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Publication Order of Confederation Books

Valor's Choice (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Better Part of Valor (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Heart of Valor (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Valor's Trial (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Truth of Valor (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Gale Women Books

The Enchantment Emporium (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wild Ways (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Future Falls (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Keeper Chronicles Books

Summon the Keeper (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second Summoning (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Long Hot Summoning (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Peacekeeper Books

An Ancient Peace (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Peace Divided (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Privilege of Peace (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Quarters Books

Sing the Four Quarters (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fifth Quarter (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Quarter (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quartered Sea (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Quarters: A Quarters Collection (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ravenloft Books

Knight of the Black Rose (By:James Lowder) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vampire of the Mists (By:Christie Golden) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dance Of The Dead (By:Christie Golden) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heart of Midnight (By:J. Robert King) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carnival of Fear (By:J. Robert King) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Enemy Within (By:Christie Golden) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mordenheim (By:Chet Williamson) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales of Ravenloft (By:Brian M. Thomsen) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scholar of Decay (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Darklord (By:Laurell K Hamilton) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King of the Dead (By:Gene DeWeese) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lord of the Necropolis (By:Gene DeWeese) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadowborn (By:,Carrie Bebris) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I, Strahd (By:P.N. Elrod) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spectre of the Black Rose (By:Voronica Whitney-Robinson,James Lowder) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Crusade (By:Ari Marmell) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heaven's Bones (By:Samantha Henderson) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The War Against Azalin (By:P.N. Elrod) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Smoke Trilogy Books

Smoke and Shadows (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smoke and Mirrors (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smoke and Ashes (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Vicki Nelson Books

Blood Price (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Trail (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Lines (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Pact (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Debt (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Bank (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Shot (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Wizard of the Grove Books

Child of the Grove (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Wizard (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fire's Stone (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Silvered (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Into the Broken Lands (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Valdemar Anthologies

Valdemar Companion (By:Mercedes Lackey) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sword of Ice and Other Tales of Valdemar (By:Mercedes Lackey) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sun in Glory and Other Tales of Valdemar (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Changing the World (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under the Vale and Other Tales of Valdemar (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The One Left Behind (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No True Way (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crucible (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tempest (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pathways (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Demon's Den and Other Tales of Valdemar (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Choices (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seasons (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Passages (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boundaries (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shenanigans (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

What Ho, Magic! (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stealing Magic (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Relative Magic (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
He Said, Sidhe Said & Other Tales (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finding Magic (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nights of the Round Table and Other Stories of Heroic Fantasy (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
February Thaw & Other Stories of Contemporary Fantasy (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Swan's Braid and Other Tales of Terizan (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Third Time Lucky (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bending the Landscape Books

with , Stephen Baxter, , , Allen Steele, James A. Moore, , Delia Sherman, Ellen Kushner, , Barbara Hambly, , Robin Wayne Bailey, , Nancy Kress, , , , , , , , , L. Timmel Duchamp, Don Bassingthwaite, Nicola Griffith, Ellen Klages, , , Wendy Rathbone, , Élisabeth Vonarburg
Bending the Landscape: Fantasy (With: ,,James A. Moore,,Delia Sherman,Ellen Kushner,,,Robin Wayne Bailey,,,,,Don Bassingthwaite,Nicola Griffith) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction (By:,Stephen Baxter,Allen Steele,,,Nancy Kress,,,,L. Timmel Duchamp,Don Bassingthwaite,Nicola Griffith,Ellen Klages,,Wendy Rathbone,Élisabeth Vonarburg) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bending the Landscape: Original Gay and Lesbian Horror Writing (By:,,Barbara Hambly,,,,,Nicola Griffith,Ellen Klages) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Imaginarium Books

