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The Spellstone of Shaltus
Linda E. Bushyager
140 pages, $12.99
An exciting fantasy in the tradition of Andre Norton and Marion Zimmer Bradley.
When Lord S'Carlton killed the evil wizard Shaltus, he didn't realize the sorcerer had transferred his soul into the spellstone crystal that amplified his psychic abilities. Now Shaltus was back, as a powerful wraith whose one goal was to destroy S'Carlton's family.
Even S'Carlton's half-breed daughter, Leah Carlton, was a target for the monstrous evil that had once been a man. Hated by both her human half-siblings and her mother's people, the Sylvan who could shape enormous skytrees, Leah found herself caught in a web of intrigue and danger. Her only escape was to forge an uneasy alliance with a team of sorcerers hired by her half-brother to destroy Shaltus. But could she harness the might and magic of her two heritages into a strong enough weapon to defeat the Shaltus wraith before it destroyed her new allies and the house of S'Carlton?
"An outstanding fantasy… superb, marvelous, exciting, refreshing, brilliant…" —Kevin J. Anderson
"The Spellstone of Shaltus is particularly interesting in its use of a strong female lead character who isn't simply a feminine equivalent to Conan.… Bushyager never loses sight of the fact that the first obligation of the writer is to tell an entertaining story." —Don D'Ammassa