Mickey Zucker Reichert

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Mickey Zucker Reichert
BornMiriam Susan Zucker
1962 (age 61–62)[1]

Mickey Zucker Reichert (born as Miriam Susan Zucker in 1962[1]) is an American fantasy fiction author[2] of several best selling novels.

Personal life[edit]

Reichert is a pediatrician,[3] and holds a Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.). She is from a town in Iowa.[4] She and her husband have fostered and adopted children, as well as a variety of animals "from mice to horses".[3]

Her novels are published by DAW Books; the organisation published her first novel via Sheila Gilbert, who is still Reichert's editor over 25 years later.[4]

Zucker-Reichert is an experienced and passionate wildlife rescuer. Her snaring techniques were involved in the rescue the endangered gopher tortoise. Seeing that it could outrun her, she created advanced snaring methodology and techniques that are now utilized to save the species from extinction.

Notable works[edit]

Reichert has published more than 22 novels, an illustrated novella, and more than 50 short stories.[3]

Renshai series[edit]

She is known for her Renshai series, which provides a different perspective on traditional Norse mythology. It is the story of a battle between good vs evil vs neutrality. It focuses around Norse mythology. The story largely centers around the survivors from a tribe of master swordsmen that are decimated in a coordinated attack by the majority of their neighboring countries, and a few other characters.

These three books focus on the character of Colbey Calistinsson in addition to other characters that play central roles in the storyline. Colbey is the most skilled swordsman the Renshai tribe has ever known. Yet, after his tribe is almost completely eradicated, he is forced to search for purpose and also determine a new course for his existence. Otherwise the evil forces of the East will destroy the neutral forces of the West in the Great War that is prophesied to plunge more than half of the continent in a violent war.

Later in the series Colbey acquires powerful telepathic and psychic abilities. This, he discovers in the third book, stems from his heritage. Colbey is in fact the son of Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, and the grandson of Odin, King of the Norse Gods. He is the son of a god and a mortal woman from a mighty warrior tribe (Renshai). However, true to character, he is undaunted by this knowledge, and soldiers on through many quests with his sense of purpose and his dedication to only do what he feels is right regardless of the consequences - even if it may possibly result in the Ragnarok and bring about the end of the world. Eventually, he marries the goddess Freya.[citation needed]

I, Robot[edit]

Reichert was asked to write three[5] prequels to I, Robot by Isaac Asimov's estate. She first met Asimov when she was 23, although she did not know him well.[4] The prequels were ordered by Berkley Books.[5]


