Results of the World Fantasy Award in the year 1975.
When her father dies, 16-year-old Sybel’s only companions are the magical menagerie called to Eld Mountain long ago by her reclusive grandfather, the progeny of a powerful wizard and a mortal. The animals provide Sybel’s only sense of family until a man brings her the infant son of her mother’s sister, forcing Sybel to return to the world of humans—a world where she learns the intricacies of guile and treachery as well as the power of human love.
Originally published in 1974 by Ballantine as part of its Adult Fantasy series and reprinted six times, Merlin’s Ring was an instant sensation among both fantasy fans and critics. This is an epic saga, ranging through history from the fall of Atlantis to Joan of Arc, and linking the Arthurian legends with Mezoamerican god Quetzalcoatl, the legends of Roland, Prester John, and Kublai Khan. It is also a powerful story of two lovers, Gwalchmai and Corenice, whose spirits are separated and reunited numerous times over the course of many centuries.
Somewhere, spinning through another universe is an Earth where a twist of fate, a revolution and a few early inventions have made a world quite unlike our own. It is a world where Cavaliers and Puritans battle with the aid of observation balloons and steam trains; where Oberon and Titania join forces with King Arthur to resist the Industrial Revolution; and where the future meshes with the past in the shape of Valeria, time traveller from New York.