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The novel linking The Forest House and the blockbuster bestseller The Mists of Avalon, Lady of Avalon is the most spellbinding story of all. Spanning the creation of Avalon itself and foreshadowing the birth of the legendary King Arthur, this magnificent saga introduces us to three remarkably holy women who steer the fortunes of Roman Britain as they struggle with their own destinies. Compulsively readable, dynamically plotted, and rich in ritual, character, romance and history, Lady of Avalon has the epic grandeur sure to delight Bradley's avid fans and capture the hearts of lovers of myth everywhere.
The fabulous Phryne - she of the Lulu bob, Cupid's Bow lips and a pearl-handled pistol in her garter - is back! The 1920s most elegant and irrepressible sleuth returns for her seventeenth adventure. Melbourne, 1929. The year starts off for glamorous private investigator Phryne Fisher with a rather trying heat wave and more mysteries than you could prod a parasol at. Simultaneously investigating the apparent suicide death of a man on St Kilda beach and trying to find a lost, illegitimate child who could be heir to a wealthy old woman's fortune, Phryne needs all her wits about her, particularly when she has to tangle with a group of thoroughly unpleasant Bright Young Things. Phryne Fisher is a force of nature, and takes in her elegant stride what might make others quail, including terrifying séances, ghosts, Kif smokers, the threat of human sacrifices, dubious spirit guides and maps to buried pirate treasure. . .
The rebellious Valen has spent his life trying to escape his family legacy. But his fate is sealed when he winds up half-dead, addicted to an enchantment-which leads him into a world he could never possibly imagine. . . .
The Forest House-prequel to The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's beloved and enduring classic-is a mesmerizing epic of one woman's mythic role at a turning point in history. In a Britain struggling to survive Roman invasion, Eilan is the daughter of a Druidic warleader, gifted with visions and marked by fate to become a priestess of the Forest House. But fate also led Eilan to Gaius, a soldier of mixed blood, son of the Romans sent to subdue the native British. For Gaius, Eilan felt forbidden love, and her terrible secret will haunt her even as she is anointed as the new High Priestess. With mighty enemies poised to destroy the magic the Forest House shelters, Eilan must trust in the power of the great Goddess to lead her through the treacherous labyrinth of her destiny. Take The Forest House Quiz! .
Half-elven Leesil burns with the need to rescue his mother, an alleged traitor, now held captive by elven assassins. But his obsession will endanger him and his friends, as they cross the mountains in the dead of winter, to a land known for its eerie beauty and hatred of humanity. For all of them, the journey will raise more questions than answers . . . Magiere, part-human, part-vampire, is plagued by visions of humanity's ancient enemy. But which side is she destined to serve? And Chap, their canine guardian, faces a new fear. He united Magiere and Leesil for his kin, their goal being creation of an alliance against the forces of dark magics. But now this alliance is under threat, why have the Fay abandoned him?
The gallant knight Roel and his great love Celeste, princess of the Springwood, embark on a desperate odyssey across the shadowlands to save Roel's sister from the forces of darkness threatening her very soul. . .
In war-torn Myrillia, an ominous artifact is found. It is a skull, twisted and corrupted by dark Graces-the work of the evil, demonic Cabal set on destroying the Nine Lands. Former Shadowknight Tylar must unravel the mystery of the skull before all of Myrillia is threatened. But the Cabal is not the only danger. Tylar returns to the Citadel and regains his knighthood-and forces out of Ice Eyrie launch an attack trapping Tylar and the Shadowknights. More terrible is an ancient threat rising out of the dark depths of the Citadel itself. To save the Nine Lands, Tylar must enter the Hinterland, the desolate territory beyond the blessed Lands, where rogue gods roam and dark Graces flow-and from which no Shadowknight has ever returned. . .
Linked to an advanced alien culture through his dreams, Jack has fallen into the hands of Outreach Industries-whose agents will stop at nothing to tap into that link. But if Jack can't decipher what the aliens have been communicating to him, the entire human race may be in jeopardy.
