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.

Lackey has published over 140 books and writes novels at a rate of 5.5 per year on average. She has been called one of the "most prolific science fiction and fantasy writers of all time."


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Arrows of the Queen (The Heralds of Valdemar #1)7.12
Arrow's Flight (The Heralds of Valdemar #2)6.42
Arrow's Fall (The Heralds of Valdemar #3)7.28
The Oathbound (Vows and Honor #1)6.34
Reap the Whirlwind (The Sword of Knowledge #3)
Magic's Pawn (The Last Herald-Mage #1)8.00
Magic's Promise (The Last Herald-Mage #2)7.00
Oathbreakers (Vows and Honor #2)8.34
Burning Water (Diana Tregarde #1)
Magic's Price (The Last Herald-Mage #3)7.60
Knight of Ghosts and Shadows (Bedlam's Bard #1)6.00
Children of the Night (Diana Tregarde #2)6.00
The Last Herald-Mage
The Elvenbane (Halfblood Chronicles #1)5.00
By the Sword6.66
Winds of Fate (The Mage Winds #1)5.76
Bedlam's Bard6.66
Jinx High (Diana Tregarde #3)
The Lark and the Wren (Bardic Voices #1)7.42
The Ship Who Searched (Brain & Brawn Ship Series #3)
Winds of Change (The Mage Winds #2)5.40
Castle of Deception (The Bard's Tale #1)
Summoned to Tourney (Bedlam's Bard #2)6.00
Born to Run (The Serrated Edge #1)
Wheels of Fire (The Serrated Edge #2)
Rediscovery
If I Pay Thee Not in Gold
Elvenblood (Halfblood Chronicles #2)4.34
Winds of Fury (The Mage Winds #3)5.40
Fortress of Frost and Fire (The Bard's Tale #2)
Prison of Souls (The Bard's Tale #4)
When the Bough Breaks (The Serrated Edge #3)
The Robin and the Kestrel (Bardic Voices #2)7.20
Sacred Ground
Storm Warning (The Mage Storms #1)6.50
The Black Gryphon (The Mage Wars #1)7.26
Chrome Circle (The Serrated Edge #4)
The Eagle and the Nightingales (Bardic Voices #3)6.60
A Cast of Corbies
The Sword of Knowledge
Tiger Burning Bright4.00
Storm Rising (The Mage Storms #2)5.20
The White Gryphon (The Mage Wars #2)6.00
The Fire Rose
Storm Breaking (The Mage Storms #3)5.80
The Silver Gryphon (The Mage Wars #3)6.66
Firebird
Sword of Ice and Other Tales of Valdemar
Owlflight (Darian's Tale #1)4.60
Four and Twenty Blackbirds (Bardic Voices #4)6.60
The Free Bards
Fiddler Fair7.34
Werehunter
Owlsight (Darian's Tale #2)5.20
Oathblood (Vows and Honor #3)5.34
The Black Swan5.34
The River's Gift
Owlknight (Darian's Tale #3)5.20
The Chrome Borne
The Otherworld
Brightly Burning
Beyond World's End (Bedlam's Bard #3)6.00
Take a Thief (The Heralds of Valdemar Prequels #1)5.50
Spirits White as Lightning (Bedlam's Bard #4)5.76
The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters #1)
The Valdemar Companion
The Shadow of the Lion (Heirs of Alexandria #1)
Elvenborn (Halfblood Chronicles #3)4.66
Exile's Honor (The Heralds of Valdemar Prequels #2)6.66
The Gates of Sleep (Elemental Masters #2)
Sun in Glory and Other Tales of Valdemar
This Rough Magic (Heirs of Alexandria #2)
Charmed Destinies
Exile's Valor (The Heralds of Valdemar Prequels #3)6.16
Mad Maudlin (Bedlam's Bard #5)5.34
Joust (The Dragon Jousters #1)6.66
The Outstretched Shadow (The Obsidian Trilogy #1)7.60
The Wizard of Karres (The Witches of Karres #2)
This Scepter'd Isle (Scepter'd Isle #1)
Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters #3)
Alta (The Dragon Jousters #2)6.00
The Fairy Godmother (Five Hundred Kingdoms #1)
To Light a Candle (The Obsidian Trilogy #2)7.60
Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar
Winter Moon
Music to My Sorrow (Bedlam's Bard #6)5.34
Ill Met by Moonlight (Scepter'd Isle #2)
The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters #4)
Sanctuary (The Dragon Jousters #3)6.00
Aerie (The Dragon Jousters #4)
One Good Knight (Five Hundred Kingdoms #2)
When Darkness Falls (The Obsidian Trilogy #3)7.20
Fortune's Fool (Five Hundred Kingdoms #3)
Reserved for the Cat (Elemental Masters #5)
The Phoenix Unchained (The Enduring Flame #1)6.00
By Slanderous Tongues (Scepter'd Isle #3)
And Less Than Kind (Scepter'd Isle #4)
The Snow Queen (Five Hundred Kingdoms #4)
The Phoenix Endangered (The Enduring Flame #2)6.00
Foundation (The Collegium Chronicles #1)
Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar
The Phoenix Transformed (The Enduring Flame #3)
Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit
Changing the World: All-New Tales of Valdemar
Much Fall of Blood (Heirs of Alexandria #4)
The Sleeping Beauty (Five Hundred Kingdoms #5)
Intrigues (The Collegium Chronicles #2)
Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar
Legacies (Shadow Grail #1)
Unnatural Issue (Elemental Masters #6)
Changes (The Collegium Chronicles #3)
Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms #6)
Reboots
Under the Vale and Other Tales of Valdemar
Conspiracies (Shadow Grail #2)
Home from the Sea (Elemental Masters #7)
Dead Reckoning
Redoubt (The Collegium Chronicles #4)
Crown of Vengeance (The Dragon Prophecy #1)
Steadfast (Elemental Masters #8)
Bastion (The Collegium Chronicles #5)
Dragon's Teeth
Sacrifices (Shadow Grail #3)
Victories (Shadow Grail #4)
Blood Red (Elemental Masters #9)
The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters #1)
Closer to Home (The Herald Spy #1)
No True Way: All New Tales of Valdemar
From a High Tower (Elemental Masters #10)
Hunter (Hunter #1)
Closer to the Heart (The Herald Spy #2)
Crucible: All-New Tales of Valdemar
Silence
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #11)
Elite (Hunter #2)
Closer to the Chest (The Herald Spy #3)
Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar
Apex (Hunter #3)
A Scandal in Battersea (Elemental Masters #12)
Blade of Empire (The Dragon Prophecy #2)
Pathways
The Hills Have Spies (Valdemar: Family Spies #1)
The Bartered Brides (Elemental Masters #13)
Eye Spy (Valdemar: Family Spies #2)
The Waters and the Wild
Seasons: All-New Tales of Valdemar
The Case of the Spellbound Child (Elemental Masters #14)
Breaking Silence
Spy, Spy Again (Valdemar: Family Spies #3)
Passages
Jolene (Elemental Masters #15)
Beyond (The Founding of Valdemar #1)
Boundaries

