Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Lisle, Holly

(1960-    ) US writer who began publishing with the Faia Fantasyland sequence – Fire in the Mist (1992), Bones of the Past (1993) and Mind of the Magic (1995). The protagonist, a young woman with great though undeveloped Talents, goes through an elaborate training in Magic. The middle volume of the trilogy focuses not on Faia but on another woman whose talent lies in her ability to talk to the dead. With Mercedes Lackey HL wrote a volume in the SERRAted Edge sequence, When the Bough Breaks (1993). HL's singletons include Minerva Wakes (1994) and Mall, Mayhem and Magic (1995) with Chris Guin, both Contemporary Fantasies set in US suburbia, with excursions into Otherworlds and (in the second) a dangerous grimoire (> Book) on the loose. The amusing «Sympathy for the Devil» (1996) is set in Hell. [JC]

Holly Lisle

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