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Might this be Sorcerer's Legacy by Janny Wurts, published in 1989? It is a standalone book. It was published around the time you suggested. And both the cover and this plot summary from bookswithoutanypictures.com seem to match your description very well: The basic premise is this: a woman named Elienne has sex with her husband. She’s pregnant, but doesn’t ...


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Since this hasn't collected an accepted answer yet, I'm going to suggest another possibility might be The Jargoon Pard (1974) by Andre Norton. It's definitely a young-adult novel, with no overt gore, sex, or gratuitous violence. The hero, Kethan, is nominally the heir to the keep Car Do Prawn, but in this he is supported only by his mother Lady Heroise and ...


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The book is Dragon Run by Patrick Matthews. Testing Day is supposed to be a day of celebration for Al Pilgrommor. Born into a wealthy family, he expects to follow in his successful father's footsteps. Of course, that all depends on the rank number Al receives at the testing. The higher the rank he has tattooed onto his neck, the better his life will be. To ...


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This is Coils by Roger Zelazny. The protagonist was once part of a group of "special" people created or found by a government agency for "special operations" -- but someone he got cashiered and his memory wiped. One of the catch-words that repeats when the protagonist is applying his mental connection to anything digital (which is ...


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The only famous science fiction or fantasy works set in a real or virtual Christian Hell that I can think of (at least the only ones since Dante's Inferno or Milton's Paradise Lost) is Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Inferno (1976) and its sequel Escape From Hell (2009). However, I haven't read either so I don't know how much they might possibly resemble ...


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This sounds a lot like Pendragon by D.J. MacHale published from 2002 to 2009. The first point that screamed out at me was the jumping through portals to save the timeline. The protagonist, Bobby Pendragon, was trained to become a Traveler by his uncle, a group of worm-hole travelling warriors who travel between different "Territories". In the book ...


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Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. It was published in 2011, and is the first book in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. The main character is a teenager named Karou, who lives a double life as an art student in Prague, and an errand girl for an "inhuman creature" named Brimstone, who runs a shop in another dimension. In general,...


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I'm having a great deal of difficulty digging up details on these books, and I don't own them (I borrowed them from a cousin in 1985) but I suspect you may be thinking of Doom Star (1978) and Doom Star Number Two (1979) by Richard S. Meyers. At the beginning of the first book the Black Hole has a crew of two: captain Larry Baker, a cyborg and his partner ...


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This might be Sorcery Rising (2002) by Jude Fisher (Jane Johnson). The goddess would be Falla, goddess of fire: Instead, they prayed to some fire deity, a creature-a woman-rumored to have come walking naked out of a volcano in the Golden Mountains, unscathed by the lava, leading a great cat on a silver chain. Falla the Merciful-that's what they called her ...


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I'm looking for a book with a somewhat similar scene right now and just before clicking the link to this page was directed towards Rowan of Rin as a possible match. It turns out it's not the one I'm looking for, but sounds like it could be the one you remember. Note in particular the descriptions of chapters 10-12 in this summary, which include a cave with a ...


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I think this is Ledgard: Musuh Dari Balik Kabut (which translates as Ledgard: The Enemy From Behind the Fog) by W.D. Yoga, published in 2005. Ifarett's three soldiers: Nash, Rhavi, and Deedek the Centaur have a special task, which is to take Vasthi, the daughter of the leader of the Kaloon nation, back to his home. After they died, it turned out that ...


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I believe you are looking for Isekai de Cheat Skill wo Te ni Shita Ore wa, Genjitsu Sekai wo mo Musou Suru ~Level Up wa Jinsei wo Kaeta~, or I Got a Cheat Ability in a Different World, and Became Extraordinary Even in the Real World. I'm basing this answer off of a manga I found with the same plot, that has a light novel of the same name. In the first ...


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The Conquered Earth by J. Barton Mitchell, launched in 2012 with the novel Midnight City. From Goodreads: Earth has been conquered by an alien race known as the Assembly. The human adult population is gone, having succumbed to the Tone---a powerful, telepathic super-signal broadcast across the planet that reduces them to a state of complete subservience. ...


