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In the third volume of this astonishing Nebula Award-nominated fantasy series, the many plot strands created in the first two novels become more tightly interwoven--as the time of the cataclysm nears when people and places long sundered by magic will once again reside in the same time and universe... "The best thus far...I can now honestly say I am rabid for the next book." --B&N Explorations Praise for the Crown of Stars series: "Well-thought-out, well-structured, and well-crafted... There's a bone-deep reality to the world." --Fantasy & Science Fiction "Elliott's new high fantasy... proves an entirely captivating affair...a resounding narrative revolving around three appealing characters." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The fourth volume in Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series, Child of Flame takes us far beyond the borders of Wendar and Varre...as Alain is drawn into the heart of an ancient conflict between humankind and their dread enemy, the Cursed Ones; Liath faces her most difficult trial in a land of exile; and Sanglant struggles to warn Henry about a dark conspiracy of sorcerers.
Cat Barahal and her beloved cousin Bee think they have reached a safe place to shelter. But the Cold Mages who are conspiring to take them prisoner are closing in. The warlord who hopes to conquer all Europa is convinced their destiny is to aid him, whether they want to or not. And the man Cat was forced to marry is back, as vainly arrogant and annoyingly handsome as ever.Worst of all, as Hallows' Night approaches, powers hidden deep within the spirit world are rising. Cat must seek allies against these threats and figure out who to trust, for if she makes the wrong choices, she'll lose everything.Only one thing is certain. When Hallows' Night comes the Wild Hunt will ride - and it feeds on mortal blood.
From one of the genre's finest writers comes a bold new epic fantasy in which science and magic are locked in a deadly struggle.It is the dawn of a new age... The Industrial Revolution has begun, factories are springing up across the country, and new technologies are transforming in the cities. But the old ways do not die easy.Cat and Bee are part of this revolution. Young women at college, learning of the science that will shape their future and ignorant of the magics that rule their families. But all of that will change when the Cold Mages come for Cat. New dangers lurk around every corner and hidden threats menace her every move. If blood can't be trusted, who can you trust?
The fantastic conclusion to the Spiritwalker trilogy! Trouble, treachery, and magic just won't stop plaguing Cat Barahal. The Master of the Wild Hunt has stolen her husband Andevai. The ruler of the Taino kingdom blames her for his mother's murder. The infamous General Camjiata insists she join his army to help defeat the cold mages who rule Europa. An enraged fire mage wants to kill her. And Cat, her cousin Bee, and her half-brother Rory, aren't even back in Europa yet, where revolution is burning up the streets.Revolutions to plot. Enemies to crush. Handsome men to rescue.Cat and Bee have their work cut out for them.
King Henry's kingdom has been ravaged by internecine warfare, in a conflict that has been both long and bloody. Furthermore, the spell holding the exiled Ashioi from the world has failed, and the land, ravaged by the fury of their return, is only now showing signs of recovery. Sanglant is struggling to legitimise his leadership as the returned Ashioi are planning war, and Stronghand has begun a march of conquest into the heart of Sanglant's realm. Adelheid and Antonia have made an unholy alliance, and Sabella and Duke Conrad are moving to seize Sanglant's crown. Cultures, religions, and races are clashing in what will be the ultimate struggle for control of this strange new world.
from the book jacket As Crown of Stars opens, the land is just beginning to recover from the great cataclysm brought on by the return of the lost Aoi land from the aether to the earth from which it was spell-cast so many hundreds of years ago. The sun can once again be glimpsed in the sky, the earthquakes and devastatingly unnatural storms have ended. But far too much has been lost or transformed. New alliances are forming even as old allies have departed for their own lands. And while Sanglant struggles to legitimize not only his own rulership but Liath's status as his wife and consort, others are leaguing against him.... The Aoi, seeking to raise distrust and start conflicts among the humans, are carrying out random attacks while implicating Sanglant as their leader.... Liath, setting out on a mission in search of forbidden magics, is unexpectedly beset by enemies she may not be able to withstand.... Stronghand is on a march of conquest that will inevitably lead into the heart of Sanglant's realm.... Adelheid has made an unholy alliance with the treacherous Antonia, who, with the deadly galla at her command, is prepared to strike at Liath, Sanglant, or anyone who threatens her plans.... Sabella and Duke Conrad have also marshaled their forces and are moving to seize the crown from Sanglant.... And Alain must take his own stand against the Lady of Battles if he is to have any hope of redeeming this war- and magic-torn world....
