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Lynn Abbey Books In Order

Publication Order of Rifkind Books

Daughter of the Bright Moon (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Flame (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rifkind's Challenge (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Unicorn and Dragon Books

Unicorn and Dragon (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Man/Conquest (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ultima Saga Books

The Forge of Virtue (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Temper of Wisdom (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Walensor Books

The Wooden Sword (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beneath the Web (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Emma Merrigan Books

Out of Time (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Behind Time (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Taking Time (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Down Time (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Guardians (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Catwoman (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Siege of Shadows (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jerlayne (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Thieves’ World Anthology Books

The Face of Chaos (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wings of Omen (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead of Winter (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Soul of the City (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Ties (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aftermath (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uneasy Alliances (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stealer's Sky (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Turning Points (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enemies of Fortune (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of ElfQuest Books

Wolfsong (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dark Sun : Chronicles of AthasBooks

The Brazen Gambit (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cinnabar Shadows (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rise and Fall of a Dragon King (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Lynn Abbey

The American writer and novelist Lynn Abbey is extremely well regarded all across the world, which is due to her creative style of storytelling. A highly unique voice within the industry, she has created a name for herself that sets herself apart from others within her field. Focusing mainly on fantasy novels, she creates entire worlds that bring the reader immediately in, allowing them to feel as if they’re actually there. Painting a highly vivid landscape for the reader, she effectively allows them to explore the worlds alongside her, whilst also meeting the characters. This is all thanks to her extremely descriptive style of writing that brings them to life off of the page for the reader.

Creating many series that have stood the test of time as well, she has produced a number of franchises over the years. These have all kept the readers continually coming back for me time and time again, with a dedicated fan-base that’s both national and international. With a lot more to come still, she has plenty of room to carry on expanding indefinitely for many years to come yet.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1948 on the 18th of September, Lynn Abbey would be born and raised in the area of Peekskill, New York. She would later go on to attend the University of Rochester, whereby she would major in astrophysics, as well as gaining a M.A. in European history. Following this she would go on to work in computer programming, during which time she would become highly involved in the fandom of science-fiction. This would then lead the way to her becoming more heavily interested in writing herself, applying her own ideas and inspiration to the page. In time she would move on to Leesburg in Florida, where she has lived and worked, writing full-time since back in 1997.

Writing Career

Starting out all the way back in 1979, Abbey would begin to make an impact upon the world of publishing, with the release of some fiction. This would include the short-story ‘The Face of Chaos’, along with ‘Daughter of the Bright Moon’, both of which would see fans asking for more. Over the next decade she would go on to create a number of different series and franchises during the eighties, many of which were written alongside her husband and fellow author Robert Asprin. For much of her writing career, Abbey’s work has largely been characterized by anti-heroes looking to find their place in a brutalized fantasy world however they can. This would then see her establish her own award winning formula, as she has become a name that is recognized throughout the industry to this very day.

Siege of Shadows

First released in 1996, this would be a stand-alone novel from Lynn Abbey, with it being published on the 1st of February. Published through the ‘Ace’ publishing outlet, this would set up a new fantastical world for Abbey, allowing her to do what she does best. Taking the reader on a journey, she really transports them, meaning this is a must for any fans of the author, or the genre of fantasy as a whole.

Whilst this may be a stand-alone novel, it still follows in a similar vein to what Lynn Abbey has published before. Any fans of the author will be well aware of the style, knowing what to expect in terms of fantastical worlds created, although there are plenty of surprises along the way. This is something she excels at though, clearly being at the top of her game here, showing a huge amount of imagination in the process. The characters are also well drawn too and, whilst being typical of the moral complexities Abbey shows within her work, are extremely well developed.

Legend has it that the ‘Siege of Shadows’ holds the secrets of life itself, bestowing whoever locates it with whatever they want to know. For centuries now it has remained hidden from all who have tried to find it, many even going so far as to doubt its entire existence. That’s when a brother and sister decide to attempt to enter the game, as they try to go about locating it, uncovering its many secrets in the process. To do this though, they must first learn the rules from the Hidden God in order to take part, many of these rules being highly deadly. Will they be able to complete their task? Can they do whatever it takes to complete their journey? What lies within the Siege of Shadows?

Rifkind’s Challenge

Initially released through the ‘Tor Fantasy’ publishing label, this would originally come out on the 29th of May in 2007. Marking the third title in the ongoing ‘Rifkind’ series of novels, this picks up from where the last left off with the next instalment. This would also be the last in the series, concluding the franchise as a whole, completely wrapping up all the loose ends in the process.

Using elements from the real-world Abbey combines fact and fiction in what is a fantastical journey for a wholly individual character. Allowing her central protagonist to really flourish on the page, she definitely lets her come into her own as an entirely singular presence. The manner in which she paints the landscape too is also extremely inspired, really bringing it to life off of the page. Complimenting the other novels in the series too, it builds upon the premise and the world that came before as well.

Taking place in a desert world overseen and ruled over by men, Rifkind finds herself at odds with the environment around her. Looking to wield a mighty sword, she learned the way of battle from an early age, whilst the other women were learning to cook and look after children. Not bound by tribal custom, Rifkind is the chieftain’s daughter, but she really faces a challenge after her entire clan is killed, leaving her to brave the elements alone. Having raised her son and practised healing, she must now journey once more into the unknown, as she faces all sorts of magical danger, as she takes heed of her personal call to arms. Is she really alone though, this time round? Can she defeat the enemies ahead of her? How will she deal with Rifkind’s challenge?

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