Born to Run: A Novel of the Serrated Edge

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Baen Books, 1992 - Fiction - 317 pages
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There are elves out there.

And more are coming. But even elves need money to survive in the "real" world. The good elves, intrigued by the thrills of stock car racing, are manufacturing new, light-weight engines (with, incidentally, very little "cold" iron); the bad elves run a kiddie-porn and snuff-film ring, with occasional forays into drugs.

Ranged on the other side of all that's good --
-- Keighvin: elf lord with a problem, and the victim of a vendetta.
-- Tannim: a human mage with a taste for fast cars and loud music.
-- Sam Kelly: mild-mannered retired engineer with an Irish temper.
-- Ross Canfield: a good old Southern boy who just happens to be dead.

The people trapped in between: three runaways. Good kids already in serious trouble and about to get into more. Unwitting pawns in a deadly game, they will either be saved -- or led into a fate worse than death....


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The basic plot is, child prostitute who's seriously into unicorns meets nice wizard (in a bar); wizard gives her money, says "make your own magic," and stresses constantly that magic can't fix your ... Read full review


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About the author (1992)

Fantasy fiction author Mercedes Richie Lackey was born in Chicago on June 24, 1950, and she received a B.S. from Purdue University in 1972. She is also a professional lyricist and has rehabilitated raptors. Lackey started writing her own short stories when her favorite science fiction and fantasy authors weren't producing new books fast enough for her. She began writing professionally with the encouragement of author C. J. Cherryh, whom Lackey had met at a science fiction convention. Many of Lackey's books, including the Queen's Own trilogy, the Vows and Honor series, and the Last Herald-Mage and Mage Winds trilogies, take place in the imaginary world of Valdemar. She has authored numerous series, including the Bardic Voices series and a series of occult mysteries featuring Diana Tregarde, a modern-day witch. Lackey enjoys collaborating and has co-written books with authors such as C.J. Cherryh, Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mark Shepherd, and Ru Emerson. Her title Redoubt made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

Larry Dixon is Professor of Systematic Theology and Church History at Columbia International University, South Carolina.

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