In the second book of Kate Elliott's Novels of the Jaran, Tess Soerensen is pulled between two powerful men--her brother and her husband--and their competing revolutionsOn the planet Rhui, the nomadic tribes of the jaran are uniting the settled cities of their homeland one by one. Their charismatic leader, Ilya Bakhtiian, has his loyal wife by his side, but there is something about her he doesn't know: Tess Soerensen is a human. And not just any human--back home, her brother, Charles, led an unsuccessful revolt against the all-powerful Chapalii empire. Even though Charles was later made a duke in the Chapalii system, his revolutionary bent has not faded, and he is traveling to Rhui to locate Tess and uncover precious information about a past insurgency. Charles's insistence that Tess join him is as strong as Ilya's reluctance to part with his beloved wife--and neither considers that Tess may have her own plans for the future. As three fiercely independent spirits struggle for a solution, the fates of both the human race and the jaran hang in the balance. An Earthly Crown is the second volume of the Novels of the Jaran, which also include Jaran, His Conquering Sword, and The Law of Becoming.
Fifth in the Nebula Award-nominated series. The time of cataclysm is almost here when the land of the Aoi-cast forth from the world long centuries ago by an unimaginably powerful spell-weaving-will at last return to its starting point with disastrous consequences...
In Tira Verte births, marriages, treaties and all official documents are painted, not written. The paintings by certain males of the Grijalva family are also magical. This book tells the story of one such painter-magician's obsession with power, with life, and with a love he can never claim.
Following the events of An Earthly Crown, the jaran conquest of Rhui intensifies as rebel hearts simmer with conflicting loyaltiesAcross Rhui, the jaran have been taking over towns and bending all non-jaran to the law of their rule. With Ilya Bakhtiian in charge, the nomadic fighters are now preparing an assault on the royal city of Karkand. But within the campaign, another struggle looms. Ilya's wife, Tess, is not from Rhui, but from Earth, and her brother, Charles, is a duke of the empire that includes Rhui, even though he once instigated a rebellion against it. Still driven by thoughts of a human revolt, Charles travels to Rhui for key information about the past, hoping to bring back his sister--his only heir. Does she want to passively abide by either man's plan for her, though, and is any challenge to the ancient and mighty Chapalii realistic?His Conquering Sword is the third volume of the Novels of the Jaran, which begin with Jaran and An Earthly Crown and conclude with The Law of Becoming.
The world of Liath and Alain is breaking apart as King Henry's kingdom is savaged by earthly and supernatural forces, which they alone have the power to understand. The Eika warriors thirst for the King's land and power, their enmity sealed by generations of blood. Bitter in-fighting within King Henry's court and the ceaseless attrition of raiders also weaken his reign. Those who remain true must stay strong as the shadow of the Cursed Ones falls, and the spell holding the exiled from the planet fails. Liath must force her wild sorcery to maturity and Sanglant, her husband and King Henry's heir, must struggle to hold the realm together. The twin destinies of Liath and Alain may yet avert the destruction written in the stars.
