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A dread darkness is descending upon a great land called Midkemia-a powerful and malevolent race of monsters that has slipped through a hole in the dimensions. And two unlikely young heroes-a bastard heir denied his birthright and an irrepressible scoundrel with a penchant for thievery-must take up arms in the struggle to protect their besieged world...two friends chosen by Destiny to stand at the fore of the battle that is to come against the gargantuan reptile army of the terrible Emerald Queen.
From the book jacket: In what would be a.d. 600 in our history, the Roman Empire still stands, supported by the twin pillars of the Legions and Thaumaturges of Rome. Now the Emperor of the West, the Augustus Galen Atreus, will come to the aid of the Emperor of the East, the Augustus Heraclius, to lift the siege of Constantinople and carry a great war to the very doorstep of the Shahanshah of Persia. It is a war that will be fought with armies both conventional and magical, with bright swords and the darkest necromantic sorceries. Against this richly detailed canvas of alternate history and military strategy, novelist Thomas Harlan sets the fantastically intricate and moving stories of four people. Dwyrin MacDonald. a young Hibernian, is a scholarship student at a school of sorcery in Upper Egypt until he runs afoul of powerful political interests and is sent off half-trained to the Legions. His teacher, the Egyptian sorcerer Ahmet. learns of this expedient betrayal of his student. He abandons his post and his vows, and undertakes to follow Dwyrin and aid him-but their paths diverge, and Ahmet is drawn into service with the beautiful and powerful Silk Empress, the Queen of Palmyra. Thyatis Julia Clodia is a young Roman centurion, extensively trained by her patron in the arts of covert warfare. She and her team will be sent deep into Persian territory to foment rebellion in the occupied cities and countryside, and smooth the path for Galen's Legions. And Maxian Atreus is Galen's youngest brother, a physician and sorcerer. He is charged with overseeing the espionage activities of Thyatis' patron, but he has learned of a dreadful curse on the City and Empire, a spell that must be broken before Rome can triumph in this war. From the Eternal City to the deserts of Syria, from the ancient temples of the Egyptian gods to the home of the sacred flame of Ahura-Mazda, we are swept away on a grand and absorbing fantasy adventure that will leave readers gasping and cheering and waiting for more.
The #1 New York Times-bestselling sequel to A Discovery of Witches--"as enchanting, engrossing, and impossible to put down as its predecessor" (Miami Herald)<P> J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice--only a few writers capture the imagination the way that Deborah Harkness has with her New York Times-bestselling All Souls trilogy. A Discovery of Witches introduces reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.<P> Picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew's past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different--and vastly more dangerous--journey.
The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower, the rival star kingdoms of Mesa and Monica, and the bureaucrats of the Solarian League. The alliance stands to benefit if the Havenites defeat Manticore, and are preparing for a surprise attack from the rear to divide Manticore's forces, which are already strained nearly to their limits. With their captain, the young Manticoran officers will risk their careers, if not their lives, on an unauthorized mission to expose and counter the threat to their Star Kingdom. Follow their journey as they show what they're made of. New York Times best-selling author David Weber begins a new series that will be a must-buy for the hundreds of thousands of Honor Harrington fans.
Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else's. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children's gang and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older. Then he was discovered by the recruiters for the Battle School. For Earth was at war-a terrible war with an inscrutable alien enemy. A war that humanity was near to losing. But the long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth- they had time to train military geniuses up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high-orbital facility called the Battle School. That story is told in two books, the beloved clan Ender's Game, and its parallel, Ender's Shadow. Bean was the smallest student at the Battle School, but he became Ender Wiggin's right hand. Since then he has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he and his wife, Petra, yearn for a safe place to build a family-something he has never known-but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies: old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth. To find security, Bean and Petra must once again follow in Ender's footsteps. They must leave Earth behind, in the control of the Hegemon, and look to the stars.
In a novel of war between humans and aliens, a child warrior called Bean from the Battle School becomes the friend, confidant, strategist, and right-hand of Ender Wiggin.
His father murdered, his people scattered, he is friendless, nameless and alone; one surviving boy wandering the icy wastes of his homeland. By rights he should die, but he is the son of a Shaman and the elemental strength of his ancestors rests within. Soon that power will awaken.
In 1889, despite the superior firepower of the American military, the Indian nations of the Cheyenne Alliance have kept their lands free from the intrusion of industrialized society. Alternate history. Third in the Fallen Cloud series.
This first volume of a four-part fantasy series introduces the three Worlds, each with its own human species. Desperate and on the edge of extinction, a fourth species, the Charon, forever changes the balance between the Worlds. A young Sensitive comes into possession of the Mirror of Aachen, which can heal or destroy the rift between the Worlds.
