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April 2005 Issue

Spotlight on Luna Books

Featuring: An interview with Christie Golden

PNR CHAT, monthly - 3rd Monday, 8PM Eastern



The new face of fantasy. Powerful women. Captivating worlds. Magical journeys. A world you can only imagine…

Luna's Latest Release: April 2005


FOR CAMELOT'S HONOR - by Sarah Zettel

A quest of hidden shadows, old gods and immense power - And the battle for Britain continues!

Elen believed nothing could withstand her retribution against her family's killer. The daughter of a Welsh chieftain, Elen would wield her growing powers to destroy her enemy and win back her lands. But then she learned of the power behind the invader - the fearsome sorceress Morgaine, who'd vowed to destroy Camelot….

Rather than attack Elen directly, Morgaine created an elaborate plan to cause Elen to betray all she held dear, including her new ally, the High King. Still holding fast to hope, facing deadly foes seen and unseen, Elen traveled through the wild mountains to find a magical weapon to strike down the sorceress. Sir Geraint, her only companion, would risk life and love to complete their quest - but never honor. Yet will Elen choose honor and the future over revenge and a shattered past?

Upcoming Releases


GOSSAMYR by Michele Hauf ~ May 2005

Disenchantment threatens those who enter the mortal realm…
The Red Lady plots to destroy faeries who linger in the mortal world, by draining their essence. Only those without glamour can withstand the succubus's wicked enticements. So now Gossamyr de Wintershinn, half faery, half mortal, vows to use her wits, fighting ability and hint of glamour to face the Red Lady in her Paris lair.

But this is Gossamyr's first trip to the war-ravaged mortal realm, and it seduces with its own enchantments. With her new traveling companion - a soul shepherd with more than one secret - Gossamyr takes the first steps to save her people. Yet as she strives to defeat the Red Lady, she discovers that incredible power can be found in the truth - and in learning true names. And a danger, as well…

June 2005

URBAN SHAMAN by C.E. Murphy
SILVER'S BANE by Anne Kelleher

July 2005

CURSE THE DARK by Laura Anne Gilman
THE MISTED CLIFFS by Catherine Asaro

August 2005

CAST IN SHADOW by Michelle Sagara
THE DESTINED QUEEN by Deborah Hale

September 2005

IN STONE'S CLASP by Christie Golden

October 2005

POISON STUDY by Maria Snyder

November 2005

WINTER MOON by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee, C.E. Murphy


Read the Reviews for All of the Luna Releases


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March 2005
464 pages

ISBN: 0373802161

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THE COMPASS ROSE

by Gail Dayton

The legends of the Godstruck were just that -- legends.
Until, in an attempt to defend her people, Captain Kallista Varyl called on the One for aid and was granted abilities such as no one had seen in centuries.

Now Kallista has been charged with a new destiny as one of the most powerful women in the land -- but her power is useless if it cannot be controlled.

Mastering her "Godstruck" abilities is the first step. The next, learning that she cannot unlock the secrets of the Compass Rose and defeat her nation's enemy alone. And finally she must stop a demon-possessed king . . .


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February 2005
416 pages

ISBN: 0373802153

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GUARDIAN OF HONOR

by Robin D. Owens

With their magic boundaries falling and terrible monsters invading, the Marshalls of Lladrana must follow ancient tradition and summon a savior from the exotique land…
For Alexa Fitzwalter, the Marshall's call pulled the savvy lawyer into a realm where she barely understood the language, let alone the intricacies of politics and power. Armed only with her wits, a mystical companion and the help of the chevalier Bastien, Alexa must use her very human mind and skills to fight the encroaching evil - and resist manipulation by the Marshalls to force her to stay in Lladrana.

Now torn between her affinity for this realm and Earth, will she return home if given the chance? Or dare she risk everything for a land not her own?


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January 2005
304 pages

ISBN: 0373802129

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SHADOWS OF MYTH

by Rachel Lee

The Ilduin Bane are myth and legend: assassin mages whose blades drip poison and whose minds share a common purpose - one of death or control. All who have gone against them have been lost, unable to penetrate their powerful protections.

And so Archer Blackcloak gathers a small band to bring about the downfall of the Bane. From Archer comes strength of purpose and an indomitable will. Ratha and Giri, the Anari warriors, give the group a fighter's skill and temper. They are joined by Young Tom, whose unwavering loyalty is matched by an insatiable curiosity, and by Sara Deepwell, who has a surprising talent for magic. From their last member, Tess Birdsong, the only survivor of a brutal attack that left her with no memory, comes the power of one who has nothing left to lose.

