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Wrapt in Crystal

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn

Sweetly are the secrets toldwrapt in crystal,limned in gold . . .On a planet of barren beauty near the edge of the civilized galaxy, two religions are practiced. Both sects worship the same goddess - the Triumphantes in joy and splendour, the Fideles in solemnity and selflessness. As different as day and night, sun and shadow, joy and grief, the two sects are now bound together in death . . .A serial killer is stalking the priestesses, killing first a Triumphante, then a Fidele, in turn. Six women are now dead, and the planetary authorities are at a loss. Enter Interfed Agent Cowen Drake. A cunning professional, he must immerse himself in an unfamiliar world of stark spirituality to catch the killer. A world that will trap him between opulence and sacrifice, between duty and desire and between two extraordinary women - one who could become the killer's ultimate victim . . .

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Heart of Gold

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn
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Royal Airs

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn

Josetta is a princess of one of the Five Families. But she is far from the throne, so she is free to spend her days working in the poorest sections of the city.Rafe Adova lives the life of a career gambler in those slums. He has no real ambition - until the night he helps a girl names Corene, who looks like she's stumbled into the wrong bar.Josetta is fascinated by the man who has helped her sister. Rafe is unlike anyone she's ever encountered - someone seemingly devoid of elemental blessings.Rafe is also drawn to Josetta, but when he is assaulted by foreign mercenaries and the reason behind the attack is discovered, Rafe and Josetta realise that the truth could endanger not only their newfound love but also their very lives . . .

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Angel-Seeker

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn
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Jovah's Angel

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn

GOD IS ANGRYThe severest storms ever recorded are ripping Samaria apart. Desert has become swamp, hurricanes howl over ferocious seas. The peoples of a once simple world have turned against their centuries-old faith, embracing new technology, squabbling over land, hopelessly repeating history all over again. The leaders of Samaria - the archangels and Oracles - look on helplessly. Where once they could talk to the heavens, they are now greeted with a terrible silence.It is up to godless Caleb, who dreams of flying like the Angels, to discover the incredible cause of the chaos . . .

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Still Life with Shape-Shifter

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn

For her entire life, Melanie Landon has hidden the fact that her half sister, Ann, is a shape-shifter, determined to protect her from a world that simply wouldn't understand. When a mans hows up asking about Ann - who has been missing for months - Melanie fears the worst, and with good reason. Freelance writer Brody Westerbrook knows about the existence of shape-shifters and intends to include Ann in the book he's writing.While Melanie is immediately drawn to the stranger she knows better than to trust him, and she denies his claim. But when Ann finally reappears, looking thin and sick, Melanie realises that exposure is the least of their worries. Protecting her sister has always been an enormous part of Melanie's life, but as Ann's health rapidly deteriorates, Melanie must come to grips with the fact that saving her may mean letting go . . .

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The Shape of Desire

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn

For fifteen years, Maria Devane has been desperately, passionately in love with Dante Romano. But Maria knows that Dante can never give everything of himself back - at least not all the time. Every month, Dante shifts shape, becoming a wild animal. He can't choose when he shifts, the transition is often abrupt, and as he gets older the time he spends in human form is gradually decreasing.Maria has kept his secret since the beginning, knowing that their love is worth the danger. But when a string of brutal attacks occurs in local parks while Dante is in animal form, Maria is forced to consider whether the lies she's been telling about her life have turned into lies she's telling herself . . .

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Fortune and Fate

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn
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The Thirteenth House

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn
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Quatrain

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn

The four novellas in Quatrain are set in worlds of Archangel, Heart of Gold, Summers at Castle Auburn, and Mystic and Rider. "Flight" follows a former angel-seeker who used to be in love with the Archangel Raphael and now is determined to keep her beautiful niece from making her same mistakes. "Blood" is the story of a fierce young gulden man who comes to the city to seek his mother, whom he hasn't seen since he was a boy and she ran away from his abusive father. In "Gold," a crown princess escapes the hazards of war by hiding among the fairylike aliora, where she encounters an altogether different sort of danger. And in "Flame," the mystic Senneth uses her magic to save a little girl, an act that wins her new friends but puts her own life at risk.

