The Swords of Corum

Swords of Corum

Illustrator Mark Salwowski
Author Michael Moorcock
Year circa 1970’s
Publisher Book Club Associates
Catalog CN 6926

The gods themselves feel fear. It is the time of the conjunction of the Million Spheres–and all things are possible. Beneath the bloody banners of the Dog and the Bear, the cruel Mabden are sweeping the Earth. The mystic Vadhagh are wiped out–all but one. Armed with the Hand of Kwll and his own thirsty sword, Prince Corum Jhaelen pursues his fate and his vengeance through all the fifteen planes of Earth, even to the very centre of Time–the still blue city of Tanelorn. Continue reading

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The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth

The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth

Illustrator Linda Garland
Author Robert Foster
Year 1988 (first published 1978)
Publisher George Allen & Unwin
ISBN 0-04-803001-5

J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy works, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion have delighted millions of readers in recent years.

Middle-earth, the world in which the stories take place, is as real and complex as our own. Events, geography and names were created with care and loving attention by Tolkien, who wanted every single detail of his books to fit into their total pattern. A belief in perfection, the fun of the sub-creation and the desire to create something so totally convincing that the reader could believe in it (in a sense) as actual history, involved him in map-making, endless charts of dates and events and the development of his many invented languages. Continue reading

Triumph of the Darksword

Triumph of the Darksword

Series Darksword Trilogy
Illustrator
Larry Elmore (cover), Valerie A. Valusek
Author Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Year 1988
Publisher Bantam Spectra
ISBN 0-553-27406-6

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHORS OF THE DRAGONLANCE LEGENDS

In a realm where magic is life, Joram was one of the Dead. Born without power, he was denied his royal birthright and sentenced to the Turning—his mind to be imprisoned inside a husk of living stone.

Yet at the last moment. Saryon took his place, suffering the eternal torment for his young master. And Joram and his wife Gwendolyn vanished into the mists that marked the Border of the World…

Now, ten years later, Joram and Gwendolyn have returned to reclaim their rightful place in Merilon. Wielding one last time the terrible, magic-thirsting Darksword, Joram must confront the evil sorcerer Menju and his army of Technologists from beyond the Border in a final apocalyptic battle.

Rejoined by Saryon, the mage Mosiah and Simkin, Joram will fulfill the ancient prophecy of the Darksword—the prophecy that puts in his hands the power to destroy the world…or save it.

TRIUMPH OF THE DARKSWORD – Volume III in the heroic saga of magic, betrayal and adventure, THE DARKSWORD TRILOGY.

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Also available Volume I: Forging the Darksword (1988)  Volume II: Doom of the Darksword (1988)

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Doom of the Darksword

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Series Darksword Trilogy
Illustrator
Larry Elmore (cover), Valerie A. Valusek
Author Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Year 1988
Publisher Bantam Spectra
ISBN 0-553-27164-4

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHORS OF THE DRAGONLANCE LEGENDS

Born without magic, Joram was one of the Dead, denied the throne of Merilon. For years, he lived among outlaws, surviving by wit and sleight-of-hand.

Now, wielding the powerful, magic-absorbing Darksword, Joram returns to the enchanted Kingdom that once was his home to win revenge and claim his birthright. Here he will test Bishop Vanya and his fierce army of Duuk-tsarith in a battle unlike any their world has known.

Joined by the scholarly catalyst Saryon, the young mage Mosiah, and the trickster Simkin, Joram confronts the shattering secret of his past and discovers the ancient prophecy that puts the fate of the world in his hands—the hands that forged the Darksword.

DOOM OF THE DARKSWORD – Volume II in the heroic new saga of magic, deceit and adventure, THE DARKSWORD TRILOGY.

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Also available Volume I: Forging the Darksword (1988)  Volume III: Triumph of the Darksword (1988)

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Ironhelm

Series Maztica Trilogy
Illustrator
Fred Fields
Author Douglas Niles
Year 1990
Publisher TSR
ISBN 0-88038-903-6

MAZTICA!

In a corner of the world far removed from the known Forgotten Realms stands the exotic continent of Maztica. There Erix the slave girl learns of a great destiny laid upon her by the gods themselves. At the same time, across the sea, a fateful mission of exploration embarks.

The explorers, a legion of seasoned mercenaries, sail westward to discover a land of primitive savagery mixed with high culture, of brutal, bloodthirsty gods and lavish treasures. Under the banner of their vigilant god, Helm, the legion claims these lands for their own.

Only as Erix sees her land invaded by these strangers, when her world itself starts to collapse around her, is her startling destiny revealed…. Continue reading

The Lord of the Rings

Illustrator Pauline Baynes
Author J. R. R. Tolkien
Year 1977 (first published 1954, 1955)
Publisher George Allen & Unwin
ISBN 0-04-823087-1

“For this marvellous story Tolkien has created his own mythology, and woven a spell-binding tale around the momentous struggle for the magic Ring; the eternal struggle between Good and Evil. He gives us a fantastic diversity of scene (wars, migrations, even whole epochs), and of characters – dwarves, elves, dragons, as well as races of men. And never for a moment during the 1,000-page tale does his inspiration flag, and nor does the reader’s belief in the magical world Tolkien has created.” (from the inside dust jacket)

