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1998 Fantasy & Horror Novels

The Wolf and the Crown, A.A. Attanasio (HarperPrism 5/98, $14.00, tp) A distinctively different Arthurian fantasy novel, third in the series begun in The Dragon and the Unicorn. Arthur faces his first year as king, while Merlin climbs the World Tree.

Galilee, Clive Barker (HarperCollins 6/98, $26.00, hc) A big, Southern Gothic family chronicle with a supernatural edge. A clandestine love affair renews an old conflict, gradually revealed, between a rich and powerful American family and a more-than-human family with ancient members.

Daughter of Blood, Anne Bishop (Roc 3/98, $5.99, pb) Fantasy novel, a first novel and first in the ''Black Jewels'' trilogy, set in a darkly medieval world of sex and violence (often paired), for a fascinatingly warped epic fantasy.

I Was a Teenage Fairy, Francesca Lia Block (HarperCollins 9/98) A child model named Barbie needs the help of a tiny, angry fairy named Mab to become more than just another plastic doll in front of the camera. Block infuses more fantasy than usual into another of her distinctively trendy tales of young-adult glamour and angst in L.A.

Dragon, Steven Brust (Tor 10/98) Popular assassin Vlad Taltos returns in a new/old fantasy adventure, a flashback to an old battle giving an unusual, assassin's-eye view of life in the trenches.

The Demon King, Chris Bunch (Warner Aspect 3/98, $12.99, tp) Epic fantasy novel of war and wizardry, sequel to The Seer King.

Heartfire, Orson Scott Card (Tor 8/98) Alvin goes to New England in this fifth novel in the popular alternate-America fantasy series, ''The Tales of Alvin Maker''.

Homebody, Orson Scott Card (HarperCollins 4/98, $24.00, hc) Dark fantasy novel which mingles the (apparently) mainstream/psychological, supernatural, and cinematic, as a developer tackles a run-down haunted house.

Fortress of Eagles, C.J. Cherryh (HarperPrism 2/98, $23.00, hc) Fantasy novel, sequel to Fortress in the Eye of Time. Cefwyn and Tristen develop forceful personalities fighting the games of politics and war.

Wolves of the Gods, Alan Cole (Del Rey 4/98, $13.00, tp) Fantasy novel, Book Two of ''Tales of the Timuras'', as evil stalks a world inspired by Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat.

Stalking Tender Prey, Storm Constantine (Meisha Merlin 8/98) The first volume of the ''Grigori'' trilogy, a rich and vivid contemporary gothic tale of an ancient race living among humans.

Bhagavati, Kara Dalkey (Tor 6/98, $24.95, hc) Muslims, European pagans, Hindus, and members of the Catholic Inquisition travel together to find the source of a magical powder, in this colorful novel of culture clashes and exotic adventure in 16th-century India, the final volume in the ''Blood of the Goddess'' trilogy.

The Boss in the Wall: A Treatise on the House Devil, Avram Davidson & Grania Davis (Tachyon 6/98) Posthumous dark fantasy novella by Davidson, Nebula Grandmaster and a true original, in collaboration with his ex-wife and long-time editor Davis. Professor Vlad Smith searches for the dark secret of the deadly Paper-Man, the Boss in the Wall.

Someplace to be Flying, Charles de Lint (Tor 2/98, $24.95, hc) Urban fantasy of characters from our own world (or is it, quite?) introduced to a world of Native American myth and legend.

Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary, Pamela Dean (Tor 6/98, $24.95, 350pp, hc) An almost-mainstream seeming, lavishly detailed, story of three girls growing up in an unusual family becomes oddly disrupted when a very strange new boy moves in next door. A striking, if uneasily eerie, contemporary fantasy.

The Gilded Chain, Dave Duncan (Avon Eos 10/98) Fantasy mixes with swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of The Three Musketeers in this lively tale of a master swordsman magically bound to service, first to a fop, then to a king.

Prince of Dogs, Kate Elliott (DAW 2/98, $23.95, hc) Fantasy novel, Volume Two of ''Crown of Stars'', set in a medieval matriarchy where the sphere of men is war.

The Witches of Eileanan, Kate Forsyth (Roc 7/98) Celtic fantasy, prophecy, intrigue, a lost prince, and a young woman learning an outlawed magic. A strong first novel.

Stardust, Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess (DC Comics/Vertigo 10/98) Extensive color illustrations by Vess add lyrical charm to Gaiman's magical novel of a young man's quest for a fallen star in faerie.

Dark Lord of Derkholm, Diana Wynne Jones (Greenwillow 9/98) The conventions of fantasy get a fond and often hilarious tweaking in this tale of a fantasy world devastated by frequent invasions by tourists, and the efforts of an inept wizard and his kin to stop them.

The Path of Daggers, Robert Jordan (Tor 10/98) Avid fans, waiting with bated breath for this eighth book of epic fantasy series ''The Wheel of Time'', will find major developments are few this time, but the series, with its massive scope, has an irresistible juggernaut force for its followers.

The Tooth Fairy, Graham Joyce (Tor 2/98, $22.95, hc) Modern fairytale/parable/horror novel of childhood and growing up, in which a boy meets the strange enigma of the title character.

Sailing to Sarantium, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada 8/98) A rich mosaic of alternate history, set in a city and empire very like Byzantium, full of intrigue and fantasy, with a hint of Yeats; the first volume in ''The Sarantine Mosaic'' duology.

