Recommended Reads: Night of the Solstice

With these two books, I have to admit that I haven’t read them yet but they are going to be re-issued this year (May 25, 2010) and I thought I would just list them. They are the first two novels that L. J. Smith ever got published and sometimes it good to look back on how a journey started.

The Night of the Solstice

Title: The Night of the Solstice
Author: L. J. Smith
Publisher: Aladdin
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1416998403
ISBN-13: 978-1416998402

When Claudia Hodges-Bradley meets a fox, she knows it will be an extraordinary day. Not just any fox, this vixen is the magical familiar of the sorceress Morgana Shee. For years, Morgana has guarded the solitary gate between Earth and the Wildworld, a shimmering parallel universe where legends still live. She alone holds the secret of the mirrors that serve as the last surviving passage to enchantment. But Morgana has been betrayed and imprisoned in the Wildworld, and the fox is determined to recruit Claudia and her siblings for the rescue mission. Armed only with courage and determination, Alys, Charles, Jane and Claudia must save Morgana before the winter solstice, when evil sorcerer Cadel Forge plans to escape the Wildworld and conquer Earth. And with December 21st only 2 weeks away, there is no time to lose…

Available from Amazon & Amazon UK.

Heart of Valor

Title: Heart of Valor
Author: L. J. Smith
Publisher: Aladdin
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1416998411
ISBN-13: 978-1416998419

California is the setting for this sequel to Night of the Solstice (Macmillan, 1987), which combines Arthurian legend and original fantasy. Thia Pendriel, a power-hungry sorceress from the Wildworld, awakens the great magician Merlin; Alys, Charles, Janie, and Claudia must once again help the sorceress Morgana defend the world. Smith’s imaginative reworking of legend casts Merlin not as a sage, but as an unscrupulous trickster.

Available from Amazon & Amazon UK.

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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Those books do sound interesting, especially if you’re like me and have enjoyed the Merlin television series and want to know a little more about the legend (whether it’s close to the original or not). I might have to check these out. :)

  2. Yes, I think you should check them out plus you’ll be able to see what LJ was doing before Nightworld & Vamp Diaries.

  3. I know this was posted forever and half ago but was curious if you read them yet. I read them as a kid and loved them!

  4. Hello Melissa,

    I finally got this Christmas so they are on my to be read list. If they are similar to other books from L.J. Smith then I am sure that I will enjoy therm. :)


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