Holly Lisle Books In Order

Faia Books In Publication Order

  1. Fire in the Mist (1992)
  2. Bones of the Past (1993)
  3. Mind of the Magic (1995)

Devils Books In Publication Order

  1. Sympathy for the Devil (1995)
  2. Hell on High (With: Ted Nolan) (1995)
  3. The Devil and Dan Cooley (With: Walter Spence) (1996)

Glenraven Books In Publication Order

  1. Glenraven (1995)
  2. In the Rift (1998)

Cadence Drake Books In Publication Order

  1. Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood (1997)
  2. Warpaint (2012)

The Secret Texts Books In Publication Order

  1. Diplomacy of Wolves (1998)
  2. Vengeance of Dragons (1999)
  3. Courage of Falcons (2000)
  4. Vincalis the Agitator (2002)

The World Gates Books In Publication Order

  1. Memory of Fire (2002)
  2. The Wreck of Heaven (2003)
  3. Gods Old and Dark (2004)

Korre Books In Publication Order

  1. Talyn (2005)
  2. Hawkspar (2008)

Moon & Sun Books In Publication Order

  1. The Ruby Key (2008)
  2. The Silver Door (2009)

Tales From the Longview Books In Publication Order

  1. Enter The Death Circus (2014)
  2. The Selling of Suzee Delight (2014)
  3. The Philosopher Gambit (2017)
  4. Gunslinger Moon (2017)
  5. Vipers’ Nest (2018)
  6. The Owner’s Tale (2018)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Minerva Wakes (1990)
  2. The Rose Sea (With: S.M. Stirling) (1994)
  3. Mall, Mayhem and Magic (1995)
  4. Midnight Rain (2004)
  5. Last Girl Dancing (2005)
  6. I See You (2006)
  7. Night Echoes (2007)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. Light Through Fog (2012)
  2. Rewind (2013)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Strange Arrivals (2013)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Holly Lisle’s Create A Culture Clinic (2010)
  2. Holly Lisle’s Create A Language Clinic (2010)
  3. Holly Lisle’s Create A Plot Clinic (2010)
  4. Holly Lisle’s How To Write Page-Turning Scenes (2010)
  5. Mugging the Muse (2012)
  6. Professional Plot Outline Mini-Course (2012)
  7. Create A Character Clinic (2013)
  8. Holly Lisle’s Create A World Clinic (2014)

The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy Books In Publication Order

  1. The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy: The Opus Magnus (2004)

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Holly Lisle Books Overview

Fire in the Mist

Raised in the backcountry, Faia Rissedote wants nothing more than her sheep, her childhood hills, and her freedom, but when a plague paralyzes her village, she knows she must act fast.

Mind of the Magic

Faia Rissedotte, the most powerful mage on the world of Arhel, finds her undisciplined ways offsetting a system of magic that is hundreds of years old and is called upon by the gods to end all known Arhel life.

Sympathy for the Devil

Embittered with her life and missing her late husband, nurse Dayne Kuttner appeals to God to give the Devil and his residents of Hell a second chance, and when her prayer is answered, all hell breaks loose.

The Devil and Dan Cooley (With: Walter Spence)

Meeting an ambitious and upwardly mobile devil named Puck, radio disk jockey Dan agrees to help the devil become a gentleman if Puck will help boost his ratings, but Dan’s subsequent promotion involves an unsuspected catch.


Sophie had lost a child. She was looking for peace and rest. She didn’t know what it was, but Glenraven promised her that. JayJay had bad luck with husbands a three time loser now, all she wanted was to be a million miles away from her small North Carolina town. Glenraven seemed to be an Alpine principality somewhere in the neighborhood of northern Italy according to the unique guidebook advertising Glenraven‘s charms, obscure, almost non traversable Alpine passages constituted the only way in. But in reality it was a magic kingdom detached in some strange dimensional way from our world. What the people of Glenraven wanted was a couple of heroes who would free them from a ruler who was quite literally a monster in human guise. What the people of Glenraven got were JayJay and Sophie. They could have done worse.