Speculative Fiction Novels (137)

(The Founding of Valdemar #1)
2021 | fantasy > high fantasy | Release date June 15, 2021
(Elemental Masters #15)
2020 | fantasy
(Valdemar: Family Spies #3)
2020 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Serrated Edge)
2020 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(Elemental Masters #14)
2019 | fantasy

2019 | fantasy
(Valdemar: Family Spies #2)
2019 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #13)
2018 | fantasy
(Valdemar: Family Spies #1)
2018 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Dragon Prophecy #2)
2017 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #12)
2017 | fantasy
(Hunter #3)
2017 | fantasy, young adult
(The Herald Spy #3)
2016 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Hunter #2)
2016 | fantasy, young adult
(Elemental Masters #11)
2016 | fantasy
(The Serrated Edge)
2016 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(The Herald Spy #2)
2015 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Hunter #1)
2015 | fantasy, young adult
(Elemental Masters #10)
2015 | fantasy
(The Herald Spy #1)
2014 | fantasy > high fantasy
(One Dozen Daughters #1)
2014 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #9)
2014 | fantasy
(Shadow Grail #4)
2014 | fantasy, young adult

2013 | science fiction, fantasy, collection
(The Collegium Chronicles #5)
2013 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #8)
2013 | fantasy
(Shadow Grail #3)
2013 | fantasy, young adult
(The Dragon Prophecy #1)
2012 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Collegium Chronicles #4)
2012 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #7)
2012 | fantasy

2012 | horror
(The Stellar Guild Series)
2011 | science fiction
(Five Hundred Kingdoms #6)
2011 | fantasy, romance
(The Collegium Chronicles #3)
2011 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #6)
2011 | fantasy
(Shadow Grail #2)
2011 | fantasy, young adult
(The Collegium Chronicles #2)
2010 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Five Hundred Kingdoms #5)
2010 | fantasy, romance
(Heirs of Alexandria #4)
2010 | fantasy, alternate history
(Shadow Grail #1)
2010 | fantasy, young adult

