Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman
Jerzy is a slave. He has never known anything but slavery in the Master Vineart’s fields, toiling away at the grape vines that create the magical wine that is so coveted by the powerful and all of the Vinearts. Jerzy’s life is uneventful until one fateful day when he happens to get a face full of the grape mash and feels something magical in the wine. Knowing death is certain now that he, a lowly slave, has tasted the magical brew, the Master summons Jerzy to the main house. But instead of walking to his execution, the master gives Jerzy a test and takes him on as his apprentice. It seems that Jerzy has the gift to craft and use spellwines.
While Jerzy is receiving his training, strange things are happening all over the realm. Cities are disappearing, strange monsters are causing death and destruction, and diseases threaten to kill off many of the spell vines. The Master is confused and worr... Read More
Laura Anne Gilman(1967- )
Laura Anne Gilman has contributed to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series and the Quantum Leap series. Learn more at Laura Anne Gilman’s website.
The Vineart War — (2009-2011) Publisher: Fourteen centuries ago, all power was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft the spell-wines. But the people revolted against harsh rule, and were saved by a demigod called Sin-Washer, who broke the First Vine, shattering the hold of the prince-mages. In 1378 ASW, princes still rule, but Vinearts now make spellwines, less powerful than in days of old. Jerzy, a young slave, has just begun his studies to become a Vineart when his master uncovers the first stirrings of a plot to finish the work Sin-Washer began, and shatter the remains of the Vine forever. Only his master believes the magnitude and danger of this plot. And only Jerzy has the ability to stop it… before there are no more Vinearts left at all.
Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman
Weight of Stone: by Laura Anne Gilman
For two thousands years, the Lands Vin have enjoyed peace and prosperity thanks to Sin Washer’s strict separation of magic and politics, but it seems that someone’s been tasting forbidden fruits. When Master Vineart Malech and his student Jerzy set out to solve this nebulous threat to the peace, they soon become caught up in the forbidden currents of politics.
Laura Anne Gilman’s Weight of Stone, the second novel in The Vineart War, opens with Vineart Jerzy on the run from the Washers. Jerzy has been wrongly declared apostate for his actions in Gilman’s previous novel, the Nebula Award-nominated Flesh and Fire. At sea with his friends, the trader Ao and the noblewoman Mahault, Jerzy is tracking down a mysterious taint, one that has polluted the vina magica. Before he can ... Read More
Retrievers — (2004-2009) Publisher: Manhattan’s nightlife just got weirder… It starts as a simple job — but simple jobs, when you’re dealing with this magical world, often end up anything but. As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing — and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while… Case in point — a cornerstone containing a spell is stolen and there’s a magical complication. (Isn’t there always?) Wren’s unique abilities aren’t enough to lay this particular case to rest, and so she turns to some friends: a demon (minor), a mage who has lost her mind, and a few others — including Sergei, her business partner (and maybe a bit more?) Sometimes what a woman has to do to get the job done is enough to give even Wren nightmares.
Grail Quest — (2006) Young adult. Publisher: On the eve of the Quest for the Holy Grail, every adult in King Arthur’s castle falls into an enchanted sleep. The future of Camelot rests on the shoulders of fourteen-year-old squire Gerard, who has dreamed of becoming a Knight of the Round Table his whole life. With the help of Newt, the stable boy, and Ailis, a young maidservant, he must face terrible dangers, including a monstrous bridge troll, a wise and scheming dragon — and finally, a dark, powerful force that will stop at nothing to destroy King Arthur, the knights, and the entire realm of Camelot.
Paranormal Scene Investigations — (2010-2012) Publisher: Bonnie Torres was a twenty-something Talent, fresh out of college and looking for a job. Instead, it found her. P.U.P.I stands for Private, Unaffiliated, Paranormal Investigations. Because in a world where magic is just as common as electricity, abuse of that power is inevitable. And sometimes only a Talent can solve a Talented crime…
Portals — (2013- ) Publisher: “He has been taken. And you are his only chance.” That wasn’t something Jan expected to hear — especially from strangers who’d just rescued her from some mysterious and ferocious creatures. And she really hadn’t expected her rescuers to be shape-shifters…. Now it turns out her boyfriend, Tyler, hasn’t gone missing, he’s been stolen — and Jan’s the only one who might be able to get him back. From Elfland. Yeah, Jan’s pretty sure the entire world’s gone crazy. Even if the shifters claim that the naturals (like her) and the supernaturals (like them) belong in this world… but the preternaturals, what humans call elves, don’t. And they’ve found a portal into our world. A doorway they can use to infiltrate, to take, to conquer. And now Jan’s not just Ty’s only hope — she’s got to rescue humanity, as well….