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The stunning conclusion to the Twilight War! One of the Forgotten Realms world's most compelling villains--the Archwizards of Shade--have come down from their flying city with their sights set on the merchant realm of Sembia. They come in the guise of allies, but have invasion and empire as their ultimate aim. The fate of Sembia may be sealed, but Erevis Cale still has a shocking destiny that will end in his destruction--if he's lucky. This trilogy brings about major changes to the Forgotten Realms setting.From the Paperback edition.
[from inside flaps] "Southmarch Castle is about to be caught between two implacable enemies, the ancient, immortal Qar and the insane god-king, the Autarch of Xis. Meanwhile, its two young defenders, the king's children Princess Briony and Prince Barrick, are both trapped far away from home and fighting for their lives. Barrick is lost behind the Shadow line, facing all the terrible dangers and mysteries of that magical twilight land. Briony is alone in a treacherous foreign court, struggling to survive with no weapon left to her but her wits. And in the midst of all this, something unbelievable is awakening underneath Southmarch, something powerful and terrible that the world has not seen for thousands of years. In this third volume Barrick and Briony, along with Qinnitan--the Autarch's desperate, escaped slave--a loyal soldier named Ferras Vansen, and a tiny handful of other folk, ordinary and extraordinary, must find a way to save their world, or else witness the rise of a terrible new age--an age of unending darkness."
He was only a beginner shaman but Sam Verner had to find a cure to ward off the curse on his sister. But something went wrong...
Elves, Orks, Mages and lethal Dragons find a home in a world where technology and human flesh have melded into deadly urban predators. And the multinational mega-corporations hoard the only thing of real value-information.
Wolfgang Kies is a shadowrunner with a secret. His only ally is Dr. Richard Raven, the elf and do-gooder vigilante Seattle turns to when all else fails. Together they are the only force strong enough to battle crime kingpin Etienne La Plante.
A compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds, by Robin McKinley, the Newbery-winning author of The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, as well as the classic fantasy titles Beauty, Chalice, Spindle's End, Pegasus and Sunshine<P><P> Maggie knows something's off about Val, her mom's new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won't have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But--more importantly--what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie's great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.<P> Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. He's from Oldworld too--and he's heard of Maggie's stepfather, and has a guess about Val's shadows. Maggie doesn't want to know... until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage.<P> In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. And although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggie's discovering the world will need both to survive.
An anthology of short horror stories including:<P> Introduction · Charles L. Grant<P> Saturday's Shadow · William F. Nolan<P> Night Visions · Jack Dann<P> The Spring· Manly Wade Wellman<P> Valentine · Janet Fox<P> Mackintosh Willy · Ramsey Campbell<P> Dragon Sunday · Ruth Berman<P> The White King's Dream · Elizabeth A. Lynn<P> The Chair · Alan Dean Foster & Jane Cozart<P> Clocks · Barry N. Malzberg & Bill Pronzini<P> Holly, Don't Tell · Juleen Brantingham <P> The Old Man's Will · Lee Wells<P> The Closing Off of Old Doors · Peter D. Pautz<P> Dead End · Richard Christian Matheson<P> Seasons of Belief · Michael Bishop<P> Petey · T. E. D. Klein<P>
Wings of death are spreading over the world of Kornagy and Kyril's mission on Earth is to find the cause. While here, she meets the beautiful but lonely Kathryn, who has been yearning for a deep and enduring love with just such a woman as Kyril. But to her horror, Kathryn learns that her darkly exotic new lover has been sent to Earth to save her own dying vampire world...
Reap the Shadow, Slay the Light I don't know what I am, but I'm not human. . . and neither are the creatures that killed my mom. Running will only carry me so far because there's a darkness within me, ready to destroy me, and a burning light, begging for escape. It's the light that screams to my pursuers and works them into a frenzy. Though the darkness might kill me, releasing the light might kill us all. . . WarWolf: Half breed Ema fights to suppress her werewolf emotions and deny her warlock powers. It isn't easy being a half-breed, but she is determined to slide through life unnoticed by either group. When the warlock leaders team up with humans to force paranormal registration, Ema believes she must choose between her two unwanted worlds. An unexpected companion shows her not all emotions are bad, and power has its benefits. Moved "Werewolves are real but the legends are wrong. . . " It's the secret Gillian's father has tried to keep from her and the reason he's so overprotective. But, he goes too far when he exiles Gillian to a house in the middle of nowhere. Her new landlord, Racer, is more like a cute jailer who has strict orders to keep her safely trapped. Battle lines between independence and obligation are drawn as Gillian decides just how far she's willing to go to win back her freedom. And Racer needs to decide what he's willing to endure to keep her close.
