On Fire's Wings

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 elementals that will save the world.

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

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In Stone's Clasp

Strength of stone, heart of ice . . .

Flame Dancer Kevla of Arukan seeks the missing elements -- Stone and Sea, Wind and Soul -- that must join to preserve their world from destruction. Sensing that the Stone Dancer, the master of Earth magic, would be found in the icy north, she and her dragon companion fly to a country mired in an unnaturally long winter. When at last they find Jareth, the Stone Dancer's own anger and pain make him reluctant to accept his destiny. His need for vengeance against the old gods who betrayed his people is powerful -- powerful enough to lead the group farther into the snows, searching for the legendary Ice Maiden, who may be responsible for the forced winter. But betrayal doesn't come only from the gods -- and the forces against them are vast. Before their quest is over, Kevla must realize that while Flame can break through the chill of the winter, Stone can withstand anything...

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Under Sea's Shadow

Secrets hidden in the darkness of the sea...

Stolen at birth by her sea-lord father, Copper is returned to her mother, the queen, to experience life on their island home. But something is missing within her, for she is without a soul. Copper is adrift and alone until strangers come with Companion creatures and tell her of her destiny. For Copper is the Sea Dancer, one of five elements incarnate, and the fate of the world depends on the Dancers joining.

Yet there are those who would pervert the Dancers' destiny, and an Emperor who will stop at nothing to prevent them from finding one another. As conspiracies unfold, and secrets are pierced, the upwelling of power that Copper controls is put to the test.

The uneasy marriage of land and sea is about to break apart. And all hangs on Copper's choice...

Instrument of Fate

"Take the lute. Be safe, be careful, trust no one, and live, my child, live to write a glorious ballad about your adventure..."

With these words, a dying elf gives young bard Gillien Songespynner a magical lute and changes her life forever. For someone is after the lute --a relentless adversary who is never what he seems, and who will stop at nothing to prevent Gillien from
delivering the lute safely to Queen-mother Ariel.

All too soon, the young musician is on the run, brutally bereft of family, even of her true identity. Her only companion on this desperate venture is a former swordsman named Daric, charged by a mysterious patron with protecting Gillien and the Lute. But Daric has a haunted past and secrets of his own that may well betray them both --that is, if they live long enough...

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King's Man & Thief

Lord Deveren Larath joined the thieves of Braedon thinking to expose a killer. Seven years later, he is now their leader, known among them as "Fox." No sooner have the elections been held than Deveren's brother, Damir, ambassador and master spy, comes to Braedon with dire news. The young king of the neighboring country has been imprisoned by his own counselor, and Damir fears war with Byrn is in the wind.

While Damir embarks on a desperate attempt to rescue the young king, "Fox" must deal with troubles closer to home--attempted murder, treachery, and most frightening of all, a dreadful curse that could claim Braedon and perhaps even all of Byrn.

Only the gods--and maybe the reluctant thief leader Fox --can stop it...

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A.D. 999

Jadrien Bell is the award-winning author of the historical fantasy novel A.D. 999, who also happens to be Christie Golden (me!). Hoping to attract a new audience, my agent, editor and I decided to give the author of this historical fantasy a different name. While it didn't work as well as we had hoped, the book has gone on to garner critical acclaim and the Colorado Author's League Top Had Award for Best Genre Novel of 1999. Frankly, it's probably the best book I've ever written.

Note: I used to own a URL that had a 999 book site up on it. I let that URL lapse and someone else bought it. I am not associated in any way with the content on the current Jadrien Bell URL. For more information about 999 and Jadrien Bell - Click Here.

 

You have found the clue for The Ghost and Mrs. Coyle:
He's not really a man at all.

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