WorldCat Identities

Lackey, Mercedes

Works: 643 works in 2,218 publications in 5 languages and 134,096 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Fantasy fiction  Fantasy fiction, American  Science fiction  History  Historical fiction  Handbooks and manuals  Juvenile works  Bildungsromans  Spy stories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Composer
Classifications: PS3562.A246, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mercedes Lackey
Joust by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 1,572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vetch, an Altan serf, must learn the secret of the Tian jousters and their dragons in order to save his people
Changes by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magpie, Lena, and Bear continue on their individual quests as they work to attain the status of full Heralds, Bards, and Healers of Valdemar
The outstretched shadow by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kellen Tawadon, son the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training-all men, for women were unfit to practice magic-memorized the intricate details of High Magic and aspired to seats on the council. Then he found the forbidden Books of Wild Magic-or did they find him? The three slim volumes woke Kellen to the wide world outside the City's isolating walls. Their Magic was not dead, strangled by rules and regulations. It felt like a living thing, guided by the hearts and minds of those who practiced it and benefited from it
The elvenbane : an epic high fantasy of the Halfblood chronicles by Andre Norton( Book )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in the desert to an exiled concubine and raised by dragons, Shana becomes a wizard of extraordinary power and leads a rebellion against the cruel elven empire ruled by her father
Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young Herald trainee in Haven, Mags, is trained as a spy to uncover secrets held by a mysterious new enemy of the kingdom of Valdemar
The serpent's shadow by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maya Witherspoon sets herself up in self-imposed exile in London after her physician father is killed by the bite of a poisonous snake in India just after her sorceress mother had died, warning Maya to beware the serpent's shadow
Brightly burning by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 1,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lavan Firestorm, a young man with extraordinary powers, must be controlled and trained if he is to help his people beat back an attack by a dangerous enemy
Alta by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dragonrider Vetch escapes to Alta, the subjugated land of his birth. There, he hopes to teach his people to raise and train dragons-and build an army that will liberate his homeland
When darkness falls by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 1,415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite a great working of Wild Magic and High Magic that struck at the heart of the Demon Queen's evil plots, Knight-Mage Kellen and his Elven allies are still seen as enemies by the human Mage Council. The Elves and their allies must find a way to shatter the Demons' hold on the human Mages, for without their High Magic, the forces of Light will be destroyed by the forces of Darkness. The Commander of the Armies of Light decides to turn an Elven mine into a refuge for those driven from their homes by the war. Kellen is put in command of the force of engineers and warriors who will fortify the mine and does not learn until it is nearly too late that the caverns are full of Shadowed Elves. Vestakia, the half-human, half-Demon healer, finds that she has begun to be able to read the mind of her Demon father, Crown Prince Zyperis. The Demon Queen, Savilla, is preparing a great sacrifice that will summon He Who Is back to the world and make her the ultimate ruler forever. When Wild Mage Idalia learns of Savilla's plans, she knows there is only one way to prevent the coming of He Who Is. A very different sort of sacrifice must be made. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied
The fairy godmother by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 1,400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the land of Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can't carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale
To light a candle by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Outstretched Shadow, which was named by VOYA as Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror book for 2003, Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory introduced readers to a complex new fantasy world populated by humans, centaurs, elves, talking unicorns, and demons. The Golden City of the Bells, where only humans live, is ruled by the Mage Council, practitioners of High Magic---a powerful magic that is stable and reliable, though rigidly controlled and performed only by men. Outside the City's walls, humans and magical beings mix freely and call upon Wild Magic---a system sometimes erratic, always driven by desire and need, and performed by both men and women. Now, in To Light a Candle, the Demon Queen sends her forces against her human and elven enemies, sowing distraction and death. In the human City, the Queen's agents work to divide the Council and foment rebellion among the City's citizens. In the countryside, they target the most vulnerable and valuable---the young Elf Prince and the Wild Mages who might be the Demons' most dangerous enemies. To his own surprise, young Kellen, once