MagicQuest was an early attempt to create a publishing line of Young Adult Fantasy novels. The series launched in 1984, published by Ace/Tempo Books, and consisted of twenty books in total.
I confess that I never much liked the "MagicQuest" name or logo (which came from the Tempo marketing department), but I was very pleased to have the chance to put this line together, and the books themselves were wonderful.
In those pre-Harry Potter days, however, many educators, librarians, reviewers, and parents still had grave doubts about the value of modern fantasy fiction -- so it was an uphill struggle to get magical fiction, aside from a few annointed classics, into young readers' hands.
Things have changed dramatically since then (thank you, J.K. Rowling), and it's truly a pleasure to see YA Fantasy thriving. I'm also pleased to see that most of the old MagicQuest selections are back in print again from various publishers, enchanting new generations.
The MagicQuest Series:
- The Throme of the Erril of Sherill by Patricia A. McKillip
- The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
- The Seventh Swan by Nicholas Stuart Gray
- The Ash Staff by Paul R. Fisher
- Tulku by Peter Dickinson
- The Dragon Hoard by Tanith Lee
- The Hawks of Fellheath by Paul R. Fisher
- The Magic Three of Solatia by Jane Yolen
- The Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones
- The Princess and the Thorn by Paul R. Fisher
- Time Piper by Delia Huddy
- The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones
- Mont Cant Gold by Paul R. Fisher
- East of Midnight by Tanith Lee
- The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope
- The Last Days at the Edge of the World by Brian Stableford*
- The Wild Hunt of the Ghost Hounds by Penelope Lively*
- A Traveler in Time by Allison Uttley*
- The Devil on the Road by Robert Westall*
- Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede*
*The final five books, though intended for MagicQuest, came out under the Ace Adult Fantasy label (which I also edited at the time) when it became clear that our Young Adult Fantasy line simply wasn't selling. Other coming-of-age books that would have been most at home in a YA Fantasy line (The Secret Country Trilogy by Pamela Dean, The Oran Trilogy by Midori Snyder, etc.) were also published in the Ace adult line...waiting for the field of YA Fantasy to take off.