But the road to freedom is long and twisted, and before they are finished their old sorrows may destroy them. Yet once started, they cannot turn back - no matter how high the price to be paid.…


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December 2004
400 pages

ISBN: 037380213

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ELPHAME'S CHOICE

by P.C. Cast

I was marked from birth as belonging to the Goddess Epona - but that didn't make my life easy. Because of my "blessings," I was set apart, worshiped, unable to make real connections with others. Then came the Feeling, and with it a glimpse of my destiny. It led me to the MacCallan castle of legend, deserted since the terrible Fomorian war.

I followed the wordless call to breathe new life into a place long dead, but I didn't realize there were dark remnants of the war lingering in the nearby forest - victims and survivors who remained hidden. Others marked as different, powerful. Feared.My choice was now twofold. I could keep to the happiness and safety of my newfound home, or I could choose a path that led to something more terrible, more dangerous, more thrilling than anything I'd ever expected.

And in that future I might never be alone again.…


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November 2004
496 pages

ISBN: 0373802455
(January 2004 HC)

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THE FAIRY GODMOTHER

by Mercedes Lackey

In the land of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, if you can't carry out your legendary role, life is no fairy tale.…
Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! So she set out to make a new life for herself. But breaking with "The Tradition" was no easy matter - until she got a little help from her own fairy godmother. Who promptly offered Elena a most unexpected job.…

Now, instead of sleeping in the chimney, she has to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who keep trying to rise above their place in the tale. And there's one in particular who needs to be dealt with….

Sometimes a fairy godmother's work is never done….


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October 2004
400 pages

ISBN: 0373802110

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SHIELD OF THE SKY

by Susan Krinard

Ever since witnessing a sacred ritual, Rhenna of the Free People has been isolated. Not outcast, yet not part of her tribe, she walks alone, guarding the land's borders. And growing more troubled by the changes in the wind. Anger and war are rising. The mountain-dwelling shapeshifters - partners to the Free People - are disappearing, and word has come of an evil new god:The Stone God, whose followers are known by the red stones they hold and the chaos that accompanies them.

So when Rhenna hears that a shapeshifter has been captured by the Stone God's servants, she must rescue him. Now Rhenna is embroiled in a dangerous game as the forces of evil and nature fight to control humanity's future.Together with a growing band - the enigmatic shaman Tahvo, the panther shapechanger Cian and the rebel Quintus of conquered Tiberia - she must travel the world, seeking to prevent its destruction.

Whatever danger lies ahead, the downfall of the Stone God has begun.…


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September 2004
400 pages

ISBN: 0373802102

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THE MOUNTAIN'S CALL

by Caitlin Brennan

Valeria relishes the tales of the mysterious, powerful Mountain where the
gods--powerful beings in the form of white horses--live. And she loves hearing stories of the elite Riders who ride the Stallions in the Dance--a pattern that reflects, influences, and sometimes creates the past, present, or future. Though Valeria has a horse sense thought magical, she knows no woman has ever been called to the Mountain. Until she feels a strange pull and makes the decision to answer the call--as a boy...

Only Kerrec, a senior Rider, and Euan, a barbarian prince, realize the truth as Valeria survives until the final test--and passes with acclaim. But in her moment of triumph her secret is discovered and Valeria loses all that she's won.

Meanwhile, the barbarians plot to overthrow the Aurelian Empire. And Valeria's anger and frustration might be enough to give them a way in. Now the Empire depends on the will, the strength, and the loyalty of one Rider. A Rider who has been rejected by all but the gods...


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August 2004
352 pages

ISBN: 0373802099

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STAYING DEAD

by Laura Anne Gilman

It starts as a simple job - but simple jobs, when you're dealing with the 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, so she turns to some friends: a demon (minor), a mage who has lost his 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….


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July 2004
352 pages

ISBN: 0373802080

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ON FIRE'S WINGS

by Christie Golden

She was born without caste or position in Arukan, a country that prized both.Then a chance encounter led her to a better life. But it also brought her to danger and destiny. Because Kevla Bai-sha's fevered dreams - looming threats to their land and visions of dragons that had once watched over her people - held the promise of truth.

Now Arukan - shadowed by mountains and myths - might be overcome by eternal darkness. Kevla, together with Jashemi-kha-Tahmu, rebel prince of the ruling household, would defy all law, all tradition, to embark on a daring quest for the half-forgotten elemental parts that will save the world.

