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Bright and Shining Tiger

(The third book in the Forest King series)
A novel by

Fantasy - Runa's mother was hanged when Runa was twelve for being a witch. Runa spent the next eleven years on the run from those who would do the same to her because of her ability to wield magic. Finally she is caught, imprisoned for five years and then exiled. After two years wandering in the wilderness she enters a green and pleasant land. At this time she is 32, she has never established a home or a lasting relationship of any depth because of the misfortunes in her life. The story opens with Runa being stalked by a large, invisible beast. When it appears it is a silver striped, sabetooth tiger, longer than Runa's horse. This Silver cat announces that Runa is its "meat" but does not attack her. Exploring further, Runa discovers a land where the skeletons of the plague dead remain unburied. It is also infested with outlaws. She rescues a young boy whose father has been killed and learns that the land was once under the care of "the Burdened Ones", the Silver Cat Mantic and Margrave. The Margrave was the war leader and hunter, the Mantic a magic wielder. Together they provided protection, sustenance and healing for the "Tiller Folk." But about 150 years earlier the Margrave and Mantic had been deposed and killed in an uprising. Since that time the land had suffered. Anyone who had attempted since then to take over the Castellum where the Burdened ones had ruled has been destroyed by the magical guardians. Her interest piqued, Runa manages to establish herself in the Castellum and begins to surround herself with the Tiller folk, but she finds herself unable to perform the roles of both the Margrave and the Mantic. The Silver Tiger is the guardian spirit of the land who chooses the Mantic and mMrgrave. Then, one day, a bearded and braided barbarian, accompanied by a dozen followers pounds at the gate of the Silver cat castellum with the warning that there savage cannibals are coming their way...


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January 1988 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Bright and Shining Tiger
Author(s): Claudia J Edwards
ISBN: 0-445-20626-8 / 978-0-445-20626-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Warner Books
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