Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Ritchie Lackey (born 1950) is an American writer of fantasy novels. Many of her novels and trilogies are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth, mostly in and around the country of Valdemar. Her Valdemar novels form a complex tapestry of interaction between human and non-human protagonists with many different cultures and social mores.

Her other main world is one much like our own, but it includes clandestine populations of elves, mages, vampires, and other mythical beings. The Bedlam's Bard books describe a young man with the power to work magic through music; the SERRAted Edge books are about racecar driving elves; and the Diana Tregarde thrillers center on a Wiccan who combats evil.

She has also published several novels re-working well-known fairy tales set in a mid-19th to early 20th century setting in which magic is real, although hidden from the mundane world. These novels explore issues of ecology, social class, and gender roles.

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Series by Mercedes Lackey

Brain & Brawn Ship Series (8 books)
Darkover (28 books)
Halfblood Chronicles (3 books)
Valdemar (16 books)
- Darian's Tale (3 books)
- Kerowyn's Tale (1 books)
- The Mage Storms (3 books)
- The Mage Wars (3 books)
- The Mage Winds (3 books)
- Vows and Honor (3 books)
- The Herald Spy (3 books)
The Bard's Tale (8 books)
Bardic Voices (5 books)
- Bardic Choices (1 books)
Elemental Masters (17 books)
The Dragon Jousters (4 books)
Fairy Tale Stories (2 books)
Five Hundred Kingdoms (6 books)
The Enduring Flame (3 books)
The Obsidian Trilogy (3 books)
Heirs of Alexandria (5 books)
The Sword of Knowledge (4 books)
The Dragon Prophecy (2 books)
Shadow Grail (4 books)
One Dozen Daughters (1 books)
Hunter (3 books)
The Witches of Karres (4 books)
The Stellar Guild Series (9 books)
Kelvren's Saga (1 books)

