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Vazkor, Son Of Vazkor

Novel. 90,000 words.
The second volume in The Birthgrave Trilogy.
Published in Great Britain as Shadowfire.

I saw her, hanging in the sky like a flake of the moon. A woman, her face masked by a black shireen, her body by a black shift, but her white arms spread, and her white, white, bone-white hair blowing all around her like a flame composed of smoke. Recognition was immediate. It was my mother.
I shouted at her:
'Your son, Ettook's warrior! Do you like what you have made of me? I might have been a prince in Eshkorek Arnor, or in Eziann. I might have been a king with a great army at my back, beautiful women to please me, and Power to make all men do as I wished. Do you like what you have made?'
It was crystal clear to me, what he had meant for me, my father, Vazkor, what she had robbed me of. And I drew from my belt my hunting knife and threw it at her heart.
"Tanith Lee is, in my opinion, fast becoming the best woman sf writer around ... she is already one of the best fantasy writers ... Tanith Lee writes one helluva book and I can't wait to see more." - Baryon (back cover copy)
  1. New York: DAW Books, Inc., [1978]. Mass-market paperback. Mass-market paperback. Publisher's number: 272 (UJ1350). ISBN 0 87997 350 1. Price: $1.95. Copyright page: Copyright 1978 by Tanith Lee. First Printing, January, 1978 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Pagination: [1-6] 7-220 [221-224]. Cover illustration by Gino D'Achille.
  2. New York: DAW Books, Inc. Published by The New American Library of Canada Limited, [1978]. Publisher's number: 272 (UJ1350). ISBN 0 87997 350 1. $1.95 (Canadian). Copyright page: Copyright 1978 by Tanith Lee. First Printing, January, 1978 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. [Note: this is, actually, the 2nd printing as published by DAW Canada in 1978). Pagination: [1-6] 7-220 [221-224]. Cover illustration by Gino D'Achille.
  3. [London]: Futura Publications Limited, [1978]. ISBN 0 7088 8039 8, mass-market paperback, 85p. Copyright page: An Orbit Book. First published in Great Britain by Futura Publications Limited in 1978. Copyright 1978 by Tanith Lee. First publihsed in the United States of America under the title Vazkor, Son Of Vazkor. Pagination: [1-6] 7-220. Note: published as Shadowfire: Volume 1. Cover illustration uncredited but is the same as London: Futura, [1985] credited to Peter A. Jones.
  4. New York: DAW Books, Inc. PUblished by The New American Library of Canada Limited, [1982]. ISBN 0 87997 709 4, $2.75 (Canadian), mass-market paperback. Copyright page: Copyright 1978, by Tanith Lee. First printing, January 1978 | 4 5 6 7 8 9. [Note: This is, in fact, the 4th printing published by DAW Canada in 1982). Pagination: [1-6] 7-220 [221-224]. Cover illustration by Ken W. Kelly.
  5. New York: DAW Books, Inc., [1984]. ISBN 0 87997 972 0, $2.95 (US), $3.50 (Canada), mass-market paperback. Copyright page: Copyright 1978, by Tanith Lee. First printing, January 1978 | 5 6 7 8 9. (Note: This is, in fact, the 5th printing issued 1984). Pagination: [1-6] 7-220 [221-224]. Cover illustration by Ken W. Kelly.
  6. [London]: Futura, [1985]. ISBN 0 7088 8039 8, mass-market paperback, £2.25. Copyright page: An Orbit Book. First published in Great Britain by Futura Publications Limited in 1978. Reprinted 1985. Copyright 1978 Tanith Lee. NOTE: Originally published under title: Shadowfire: Volume 1. Cover illustration by Peter A. Jones.
  7. New York: DAW Books, Inc., 2015. ISBN: 0-7564-1112-1, mass-market paperback, $7.99. Copyright page: Copyright 1978 by Tanith Lee Originally publsihed as Vazkor, Son of Vazkor. Cover art by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme. Cover design by C-Force Design. Published by DAW Books, Inc. First printing, January 1978. First new edition printing, September 2015 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Pagination: [1-4] 299 [300]. Cover illustration by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme. Cover design by C-Force Design. NOTE: Published under title: Shadowfire.

    French Translations:

  1. Paris: Éditions J'ai Lu, March 1984. ISBN 2-277-21616-X, mass-market paperback. Pagination: [1-4] 5-286 [287-288]. As "Vazkor", translated by Gérard Lebec. Cover illustration by Tim White.
  2. Paris: Éditions J'ai Lu, Janurary 1989. ISBN 2-277-21616-X, mass-market paperback. Pagination: [1-4] 5-286 [287-288]. As "Vazkor", translated by Gérard Lebec. Cover illustration by Boris Vallejo.
  3. Paris: Éditions J'ai Lu, June 2004. ISBN: 2-290-55826-3. Mass-market paperback. Pagination: [381]-665. As "Vazkor", translated by Michel Darroux and Bernadette Emerich. Cover illustration by Vincent Garigneux.

