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Publication Order of Doubled Edge Books

with Mercedes Lackey
This Scepter'd Isle (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ill Met by Moonlight (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
By Slanderous Tongues (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
And Less Than Kind (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Greek Myths Books

Dazzling Brightness (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shimmering Splendor (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enchanted Fire (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bull God (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thrice Bound (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Heiress Books

The English Heiress (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cornish Heiress (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kent Heiress (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fortune's Bride (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Woman's Estate (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Magdalene La Batarde Books

A Mortal Bane (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Personal Devil (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bone of Contention (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chains of Folly (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Confusion of Sins (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Roselynde Chronicles Books

Publication Order of Royal Dynasty Books

Publication Order of Tales of Jernaeve Books

A Tapestry of Dreams (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fires of Winter (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Knight's Honor (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bond of Blood (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sword And The Swan (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dragon and the Rose (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sing Witch, Sing Death (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rope Dancer (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masques Of Gold (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Delicate Balance (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Overstars Mail (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucrezia Borgia and the Mother of Poisons (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

How to Write Historical Fiction (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon

Author Roberta Leah Jacobs Gellis was born September 27, 1927 and wrote historical romance, mystery, thriller, historical fiction, and fantasy. Gellis had master’s degrees in medieval literature and biochemistry. She is cited by many historical romance authors as one of their important influences. Besides her own name, she has published books in at least three different pen names; these include Max Daniels, Priscilla Hamilton, Leah Jacobs.

She was married to husband Charles for more than fifty years and lived in Lafayette, Indiana together with Taffy, a Lakeland terrier. In her life, she had one child named Mark. She died on May 6, 2016 at the age of 88.

Besides working on her own novels, she also co-wrote four prequel novels with Mercedes Lackey for Lackey’s “Baen Books” series. Some of the series that she has written include: the “Heiress” series, the “Greek Myths” series, the “Siren Song” series, the “Roselynde Chronicles” series, and the “Magdalene La Batarde” series.

“Roselynde” is the first novel in the “Roselynde Chronicles” series and was released in the year 1978. Lady Alinor Devaux was quite an outlier, because she lived in a period of ladies and lords. Roselynde’s mistress was a young and uncannily smart person, as well as wealthy and had gotten a reputation for being protective and fierce, just as much as any lord that came before her. Alinor was not married and quite a prize for some greedy men that want power and wealth.

Alinor is made a royal ward by the Queen and assigns someone to oversee Roselynde’s running as warden. Alinor has to now fight off suitors she does not want, as well as the warden too. She is determined to make the life of Sir Simon Lemagne’s a miserable one because she is not at all willing to be any pawn for any man or woman. This seasoned knight is not exactly what she was expecting.

What Alinor owns remains with her, and any man, woman or holy crusade will need the help of God if they should get in her way.

Readers found this to be quite a bit of fun to read, due to all of the humor that was in it. Fans of the novel found that this featured some of the political incorrectness of the time (camp whores and a man hitting his wife). This is an author that sticks to what actually happened during a given period in her work, even if it is a tad brutal. Alinor and Simon had great chemistry with each other.

“Alinor” is the second novel in the “Roselynde Chronicles” series and was released in the year 1978. Lady Alinor, a widow is not happy being the mistress of Rosalynde.

She is unable to deny the passions that rise up in her by Ian de Vipont. Ian has proposed marriage to her, as a way to keep her safe from King John, England’s ruthless monarch.

This is a wonderful follow up to the first novel in the series. Fans of the novel felt this one pulled them right in from the first page, and never let them go for an instant. It is what usually happens when they read Gellis’ work; expect the best from her and you will not ever be disappointed. This one really puts on display how great Roberta Gellis is as an author.

“Joanna” is the third novel in the “Roselynde Chronicles” series and was released in the year 1978. Joanna is gorgeous and has an iron will, not to mention is the heiress to some power. She secretly burns with an inner passion that burns just as wild and as strong as her own flaming red hair.

Her deepest emotions have been frozen the frigid fear of a man’s tender love. She is caught up in the dangerous intrigues from King John’s court, and comes across Geoffrey, who is an irresistible knight.

For some, this was their favorite novel from the series. Fans of the novel found this to be a top notch historical fiction book, and not just a simple bodice ripper. Instead, the novel focuses quite a bit of time on the historical aspects of the time, especially John and the court he had. It is meant more for fans of historical reading, otherwise some of this may seem to be dry reading.

“Gilliane” is the fourth novel in the “Roselynde Chronicles” series and was released in the year 1979. Gilliane gets caught in the middle of a political fight that two rival barons get into.

She ends up marrying a man that she hates. She gets taken prisoner by Adam, her husband’s enemy. Gilliane finds that she is both a captive and captivated by the man.

Gellis packed this with more historical information that did not take away from the reading. She does a great job taking readers back to the period and giving them everything about the daily life of that time. Fans of the novel found this to be another entertaining novel from this series. Some really enjoyed reading about Gilliane, who they think is one of the most charming characters that has ever been in one of Gellis’ works; it is her developing as a character that some think is the best part of this book.

“Rhianon” is the fifth novel in the “Roselynde Chronicles” series and was released in the year 1981. Recent battles test the love between the most elusive nobleman in the court and Rhiannon (who is a Welsh princess, not to mention never been tamed and beholden to no one). All of this goes on while they encounter things like wars and betrayal.

She does not want to get married, would rather be in Wales and coax animals to her. Experience nature in the country, and be able to come and go as she pleases.

Roberta Gellis is an author you the reader can count on to deliver strong works of fiction that will pull them in and keep them reading into the early hours of morning. Fans found this to be heavy on history and well written; not to mention the fact that it was a great way to spend some reading time. Some found this to be far more interesting way to learn history than picky up a dusty old history book. Despite already having read this, some enjoyed reading this again. The relationship found in this book was done pretty well.

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One Response to “Roberta Gellis”

  1. Jacquie Deitz: 2 years ago

    have just reread Desiree (although I do not remember reading it before) Wanted to see when it was written. as the time period is early in Simons and Alinors marriage. No mention of their children. Have read most all of her books. Especially enjoyed Madeline books and all the history in them. Which Rosylyne book speaks of Edward the 1, Henry the II, son. Believe Rhiannon comes and sings for Henry the II . So must be Sybelle. Thanks to Roberta Gellis for her wonderful books.


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