Jack's sixteen-year-old ward Billie has vanished somewhere in the metropolis of Balance City. His search for her brings him to the attention of a corrupt millionaire, the fanatical Sons of Utrecht, and an alien conspiracy that may alter the future of humanity.
In this collection of original novellas, four award-winning masters of alternate history turn back time, twisting the facts with four brilliant excursions into what might have been by traversing Worlds That Weren't. Under the influence of the philosopher Sokrates, the Athenian general Alkibiades leads his soldiers to victory over the Spartans in New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove's "The Daimon." Set in the same universe as The Peshawar Lancers, "Shikari in Galveston" by national bestselling author S. M. Stirling features an Angrezi aristocrat's hunting expedition into the wilds of Texas-and his growing admiration for the natives who dwell there. In 1453, a rather different Turkish Empire raised the flag of Astarte's Bloody Crescent over Constantinople. Four years later, European mercenaries find themselves stranded on the coast of North Africa-with an embarrassing corpse-in "The Logistics of Carthage" by Mary Gentle. In Walter Jon Williams's "The Last Ride of German Freddie," a mysterious Old World figure stalks Tombstone, Arizona, as a cardsharp, trading philosophy -and lead-with the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. The past isn't what it used to be....
In the twenty-first century, Germany's Third Reich continues to thrive after its victory in World War II-keeping most of Europe and North America under its heel. But within the heart of the Nazi regime, a secret lives. Under a perfect Aryan facade, Jews survive-living their lives, raising their families, and fearing discovery.... Harry Turtledove has been hailed as "an excellent historian, who "uses his rich imagination and deep understanding of the characters to draw the reader into his story." Now the multiple-award-winning author of Ruled Britannia and The Guns of the South asks a startling question: What if Germany won World War II. and the Nazi regime's rule over most of Europe and North America continued into the twenty-first century? Heinrich Ginipel is a respected officer with the Oberkommando Wehrmaehts office in Berlin. His wife is a common hausfrau. raising his three precious daughters the same way he was raised-to be loyal, unquestioning Arians of the Third Reich, obedient to the will of the Fiihrer. But Heinrich Ginipel has a secret. He is not. in fact, a member of the Master Race. He has been living a lie to protect his true identity as a Jew and he's not alone. Throughout Berlin. Jews survive in secrecy...doing their jobs, caring for their families, maintaining the facade of perfect Aryans, and praying they will not be discovered. But a change is coming. And soon they will be forced to choose between safety and freedom.
What would happen if the vastness of cyberspace was replaced by things surprising and strange? Includes masters of speculative fiction: Stephen Baxter, David Brin, Pat Cadigan, Paul Di Filippo, John Grant, David Hutchinson, Alex C. Irvine, Terry McGarry, John Meaney, Paul Melko, Mike Resnick & Kay Kenyon, Chris Roberson, Adam Roberts, Rudy Rucker, S. M. Stirling, Del Stone, Jr. , Charles Stross, Matthew Sturges, and Michael Swanwick
The battle reaches its stunning conclusion in this final volume of the Tir Alainn trilogy. With the eastern barons under his control and a growing army of black-cloaked torturers, Adolfo is headed toward the Mother's Hills - the wellspring of magic in Sylvalan, as well as home to the reclusive witches of the House of Gaian. As the battle to end all battles looms closer, normal humans and witches are forced to join ranks with the Fae, the beautiful, powerful, and arrogant race that inhabits the magical realm of Tir Alainn. But the witches are faced with a crisis: if they are to fight the Black Coats, they'll have to break their sacred creed of 'Do No Harm'. And to make matters worse, the Master Inquisitor has a host of nasty surprises in store, including a new way to create a limitless army of nighthunters, virtually unstoppable soul-eating creatures of darkness.
