Bio: Susan Shwartz received her M.A. and Ph.D. in medieval English from Harvard University. She is the author of several fantasy novels, GRAIL OF HEARTS and SHARDS OF EMPIRE as well as two novels with the venerable Andre Norton, IMPERIAL LADY and EMPIRE OF THE EAGLE. She has been nominated for both the World Fantasy and Nebula Awards. She currently resides in New York City.
Byzantium lies at the intersection of East and West, in the heart of the most opulent empire the world has ever known. Warrior Prince Marric has to fight for his right to defend his position as heir of the kingship. Last in the powerful line of kings descended from Alexander the Great, he is ordained by the gods of the people to rule alongside his beloved and wise sister, Alexa. But a sorcerer of dark magic has usurped the throne and Marric is exiled. To win back his rule, he must learn the arts... more info>>
The tides of history are swelling and converging on Byzantium. It is the time of the first crusade and Alexis the Byzantine Emperor is threatened by the emerging Turks and Islam to the south and invading Christian Crusaders from the North. It is a time of excruciatingly bloody battles when either glory or death is easy to come by, but knowing who your enemy is can be the real trick. Leo Ducas, Alexis's old rival and himself once almost an emperor, had his life spared by Asherah, a mysterious Jew... more info>>
The time for the transfer of power from one generation to the other has come. The rites require Queen Olwen to kill herself with the Queensblade in order to ensure the bounty of the kingdom. First, the Princess, Olwen's daughter Gwenlliant, must discover the powers in order to inherit the crown and the kingdom, for only in Gwenlliant rests the power to bring back the bounty of the land and the kingdom of the ages. Gwenlliant must go forth from the Isles of Mist to the shores of Byzantium in orde... more info>>
In the tenth century, the center of the world is not Rome, but Byzantium. A glorious empire, upon which the sun never sets. Constantinople, the center of this mighty dynasty, is starting to unravel. The great kings and princes, the holy city, the affluence of the empire will be scattered to the winds. Attacked by the Turks on all sides, Byzantium looks to its emperor for deliverance. Leo Ducas, heir to the Byzantine crown, must fight for his inheritance, but he doesn't truly know who his enemies... more info>>
Alexa, princess of Byzantium, was destined to rule with her devoted brother Marric until the evil forces cast dark magic upon her and made her betray him. Thus, Marric feels under assault, a usurper has seized the throne and, by means both magical and moral, defeated Alexa. Saved by warrior allies, Alexa has been taken to an unfamiliar northern land. Convinced of Marric's death, she is consumed by guilt--and fear. Even from afar, the usurper's power reaches out to trap her. Savage dreams agonize... more info>>