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Tiger Burning Bright Paperback – August 4, 2013
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
Three fantasy giants--the "others" are Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey--join forces to produce this tale of three women who rule a city. A priestess grandmother, a reigning queen mother, and a warrior princess daughter must use all their skill and strength in both open and secret battle to defeat an evil emperor and his truly odious, not to mention potent, sorcerous henchman. None of the troika has ever told a bad story on her own, and they do not when collaborating. The only possible caveats are that the three writers blend so well that this is not the book to start an acquaintance with any one of them individually and that the plot is so stock that some may find it lacking in interest. Interest will not, however, be lacking in any book with these three mighty fantasists' names on the cover. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Marion Zimmer Bradley is probably best known for her Darkover novels and her best-selling Arthurian novel THE MISTS OF AVALON. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988, and an annual anthology, SWORD AND SORCERESS. For more information, see her website: www.mzbworks.com. Mercedes Lackey graduated from Purdue University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. This, she soon learned, along with a paper hat and a nametag will qualify you to ask “would you like fries with that?” at a variety of fast-food locations. She had always written from her early teens and developed this hobby by writing fan-fiction for various amateur magazines. In the 1980s she met both Marion Zimmer and C J Cherryh, both of whom helped mentor her from amateur into professional writer. Her first book was published in 1985. Misty is approaching 100 books in print, and her foreign editions include Russian, German, Czech, Polish, French, Italian, Turkish, and Japanese. She is the author, alone or in collaboration, of the Heralds of Valdemar, Elemental Masters, Secret World Chronicles, 500 Kingdoms, Diana Tregarde, Heirs of Alexandria, Obsidian Mountain, Dragon Jouster, Bedlam Bards, Shadow Grail, and other series and standalone books. A night-owl by nature, she is generally found at the keyboard between 10 PM and 6 AM. For more information, see her website: www.mercedeslackey.com. Andre Norton is perhaps best known as the author of the Witch World novels and wrote over 100 books, including at least one beginning with each letter of the alphabet. She was named a Grandmaster by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
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The city of"Merina", is a ripe plum for the picking, and Emperor Balthezar, fresh front other such victories, has decided to pick it for himself. His chancellor, General, and mage, are all more than ready to assist him, each for their own reasons.
A greedy, but otherwise fairly benign man, the chancellor sees a chance to appropriate great riches for himself. A man known for his cruelty, and perversions, the general sees any number of opportunities to practice his atrocities.
It is the third man in the Emperors service who is the most dangerous threat; a man who has given himself over to the dark, and has no conscience or mercy. His plans for the three women of the Tiger, who rule Mirida, are as evil as they come.
There is one gallant, honorable man, who may be able to help them defeat their enimies, but, will he; and will they find each other before it's too late?
Read the story to find out. You'll be glad you did!
As faithful readers of my reviews, including all my book reviews, here on Facebook, Amazon, and other places may recall, I am a HUGE fan of Andre Norton's books. Yet, this one the one novel that she wrote with Marion Zimmer Bradley and Mercedes Lackey that I didn't read when it first came out in hardcover back in 1995 around my birthday - though I do have a copy Andre signed that I acquired through eBay years ago.
I honestly don't know why I put off reading this fantasy novel that Andre co-wrote. I enjoyed reading Mercedes Lackey's Heralds Series and I did like some of Marion Zimmer Bradley's works, including her Darkover novels. It may have been that during the fantasy novel resurgence of the 1990s, shared world novels written by numerous writers were extremely popular and call me silly, but sometimes "popular things" can be off putting to me. And of course, anything Andre wrote I read with great anticipation because I loved her writing.
For example, when I was in high school, "Lord of the Rings" was extremely popular, but I didn't read it until it's popularity passed. Yet, I did read all the Harry Potter novels when they came out - as Jeff H. likes to point out. [Note: While he's seen all eight Harry Potter movies, Jeff H. hasn't read any of the Harry Potter novels. Jeff prefers non-fiction to reading fiction, and don't please ask how someone who rarely reads fiction could be one of my best friends since Rick rarely reads fiction either. At least Zack reads non-fiction and fiction like me. Say Zack, about that book on Judaism you borrowed three years ago...]
"Tiger Burning Bright" is an enjoyable fantasy novel - yet not a great fantasy novel, Set in the country of Merina, that worships the Goddess and is ruled by the women of "The House of the Tiger."
In a quest to gain more lands and the great power of the Goddess' Heart that resides in HER temple; Emperor Balthasar and his armies led by the foul and dark necromancer Apolon are at Merina's gates.
In a bold and daring move, Queen Lydana, her daughter Princess Shelyra, and the Dowager Queen Adele give rule of Merina over to Leopold - Emperor Balthasar's son who has grown weary of his father's violent ways.
What follows is a cat-and-mouse game as Adele, Lydana, and Shelyra each go underground and their separate ways in order to fight against the invading forces.
Strongly Recommended for Andre Norton Fans since it takes place in a world far different than Witch World and her other fictional worlds.
Recommended for fantasy readers looking for an intriguing world to visit.
Four Stars mainly because of Andre Norton.