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Kate Elliott
Jody Lee
The Burning Stone (Crown of Stars, Book Three)
DAW (hardcover, 755 pages, $24.95/$34.99 Can)
Publication date: April 1, 1999

Third volume in the four-volume tetrology which began with the Nebula nominee King's Dragon, and continued with last year's Prince of Dogs. If you like your fantasy long, involved, and long, you could do a lot worse than Elliot. "With the fate of kingdoms shifting due to civil war and increasing encroachments by the non-human Eika and by Quman invaders, time is running out for King Henry and his people. For the moment is fast approaching when the lands of Aoi and human will once again be joined in time and space, and none can foretell who will survive -- or rule -- after this cataclysmic event."
Art: Jody A. Lee
Prince of Dogs (Crown of Stars, Book 2)
DAW (reprint, paperback, 627 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: February, 1999 (First Edition: February 1998)

It's not every day that the opening novel in a fantasy trilogy gets nominated for a Nebula Award -- but that's what happened to Elliot's King's Crown, the first book in the Crown of Stars set in the war-torn kingdoms of Wendar and Varre. The middle installment returns us to "the intertwined destinies of: Alain, raised in humble surroundings but now the Count's heir; Liath, who struggles to unravel the secrets of her past while evading the traps set for her by those seeking the treasure she hides; Sanglant, believed dead by those who could save him, but actually a prisoner in the city of Gent; and Fifth Son, who now builds an army to do his father's bidding -- or his own."
[Cover] Jaran (Jaran, Book 1)
DAW paperback
The debut novel from Kate Elliott (who also publishes as Alis Rasmussen), author of the Prince of Dogs, the 1998 Nebula Award nominee King's Dragon, and co-author of the very successful The Golden Key, with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson. Jaren launched a series of four novels, including the two-volume series The Sword of Heaven; DAW has provided us with a complete set. An interesting tale of a young woman from a space-faring culture cast adrift on an interdicted planet whose society resembles that of the Mongolian steppes. "A young woman comes of age in an alien world where she is both a player and a pawn in an interstellar game of intrigue and politics, in which the ultimate prize may be freedom for humankind -- or extinction."
[Cover] An Earthly Crown (The Sword of Heaven, Book 1)
DAW paperback
The second novel of the Jaran begins the two-volume series The Sword of Heaven, and returns us to the world of Rhui at a time when the nomadic jaran people, led by Earth-born Tess and her jaran husband Ilya, are sweeping across the planet on a campaign of conquest. But more important is the battle for control which is about to be waged between Ilya and Duke Charles -- who is also Tess's brother.
His Conquering Sword (The Sword of Heaven, Book 2)
DAW paperback
Third novel of the Jaran, and final book in The Sword of Heaven series. "On the planet Rhui, the jaran tribes, under the leadership of Ilya Bakhtiian and his Earth-born wife Tess, continue their campaign of conquest. Meanwhile, the stakes are escalating in two other battles as well."  "A solidly drawn alien race, galactic-scale politics, intrigue, warfare, even a crackling love story." -- Katharine Kerr.
The Law of Becoming (Jaran, Book 4)
DAW paperback, $5.99 US): October 1994
Final novel of the Jaran series. "This fourth novel in Kate Elliott's richly detailed and compelling series about the Jaran weaves together many new strands in this worlds-spanning tale of conquest and rebellion. Full of unexpected plot twists and political machinations, romance and warfare, it is an epic that will appeal to today's readers."
[Cover] King's Dragon (Crown of Stars, Book 1)
DAW paperback
Set in an alternate Europe, a world where bloody conflicts rage and sorcery holds sway, and multiple factions vie for supremacy. The Kingdom of Wendar is plagued by civil war, two hostile nonhuman races, and ghosts which roam the dark streets. Onto this stage steps Alain, a young prophet seeking the destiny promised him by the Lady of Battles, and Liath, a young woman gifted with a power that can alter the course of history. "Enough plots and counterplots to fuel the average Balkan war...this certainly could become one of the best multivolume fantasies -- fans, take note!" -- Booklist.
[Cover] Prince of Dogs (Crown of Stars, Book 2)
DAW hard cover
Second volume in Elliot's weighty new fantasy saga, from the author of Jaren and the co-author of the World Fantasy Award-nominated The Golden Key.

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