Newton's Cannon, J. Gregory Keyes (Del Rey 5/98, $14.00, tp) Young Ben Franklin, Sir Isaac Newton, and other historical figures collide in this fascinating alternate-history fantasy adventure, first book in ''The Age of Unreason'' series set in a world where alchemy, not physics, is the science that changes the world.

Silk, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Penguin/Roc 6/98, $6.50, pb) Alternately ultra-realistic and somewhat hallucinatory horror novel of struggling rock musicians caught in the web of a strange, disturbed woman. A first novel by a writer getting plenty of attention from Those Who Know (horror division).

The Shadow Eater, Adam Lee (Avon Eos 4/98, $13.00, tp) This rousing mixture of pulp SF/fantasy, literary high style, touches of humor, and strong character development, Book Two of ''The Dominions of Irth'', also becomes a surprising allegory of sin and sacrifice.

Faces Under Water, Tanith Lee (Overlook 9/98) An alternate Venice and the gaudy mysteries and masks of Carnival provide a rich backdrop for this dark fantasy, first of ''The Secret Books of Venus''.

Dawn Song, Michael Marano (Tor 6/98, $24.95, hc) Two rulers of Hell hold a turf war in Boston during the Gulf War, while a gay man deals with a Succubus. A theologically complex first novel of horror, passion, faith, and redemption.

Song for the Basilisk, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace 8/98) Music, magic, and McKillip's unique talents make something fresh and new of this story of a boy with no memory of his past, raised as a bard, who then discovers he's the last of the royal family destroyed by the usurper king.

The Book of Knights, Yves Meynard (Tor 2/98, $21.95, hc) Non-medieval fantasy of a young hero's quest for knowledge, weapons, and a cause, presenting its strange, puritanical world and universal human nature with a sharp moral focus.

Judgment of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959, Kim Newman (Carroll & Graf 10/98) Dracula visits late-'50s Rome for a little of la dolce vita, but murders and an undead James Bond complicate matters in this third volume of Newman's off-beat, and always entertaining, vampire alternate history.

The Club Dumas, Arturo Pérez-Reverte (Harcourt Brace 1/98, $23.00, hc) Sophisticated dark fantasy novel of a bookseller's quest for a rare volume of satanic lore in modern Europe.

Jingo, Terry Pratchett (HarperPrism 6/98, $23.00, hc) Pratchett turns his satiric gaze on war in this latest ''Discworld'' humorous fantasy novel. The City Watch of Ankh-Morpork invades the desert country of Klatch.

Pandora, Anne Rice (Knopf 3/98, $19.95, hc) First in a new series of vampire novels, featuring recently-made vampire David Talbot chronicling the lives of the ancient blood-drinkers he meets in this case, Pandora, who has much to tell of old Rome and other undead figures mentioned in Rice's previous works.

The Compass of the Soul, Sean Russell (DAW 8/98) Readers finally get to meet the mysterious mage Eldrich, previously only a legend in the alternate-Darwinian duology ''Moontide and Magic Rise'', and a sinister lurking figure in the first volume of this prequel series, ''The River Into Darkness''. A properly enigmatic ''conclusion'' to a complex, colorful, and richly atmospheric set of series.

Ever, Part Two: The Daemon in the Machine, Felicity Savage (HarperPrism 1/98, $14.00, tp) An eccentric, literary fantasy trilogy continues in this tale of a daemon-handler on a continent that's not quite Europe.

Ever: A Trickster in the Ashes, Felicity Savage (HarperPrism 6/98, $14.00, tp) This third volume concludes what is really one huge epic fantasy novel and an impressive example of fantasy world-building, set in an alternate world where daemons are imprisoned to provide power.

The Innamorati, Midori Snyder (Tor 7/98) Masks, mazes, and Commedia dell' Arte fill this rich fantasy of an alternate Renaissance Italy with a magical labyrinth rumored to remove curses, and desperate souls who seek its cure.

Darker Angels, S.P. Somtow (Tor 2/98, $24.95, hc) Complex alternate-historical dark fantasy of slavery, magics, and the tragedies of history in Civil War America, 19th-century England, and old Africa.

Irrational Fears, William Browning Spencer (White Wolf 8/98) Lovecraftian weirdness meets Alcoholics Anonymous in this delightfully twisted, dark, and humorous tale of self-help and chaos.

Mockingbird, Sean Stewart (Ace 8/98) A young woman determined not to take up her mother's magic is tricked into becoming a vessel for small gods including the Mockingbird, a tricky personality, in this simultaneously sad and funny, Texas-flavored, character-driven, contemporary magic realism, or maybe fantasy, novel.

Between the Rivers, Harry Turtledove (Tor 3/98, $24.95, hc) Fantasy novel of men and their gods in Mesopotamia at the dawn of human history, as man learns to think for himself.

The Death of the Necromancer, Martha Wells (Avon Eos 7/98) A master thief's plot for revenge is derailed by the discovery of a necromancer at large in the fascinating world of Ile-Rien, a country of sorcerers, steam trains, detectives, and elfin ruins in forgotten sewer tunnels. A crew of charming criminals and sinister supernatural villains add up to excellent entertainment.

The One-Armed Queen, Jane Yolen (Tor 10/98) Magic takes a back seat to convincingly complex characters and politics in this multidimensional sequel to White Jenna.

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