By Mercedes Lackey
In March 1987, a tender writer from Oklahoma released her first novel, Arrows of the Queen. This modest publication a few magical land referred to as Valdemar was once the start of a myth masterwork sequence that may span many years and comprise greater than dozen titles. Now readers can take a trip to the area of Valdemar-including Tanya Huff, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Fiona Patton, and Judith Tarr-each including their very own targeted touches.
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A n d here is my fath er as a young man, his first hat, his first carriage ride, at dawn. H ere are the nam es o f girls, the w ords o f the songs sung at the time, the text o f a love letter, the new spapers read— his entire youth com pressed into a single p aragrap h . N ow we are in Rum a, w here my fath er received his secondary-school education. Perhaps this exam p le will give you an idea o f how all-knowing, as they used to say, The Encyclopedia o f the Dead actually is. T h e principle is clear, yet the erudition, the need to record it all, everythin g a hum an life is m ade of, is en ough to take on e’s breath away.
H er m ortal body return ed to the brothel, while her spirit m oved on to a new Illusion. • 24 • I t h ap p en ed in 19 2 3 o r 19 2 4 . In H am burg, I think. D u ring a time o f stock-m arket disasters and gid dy devaluation: the daily w ages o f a dock laborer cam e to seventeen billion m arks, an d decent prostitutes charged three times as m uch fo r their services. ) In one o f the small pink room s not fa r from the port, a prostitute nam ed M ariette had died suddenly o f pneum onia. ” “ She went up in flam es, at the stake,” he said.
B y the time I count to ten,” Peter went on, taking no notice o f her, “ his body will crash to the earth he so despised, fall like a stone at yo u r feet, n ever again to rise from the dust . . F o r G od the O ne and Only so desires. O ne . ” said Sophia. ” “Tw o . “ E ven i f he falls, he is the victor,” said Sophia. P eter kept his eyes shut while he counted, as if w ishing to gain time. A n d then he heard a shriek going up from the crowd, and he open ed his eyes. A t the very spot w here Sim on had disap p eared , a black speck was em ergin g from the cloud and starting to grow .