    German Translations:

  1. Munich: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1979. ISBN: 3-453-30550-7, DM 4.80, mass-market paperback. As "Vazkor", translated by Thomas Schlück. Pagination: [1-6] 7-252 [253-256]. Cover illustration and interior illustrations by Johann Peterka.

    Italian Translations:

  1. Bologna: Libra Editrice, November 1978. Paper covered boards with pictorial dustjacket, Lit 8.500. Pagination: [i-ii] 1-276. As "Vazkor, Figlio Di Vazkor", translated by Roberta Rambelli. Note: this edition also contains Quest For The White Witch, translated by Roberta Rambelli as "La Strega Bianca". Pages 5-20 contain an introduction by Ugo Malaguti. Dustjacket illustration by Allison.
  2. Milan: Editrice Nord, May 1996. ISBN: 88-429-0901-7, stiff pictorial wrappers over trade paperback, Lit 24.00. Pagination: [1-6] i-iv 1-210. As "Vazkor, Figlio Di Vazkor", translated by Viviana Viviani. Note: this edition also contains Quest For The White Witch, translated by Viviana Viviani as "La Strega Bianca". Pages 1-2 contain an introduction by Ugo Malaguti. Cover illustration by Les Edwards.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. [England]: Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz, May 2015.
    Available via SF Gateway. Note: this is only available for readers in the UK and Europe.
    Available via Amazon UK for the Kindle.
  2. New York: DAW Books, Inc., 2016.
    Available via Amazon US for the Kindle.
    Available via Barnes and Noble for the Nook.

Venus Preserved

Novel. 47,000 words.
The fouth volume in The Secret Books of Venus.

Picaro, a traveler from the surface, has come, via submarine to Venus, chasing the evil prophecy that has cast a shadow over his entire life. As rumors of a conspiracy to isolate the domed city from the surface emerge, an unexplained catastrophe occurs, claiming several lives, from which Picaro narrowly escapes. Was it merely an accident, computer failure, or has the experiment unleashed an airborne virus? Or is there even a more sinister danger afoot, a force from beyond that threatens the survival of Venus iself? Picaro finds that the only way to answer these questions is to confront the mysteries of his own that have long remained buried, and to reveal the connection that ties his past to that of the unavenged spirits wreaking havoc on the doomed city. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. Woodstock, NY and New York: Overlook Press, 2003. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 1-58567-474-5. Price: $25.95. Copyright page: First edition | 1 3 5 7 9 6 4 2. Pagination: [1-6] 7-316. Dustjacket illustration by J.K. Potter.
  2. Woodstock, NY and New York: Overlook Press, [2005]. ISBN 1-58567-474-5, $14.95, trade paperback. Copyright page: Copyright Tanith Lee 2003. First edition | 1 3 5 7 9 6 4 2. [Note: actual date of publication from Amazon]. Pagination: [1-6] 7-316. Cover illustration by J.K. Potter.

    Japanese Translations:

  1. Tokyo: Sangyo Henshu Publishing, June 2007. ISBN: 4-86311-001-4, trade paperback, ¥1,300. Pagination: [1-4] 5-406 [407-412]. Translated as "Fukkatsuno Venusu" by Eiko Kakinuma. Cover illustration by Tanno Shinobu.

Vivia

Novel. 120,000 words.
Nominated as no. 11 in the Best Horror/Dark Fantasy Novel category in the 1996 Locus Poll.

Vivia, daughter of Lord Vaddix. A paragon of youth and beauty, alienated from the brutal father who rules his castle through violence and fear. In the aftermath of the latest bloody battle, her father's rage reaches new heights of madness when his faithful war stallion is killed.
For Vivia there is little solace, save the secret cave in the bowels of the castle, known only to her and the arcane god whose shrine she believes it is.
When plague enters the castle, bringing with it an orgy of death and destruction, Vivia seeks shelter in this secret place, among the bats. Drawn to her innocence and beauty, a presence whose power knows no bounds is resurrected, claiming her as his own, taking her to a luxurious palace steeped in seduction and blood.
Vivia, the innocent, wakened to the wonder of the undead, granted the gift of eternal life. But the whims of men are nothing to this dark prince. Tainted by betrayal, Vivia's immortality stretches before her like a damnation, until Zulgaris frees her from a waking death.
Handsome Zulgaris, prince, war-leader and alchemist. Is Vivia to be his lover – or his pet? Or, far worse, is she but one more thing to be used in his relentless quest for sorcerous power? (dustwrapper copy)
  1. [London]: Little, Brown and Company, [1995]. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0 316 91260 3. Price: £16.99. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain in 1995 | by Little, Brown and Company. Pagination: [i-iv, 1-5] 6-395 [396]. Dustjacket illustration: Sappho by Charles-August Mengin.
  2. [London]: Warner Books, [1997]. ISBN 0-7515-2135-3, £6.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: A Warner Book. This edition published in 1997 by Warner Books. Copyright 1995 by Tanith Lee. Pagination: [i-iv 1-5] 6-395 [396]. Cover illustration: Sappho by Charles-August Mengin.
  3. [London]: Warner Books, [1998]. ISBN 0-7515-2135-3, £6.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: A Warner Book. This edition published in 1997 by Warner Books. Reprinted 1998. Copyright 1995 by Tanith Lee. Pagination: [i-iv 1-5] 6-395 [396]. Cover illustration: Sappho by Charles-August Mengin.
  4. [London]: Warner Books, [2001]. ISBN 0-7515-2135-3, £6.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: A Warner Book. This edition published in 1997 by Warner Books. Reprinted 1998, 2001. Copyright 1995 by Tanith Lee. Pagination: [i-iv 1-5] 6-395 [396]. Cover illustration: Sappho by Charles-August Mengin.

