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Curse of the Shadow Beasts (Magelore Series) Paperback – 1999


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About the Author

Christine Morgan is graduate of Humbolt State University. She is a residential counselor who makes her home in Seattle, Washington.
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Product Details

  • Series: Magelore Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: SterlingHouse Publisher, Inc.; 1 edition (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156315188X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563151880
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,979,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christine Morgan divides her writing time among many genres, from horror to historical, from superheroes to smut, anything in between and combinations thereof. She's a wife, a mom, a future crazy-cat-lady and a longtime gamer, who enjoys British television, cheesy action/disaster movies, cooking and crafts.

Her stories have appeared in several publications, including: The Book of All Flesh, The Book of Final Flesh, The Best of All Flesh, History is Dead, The World is Dead, Strange Stories of Sand and Sea, Fear of the Unknown, Hell Hath No Fury, Dreaded Pall, Path of the Bold, Cthulhu Sex Magazine and its best-of volume Horror Between the Sheets, Closet Desire IV, and Leather, Lace and Lust.

She's also a contributor to The Horror Fiction Review, a former member of the HWA, a regular at local conventions, and an ambitious self-publisher (six fantasy novels, four horror novels, six children's fantasy books, and two roleplaying supplements). Her work has appeared in Pyramid Magazine, GURPS Villains, been nominated for Origins Awards, and given Honorable Mention in two volumes of Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.

Her suspense thriller, The Widows Walk, was recently released from Lachesis Publishing, and her horror novel, The Horned Ones, is due out from Belfire in 2012.She's currently delving into steampunk, making progress on an urban paranormal series, and on a bloodthirsty Viking kick.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
First-Time author Christine Morgan takes us into a world that many people have visited - that of an active fantasy adventure.
A previous reviewer proclaimed this book as "slash fiction". That couldn't be any farther than the truth! Ms. Morgan has delved into her "role-playing" background, and has produced a story that doesn't just tell a story, it LIVES the story.
Elven magic-user, Arien Miranda, has to stop a malovent curse - cast by the ancestors of an enemy Elven House onto his bloodline - from ruining his chances to love again. To this end, he enlists the aid of an Elfkin theif, Cat Sabledrake (Elfkin - half-elf/half-human offspring of a Human/Elf mating, which Pure Elves will kill, citing such crossbreeds as abominations).
Together, they travel with Alphonse Bugbedead (an Orckin), Sybil Narrin (an acolyte to the sex-goddess Talopea), and a few other friends to the feared tower of Archmage Selbon - a master of alchemy - to find a book that might free Arien from his curse. This serves a double-purpose, since it is rumored that Cat's mother might just be a prisoner in this same tower.
Along the way, Cat and Co. face many adventures and strange people - most noteworthy is the Archmage Solarrin; a deformed, dwarf-sized human who is a skilled necromancer, and his Minotaur sidekick, Bostich. (Note: Ms. Morgan affectionately refers to Solarrin as "The Dungeonmaster's evil twin; in reference to the animated show "Dungeons & Dragons")
Overall, this is a great book, which will give insight to the world of "Role-Playing Adventures" to a lot of us that don't play RP-Games. It's also a fantastic fantasy, filled with action, suspense, danger, romance, and a little twisted comedy that is a trademark of Ms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've been hooked on reading since before I was six, and over the past twelve-or-so years, I think I may well have read more than 500 books (not including repeats), and this, as one of very few, trapped me completely, as I practically witnessed the events going on like I was stuck in some holodeck adventure. (Trekkies know what I mean). The author has a way of actually transferring the emotions of the characters into the readers. Either that, or I'm way overdue for my psych evaluation.
Putting it shortly: provided the reader has even a grain of imagination he/she will Feel. Feel, as in share the pain, the loss, the laughs and the joys of Arien, Cat or any of the cast.
And while waiting for the sequel, you can ask yourself whether or not also you know an Alphonse, or a Greyquin, or even a Cat. For such is the cast, that should you manage to ignore the matter of species, elven or orc etc. you may find friends of yours riding through the forest, on occasion even family.
Life is simple. Death is simple. Living is the hard part. (I won't get in trouble for quoting, will I?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "malkavien" on September 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Like several people who already reviewed this wonderful novel, I've know the author, Christine Morgan, by the fandom of the TV Series Gargoyles, and met her several times already, during the Gathering conventions. All that to say that I had high expectation about this book, and I wasn't disappointed!
Poignant intrigues, attaching characters, and one of the dealiest sneakiest vilain I've ever known. and most of all non-human races that have more than one dimension, far from the stereotypes of the genre.
I tell you guys, this book is a MUST READ! (like 99% of Christine's stories, anyway!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne on December 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
This world could be part of Middle Earth that the hobbits never discovered.
Elf, human, gnome and dwarf live in the same city, yet it is an abomination for attraction to grow and if a child is ever spawned with impure elven blood, it is drowned at birth.
Arien, an elf mage never questioned the wisdom or necessity of this practice, then, an elfkin saves his life. Now, he must face truths, some from his own past and some from the world at large... thus, he leaves his scolarly life and embarks on a quest .... you won't regret reading this great story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heidi D on September 15, 2000
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I have been a fan of Ms. Morgan's work for a long time and while all of it is awesome, this is one of the best of the best. The day I received it I read it right through. A must read for RPG fans or fans of Ms. Morgan - or both! =)
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