A LOVE TOO DANGEROUS TO POSSESS Dana Gibbs, a biologist who specializes in wolf behavior, is in Arizona to join an investigative team looking into a series of mysterious deaths. Some people believe wolves are the killers. Dana knows better: there are no wolves in Arizona, not normal wolves anyway. And Dana doesn't believe in the supernatural ... until she meets Morgan Wilder. TOO IRRESISTIBLE TO LET GO A former psychiatrist now living alone in an isolated cabin, Morgan is a man tormented by a past he cannot erase or escape. When he rescues Dana during a spring blizzard, he carries her into the circle of his desire-and his secrets. As passion sweeps Dana and Morgan into an affair neither can resist, Dana begins to see a threatening side of Morgan that disturbs her. The good man she thinks she knows sleeps behind a barred door ... disappears when the moon is full ... and is cursed beyond redemption-unless he is saved from this evil by a woman's love.
Dena Nehele is a land decimated by its past. Once it was ruled by corrupt Queens who were wiped out when the land was cleansed of tainted Blood. Now, only one hundred Warlord Princes stand... without a leader and without hope. <P> Theran Grayhaven is the last of his line, desperate to find the key that reveals a treasure great enough to restore Dena Nehele. But first he needs to find a Queen who remembers the Blood's code of honour and lives by the Old Ways. Languishing in the Shadow Realm, Lady Cassidy is a Queen without a court, a cast-off. She is not beautiful. She thinks she is not strong. But when she is chosen to rule Dena Nehele, she must find a way to convince bitter men to serve once again . . . PRAISE FOR THE BLACK JEWELS NOVELS 'a fascinating dark world' Locus 'genuine gems of fantasy' SF Site 'lavishly sensual' Library Journal
The debut in a new epic military fantasy series-by New York Times bestselling author Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes.<P> The known world floats upon the Breath of God, a thick gas similar to Earth's oceans, with land masses accessible by airship. The largest of these land masses are ruled by the rival empires of Freya and Rosia. Magic is intrinsic to the functioning of these societies, and is even incorporated into their technological devices. But now a crucial scientific discovery has occurred that could destroy the balance of power-and change the empires forever.
The Shadow Riders have come to Duel Academy to steal the three Sacred Beast cards and unleash terror on the world. But not if Jaden and his friends have anything to say about it! Jaden is challenged first, sucked into a Shadow Game by Nightshroud. Jaden will have to duel harder than ever. It's not just his pride on the line anymore--if he loses the duel, he loses his soul!
The Seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken? In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in the pursuit of the Dragon Reborn. In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plots the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expect, not the Black Ajah, nor Tairan nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.
In Book Four of the Warlocks of Talverdin series, half human warlock Nethin is abducted and forced to use his formidable powers to open the shadow road, an action that may have terrible consequences beyond anyone's imagining.
A man wakes in the wilderness, amid scattered corpses and inquisitive crows. He has no memory of who he is or how he came to be there. The only clues to his former existence lie in his apparent skill with a sword and the fragmented dreams that permeate his sleep. Alone in a hostile world, he moves from village to village, masquerading as a god to obtain food and shelter. But the shadow of his past pursues him relentlessly. It whispers to him a riddle far more complex than he could ever have imagined-and a truth he may not wish to believe.
"Ray Bradbury is without a doubt, one of this, or any century's greatest and most imaginative writers. Shadow Show, a book of truly great stories, is the perfect tribute to America's master storyteller."-Stan Lee, legendary comic book writer and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics "Great new tales of imagination in the Bradbury tradition."-Hugh Hefner, publisher and founder of Playboy Enterprises In Shadow Show, 26 acclaimed writers have come together to pay tribute to the work of the one and only Ray Bradbury with never before published stories inspired by the master. The incomparable literary artist who has given us such timeless classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Dandelion Wine, is being honored by some of the most notable names in the writing world-including Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Audrey Niffenegger, Margaret Atwood, Alice Hoffman, Robert McCammon, and more-with new short fiction that thrills, frightens, moves, and dazzles in the great Bradbury tradition. Edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle, with an introduction by the man, Ray Bradbury himself, Shadow Show pays well-deserved homage to one of America's greatest, most celebrated authors.