Volkhavaar

Novel. 70,000 words.
Winner of the 1986 Gilgamés Award for best fantasy novel published in Spain.

The author of the unforgettable BIRTHGRAVE, of the panoramic outworld of THE STORM LORD, and of the future folk of DON'T BITE THE SUN, now presents us with something different - and yet equally enthralling in its color and fantasy and high adventure.
For VOLKHAVAAR is a novel of witchcraft and wonders on a world far removed from those we know. Here the gods contend for power - the Dark forces against the Light - and here an entire city and its land is plunged into the shadow of an evil beyond anything conceivable. It is the story of Shaina the slave girl and of Volk the outcast who enslaved himself to cosmic forces to gain total power - and of how they were finally to meet and clash - with an entire world as their prize.
VOLKHAVAAR is high fantasy comparable only to the best of Andre Norton and Michael Moorcock. (back cover copy)
  1. New York: DAW Books, Inc., [1977]. Mass-market paperback. Publisher's number: 251 (UW1312). ISBN 0 87997 312 9. Price: $1.50. Copyright page: Copyright, 1977, by Tanith Lee. First Printing, July 1977 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Pagination: [1-8] 9-192. Cover illustration by Michael Whelan. Frontispiece by Jack Gaughan.
  2. New York: DAW Books, Inc. Published by The New American Library of Canada Limited, [1977]. Publisher's number: 251 (UW1312). ISBN 0 87997 312 9, $1.50 (Canadian). Copyright page: Copyright, 1977, by Tanith Lee. First Printing, July 1977 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. [Note: this is, actually, the 2nd printing as published by DAW Canada in 1977]. Pagination: [1-8] 9-192. Cover art by Michael Whelan. Frontispiece by Jack Gaughan.
  3. New York: DAW Books, Inc., [1980]. ISBN 0 87997 539 8, $1.75, mass-market paperback.
  4. London: Hamlyn Paperbacks, [1981]. ISBN 0 600 39453 0, £1.25, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: First published in Great Britain 1981 by Hamlyn Paperbacks. Copyright 1977 by Tanith Lee. Note: Published as Volkhavaar: Slaves To Witchcraft. Cover illustration uncredited.
  5. [London]: Legend, [1988]. ISBN 0 09 955110 1, £2.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: First published 1981 by Hamlyn Paperbacks. Legend edition 1988. Copyright 1977 by Tanith Lee. Pagination: [1-8] 3-202. Cover illustration by Mick Posen.

    Czech Translations:

  1. Praha [Prague]: Nakladatelství Svoboda, 1994. ISBN: 80-205-0414-1, laminate covered illustrated boards. Pagination: [1-7] 8-171 [172-176]. As "Volkhavaar: Služebník Černého Boha", translated by Miloš Chalupa. Cover illustration uncredited.

    Dutch Translations:

  1. The Hague: Uitgerrij Gradivus B.V., 1980. ISBN: 90-6317-602-3, Bfr. 425 or Fl. 24.50, trade paperback. Pagination: [1-8] 9-182. As "Volkhavaar", translated by Pon Ruiter. Cover illustration uncredited. NOTE: pages 185-334 contain these additional eight short stories: De Witte Vrouw (The Demoness), Huzdra (Huzdra), De Goden Ontvloden (Odds Against The Gods), Winterwit (Winter White), Slapende Tijger (Sleeping Tiger), Een Duif Als Moodeenaar (The Murderous Dove), Deux Amours D'Une Sorcière (Deux Amours D'Une Sorcière), and De Ring Vaarwel (Perfidious Amber).
  2. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, February 1993. ISBN: 90-290-4203-6, trade paperback. Pagination: [1-8] 9-219 [220-224]. As "De Zwarte Tovenaar", translated by Pon Ruiter. Cover illustration by Nico Keulers.