Series Title Year ISBN Notes Ref.
The Bifrost Guardians 1 Godslayer 1987 A young man is drafted to Vietnam and prays to Freyr, the Norse god of war, during a battle. His prayers are answered. He finds himself in a new world, battling wizards, swordsman, and even dragons.[citation needed] [6]
The Bifrost Guardians 2 Shadow Climber 1988 A young orphan learns to survive the tough streets. He becomes a master thief. And he goes on to become a part of a heroic group.[citation needed] [6]
The Bifrost Guardians 3 Dragonrank Master 1988 A young woman who is incredibly talented in magic is entangled in a deadly plot. A group of heroes come to her rescue.[citation needed] [6]
Short story "Homecoming" (Space & Time, Winter 1989; Women at War) 1989 [6]
Short story "The Ulfjarl’s Stone" (Magical Beginnings) 1989 [6]
The Bifrost Guardians 4 Shadow's Realm 1990 A heroic group returns to a member's home, and deals with the consequences.[citation needed] [6]
The Bifrost Guardians 5 By Chaos Cursed 1991 The heroic group has become epic. They travel through time itself to return to a member's home in modern New York City in hopes of defeating an incredible power.[citation needed] [6]
Short story "Love at First Ride" (Horse Fantastic) 1991 [6]
Short story "The Eranis Pipe" (Halflings, Hobbits, Warrows & Weefolk: A Collection of Tales of Heroes Short in Stature) 1991 [6]
Renshai Chronicles 1 The Last of the Renshai 1992 ISBN 0-88677-503-5 The first book in The Renshai Trilogy. This trilogy is set in the world of Midgard (of Norse mythology) and incorporates the gods of Norse mythology: Odin, Thor, Sif, Loki, etc. Midgard is divided into four parts East, West, North, and South, each with a Wizard watching over them to preserve the balance of Good and Evil as decreed by Odin. But an ancient prophecy foretells of one of a tribe of Northmen (the Renshai, known to be incomparable warriors) that will bring about the destruction of Midgard and of many of the gods. The other tribes of northmen descend upon the tribe under cover of night and exterminate all but three, Episte, Rache and Colbey Calistinsson. This first book is the story of Rache, and his struggle to survive and find a home. The trilogy as a whole deals with the coming of the Ragnarok, and how it comes to pass. [6]
Renshai Chronicles 2 The Western Wizard 1992 [6]
Renshai Chronicles 3 Child of Thunder 1992 [6]
Short story "The Champion of Dragons" (Dragon Fantastic; A Dragon-Lover’s Treasury of the Fantastic; Dragons: The Greatest Stories; Dragon Fantastic) 1992 [6]
Short story "The Gray God's Challenge" (The Gods of War) 1992 [6]
Legend of Nightfall 1 The Legend of Nightfall 1993 [6]
Novel The Unknown Soldier 1994 [6]
Short story "Honor Is All" (The Dragons of Krynn) 1994 [6]
Renshai Chronicles 4 Beyond Ragnarok 1995 [6]
Short story "Shadow Storm" (Superheroes) 1995 [6]
Short story "The Night of Howling" (Werewolves) 1995 [6]
Short story "Who Killed Humpty Dumpty?" (Fantastic Alice) 1995 [6]
Renshai Chronicles 5 Prince of Demons 1996 [6]
Short story "Freedom" (Future Net) 1996 [6]
Short story "Changeling" (Elf Fantastic) 1997 [6]
Short story "A Herald’s Honor" (Sword of Ice and Other Tales of Valdemar) 1997 [6]
Short story "Capricorn Blues" (Zodiac Fantastic) 1997 [6]
Short story "The Bane of Trigeminy" (Wizard Fantastic) 1997 [6]
Renshai Chronicles 6 The Children of Wrath 1998 [6]
Novel Spirit Fox 1998 With Jennifer Wingert [6]
Short story "The Road to Vengeance" (Warrior Princesses) 1998 [6]
Short story "Alaric’s Gift" (Battle Magic) 1998 [6]
Short story "Cycle of Horror" (Mob Magic) 1998 [6]
Short story "Kings’ Quest" (Legends: Tales from the Eternal Archives #1) 1999 [6]
The Bifrost Guardians 6 The Bifrost Guardians #1 (Omnibus, 1+2+3) 2000 [6]
The Bifrost Guardians 7 The Bifrost Guardians #2 (Omnibus, 4+5) 2000 [6]
Novel Flightless Falcon 2000 [6]
Short story "Curse of the Dellingrs" (Spell Fantastic) 2000 [6]
Beasts of Barakhai 1 The Beasts of Barakhai 2001 [6]
Short story "Darkness Comes Together" (Assassin Fantastic) 2001 [6]
Short story "Personals Wishes" (Single White Vampire Seeks Same) 2001 [6]
Short story "The Sea God’s Servant" (Oceans of Magic) 2001 [6]
Short story "Every Life Should Have Nine Cats" (A Constellation of Cats) 2001 [6]
Beasts of Barakhai 2 The Lost Dragons of Barakhai 2002 [6]
Short story "Squire Thorian’s Trial" (Knight Fantastic) 2002 [6]
Short story "Nightfall’s Promise" (Fantasy: DAW 30th Anniversary) 2002 [6]
Short story "Devil Drums" (Vengeance Fantastic) 2002 [6]
Short story "Home Is Where the Hate Is" (Thieves’ World: Turning Points) 2002 [6]
Short story "Flanking Maneuver" (Apprentice Fantastic) 2002 [6]
Short story "Let Our People Go" (Pharaoh Fantastic) 2002 [6]
Beasts of Barakhai 3 The Books of Barakhai (Omnibus, 1+2) 2003 [6]
Short story "A Herald’s Rescue" (Sun In Glory: and Other Tales of Valdemar) 2003 [6]
Legend of Nightfall 2 The Return of Nightfall 2004 [6]
Novel A Time to Die 2004 [6]
Short story "All the Virtues" (Sirius: The Dog Star) 2004 [6]
Short story "Reach for the Sky" (Masters of Fantasy) 2004 [6]
Short story "Deadly Ritual" (Thieves’ World: Enemies of Fortune; Enemies of Fortune) 2004 [6]
Short story "Heart’s Desire" (You Bet Your Planet) 2005 [6]
Short story "Red Star Prophecy" (In the Shadow of Evil) 2005 [6]
Short story "All the Pigs’ Houses" (Magic Tails) 2005 [6]
Short story "In His Own Image" (Millennium 3001) 2006 [6]
Short story "Battle of Wits" (Fantasy Gone Wrong) 2006 [6]
Short story "Iowa Under Siege" (Army of the Fantastic) 2007 [6]
Short story "Dreams of Mountain Clover" (Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar) 2008 [6]
Renshai Chronicles 7 Flight of the Renshai 2009 [6]
I, Robot 1 I, Robot: To Protect 2011 Originally Robots and Chaos [5][6]
I, Robot 2 I, Robot: To Obey 2013 ISBN 978-0451464828
ISBN 978-0451416889
Renshai Chronicles 8 Fields of Wrath: A Renshai Novel 2015
I, Robot 3 I, Robot: To Preserve 2016 [5]
Renshai Chronicles 9 The Immortal Renshai 2018


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  2. ^ Nesvisky, Matt (April 7, 1995). "Never judge a book by its cover, or its title". Jerusalem Post. And dont forget Mickey Zucker Reichert's Beyond Ragnarok with this intriguing description... p. 4. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
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  4. ^ a b c "Area author continues works of Isaac Asimov". Kalona News. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
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  8. ^ Isaac Asimov's I Robot: To Obey. ASIN 0451416880.