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For those of you who may be

looking for new authors,

I offer this list of selected fantasy finds.

I loved every moment spent in these worlds…

 

Celtic

Celtic Myths, Celtic Legends; RJ Stewart

Celtic Gods, Celtic Godesses; RJ Stewart

Celtic Bards, Celtic Druids: RJ Stewart

More along these lines:

The Bardic Source Book by John Matthews

The Druid Source Book, John Matthews

The Book of Druidry:  History, Sites and Wisdom  by Ross Nichols

The Celtic Druids' Year by John Robert King

Celtic Fairy Tales

Irish Wonders: The Ghosts, Giants, Pookas, Demons, Leprechawns, Banshees, Fairies, Witches, Widows, and Other Marvels of the Emerald Isle: David McAnally

Irish Cures, Mystic Charms and Superstitions; by Lady Wilde

Ancient Legends of Ireland:  Marlene Edman, illus

Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish Legends;  Marie Heaney

The TAIN Translated from the Irish Epic Tain Bo Cuailnse:  Thomas Kinsella

Early Irish Myths & Sagas by Jeffrey Gantz, ed.

The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales:  Patrick K. Ford, ed

Cuchulain of Muirthemne: The Story of the men of the Red Branch of Ulster: Augusta

The Poems of Ossian:   James MacPherson   (Welsh literature)

Atlas of Irish History;  Sean Duffy, ed

 

 

Morgan Llywelyn

Lion of Ireland: My first taste of this author's power.  Brian Boru's tale,

stronger, wiser and braver than all other men, to lead the Irish, together.

The Horse Goddess: a romance of Epona and Kazhak, the nomad prince.

Finn Mac CoolMightiest of Irish heroes

Bard: The coming of the Irish to the Emerald Isle. Do read this one first!!!

The Elementals

Wind From Hastings

Strongbow

Red Branch: The tale of Cuchulain and the warriors he led.

Druids: a depiction of druidic life in pre-Roman Gaul.  Wish it were longer!

Grania:  (Celtic for Grace--O'Malley) She-King of the Irish Seas--Need I say more??  Arrr!

Deborah Turner Harris

Caledon of the Mists The Fate of the empire lies in the hands of Mhairi, warrior queen of an

"almost Scotland", who must protect against the evil creatures spawned from a fissure in the earth.

The Queen of Ashes  Queen Mhairi fights to retain her throne against the smoothness  of

her new friend, advisor and supposed ally...Lady Mordance

 

 

Reference…

The Lore of the Unicorn Myths and Legends, Odell Shepard

The Goblin Companion: A Field Guide to Goblins

Dragons, The Enchanted World, Time Life Books

Celtic Myths, Celtic Legends,  R.J. Stewart

Celtic Fairy Tales   Joseph Jacobs, ed.

Earth Light: The Ancient Path...Celtic & Faery Lore. R.J. Stewart

The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdon, PB  Caitlin and John Matthews

 

 

 

Faeries

Faeries: Real Encounters with LittlePeople  An enchanting idea, where to

look and how to recognize the fae.  Interesting approach.  paperback, too

Fairies;   David Larkin

Strange and Secret Peoples, Carole G. Silver

Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells    Terry Jones and Brian Froud, illus.

Fairy Wings

Victorian Fairy Painting:  Jeremy Mass

Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Journal <ow!> Terry Jones; "No fairies were harmed

in the manufacturing of this book, says the Royal Society for the Prevention

of Cruelty to Fairies."!!!

Enchantment of the Faerie Realm, Ted Andrews  Lots of advice for looking and

seeing the fairies in your neighborhood, just look.  He tells you where.

Fairy Garden, Tom Cross (gorgeous art) 96 pages of gorgeous pictures, along

with short poems.   It is truly an enchanting art book.  I love my copy.  Wish it were autographed!

The Book of Little Folk  Faery stories from around the world, poems, too.