    French Translations:

  1. Verviers [Belgium]: Marabout and Paris: Éditions Gérard et Co., 1977. As "Volkhavaar", translated by Martine Vidonne. Cover illustration by Peter A. Jones.

    German Translations:

  1. Bergisch-Gladbach: Bastei-Lübbe, 1979. ISBN: 3-404-01269-0, DM 4.80, mass-market paperback. As "Volkhavaar, Der Magier", translated by Rosemarie Hundertmarck. Pagination: [1-6] 7-218 [219-224]. Cover illustration by Three Lions.

    Italian Translations:

  1. Bologna: Libra Editrice, September 1978. Paper covered boards with pictorial dustwrapper, Lit 4.000. Pagination: [1-4] 5-274 [275-276]. As "Volkhavaar", translated by Roberta Rambelli. Dustjacket illustration by Allison. Note: pages 5-21 contain an introduction and pages 265-272 contain a postscript by Ugo Malaguti. Pages 273-274 contain a bibliography of the author.

    Japanese Translations:

  1. Tokyo: Hayakawa Bunko, April 1983. ISBN: 15-020051-3, ¥420, paperback. Pagination: [1-10] 11-290 [291-296]. As "Maboroshina No Ryoshuu", translated by Hiromi Nakamura. Cover illustration by Sakurase Ryu.

    Polish Translations:

  1. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa ALFA, 1991. ISBN: 83-7001-355-4, trade paperback. Pages: [1-4] 5-173 [174-176]. As "Czarnoksiężnik Z Volkyanu", translated by Danuta Górska. Cover illustration by Janusz Oblucki.

    Spanish Translations:

  1. Barcelona: Ediciones Martínez Roca, S.A., 1985. Trade Paperback. ISBN: 84-270-0958-5. Pagination: [1-6] 7-220. As "Volkhavaar, Esclavos De La Magia", translated by César Terrón. Cover illustration uncredited. Note: p. 220 contains a brief biographical sketch of the author.
  2. Barcelona: Ediciones Martínez Roca, S.A., 1988. Trade Paperback. ISBN: 84-270-0958-5. Pagination: [1-6] 7-220. As "Volkhavaar, Esclavos De La Magia", translated by César Terrón. Cover illustration uncredited. Note: p. 220 contains a brief biographical sketch of the author.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. {England}: Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz, June 2013.
    Available via SF Gateway. Note: this is only available for readers in the UK and Europe.
    Available via Amazon US for the Kindle.
    Available via Amazon UK for the Kindle.

Voyage Of The Basset: Islands In The Sky

Children's book. 60,000 words.
Note: this is the first in a series of novels (by various authors) based on characters and events in the book Voyage of the Basset by James C. Christensen.

London, 1867. Hope Glover climbs a tree to rescue a kite, but instead finds the kite pulling her into the sky, over the ocean, and into a storm! She is rescued by a small beautiful ship -- the Basset -- and drawn into a magical world where a war rages between centaurs and winged horses. It's up to Hope to find a solution that will include an out-of-practice genii, a new pair of wings, and the legendary box of Pandora itself! (back cover copy)
  1. New York: Random House, [1999]. Trade paperback. ISBN 0-679-89127-7. Price: $3.99. Copyright page: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-vi] 1-249 [250]. Cover art by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt.

The Wars Of Vis

Omnibus.
Collects the first two volumes in The Novels Of Vis series.
Contents: The Storm Lord; Anackire.

By the laws of the Kingdom of Dorthar, most powerful of all the realms of Vis, the heir to the Storm Lord's throne is his lastborn son. Thus should the crown belong someday to Raldnor, product of the Storm Lord's union with a light-skinned Lowland priestess. But the Storm Lord's scheming queen, Val Mala, has other plans - plans that set in motion an extraordinary epic of passion, treachery, ambition and clashing gods on a distant and fascinating planet.
Vis is a continent divided, dominated by the dark-haired, dark-skinned race of the Storm Lord, of his Queen - and of their son Amrek. Engineering the halfbreed infant Raldnor's disappearance, Val Mala clears her son's path to the throne. The Storm Lord is the story of Raldnor, raised by the light-skinned, peace-loving Lowlanders, who returns years later to Dorthar. Strong and brave, he is hired by Amrek, now Storm Lord himself, to head the royal guard. Neither is aware of their blood connection. Neither bears the other ill ... until Amrek's bride gives in to her growing passion for the pale-eyed Lowlander.
Amrek's jealous fury crystallizes his resolve to rid the continent of Lowlanders. And only Raidnor stands between the Storm Lord and the horror of genocide. Outnumbered, apparently overpowered, the Lowlanders turn to Raldnor and to the snake goddess Anackire for help.
Anackire returns us to Vis a full generation after The Storm Lord's shattering conclusion. A delicate and complex political balance has held for twenty years. Raldanash is Storm Lord in peaceful Dorthar, but a tyrant rules in Zakoris and another is rising through treachery and intrigue in Karmiss. Piracy, assassination, torture and racial strife spread chaos as the fragile balance of peace tips inexorably toward war.
As the armies converge, Anackire, the powerful and mysterious snake goddess, begins to stir again. And this time, she will unleash powers far beyond the dreams - or nightmares - of any mortal.
Tanith Lee has been widely praised by fans and colleagues alike for her vivid world-creation and riveting prose. In The Storm Lord and its epic companion novel, Anackire, she has spun an engrossing fantasy brimming with dark magic, action, passion and mystery. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. Garden City, New York: Nelson Doubleday, Inc., [1984]. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. First combined edition. First hardcover edition of both titles. Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club. Price: [$7.98]. No statement of printing on copyright page. Date code O26 on page 696. Pagination: [i-vi, 1-6] 7-697 [698]. Dustjacket art by Carl Lundgren.

