Sanctuary by Lynn Abbey
I'm a big fan of the original series, Thieves' World, which ended over a decade ago. When I'd finished the last page of the last book of Thieves' World, I'd experienced for the first time what I would come to judge all other books by: that bittersweet feeling of a triumphant conclusion to a great story mingled with slight sorrow at the parting with its characters.
So I started Sanctuary with apprehensions. One of them being that this book was written by a single author while Thieves' World was a shared-world-anthology by multiple writers which created a uniqueness with universal appeal.
The other issue that troubled me was that the inside flap had informed me that my favorite characters were no longer around. Just like any place a person comes... Read More
Lynn Abbey(1948- )
Lynn Abbey has been writing epic fantasy for almost thirty years. Much of her work is associated with shared-worlds (numerous authors writing in the same world) and the gaming industry since the 1980s. She and her ex-husband, Robert Asprin developed the popular Thieves’ World anthology (below). Lynn Abbey has co-edited and contributed to other shared-world anthologies such as Dark Sun, ElfQuest, and Forgotten Realms. Read excerpts of her novels at Lynn Abbey‘s website.
Sanctuary by Lynn Abbey
The Thieves’ World Anthologies — (1979-2004) These anthologies were edited by Lynn Abbey and her husband Robert Asprin. Other contributors were C.J. Cherryh, Diane Duane, Raymond E. Feist, Dennis L. McKiernan, Mickey Zucker Reichert, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Diana L. Paxon, Steven Brust, David Drake, and Jody Lynn Nye. A series of Thieves’ World novels were published by other authors in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Lynn Abbey published the last Thieves’ World novel, Sanctuary, in 2002. You can learn more at a fan’s Thieves’ World website.
Catwoman — (1992) Publisher: A thrilling tale of Gotham’s favorite feline by the authors of the bestselling Thieves’ World series. While Batman hunts a major arms dealer, Catwoman stalks a man who makes jewelry from parts of endangered cats. And when their paths converge, the cat and bat confront their respective enemies — and each other — in a battle for revenge and justice.
The Rifkind Saga — (1979, 1980, 2006) Publisher’s description of Rifkind’s Challenge (2006): In a desert world ruled by men, Rifkind has always been one apart. A chieftain’s daughter, she learned to wield a sword while all other women were bound by tribal custom to children and the cooking fire. But when her clan was massacred, she set forth on a quest for her destiny in savage lands ruled by magic and the sword. For a while she had thought that she had found a home. She practiced the healing arts and raised her son. But now she has once again heard a personal call to arms, a call to leave behind the safety of her home. She will once again take up the way of the sword, the way of sorcery. And this time she is not alone.
Unicorn and Dragon — (1987-1988) Publisher: Wolves are loose in the English countryside. A dying monarch cannot enforce the laws, and his heirs are circling like vultures. The small castle that is Hafwynder Manor is thrown into chaos by the arrival of a mysterious young stranger, too badly wounded to explain his plans. The forces of 11th century history invade Hafwynder Manor. Its safety—and perhaps the fate of all England — may depend on the deeds of the blonde, impulsive Alison and her sister, the dark-haired and cunning Wildecent. With the forces of the outside world raging at the castle walls, the two young women must learn to shape their own destiny!
Walensor — (1991-1994) Young adult. From Lynn Abbey’s website: “I wanted a fantasy world with a blend of magic and medivalism, but I also wanted something a bit different. In the middle of one long Michigan night the ideas came to me: Ecology! and The Internet! By golly, I’d create a world where magic was, among other things, communication and Mother Nature fought back…”
The ULTIMA Saga — (1991-1992) These are related to the ULTIMA computer games. Publisher: Lord Ironhawk’s son, Jordan Hawson; Althea; Drum, the blacksmith; and Jordan’s kid brother, Squirt, search for Balthan, Althea’s magician brother, the only one to know the truth about the evil infesting the land of Britannia.
Orion’s Children (The Emma Merrigan Books) — (2000-2005) Publisher: When librarian Emma Merrigan gives sanctuary to a terrified young girl found hiding in the library, it unleashes the nightmares of Emma’s childhood and reawakens untapped magical powers inherited from her long-dead mother.
The Guardians — (1982) Publisher: THE GUARDIANS: There’s a witch on Riverside Drive… Lise Brown was thrilled with her new apartment; it was more than anyone fresh from the Midwest had a right to expect in Manhattan. She loved it for the river view and the high old ceilings, but even more for the unexpected way she felt instantly at home there — as if the place had been waiting for her. She could not know that apartment 647 contained a rift into another world, a frightening world of malevolent spirits kept contained only by the rituals of the previous tenant. The evil on the other side of the rift is growing stronger, feeding on her fear, waiting for the moment when it will be powerful enough to break through into a helpless world. Only one thing can stop it — Lise must learn what it means to be a witch… PAST TENSE (or About Twenty Years After)… a brand new story from Riverside Drive. Lise finds that there is more at ground zero than meets the eye and her toughest battle has yet to be fought.
Siege of Shadows — (1996) Publisher: Aristocratic twin siblings–Kyle, a young Hart-lord, and his sister Kiera, haunted by a dream of Rapture — set out to solve the mystery of the Siege of Shadows, a golden throne rumored to hide the mystery of life.
Jerlayne — (1999) Publisher: Jerlayne’s mother had warned her not to marry the handsome elf, but Jerlayne refused to listen. Now a century after the wedding, Jerlayne’s marriage is in shambles and none of their children have matured into elves like their parents. Jerlayne wants answers — she wants to know why her mother was so opposed to her marriage, and in finding those answers, these two elven women will confront an issue that will rock both realms down to their very foundation.
The Nobles — (1995-1997) by David Cook, Victor Milan, Mark Anthony, Brian Thomsen, Paul Kidd, Lynn Abbey. Publisher: The king is dead, long live the king. Meet Pinch, a man of many titles: scoundrel, thief, criminal extraordinaire… heir to the throne? Manferic III, Pinch’s guardian and the former ruler of Ankhapur, has died without a direct heir. By ancient law, the crown will pass to the relative “chosen by the cup”, a family relic, in a ceremony whereby the rightful heir is selected and pretenders and other rejected can candidates meet their deaths. Pinch’s outlaw days have prepared him for life on the mean streets… but is he ready for the dangers that lurk in courtly hallways, among royal relatives and dagger-bearing shadows?
Lost Empires — (1998-2000) by Mel Odom, Troy Denning, Clayton Emery, Lynn Abbey. Publisher: The Lost Library of Cormanthyr Is it just a myth? Or does it still stand… somewhere in the most ancient corners of Faerûn? An intrepid human explorer sets out to find the truth and what starts as an archaeological expedition soon becomes a race against time as an undying avenger is determined to protect the secrets of the ancient, xenophobic elven empire of Cormanthyr. Lost Empires is a bold new series that uncovers the secrets of the lost, ancient Forgotten Realms world.