The cataclysm that has threatened for centuries has finally occurred. The lost land of the Aoi has returned to the earth from which it was cast forth into the aether millennia ago. Whether anyone can survive the devastating aftermath remains to be seen. As tsunamis, earthquakes, and firestorms reshape the very land and seas, darkness descends everywhere. With the war for empire totally disrupted, all sides must regroup. And though the battle for survival must be the primary focus of all concerned, there are always those eager to seize power no matter the cost. Though King Henry demanded with his ast breath that Prince Sanglant accept his crown, there are many who may refuse to honor the dying king's wish. Liath, Sanglant's wife, has been excommunicated by the church and unless he agrees to put her aside, his own aunt, Mother Scholastica, is threatening to interdict Sanglant and all who follow him. And though he and Liath long to search for their missing daughter, Blessing, the demands of statecraft hold them hostage to Sanglant's newly constituted court. Henry's wife, Adelheid, is determined to regain control of their empire. But she has let Antonia proclaim herself the new skopos, the Holy Mother who rules over all of the church. And Antonia has already proved herself an extremely dangerous ally, ready to use any means and anyone to fulfill her own ambitions. The Aoi, newly returned from exile, are divided between those who seek only to rebuild and the warriors determined to claim revenge against the humans. Stronghand, too, is consolidating his gains for his combined EikaIAlban empire, bent on further conquests, drawn in part by the bond he still shares with Alain. And even as Liath seeks out the forbidden magic that could bring back the light of day, spelling the difference between life and extinction, new alliances are forming and old ones being abandoned. Only time will tell who--if anyone--will emerge triumphant as cultures, religions, and races clash in the ultimate struggle for control of this strange new world ...
The first book of Kate Elliott's epic Novels of the Jaran, set in an alien-controlled galaxy where a young woman seeks to find her own life and love, but is tied to her brother's revolutionary fateIn the future, Earth is just one of the planets ruled by the vast Chapalii empire. The volatility of these alien overlords is something with which Tess Soerensen is all too familiar. Her brother, Charles, rebelled against them at one time and was rewarded by being elevated into their interstellar system--yet there is reason to believe they murdered his and Tess's parents.Struggling to find her place in the world and still mending a broken heart, Tess sneaks aboard a shuttle bound for Rhui, one of her brother's planets. On the ground, she joins up with the native jaran people, becoming immersed in their nomadic society and customs while also attempting to get to the bottom of a smuggling scheme she encountered on her journey there. As she grows ever closer to the charismatic jaran ruler, Ilya--who is inflamed by an urgent mission of his own--Tess must choose between her feelings for him and her loyalty to her brother.Jaran is the first volume of the Novels of the Jaran, which continue with An Earthly Crown, His Conquering Sword, and The Law of Becoming.
"From one of Fantasy's shining new lights comes this first volume in a magnificent epic set in a richly realized land and culture where bloody rebellion may soon destroy the kingdom, while sorcerous confrontations and the secret workings of an otherworldly race could transform the very land into a place in which no mortal was ever meant to dwell. " "It begins with the threat of civil war. For though King Henry still holds the crown of Wendar, his reign has long been contested by his sister Sabella. There are many eager to flock to her banner, whether from their belief in her cause or the hope of personal gain. And there are ways to bring others under her command, methods to make even the most unwilling lord into a weapon pointed at the very heart of Henry's realm. " "Torn by internal strife, Wendar also faces deadly raids from the north by an inhuman race, the Eika, and from the east by the "winged" riders, the Qumans. And terrifying portents are being seen by many; old ruins restored to life under the light of the full moon and peopled by the long vanished Lost Ones; dark spirits walking the land in broad daylight. " "And suddenly two innocents - Alain, a young man who may find his future in a vision granted by the Lady of Battles, and Liath, a young woman with the power to change the course of history if she can only learn to master her fear and seize what is rightfully hers - are about to be thrust into the midst of the conflict. "--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
King's Dragon is a 530 page so-called epic fantasy novel written by the popular author Kate Elliott and first published in 1997. The work was a Nebula finalist for the best novel of the year. It is the first volume of an extensive series by Elliott entitled Crown of Stars. Remaining Books in series are in order: Prince of Dogs, The Burning Stone, Child of Flame, The Gathering Storm, In the Ruins, and Crown of Stars. DAW Books's summary of King's Dragon reads as follows: From one of Fantasy's shining new lights comes #11;this first volume in a magnificent epic set in #11;a richly realized land and culture where bloody #11;rebellion may soon destroy the kingdom, while#11;sorcerous confrontations and the secret #11;workings of an otherworldly race could transform #11;the very land into a place in which no mortal #11;was ever meant to dwell. It begins with the threat of civil war. For though#11;King Henry still holds the crown of Wendar,#11;his reign has long been contested by his #11;sister Sabella. There are many eager to flock to#11;her banner, whether from their belief in her#11;cause or the hope of personal gain. And there are#11;ways to bring others under her command,#11;methods to make even the most unwilling lord #11;into a weapon pointed at the very heart of #11;Henry's realm. Torn by internal strife, Wendar also faces#11;deadly raids from the north by an inhuman race,#11;the Eika, and from the east by the "winged"#11;riders, the Qumans. And terrifying portents are#11;being seen by many; old ruins restored to life#11;under the light of the full moon and peopled by #11;the long vanished Lost Ones; dark spirits walking#11;the land in broad daylight. And suddenly two innocents-Alain, a young man#11;who may find his future in a vision granted by the #11;Lady of Battles, and Liath, a young woman with#11;the power to change the course of history if #11;she can only learn to master her fear and seize #11;what is rightfully hers-are about to be thrust into #11;the midst of the conflict.
