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1998 cumulative:

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1998 First Novels

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.

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.

Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson (Warner Aspect 7/98) Caribbean magic transported to an apocalyptic near-future Canada brings fresh flavor to this impressive and energetic first novel.

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).

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.

The Iron Bridge, David Morse (Harcourt Brace 7/98) A woman goes back in time to prevent construction of the world's first iron bridge, thus derailing the Industrial Revolution and saving the ecologically precarious future but she finds the past more complex than she ever expected. In best SF style, this thought-provoking first novel illuminates the present while looking at the future and the past.

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