A Field Guide to Irish Fairies;  Bob Curran

Good Faeries, Bad Faeries:  2 books in one

Good Faeries, Bad Faeries calendar

The Books of Faerie   Bronwyn Carlton

Faeries: Doorways to the Enchanted Realm  Lori Eisenkraft-Palazzola

Christmas Trolls    Jan Brett

Diane Goode's Book of Giants and Little People

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies; Cicely Mary Barker

Flower Fairies of the Winter: CMB

Flower Fairies of the Summer

Flower Fairies of the Spring

Flower Fairies of the Autumn

Flower Fairies of the Trees; Cicely Mary Barker

Flower Fairies of the Garden: Poems and Pictures; CM Barker

Flower Fairies Decoupage Book

A Flower Fairies Postcard Book

Flower Fairies, the Little Pink Book, (Flower Fairies Collection)

Flower Fairies Alphabet;  CM Barker

Flower Fairies of the Wayside; CM Barker

Flower Fairies: the Meaning of Flowers:  CM Barker

The Flower Fairies' Poster Set

The Flower Fairies Calander

Twelve Flower Fairies Bookmarks

Fairies: Celebrations from Season to Season  Adrienne Keith

Fairies from A to Z;   Adrienne Keith

Fairy Spells;   Seeing and Communicating With the Fairies; Claire Nahmad

Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins;  Carol Rose

Child of Faerie, Child of Earth Jane Yolen

Fairies   Elizabeth Ratisseau

A Visit to Fairyland Glitter Stickers Books   Jane Gerver

Fairies Through the Year: Glitter Sticker Books, Jane E. Gerver

Elves and Fairies Stickers: 24 Pressure-Sensitive Designs; Darcy May

Fairies Notebook:   Darcy May

Fairies Stickers;   Barbara Steadman

In Fairyland: Richard Doyle  lovely but out of print now.

Regency Ladys Faery Bower by Amelia Jame Murray

The Goblins of Labyrinth   Brian Froud.  This was recommended to me, and it's out of print.  Anyone seen it?

Fairy Painting by Beatrice Phillpotts  wish I had my own copy of this one.

 

Elf Magic: Martin Greenberg

Afternoon of the Elves; Janet T. Lisle

Golden Books Treasury of Elves and Fairies;  Jane Werner

The Complete Book of Elves; D&D Players Handbook

 

Terry Goodkind

Wizard's First Rule: Book One in A Sword of Truth Series

The first rule of wizards: People will believe anything.

I was thoroughly enchanted with the world that Mr. Goodkind created in Wizard's First Rule.   It was so well written

I wasn't aware that another book, a sequel, was even possible.  Wow.  Loved every word.

A woods guide, Richard Cypher, and the Mother Confessor, Kahlan, were the last hope

against the forces of Darken Rahl, minion of the evil lord of the underworlds, the Keeper.

Stone of Tears

Giving you too much of this rather ruins the plot of the first, but suffice to say that you won't be sorry.  Richard

and Kahlan meet the Mud People, Richard meets and is taken by the Sisters of the Light, Kahlan leads

her army against the Imperial Order and we find that Wizard's Second Rule is that the greatest harm

can come from the best intentions.

Blood of the Fold

This title describes the Keeper's army, the Blood of the Fold, who set themselves up as

seekers of evil, (magic), and try to eradicate it, with or without cause.  Wizard's Third Rule: Passion rules reason.

Temple of the Winds

An unbelievably evil plague is let loose on the world and only by making the hazardous (to say the least)

trip to the Temple of the Winds can Richard hope to save his world and Kahlan's life!  The Wizard's

Fourth Rule is that there's magic in forgiveness.

Soul of the Fire

Richard and Kahlan are threatened by the chimes, which negate magic.

Living in a world without magic would literally kill all life.

Over 500 pages in this one.  Not too long.  :) Fifth rule is:   Mind what people do, not only what they

say, for deeds will betray a lie.  I can hardly wait for the next!!!  These books are awesome!

 

Raymond E. Feist

Magician:   Apprentice

The story of PUG, apprentice to the master Kulgan, but with a magic all his own.  A rift between two worlds is discovered, and the warring people on the other side threaten all life on the planet.   These books all contain a summary of events leading up to that particular place in the story, so find any one and go to it!

