Tanith Lee (1947-2015) was a prolific British SF writer, who wrote over 70 novels and over 200 short stories. Her works include science fiction, fantasy, and horror, for adults and for children.

Her first novel, ''Literature/TheDragonHoard'' (1971), is a comic fantasy that takes the mickey out a wide range of {{fairy tale}} and {{mythology}} tropes while telling the story of how Prince Jasleth was forced to go on a quest after his family was cursed by a sorceress who wasn't invited to his birthday party. Other notable works for younger readers include ''Literature/TheUnicornTrilogy'' (1991-1997) and the ''Piratica'' series (2004-2007).

Lee's first novel for adults was ''The Birthgrave'' (1975), which was nominated for a UsefulNotes/NebulaAward. Other notable works for adults include ''The Silver Metal Lover'' (1981); the ''Literature/BitingTheSun'' duet (1976-1977); and the ''Flat Earth'' cycle (1978-1986).

Tanith Lee also wrote two episodes of the 1970s science fiction TV series ''Series/BlakesSeven''.

!!Works by Tanith Lee with their own trope page include:
* ''Literature/BitingTheSun'' Duet (''Don't Bite the Sun'' and ''Drinking Sapphire Wine'')
* ''Literature/TheClaidiJournals'' (''Wolf Tower'', ''Wolf Star'', ''Wolf Queen'', and ''Wolf Wing'')
* ''Literature/TheDragonHoard''
* ''Literature/TheUnicornTrilogy'' (''Black Unicorn'', ''Gold Unicorn'', and ''Red Unicorn'')
* ''Literature/WhiteAsSnow''
!!Tanith Lee's other work provides examples of:

* AwesomeMcCoolname: Tanith Lee.
* AbusiveParents: Jane's mother in ''The Silver Metal Lover''.
* BerserkButton: In ''Vivia'', Vaddix was in peace negotiations with a defeated enemy when one of the disarming soldiers [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace accidentally discharged his crossbow]], killing Vaddix's horse. He crucified the lot of them right there and then.
* BodyToJewel: In the ''Flat Earth'' series, Ferazhin, who was created from a flower, has tears that turn into gems.
* ChariotRace: ''Vazkor, Son of Vazkor'', aka ''Shadowfire'', has a chariot race that's an obvious homage to ''Film/BenHur''.
* CityOfCanals: ''The Books of Venus''.
* ClothingDamage / DefeatByModesty: Vivia [[spoiler: hides inside the flames after an attempt to burn her at the stake only succeeded in reducing her clothes to ash]].
* CountryMatters: In case the brutal murders were not enough to tell the readers that Vivia's father is a nasty man, he also swears a lot and calls his underlings rude words.
* CryForTheDevil: "The Demoness"
* DeadAllAlong: Parl Dro in ''To Kill the Dead''.
* DealWithTheDevil: Beautifully deconstructed in the short story "Sold". A woman with serious medical and financial problems calls on the devil, asking if he would ''really'' give her health, wealth, beauty, and long life in exchange for her soul. [[spoiler:When he replies in the affirmative, she calls off the deal: all she really wanted was proof that she had a soul and that it was worth something.]]
* HellHasNewManagement: In ''Death's Mistress'', the Queen of Hell was a human princess who ousted Death from his throne instead of serving him for 1000 years. Death decided he liked roaming the Earth, but the inhabitants of Hell want him to come back.
* DiseaseBleach: Felix Phoenix of ''Piratica'' used to have dark hair, until years in a workhouse as a child turned his hair white.
* {{Expy}}: In ''Kill the Dead'', Parl Dro and Myal Lemyal are notorious expies of Avon (played by Paul Darrow) and Vila Restal from ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
* FisherKing: In ''Death's Master'', Narasen's kingdom is cursed to be as barren as she was. After her death, she returns and reinvokes the curse in jealous revenge, contaminating the land with the poison that killed her.
* GenderBender: One of the main characters of ''Death's Master'', the second novel in the Flat Earth fantasy series, is this.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The Lords of Darkness in the ''Flat Earth'' series are personifications of human ideas such as Death and Madness, and most would cease to exist without human belief; the first Lord, the personification of Wickedness, is stated to be older than humanity, but it's implied even he would be diminished without humans around. The Gods themselves don't seem to care one bit whether humans die or not, and regard a very real threat to humanity with a nonchalant shrug.
* {{Grimmification}}: Some of her fairy tale retellings.
* HauntedFetter: In ''Kill the Dead'', ghosts have an item from their previous life that links them to this plane. If the item is damaged or destroyed the ghost is sent to its final destination.
* HumansAreBastards: To ''Vivia''
* TheHunter: Steel in "Eva Fairdeath"
* HornyDevils: "The Demoness" [[spoiler: Sex with the title character leaves men completely insane. Made all the more tragic by the fact that she doesn't really understand what she is most of the time.]]
* ImNotAfraidOfYou: In ''Companions on the Road'', three mercenaries involved in sacking a castle are pursued by the vengeful spirits of people killed there. The ghosts invade their sleep and kill them in nightmares; but when the last remaining member of the group realizes that he pities the ghosts more than he fears them, they vanish.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: In the ''Piratica'' books, this is practically a signature move for Art and her pirate crew. [[spoiler:Almost all of them are actually actors, and have only been trained in stage combat.]]
* TheInsomniac: In ''Companions on the Road'', the main character is in danger from ghosts that kill in dreams, and so does everything possible to stay awake, including using drugs. After a few days, he's in terrible shape, exhausted and thinking confusedly, though not delusional.
* InterspeciesRomance: ''The Silver Metal Lover'' and its sequel, ''Metallic Love'', in which, you guessed it, girl falls in love with robot.
* IstanbulNotConstantinople: ''The Secret Books of Paradys'' are set in an alternate Paris, while ''The Secret Books of Venus'' are set in an alternate Venice. She also refers to the "Remusan Empire" in ''Cyrion''.
* LadyLand: In ''East of Midnight'', a charming rogue unwittingly travels from a male-dominated world to a parallel female-dominated one, in which he happens to resemble the consort of the (female) Moon King.
* LifeDrain: In ''Death's Master'' (from the "Flat Earth" cycle), there's a wizard who takes on an apprentice and charges only one fee for his lessons: he gets to bugger the kid every night. When the apprentice finally quits, the wizard reveals that the sex was draining off years of his life (which were transferred to the wizard); and that to add insult to injury, for the few years left of the boy's life, he will act more like the lustful old wizard himself.
* OrificeInvasion: Featured in a story about a demon that takes possession of humans via their orifices.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: ''Vivia''
* PerspectiveFlip: ''Red As Blood: Tales from the Sisters Grimmer''
* PirateGirl: The Piratica series.
* PowerPerversionPotential: A vampire demonstrates in ''Vivia''.
* QuestForIdentity: ''The Birthgrave'', ''Prince on a White Horse''
* SexBot: In ''The Silver Metal Lover'' (and its sequel, ''Metallic Love''), a corporation comes out with a line of male and female humanoid robots in various metallic skin tones; they're advertised as "artists" (golds specialize in acting, silvers in music, coppers in dance) and though they ''can'' do those things, everyone seems to assume that they're really intended as sex bots and the other capabilities are just frills. Kind of a robotic HighClassCallGirl.
* ShowWithinAShow: The entirety of [[spoiler: Electric Forest]], which isn't revealed until [[TheEndingChangesEverything the final chapter]] that completely turns the preceding events upside-down and purple, creating a last minute MindScrew while simultaneously acting as a MindScrewdriver.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: "Strindberg's Ghost Sonata"
* SpookyPhotographs: "Yellow and Red"
* TakenForGranite: The witch in ''Prince on a White Horse'' has an annoying habit of paralysing people at random, fortunately temporarily.
* TalkingAnimal: In ''Prince on a White Horse'', the Prince has reason to suspect that the horse can talk, but the horse says he can't.
* TomatoInTheMirror: ''Sabella'', ''Kill the Dead''
* TwiceToldTale: Many, including all the stories in ''Red As Blood: Tales from the Sisters Grimmer'', and ''Sung in Shadow'' (a reimagining of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'').
* VaginaDentata: "The Weasel Bride"
* WickedStepmother:
** Subverted in "Red As Blood", a retelling of "Snow White" in which the stepmother is trying to save the day.
** Subverted majorly in "The Reason For Not Going To The Ball" [[spoiler: Turning her stepdaughter into a scullery maid was to shield her from the notice of her molester father. The story/letter is to offer her stepdaughter a safe home and a way to escape the prince, a man who'd make the Marquis de Sade proud -- the reason for trying to prevent her from going to the ball in the first place.]]
* WonderChild: In one of the Flat Earth books, the lady who wants a child has a date with an angel. They kiss, and she is told she'll conceive the next time she and her husband are together; she does, and thereby hangs the tale.
** The woman encountered a beautifull man who's essentially an air elemental variation. He tries to warn her off, but she's not having any of it and steals a kiss from him...leading him to giver her the warning. The resulting child has a touch of the supernatural and besides being unusually beautiful, she has eyes that change colour according to her moods.