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Heavy is the head-and the eyelids-of the princess who wears the crown...In Rosamund's realm, happiness hinges on a few simple beliefs. For every princess there's a prince. The King has ultimate power. Stepmothers should never be trusted. And bad things come to those who break with Tradition....But when Rosa is pursued by a murderous huntsman and then captured by dwarves, her beliefs go up in smoke. Determined to escape and save her kingdom from imminent invasion, she agrees to become the subject of one of her stepmother's risky incantations-thus falling into a deep, deep sleep.When awakened by a touchy-feely stranger, Rosa must choose between Tradition and her future...between a host of eligible princes and a handsome, fair-haired outsider. And learn the difference between being a princess and ruling as a Queen.
This is a retelling of the Grimm's "Sleeping Beauty" with a gender switch, that's all. There are no other changes. Picture descriptions included. Ages 4-8
A group of college students discover that their gamemaster, Prof. Deighton, has certain magical abilities. Of a sudden, the role playing game which they started in good fun has turned into reality, and they have to figure out how to get home again. There must be a Gate, but is it guarded, and by who or what?
Lord Sparr has found a new weapon to use against the city of Droon. He's woken up giant that will now obey his every command! It's a good thing Eric, Julie and Neal are around to help top Lord Sparr. It's a giant job, but somebody's got to do it!
The Sleeping God is a440 page fantasy novel written by Violette Malan and first published in 2007. It is the author's second novel, and it is likely that it will become the first of a series about these mercenary partners. Because of the history of the characters, it is possible that subsequent novels may be set either earlier or later in the timeline. DAW Books describes The Sleeping God in the following words: Veterans of numerous battles, Dhulyn and Parno are partners in the Mercinary Brothers. Past life is supposed to be irrelevant once you become a Mercenary Brother, who they had been might make all the difference between success and failure in the mission that lies ahead of them. As far as she knows, Dhulyn is the last of her tribe, the only survivor of a terrible massacre when she was but a young child. Sold into slavery and rescued by a pirate, Dhulyn has learned the hardest lessons life has to teach. What she has not learned is how to master her visions, glimpses of the future that may send the duo scurrying to the rescue of children in a burning homestead, or see them embarking on a ship for a rendezvous with destiny. Parno never speaks of his past. Yet his manners and speech sometimes give him away. For Parno has been raised in more civilized lands, and obviously comes from a family of some importance. Why he's abandoned them or been cast out, he will not say, nor will Dhulyn or any Mercenary Brother ask him. After saving one of the Markedï¿½those gifted with such powers as the ability to Find, to Mend, to Heal, to Seeï¿½the two Mercenaries realize that the mob which seems bent on the Marked's destruction appears to be under the influence of a priest of the Sleeping God. Knowing Dhulyn's own gift can make them a targetï¿½and with one of her foreseeings to point them on their wayï¿½the two head off for safer climes. In search of a new assignment, the Mercenary Partners accept a seemingly simple commission escorting a young woman to distant relatives. But not even Dhulyn's visions can prepare them for the fate that awaits there when they arrive at their destination.
Fred is not your ordinary mermaid. She's not blonde. She's not buxom. And she's definitely not perky. In fact, Fred can be downright cranky. And it doesn't help matters that her hair is blue. While working at the New England Aquarium, Fred learns that there are weird levels of toxins in the local seawater. A gorgeous marine biologist wants her help investigating. So does her mer-person ruler, the High Prince of the Black Sea. You'd think it would be easy for a mermaid to get to the bottom of things. Think again.
From bestselling author Charlie Huston comes a novel about the fears that find us all during dark times and the courage and sacrifice that can save us in the face of unimaginable odds. Gripping, unnerving, exhilarating, and haunting, Sleepless is well worth staying up for. What former philosophy student Parker Hass wanted was a better world. A world both just and safe for his wife and infant daughter. So he joined the LAPD and tried to make it that way. But the world changed. Struck by waves of chaos carried in on a tide of insomnia. A plague of sleeplessness. Park can sleep, but he is wide awake. And as much as he wishes he was dreaming, his eyes are open. He has no choice but to see it all. That's his job. Working undercover as a drug dealer in a Los Angeles ruled in equal parts by martial law and insurgency, he's tasked with cutting off illegal trade in Dreamer, the only drug that can give the infected what they most crave: sleep. After a year of lost leads and false trails, Park stumbles into the perilous shadows cast by the pharmaceuticals giant behind Dreamer. Somewhere in those shadows, at the nexus of disease and drugs and money, a secret is hiding. Drawn into the inner circle of a tech guru with a warped agenda and a special use for the sleepless themselves, Park thinks he knows what that secret might be. To know for certain, he will have to go deeper into the restless world. His wife has become sleepless, and their daughter may soon share the same fate. For them, he will risk what they need most from him: his belief that justice must be served. Unknown to him, his choice ties all of their futures to the singularly deadly nature of an aging mercenary who stalks Park. The deeper Park stumbles through the dark, the more he is convinced that it is obscuring the real world. Bring enough light and the shadows will retreat. Bring enough light and everyone will see themselves again. Bring enough light and he will find his way to the safe corner, the harbor he's promised his family. Whatever the cost to himself. It is July 2010. The future is coming. Open your eyes.
