Lyra

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 207 ratings

Shadow Magic Publisher's Summary

In the magic woods of Lyra, a noblewoman struggles to escape from a faceless man.

Trouble is brewing in Alkyra. While the kingdom’s noblemen squabble, on their borders an ancient enemy, the Lithmern, raises an army. As the head of the Noble House of Brenn attempts to organize an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her 20th birthday. She is a remarkable woman: quick-witted, beautiful, and handy with a throwing knife. But on the next night, she passes through a dark corridor on her way to the banquet hall, and never emerges from the shadows. The Lithmern have kidnapped the princess.

When Alethia regains consciousness, an evil Lithmern with a face made of shadows is carrying her through the forest. These are magic woods, home to fabled creatures whose existence she has always doubted. To find her way home, Alethia will have to learn to trust in the old tales, whose legends of magic and daring hold the only hope of saving her kingdom.

©1982 Patricia C. Wrede (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Shadow Magic

    • By: Patricia Wrede
    • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    Trouble is brewing in Alkyra. While the kingdom’s noblemen squabble, on their borders an ancient enemy, the Lithmern, raises an army. As the head of the Noble House of Brenn attempts to organize an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her 20th birthday. She is a remarkable woman: quick-witted, beautiful, and handy with a throwing knife. But on the next night, she passes through a dark corridor on her way to the banquet hall, and never emerges from the shadows. The Lithmern have kidnapped the princess.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Execution is Key

    • By Brandon on 09-04-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Daughter of Witches

    • Lyra, Book 2
    • By: Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    Drinn is not a safe place to be a witch. Ranira knows that better than most, for when she was just a child, the temple guards burned her parents at the stake for practicing magic. Now an indentured servant for a brutal innkeeper, she lives every day with the shame of her parents' alleged crime. There is no worse time to visit Drinn than during the Midwinter Festival, when the city gates are sealed so that no outsider can witness the temple's secret rituals. And at Ranira's inn, three guests have overstayed their welcome. Attempting to protect Ranira from her master's cruelty, the three reveal their magical powers and attract the attention of the temple guards.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I thought this was a new book

    • By ShawnaLanne on 06-30-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • The Harp of Imach Thyssel

    • Lyra, Book 3
    • By: Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    When Emereck and Flindaran leave a caravan in search of adventure, it isn’t long before they stumble upon great danger. Emereck, a trained minstrel, and Flindaran, a nobleman masquerading as a tramp, have found a long-abandoned castle, and in it, one of Lyra’s most sought-after treasures: the Harp of Imach Thyssel. Emereck recognizes the perfect white bow from legend: It is said to possess the power of life and death over all mankind. Now, to keep it from falling into the wrong hands, he’ll have to learn to harness its strength to create and destroy, with the fate of the kingdom hanging in the balance.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An enjoyable ffantasy

    • By Elisabeth Carey on 02-08-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Caught in Crystal

    • By: Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    In the magical world of Lyra, an innkeeper is forced to confront her darkest secret. For more than a decade, Kayl has run a modest country inn. She opened it with her husband, and they managed it together until a summer illness took him away, leaving her alone with their two children. The three of them get by, living happily together as the years pass, but everything changes the day a sorceress asks for a room.

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • The Raven Ring

    • Lyra, Book 5
    • By: Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Three weeks after Eleret’s mother is killed, the messenger arrives with the tragic news. She died far from home, succumbing to wounds sustained in battle, and Eleret must travel to reclaim her belongings. The overland journey to the city of Ciaron is treacherous, but Eleret has no fear. She straps a dagger to her leg and sets off to recover one of her mother’s prized possessions: A ring etched with a raven. Though she makes it to Ciaron safely, getting home is another story.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • now how many times have I listened to this?

    • By TenguRaven on 02-10-18

    Regular price: $24.95