Transported to a magic-filled alternate world, a newlywed couple must find the treasure hidden in a labyrinth city if they ever wish to return homeWith marriage comes change, and for Sanjay and Chryse, that change is literally world altering. After their wedding reception, they accidentally drop a gift--a pack of special tarot cards--onto an elevator floor. The cards scatter, the lights go out, and all at once, they find themselves transported to Anglia. It's a strange parallel world not unlike Victorian England, but matriarchal in nature and shaped by powerful sorcery.While fleeing a riot in the streets, the pair is rescued by aristocrats Julian and Kate, the first of many new friends and adventures. To get home, they must find a treasure in the labyrinth city of Pariam--a quest that becomes ever more daunting as it attracts the attention of the evil Princess Blessa. Wonderfully conceived and full of memorable characters, The Labyrinth Gate is vibrant fantasy on every level.
In this electrifying finale to Kate Elliott's Novels of the Jaran, the fight against the alien Chapalii empire comes to an exhilarating end.Charles Soerensen is the human who dared to take on the powerful Chapalii empire. When his plot for a revolt failed, instead of being punished he received a high-ranking title and authority over a whole system of planets--but this did nothing to change his revolutionary inclinations. In this final book, the story of Tess, Ilya, and Charles comes to its stunning conclusion as new generations get involved in the intrigue, Earth's exiled jaran people resurface, and the Chapalii overlords make one last, unexpected move.The Law of Becoming is the final volume of the Novels of the Jaran, which begin with Jaran, An Earthly Crown, and His Conquering Sword.
A special four-in-one edition of Kate Elliott's sweeping and addictive Jaran seriesIn Jaran, the Earth of the future is just one of the planets ruled by the vast Chapalii empire. The volatility of these alien overlords is something with which Tess Soerensen is all too familiar. Her brother, Charles, rebelled against them and was rewarded by being elevated into their interstellar system. Struggling to find her place in the world, Tess sneaks aboard a shuttle bound for Rhui, one of her brother's planets. On the ground, she joins up with the native jaran people, becoming immersed in their nomadic society and customs. As she grows ever closer to the charismatic jaran ruler, Ilya--who is inflamed by an urgent mission of his own--Tess must choose between her feelings for him and her loyalty to her brother.In An Earthly Crown, the nomadic tribes of the jaran are uniting the settled cities of their homeland one by one. Their charismatic leader, Ilya Bakhtiian, has his loyal wife by his side, but there is something about her he doesn't know: Tess Soerensen is a human. Back home, her brother, Charles, led an unsuccessful revolt against the all-powerful Chapalii empire. Charles's insistence that Tess join him is as strong as Ilya's reluctance to part with his beloved wife--and neither considers that Tess may have her own plans for the future. As three fiercely independent spirits struggle for a solution, the fates of both the human race and the jaran hang in the balance.In His Conquering Sword, the jaran have been taking over towns and bending all non-jaran to the law of their rule. With Ilya Bakhtiian in charge, the nomadic fighters are now preparing an assault on the royal city of Karkand. But within the campaign, another struggle looms. Charles, the brother of Ilya's wife, Tess, is still driven by thoughts of revolt. Charles travels to Rhui for key information about the past, hoping to bring back his sister--his only heir.And in The Law of Becoming, Charles Soerensen's revolutionary inclinations have been reignited. In this final book, the story of Tess, Ilya, and Charles comes to its stunning conclusion as new generations get involved in the intrigue, Earth's exiled jaran people resurface, and the Chapalii overlords make one last, unexpected move.