The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive.Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she'd come to love.But she was wrong.Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don't trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive. Welcome to Shadows, the second book in the haunting apocalyptic Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters.
Old ways are pitted against new horrors in this compellingly crafted dystopian tale about a girl who is both healer and seer.Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet--especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world. Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to Plague, but that doesn't mean she's safe--government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cassandra and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerilla warriors--and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken her under her wing, and the tribal leader's son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument.... Incorporating the traditions of the First Peoples as well as the more familiar stories of Greek mythology and Arthurian legend, Shadows Cast by Stars is a haunting, beautifully written story that breathes new life into ancient customs.
#1 New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole introduces The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist, a new paranormal romance collection following the royal bloodline of Dacia, a vampire kingdom hidden within the Lore of the Immortals After Dark. Shadow's Claim features Prince Trehan, a ruthless master assassin who will do anything to possess Bettina, his beautiful Sorceress mate, even compete for her hand in a blood-sport tournament-to the death. HE WON'T BE DENIED Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people, striking in the night, quietly executing any threat to their realm. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself-until he beholds Bettina, the sheltered ward of two of the Lore's most fearsome villains. SHE'S BOUND TO ANOTHER Desperate to earn her guardians' approval after a life-shattering mistake, young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails-even though she's lost her heart to another. Yet one lethal competitor, a mysterious cloaked swordsman, invades her dreams, tempting her with forbidden pleasure. A BATTLE FOR HER BODY AND SOUL Even if Trehan can survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina's heart is yet to come. And unleashing a millennium's worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away-or stoke Bettina's own desires to a fever pitch. . . .
Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over: new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?
For three years, Miranda Grey-Solomon has kept her role as Vampire Queen of the South separate from her Grammy-winning music career. But now, her dual lives are starting to collide, threatening everything Miranda and David, her Prime, have worked for. The entire Signet Council has descended upon Austin, bringing with it Prime James Hart of the Northeast. But Miranda and David receive an unexpected offer of help from David's sire with knowledge that may be their salvation-or their doom.
A Supercomputer Brain in a 15-Year-Old's Body... Meet Raven, The Most Dangerous Teenager In The World... Tomorrow has come. And now, in 24th-century London, the CPS, a secret government agency, is on a mission to seek and destroy the Hex-human mutants with supercomputer minds. Raven is next on their list. Soon she will be in their hands... Raven and her brother Wraith have rescued their sister Revenge. Now the CPS and the tyrannical, repressive European Federation have declared all-out war. But as Raven battles her captors, who will lead the Hex? It is up to Wraith to forge a union between the Hex and the rebel group Anglecynn. But can newcomer Ali lead the fragile alliance into a battle beyond her wildest dreams and rescue Raven before it is too late?
Ender's Shadow explores the stars in this all-new novel... At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth's scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten--a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth's history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come. For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wonders--the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship's colony.
The Toa's mission takes them to new heights . . .The Toa Nuva have returned and must continue their quest to awaken the Great Spirit Mata Nui. With new armor that allows them to soar in the sky, the Toa begin a journey that will lead them to a mysterious city in the clouds. When they arrive a battle is already raging, will the Toa choose the right side?
A land of death and shadow where only the strongest survive. Yet that is where Caim must go to follow the mystery at the heart of his life. Armed only with his knives and his companions, he plunges into a world of eternal night where the sun is never seen and every hand is turned against him. Caim has buried his father's sword and found some measure of peace, but deep in the north an unfathomable power lies waiting. To succeed on this mission, Caim will have to do more than just survive. He must face the Shadow's Master. With this novel, Jon Sprunk brings his action-packed trilogy to an epic conclusion.
