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Jane M. Lindskold
Jane Lindskold in 2015
Jane Lindskold in 2015
GenreScience fiction, fantasy

Jane M. Lindskold is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels.

Early life

Jane M. Lindskold was born on 15 September 1962, and grew up in Washington, D.C., and the Chesapeake Bay area. Jane is the first of four siblings, the others being Ann M. Lindskold Nalley, Graydon M. Lindskold, and Susan M. Lindskold Speer. Lindskold's father, John E. Lindskold, was head of the Land and Natural Resources Division, Western Division of the United States Justice Department. Her mother, Barbara DiSalle Lindskold, was also an attorney. Jane received a Ph.D. in English from Fordham, concentrating on Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern British Literature.

Literary work

Mentored by her friend, Roger Zelazny, she started publishing stories in 1992, and she published her first novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls in December, 1994. In her Athanor series, she writes about the creatures of legend — shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and unicorns — who have sworn to keep their existence hidden from a human race prone to kill what it does not understand. In her Firekeeper Saga, she writes about a woman who discovers that politics among the wolves she was raised by and politics among human royalty are not so different.

Critical reception

Charles de Lint, reviewing Changer, praised "Lindskold's ability to tell a fast-paced, contemporary story that still carries the weight and style of old mythological story cycles."[1] Terri Windling called Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls "a complex, utterly original work of speculative fiction."[2]

Lindskold lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband, archaeologist Jim Moore.


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The Athanor series

The Firekeeper Saga

Breaking the Wall (a.k.a. Land of Smoke and Sacrifice) series

Captain Ah-Lee series

(novellas all, published only as e-books)

Star Kingdom series (with David Weber)

David Weber was the sole author of the first book, A Beautiful Friendship

Artemis Awakening series

Other novels



Critical studies and reviews of Lindskold's work


  1. ^ Books to Look For, F&SF, February 1999
  2. ^ "Summation 1994: Fantasy," The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighth Annual Collection, p.xx
  3. ^ Lindskold, Jane M. (5 March 2012). Changer's Daughter: A Novel of the Athanor. ISBN 978-1470091781.