Working name of US writer Marilyn Lorraine Abbey (1948- ), best known for co-creating and co-editing with Robert Lynn Asprin (whom see for details) the Thieves' World sequence of Shared-World anthologies, some of them worked into Braids; the sequence is now complete in 12 vols. LA's first solo work, the Rifkind sequence – whose heroine is a Witch devoted uncomfortably to serving the Goddess – comprises Daughter of the Bright Moon (1979) and The Black Flame (1980). The Unicorn and Dragon series – Unicorn & Dragon (1987) and Conquest (1988; vt The Green Man 1989 UK) – revisits a similar venue, in this case 11th-century Britain, and again features a young woman whose Talents make her eligible to become a priestess for the Goddess. The main conflict – Anglo-Saxons, devoted to the Celtic religion, versus invading Normans; Wicca versus patriarchal eastern sorcery – is of no historical validity, but does generate hints of Thinning throughout, providing a sense of the possible course of future volumes. The Ultima Saga books – The Forge of Virtue * (1991) and The Temper of Wisdom * (1992) – novelize the "Ultima Saga" Game. LA has a serviceable style and a knack for historical fantasy, and her protagonists display an unusual complexity and grittiness, but her action sequences are sometimes tangled. [JC]
other works: The Guardians (1982); The Wooden Sword (1991) and its sequel, Beneath the Web (1994), which features a fetch with Amnesia; The Brazen Gambit * (1994) and Cinnabar Shadows * (1995), contributions to the Dark Sun series of novels based on the game.
Marilyn Lorraine Abbey