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Mercedes Lackey is the author of the "Bardic Voices" series (Baen), the "Heralds of Valdemar" series (DAW), and many more. She even has her own fan club with over 1,000 members. Her books routinely rise to the top of the genre bestseller lists and become book club selections.
Eric Flint is a gifted new star of military SF. His major alternate-history novel, 1632, sold out its hardcover edition almost immediately. With David Drake he has collaborated on five novels in the popular "Belisarius" series.
Dave Freer, author of The Forlorn (Baen) and of many articles in scientific journals, is an expert on sharks, an accomplished rock-climber, and was an unwilling conscript in the "undeclared" South African-Angolan war.

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Defeated but not destroyed, the demon Chernobog has returned to plague the world-this time in the body of Lithuanian Grand Duke Jagiellon. Prince Manfred, nephew of the Holy Roman Emperor, and his ally Benito Valdosta, grandson of Ferrara's duke, seek a way to thwart the demon's plans before Europe falls to its growing power. Lackey (the "Valdemar" series), Eric Flint (1632), and Dave Freer (The Forlorn) have joined forces to tell a panoramic tale of sorcery and politics set in an alternate Renaissance Europe. Each author brings his or her own strengths to this sequel to The Shadow of the Lion, a story that features detailed scenes of battle, good historical detail, and unforgettable characters. Highly recommended for most fantasy and alternate history collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Lusciously set in alternative-history 16th-century Venice, Corfu and sinister points northeast, this huge sequel to the authors' equally massive and magnetic Shadow of the Lion will appeal to adolescents of all ages. In this world, broken off from ours in A.D. 349 (when St. Hypatia saved the Alexandrian Library), Christian magic battles blackest sorcery, with a wild card-the old, old Mother Goddess still worshipped in Corfu's mountain caves-eventually entering the fray. On the human front, young Benito Valdosta, a roistering rascal and irresistible scamp, derring-dos into modern-man maturity, even snatching Maria, his early love, from the arms of Death himself. The convincing characters range from stalwart Vinland Vikings and conniving courtiers to sex-crazed jealous wives and a fatally shape-shifting shaman, not to mention sadistic King Emeric of Hungary and Emeric's lethal great-great-aunt Elizabeth, Countess Bartholdy, who's bathed into eternal youth by gallons of virgins' blood. All express themselves in stripped-down modern American idiom and whirl through breathless action, making for hours of old-fashioned reading fun. Who needs depth, when Lackey, Flint and Freer, as mixmasters of nearly every heard-of myth, hurtle through as compelling a romp as this? (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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