Only one angry and determined G.I. stands between the fiery death of the world and the survival of the human race. Our hero begins a quest, not for gold nor glory, but for vengeance . . . vengeance against the gods themselves. But in the end, he must save the gods from Ragnarok.
My name is Jesse Ranger, and I am totally obsessed with monster movies. I love watching them, but I'd never imagined that I'd practically be in one. First, this creepy slime, straight out of my favorite monster flick, Slimo, started following me around. Then, Oswald Leery, the greatest monster movie director of all time, told me and three other kids from my school that all of the monsters from his movie were coming to life. And get this--he needs our help to stop them! The first monster we have to face is--you guessed it--Slimo! We want to help, but how are four kids supposed to out-slime a monster like that?
Something strange is happening down at the chemical dum ...<P> Old Jake Pickett is a strange one. He can turn bullets to dust or collapse skyscrapers with his mind. But all he really wants to do with his 'magic' is entertain the poor kids who live, like him, near the chemical dump. Or talk telepathically with his crippled niece, Amanda.<P> Then an international conglomerate decides that the only way to cover up their mess is to eliminate the people who have been affected -- for better or worse -- by the seeping industrial wastes.<P> Now Jake and Amanda are running for their lives. And ours.
She awoke in an alley to the splash of rain. She was naked, a foot-long gash in her back was still bleeding, and her identity implant was gone. Lore Van Oesterling had been the daughter of one of the world's most powerful families...and now she was nobody, and she had to hide. Then out of the rain walked Spanner, predator and thief, who took her in, cared for her wound, and taught her how to reinvent herself again and again. No one could find Lore now: not the police, not her family, and not the kidnappers who had left her in that alley to die. She had escaped...but the cost of her newfound freedom was crime and deception, and she paid it over and over again, until she had become someone she loathed. Lore had a choice: She could stay in the shadows, stay with Spanner...and risk losing herself forever. Or she could leave Spanner and find herself again by becoming someone else: stealing the identity implant of a dead woman, taking over her life, and creating a new future. But to start again, Lore required Spanner's talents--Spanner, who needed her and hated her, and who always had a price. And even as Lore agreed to play Spanner's game one final time, she found that there was still the price of being a Van Oesterling to be paid. Only by confronting her family, her past, and her own demons could Lore meld together who she had once been, who she had become, and the person she intended to be...
Harry Dresden's life finally seems to be calming down, but the past casts a long long shadow. Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness, is calling in an old marker and wants a small favor.
Lost in the chill deeps of space between the galaxies, it sails on forever, a flat, circular world carried on the back of a giant turtle-- Discworld --a land where the unexpected can be expected. Where the strangest things happen to the nicest people. Like Brutha, a simple lad who only wants to tend his melon patch. Until one day he hears the voice of a god calling his name. A small god, to be sure. But bossy as Hell.
Ever since she was teased for believing in fairies, Mellie has adopted a strictly scientific and logical approach to life. But when her parents inherit her grandfather's inn, she learns that for generations, her family members have been fairy guardians. The fairies exchanged some of their powers for this protection but now they want their magic back. An evil temptress in disguise wants the magic too, and before she knows it, Mellie is turned into a frog, her grandfather is discovered alive, and her parents are trapped in an evil spell that only lets them see the truth (which can be awfully brutal). Thank goodness for Timmo - the cute boy next door - and Durindana, a fairy outcast, who help Mellie save the day and encourage her to loosen up her views on family, fairies, and friendship. This is a hilarious, irreverent, and highly sarcastic take on fairies---who, by the way, just hate to be called fairies.
Ruby Genie is an orphan. Everyone expects her to have the same fantastic magical powers as her famous parents did, but Ruby can't do any magic at all - or so she thinks. and feels a complete failure. Then she begins to get smaller and smaller.
Two bewitching fantasies by J. R. R. Tolkien, beloved author of THE HOBBIT. In SMITH OF WOOTTON MAJOR, Tolkien explores the gift of fantasy, and what it means to the life and character of the man who receives it. And FARMER GILES OF HAM tells a delightfully ribald mock-heroic tale, where a dragon who invades a town refuses to fight, and a farmer is chosen to slay him.
In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion . . . and anything is possible. In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman's imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders--where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control," and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks. Explore a new reality, obscured by smoke and darkness yet brilliantly tangible, in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.
