Crimson Crystal Adventure 1: Riddle of the Griffon

Riddle of the Griffon

Series Crimson Crystal Adventures (Endless Quest)
Illustrator Keith Parkinson (cover), Mario D. Macari, Gary Williams
Author Susan Lawson
Year 1985
Publisher TSR
ISBN 394-73979-5 / 0-88038-210-4

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RIDDLE OF THE GRIFFON

Forbidden to use your conjuring abilities, you now have the opportunity to rid your homeland of its oppressive ruler, Parthon. But to do so, you must leave the security of your father’s farm to face the gauntlet of the griffon and solve its riddle. Do you have the courage to pass this ultimate test of your new powers?

To help you on your quest, an old magic-user has given you a magical ruby, one of three powerful magic crystals. This special gem allows you to translate ancient messages, find hidden doorways, see through magical deception, and much more. It can show you many things, but take care or you might not see the truth that the stone reveals to you and find yourself in very real danger! Continue reading

Serpent Mage

Serpent Mage

Series Death Gate Cycle Volume 4
Illustrator
Keith Parkinson
Author Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Year 1993 (first published 1992)
Publisher Bantam Spectra
ISBN 0-553-56140-5

SERPENT MAGE

After searching the four worlds Alfred has at last found his people on Chelestra, the realm of sea. But his travels have taught him to be cautious…and Alfred soon realizes his caution is justified, even among his own kind.

The one person Alfred can trust is, strangely, Haplo the Patryn. But Haplo’s lord has decreed all Sartan to be the enemy, and Haplo dares not go against his lord. Now the companions have arrived in a land where humans, elves, and dwarves have learned to live in peace. Unaware of an even greater threat to all the realms, it is Sartan and Patryn who will disrupt this alliance of the lesser races in their struggle to gain control of all four worlds. Only Alfred and Haplo realize that they have a much older–and more powerful–enemy than each other….

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Fire Sea

Fire Sea

Series Death Gate Cycle Volume 3
Illustrator
Keith Parkinson
Author Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Year 1992 (first published 1991)
Publisher Bantam Spectra
ISBN 0-553-29541-1

FIRE SEA

Abarrach, the Realm of Stone. Here, on a barren world of underground caverns built around a core of molten lava, the lesser races–humans, elves, and dwarves–seem to have all died off. Here, too, what may well be the last remnants of the once powerful Sartan still struggle to survive.

For Haplo and Alfred–enemies by heritage, traveling companions by necessity–Abarrach may reveal more than either dares to discover about the history of Sartan… and the future of all their descendents. Continue reading

The Tangle Box

Series Magic Kingdom of Landover
Illustrator
Keith Parkinson
Author Terry Brooks
Year 1994
Publisher Random House
ISBN 0-09-931421-5

OH, WHAT A TANGLED WEB…

Everything should have been quiet and pleasant for ex-lawyer-now-sovereign of the Magic Kingdom of Landover, Ben Holiday. But it wasn’t. Horris Kew, conjurer, more recently confidence-man trickster, had returned to the Magic Kingdom from Ben’s own world, where he and his sidekick in crime, the talking bird Biggar, had gotten in just a spot of trouble with the former ‘faithful’ of their scam cult.

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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)