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The Vondish Ambassador

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans

Once, not so long ago, A warlock named Vond built an empire in the southern part of the Small Kingdoms. Vond is gone, but his empire survives under the rule of a seven-person Imperial Council and a young regent named Sterren. The Empire of Vond was hardly trouble-free after Vond's departure. Its neighbors are understandably wary of further expansion, there are questions about how Vond's magic became so potent, and so on. Most of the World, though, doesn't care -- Vond is off there in the southeastern corner of the World, far away from anywhere important.But one day a dockworker named Emmis watches a Vondish ship arrive in Ethshar of the Spices and finds himself hired as native guide and aide to someone who claims to be Vond's ambassador plenipotentiary to the overlords of the Hegemony of the Three Ethshars.But who is the Vondish ambassador, really, and what is his true business in Ethshar? And who has followed him to the city?

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The Unwelcome Warlock

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans
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The Sorcerer's Widow

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans

The great wizard Nabal's death offers many opportunities, both for those who knew him and those who did not. For young conmen Ezak and Kel, it means a chance to loot the wizard's estate... if they can win the confidence of Nabal's widow, Dorna. But Dorna has plans of her own. She means to leave the tiny village for a better life in the city. And all of Nabal's wizardly artifacts and talismans will pay for that new life - if she can only get them there intact!

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Tales of Ethshar

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans
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The Lure of the Basilisk

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans

The overman named Garth sought immortal fame. The oracle told him to serve the Forgotten King to get that fame. But this King sent Garth after a basilisk whose gaze could turn men to stone. What sane use could anyone have for a monster like that?

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The Misenchanted Sword

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans
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With a Single Spell

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans
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The Unwilling Warlord

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans

A STAR RISES IN THE SOUTHWhen the foreigners confronted Sterren in Ethshar of the Spices he was uneasy; when they all but abducted him, taking him to an obscure kingdom in the south, he knew he was in a terrible predicament.A predicament some might actually find appealing - he was by heredity the Ninth Warlord of Semma, least of the small kingdoms; he was a noble, and his rank afforded him material privileges, even in a place as insignificant and obscure as Semma.But the office also carried certain terrible responsibilities: he was to win the war the stupid King had stirred up by his arrogance. Two larger and stronger Kingdoms were preparing to invade Semma.And if the country lost, the first thing likely to be forfeit was the life of the Warlord.And if it won . . . if it won, the fate and shape of Ethshar would change forever.For deep in the south there are secrets of magic not even Sterren can imagine.A LEGEND OF ETHSHAR

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The Spell of the Black Dagger

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans

Tabaea was an ordinary thief, sneaking and prowling and stealing for a living. Then one night while burgling a house, she witnessed a wizard teaching his apprentice a spell - the creation of a magic dagger.Tabaea decided to try the magic for herself. But even though she could feel the power rising around her as she went through the steps of the ritual, something had clearly gone wrong. The apprentice's dagger had glowed; it had resisted attempts to pick it up; and there had been a blinding flash at the end of the ceremony.But Tabaea's dagger didn't do any of those things. And it wouldn't free her from bonds, or heal her wounds - it didn't seem to be magical at all. It just turned black.Then, by chance, Tabaea discovered that her dagger indeed had its own kind of unusal magic - a dark, powerful magic that promised invincibility to its bearer.But magic can be dangerous even in the hands of an expert - and for Tabaea, magic and power could spell disaster . . .

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The Spriggan Mirror

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Relics of War

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans

Young Ishta found it in the forest, buried beneath dead leaves: a rounded, flattened stone as black as onyx. One side held a golden oval that glowed with a unnatural light. Of course, it had to be magic.But what did farmers know of magic? It could be dangerous, or it could be some harmless toy. They had to find out.Since Ishta was too young to bring her discovery to the Baron of Varag's stronghold, her older brother, Garander, went instead. Once there, Azlia, a beautiful wizard, recognized the stone immediately as Northern sorcery. She had to call Sammel, the local sorcerer, to find out its nature . . . a relic of the last great war.When the Baron takes the stone for himself, that should have ended things. But it was just the beginning for Garander. Because that magical stone wasn't the only relic left in the woods...

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The Seven Altars of Dusarra

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans

Garth of Ordunin had been set a new task by the Forgotten King: bring back to Skelleth whatever he found upon the altars of the seven temples of Dusarra. As he went about his blasphemous errand he learned more about the Dark Gods - and more about his own destiny!

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The Sword of Bheleu

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans

The sword that Garth had stolen from Dusarra marked him as the chosen of Bheleu, god of destruction, and gave him immense power. This power could only be used to destroy, and Garth wanted to build. He chose to refuse the god's gift. Bheleu did not intend to allow that.

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The Book of Silence

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Out of this World

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans

Pel Brown has troubles in his basement. But it's not water leaking in - it's magic. Sword-carrying barbarians are spilling through, demanding that Pel help them defeat Shadow, a dark force taking over their world. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a spaceship has crashed in Amy Jewell's backyard, and the aliens want Amy's help against the Shadow seeking to conquer their world. When Pel and Amy go through the basement portal into the world of magic, the Shadow attacks and traps them inside. Now Pel and Amy find themselves entangled in escapades that will make them into heroes ... or corpses.

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In the Empire of Shadow

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans
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The Reign of the Brown Magician

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans

The dark force known as Shadow had been defeated, but its world-spanning web of power had survived. This incredible magical weapon was now held not by a prince or wizard, but by Pellinore Brown, a marketing consultant from Germantown, Maryland. Pel Brown wished no one ill; he merely wanted his family back. But the Galactic Empire that had seen Shadow as a threat saw him as Shadow's heir, a menace to be destroyed as Shadow had been. And when the awesome magical might of Shadow's legacy was turned against the rayguns and spaceships of the Empire, entire planets were caught in the middle. Pel Brown wished no one ill - but hundreds would die to put an end to ... THE REIGN OF THE BROWN MAGICIAN

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The Cyborg and the Sorcerers

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans

The cyborg code-named "Slant" was sent out as an Independent Reconnaissance Unit during an interstellar war between Earth and its colonies. The fighting ended three hundred years ago, but Slant's computer does not admit this - he is compelled to carry on as if the war were still raging. Then he comes across a planet where his sensors register "gravitational anomalies." The computer interprets these as enemy weapons research. The local inhabitants call the anomalies "magic."

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Mind Candy

Lawrence Watt-Evans
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Lawrence Watt-Evans

Over the years, in a variety of venues, Lawrence Watt-Evans has turned his sharp, analytical, and slightly crazed mind to everything from weaponized poetry to why the Enterprise doesn't have seatbelts, and everyone from Jane Austen to Buffy Summers. Collected for the first time are twenty-three of these essays, discussing icons of comic books, television, novels, movies, and much more!

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Split Heirs

Lawrence Watt-Evans, Esther Friesner
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Lawrence Watt-Evans, Esther Friesner