After his previous three books, Betancourt continues the story of Corwin's father in this new book.
Love and magic triumph over evil in two sizzling holiday novellas. CHRISTINE FEEHAN "Rocky Mountain Miracle" When Cole Steele, a womanizer rumored to have killed his father, meets Maia Armstrong, a veterinarian rumored to practice magic, the sparks that fly could melt all the snow on his Wyoming ranch. And when an injured horse brings them together, Cole can't help but believe that Maia casts spells on animals and men. What else could explain the burning passion he feels for her and the thawing of his heart around the holidays? SUSAN SIZEMORE "A Touch of Harry" When the injured wolf Dr. Marjorie Piper takes back to her kennel turns into a man, Marj is stunned, and keeps his subsequent escape a secret. The only thing more difficult to hide is the burning desire she feels for Harrison Blethyin, a stranger in town who brings out her animal instincts. But when Marj and Harry join forces to find a pack of runaway teens before Christmas, truths are revealed that will bind their souls together forever.
It was the eve of the Time of Troubles. The chaos of spilled blood, lawless strife, monsters unleashed, and avatars roaming Faerûn was still to come. Unbeknownst to mortals, the gods had been summoned together, and among them was Mystra, grown proud and willful in the passing eons. With the others, she was about to be stripped of her godhood. The secret of her power gave her an idea. She made certain preparations, looking always for one who would be her successor . . . But until that person's ascension, her power must be preserved. A lone mortal must carry the greater share of her divine energy until the power could be reclaimed, and it was the fate of this mortal to risk being destroyed or driven wild, involuntarily and without warning. This was the occaision of Elminster's Doom.
Chloe Kingsley expected to wake up in 1997; instead, fate and a rip in the fabric of time-space are sending Chloe to a mysterious ancient culture, another woman's body, and an enormous test of her love for Cheftu the physician. In Aztlan, an advanced civilization set on a volcanic isle in the Aegean, Chloe becomes Sibylla, a prophetess about to enter the political arena and ceremonial bull rings of a dazzling, decadent kingdom. Soon enmeshed in a royal power struggle and a contest to become the consort of Phoebus Apollo, a charismatic young prince, Chloe is threatened by palace schemes and deadly passions. Though her outward appearance is changed, undeniable love draws Chloe and Cheftu together again. Visions of a terrifying catastrophe inspire Chloe and Cheftu to desperately try to save Aztlan from utter destruction. But already the rumblings of doom are shaking a glorious culture that created labyrinths and a new panoply of gods, as two lovers, sworn to be together for eternity, are torn apart by cruel rituals, twisted ambition ... and heinous murder.--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Gabriel is a 500-year-old vampire with the soul of a Killer. He has defeated his mother in a battle for Baltimore, now he has to face his father in Philadelphia for an old, old betrayal.
Racing against time, three companions embark on separate, far-reaching quests. Elli must outwit a wrathful dragon and a deadly assassin on her search for a powerful crystal; Scree must confront the darkest secrets of his own past, and Tamwyn must journey into the heartwood of Avalon itself to discover the path to the highest branches -- a path leading all the way to the stars.<P> To succeed, they will need to solve Avalon's most elusive mysteries. And they will need to travel vast distances, both in their world and in their hearts.
Shadows Over Lyra (Omnibus of the First Three Lyra Novels: Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches, The Harp of Imach Thyssel)by Patricia C. Wrede
Shadow Magic: Alethia of Alkyra was too practical a princess to believe in Shee and Wyrds and Shadow-born--until they reached out and changed her life. Daughter of Witches: Magic is death in Drinn. And the three strangers who come to Ranira's inn are definitely magic. So why does she link her destiny to theirs? The Harp of Imach Thyssel: Music to make the Shee weep and power to bring a dying man to life again--that's the magic of the Harp. But the cost may be higher than Emereck the minstrel is willing to pay. Plus, original to this volume: "Perspectives on Early Lyran History: A Monograph," an overview of Lyran history by Kirala Jeseca, A.S.H.