Magician:  Master

The continuation of the Apprentice story, in which Pug was captured by the Tsurani, the warrior race of invaders from another world.  His unusual talent as a possessor of magic caused him to be whisked away by the Tsurani magicians, where he learned of his own great powers, and became a Master magician, or Great One.  Going through the rift again, Milamber (Pug) helps to bring peace between the warring worlds, with a little help from his friends.

Silverthorn

Another continuation of the saga, wherein the new king is being sought, to the death, by the Night Hawks.  The most evil being of all seeks his death, and brings the dead to life to help him.   Meanwhile, Prince Arutha's love is ill, and only Silverthorn will heal her.

A Darkness at Sethanon

Prince of the Blood

The King's Buccaneer

Roberta Cray

The Sword and the Lion

T. A. Barron

The Ancient One

The  Merlin Effect

 

 

Tolkein, J. R. R.

The Hobbitt:  The master storyteller tells it like it could have been.  Reading the book

is far better than watching the cartoon.  Let your imagination soar!

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Was there ever a better set of books? I think we can talk like the lilting Irish just by

feeding on the beautifully written works of the masters.  This qualifies in my book.

 

Eddings, David

Belgarath the Sorcerer:  One of the latest to come out, but it's a pre-quel, so read it first.

The Belgariad:  Boxed set?

Pawn of Prophecy

Queen of Sorcery

Magician's Gambit

Castle of Wizardry

Enchanters' End Game

The Tamuli 

Domes of Fire

The Shining Ones

The Hidden City

The Elenium

The Diamond Throne

The Ruby Knight

The Sapphire Rose

The Malloreon

Guardians of the west

King of the Murgos

Demon Lord of Karanda

Sorceress of Darshiva

The Seeress of Kell

The Riven Codex, Ancient Texts of the Belgariad and Malloreans

High Hunt

The Losers

Brooks, Terry

Mr. Brooks rates with me as a comparable storyteller to Tolkein. 

I get caught up in the story,

and the family has to eat mac and cheese again.

First King of Shannara

The Sword of Shannara

The Elfstones of Shannara

The Wishsong of Shannara

The Scions of Shannara

The Druid of Shannara

The Elf Queen of Shannara

The Talismans of Shannara

 

Anne McCaffrey

The Dragonriders of Pern  this is the set

Dragonflight

Dragonquest

The White Dragon

Dragonsong

Dragonsinger

Dragondrums

Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern

Nerilka's Story

Dragonsdawn

The Renegades of Pern

All the Weyrs of Pern

Chronicles of Pern: First Fall

Dragonseye

The Dolphins of Pern

Rescue Run

Dragonlover's Guide to Pern

Acorna

Acorna's Quest

 

Thorarinn Gunnarsson

The Dragonlord Chronicles

Dragonlord of Mystara

Dragonking of Mystara

Dragonmage of Mystara

Dragons on the Town

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King Arthur

Under the search heading King Arthur, Amazon has 741 choices:  June 5, 1999.

Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Mists of Avalon (my all time favorite version)

Lady of Avalon

Forest House

The Fall of Atlantis

Lady of the Lake

Return to Avalon

The Gratitude of Kings

 

 

Stewart, Mary

The Prince and the Pilgrim

The Crystal Cave

The Hollow Hills

The Last Enchantment

The Wicked Day

 

Stephen R. Lawhead

The Pendragon Cycle

Taliesin:  Book One of the Pendragon Cycle, an epic tale of the end of Atlantis.

Merlin:  Book Two, the son of a princess of Atlantis and a druid bard.

Arthur:  Book Three, conclusion:  the King foretold by the bard Taliesin.

Pendragon

Grail  in paperback  Hardcover

 

Anne McCaffrey

Black Horses for the King

  Bernard Cornwell

In all fairness, I just found these books, and my copies are on order.  I can't believe I missed them.

So when I have something concrete to share...it will be here.

The Winter King

Enemy of God

Excalibur   A Novel of Arthur

 

Nikolai Tolstoy

The Coming of the King  This book was recommended to me more than

once, however, I don't get it, and have yet to finish it. 

 

Nancy McKenzie

The Child Queen

The High Queen

 

Also:

Mike Ashley wrote The Camelot Chronicles

 

Merlin:  The Prophetic Vision and the Mystic Life; RJ Stewart

 

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