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Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Italian Renaissance, this alternate history takes place in a world where real faith-based magic exists. Our hero is Damiano Dalstrego. He is a wizard's son, an alchemist, and the heir to dark magics. But he is also an innocent, a young scholar and musician befriended by the Archangel Raphael, who instructs him in the lute. To save his beloved city from war, Damiano leaves his cloistered life and sets out on a pilgrimage, seeking the aid of the powerful sorceress Saara as he walks the narrow path between light and shadow, accompanied only by his talking dog. But his road is filled with betrayal, disillusionment, and death, and Damiano is forced to confront his dark heritage, unleashing the hellish force of his awesome powers to protect those he loves. The further volumes of this tale are Damiano's Lute and Raphael.
Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Italian Renaissance, this alternate history takes place in a world where faith-based magic exists In Damiano, our hero is Damiano Dalstrego. He is a wizard's son, an alchemist, and the heir to dark magics. But he is also an innocent, a young scholar and musician befriended by the Archangel Raphael, who instructs him in the lute. To save his beloved city from war, Damiano leaves his cloistered life and sets out on a pilgrimage, seeking the aid of the powerful sorceress Saara as he walks the narrow path between light and shadow, accompanied only by his talking dog. But his road is filled with betrayal, disillusionment, and death, and Damiano is forced to confront his dark heritage, unleashing the hellish force of his awesome powers to protect those he loves. In Damiano's Lute, shattered by the demonic fury of his dark powers, Damiano Delstrego has forsaken his magical heritage to live as a mortal man. Accompanied only by the guidance of the Archangel Raphael, the chidings of a brash young rogue, and the memory of a beautiful pagan witch, Damiano journeys across a plague-ridden French countryside in search of peace. But the Father of Lies reaches out once again to grasp him. And to save himself from the hellish destiny that awaits, Damiano must challenge the greatest forces of darkness, armed only with the power of his love and the music of his lute. In Raphael, weakened by his contact with mortals, the Archangel Raphael falls prey to his brother Lucifer, who strips him of his angelic powers. Sold in the Moorish slave markets, confused and humbled by his sudden humanity, Raphael finds his only solace in the friendship of the dark-skinned Berber woman Djoura and the spiritual guardianship of his former pupil Damiano Delstrego. Accompanied by the rakish Gaspare and an ancient black dragon, Damiano's beloved Saara embarks on a quest to rescue Raphael. Their odyssey leads them to a shattering confrontation with the Father of Lies and a transcendent reckoning with destiny. Blending humor, pathos, adventure, and romance, R. A. MacAvoy's trilogy has evoked admiration and praise from writers and readers. Collected in one volume, this is a magnificent, moving saga you will never forget.
This novel is a sequel to Damiano. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Italian Renaissance, this alternate history takes place in a world where real faith-based magic exists. Our hero is Damiano Dalstrego. He is a wizard's son, an alchemist and the heir to dark magics. Shattered by the demonic fury of his dark powers, Damiano Delstrego has forsaken his magical heritage to live as a mortal man. Accompanied only by the guidance of the Archnagel Raphael, the chidings of a brash young rogue, and the memory of a beautiful pagan witch, Damiano journeys across a plague-ridden French countryside in search of peace. But the Father of Lies reaches out once again to grasp him. And to save himself from the hellish destiny that awaits him, Damiano must challenge the greatest forces of darkness, armed only with the power of his love and the music of his lute. The final volume of this story is Raphael.
After being disgraced and wrongly imprisoned, special military operative Jake Hatcher finds himself standing watch against an unimaginable threat to humanity. For he?s about to discover that the streets of New York City have become a secret battleground between forces he cannot comprehend. .
Sprung from prison to serve as bodyguard to a world-renowned reclusive industrialist, Londoner Marty Strauss knows the job isn't going to be easy. But what he finds surpasses his wildest nightmares.