The Weird Tales of Tanith Lee

Short story collection.
Contents: "A Awareness Of Worlds", introduction by Mike Ashley, When The Clock Strikes, The Sombrus Tower, Death Dances, The Kingdoms Of The Air, The Unrequited Glove, The Winter Ghosts, The Lily Garden, Antonius Bequeathed, Mirror, Mirror, One For Sorrow, The Persecution Machine, Flower Water, Stars Above, Stars Below, Unlocking The Golden Cage, Scarlet And Gold, An Iron Bride, Girls In Green Dresses, The Sea Was In Her Eyes, La Vampiresse, Where All Things Perish, Flicker Of A Winter Star, Blood Chess, Midnight, Arthur's Lion, Sold, The Heart of Ice, Magpied, and The Waters Of Sorrow.

This anthology of twenty-eight tales comprises all the short stories by Tanith Lee that were published in the seminal magazine Weird Tales during her lifetime. Some of them are previously uncollected, and appeared in print only in the magazine, so will be new to many of Tanith's fans.
Tanith Lee's highly-respected and influential work spanned every genre, and this sumptuous collection deconstrates the range of ver versatality. From the dark high fantasy of 'The Sombrous Tower', through the Arthurian=influenced 'The Kingdoms Of The Air', the achingly beautiful 'Stars Above, Stars Below' of a science-fantasy Mars, the sinister retelling of a fairy tale in 'When The Clock Strikes', the real-world mysteries of 'The Unrequited Glove' and 'Arthur's Lion', and almost whimsical steampunk of 'The Presecution Machine', The Weird Tales Of Tanith Lee showcases the myriad styles of the writer rightly renown as the High Priestess of Fantasy. (back covercopy)
  1. Stafford, Staffordshire, England: Immanion Press, 2017. ISBN: 1-907737-79-4, trade paperback, ₤13.99, $18.99. Copyright page: Copyright 2017. Cover art by John Kaiine. Interior layout by Storm Constantine. IP0130. Pagination: [1-8] 9-417 [418-427]. Cover illustration by John Kaiine. Interior layout by Storm Constantine.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. Stafford, Staffordshire, England: Immanion Press, May 2017.
    Available via Amazon US for the Kindle.
    Available via Amazon UK for the Kindle.

When The Lights Go Out

Novel. 110,000 words.

Hesta Web, with her hot red hair and her tough, guarded coldness, is trapped with a mother who hates her and a father who is mostly away earning money on an oil rig. When Hesta discovers that her mother and her mother's lover have had rampant sex in Hesta's bed, she absconds with her friend Janey to the seaside.
It is the last day of the season, sun bright and sea sparkling. The bars and shops are open, the funfair spins round with shrieks and shouts. As night falls, the illuminations go on. But when Janey catches the last train to London, Hesta stays behind. She falls in with the gothic-looking, unpleasantly attractive Skilt and his subject colony of junkies and beggars. In a rotting hotel on the front, among the broken marble balustrades, the mouse-eaten rooms and the bonfire in the ballroom, Hesta takes up her new life. She hears drugged legends told beside the fire, the rumours of ghosts and the strangeness of the sea.
For now the season has ended, the seaside is deserted, the illuminations are switched off, this place is very strange. Does Skilt know its secret? Should Hesta be wary of the blond man who watches her from the pier? And what happens when the lights go out?
It's dark. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. [London]: Headline Feature, [1996]. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0-7472-1598-X. Price: £16.99. Copyright page: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-vi] 1-246 [247-250]. Dustjacket illustration by Mark Salwowski.
  2. [London]: Headline Feature, [1996]. ISBN 0-7472-5216-5, £5.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: Copyright 1996 Tanith Lee. First published in 1996 by Headline Book Publishing. First published in 1996 by Headline Book Publishing. A Headline Feature Paperback | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-vi] 1-377 [378]. Cover illustration by Mark Salwowski.

