The TRICKSTER'S GAME Trilogy
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature
Book One of Trickster's Game
Now available from DAW Books
For generations, the tribe has gathered at Midwinter to observe the sacred
battle between the Oak and the Holly and to pray for the world’s renewal.
This year, Darak witnesses strange portents in the night sky that bode
ill for the tribe and for his brother.
His worst fears are realized when
Chaos intrudes on the grove of the First Forest, casting Tinneans
spirit adrift along with the Tree-Lords. His world locked in winter, Darak
must fulfill his role as the tribe’s hunter and seek out and restore the
lost spirits, even if the journey takes him into the heart of Chaos.
"Think Jean Auel and Judith Tarr and readers
will have some idea what HEARTWOOD is all about. The setting feels
prehistoric with magic an everyday occurrence. Darak is a strong stubborn
man who loves deeply; when his brother is in danger he is willing
sacrifices himself to free his sibling from the enemy. Barbara Campbell
creates characters readers will care about and produces a storyline that
grabs reader interest." MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"Campbell seems to have considerable
potential and her first effort is certain to raise some eyebrows."
SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE
Excerpts from a bookstore
manager's 1/09 LJ blog:
"I stayed up way past any logical hour last night to finish
reading Heartwood by Barbara Campbell. And got up far too early this
morning to start the sequel. The world
build(ing) was so enthralling that not only am I interested to see what
all is going to happen, I am utterly fascinated with the different people
Campbell has filled her world with.
was honestly the best book I have never heard of. Often beautiful, occasionally brutal, Heartwood
was a unique fantasy. It’s a primitive, tribal setting,
which had my attention within a handful of pages. The thing that needs
saving is the very natural order of things, and damn, was it wonderfully
So, seeing as I went through years in the book business never hearing
about this treasure of a book, I wanted to take a few minutes to make sure
(the) word goes out. They are hard to find in bookstores proper, as they
are a few years old, but take the time to go online and get copies. You
won't regret it.”
Read the whole
post on Live Journal.
Read part of the opening chapter: Heartwood
Read about my experiences in writing Heartwood: My
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Book Two of Trickster's Game
Fifteen years have passed since Darak’s quest. His son is now
apprenticed to the village’s Tree-Father. Keirith unwittingly commits
sacrilege by using his gift to commune with other creatures, the crime for
which the evil shaman Morgath was destroyed.
But a more immediate danger threatens the people of
the Oak and Holly: the burgeoning power of the ancient enemy who drove
them from their ancestral lands. When Keirith is kidnapped, Darak sets off
in pursuit. Their paths take them to the heart of a distant city where
both father and son must confront their darkest fears in order to survive.
"Imagine The Crucible Trilogy by Sara Douglass crossed with the
fantasy saga of Kate Elliott. Barbara Campbell proves she is no one shot
wonder with the second Trickster's novel which is even better than
Heartwood." MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
Excerpt from 1/25/09 Book Review
(written by Joshua
Palmatier and posted on LJ and Goodreads):
"When I started reading this
book, I got caught up in it immediately, and that hasn't happened to me
with a fantasy novel for quite a while. I was instantly engaged with
Keirith and his plight. Bloodstone is an excellent novel, one that I
highly recommend everyone find and read, especially if you're looking for
something without the medieval setting. It's a spectacular fantasy, with
characters that come alive, with problems that have no easy solution, even
with magic at hand." Read
the whole review.
Read part of the opening chapter: Bloodstone
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Book Three of Trickster's Game
On the bleak northern moors, Darak and his family begin a new life, free
from the prejudices of their tribe and the looming threat of the Zherosi. But their past continues to haunt them, and choices made
years ago threaten their future as surely as the armies that raze their forests.
rebellion spreads and the tribes fight for survival, a new force enters the
game - Rigat, the youngest son of Darak and Griane. Gifted with magic far
greater than Keirith’s, Rigat is the only one who might be able to
save his people. Aided by the Trickster, he embarks on a dangerous
game of deception that will determine the future of the children of the
Oak and Holly - and the fate of the gods they worship.
"Some series expire when they run out of
ideas. Foxfire brings its series to a wonderful conclusion
that left this reader marveling at Barbara Campbell's inventiveness."
"WOW! What an ending to a fantastic trilogy!
Campbell's characterization and plotting continues to astound. She had me
cursing then rooting for almost every character in this very exciting
conclusion. Darak and Griane do all in their power to save their son Rigat
from himself. Do they succeed? Get the book to find out, cause I ain't
tellin'! One thing I will say: Foxfire is worth more than the
cover price. I read it in less than five days and was up till the wee
hours several nights during a work week."
Read an excerpt: Foxfire
Read the interview
with John Joseph Adams on tor.com.
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