And so Kevla must sacrifice everything…only to be reborn in dragon's flames….


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June 2004
384 pages

ISBN: 0373802072

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SILVER'S EDGE

by Anne Kelleher

Unwillingly entwined . . .

There is more danger than usual in the Otherworld of the Sidhe and the mortal world of the Shadowlands. An unlikely group of conspirators -- both mortal and Sidhe -- plot to overthrow both thrones. They'd stolen the silver caul that protected the borders between the realms -- and set into motion a most perilous war.

A blacksmith's daughter, a Sidhe lady, a mortal queen.

Three women stand against the encroaching evil. All they have is a girl's love for her father, a lady's for her queen -- and a queen's for her country. Nessa, Delphinea and Cecily are each driven by a personal destiny, yet share a fierce sense of love, justice and determination to protect what is theirs. Will the spirit and strength of these women be enough to turn back the tide of the goblin hordes waiting to overrun the kingdoms?

Perhaps. But the battle must still be fought . . .



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May 2004
448 pages

ISBN: 0373802064

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SERAPHIM

by Michele Hauf

Winter, 1433 - and Joan d'Arc's ashes still glow with unsettled embers…

In a land where the battle between Good and Evil is always near, the Black Knight's silver sword fells enemies with silent grace. The Knight has sworn that fallen angel Lucifer de Morte and his cruel brotherhood will pay for the reign of terror wrought upon France - and upon the d'Ange family where nearly all had died a terrible death. All but one…

Yet the Knight's hard-won battles and dented armor hide a larger secret. For "he" is actually Seraphim d'Ange. She is traveling to de Morte's demesnes, executing his demon henchmen along the way. Now, aided by Baldwin, a family retainer, and San Juste, a mysterious stranger who knows far too much about the puissance of both heaven and hell, Sera grows closer and closer to her final target.

Yet little does she know that there is at least one more aspect of power she herself holds…


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April 2004
448 pages

ISBN: 0373802056

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THE WIZARD'S WARD

by Deborah Hale

Years before, the peaceful world of Umbria was torn apart by the ruthless Hanish invaders…

Yet that is the only life Maura knows. Until her wizard guardian announces she is to be queen - but that first she must find and unite with their country's legendary "Waiting King" in order to overthrow the enemy occupation. Men have searched for the fabled warrior for ages - what chance has a young witch gifted in life-magic? Especially since she has only till midsummer's moon…and her guardian's wisdom is tragically taken from her….

Filled with fear and determination as well as wits and magic, Maura sets forth. Her only ally is the outlaw Rath. Having Rath as a companion is as dangerous as having an enemy along - but she must trust in him to save their country. As midsummer approaches, their mission is in jeopardy from the Han outlaws and treasure hunters - and even their own folk, who are wary of "the witch and the wolf."

But the greatest complication is the knowledge that if they do not find the king, Maura need not sacrifice all to be queen….


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March 2004
384 pages

ISBN: 0373802048

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IN CAMELOT'S SHADOW

by Sarah Zettel

From the wilds of Moreland to the court of Camelot, a woman searches for her true powers . . .

Fleeing from the knowledge that her father had promised her to an evil sorcerer, Risa of the Morelands refused to be a sacrifice. Armed with her bow and her confidence, she swore to evade the wicked Euberacon's claim. And when she stumbled upon Sir Gawain, returning to Camelot to warn of a plot against the kingdom, she thought she'd discovered the perfect place to hide. Surely the sorcerer Euberacon would not approach her at court?

Now ensnared with court and political intrigue, Risa is out of her element. And Euberacon has forced a strong transformation spell upon her. There might be one chance left to save kingdom and soul -- but it would take all the strength and power she had . . .


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February 2004
362 pages

ISBN: 037380203X

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THE CHARMED SPHERE

by Catherine Asaro

Once Chime had been the most promising mage in the land, feted and celebrated for her potential and future role in the kingdom. Then Iris, her young competitor, made a stunning leap in skill and turned Chime's world upside down.

Now no longer the most powerful, no longer promised to a prince - and still unable to harness her magic properly - Chime was set adrift. As was the new king's cousin - and former heir - Lord Muller. Yet when the neighboring kingdom threatened war, Muller and Chime were tasked with uncovering the plot. Both were flawed, yet unwilling to accept a lesser destiny than they had once known. Could this quest be the opportunity for redemption - or would it lead them to their deaths?


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