Imaginarium 2011: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (By:,Sandra Kasturi) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (With: ,Cory Doctorow,,Sandra Kasturi,,,,Dave Duncan,Susie Moloney) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (By:Kelley Armstrong,Margaret Atwood,Peter Watts,,,,Cory Doctorow,Nalo Hopkinson,A.M. Dellamonica,,,,,,,Amal El-Mohtar,,,,Rio Youers,Sandra Kasturi,,,,Silvia Moreno-Garcia,,Siobhan Carroll) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Imaginarium 5: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (By:Sandra Kasturi) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Infinite Stars Books

Infinite Stars (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Smart Pop Books

Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show (By:Scott Westerfeld,Charlaine Harris,Chelsea Quinn Yarbro,Kevin Andrew Murphy,Christie Golden,Sherrilyn Kenyon,Nancy Holder,Lawrence Watt-Evans,David Brin,Jacqueline Lichtenberg,Jean Lorrah,Laura Resnick,Sarah Zettel,Nancy Kilpatrick,Michelle West,,,,,Roxanne Longstreet Conrad,Jennifer Crusie) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix (By:David Gerrold) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Five Seasons of Angel: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Vampire (By:Chelsea Quinn Yarbro,Peter S. Beagle,Laura Anne Gilman,Sherrilyn Kenyon,Nancy Holder,Jacqueline Lichtenberg,Jean Lorrah,Josepha Sherman,Laura Resnick,Michelle Sagara West,Candace Havens,,Steven Harper,,,Roxanne Longstreet Conrad,,Jennifer Crusie) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stepping through the Stargate: Science, Archaeology and the Military in Stargate SG1 (By:P.N. Elrod,Roxanne Conrad) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Would Sipowicz Do? Race, Rights and Redemption in NYPD Blue (By:) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Anthology at the End of the Universe: Leading Science Fiction Authors on Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (By:Stephen Baxter,John Shirley,,Lawrence Watt-Evans,Adam Roberts,Susan Sizemore,,Jacqueline Carey,Vox Day,Cory Doctorow,A.M. Dellamonica,,,,Maria Alexander) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finding Serenity: Anti-heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly (By:) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The War of the Worlds: Fresh Perspectives on the H. G. Wells Classic (By:Connie Willis,Mercedes Lackey,H.G. Wells,Mike Resnick,Stephen Baxter,Lawrence Watt-Evans) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Navigating the Golden Compass: Religion, Science & Daemonology in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials (By:) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alias Assumed: Sex, Lies And SD-6 (By:) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Farscape Forever! Sex, Drugs and Killer Muppets (By:) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flirting With Pride And Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives On The Original Chick Lit Masterpiece (By:,Jennifer Crusie) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth and Religion in C. S. Lewis' Chronicles (By:) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King Kong Is Back! An Unauthorized Look at One Humongous Ape! (By:David Brin) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Totally Charmed (With: Maggie Shayne,Rebecca York,Jody Lynn Nye,Evelyn Vaughn,Vera Nazarian,Jennifer Crusie) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mapping the World of Harry Potter (By:Mercedes Lackey) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man from Krypton: A Closer Look at Superman (By:) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Wars on Trial (By:David Brin) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Battle for Azeroth (By:Bill Fawcett) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Getting Lost (By:Orson Scott Card) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boarding the Enterprise (By:Robert J. Sawyer,David Gerrold) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007 (By:Leah Wilson) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Investigating CSI: Inside the Crime Labs of Las Vegas, Miami and New York (By:Leah Wilson) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
So Say We All: An Unauthorized Collection of Thoughts and Opinions on Battlestar Galactica (By:) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Earth's Last Days (By:Vox Day) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Literary Cash: Unauthorized Writings Inspired by the Legendary Johnny Cash (By:) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Webslinger: Unauthorized Essays On Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man (By:Leah Wilson) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Halo Effect: An Unauthorized Look at the Most Successful Video Game of All Time (By:) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mind-Rain (By:Scott Westerfeld) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serenity Found: More Unauthorized Essays on Joss Whedon's Firefly Universe (By:Alex Bledsoe) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Through the Wardrobe (By:Herbie Brennan) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A New Dawn: Your Favorite Authors on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series (By:Ellen Hopkins) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secrets of the Dragon Riders: Your Favorite Authors on Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle: Completely Unauthorized (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secrets of the Dragon Riders (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
You Do Not Talk About Fight Club: I Am Jack's Completely Unauthorized Essay Collection (By:Chuck Palahniuk) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Vampire Files Books

