Crucible by Jessica Schlenker, Kristin Schwengel, Brigid Collins, Elizabeth Vaughan, Stephanie D. Shaver, Phaedra Weldon, Jennifer Brozek, Mercedes Lackey, Michele Lang, Dylan Birtolo, Elisabeth Waters, Anthea Sharp, Louisa Swann, Ron Collins, Fiona Patton, Michael Z. Williamson, Angela Penrose, Kerrie L. Hughes, Dayle A. Dermatis

352 pages first pub 2015 (editions)

fiction fantasy short stories adventurous medium-paced


In March 1987, Mercedes Lackey, a young author from Oklahoma, published her first novel, Arrows of the Queen. No one could have envisioned that this modest book about a magical land called Valdemar would be the beginning of a fantasy masterwork se...

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adventurous 100%
emotional 100%
dark 50%
funny 50%
hopeful 50%
lighthearted 50%
mysterious 50%
sad 50%
tense 50%


medium 50%
fast 50%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 50%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 50%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 50%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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