The master of alternate history who envisioned a Confederate victory in The Guns of the South and an American revolution that never happened in The Two Georges, New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove unveils another brilliant foray into what might have been... <P> The year is 1597. For nearly a decade, the island of Britain has been under the rule of King Philip in the name of Spain. The citizenry live under an enforced curfew-and in fear of the Inquisition's agents, who put heretics to the torch in public displays. And with Queen Elizabeth imprisoned in the Tower of London, the British have no symbol to unite them against the enemy who occupies their land. William Shakespeare has no interest in politics. His passion is writing for the theatre, where his words bring laughter and tears to a populace afraid to speak out against the tyranny of the Spanish crown. But now Shakespeare is given an opportunity to pen his greatest work-a drama that will incite the people of Britain to rise against their persecutors-and change the course of history. .
A series far ahead of its time, now back in print Anyone else would have learned by now: when trouble comes knocking, don't open the door. But there's a reason why Garrett's still in the P. I. business after all these years-he's not one to learn his lessons. Maybe that's why he lets himself get roped into being a bodyguard for Kip Prose, an obnoxious kid being threatened by creatures that can't quite be described. But before Kip Prose has a chance to explain what he's done to get on the hit list of some nameless nasties, the precocious Prose is abducted, and the chase begins. . . .
FOR CENTURIES, THEY HAVE LIVED AMONG USA secret race as old as time, they have inspired our greatest legends, our grimmest fairy tales, and our grandest nightmares. Changelings by day and slayers at dark, they call themselves People of the Blood. Mankind calls them Dragons. But few have survived to this day, and none have stepped forward to tell their story. Until now. THE DRAGON DELASANGRE SPEAKSHere, at last, are the private confessions of one Peter DelaSangre...of his isolated youth on an island off the coast of Miami...of the pleasures he found in fortune, fine art and music, and the hunt for human prey...of his lonely balancing act between the worlds of humans and Dragons, neither of which feels like home...and of the overwhelming need that would, finally, give his life purpose: To find a female of his own kind.
The eagerly awaited sequel to DRAGONCLAW POOL OF TWO MOONS <P> Book Two of the Witches of Eileanan Author Kate Forsyth made a bit of a splash with the first volume of this series last year. Her first novel, Dragonclaw was shortlisted for the 1997 Aurealis Awards for Best Fantasy - putting her in the company of Sarah Douglass and Isobelle Carmody - and received rave reviews. Now the story of the Witches of Eileanan continues...<P> At the terrible Day of Reckoning witchcraft was outlawed in Eileanan; witches were killed and their great towers of learning destroyed. Behind the persecution is the beautiful and mysterious Banrigh. The Lodestar, the Inheritance of Adean wielded by the rulers of Eileanan, is lost. Jaspar, the Righ, sickens as he hears the Lodestar's song grow fainter and fainter. Not all the witches were killed on the Day of Reckoning, however. The wood witch Meghan leads the half-blackbird, half-man Bacaiche and the Scarred Warrior Iseult through the countryside to the safety of the Veiled Forest, where she hopes to meet up with Isabeau, her ward, whom she has entrusted to carry part of the precious Key of the Coven. Once in the forest they are visited by the magical Celestines, and Bacaiche reveals his true identity. There are also other, less welcome visitors: the Banrigh's Red Guards may be easily repelled at the forest's fringes, but not so the deadly mesmerdean. In the royal castle at Rhysmadill, Isabeau recovers from the rigours of her journey and falls into her role as serving-girl. There she observes the Righ's decline, and feels the sinister presence of the Banrigh's maid, Sani. Does Sani know that Isabeau has escaped from the clutches of the Awl? Most importantly, how is Isabeau to contact Meghan and join her piece of the Key with the others? As Eileanan's ancient enemies, the sea-dwelling Fairge, take control of parts of the coast, trade grinds to a halt. In the countryside life is hard, supplies not always what they were, and the once-loved faery creatures cruelly hunted down. In the far reaches of swamp-bound Arran, Margrit makes her own plans. As does her son, Iain, whom she has kept a virtual prisoner in the Tower of Mists. Why does Margrit chose to make an alliance with the dour Berthildes of neighbouring Tirsoilleir? Meanwhile Jorge the Blind Seer leads his group of tattered children to the rebels' camp deep in the mountains. The rebels plan to take the ancient city of Lucesere on Samhain Eve. If they do, and the Key can be joined, great magic can be invoked in their cause. At Lucesere is the remains of the witches' Tower of Two Moons and its magical pool. What secrets lie in the pool's depths? Can the Lodestar be freed and Eileanan live in peace once again?