Lifeblood (By:P.N. Elrod) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bloodlist (By:P.N. Elrod) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bloodcircle (By:P.N. Elrod) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Art in the Blood (By:P.N. Elrod) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire in the Blood (By:P.N. Elrod) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood on the Water (By:P.N. Elrod) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Chill in the Blood (By:P.N. Elrod) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Sleep (By:P.N. Elrod) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lady Crymsyn (By:P.N. Elrod) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Streets (By:P.N. Elrod) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Song in the Dark (By:P.N. Elrod) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Many Bloody Returns (With: Jim Butcher,Carolyn Haines,Kelley Armstrong,Charlaine Harris,Bill Crider,Sandra Burr,,,Elaine Viets,Rachel Caine,Toni L.P. Kelner,Christopher Golden,Jeanne C. Stein,P.N. Elrod) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil You Know (By:P.N. Elrod) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Road Rising (By:P.N. Elrod) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Mammoth Book of... Books

The Mammoth Book of Terror (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Vampires (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Zombies (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men / The Mammoth Book of Werewolves (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Dracula (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Science Fiction (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Science Fiction, Volume I (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of New Terror (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Monsters (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zombie Apocalypse! (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zombie Apocalypse! Fightback (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mammoth Books presents Messing With Your Head (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mammoth Books Presents The Unexpected (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mammoth Books presents That Haunted Feeling (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unexpected Encounters (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mammoth Books presents A Ghostly Gathering (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Clutch of Zombies (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lethal Legends (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mammoth Books presents Demonic Dreams (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mammoth Books presents Monsters in Our Midst (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mammoth Books presents More Than Human (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zombie Apocalypse! End Game (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Nightmare Stories (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Vampire Detectives(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Northern Frights III(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Virtuous Vampires(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Time of the Vampires(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bending the Landscape: Fantasy(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fortune Teller(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crossing the Line(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Repentant(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Women of War(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Totally Charmed(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mythspring(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under Cover of Darkness(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dragon Done It(2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Evolve(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vampires in Love(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Those Who Fight Monsters(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wild Side(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Armored(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fantasy Medley 2(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weird Detectives(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Queers Dig Time Lords(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories By Women(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers(2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Modern Deity's Guide to Surviving Humanity(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Tanya Huff is a Canadian Fantasy Author that has been pursuing her writing career since the late 1980s.


Tanya Huff was born in 1957 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Raised in Kingston, Ontario, Tanya’s first foray into the writing arena began at The Picton Gazette, when she was ten. Earning $10 for two of her poems as a result, Huff later on joined Canada’s Naval Reserve as a Cook in 1975.

With her service ending in 1979, Tanya Huff attended Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, earning a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Radio and Television Arts. The author is said to have shared a class with Robert J. Sawyer, a noted science-fiction writer with whom she collaborated on their final TV Studio Lab assignment.

Following her graduation, Tanya Huff briefly worked at a game store (Mr. Gameway’s Ark) in Downtown Toronto. She also worked at North America’s longest surviving science fiction Book store. It was during this time that Tanya wrote various novels and short stories.

Many of them were subsequently published in the years that followed. She sold ‘Third Time Lucky’ to George Scithers (editor of Amazing Stories) in 1985. This was her first professional sale.

During the early years of her writing career, Tanya joined many a writing group, especially while she was living in Downtown Ontario. Eventually moving to rural Ontario with her four large cats, Tanya Huff is currently one of Canada’s most prominent writers, specializing in the area of contemporary fantasy.

