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In the 1970s, Sabina Kane was a rookie assassin looking for first big kill. But when the day finally comes to prove her skills to the Dominae, she finds herself shadowing Slade Corbin, a more experienced assassin with a huge chip on his shoulder. Together, they must track down a blackmailer who's threatening to expose the existence of vampires to the world. Will Sabina and Slade be able to find the blackmailer in time, and, more important, will they be able to get through the mission without killing each other? Word count: ~18,000
GENOCIDE - IN THE NAME OF LOVEAcross the planet, only a handful of giant, overcrowded, doomed cities exist - cities like Norcal, where multiple marriages are recommended and drug-taking is encouraged.Across the planet, everyone waits for the reclamation of a lost technology that can save them. Everyone, that is, except for the members of the Order of St Jerome in Norcal. The Order of St Jerome believes in peace, in morality, in two-person marriages and old-fashioned values. The trouble is, in the name of love the Order of St Jerome has decided to sacrifice the Earth...
Ranking alongside George R. R. Martin as a groundbreaking master of fantasy, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb delivers the second book in her long-awaited Fitz and the Fool trilogy.The harrowing adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer and his enigmatic friend the Fool continue in Robin Hobb's triumphant follow-up to Fool's Assassin. But Fool's Quest is more than just a sequel. With the artistry and imagination her fans have come to expect, Hobb builds masterfully on all that has gone before, revealing devastating secrets and shocking conspiracies that cast a dark shadow over the history of Fitz and his world--a shadow that now stretches to darken all future hope.Long ago, Fitz and the Fool changed the world, bringing back the magic of dragons and securing both the Farseer succession and the stability of the kingdom. Or so they thought. But now the Fool is near death, maimed by mysterious pale-skinned figures whose plans for world domination hinge upon the powers the Fool may share with Fitz's own daughter. Distracted by the Fool's perilous health, and swept up against his will in the intrigues of the royal court, Fitz lets down his guard . . . and in a horrible instant, his world is undone and his beloved daughter stolen away by those who would use her as they had once sought to use the Fool--as a weapon.But FitzChivalry Farseer is not without weapons of his own. An ancient magic still lives in his veins. And though he may have let his skills as royal assassin diminish over the years, such things, once learned, are not so easily forgotten.Now enemies and friends alike are about to learn that nothing is more dangerous than a man who has nothing left to lose.Praise for Robin Hobb and Fool's Assassin"Fantasy as it ought to be written."--George R. R. Martin"Hobb knows the complicated workings of the wayward human heart, and she takes time to depict them in her tale, to tell her story sweetly, insistently, compellingly. . . . A book meant to be inhabited rather than run through."--The Seattle Times"[FitzChivalry Farseer is] one of the best characters in fantasy literature."--Fantasy Book Review"[Hobb's] prose sparkles, her characters leap off the page."--Tor.com"Modern fantasy at its irresistible best."--The Guardian"Fantastic . . . emotionally rich storytelling."--Library Journal (starred review)From the Hardcover edition.
To Galactic Patroller Aaron Fischer, the gilded and golden musician known as the Queen of Hearts had been a single lucky draw in a loser's lifetime. But for the queen herself, whose ability to beat out the timeless rhythms of the universe had earned her acclaim as the best cuber in the galaxy, there was only one way to win at life's gamble. She would free her deadly alter-ego from the orbiting prison known as "The Underworld" and play the hand fate had dealt her--then let the consequences scatter across the milky way like exploding stars ... She is the Queen of Hearts, the stellar performer whose ability to beat out the timeless rhythms of the universe has earned her acclaim as the best cuber in the galaxy. And she wears the golden smile, the gilded face-paint which masks her true identity. Yet as the band, headed by her old friend the Magician, closes in on the orbiting penal colony known as the Underworld, the Queen of Hearts knows that this will be more than a one-night gig. For in the shadow of dark prison resides the one remaining link between the masked musician and her forgotten past. Incarcerated in the depths of the Under-world is Terra Viridian, the hollow-eyed visionary of apocalypse--and the murderer of more than fifteen hundred innocent people. Encased in the bubble of the experimental mind prober known as "The Dream Machine," Terra projects on to a screen the nightmarish sequence of images that make up her haunting future-vision: a molten red sun, an oval turned inward, a desert of amethyst sand. But as scientists scramble to decode Terra's devastating message, yet another image appears on the screen: Hearts ... red hearts ... the red hearts that licked at the golden skin like tongues of fire. In a stunning turnabout, Terra Viridian will have the opportunity to once again pursue the vision that has haunted her, a vision that hides a secret and a mystery vital to the lives of everyone on the Fool's Run.
