger afoot? The answer to these questions lies buried in Picaro's own past ... (dustwrapper copy)
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