In Smoke and Shadows, we continued our adventures with Henry Fitzroy, vampire and good friend, featured in the five blood books also on Bookshare. Now, the set of the tv show on which Tony, a foundling raised by Fitzroy, works is having trouble with a ghost that is all too real.
In five earlier novels published between 1991 and 1995 all beginning with the word "blood", Tanya Huff introduced us to one of the most believable vampires in literature, Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry the eighth who is living in Canada in modern times. Now we return to his world a decade later for a novel centered in the tv production industry where much more is happening than reality suggests it should.
The power-mad Libyan terrorist, Khamsin, has already begun his bloodthirsty assault on America's southern tier. Then the Night People, crazed, flesh-eating mutants, also show up.
For centuries they've lived in secret among northern England's green and misted hills. Creatures of extraordinary beauty, power, and sensuality, they possess the ability to shape-shift from human to dragon and back again. Now their secret-and their survival-is threatened by a temptation that will break every boundary....Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a daring jewel thief is confounding the London police. His wealthy victims claim the master burglar can walk through walls and vanish into thin air. But Christoff, the charismatic Marquess of Langford, knows the truth: the thief is no ordinary human but a "runner" who's fled Darkfrith without permission. As Alpha leader of the dra´kon, it's Kit's duty to capture the fugitive before the secrets of the tribe are revealed to mortals. But not even Kit suspects that the Smoke Thief could be a woman. Clarissa Rue Hawthorne knew her dangerous exploits would attract the attention of the dra´kon. But she didn't expect Christoff himself to come to London, dangling the tribe's most valuable jewel-the Langford Diamond-as bait. For as long as she could remember, Rue had lived the life of a halfling-half dra´kon, half mortal-and an outcast in both worlds. She'd always loved the handsome and willful Kit from the only place it was safe: from afar. But now she was no longer the shy, timid girl she'd once been. She was the first woman capable of making the Turn in four generations. So why did she still feel the same dizzying sense of vulnerability whenever he was near?From the moment he saw her, Kit knew that the alluring and powerful beauty was every bit his Alpha equal and destined to be his bride. And by the harsh laws of the dra´kon, Rue knew that she was the property of the marquess. But they will risk banishment and worse for a chance at something greater. For now Rue is his prisoner, the diamond has disappeared, and she's made the kind of dangerous proposition a man like Kit cannot resist....In this bewitching novel, Shana Abé transports us into a world of exhilarating romance and magic.From the Hardcover edition.
Smuggler's Reef finds Rick Brant and Don Scott tracking down a band of smugglers, operating in the north Atlantic. Using an infrared camera and sniperscope Rick traces the criminals, but each time they elude the grasp of the police: somehow the stolen goods vanish before they can be nailed. How Rick and Scotty are at last able to track down the smugglers makes for some fantastic, fast-paced reading.
Dusa Thrasman is 16 years old and in trouble. Snakes are haunting her dreams, leaving her afraid to sleep, exhausted and ill. Her doctor has tried everything, but the medications only make things worse. Then Dusa sees a television interview with two doctors, the Gordon sisters. Their specialty: curing snake dreamers. Dusa is both frightened and relieved to hear them discuss her illness as if it's a real medical condition, something with a cure! But to be treated she must go with the Gordons to their remote clinic on an isolated Greek island. From the moment Dusa arrives in Greece peculiar things happen. At the clinic, the staff and other patients have run off. The only people left are a boy named Perse and his father, the Gordons' servants. Perse tries to warn Dusa about the Gordons, but his broken English is hard to understand. Can he really mean that they haven't aged in a hundred years? What are they trying to find out when they hypnotize Dusa? And who was their sister, the original snake dreamer, the one they want to make whole again?
ZANE COBRIANA, COBRA shapeshifter, thanks the gods every day for Danica, his hawk pair bond, and the peace their union has brought to the avian and serpiente. Soon, Danica will have a child to carry on their royal line. But what should be a happy time is riddled with doubt. Syfka, an ancient falcon, has arrived from Ahnmik claiming that one of her people is hidden in their midst. The falcons are more powerful than the avians and serpiente combined, and Syfka shows nothing but contempt for Zane and Danica's alliance. To Zane's horror, his own people seem just as appalled as Syfka is by the thought of a mixed-blood child becoming heir to the throne. Is Syfka's lost falcon just a ruse to stir up controversy among them? The truth lies somewhere in their tangled pasts--and the search will redefine Zane and Danica's fragile future. Praise forHawksong: "Atwater-Rhodes has created a stunning adventure that draws readers in and leaves them begging for more. "--School Library Journal, Starred "Atwater-Rhodes takes a break from vampires to create two warring clans . . . [with] impressively complex cultures. "--Publishers Weekly A VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List selection
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