Janny Wurts

Janny Wurts is an American fantasy novelist and illustrator. She has written several series, including the Wars of Light and Shadow, The Cycle of Fire trilogy, several stand-alone novels, a short story collection and the internationally best selling Empire Trilogy that she co-authored with Raymond E. Feist. She often illustrates her own work.


Janny Wurts has written numerous fantasy novels (15 as of 2008). Beyond writing, Janny's award winning paintings have been showcased in exhibitions of imaginative artwork, among them a commemorative exhibition for NASA's 25th Anniversary; the Art of the Cosmos at Hayden Planetarium in New York; and two exhibits of fantasy art, at both the Delaware Art Museum, and Canton Art Museum.

Wurts resides in Florida with her husband, artist Don Maitz.


The Cycle of Fire TrilogyEdit

  • Stormwarden (1984)
  • Keeper of the Keys (1988)
  • Shadowfane (1988)
    • The Cycle of Fire (1999) collects the trilogy into one volume

Empire TrilogyEdit

The Wars of Light and ShadowEdit

  • Arc I
    • Curse of the Mistwraith (1993)
  • Arc II
    • Ships of Merior (1994)
    • Warhost of Vastmark (1995)
  • Arc III: Alliance of Light
    • Fugitive Prince (1997)
    • Grand Conspiracy (1999)
    • Peril's Gate (2001)
    • Traitor's Knot (2004)
    • Stormed Fortress (2007)
  • Arc IV: Sword of the Canon
    • Initiate's Trial (TBA)
    • Destiny's Conflict (TBA)
  • Arc V: Song of the Mysteries
    • Song of the Mysteries (TBA)

Stand-alone novelsEdit

  • Sorcerer's Legacy (1989)
  • Master of Whitestorm (1992)
  • To Ride Hell's Chasm (2002)


  • That Way Lies Camelot (1994)

Short storiesEdit

  • "Blood, Oak, Iron" (2004) appeared in Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy
  • "Child of Prophecy" (2004) appeared in Masters of Fantasy
  • "Watchfire" (2004) with Raymond E. Feist, appeared in Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy
  • "Last of Her Kind" (2005) appeared in Fantastic Companions
  • "Finder's Keeper" (2006) appeared in Fantasy Gone Wrong
  • "Moebius Trip" (2006) appeared in Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology: Stories of Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • "Sundering Star" (2006) appeared in Under Cover of Darkness
  • "Reins of Destiny" (2007) appeared in The Solaris Book of New Fantasy

Illustration workEdit

  • Cover art and map art for The Company War, a 1983 board game from Mayfair Games based on the novel Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh

Janny Wurts also painted the cover art for her US and international books. Her paintings have been showcased in numerous exhibitions and has won several Chesley awards.[1]


  1. - Science Fiction & Fantasy Books - Authors - Janny Wurts

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