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Product Line: Shadow World
Product Edition: SW
Product Name: StormRiders
Product Type: Novel
Author: Roxanne Longstreet
Stock #: novel
ISBN: 1-55806-138-X
Publisher: ICE
Page Count: Novel
Release Date: 1993?
Language: English

Format Cover Price Released
Novel 1993?

Note: There are two editions of this book, one from ICE and one from ACE( see below). The ICE version is trade paperback size (5.5 x 8.5) and the ACE version is standard paperback novel size (4.25 x 6.5). The ACE version came out under the name Ian Hamnell. Apparently in one of them there’s a passage where Brion uses martial arts to defeat a mercenary. In the other edition this passage has been removed. I recently started comparing the two versions and there are several differences. Basically the ACE version seems to be condensed from the ICE version, just in the Prologue and the first part of Chapter 1 I noticed several paragraphs that were in the ICE version completely missing from the ACE version, and many sentences in the ACE version have been truncated from what they were in the ICE version. If you have a choice, the ICE version is definitely the better version to read. I’ve included an excerpt of the first two paragraphs of Chapter 1 of both versions as an example below.

Cover/Jacket Text:
A magical Essence storm sweeps three unwilling travellers into the dangerous, spellbinding world of Kulthea, the Shadow World. The three will unknowingly alter the struggle between the forces of Light and the creeping darkness of the Unlife. And for such interference, a price must be paid…

Brion’s search for his missing son becomes a quest for his life and sanity. Only one person stands in his way…

His wife Kella is fascinated by a darkly powerful Dyari elf sorceror who awakens new and terrifying hungers in her soul…

Their son Evan’s chance friendship with a mad Loremaster, a reckless prince and half-Iylari Elven Illusionist plunges them all into a deadly adventure.

From the Shadowy webs of the Spider Goddess Temple to the ghoul-ridden city of Quellburn, the servants of Light and the twisted minions of the Unlife battle for the souls of the storm-stranded travellers – and for the mastery of the Shadow World itself.

STORMRIDERS

A thrilling Sword and Sorcery novel set in the acclaimed Fantasy realm of the Shadow World

Notes:
Excerpt from Chapter 1 (ICE Edition):

Iarsang sat with his back to the sheltering rock and stared dreamily into the storm. He was buffeted by wild shrieking gusts of wind, but none of his frightened charges dared to approach or disturb him even to ask after his health. There were no tales of a Navigator going mad, but — well —

A snap of lightning exploded just outside of the cave in an actinic fury; the inhabitants of the cave jerked back and cried out in panic. Nomaran Estvir, the senior of the two clerics, was praying in a frantic, hushed voice to his patron deity Phaon, but no one really expected a prompt answer to that. The senior gods of Kulthea, called the Lords of Orhan because popular theory put their home on that luminous moon, had a large but unfanatical following. The gods were casually considerate to the needs of their worshippers, but the deities (including Phaon) were far too busy to concern themselves with specifics — or individuals. This, the men of Kulthea had little confidence in divine intervention.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 (ACE Edition):

Iarsang sat with his back to the sheltering rock and stared dreamily into the storm. He was buffeted by gusts of wind, but none of his frightened charges dared to approach even to ask after his health. There were no tales of a Navigator going mad, but — well —

A snap of lightning exploded just outside of the cave in an actinic fury. Nomaran Estvir, the senior of the two clerics, was praying in a frantic, hushed voice to his patron deity Phaon, but no one really expected a prompt answer to that. The Lords of Orhan had a large but unfanatical following. The gods of Kulthea were casually considerate, but most (including Phaon) were far too busy to concern themselves with specifics — or individuals..

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