the disappointing son of the great Mage who leads the City's Mage Council, has become a powerful Knight-Mage. Valued for his bravery and his skills as both wizard and warrior, Kellen joins the Elves' war councils. Yet he cannot convince the City of his birth that it is in terrible danger. Kellen's sister Idalia, a Wild Mage with great healing ability, has pledged her heart to Jermayan, a proud Elven warrior. Someday Idalia will pay a tragic Price for a world-saving work of Wild Magic, but until then, she will claim any joy life can offer her. Jermayan, who has learned much while fighting at Kellen's side and loving the human Idalia, finds that everything changes when he Bonds with a dragon while rescuing the Elf Prince and becomes the first Elven Mage in a thousand years. Furious at her enemies' success with the dragon, the Demon Queen attacks in force. Light struggles against Dark, like flickering candleflames buried deep in the shadow of Obsidian Mountain
The phoenix unchained by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a millennium of peace in which much Magick has vanished from the world, Bisochim, a powerful Wild Mage, launches a campaign to reintroduce Darkness into the world
Storm warning by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sword-and-sorcery tale set in Valdemar where Charles-the-Immortal, emperor of the Eastern Empire, is waging a war of conquest against the West. With the latest offensive stalled at Hardorn, he dispatches the Grand Duke Tremane who sweeps the land with storms
Reserved for the cat by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Talented but penniless dancer Ninette Dupond finds her luck changing when she meets a cat who, speaking to her mind-to-mind, orders her to impersonate a missing Russian ballerina, plunging her into the middle of a war against the darkest Elemental Spirit
Foundation by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magpie, a thirteen-year-old orphan, escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to become a Herald, in which role he witnesses the founding of the Heralds' Collegium
Gwenhwyfar : the white spirit by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 1,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acting as the "son" her father never had, Gwenhwyfar, when called upon to serve another purpose by the Ladies of the Well, bows to circumstances to become Arthur's queen--only to find herself facing temptation and treachery, intrigue and betrayal, but also love and redemption
Owlflight by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fantasy novel co-written by the creator of the Heralds of Valdemar series recounts the coming of age of Darian, a troubled Valdemaran orphan and wizard's apprentice, who learns his destiny is to save his people from barbarians
One good knight by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 1,305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When George, the Good Knight, arrives to save Princess Andromeda from the dragon for whom she is to be a virgin sacrifice, he does not exactly defeat the dragon, and he and the princess must join forces to find the dragon's lair and destroy it. Traditionally, marauding dragons are soothed only by a virgin sacrifice. And so practical-minded Princess Andromeda reluctantly volunteers to do her duty, only asking for a sword to defend herself. Well, her offer is accepted, but the weapon isn't forthcoming, and so Andromeda faces the dragon alone. Until a Champion arrives to save her-sort of. Sir George doesn't quite defeat the dragon but as Andromeda finishes rescuing herself, she discovers that beneath the Good Knight's well-meaning though inexperienced heroics lies a further tale. Still, Andromeda can't leave her seacoast country in further jeopardy from the dragon's return, and so she and George join together to search for the dragon's lair
Fortune's fool by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 1,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Ekaterina, the seventh daughter of the Sea King, uses her special ability to move around on land to serve as her father's spy, she is kidnapped, along with other princesses, and held hostage in a castle where her only hope for rescue lies with a manthought to be a fool
Exile's honor : a novel of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A former captain in the Army of Karse, Alberich must take a perilous stand when his long-hidden psychic talents are revealed, and he is rescued from certain death and chosen to serve the queen of Valdemar, Karse's archenemy
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Alternative Names
Lackey, Mercedes 1950-

Lackey, Mercedes (Mercedes Ritchie), 1950-

Lackey, Mercedes Misty.

Lackey, Mercedes R.

Lackey, Mercedes R. 1950-

Lackey, Mercedes R. (Mercedes Ritchie)

Lackey, Mercedes R. (Mercedes Ritchie), 1950-

Lackey, Mercedes Ritchie.

Lackey, Misty 1950-

Mercedes Lackey Amerikaans romanschrijfster

Mercedes Lackey amerykańska pisarka fantasy i fantastyki naukowej

Mercedes Lackey écrivain américaine

Mercedes Lackey scrittrice statunitense

Mercedes Lackey US-amerikanische Fantasy-Schriftstellerin

Mercedes Lackeyová

Ritchie Lackey, Mercedes.

Ritchie Lackey, Mercedes 1950-

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English (294)

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Russian (2)

Spanish (1)

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The outstretched shadowThe elvenbane : an epic high fantasy of the Halfblood chroniclesThe serpent's shadowBrightly burningAltaWhen darkness fallsThe fairy godmotherTo light a candle