Friday, March 21, 2008

Janny Wurts

Have you ever seen a painting with the artist’s signature and then later discovered that the artist writes fiction too? A person’s mind becomes surprised about those who can do these amazing things. Many artists have multiple talents in the different areas of art. Janny Wurts is such a talent. She does both Fantasy art and writes books. Her books span many worlds of Epic Fantasy with descriptive writing and compelling characters. She graces the covers of some of her books with her marvelous paintings. Ms. Wurts is an imaginative contributor to the Fantasy genre.

Sorcerer’s Legacy is one of her first books. This is the story of a widowed woman from our world drawn into a fantasy one by a wizard. There she is to be the prince’s consort to keep everything in peace. Unfortunately, the wizard dies, leaving her with trying to maneuver through court intrigues and keep herself safe.

One of her first series is the Cycle of Fire trilogy consisting of Stormwarden, Keeper of the Keys and Shadowfane. This Epic Fantasy trilogy tells the story of Taen and Jaric as they struggle to learn their powers in order to save the world from an alien race they consider demons. Science fiction elements blend with fantasy to make this an entertaining story. Ms. Wurts uses her knowledge and descriptive writing to bring this story to life. The sailing scenes are very vivid.

Another of her series is a collaboration with Fantasy author Raymond Feist. It is set in his world of the Riftwar. Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire, and Mistress of the Empire chronicles the story of a reluctant woman chosen to lead an empire by her dying brother. Each book shows the growth of the character as she counters court intrigues and becomes a powerful empress. These authors work together very well to bring a fascinating story to readers and entertain them.

The Master of Whitestorm is a stand alone Epic Fantasy novel. Korendir is the main character of this book. An escaped galley slave, he goes on several different quests in search of treasure. His ultimate goal is to build a fortress at Whitestorm to hide a dark secret. This book has a plot full of action along with an interesting character created by the author’s detailed imagination.

In recent years, Ms. Wurts has been writing books in her Wars of Light and Shadow series. With this series, she explores the theme that war is not the only solution to problems. She does this through her characters of two half brothers; one is a bard and mage while the other is a leader. The story of these two half brothers is traced thourgh several books filled with vivid images and imaginative descriptions. The books in this series are:

Curse of the Mistwraith
Ships of Merior
Warhosts of Vastmark
Fugitive Prince
Grand Conspiracy
Peril’s Gate
Traitor’s Knot
Stormed Fortress

Janny Wurts is a multi-talented Fantasy artist and author. Her books range through several vivid worlds of Epic Fantasy. Some of her art work graces the covers of her books too. She is an imaginative writer with descriptive prose, intriguiing characters and interesting themes. Readers can see more of her art work and learn more about her at her web site: http://www.paravia.com/

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