ALREADY OPTIONED FOR FILM BY LEGENDARY PICTURES (Inception, the Dark Knight movies, Interstellar) From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist, called "smart, thrilling, utterly unnerving" by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, comes a spine-tingling supernatural thriller about a survivor of a near-death experience haunted by his beautiful, vindictive twin sister.Most people who have a near-death experience come back alone... After he survived a fire that claimed the life of his twin sister, Ashleigh, Danny Orchard wrote a bestselling memoir about going to Heaven and back. But despite the resulting fame and fortune, he's never been able to enjoy his second chance at life. Ash won't let him. In life, Danny's charming and magnetic twin had been a budding psychopath who privately terrorized her family--and death hasn't changed her wicked ways. Ash has haunted Danny for twenty years and now, just when he's met the love of his life and has a chance at real happiness, she wants more than ever to punish him for being alive--so she sets her sights on Danny's new wife and stepson. Danny knows what Ash really wants is him, and he's prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save the ones he loves. But to do this, he'll have to meet his sister where she now resides--and hope that this time, he can keep her there forever.
From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist, called "smart, thrilling, utterly unnerving" by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, comes a spine-tingling supernatural thriller about a survivor of a near-death experience haunted by his beautiful, vindictive twin sister.Danny Orchard wrote a bestselling memoir about his near-death experience in a fire that claimed the life of his twin sister, Ashleigh, but despite the resulting fame and fortune he's never been able to enjoy his second chance at life. Ash won't let him.In life, Danny's charming and magnetic twin had been a budding psychopath who privately terrorized her family--and death hasn't changed her wicked ways. Ash has haunted Danny for twenty years and now, just when he's met the love of his life and has a chance at real happiness, she wants more than ever to punish him for being alive--so she sets her sights on Danny's new wife and stepson.Danny knows what Ash really wants is him, and he's prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save the ones he loves. The question is: will he make it back this time?
Damali Richards knows all about a blood rush. The kind that happened when she first went skin-to-skin with former vampire Carlos Rivera. Or the kind that happened on the streets of Philadelphia, when her crew took on the devil's own. Now, Damali, Carlos, and the Guardian team are recovering in the Arizona desert, trying to hold it all together and find out how much love, and how much war, they still need to make until the demon consort Lilith changes everything. The Damned are seeping out from below, and a new contagion is spreading simply by touch. For Damali and Carlos, time is running out. With Armageddon near, the ultimate truths lie strewn from a shaken underworld to the pristine mountains of Tibet, where the two lovers will approach a pinnacle of power--and the scintillating, shocking secret of salvation.
Is there something sinister about Madame Leona's dance troupe?When Melanie Clark's best friend, Pauline, dies in a car crash, the police write it off as an accident, but Melanie isn't so sure. Pauline was acting strange in the weeks before she died, and Melanie believes Pauline's dance teacher, Madame Leona, may have had something to do with that. In order to learn more about the mysterious hold Madame Leona has on her students, Melanie joins the teacher's prestigious dance group. She's determined to find out the truth behind Pauline's death--no matter what it takes. But as she becomes more involved, Melanie starts to forget why she joined in the first place, falling deeper and deeper under Madame Leona's spell. Can Melanie escape the woman's magnetic grip, or has she lost herself forever?
For the love of her vampire suitor, Karl, Charlotte has forsaken her human life. Now her only contact with humans is when she hunts them down to feed. Her thirst for blood repulses her but its fulfilment brings ecstasy.The one light in the shadows is the passion that burns between her and Karl. A love that it seems will last for eternity - until Karl's former lover, the seductively beautiful Katerina, is rescued from the Crystal Ring. For nearly fifty years she has lain, as dead, in the icy depths of the Weisskalt. Now she wants to reclaim her life ... and Karl. In despair, Charlotte turns to the prima ballerina Violette Lenoir, an ice maiden who only thaws when she dances. Charlotte is fascinated as she has been by no other human, longing to bring joy to the dancer. But her obsession opens the flood-gates to a far darker threat than the vampires could ever have imagined. For Violette is more than human and if she succumbs to the vampire's kiss it could unleash a new terror ...