Many of Tanya’s scenes take place in and around places in Toronto, Kingston and elsewhere that she has lived or frequented. She also has a tendency to utilize the names of her friends and acquaintances in her stories.

During her long career, Tanya Huff has written novels in a wide variety of genres, from horror to romance fantasy and Space opera.

Several of Huff’s works have been nominated for the Aurora Award. Tanya Huff is proud of the fact that she makes her living solely through writing.

+Blood Ties

Blood Ties was a CBC Television show adapted from Tanya’s Vicki Nelson series of novels. Produced by CHUM Television and Kaleidoscope Entertainment, it lasted for one season, failing to attract the necessary ratings to warranty a second season (which would have been a third season in the United States).

+Child of the Grove

Ardhan is losing its magic, slowly but surely. One wizard remains, a master of evil determined to claim lordship over the entire world. IN an attempt to stop his machinations, the elders send crystal, the last wizard to walk the earth, the child of the grove and daughter of power.

The final war is about to begin.

Most readers will agree that Child of the Grove is a Flawed book. This is especially true for the first 100 pages. Granted, they aren’t terrible by any definition of the word. However, the fact that they are little more than an extended prologue doesn’t help matters.

Some readers might also complain about timing of the breaks in the story; just as you begin to truly enjoy the characters and their tales, their time ends and a new generation begins, bringing with it new characters and stories.

The romantic element of Child of the Grove is no better. Crystal’s attraction for her love-interest doesn’t work; it’s almost as if she only cares for him because he is the only individual around interested in her.

And Tanya Huff doesn’t do a particularly good job of fleshing Crystal out as a character; Tanya’s intention to chronicle Crystal’s attempts at balancing the various facets of her life, the wizard, princess and human being in her, doesn’t quite deliver the results one might expect, probably because the audience isn’t given nearly as much time to understand Crystal as might be necessary.

The villain hardly fares better; as an immortal being that is trying to bring the world to ruin because he’s bored, the antagonist’s objectives fail to captivate primarily because of the lackluster reasons driving his actions. More of a caricature than an actual character, the villain is hardly worth exploring outside the arena of the magic he wields.

None the less, Child of the Grove could be described as a comfortable read. One of Tanya Huff’s earliest works, the inexperience clearly shows, the book boasting some decent elements that quickly become overwhelmed by facets that, while hardy terrible, could have done with some polishing.

Most pieces of the story do not fit together well enough to make for a cohesive tale, not when they are compared to her later works.

However, despite these shortcomings, especially the rather lackluster climax of the story, Tanya Huff manages to entertain, building a rich and vivid world filled with magic and fantastical creatures.

+The Last Wizard

Crystal came to the world of Ardhan as a gift from the elders, sent to save its people from an evil wizard. With her enemy destroyed, Crystal is now without purpose, until she saves a human life, finding a new cause for her growing powers.

The last Wizard is a better book than Child of the Grove, its predecessor, primarily because of the direction Tanya Huff chooses to take her story. As opposed to every other fantasy tale that sees the hero ride off into the sunset after saving the world, Tanya dares to ask a difficult question: when you save the world from unfathomable evil and accomplish your purpose, what comes next?

Crystal has been training for the final battle her whole life; with the fight now over and victory attained, she struggles to find a place in civilized society.

One striking difference between The Last Wizard and Child of the Grove is Tanya Huff’s decision to focus her story; as opposed to Child of the Grove, which chose to cover the various generations that came before Crystal, this creating a back story far longer than anyone cared to read, The Last Wizard focuses solely on Crystal, this allowing readers an opportunity to finally explore the heroine of Tanya Huff’s novels.

Along with a cast of interesting characters and a love interest worth reading about, The Last Wizard is a truly impressive improvement over Child of the Grove; though Tanya does drop the ball with her less than impressive ending.

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