Elena Gilbert's love, the vampire Stefan Salvatore, has been captured and imprisoned by demonic spirits who are wreaking havoc in Fell's Church. While her friends Bonnie and Meredith explore the evil that has taken over their town, Elena goes in search of Stefan. In order to find him, she entrusts her life to Stefan's brother, Damon Salvatore, the handsome but deadly vampire who wants Elena, body and soul. Along with her childhood friend Matt, they set out for the slums of the Dark Dimension, where Stefan is being held captive. It is rumored to be a world where vampires and demons roam free, but humans must live enslaved to their supernatural masters. Elena will stop at nothing to free Stefan. Yet with each passing day the tension between Elena and Damon grows, and she is faced with a terrible decision: Which brother does she really want? Back in Fell's Church, Bonnie and Meredith have made some dire discoveries. They hastily try to follow Elena and warn her--only to be caught up in Elena's most dangerous adventure yet.
Driven by vengeance. Destined for peace. Niger, West Africa, 2070: After fifteen-year old Ejii witnesses her father's beheading, her world shatters. In an era of mind-blowing technology and seductive magic, Ejii embarks on a mystical journey to track down her father's killer. With a newfound friend by her side, Ejii comes face to face with an earth turned inside out--and with her own magical powers.But Ejii soon discovers that her travels across the sands of the Sahara have a greater purpose. Her people need to be protected from a force seeking to annihilate them. And Ejii may be just the hero to do it. This futuristic, fantastical adventure heralds a bright new talent on the YA fantasy scene.
Experience New York Times best-selling author Richard Baker's classic novel set in the high fantasy world of the Forgotten Realms. Accosted by bullies on a forest trail, Aeron had no way of knowing that the confrontation would change his life forever. Accused of a crime for which he bears no blame, he is pursued deep into the forests of the Maerchwood. First rescued, and then tutored, by the mysterious Storm Walker, he discovers a previously undreamed-of talent for magic, and his life is swept up in the study of the arcane arts, until the very principles of magic, and indeed the future of Faerûn, come under attack from the unspeakably evil influences of the Shadow Stone.
Magic It is bleeding into our world, bringing with it banshees, wraiths, fae from the twisting forests of Twilight. But Elllie's problem is a very different kind of phenomenon. . . Shadow It ought to be attached to her; instead it has a life of its own. And her dark mirror image is a wild thing, willfully seducing the very man Ellie hoped could help. ScienceCam has devoted his career to exploring the boundaries between this world and the Hereafter. But nothing could prepare him for the mischief and mayhem of a soul split in two. Surrender Who will give in first: the man struggling to unite two halves of one fascinating female; the shadow fighting for freedom to experience the thrill of every emotion; or the woman who is about to discover her own deepest desires?
Elena Baxter can work miracles with her fingers. She can coax bones to knit, flesh to heal. She can mend the mind and spirit. That is why she is taken. Artur Loginov joined Dirk & Steele, an international detective agency that specializes in the impossible, to help extraordinary souls in need-and to keep their secrets safe. For Artur himself is not like ordinary men-handsome, powerful, and tormented, he is able to do wondrous things with nothing but a thought and a touch. That is why he, too, is taken . . . Drawn together into the darkness, Elena and Artur find themselves caged and cornered, joined in a desperate fight for their lives. But they will find strength where they never expected it: in a passionate look, in a tender kiss, in a heart-soaring, breathtaking . . . Shadow Touch
Demon Hunter Sophie Sinclair and ex-Homicide Detective Ryan Campbell are pitted against one another, tested by mysterious forces in a dangerous game of secret identities, contracts for murder, and past betrayals.<P><P> Sophie Sinclair was presumed dead. When an enemy's transmitter reveals her existence, she must return home to bargain for her ex-lover's life and face the unanswered questions from her past.<P> Ryan Campbell is a reluctant fighter. Bitter since his father's murder, he wants nothing to do with the paranormal world. When his act of betrayal is discovered, he must do the unthinkable to save his life.<P> Duty above love, duty above family, and to protect the weak from the strong. Sophie has always lived by her family's motto. Will she choose to protect the ex-lover from her past or the reluctant fighter who could be her future? She can save only one man.
After earning the right to return to the wolf pack that abandoned him, the exiled Faolan joins the clan as a lowly "gnaw wolf," and his goal of rising in the pack order is threatened when a jealous rival frames him for an unspeakable crime.
From the book jacket: The Shadow World Age 12 Ben Arnold had hoped that exposing Mr. Dodds's vile Pet Emporium- a business that stole magical creatures from Eidolon to sell to England's rich and curious-would prevent the Secret Country from fading away into ruin. However, it soon becomes clear that the evil, dog-headed Dodman's reign of terror has only just begun. Ben's mother, Queen Isadora, returns to her homeland to lead its creatures against the Dodman. Unwilling to be left behind, Ben's sister, Ellie, crosses into the Secret Country and walks straight into a trap. Ben and his father follow close behind, and soon the entire Arnold family is scattered across Eidolon's magical and dangerous terrain. The Arnold children are destined to save the Secret Country, but first they must save each other.
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