In the Rift

In the Rift Glenraven II’.

Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood

When professional locater Cadence Drake is violently warned to stay away from a prospective job, she and her partner Badger become determined to recover a stolen hyper spaceship and encounter smugglers, thieves, and killer.

Diplomacy of Wolves

A young diplomat named Kait must save future generations after discovering a plot to destroy the House of Galweigh. Her only hope is the mysterious Mirror of the Dead and a secret weapon she dare not use.

Vengeance of Dragons

Fugitive Kait Galweigh battles the despotic Crispin Sabir for an ancient artifact called the Mirror of Souls. Kait believes the Mirror’s magic will restore life to her massacred kin; Crispin believes the object will make him a god. Both are terribly wrong. For the Mirror contains the captive spirits of the Dragons long dead sorcerers who once conquered the world. And the Secret Texts have foretold that one day, the Dragons will be released in an apocalyptic war. But the Dragons have also read the Secret Texts and have been waiting a millennium for revenge making sure they will control which prophecies do, and do not, come true…

Courage of Falcons

THE SECRET TEXTS Holly Lisle, the acclaimed author of the 1 Locus bestsellers Diplomacy of Wolves and Vengeance of Dragons, concludes the fantastic epic of The Secret Texts, as a millennium of blood curses, dark conspiracies, and arcane sorceries engulfs a world…
THE FINAL BATTLE The Falcons, a band of fugitive wizards that includes skinshifters Kait Galweigh and Ry Sabir, struggle in their desperate battle against the immortal, soul devouring necromancers called the Dragons. Meanwhile, a thousand tribes of long banished Scarred declare war on the civilized lands, with a prophesied messiah uniting them into an unstoppable army. Bent on conquest and revenge, the Scarred don’t care that their new leader, Luercas, is a being so evil that even the Dragons fear him…
To defeat the Dragons, Kait and Ry must destroy the source of the sorcerers’ power the Mirror of Souls. But if they succeed, they will lose the only weapon that can stop Luercas from becoming a demonic god who will enslave the entire world…

Vincalis the Agitator

A new, thrilling adventure from Lisle is set in the same fantasy world as the popular Secret Texts trilogy a world where a sorcery called Dragon Magic draws its powers from the agony of slaves who are killed for sorcerous fuel until three heroes challenge this inhuman cruelty.

Memory of Fire

Lauren Dane discovers a doorway to another reality in Cat Creek, North Carolina and she crosses over, driven by a strange compulsion she can neither resist nor comprehend. Molly McColl is brought there against her will kidnapped from her trailer and carried into a realm that traps her, terrifies her…
yet offers her a strange and wondrous escape. In an extraordinary universe of magic and monsters, two strangers sharing only pain and loss must now pursue the destiny that has united them. Because worlds are suddenly threatened by an evil beyond imagining the world they have entered…
and the one the have left behind.

The Wreck of Heaven

There are doors into other worlds and those who cross over are changed forever…

Two women have discovered the way into a new reality one so close to Earth that events there have shattering repercussions here. On Oria a wondrous paradise and nightmare both Molly McColl has powers she never imagined…
and a destiny that threatens her life, her love, and her soul. While Lauren Dane must use an extraordinary, newfound magic to protect her young son and to join with her sister on a quest that will shake the foundations of Heaven itself. For a serpentine evil now threatens the worldchain a soulless, immortal enemy who feeds on the death of worlds, and who is now turning its hungry, malevolent gaze on Oria…
and Earth.