From USA Today bestselling author David DalglishFEAR COMES IN THE HANDS OF PROPHETS...The final installment of the Shadowdance series finds Haern the Watcher returning to his beloved city of Veldaren, only to find it has collapsed into chaos. The Sun Guild has conquered the former thief guilds, destroying the peace Haern fought so hard to obtain. The Trifect is their next target, and Alyssa Gemcroft must reach out to whatever allies she can obtain, even if it means casting aside longtime friends. As the chaos grows, so does the power of the dark god Karak who lays siege to Veldaren. If the city falls, the world will suffer greatly. The legendary Thren Felhorn, broken, guileless, and rejected by his own son, holds the fate of the entire city in his hands. Unless Haern can stop his father, Thren will at last have the legacy of fire and destruction he has always desired. Father or son; some choices must be made in blood. Fantasy author David Dalglish spins a tale of retribution and darkness, and an underworld reaching for ultimate power. ShadowdanceA Dance of CloaksA Dance of BladesA Dance of MirrorsA Dance of ShadowsA Dance of GhostsA Dance of ChaosSeraphimSkybornFirebornShadowborn
Seemingly invincible since his transformation into a vampire, Jonathan Barrett must admit his own weakness when he unexpectedly meets a four-year-old boy who strangely resembles him. Armed with a powerful weapon to use against him, his love for his son, Jonathan's enemies have gained an advantage. The only hope for Jonathan and his child's survival lies in the return of the mysterious Nora Jones.
After falling in love with Justin Fier, Madeline is warned away from him by a young man no one else sees and an old woman everyone thinks is crazy. They tell her Justin is a man driven by an evil quest that destroys any woman who dares to love him. Is it too late? Can Madeline escape the curse of the Fears?
FBI Special Agent Pendergast lives! Following the New York Times bestselling Brimstone like a one-two punch, DANCE OF DEATH pits Pendergast against his most personal foe yet-his brother Diogenes. Praised as a 'ruthless descendant of Holmes' (Publishers Weekly), Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother. But how can he stop a man that is his intellectual equal-one who has had 20 years to plan the world's most horrendous crime?
Raven tries to shield her younger brother from the menacing Valentine Maxwell, even as she yearns to attend the prom with her immortal love, Alexander.
Zarek's Point of View:<P><P> Dark-Hunter: A soulless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. Yeah, right. The only part of that Code of Honor I got was eternity and solitude.<P> Insanity: A condition many say I suffer from after being alone for so long. But I don't suffer from my insanity-I enjoy every minute of it.<P> Trust: I can't trust anyone...not even myself. The only thing I trust in is my ability to do the wrong thing in any situation and to hurt anyone who gets in my way.<P> Truth: I endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, and 900 years as an exiled Dark-Hunter. Now I'm tired of enduring. I want the truth about what happened the night I was exiled-I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.<P> Astrid (Greek, meaning star): An exceptional woman who can see straight to the truth. Brave and strong, she is a point of light in the darkness. She touches me and I tremble. She smiles and my cold heart shatters.<P> Zarek: They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again. Made me want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?
Doreen Williamson is a quiet, shy librarian on Earth. Like many other young women, she is distrustful of her attractions, frightened of men, introverted in manner and sexually inhibited. She lives within a quiet, lonely, dissatisfying, sheltered, frustrated desperation, distant from her true self, her nature denied, her only friends books and her secret thoughts. In the realization and enactment of a profound fantasy, after acute self-conflict, she dares to study a form of dance in which she is at last free to move her body as a female, a form of dance in which she may revel in her beauty and womanhood, a form of dance historically commanded by masters of selected, suitable slaves: belly dance. She must then dance, for the first time, before men. In doing so, she discovers her own desirability and that she may be well bid upon. Rediscover this brilliantly imagined world where men are masters and women live to serve their every desire.