White As Snow

Novel. 95,000 words.
Nominated as no. 15 in the Best Fantasy Novel category in the 2001 Locus Poll.

Once upon a time there was a mirror ...
So begins this dark, unusual retelling of the story of Snow White by the writer reviewers have called "the Angela Carter of the fantasy field." Tanith Lee's collection of fairy stories, Red as Blood: Tales from the Sisters Grimmer, is an acknowledged classic of fairy tale literature for adults. Now this mistress of the fairy-tale form gives readers a whole novel based on a beloved story, turning it into a dark and sensual drama full of myth and magic.
Arpazia is the aging queen who paces the halls of a warlord's palace. Cold as winter, she has only one passion -- for the mysterious hunter who courts the outlawed old gods of the woodland. Coira is the princess raised in the shadow of her mother's hatred. Avoided by both her parents and half-forgotten by her father's court, she grows into womanhood alone ... until the mirror speaks, and blood is spilled, and the forest claims her.
The tragic myth of the goddess Demeter and her daughter, Persephone, stolen by the king of the underworld, is woven together with the tale of Snow White to create a powerful story of mothers and daughters and the blood that binds them together, for good or ill. Black queen. White maid. Royal huntsman. Seven little folk who live in the forest. Come inside, sit by the fire, and listen to this fairy tale as you've never heard it before. Once upon a time there was a mirror, and a girl as white as snow ... (dustwrapper copy)
  1. New York: Tor, [2000]. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0-312-86993-2, $23.95. Copyright page: First edition: December 2000 | 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [1-13] 14-319 [320]. Introduction by Terri Windling. Dustjacket illustration and design by Thomas Canty.
  2. New York: Tor, [2000 i.e., 2001]. Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club. [$11.98]. Hardcover.
  3. New York: Tor, [2000 i.e. 2001]. ISBN 0-312-87549-5, trade paperback, $14.95. Copyright page: First hardcover edition: December 2000. First trade paperback edition: December 2001 | 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [1-13] 14-319 [320]. Introduction by Terri Windling. Cover illustration and design by Thomas Canty.

    Dutch Translations:

  1. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, November 2001. ISBN: 90-290-7082-X, trade paperback. As "Wit Als Sneeuw, Rood Als Bloed", translated by Peter Cuijpers. Pagination: [1-10] 11-320. Cover illustration by Michael Whelan. NOTE: Name of original English title erroneously given by publisher as White As Show, Red As Blood.

    Japanese Translations:

  1. Tokyo: Sanpen Books, October 2004. ISBN: 4-916199-64-2, ¥1280, paperback. As "Kagami No Mori", translated by Sanae Tamaki. Pagination: [1-9] 10-493 [494-496]. Cover illustration and interior illustrations by Shou Shi Su Masayuki Designs.

The White Serpent: A Novel Of Vis

Novel. 135,000 words.
The third volume in The Novels Of Vis series.
Nominated as no. 14 in the Best Fantasy Novel category in the 1989 Locus Poll.

THE WHITE WITCH -
She is Aztira, one of the magical Amanackire race, a pure white albino with powers both mysterious and terrifying. She can grant life and defy death, enchant men - or destroy them!
AND THE WARRIOR -
He is Rehger. Sold into slavery at the age of four, he will become one of the finest warriors and charioteers in the land. Yet all his prowess with arms will not save him from the spell of the White Witch, a dangerous bewitchment that will lead him to challenge the mightiest of mortals and immortals ... and to embark on a fearsome quest in search of the legendary city that is home to the Amanackire. (back cover copy)
  1. New York: DAW Books, Inc., [1988]. Mass-market paperback. Publisher's number: 740 (UE2267). ISBN 0 88677 267 2. Price: $3.95. Copyright page: First Printing, April 1988 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Pagination: [1-10] 11-396 [397-400]. Cover art by Sanjulian.

    Dutch Translations:

  1. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, April 1992. ISBN: 90-290-4390-3, trade paperback. As "Het Witte Serpent", translated by Annemarie van Ewyck. Pagination: [1-8] 9-378 [379-384]. Cover illustration by Nico Keulers. NOTE: This is the second printing.

    German Translations:

  1. Munich: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1990. ISBN: 3-453-04500-9, DM 14.80, mass-market paperback. As "Aztira", translated by Michael Windgassen. Pagination: [1-8] 9-494 [495-496]. Cover illustration by Boris Vallejo.

The Winter Players

Novella. 25,000 words.
Collected in Companions On The Road And The Winter Players: Two Novellas.

