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Janny Wurts Janny Wurst began her writing career while still in high school, when she wrote several novels which she never published. After graduation and a self-financed trip to Europe, Wurts knew that she wanted to create something spectacular but needed life experiences to add a flavor of reality to it. While still in college, she conceived the idea for "The Wars of Light and Shadow." But she was also drawn to painting, and first achieved success as a commercial illustrator for major New York publishing houses, with the intention of using her skill to create covers for her own books. After years of working as an illustrator, Wurts sold her first novel, "Sorcerer's Legacy," in 1982. It was followed by the "Cycle of Fire" coming of age trilogy: "Stormwarden" in 1984, "Keeper of the Keys" in 1986 and "Shadowfane" in 1988. Raymond E. Feist, a fellow fantasy author, asked Wurts to co-author a series set on the Tsurani world that he had created. The resulting Empire trilogy of "Daughter of the Empire," published in 1987, "Servant of the Empire" in 1990 and "Mistress of the Empire" in 1992, was an international bestseller which placed Wurts in the spotlight and named her a true fantasy writer. The project for which she is best known is the "Wars of Light and Shadow" series, of which new stories are still being written. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Curse of the Mistwraith… (more)
Daughter of the Empire (Cover artist, some editions; Author) 3,586 copies, 57 reviews
Servant of the Empire (Author) 3,036 copies, 34 reviews
Mistress of the Empire (Author) 2,914 copies, 29 reviews
The Curse of the Mistwraith (also cover artist, some editions) 1,305 copies, 29 reviews
Ships of Merior (also cover artist, some editions) 824 copies, 12 reviews
Fugitive Prince (Cover artist, some editions) 738 copies, 12 reviews
Stormwarden (Cover artist, some editions) 703 copies, 9 reviews
Warhost of Vastmark (Cover artist, some editions) 694 copies, 13 reviews
Grand Conspiracy (Cover artist, some editions) 553 copies, 9 reviews
Keeper of the Keys (Cover artist, some editions) 548 copies, 5 reviews
Shadowfane (Cover artist, some editions) 538 copies, 4 reviews
The Master of Whitestorm (Cover artist, some editions) 514 copies, 8 reviews
To Ride Hell's Chasm (Author and Cover Artist) 504 copies, 18 reviews
Peril's Gate (Cover artist, some editions) 497 copies, 10 reviews
Sorcerer's Legacy (Cover artist, some editions) 420 copies, 12 reviews
Traitor's Knot (Cover artist, some editions) 403 copies, 11 reviews
Stormed Fortress (Cover artist, some editions) 295 copies, 9 reviews
That Way Lies Camelot (Cover artist, some editions) 293 copies, 5 reviews
Initiate's Trial 177 copies, 18 reviews
Cycle of Fire Trilogy 144 copies, 2 reviews
Destiny’s Conflict 72 copies, 1 review
Wayfinder 2 copies
Decoy 1 copy, 1 review
the gallant 1 copy, 1 review
Triad 1 copy
Bug Jack Barron (Cover artist, some editions) 733 copies, 11 reviews
Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy (Contributor) 388 copies, 2 reviews
The Blood of Ten Chiefs Vol. 1 (some editions) 345 copies, 5 reviews
Grails: Quests of the Dawn (Contributor) 232 copies, 5 reviews
Horse Fantastic (Contributor) 174 copies, 1 review
Elemental (Contributor) 174 copies, 4 reviews
Winds of Change: The Blood of Ten Chiefs Vol.3 (Contributor, some editions) 173 copies
Fantasy Gone Wrong (Contributor) 171 copies, 9 reviews
Father to the Stars (Cover artist, some editions) 167 copies, 1 review
Dragons of Darkness (Illustrator, some editions) 166 copies, 3 reviews
Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar (Contributor) 165 copies, 5 reviews
Sisters in Fantasy (Contributor) 159 copies, 3 reviews
Counter Attack (Contributor) 155 copies, 1 review
Elsewhere: Tales of Fantasy (Contributor) 142 copies
Against the Wind (Blood of Ten Chiefs, No 4) (Author, some editions) 141 copies, 1 review
Pathways: All-New Tales of Valdemar (Contributor) 133 copies, 3 reviews
Breakthrough (Contributor) 123 copies
Highwaymen: Robbers and Rogues (Contributor) 111 copies, 1 review
Choices: All-New Tales of Valdemar (Contributor) 108 copies, 4 reviews
Unfettered II: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (Contributor) 106 copies, 1 review
The Lord of Horses (Cover artist, some editions) 97 copies
Total War (Author) 97 copies
The Solaris Book of New Fantasy (Contributor) 91 copies
Crisis (Contributor) 80 copies
Under Cover of Darkness (Contributor) 80 copies, 3 reviews
Catopolis (Contributor) 68 copies, 1 review
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #13 (Cover artist, some editions) 60 copies, 1 review
Intelligent Design [Anthology] (Contributor) 42 copies, 1 review
Planet in Peril (Translator, some editions) 36 copies
Fantastic Companions (Contributor) 34 copies, 2 reviews
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