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The Wishsong of Shannara

Series The Sword of Shannara
Illustrator Darrell K. Sweet, Brothers Hildebrandt (map)
Author Terry Brooks
Year 1985
Publisher Futura
ISBN 0-7088-8152-1

The triumphant finale to the bestselling Shannara trilogy

Horror stalks the Four Lands. The Ildatch, the immemorial book of evil spells, has stirred once more to eldritch life, sending its ghastly Mord Wraiths to wreak final destruction on Mankind. Allanon, ancient Druid protector of the Races, must again seek the help of a descendant of Jerle Shannara — this time Brin Ohmsford, daughter of Wil, and possessor of the magic of the Wishsong. Continue reading

Azure Bonds

Series Finder’s Stone Trilogy
Illustrator
Clyde Caldwell
Author Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb
Year 1988
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-012130-7

Her name is Alias, and she is in big trouble. She is sell-sword, a warrior-for-hire, and an adventuress. She awoke with a series of twisting, magical blue sigils inscribed on her arms and no memory of where she got them.

Determined to learn the nature of the mysterious tattoos, Alias joins forces with an unlikely group of companions: the halfling bard, Ruskettle, the southern mage, Akabar, and the oddly silent lizard-man, Dragonbait. With their help, she discovers that the symbols hold the key to her very existence.

But those responsible for the sigils aren’t keen on Alias’s continued good health. And if the five evil masters find her first, she may discover all too soon their hideous secret.

Azure Bonds is based on the FORGOTTEN REALMS™ setting, TSR’s most extensive fantasy campaign.

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Also available The Wyvern’s Spur (1990) Song of the Saurials (1991)

Black Wizards

Illustrator Keith Parkinson
Author Douglas Niles
Year 1988
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-011138-7

Book two of the Moonshae trilogy

Yet again the Moonshae Isles come under the threat of sinister and supernatural forces.

A council of dark sorcerers has usurped the will of the High King. An army of ogres and zombies guided by Bhaal, the super-deity of death and destruction, threatens the gentle Ffolk while the puppet king acquiesces.

Meanwhile the young druid Robyn grapples with her new powers, and Prince Tristan Kendrick struggles to earn his birthright. They must join forces with the children of the Goddess for a showdown with the dreaded Black Wizards that will seal the fate of the Moonshae Isles.

Fantastical new creatures, dire occurrences and wondrous events abound in this new FORGOTTEN REALMS™ adventure.

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Also available
Darkwalker on Moonshae (Book One) and Darkwell (Book Three)

Waterdeep

Illustrator Clyde Caldwell
Author Richard Awlinson
Year 1989 (Penguin edition 1990)
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-012630-9

The Avatar Trilogy: Book Three

Who’ll be the new gods?

The god of strife is dead, destroyed in his attack on Tantras, and Midnight and her allies have recovered the first Tablet of Fate – one of a pair of artifacts that will return the gods to their former glory and save the Realms from the fallen deities’ wrath.

To complete their quest, though, the heroes must travel across the world to Waterdeep, the City of Splendours, and even pass into the Realm of the Dead. But both Cyric and Myrkul, God of Death, want the Tablets of Fate for their own dark ends, and they will stop at nothing to capture Midnight – even if it means the destruction of the Realms.

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Also available
Shadowdale (Book One) and Tantras (Book Two)

Darkwell

Illustrator Jeff Easley
Author Douglas Niles
Year 1989
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-012635-X

Book Three: The Moonshae Trilogy

The ultimate struggle of good and evil…At stake, the survival of the Moonshae Isles.

Tristan Kendrick, newly crowned High King of the Ffolk, must forge a lasting alliance between the divergent peoples of the Isles. The druid Robyn must confront an evil that has infested the land itself. And together they must decide if they will face the future as king and queen – or as enemies, forever separated by failure and mistrust.

Filled with bizarre creatures and cast against a landscape such as the Isles have never seen, Darkwell is the tumultuous conclusion to the epic begun in Douglas Niles’s best-selling Darkwalker on Moonshae and Black Wizards. The Moonshae Trilogy is part of the FORGOTTEN REALMS™ adventures, TSR’s most extensive fantasy campaign.

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Also available
Darkwalker on Moonshae (Book One) and Black Wizards (Book Two)

Streams of Silver

Illustrator Clyde Caldwell
Author R. A. Salvatore
Year 1989
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-012363-6

Book Two: The Icewind Dale Trilogy

“Yer eyes’ll shine when ye see the rivers runnin’ silver in Mithril Hall!”

Bruenor the dwarf, Wulfgar the barbarian, Regis the halfling and Drizzt the dark elf fight monsters and magic on their way to Mithril Hall, centuries-old birthplace of Bruenor and his dwarven ancestors.

Faced with racism, Drizzt contemplates returning to the lightless underworld city and murderous lifestyle he abandoned. Wulfgar begins to overcome his tribe’s aversion for magic. And Regis runs from a deadly assassin, who, allied with evil wizards, is bent on the companions’ destruction. All of Bruenor’s dreams, and the survival of his party, hinge upon the actions of one brave young woman.

Streams of Silver is R. A. Salvatore’s second book in the Icewind Dale Trilogy, based on the FORGOTTEN REALMS™ fantasy setting.

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Also available
The Crystal Shard (Book One) and The Halfling’s Gem (Book Three)