The Dying Earth (The Dying Earth Quartet, #1) by Lack Vance
Book description: Many eons from now, our Sun has dwindled to a cold red star. Soon it must flicker out… yet still men and women live, and love, and seek what adventure their strange world holds. And that is plenty – for on this ancient Earth the laws of physics weaken, and magic has returned to its own. Enchantment rules, from the Iron Mountains to the dreaming city of Kaiin.
Meet T’sais the sorceress, Turjan the scientist, and Liane the rogue. Journey with them through dim forests and ancient seabeds – across the mystical landscape of The Dying Earth.
- Turjan of Miir (1950)
- Mazirian the Magician (1950)
- T’Sais (1950)
- Liane the Wayfarer (1950)
- Ulan Dhor Ends a Dream (1950)
- Guyal of Sfere (1950)
The Outstretched Shadow (The Obsidian Triology, #1) by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory
Book description: Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. his fater, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training – all men, for women were unfit to practice magic – memorized the intricate details of High Magick and aspired to seats on the council.
Then he found the forbidden Books of Wild Magic – or did they find him? The three slim volumes woke Kellen to the wide world outside the City’s isolating walls. This magic was not dead, strangled by rules and regulations. It felt like a living thing, guided by the hearts and minds of those who practiced it and benefited from it.
Questioning everything he has known, Kellen discovers too many of the City’s dark secrets. Banished, with the Outlaw hunt on his heels, Kellen invokes Wild Magic – and finds himself running for his life with a unicorn at his side.
Kellen’s life changes almost faster than he can understand or accept. Rescued by a unicorn, healed by a female Wild Mage who knows more about Kellen than anyone out side the City should, meeting Elven royalty and Elven warriors, and plunged into a world where the magical beings he has learned about as abstract concepts are flesh-and-blood creatures… Kellen both revels in and fears his new freedom.
Especially once he learns about Demons. He’s always thought they were another abstract concept – a stand-in for ultimate evil. But if centaurs and dryads are real, then Demons surely are as well. And the one thing all the Mages of the City agreed on was that practicing Wild Magic corrupted a Mage. Thured him into a Demon. Would that be Kellen’s fate?
Deep in Obsidian Mountain, the Demons are waiting. Since their defeat in the last great war, they’ve been biding their time, sowing the seeds of distrust and discontent between their human and Elven enemies. Very soon now, when the Demons rise to make war, there will be no alliance between High and Wild Magic to stand against them. And all the world will belong to the Endarkened.
Elric: The Stealer of Souls (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné, #1) by Michael Moorcock
Book description: When Michael Moorcock began chronicling the adventures of the albino sorcerer Elric, last king of decadent Melniboné, and his sentient vampiric sword, Stormbringer, he set out to create a new kind of fantasy adventure, one that broke with tradition and reflected a more up-to-date sophistication of theme and style. The result was a bold and unique hero – weak in body, subtle in mind, dependent on drugs for the vitality to sustain himself – with great crimes behind him and a greater destiny ahead: a rock-and-roll antihero who would channel all the violent excesses of the sixties into one enduring archetype.
Here is the first volume of a dazzling collection of stories containing the seminal appearances of Elric and lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist John Picacio – plus essays, letters, maps, and other material. Adventures include “The Dreaming City,” “While the Gods Laugh,” “Kings in Darkness,” “Dead God’s Homecoming,” “Black Sword’s Brothers,” and “Sad Giant’s Shield.”
- The Stealer of Souls (1963)
- Stormbringer (1965)
A Hunger Like No Other (The Immortals After Dark, #1) by Kresley Cole
Book description: A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her…
After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.
A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy…
Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents – until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae – and their notorious dark desires – ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.
An all-consuming desire…
Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?
Daggerspell (Deverry Series, #1) by Katharine Kerr
Book description: ENTER A FANTASTICAL WORLD WHERE EVEN DEATH ITSELF IS COWED BY THE POWERS OF PASSION AND HIGH MAGIC
In a world outside reality, the flickering spirit of a young girl hovers between incarnations, knowing neither her past nor future. But in the temporal world there is one who knows and waits: Nevyn, the wandering sorcerer. On a bloody day long ago he relinquished the maiden’s hand in marriage – and so forged a terrible bond of destiny between three souls that would last through three generations. Now Nevyn is doomed to follow them across the plains of time, never resting until he atones for the tragic wrong of his youth…
The Adamantine Palace (The Memory of Flames, #1) by Stephen Deas
Book description: There will be flames.
The power of the Realms depends on its dragons. Jealously guarded, nurtured by their handlers, ridden by the aristocracy, they are bred for hunting and for war. But only the alchemists and the mysterious liquid they administer to the dragons stand between the Realms and disaster; for without the liquid, the dragons would return to their natural fury: Unbiddable, terrifying, awesomely strong, able to destroy an entire army and to burn a kingdom to ashes.
Prince Jehal is thinking of other things. Of power over all the Kings and Queens of the Realms; and he is prepared to charm, lie, betray, plot, and murder to get it. Nor is he alone in his ambition. Queen Shezira has her daughters and she means to use them as she herself was used, to gain the ultimate prize, marrying them off to secure her influence and power.
All sell-sword Kemir is thinking of is money. Of freedom from the un-ending arrogance of the dragon riders. And maybe of a little cold revenge against the warlords who both need him and despise him.
And now a dragon has gone missing…
A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney
Book description: For Michael Fay life on his grandparents’ remote Irish farm is idyllic: haymaking, fishing in the river, exploring his own little kingdom. Then a fall on a riverbank reveals the existence of another world all around him, a different kingdom where wolves and bears still roam the dense forests, sword-bearing warriors do battle with beasts out of legend and the Devil travels the land searching for lost souls.
Drawn into this enchanted forest by Cat, a mysterious, wild and alluring girl, Michael finds himself on a dangerous and desperate journey – from which he may never escape, however far he runs…
Blue Moon Rising (Blue Moon Rising, #1) by Simon R. Green
Book description: THE DEMON WAR
The stuff of legends.
Rupert didn’t especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn’t need a spare. After all, a kingdom suffering from financial setbacks couldn’t afford to have factions fighting over who was more worthy to rule as the next king. So Rupert was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself – a quest straight out of legends. But he also discovered the kind of things legends didn’t tell, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the Night Witch – even the terrors hidden in the Darkwood. Rupert found his dragon and a princess to rescue, too. But the dragon turned out to be a better friend than anyone back at the castle. And with the Darkwood suddenly spreading its evil… with the blue moon rising and the Wild Magic along with it, Rupert was going to need all the friends he could get…
Heart of Stone (The Negotiator, #1) by C. E. Murphy
Book description: What Secrets Lie Shrouded In Darkness?
Okay, so jogging through Central Park after midnight wasn’t a bright idea. But Margrit Knight never thought she’d encounter a dark new world filled with magical beings – not to mention a dying woman and a mysterious stranger with blood on his hands. Her logical, lawyer instincts told her it couldn’t all be real – but she could hardly deny what she’d seen… and touched.
The mystery man, Alban, was a gargoyle. One of the fabled Old Races who had hidden their existence for centuries. Now he was a murder suspect, and he needed Margrit’s help to take the heat off him and find the real killer. And as the dead pile up, it’s a race against the sunrise to clear Alban’s name and keep them both alive…