This title shows the sixteenth century England: a nation at a fatal fork in time, leading to two possible futures. Either an evil queen will join forces with the Inquisition and rule with a blood-spattered iron hand, threatening humans and elves alike - or a benevolent queen named Elizabeth will rule wisely and well. But the evil Unseleighe Sidhe are determined that the little girl Elizabeth shall never grow up to take the throne. Opposing them are the good Sidhe of elfland, including Denoriel, who has already foiled one attempt against Elizabeth, almost at the cost of his own life. But a few years have passed, and Denoriel still guards the young princess, now eight years old, secure in the knowledge that his enemy Vidal, leader of the evil Unseleighe, is dead. Unfortunately, he is wrong: Vidal was wounded almost fatally, but now his recovery is complete, and he has set in motion a plan to bring about a new dark age of which Denoriel is dangerously unaware...
Mercedes Lackey is the author of the Bardic Voices series and the SERRAted Edge series (both Baen), the Heralds of Valdemar series (DAW), and many more. Of her writing, Stephen King has stated, She ll keep you up long past your bedtime, and "Locus" raved, Lackey is one of the best storytellers in the field. Among her popular Baen titles are "The Fire Rose," "The Lark and the Wren," "The Shadow of the Lion" (with Eric Flint and Dave Freer) and "This Scepter d Isle," the prequel to "Ill Met by Moonlight," written in collaboration with Roberta Gellis. She lives in Oklahoma. Roberta Gellis is author of over 25 novels in different fields. "New York Times" best-selling author John Jakes has called her a superb storyteller of extraordinary talent, "Publishers Weekly" has termed her a master of the medieval historical, and "Romantic Times" has praised her as a master spinner of tales. " "Her many awards include: The Silver and Gold Medal Porgy for historical novels from "West Coast Review of Books" and the Golden Certificate and Golden Pen from "Affaire de Coeur." From "Romantic Times" she has received both the Award for Best Novel in the Medieval Period and also the Lifetime Achievement Award for Historical Fantasy. And the Romance Writers of America have presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award.."
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