Speculative Fiction Books

(The Serrated Edge #11 / 11)
2024 | fantasy, urban fantasy | Release date TBA
(Kelvren's Saga #3 / 3)
2024 | fantasy | Release date TBA
(Kelvren's Saga #2 / 3)
2025 | fantasy | Release date June 24, 2025
(Elemental Masters #17 / 17)
2024 | fantasy | Release date December 10, 2024
(The Founding of Valdemar #3 / 3)
2023 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Kelvren's Saga #1 / 3)
2023 | fantasy
(The Founding of Valdemar #2 / 3)
2022 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #16 / 17)
2022 | fantasy
(The Founding of Valdemar #1 / 3)
2021 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #15 / 17)
2020 | fantasy
(Valdemar: Family Spies #3 / 3)
2020 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Serrated Edge #10 / 11)
2020 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(Elemental Masters #14 / 17)
2019 | fantasy
(Valdemar: Family Spies #2 / 3)
2019 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #13 / 17)
2018 | fantasy
(Valdemar: Family Spies #1 / 3)
2018 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Dragon Prophecy #2 / 2)
2017 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #12 / 17)
2017 | fantasy
(Hunter #3 / 3)
2017 | fantasy, young adult
(The Herald Spy #3 / 3)
2016 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Hunter #2 / 3)
2016 | fantasy, young adult
(Elemental Masters #11 / 17)
2016 | fantasy
(The Serrated Edge #9 / 11)
2016 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(The Herald Spy #2 / 3)
2015 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Hunter #1 / 3)
2015 | fantasy, young adult
(Elemental Masters #10 / 17)
2015 | fantasy
(The Herald Spy #1 / 3)
2014 | fantasy, high fantasy
(One Dozen Daughters #1 / 1)
2014 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #9 / 17)
2014 | fantasy
(Shadow Grail #4 / 4)
2014 | fantasy, young adult
2013 | science fiction, fantasy, collection
(The Collegium Chronicles #5 / 5)
2013 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #8 / 17)
2013 | fantasy
(Shadow Grail #3 / 4)
2013 | fantasy, young adult
(The Dragon Prophecy #1 / 2)
2012 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Collegium Chronicles #4 / 5)
2012 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #7 / 17)
2012 | fantasy
2012 | horror
(The Stellar Guild Series)
2011 | science fiction
(Five Hundred Kingdoms #6 / 6)
2011 | fantasy, romance
(The Collegium Chronicles #3 / 5)
2011 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #6 / 17)
2011 | fantasy
(Shadow Grail #2 / 4)
2011 | fantasy, young adult
(The Collegium Chronicles #2 / 5)
2010 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Five Hundred Kingdoms #5 / 6)
2010 | fantasy, romance
(Heirs of Alexandria #4 / 5)
2010 | fantasy, alternate history
(Shadow Grail #1 / 4)
2010 | fantasy, young adult
2009 | fantasy, historical fantasy
(The Enduring Flame #3 / 3)
2009 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Collegium Chronicles #1 / 5)
2008 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Enduring Flame #2 / 3)
2008 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Five Hundred Kingdoms #4 / 6)
2008 | fantasy, romance
(Scepter'd Isle #4 / 4)
2008 | fantasy, historical fantasy
(Elemental Masters #5 / 17)
2007 | fantasy
(The Enduring Flame #1 / 3)
2007 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Five Hundred Kingdoms #3 / 6)
2007 | fantasy, romance
(Scepter'd Isle #3 / 4)
2007 | fantasy, historical fantasy
(The Dragon Jousters #4 / 4)
2006 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Obsidian Trilogy #3 / 3)
2006 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Five Hundred Kingdoms #2 / 6)
2006 | fantasy, romance
(Bedlam's Bard #6 / 6)
2005 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(Elemental Masters #4 / 17)
2005 | fantasy
(The Dragon Jousters #3 / 4)
2005 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Scepter'd Isle #2 / 4)
2005 | fantasy, historical fantasy
(Elemental Masters #3 / 17)
2004 | fantasy
(The Witches of Karres #2 / 4)
2004 | science fiction
(The Dragon Jousters #2 / 4)
2004 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Obsidian Trilogy #2 / 3)
2004 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Scepter'd Isle #1 / 4)
2004 | fantasy, historical fantasy
(Five Hundred Kingdoms #1 / 6)
2004 | fantasy, romance
(The Serrated Edge #5 / 11)
2003 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(Bedlam's Bard #5 / 6)
2003 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(The Heralds of Valdemar Prequels #3 / 3)
2003 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Dragon Jousters #1 / 4)
2003 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Obsidian Trilogy #1 / 3)
2003 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Heirs of Alexandria #2 / 5)
2003 | fantasy, alternate history
(Halfblood Chronicles #3 / 3)
2002 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Heralds of Valdemar Prequels #2 / 3)
2002 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #2 / 17)
2002 | fantasy
(Heirs of Alexandria #1 / 5)
2002 | fantasy, alternate history
(Bedlam's Bard #4 / 6)
2001 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(The Heralds of Valdemar Prequels #1 / 3)
2001 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #1 / 17)
2001 | fantasy
(Valdemar)
2001 | fantasy, high fantasy, non-fiction, short stories
(Bedlam's Bard #3 / 6)
2000 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(The Serrated Edge)
2000 | fantasy, urban fantasy, collection
(The Heralds of Valdemar)
2000 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Darian's Tale #3 / 3)
1999 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Serrated Edge)
1999 | fantasy, urban fantasy, collection
(Fairy Tale Stories)
1999 | fantasy
1999 | fantasy
(Vows and Honor #3 / 3)
1998 | fantasy, high fantasy, short stories
(Darian's Tale #2 / 3)
1998 | fantasy, high fantasy
1998 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
1998 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
(Bardic Voices #4 / 4)
1997 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Darian's Tale #1 / 3)
1997 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Bardic Voices)
1997 | fantasy, high fantasy, collection
(The Mage Storms #3 / 3)
1996 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Mage Wars #3 / 3)
1996 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Fairy Tale Stories)
1996 | fantasy
(The Mage Storms #2 / 3)
1995 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Mage Wars #2 / 3)
1995 | fantasy, high fantasy
1995 | fantasy
(Elemental Masters)
1995 | fantasy
(The Sword of Knowledge)
1995 | fantasy
(The Serrated Edge #4 / 11)
1994 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(Bardic Voices #3 / 4)
1994 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Mage Storms #1 / 3)
1994 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Mage Wars #1 / 3)
1994 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Bardic Choices)
1994 | fantasy, high fantasy
1994 | fantasy
(The Bard's Tale #4 / 8)
1993 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Mage Winds #3 / 3)
1993 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Serrated Edge #3 / 11)
1993 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(Halfblood Chronicles #2 / 3)
1993 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Bard's Tale #2 / 8)
1993 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Bardic Voices #2 / 4)
1993 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Darkover)
1993 | science fiction
(Brain & Brawn Ship Series #3 / 7)
1992 | science fiction
(The Mage Winds #2 / 3)
1992 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Bedlam's Bard #2 / 6)
1992 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(The Serrated Edge #2 / 11)
1992 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(The Bard's Tale #1 / 8)
1992 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Serrated Edge #1 / 11)
1992 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(Diana Tregarde #3 / 3)
1991 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(Halfblood Chronicles #1 / 3)
1991 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Mage Winds #1 / 3)
1991 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Bardic Voices #1 / 4)
1991 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Kerowyn's Tale)
1991 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Bedlam's Bard)
1991 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(The Last Herald-Mage #3 / 3)
1990 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Diana Tregarde #2 / 3)
1990 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(Bedlam's Bard #1 / 6)
1990 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(The Last Herald-Mage)
1990 | fantasy, high fantasy, collection
(The Last Herald-Mage #2 / 3)
1989 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Vows and Honor #2 / 3)
1989 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Last Herald-Mage #1 / 3)
1989 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Diana Tregarde #1 / 3)
1989 | fantasy, urban fantasy
(The Sword of Knowledge #3 / 3)
1989 | fantasy
(The Heralds of Valdemar #3 / 3)
1988 | fantasy, high fantasy
(Vows and Honor #1 / 3)
1988 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Heralds of Valdemar #2 / 3)
1987 | fantasy, high fantasy
(The Heralds of Valdemar #1 / 3)
1987 | fantasy, high fantasy

Comics and Anthology

(Valdemar)
2021 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
2020 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
2019 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
2017 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
2016 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
2015 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
2014 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
2011 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
2010 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
2009 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
2008 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
2005 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
2005 | fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
2003 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology
2003 | fantasy, anthology
(Valdemar)
1997 | fantasy, high fantasy, anthology