Tiger Burning Bright

Tiger Burning Bright

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by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton
     
 

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Long has the House of the Tiger ruled Merina - guiding the tiny merchant city/state wisely and skillfully in times of peace and prosperity. But now the Emperor Balthasar has come to devour and destroy - his indomitable armies gathering at the gates, poised to crush the defenseless city under their heels. Three courageous women stand between the Emperor and his triumph…  See more details below

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Long has the House of the Tiger ruled Merina - guiding the tiny merchant city/state wisely and skillfully in times of peace and prosperity. But now the Emperor Balthasar has come to devour and destroy - his indomitable armies gathering at the gates, poised to crush the defenseless city under their heels. Three courageous women stand between the Emperor and his triumph: Adele, the aging but still able Dowager Queen; the ruling Queen Lydana, possessor of an astounding sixth sense that is the private gift of her bloodline; and Princess Shelyra, Designated Daughter, lithe, quick, impetuous and ingenious, the young commander of spies and information gatherers. But they have no standing military and no arms - except their wiles, their wits and weapons of the spirit - with which to defend their besieged home. So royal matriarch, daughter and granddaughter alike must relinquish their city to the invading enemy without a fight - and vanish incognito into a world of shopkeepers, religious acolytes, craftspeople, gypsies, rebels and thieves in order to battle the Emperor from within his conquest. But far more is at stake than the sovereignty of their noble house. For at Merina's core is a great and ancient magic - a mystical force which, if corrupted, will enable omnipotent evil to reign in terror for all eternity. It is this power that has attracted the gray mage, Apolon - imperial counselor, foul necromancer, servant of demons and master of the dead. And the sorcerer, in turn, has brought countless horrors to Merina. For the Dreadful Dark he serves has perverse and terrible hungers. And it will be sated by no less than the souls of all men, the Heart of a Goddess ... and the blood of a Princess.

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Editorial Reviews

Roland Green
Three fantasy giants--the "others" are Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey--join forces to produce this tale of three women who rule a city. A priestess grandmother, a reigning queen mother, and a warrior princess daughter must use all their skill and strength in both open and secret battle to defeat an evil emperor and his truly odious, not to mention potent, sorcerous henchman. None of the troika has ever told a bad story on her own, and they do not when collaborating. The only possible caveats are that the three writers blend so well that this is not the book to start an acquaintance with any one of them individually and that the plot is so stock that some may find it lacking in interest. Interest will not, however, be lacking in any book with these three mighty fantasists' names on the cover.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380775125
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.91(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

Marion Zimmer Bradley is probably best known for her Darkover novels and her best-selling Arthurian novel THE MISTS OF AVALON. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988, and an annual anthology, SWORD AND SORCERESS. For more information, see her website: www.mzbworks.com.

Mercedes Lackey graduated from Purdue University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. This, she soon learned, along with a paper hat and a nametag will qualify you to ask "would you like fries with that?" at a variety of fast-food locations.
She had always written from her early teens and developed this hobby by writing fan-fiction for various amateur magazines. In the 1980s she met both Marion Zimmer and C J Cherryh, both of whom helped mentor her from amateur into professional writer. Her first book was published in 1985. Misty is approaching 100 books in print, and her foreign editions include Russian, German, Czech, Polish, French, Italian, Turkish, and Japanese. She is the author, alone or in collaboration, of the Heralds of Valdemar, Elemental Masters, Secret World Chronicles, 500 Kingdoms, Diana Tregarde, Heirs of Alexandria, Obsidian Mountain, Dragon Jouster, Bedlam Bards, Shadow Grail, and other series and standalone books. A night-owl by nature, she is generally found at the keyboard between 10 PM and 6 AM. For more information, see her website: www.mercedeslackey.com.

Andre Norton is perhaps best known as the author of the Witch World novels and wrote over 100 books, including at least one beginning with each letter of the alphabet. She was named a Grandmaster by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 30, 1930
Date of Death:
September 25, 1999
Place of Birth:
Albany, New York
Place of Death:
Berkeley, California
Education:
B.A., Hardin-Simmons College, 1964; additional study at University of California, Berkeley, 1965-1967

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most fantasy novels have certain elements that make for an entertaining read. This book takes all of those elements and combines them into one story. They left nothing out. And unlike a few books that I've read, where the author attempted to combine all of the key ingredients, the characters' have fully developed personalities. The combination of the three authors is flawless. And, no matter what part of a fantasy novel you like best, this novel does it and does it very, very well. If you never read another fantasy novel READ THIS ONE!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this story since i first read it years sgo. My paperback copy is getting quite worn out! I recimmrnd this book to amyone, but especially those who understand that as we age we can become more rather than less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my ALL-TIME favorite books. Soo glad I was finally able to get a copy without breking the bank by special ordering it online. That's a very important factor for a college student.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible. Although the plot can be considered a norm of fantasy, the re-telling of it by these three authors makes it its own entity. Each reader will most likely have their own favorite of the three women; I had two, Shelyra and Adele. There are several twists in the story that keep you guessing, although it is not one where the villain is kept 'unknown' until the end. Overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes these three authors. I'm well aware that many reviews are only made by those who love the books, but I hope that those reading this will still be influenced to read these, as they are a great find.
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A wonderful book that paints a very interesting world
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