She distrusted him at once, not least because she knew his words were lies. 'Call me Grey,' he said, but that was not his name. Fear gripped her like a hand.
No one but the priestess could look upon the relics: the Ring, the jewel and the Bone. It was for the Bone that this grey stranger had come. He was a thief, but she realized with a sinking heart that he was armed with as much magic as herself, and maybe more.
The relics were secret, sacred. The people would never know that the Bone was gone. But Oaive knew that she must follow Grey, find and destroy him, even though it meant leaving her people with no one to say the Ritual, no one to read the Book of Lore. Beyond the mist, they called the shrine the House of the Bone; if the Bone was not there, the Ritual was meaningless. She could not know that there were three players in the game, and that the most dangerous was the last. (dustwrapper copy)
  1. [London]: M[acmillan, 1976]. Paper covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. ISBN 0 333 19840 9. Price: £2.95. Copyright page: First Published in Great Britain 1976 by | MACMILLAN LONDON LIMITED. Pagination: [1-6] 7-104. Dustjacket art by Alison Petrie.
  2. [London]: M[acmillan, 1978]. ISBN 0 333 19840 9, Price: £3.95, hardcover.
  3. [London]: Beaver Books, [1988]. ISBN 0 09 957140 4, £1.99, mass-market paperback. Copyright page: A Beaver Book. Published by Arrow Books Limited. A imprint of Century Hutchinson Limited. First published by Macmillan 1976. Beaver edition 1988. Copyright Tanith Lee 1976. Pagination: [1-6] 7-104 [105-112]. Cover illustration uncredited.

    German Translations:

  1. Munich: Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, 1984. ISBN: 3-453-31052-7, DM 5.80, mass-market paperback. As "Der Winterspiel", translated by Lore Strassl. Pagination: Cover illustration by Linda Garland. Interior illustrations by Ursula Olga Rinne.

    Italian Translations:

  1. Milan: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, September 1990. ISBN: 88-04-33862-8, trade paperback, Lit 10.000. Pagination: [1-2] 3-103 [104-108]. As "Il Cerchio Del Tempo", translated by Ilva Tron. Cover illustration by Marco Ventura.
  2. Milan: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, June 1992. ISBN: 88-04-33862-8, trade paperback, Lit 11.000. Pagination: [12] 3-103 [104-110]. As "Il Cerchio Del Tempo", translated by Ilva Tron. Cover illustration by Marco Ventura.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. {England}: Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz, July 2014.
    Available via SF Gateway. Note: this is only available for readers in the UK and Europe.
    Available via Amazon US for the Kindle.
    Available via Amazon UK for the Kindle.

Wolf Star Rise

Young adult novel. 55,000 words.
The second volume in the Wolf Tower sequence.
Collected in The Claidi Journals.

Orphan-slave Claidi has fought for freedom and won. Now she looks forward to a life of happiness with the wandering Hulta people.
But once again for Claidi, nothing and no-one is as it seems. Secrets menace her; a bewildering land of giant flowers and savage animals; the awesome Rise, a great cliff topped by a mansion ruled by a strange, arrogant, enigmatic Prince. At dusk each night, the rising of the flaming Wolf Star.
Again, Claidi has only her wits and courage as weapons and her diary as her only friend. (back cover copy)
  1. [London]: Hodder Children's Books, [2000]. Trade paperback. ISBN 0-340-74647-5. Price: £4.99. Copyright page: Copyright 2000 Tanith Lee. First published in Great Britain in 2000 by Hodder Children's Books as part of Hodder Silver Series | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-x] 1-197 [198]. Cover illustration by Haydn Cornner.
  2. New York: Dutton Children's Books, [2001]. Paper-covered boards, issued with pictorial dustwrapper. First hardcover edition. ISBN 0-525-46673-8. Price: $16.99. Copyright page: 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1. Jacket illustration by Victor Lee. Note: published as Wolf Star. "The Claidi Journals - Book II" at head of title.
  3. New York: Penguin/Puffin, 2002. ISBN 0-14-230152-3, trade paperback, $5.99. Copyright page: Originally published in Great Britain by Hodder Childrens' Books, 2000. First published in the United States of America by Dutton Childrens' Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2001. Published by Puffin Books, a division of Peguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2002 | 5 7 9 10 8 6. Copyright Tanith Lee, 2000. Pagination: [i-viii] [1-2] 3-232. Note: published as Wolf Star. Cover illustration by Victor Lee.
  4. [London]: Hodder Children's Books, [2006]. ISBN: 0 340 91813 6, £5.99, trade paperback. Copyright page: Copyright 1998 Tanith Lee. First published in Great Britain in 1998 by Hodder Children's Books. This edition published in 2006. Pagination: [1-10] 1-197 [198]. Cover illustration by Hayden Corner.