Gods Old and Dark

The spellbinding conclusion to the magnificent epic of fantastic adventure and worlds within worlds. Live magic has returned to the Earth as the demons of every universe gather to destroy it…
The World Gates offer passage into countless realms, dimensions, and nightmares, changing forever those few with the courage to cross over. Lauren Dane and Molly McColl, two sisters transformed, now hold the future of all living things in their hands for Lauren’s mission to bring life giving magic back to Earth and other dying worlds has not gone unnoticed. And Molly’s power to protect her will not hold against the countless ancient evils that are closing in. For the maelstrom is coming to drag down gods and humans alike. And darkness will surely prevail unless a last, desperate stand is made against the dreaded Night Watch, eater of worlds.


In a world where technology is magic, and war is the only way of life, Talyn is a soldier, one of thousands trained from childhood to protect her country from the monarchist Eastil, who would take away the personal freedoms of the Tonk. Talyn long ago embraced her fate: to die in battle. This is a war of magic, not of swords, and the battles are fought deep inside the View, a place where the magic inherent in everything and everyone is actualized. The soldiers on both sides can bring this magic to the physical plane and use it to destroy houses, fields, and people. But the Feegash came from across the world, and demanded to be allowed to negotiate peace between the Eastil and the Tonk for the sake of the rest of the world. Their success meant Talyn was out of a job, and at a loss for what to do with her life. Rather than follow most of her fellow soldiers to jobs in other parts of the world, Talyn stayed with her family in her town and there she is seduced by a Feegash diplomat. With him she experiences a dark side of herself that she hadn’t even imagined, and learns a new kind of magery. And she discovers the mistreatment of Eastil prisoners of war, still in Tonk hands, and weighs her life against saving theirs. It’s a matter of honor and her honor will be challenged again and again as she slowly discovers that what the Feegash have brought with them was not peace but an overwhelming oppression, and an evil so insidious no one noticed it until it was too late. But if Talyn can hone her use of the Feegash flesh magery, she can turn their own magic back against them. With the help of one of the Eastil prisoners, she might be able to use it to save the Tonk and the Eastil, and defeat the Feegash once and for all…
if it doesn’t destroy her from the inside out first. 20040912


Stolen away from their families, they are slaves, women with no names and no futures. Every moment of their days controlled by the avatars of the stone Eyes Obsidian, Emerald, Raxinan, Ruby, Windcrystal, Sapphire, Sunspar, Tigereye…

And the most powerful of them all, Hawkspar, the eyes of time. Kings and despots come to her to know their futures, and she wades in the river of time, pulls apart its sticky threads, to arrange the world to her satisfaction. But she too was once a slave, plucked from her home, chosen by the Eyes to live in service to them, as much a slave now as she ever was. And with her sight into past and future, she can see the secrets of the Eyes and the evil of the Eyes. Before the death of Hawkspar, another must be chosen by the Eyes but the avatar has her own plans, and chooses a slave for her courage and rebelliousness, rather than her dedication to the goals of the Eyes. This slave is put to trial, but time after time, she is protected by forces unseen. Once she has swallowed the bitter liquid and has her eyes pulled from her head and replaced with the Eyes of Hawkspar stone, she can slip into the streams of time…
and use time to her own ends to free the slaves once and for all, and destroy the Eyes, even if it means destroying herself in the process.

The Ruby Key

Mankind is Sunkind

And rules by the light;

Nightlings are Moonkind,

And rule in the night;

Or there will be war.

Human and Nightlings are never to meet, but when Genna and her brother Dan venture into the old forest at night, they encounter a Nightling slave who reveals a terrifying secret: Genna and Dan’s village chieftain has made a dangerous deal with Letrin, ruler of the Nightlings, offering the lives of his people in exchange for his own immortality.

To save the villagers and themselves, Genna and Dan strike their own bargain with the Nightling lord, but the stakes are even higher. Now, the siblings must embark upon a journey along the Moonroads, and bring back the key to Letrin’s downfall.

Written in haunting, lyrical prose, Holly Lisle transports readers to the twilit realms of the Night Worlds.