"Dancers in the Dark" is set in the Sookieverse and features Sean and Layla. Dancer Layla Rue Le May's childhood prepared her to handle just about anything, including her aloof partner, Sean McClendon, a three-hundred-year-old redheaded vampire. Even so, when she somehow acquires a stalker, Layla Rue is surprised to find that Sean is the only one she can trust. . . . Originally published in Night's Edge (HQN Books, October 2004) "The Britlingens Go to Hell" is set in the Sookieverse and features the vampires Dahlia and Taffy. Bodyguards Batanya and Clovache, previously introduced in All Together Dead, battle demons, wolfwomen, and two hellhounds guarding some unusual prisoners. Originally published in Must Love Hellhounds (Berkley, September 2009)
Remy Chandler 'is a character I can't wait to see again. '( Christopher Golden, bestselling author of The Lost Ones)Still mourning the loss of his wife, fallen angel Remy Chandler has immersed himself in investigating dangerous supernatural cases. His latest: the theft of a cache of ancient weaponry stolen from a collector who deals in antiquities of a dark and dubious nature. The weapons, Remy knows, were forged eons ago and imbued with unimaginable power. and if they fall into the wrong hands, they could be used to destroy not only Heaven but also Earth.
Remy chandler is an angel. Literally, He's also a private eye. Really. One of the seraphim -- heaven's mightiest angel warriors, Remy Chandler has chosen to forsake the glories of heaven and live on Earth. In this, the second in the Remy Chandler novels, Remy, still mourning the death of his wife, the love of his life, must find a cache of ancient weapons that can, if in the wrong hands, destroy the world.
Fact outstrips fiction in this anthology of real-life preternatural experiences witnessed and recorded by 75 master crafters of horror.
Can Noodle and Zeek stop international treasure hunters and rescue their town?The Danger Guys are at it again! During a trip to the beach, best friends Noodle and Zeek try to relax and have a quiet, danger-free afternoon. But trouble follows these boys wherever they go. Before they know it, Noodle and Zeek find themselves stranded on a sinking boat in the middle of the ocean. To escape, the boys jump on a surfboard and ride a giant wave to a nearby island. The island is where their town's founder, Captain May, was shipwrecked hundreds of years ago.Noodle and Zeek soon discover that treasure hunters are on the island, searching for Captain May's lost gold. But to find it, the hunters are going to blow the ship out of the water, which would cause a tidal wave big enough to destroy Mayville! With some quick thinking--and a little bit of help from some old friends--the boys fight to save their town from disaster.
The Danger Guys find themselves in a real-life scary movie, and the ending is up to themIt's Halloween, and best friends Noodle and Zeek have decided to make a horror movie in honor of the holiday. To show the boys how real films are made, Zeek's family takes them to Paragon, the oldest studio in Hollywood. During the tour, a huge lightning storm separates Noodle and Zeek from the rest of the group. The two boys suddenly find themselves in a world of famous sets and exciting props. It's the perfect location for their own movie!But it turns out that Paragon Studio has more than a little danger--and not just the staged kind. The lightning damaged the studio's central control center, and all the electronic props are now going crazy. Noodle and Zeek must battle an evil robot, a sneezing dinosaur, and a deadly mummy in order to find and warn Zeek's family. Little do they know that Zeek's family is also under attack! With some luck and a lot of movie drama, the Danger Guys show Paragon Studio what real heroes look like.
When an old nemesis reappears, Noodle and Zeek must save their town from a band of frozen cavemenBest friends Noodle and Zeek are on a skiing trip for Zeek's birthday when they uncover more than just snow hidden away in the mountain: The boys have stumbled across cave dwellers who are thousands of years old! But when Noodle and Zeek come across their old nemesis, the evil Mr. Vazny, the boys are shocked to learn that he plans to resurrect the cavemen and make them destroy Mayville.Once again, the boys must work together to take down Mr. Vazny and stop his wicked scheme. But what happens if one of the cavemen escapes? It's Noodle and Zeek to the rescue in this thrilling installment in the Danger Guys series.
A new, cool store at the mall, called It's About Time, is filled with all sorts of clocks, and a mysterious storekeeper named Chronos. He's a wizard who needs the reader's help in defusing a "time" bomb that will stop time forever if it explodes. Readers can choose from 20 spooky endings.
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