Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Abbey, Lynn

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


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.