The harp was not imposing – it was small and plain, its surface covered with nicks and scratches. Nonetheless, it was one of the greatest treasures in the world of Lyra – for its music could make a dying man whole or a whole city die, according to the songs of old.
The harp had been lost for centuries until Emereck the minstrel stumbled across it in an abandoned castle. Emereck wished it had never been found at all – for all magic has its price, and the greater the magic, the greater the cost...
Patricia Collins Wrede is an American fantasy writer, born in Chicago, Illinois; she is the eldest of five children. She finished her first book in 1978, working as an accountant and financial analyst in the meantime. In 1980 she was a founding member of The Scribblies who also included Pamela Dean, Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Steven Brust, and Nate Bucklin. She is a vegetarian and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her three cats. She has no children of her own, but has four nieces and four nephews.
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Lyra :: Series
These books share a common setting on a world named Lyra, and are listed below in chronological order. As the books are only loosely connected, they may be read in any order, though order of publication is probably preferable.
1. Caught in Crystal (1987)
2. The Raven Ring (1994)
3. Shadow Magic (1982)
4. Daughter of Witches (1984)
5. The Harp of Imach Thyssel (1985)