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Firebird by Peter Morwood, the second book in the Tales of Old Russia trilogy. Published in 1992. Second book in a trilogy. Story is set in "Old Mother Russia", and there's at least one reference to the "Polish-Prussian border". Main protagonists are a Russian prince and his wife. Main antagonists are the Teutonic Knights (a German ...


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That seems to be Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum from Jules Verne. In Jules Verne's story, a princess from India dies and her 500 million are given to a French doctor and a German professor. The Frenchman builds a city with modern standards, and the German builds a city with huge steel production and cannons. As described in the question, the German ...


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Is sounds like Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond E. Feist. It is the 4th in a series that starts with Magician The Pantathian Lizard people are basically a death cult trying to bring their 'gods' (an race called the Valheru - Dragon Lords) back into the world. They pretend to be a foretold Moredhel (dark elf) leader to lead a war to capture Sethanon to ...


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Is it possible this is The Legacy of Lehr (1986) by Katherine Kurtz? I don't remember the infinite dimensions bit, but the plot involves transporting 4 large blue psychic cats, and a series of murders that occur. The summary from Google books: The interstellar cruiser Valkyrie has been ordered to take an unexpected detour from its normal route to pick up ...


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Another novel that features explorers modified to work in an environment with oxygenated liquid flowing through their lungs, rather than air, is As On a Darkling Plain, by Ben Bova. It is an interesting piece of hard science fiction, although the chapter about the liquid-breathing explorers (chapter 5, "The Jupiter Mission") is largely ...


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This sounds very much like the "Time Takers" series by Andrew Saxon - humans are collected from different times in history (the protagonist is from our time, but there are also ancient Romans, Atlanteans, and people from a post-apocalyptic future, etc.) By the second book "Taming a Planet" (which is a generation later) they have tamed ...


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Possibly Ghost House, by Alexandra Adornetto? Barnes & Noble description: After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a ...


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This sounds like I Became the Villain's Mother. A woman is summoned into a novel she's previously read, and is placed in the role of the villain's stepmother. At the point in the novel she arrives in, the villain is still a boy, but she knows he's fated to kill her when he's older, so she resolves to change his future by guiding him in a better direction. ...


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If you're wrong about the purpose being for diving, most of the rest of what your describing matches Joe Haldeman's The Forever War (1973). In the story the soldiers of Mandella's unit are implanted with a fitting near their hip for the removal of a fluorocarbon breathing liquid. The purpose, however, isn't for diving, it's so they can be put into suits and ...


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Could it be Semiosis by Sue Burke? I didn't read it myself but I took your question as a challenge for searching the web. Edit After having posted the answer I noticed you said having read it "many years ago"; thus the answer wouldn't fit.


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Abacabax by Mike Naylor has a pretty impressive and original magic system where people do mathematics to do magic. There's four families in a class system, each with a different method of calculating. The whole world is built on a fractal, and the system of magic is believable. What's extra cool is in the appendix is instructions to use all of these systems, ...


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Sounds like "The Last Space Ship" by Murray Leinster, published in 1949. In the remote future, galaxy has been colonized by humans: time ago, spaceships have been scrapped because they've been supplanted by instant teleport as the common means of travel. The problem is, teleport stations are controlled by the government. People who have been ...


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Another possibility is ‘’Earthsearch’’ by James Follett: http://www.james-follett.co.uk/earthsearch.html


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I don't know how close it is, but this reminds me of Robert Silverberg's young adult novel Across a Billion Years (1969). The hero, Tom Rice, is a graduate student of archeology, joining his first field expedition to investigate some precursor remains. He uses recording cubes to send "letters" to his sister back on Earth. Of course, since he's the ...


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This could possibly be End of Exile (1975) by Ben Bova, the last novel of his Exiles trilogy. The novel follows Linc, one of a group of teenagers born on and living in a spacecraft that is meant to carry them from Earth to a habitable planet, although the teens are not really aware of their circumstances. They live and farm in the outer sections of the ...


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The Demon Breed by James H. Schmitz http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?2121 The alien Parahuans had previously tried invading the human space empire, but were thrown back. Humiliated, they invented the ridiculous "Tuvula theory" to salve their egos. It postulates a hidden organization of humans with superhuman powers who caused the invasion to ...


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The story is called Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater Rhodes,


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