Holly Lisle is a native of Salem, Ohio, but she’s also lived in Alaska, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. She is the author of many bestselling adult suspense and fantasy novels. She has three children, a handful of cats, and believes writing is the best job a person can have. She currently resides in Georgia, with her family.

Holly Lisle is a native of Salem, Ohio, but she’s also lived in Alaska, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. She is the author of many bestselling adult suspense and fantasy novels. She has three children, a handful of cats, and believes writing is the best job a person can have. She currently resides in Georgia with her family.

The Silver Door

In the battle between nightlings and humans, it’s prophesied that the Sunrider is destined to unite the magics of the sun and moon for the good of all. She alone can lead the fight to defeat an immortal evil.

Genna is the chosen Sunrider, and under nightling protection, she must learn the acient magics so she may bring an end to the war between slaves and masters. When she escapes a brutal plot concoted by the evil kai lords, Genna finds herself cast into the depths of the Sun Wizards’ world.

As the war begins to cross the moonroads, threatening to destroy all the worlds beneath the sun and moon, Genna must rise and harness her new powers in order to save her people.

Will Genna, with the help of her brother, Dan, and their friends Catri, Doyati, and Yarri, be able to fulfill her fate?

Master storyteller, Holly Lisle, once again transports readers to the twilit realms of the night worlds in this enchanting and gorgeous second tale.

Praise for THE RUBY KEY:

‘The world Lisle creates is as distinctive and intriguing as any real place, with a complex history, well developed societies, and a strong sense of magic. Many readers will find Lisle’s creative embellishments of fairy lore especially arresting. Binding it all together is Genna’s forthright, first person narrative of the risky adventure, through which she remains steadfast even as her duties expand beyond her personal desires. Though one plot is resolved, hints of a possible romance for Genna and the promise of a larger catastrophe will leave readers clamoring for the next installment.’ BOOKLIST starred review

Minerva Wakes

When their children are kidnapped, Minerva and Darryl Kiakra, two ordinary people, have no choice but to pursue their captors into an alternative universe.

The Rose Sea (With: S.M. Stirling)

Struggling for freedom, New Empire officer Bren Morkaarin and rancher’s daughter Kara Grenlaarin find their destinies intertwined as they battle side by side through the Imperial Sea toward the capital of the wizard kings.

Midnight Rain

Phoebe Rain’s sad*istic ex husband lies in a coma a thousand miles away a coma she put him the last time he tried to kill her. Yet Phoebe knows the voice on the other end of the line belongs to the twisted man who vowed he’d never let her get away. Panicked, she turns to her neighbor, Dr. Alan MacKerrie. Alan finds the story hard to believe himself, but now he, too, is receiving chilling, ghostly warnings of danger. Caught between icy terror and mounting passion for Alan, Phoebe knows there’s no escape.

Night Echoes

Artist Emma Beck returns to her southern hometown to discover the truth about her secret family history. With the help of Mike Ruhl, the contractor she’s falling in love with, Emma finds that her legacy is more chilling and unexpected than she ever dreamed. Especially when she starts hearing the whispers late at night.

The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy: The Opus Magnus

Dragon Moon Press follows its highly successful title, The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy, with a second volume of advice, examples, and resources dedicated to helping you create your own epic fantasy adventure. Featuring the writing talents of…
Campbell and Compton Crook Winner Wen Spencer, 2003 EPPIE Award Winner Jeanine Berry , 2002 EPPIE Nominated Tony Ruggiero, 1999 Blue Boa Award Winner Kim Headlee, Will McDermott, Michael R. Mennenga, Bob Nailor, Tina Morgan, Valerie Griswold Ford And introducing…
2004 Golden Heart Finalist Julianne Goodman, Evo Terra, Erik Amundsen, Lai Zhao…
with illustrations by Anne Moya and an introduction from Holly Lisle. Get ready to take your work to a whole new level, and embark on a writer’s adventure with The Fantasy Writer’s Companion at your side!

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