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Steel and Stone (Dragonlance: The Meetings Sextet, Book 5) by Ellen Porath

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By Ellen Porath

Hate at the beginning Sight

The tempestuous affair of Kitiara Uth Matar and Tanis Half-Elven starts with the sword.

Life isn't basic for the hotheaded pair. they have to deal with a carnivorous, two-headed troll; a deposed chief who believes Kitiara is the reason for the ruler's problems; a vindictive mage who seeks bizarre vengeance; and Kit's hulking former lover. additionally they meet a gorgeous magic-user hiding a painful mystery, and a massive owl with a sardonic experience of humor.

Here is the long-awaited tale of the assembly of Tanis and Kitiara, a story of affection, lust, betrayal, and revenge that takes the reader via Krynn and south to the glacial Icereach.

Ellen Porath, co-author of Kindred Spirits, tells this interesting new story, the 5th within the Dragonlance Saga conferences Sextet.

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When John Clute planned his Encyclopedia of Fantasy in the mid1990s, he envisaged it as a smaller and more tightly focused volume than the recently updated The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction; it ended up as a sprawling leviathan almost twice as large as originally intended. The immense difficulty Clute and Grant had in setting boundaries to the project and in discovering an adequate descriptive terminology for comparative and taxonomic purposes provides a graphic illustration of the manner in which the historical and critical writings of the 1970s had created more problems than they had solved.

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