As the Great Fog of 1952 descends on London, MI5 outcast Herbert Smith stumbles upon a secret that will change the world - if he can stay alive long enough to tell it. A page-turner in the vein of 'Enigma' from the bestselling author of 'Messiah'. 1952. As the fog rolls in, the chase begins. . . He was once a war hero but was demoted and demoralized after his part in one of the worst scandals in M-I5's history. Now, former field agent Herbert Smith can only muster mild interest when a stranger approaches him to arrange a drop-off of highly sensitive information. But when a body turns up instead of state secrets, he is forced to act. As the Great Smog descends on London causing chaos and death, Herbert sees a chance to redeem himself. Foreign journalists, secretive academics and rival intelligence agencies are all vying to get to the truth first, however, and as the body count climbs, it's clear some are prepared to kill for it. Alone, with even his own masters out to stop him, what possible chance does Herbert have against the CIA and KGB?
The bushwhack killing of a deputy sheriff in Lincoln County and the brutal murder of the deputy?s wife in Santa Fe County bring Police Chief Kevin Kerney and his Mescalero Apache son, Sergeant Clayton Istee, back together. The double homicide investigation is soon linked to a major drug trafficking scheme and the cold-blooded slaughter of two women in Albuquerque. Due to retire at the end of the month, Kerney calls upon Clayton to find the slain officer?s son, discover what triggered the killings, and give him the ammunition he needs to bring a murderer to justice.
"Dear Albert, Nicola was right. " The opening lines of a letter lost long ago is the answer to a question no one ever thought to ask, a question that could well reshape the future of the United States as a world power. Seventy years ago, Chester Bowie, a genius driven to madness, unlocked the mystery of how a weapon of unimaginable lethality allowed one man and his small army to conquer so much of the ancient world. The secret, however, died with Bowie in a fiery disaster that was no accident. Yet a series of cryptic clues were left behind, clues that geologist, and sometime government operative, Philip Mercer must follow if he is to prevent terrorists from unleashing the weapon on today's world. On the front lines of an African civil war, a chance meeting between Mercer and Cali Stowe, a researcher for the Centers for Disease Control, propels the two of them into the epicenter of the greatest act of terrorism ever conceived. With a group of savage rebels backed by a one-eyed mercenary bearing down on an isolated village, Mercer and Cali discover a long-abandoned mine that had first been excavated millennia ago and that was worked again around the time of the Second World War. What mineral was wrenched from the earth and by whom? What is the significance behind the stone pillar erected in the middle of the village? And who is the enigmatic man with the scholar's mind and the killer's skills who rescues them at the last minute only to kidnap Cali upon her return home? Again and again Mercer's path crosses that of his savior and the mercenary - at a glittering Atlantic City casino, on a barge high atop Niagara Falls, and in Russia where Mercer must stop a runaway train to prevent Armageddon. Each time they meet the bloodshed grows worse while the mystery deepens. Nobody is who they seem. Nobody. With a blend of history, exotic locales, and unparalleled action, Havoc explodes from the pages and climaxes in the heart of an archeological treasure buried under the sands of Egypt. Following the cleverly laid clues, Mercer must match wits with one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world in the most spectacular adventures of his career - one that will leave a city in ruins and reveal the truth about one of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century and what lay behind three thousand years of legend.