In this New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a strange new life form threatens all of humanity, and only a fool would stand in its way Katmer Al Shei has done well with the starship Pasadena, cutting corners where necessary to keep her crew paid and her journeys profitable. But there are two things she will never skimp on: her crew--and her fool. For a long space journey, a certified Fool's Guild clown is essential, to amuse, excite, and otherwise distract the crew from the drudgeries of interstellar flight. Her newest fool, Evelyn Dobbs, is a talented jester. But does she have enough wit to save mankind? In the computers of the Pasadena, something is emerging. The highly sophisticated software that makes interstellar travel practical is playing host to a new form of artificial intelligence, one with its own mind, its own needs, and its own desperate fears. Combatting this terrifying new threat becomes the fool's secret fight. Evelyn Dobbs's personal war might just cost Katmer Al Shei everything, and everyone, she holds dear. But if they fail, humanity itself is lost for good.
Four centuries after humanity has colonized the galaxy, information freight companies are used as an alternative to electronic communication. On one of her frequent trips into deep space, Katmer Al-Shei, owner of one of the smaller information companies, is accused of smuggling artificial intelligence. When Al-Shei tries to clear her name, she uncovers conspiracy after conspiracy, all set against the backdrop of a looming war.
A lucid narration of a novel telling the tale of an alien incursion to Earth.
Overwhelmed by too many uncertainties, Dan tries to settle his affairs with his gypsy friends only to find himself in medieval York, England, in the middle of the Black Death.
Jack Conran can't imagine a better way to spend his summer than researching lions with his scientist father in Tanzania. He's thrilled when Dad invites him along on an expedition to the Witch's Pot, a storm-guarded and unexplored crater in the savanna. But when their plane goes down, Jack finds himself injured and alone in a wilderness teeming with hungry predators. Alone, that is, until he meets the mysterious creature who saved his life. Battling lions and the elements, Jack struggles to survive. But if he wants to return to civilization alive, Jack must first learn the fantastic secrets that nature-and his father-have been hiding. A fast-paced adventure of discovery and survival from New York Times bestselling author Petru Popescu.
The pueblo people who landed on the Fifth World found it Earthlike, empty, and ready for colonization . . . but a century later, they are about to meet the planet's owners One hundred years ago, Sand's ancestors made the long, one-way trip to the Fifth World, ready to work ceaselessly to terraform the planet. Descendants of native peoples like the Hopi and Zuni, they wanted to return to the way of life of their forebears, who honored the Kachina spirits. Now, though, many of the planet's inhabitants have begun to resent their grandparents' decision to strand them in this harsh and forbidding place, and some have turned away from the customs of the Well-Behaved People. Sand has her doubts, but she longs to believe that the Kachina live on beyond the stars and have been readying a new domain for her people. She may be right. Humans have discovered nine habitable worlds, all with life that shares a genetic code entirely alien to any on Earth. Someone has been seeding planets, bringing life to them. But no other sign of the ancient farmers has ever been discovered--until one day they return to the Fifth World. They do not like what they find.Originally written in 1994, Footsteps in the Sky is finally being released in digital form by Open Road Media.
Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has always managed to stay just ahead of trouble . . . until now.A fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, and no one living in or around Cincinnati--human, inhuman, or undead--is safe.An ancient artifact may be the key to stopping the murderer--a mysterious relic that is now in the hands of Rachel Morgan, fearless independent bounty hunter and reckless witch. But revealing it could ignite a battle to the death among the vast and varied local supernatural races.Rachel's been lucky so far. But even she can't hide from catastrophe forever.
Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has always managed to stay just ahead of trouble . . . until now. A fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, and no one living in or around Cincinnati--human, inhuman, or undead--is safe. An ancient artifact may be the key to stopping the murderer--a mysterious relic that is now in the hands of Rachel Morgan, fearless independent bounty hunter and reckless witch. But revealing it could ignite a battle to the death among the vast and varied local supernatural races. Rachel's been lucky so far. But even she can't hide from catastrophe forever.
In this humorous retelling of Andrew Lang's "Puddocky," a young maiden who has been transformed into a toad by a jealous fairy relies on her newly honed magical abilities to charm a prince into marriage.