    Japanese Translations:

  1. Tokyo: Sangyou Henshaa Sentaa, March 2005. ISBN: 4-916199-70-7, ¥1200, paperback. Pagination: [1-4] 5-347 [348-352]. As "Raizu Boshino Tsugi Jin Tachi", translated by Hiromi Nakamura. Cover illustration by Sakurase Ryu.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. {England}: Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz, December 2014.
    Available via SF Gateway. Note: this is only available for readers in the UK and Europe.
    Available via Amazon US for the Kindle.
    Available via Amazon UK for the Kindle.

Wolf Wing

Young adult novel. 60,000 words.
The fourth volume in the Wolf Tower sequence.

Free at last, Claidi and Argul can begin their new life together. Yet, nagged by her past, Claidi feels compelled to return to her birthplace, the House, to rescue her fellow slaves.
Again, nothing is as it seems. The shadow of the mysterious scientist-magician Ustareth still spreads over them, drawing them relentlessly into a quest beyond their wildest dreams. (back cover copy)
  1. [London]: Hodder Children's Books, [2002]. Trade paperback. ISBN 0-340-79938-2. Price: £5.99. Copyright page: Copyright 2002 Tanith Lee. First published in Great Britain in 2002 by Hodder Children's Books as part of Hodder Silver Series | 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Pagination: [i-x] 1-194 [195-198]. Cover illustration by Haydn Cornner.
  2. New York: Dutton Children's Books, [2003]. Paper-covered boards. ISBN 0-5254-7162-6. Pagination: 204.
  3. New York: Puffin Books, 2004. ISBN 0142402478, trade paperback, $6.99. Copyright page: Originally published in Great Britain by Hodder Childrens' Books, 2002. First published in the United States of America by Dutton Childrens' Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers Group, 2003. Published by Firebird, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2004 | 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. Copyright Tanith Lee, 2002. Pagination: [i-x] [1-2] 3-229 [230]. Cover illustration by Victor Lee.
  4. [London]: Hodder Children's Books, [2007]. ISBN 0-340-79938-2, £5.99, trade paperback. Copyright page: Copyright 2002 Tanith Lee. First published in Great Britain in 2002 by Hodder Children's Books. This edition published in 2007 | 1. Pagination: [i-x] 1-194 [195-198]. Cover illustration by Haydn Cornner.

    Japanese Translations:

  1. Tokyo: Sangyou Henshaa Sentaa, May 2005. ISBN: 4-916199-72-3, ¥1200, paperback. Pagination: [1-4] 5-347 [348-352]. As "Tsubasawo Hiroge Ta Purinsesu", translated by Hiromi Nakamura. Cover illustration by Sakurase Ryu.

    Electronic Publications:

  1. {England}: Orion Publishing Group/Gollancz, July 2014.
    Available via SF Gateway. Note: this is only available for readers in the UK and Europe.
    Available via Amazon US for the Kindle.
    Available via Amazon UK for the Kindle.

Women As Demons: The Male Perception Of Women Through Space And Time

Short story collection.
Nominated as no. 18 in the Best Collection/Anthology category in the 1990 Locus Poll.

Contents: Preface; The Demoness; Deux Amours D'une Sorcière; The Unrequited Glove; Gemini; Into Gold; The Lancastrian Blush; You Are My Sunshine; The One We Were; The Truce; The Squire's Tale; Discovered Country; Winter White; Written In Water; Mirage And Magia; The Thaw; Northern Chess.

"Tanith Lee is a master of the art of storytelling. She writes with coruscating precision, dazzling wit, and an insight into both the human and the magical conditions that is unparalleled. And she has made the female heart her particular domain. In Women as Demons the reader will remeet with delight and awe some old friends, and will come across new tales that are a revelation." Jane Yolen
In this rich and varied new collection of fantasy, science fiction and horror stories - some of which have been selected for "Best of the Year" anthologies - Tanith Lee brings her power to bear on the nature of relationships between women and men. The witch, the femme fatale, the vengeful goddess, the Amazon - past, present and future - spring to life in these tales of mystery and imagination.
Tanith Lee is twice winner of the World Fantasy Award for short stories, and of the British Fantasy Award for her novel Death's Master. (back cover copy)
  1. [London]: The Women's Press, [1989]. Trade paperback. ISBN: 0 7043 4169 7 (copyright page), 0 7043 4132 8 (rear wrapper). Price: £4.95. Copyright page: First published by The Women's Press Limited 1989. Pagination: [i-viii] ix-xii [xiii-xiv] 1-272 [273-274]. Cover art by Juliette Pearce.

    Spanish Translations:

  1. Majadahonda [Madrid]: Heptada Ediciones, S.A., 1990. Trade paperback. ISBN: 84-7892-008-0. Pagination: [1-7] 8-291 [292-296]. As "Mujeres: Ángeles O Demonios", translated by Alejandra Vassallo. Cover illustration by Jan Semmel. Books design by Bruno d'Aquino.

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