With the holidays over and the long cold winter looming, January can be a bleak month in Minneapolis. So what better way to bring a little cheer to the good people of the city than by sponsoring an old-fashioned snowman-building contest? In a matter of hours, a local park is filled with the innocent laughter of children and their frosty creations. But things take an awful turn when the dead bodies of police officers are discovered inside two of the snowmen - sending the entire department and Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth on high alert. The next day, Iris Rikker, the newly minted sheriff of rural Dundas County, comes across another body in another snowman. Fearing that Rikker's inexperience will hamper the investigation, Magozzi and Rolseth head north - in a blizzard - to hunt for clues. As Grace MacBride and her crack computer jocks at Monkeewrench comb the Web for connections, a terrifying link emerges, connecting the dead cops, Magozzi and Rolseth, and Monkeewrench - a link that must be broken before it's too late.
When a young reporter is viciously murdered, Mobile,Alabama, detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus find themselves drawn into the dealings of the wealthy Kincannon family-until Ryder is abducted-with no clues as to who did it or why. Digging to uncover the truth that could lead him to his partner, Nautilus discovers a web of connections between the dead reporter, an enigmatic behind-the-scenes powerbroker, and the Kincannons' own dark secrets. The question quickly becomes:What would the perfect family do to protect that image of perfection? The answer: Whatever it takes.
Surfing and murder come together in this dazzling debut mystery series featuring San Diego private investigator Noah Braddock. "Marilyn Crier peered in the window, and I knew the past was about to kick me in the ass. "When Marilyn Crier calls surfer-cum-private investigator Noah Braddock, she doesn't mention that she hasn't seen him in more than a decade or that she'd despised him when he dated her daughter, Kate, in high school. She does, however, mention that Kate is missing and she wants Noah to find her. . . . And so begins Killer Swell, the first book in a new mystery series featuring private investigator/surfer Noah Braddock. Author Jeff Shelby knows the surfing world and how to create a wonderfully authentic, vividly alive sense of place. Most of all, he knows how to create a memorable new hero: a man who is sometimes brash, often funny, always strong, and honorable. With Killer Swell, Shelby carves out a place for himself next to the likes of Randy Wayne White, T. Jefferson Parker, and Carl Hiaasen. Crisp writing, rich details, and an amazing main character make Killer Swella truly thrilling debut.
A rollicking yarn about a home-improvement project that took a man and his family to hell and back. In 1993, after Chicago lost many of its residents to the suburbs, Ed Zotti and his family gambled their future by fixing up a dilapidated Victorian home in a dicey neighborhood. Where most saw a shabby façade, the Zottis saw promise?even when it dragged and drained every resource. ?The Barn House? had a collapsed ceiling, wiring that shorted, and oak floors painted red, white, and blue. Unsettling discoveries included a box of . 38 caliber bullets?with five missing?and the mere fact that the house was built on a bed of sand. Alternately harrowing and hilarious, this is a classic account of one family?s private urban renewal project, featuring burglars, irate neighbors, and a lively cast of workers. From its grim beginning to its unexpected outcome, The Barn House is the inspiring story of what it means to live (and totally rewire) the American Dream. .
**This is a Read Pink edition. In October 2010, Penguin Group (USA) launched a new initiative in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This October, we are pleased to continue the program with a donation of $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation(r) and are presenting eight beloved titles in special Read Pink(tm) editions:The Perfect Poison, by Amanda Quick The Border Lord's Bride, by Bertrice Small With Every Breath, by Lynn KurlandDanger in a Red Dress, by Christina DoddEarly Dawn, by Catherine AndersonThe Secret History of the Pink Carnation, by Lauren WilligA Duke's Temptation, by Jillian HunterTribute, by Nora Roberts Next in the Border Chronicles from the New York Times bestselling author of A Dangerous Love. New York Times bestselling author Bertrice Small, no less than, "the reigning queen of the historical genre" (Romance Junkies) continues her Border Chronicles with this sweeping tale of an imposing laird forced to marry the woman he rescued. He never could have anticipated that she could be the love of a lifetime. .
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