2009 | fantasy > historical fantasy
(The Enduring Flame #3)
2009 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Collegium Chronicles #1)
2008 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Enduring Flame #2)
2008 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Five Hundred Kingdoms #4)
2008 | fantasy, romance
(Scepter'd Isle #4)
2008 | fantasy > historical fantasy
(Elemental Masters #5)
2007 | fantasy
(The Enduring Flame #1)
2007 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Five Hundred Kingdoms #3)
2007 | fantasy, romance
(Scepter'd Isle #3)
2007 | fantasy > historical fantasy
(The Dragon Jousters #4)
2006 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Obsidian Trilogy #3)
2006 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Five Hundred Kingdoms #2)
2006 | fantasy, romance
(Bedlam's Bard #6)
2005 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(Elemental Masters #4)
2005 | fantasy
(The Dragon Jousters #3)
2005 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Scepter'd Isle #2)
2005 | fantasy > historical fantasy
(Elemental Masters #3)
2004 | fantasy
(The Witches of Karres #2)
2004 | science fiction
(The Dragon Jousters #2)
2004 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Obsidian Trilogy #2)
2004 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Scepter'd Isle #1)
2004 | fantasy > historical fantasy
(Five Hundred Kingdoms #1)
2004 | fantasy, romance
(Bedlam's Bard #5)
2003 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(The Heralds of Valdemar Prequels #3)
2003 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Dragon Jousters #1)
2003 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Obsidian Trilogy #1)
2003 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Heirs of Alexandria #2)
2003 | fantasy, alternate history
(Halfblood Chronicles #3)
2002 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Heralds of Valdemar Prequels #2)
2002 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #2)
2002 | fantasy
(Heirs of Alexandria #1)
2002 | fantasy, alternate history
(Bedlam's Bard #4)
2001 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(The Heralds of Valdemar Prequels #1)
2001 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Elemental Masters #1)
2001 | fantasy
(Valdemar)
2001 | fantasy > high fantasy, non-fiction, short stories
(Bedlam's Bard #3)
2000 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(The Serrated Edge)
2000 | fantasy > urban fantasy, collection
(The Heralds of Valdemar)
2000 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Darian's Tale #3)
1999 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Serrated Edge)
1999 | fantasy > urban fantasy, collection
(Fairy Tale Stories)
1999 | fantasy

1999 | fantasy
(Vows and Honor #3)
1998 | fantasy > high fantasy, short stories
(Darian's Tale #2)
1998 | fantasy > high fantasy

1998 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories

1998 | science fiction, fantasy, short stories
(Bardic Voices #4)
1997 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Darian's Tale #1)
1997 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Bardic Voices)
1997 | fantasy > high fantasy, collection
(The Mage Storms #3)
1996 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Mage Wars #3)
1996 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Fairy Tale Stories)
1996 | fantasy
(The Mage Storms #2)
1995 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Mage Wars #2)
1995 | fantasy > high fantasy

1995 | fantasy
(Elemental Masters)
1995 | fantasy
(The Sword of Knowledge)
1995 | fantasy
(The Serrated Edge #4)
1994 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(Bardic Voices #3)
1994 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Mage Storms #1)
1994 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Mage Wars #1)
1994 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Bardic Choices)
1994 | fantasy > high fantasy

1994 | fantasy
(The Bard's Tale #4)
1993 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Mage Winds #3)
1993 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Serrated Edge #3)
1993 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(Halfblood Chronicles #2)
1993 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Bard's Tale #2)
1993 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Bardic Voices #2)
1993 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Darkover)
1993 | science fiction

1993 | fantasy
(Brain & Brawn Ship Series #3)
1992 | science fiction
(The Mage Winds #2)
1992 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Bedlam's Bard #2)
1992 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(The Serrated Edge #2)
1992 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(The Bard's Tale #1)
1992 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Serrated Edge #1)
1992 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(Diana Tregarde #3)
1991 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(Halfblood Chronicles #1)
1991 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Mage Winds #1)
1991 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Bardic Voices #1)
1991 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Kerowyn's Tale)
1991 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Bedlam's Bard)
1991 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(The Last Herald-Mage #3)
1990 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Diana Tregarde #2)
1990 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(Bedlam's Bard #1)
1990 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(The Last Herald-Mage)
1990 | fantasy > high fantasy, collection
(The Last Herald-Mage #2)
1989 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Vows and Honor #2)
1989 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Last Herald-Mage #1)
1989 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Diana Tregarde #1)
1989 | fantasy > urban fantasy
(The Sword of Knowledge #3)
1989 | fantasy
(The Heralds of Valdemar #3)
1988 | fantasy > high fantasy
(Vows and Honor #1)
1988 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Heralds of Valdemar #2)
1987 | fantasy > high fantasy
(The Heralds of Valdemar #1)
1987 | fantasy > high fantasy

Comics and Anthology (16)

(Valdemar)
2021 | fantasy > high fantasy, anthology | Release date December 7, 2021
(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