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Jenna Starborn

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn
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Summers at Castle Auburn

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn

She was a girl with a talent for witchcraft and a taste for adventure.The illegitimate child of a royal lord, she longed for a man who could never be hers. And she lived for her summers at Castle Auburn.She is a woman who has grown accustomed to standing alone.What she once loved, she has lost. Where she once saw joy, she now sees terrible injustice. And at the castle where she only lived in peace she now walks in fear for her life.

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Troubled Waters

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn
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Angelica

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn
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The Alleluia Files

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn

It has been one hundred years since the Archangel Alleluia and the mortal Caleb discovered the truth about the god of Samaria. Legend says they left a record of that truth, though no document has ever been found. In time, an underground cult arose, seeking to find again what Alleluia found. But the reigning Archangel Bael called down the wrath of Jovah upon the cult, and hundreds died in a hail of thunderbolts. Yet some survived.Among them is Tamar, child of cultists, raised in captivity among the angels. Tamar believes that the Alleluia Files exist. She is determined to find them, and to free the people of Samaria from their fear of Jovah. In her search, she encounters the angel Jared, one of the members of his own kind who have come to question the wisdom of Bael. Together, these two uneasy allies will journey the length and breadth of Samaria, risking their lives and the lives of their comrades, seeking a truth that will alter the face of Samaria forever...

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Archangel

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn

And so it came to pass...Through science, faith and force of will, the Harmonics carved out for themselves a society they perceived as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other and the prospect of swift punishment if their laws were disobeyed. Fertile land that embraced a variety of climates and seasons. Angels to guard the mortals and mystics to guard the forbidden knowledge. Jehovah to watch over them all...Generations later, the armed space cruiser Jehovah still looms over the planet Samaria, programmed to unleash its arsenal if peace is not sustained. Bu tan age of corruption has come to the land, threatening that peace and placing the Samarians in grave danger. Their only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. The oracles have chosen for this honour the angel named Gabriel and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel.It is his destiny and hers. And Gabriel is certain that she will greet the news of her betrothal with enthusiasm and a devotion to duty equal to his own.Rachel, however, has other ideas...

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The Turning Season

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn

For Karadel, being a shape-shifter has always been a reality she couldn't escape. Even though she's built a safe life as a rural veterinarian, with a close-knit network of shifter and human friends who would do anything for her, she can't help but wish for a chance at being normal.When she's not dealing with her shifts or caring for her animal patients, she attempts to develop a drug that will help shifters control their changes - a drug that might even allow them to remain human forever. But her comfortable life is threatened by two events: she meets an ordinary man who touches her heart, and her best friend is forced to shift publicly with deadly consequences.Now Karadel must decide whom to trust: her old friends or her new love.

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Dark Moon Defender

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn

The King's Rider Justin has been dispatched to watch any suspicious activity at the convent that houses the fanatical Daughters of the Pale Mother. Worshippers of the moon goddess, they believe that all magic-wielding mystics are evil. Yet, in their midst, a young novice named Ellynor possesses the gift of healing and the ability to move through the night unobserved. Assuming the guise of a stablehand, Justin befriends Ellynor - and love blossoms between them. And when he discovers her magical talents, Justin will risk everything - his own secret, the trust of his friends, even his very life - in order to save her...

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Mystic and Rider

Sharon Shinn
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Sharon Shinn

Gillengaria seethes with unrest. In the south, hostility toward magic and its users has risen to dangerous levels, though King Baryn has ordered that such mystics are to be tolerated. It is whispered that he issued the decree because his new wife used her magic powers to ensnare him . . .The King knows there are those in the noble Twelve Houses who could use the growing dissent to overthrow him. SO he dispatches the mystic Senneth to assess the threat throughout the realm. Accompanying her is a motley band of magic users and warriors including Tayse, first among the King's Riders - who holds a hard view of mystics in general, and Senneth in particular. But as the unlikely allies venture farther into the south, they will face death in a land under the sway of a fanatical cult that would purge Gillengaria of all magic users. And they will come to realise that their only hope of survival lies in standing together . . .

Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts is commonly described as one of the UK's most important writers of SF. He is the author of numerous novels and literary parodies. He is Professor of 19th Century Literature at Royal Holloway, London University and has written a number of critical works on both SF and 19th Century poetry. He is a contributor to the SF ENCYCLOPEDIA.