In the crackling first book of Kate Elliott's Highroad trilogy, strong-spirited Lily Ransome leaves her home planet--and the life she's always known--to rescue an abducted friendWillful as well as physically brave, Lily Ransome is dissatisfied by the options available to her on Unruli: She can either join her family's lucrative mining business or begin procreating. When Heredes, her beloved martial arts instructor, tutor, and father figure, is kidnapped by alien bounty hunters, Lily spurns the expectations of her home planet and ventures into space to find him. Befriending a persecuted minority class of humans called the Ridani, she becomes involved in an intergalactic rebellion and finds love in an unexpected place--as well as true strength within herself.A Passage of Stars is the first book of the Highroad trilogy, which continues with Revolution's Shore and The Price of Ransom.
In the epic conclusion to Kate Elliott's Highroad trilogy, Lily Ransome and the members of the Forlorn Hope are driven through the cosmos on a mission to find the fabled highroad--the place where humanity was bornLily Ransome forsook her conventional fate on the planet of Unruli for swashbuckling adventure among the stars. She has been embroiled in a cosmic rebellion and--with a lively band of outcasts and pirates--gone to war against a vicious empire. But in the wake of that battle, Lily and her crew are abandoned by the very force they fought to support. With nowhere else to go, they head toward the farthest reaches of space to find the worlds where humankind first began. But what awaits them when they get there? In this breathtaking finale, the value of liberty has no limit.The Price of Ransom is the final book of the Highroad trilogy, which begins with A Passage of Stars and Revolution's Shore.
Kate Elliott's KING'S DRAGON launched a magnificent new epic fantasy. Now, with PRINCE OF DOGS, one of the most exciting fantasy series of recent years continues . . . Sanglant - the prince of dogs, King Henry's bastard son - is being held captive in the city of Gent by Bloodheart, The Eika warlord. Liath, now one of the King's Eagles - and still grieving over the loss of Sanglant - is desperately trying to unlock the secrets of her own past. Unless she masters her powers she may prove a grave danger to everyone, herself included. Alain, now proclaimed a Count's heir, is increasingly troubled by visions of the enemy he befriended and the Lady of Battles whom he's sworn to serve. And Fifth Brother, least favoured son of Bloodheart, has returned to the lands of his own people to unite the scattered tribes and build an army to do his father's bidding. While King Henry continues this progress through his troubled realm, Sanglant, Liath, Alain and Fifth Brother fight their own individual battles. Only time will tell who will prove triumphant as all of them are caught up in the dangers and turmoil of a world at war . . .
A fight for the triumphancy amongst King Henry, Sanglant, Liath, Alain, and the fifth son where they are caught up in the dangers and turmoil of a world at war.
In the second volume of the Highroad trilogy, plucky interstellar adventurer Lily Ransome sets out with a ragtag group to defeat a cruel empire bent on consuming the universeLilyaka Hae Ransome grew up on the colonized planet of Unruli. Strong-willed and with a warrior's spirit, she broke free of her preordained life as part of a privileged mining family, choosing instead to venture into space in search of her missing martial arts instructor and mentor, Heredes. The journey took her into the maw of an explosive revolution where she became involved in an intergalactic rebellion and found love in an unexpected place--as well as true strength within herself. Now, as a tyrannical empire flexes its muscle in the universe, Lily and the charismatic, not-quite-human Hawk must band together with a motley crew of unforgettable characters, engaging in a conflict in which honor, love, and freedom are all at stake.Revolution's Shore is the second book of the Highroad trilogy, which begins with A Passage of Stars and concludes with The Price of Ransom.
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