A quest of hidden shadows, old gods, and immense power - and the battle for Britain continues!Elen believed nothing could withstand her retribution against her family's killer. The daughter of a Welsh chieftain, Elen would wield her growing powers to destroy her enemy and win back her lands. But then she learned of the power behind the invader - the fearsome sorceress Morgaine, who'd vowed to destroy Camelot . . .Rather than attack Elen directly, Morgaine created an elaborate plan to cause Elen to betray all she held dear, including her new ally, the High King. Still holding fast to hope, facing deadly foes seen and unseen, Elen traveled through the wild mountains to find a magical weapon to strike down the sorceress. Sir Geraint, her only companion, would risk life and love to complete their quest - but never honor. Yet will Elen choose honor and the future over revenge and a shattered past?
Sir Geraint of the Round Trouble is a quiet man, trusted but not honored. Elen of the West Lands is heir to a lineage of magic and danger. Together they must find a way to liberate a lost country from a dread enchantment and win an impossible love.
It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology. Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth-an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go. But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret-one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever. Inspired by Jane Austen's persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.
I'm Eddie Drood. AKA Shaman Bond, a member of the Drood family. We Droods have been holding back the forces of darkness for generations. It's a hell of a job--and we're good at it... But now, the Droods have hit a bad patch, what with the death of our Matriarch and the discovery that she was killed by one of our own. It's left us in more than a bit of disarray, and it goes without saying that those forces of darkness are taking advantage of the situation. There's a Satanic Conspiracy brewing--one that could throw humanity directly into the clutches of the Biggest of the Big Bads, forever. Things are looking grim--and here I am, not able to be of any help. On account of I'm dead... .
Book 6 of Incarnations of Immortality
He was just a freckle-faced, redheaded kid with green eyes and a strangely campelling stare when Mather Mastiff first saw him an the auctioneer's block. One hundred credits and he was hers.For years the old woman was his only family. She loved him, fed him, taught him everything she knew -- even let him keep the deadly flying snake he called Pip.Then Mother Mastiff mysteriously disappeared and Flinx took Pip to tail her kidnappers. Across the forests and swamps of the winged world called Moth, their only weapons were Pip's venom . . . and Flinx's unusual Talents.From the Paperback edition.
He was just a freckle-faced, redheaded kid with green eyes and a strangely campelling stare when Mather Mastiff first saw him an the auctioneer's block. One hundred credits and he was hers. For years the old woman was his only family. She loved him, fed him, taught him everything she knew -- even let him keep the deadly flying snake he called Pip.Then Mother Mastiff mysteriously disappeared and Flinx took Pip to tail her kidnappers. Across the forests and swamps of the winged world called Moth, their only weapons were Pip's venom . . . and Flinx's unusual Talents. From the Paperback edition.
You're only a hero until your next battle. Legion General Bill Booly knows that peace is just a pause between wars. He's just crushed one uprising, and now a new rebellion is already brewing on a remote world light years away--spawning a web of terrorism that is close enough to catch the vulnerable Confederacy in its grasp.
On the backward planet of LaNor, a band of Legionnaires is trapped in a mire of interstellar intrigue between the Ramanthians, Confederacy, and local primitive natives.
The story of a mother and son, and the relationship that lasts a lifetime and beyond. What would you do if you could spend 1 day with a lost loved one?
"Steamy, sensual, and dangerous...Dark and delicious."--Fresh Fiction on The Goblin King In a Faraway Land... There lived a man who was trapped--his only companions a horde of goblins consumed by their lust for gold. He thought he was lost forever, thought that no one would ever remember he'd been noble. A Fearless Warrior. Now he has been thrust into the human world once again, but so much has changed. How can he ever be rid of the darkness after so long in the Shadowlands? It Starts with Dreams of a Castle... And a woman who takes his breath away and makes him forget the pain of his past. He knows he must protecet her at all costs. And perhaps in saving her, he can finally learn to love again. Praise for The Goblin King: "Shona Husk put together an amazing story about loss, love, redemption, and discovery."--Night Owl Reviews Top Pick "A wonderfully dark and sensual fairy tale."--Jessa Slade, author of Seduced by Shadows
Chorkle and its human friends Hollins, twins Becky and Nicki, and Little Gus (who is now lobbying to be called Medium Gus) have been warped to a strange new galaxy. When Kalac is stranded on neighboring planet Kyral, the gang takes matters into its own hands (and thol'grazes) and sets off on a daring rescue mission. Along the way, they'll befriend a whole new species and form some very unlikely alliances, all while navigating bizarre and dangerous terrain. Can they manage to save Kalac? Or are they doomed to warp through the galaxy forever? With brilliant prose and unforgettable characters, For the Love of Gelo is filled with adventure, laughs, and a ton of heart. "O'Donnell's debut is an imaginative, smart and laugh-out-loud adventure. Chorkle is charming, and its alien perspective on the human invaders and the ensuing culture clash never falters."--Kirkus
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