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Few authors have achieved such renown as World Fantasy Life Achievement honoree and Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master Andre Norton. With the love of readers and the praise of critics, Norton's books have sold millions of copies worldwide.In a time and place of swords and sorcery . . . here begins the saga of Kerovan of Ulmsdale, born with the amber eyes and cloven hooves of the Old Ones, who seeks his rightful heritage as Lord-heir of Ulmsdale--and Lady Joisan of Ithkrypt, proxy-wed to Kerovan, who wears about her neck Kerovan's precious and powerful gift . . . a small crystal globe encasing a tiny gryphon.Kerovan and Joisan--each forever entwined in the other's fate--their destiny clouded by dark evils that threaten to destroy their kingdoms. Together, they seek to unlock the wondrous powers they hold within them . . . and the mysterious secrets of the crystal gryphon.
Few authors have achieved such renown as World Fantasy Life Achievement honoree and Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master Andre Norton. With the love of readers and the praise of critics, Norton’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide.The House of Norreys has moved to America, and although the players have changed, the game is the same: gems, espionage, and adventure. Young Quinn Anders turns to Lorens van Norreys for help in finding out who killed his brother and why. What did the legendary Bishop’s Menie have to do with his brother’s death? Who had the remaining twelve statues in the set of thirteen medieval knights and their leader, the Bishop-Prince Odacar? With Norreys aid but not his blessing, Anders sets out for the Netherlands on his quest for justice, and from the moment he lands at the airport, he finds himself At Swords’ Point.
In the triumphant conclusion to the three-book series Witch World: The Turning, when the Witches of Estcarp combined their powers to prevent the invasion of Karsten, the world was plunged into chaos. Now the survivors struggle to defeat the invaders and rebuild their shattered lives.
Two novellas--Mary H. Schaub's "Exile," in which a disfigured witch struggles to regain her powers, and P. M. Griffin's "Falcon Hope," in which two unlikely allies try to save their peoples from extinction--are accompanied by "The Chronicler," by series creator Andre Norton.
In the wake of their defeat of Pagin of Karsten, the Witches of Estcarp await news of those who have been lost or gone missing since the battle, and a young Sulcar woman awakens to her Power--only to do battle with an ancient evil.
A boy's encounter with powerful tribal magic transforms him into his spirit animal--and lands him in the middle of a war between humans and beasts with supernatural powers When his father is called to active duty in Vietnam, Cory Alder leaves Florida to live with his adopted Native American uncle, Jasper. Jasper's Idaho ranch is like a foreign country. Cory is afraid of the cougars, bears, and wolves; he doesn't like the big mountains and doubts he'll ever be able to ride a wild horse. Then he meets an old Nez Perce Medicine Man called Black Elk, who catapults Cory into an alternate universe where animals live in tribes, hunt, and go on the warpath. Transformed into a beaver called Yellow Shell, he learns to speak their language and discovers that they all fear the legendary Changer, who plots to reshape the creatures of both the human and animal realms and use them for his own nefarious ends. With two worlds hanging in the balance, Cory must rely on courage and instinct to defeat this cunning enemy and be restored to his human form. Is he strong enough to stand up to the Changer and overcome his own fear of the unknown? Fur Magic is the 2nd book in the Magic Sequence, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
A girl and her two brothers are transported back to the time of King Arthur, where they must return three magic talismans to their rightful owners or remain trapped forever in the distant past The adventure begins when Sara Lowry wins a picnic basket at the Firemen's Strawberry Festival. She and her brothers, Greg and Eric, are staying with their uncle at his Hudson Valley estate while their parents are in Japan. Fascinated by the haunting history of the old manor, they pack a picnic lunch and begin their search for the legendary lost lake. They discover a medieval castle--and suddenly they're enveloped by a gray mist that transports them back to the time of King Arthur! There, they are given an urgent mission to recover three lost talismans: Arthur's sword, Excalibur; Merlin's ring; and the horn of Huon, Warden of the West. Can Sara, Greg, and Eric fulfill their quest and save Avalon--the only place that stands between the Powers of Darkness and the mortal realm--and return to their own time? Steel Magic is the 1st book in the Magic Sequence, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
An unusual and original work of fantasy from the acclaimed author of Tea with the Black Dragon. A contemporary man, John Thornburn (a meek, nonviolent, and unpredictable artist) and woman, Derval (his tough, confrontational, strong, and warrior-like lover) time travel to ancient Ireland to avenge a Viking attack. Packed with fascinating details of historical time and place in Irish history and delicately balanced on the border between realism and fantasy, the story centers around one of the most famous and beautiful illuminated manuscripts in history, the legendary but entirely real Book of Kells. Celtic history blends with magical fantasy for a strange and immersive tale of adventure.
From a famous tough-guy writer, a collection of shockingly funny storiesEver since she got married, Doris has regretted giving up her singing career. After years of domestic drudgery, she decides to take one last crack at becoming an opera singer, even if it means sacrificing everything for the sake of her dream. Her contractor husband is fully supportive, having no idea that the family’s true musical genius isn’t Doris—it’s him.In this and other stories in Career in C Major, James M. Cain shows off a light comedic touch that will surprise readers who are familiar only with his crime novels The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. But Cain had been publishing funny stories, articles, and satire since his early days as a reporter for H. L. Mencken’s Baltimore Sun, and was just as comfortable writing about singers as he was about killers. This collection of Cain’s lighter work shows that if an author is tough it doesn’t mean he can’t crack a smile.
A collection of stories, both early and late, that show how Mystery Writers of America Grand Master James M. Cain made his name There is a hungry tiger loose in the house, and that is not good news for anyone. A jealous husband let the animal out of his cage hoping he would eat his wife alive, but tigers aren’t used to taking orders. This jungle cat will get his meal, and he doesn’t care where it comes from. “The Baby in the Icebox” begins with a murdered wildcat and ends with a dead human—and what comes in between is some of the most striking prose James M. Cain ever put to paper. It is one of the first stories this master of crime fiction ever wrote, and it shows all the hallmarks of the novels that would later make him famous—namely Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. The tales in this collection are short, but Cain never needed more than a few pages to thrill.
Bestselling author Cynthia Freeman's blockbuster first novel: The tempestuous story of a family whose destiny is shaped by a man who turns his back on his Jewish heritage in order to build a prosperous life in post-World War II America Katie Kovitz is seventeen when she arrives in New York harbor in the bleak winter of 1932. On the city's Lower East Side, she meets David Rezinetsky. Cursed with the stigma of poverty, David is on a quest to find love and acceptance.From the ghettos of New York to the golden hills of San Francisco, Cynthia Freeman tells the story of a family: Katie, who must rely on the kindness of strangers in a strange land, yet never forgets her roots; David, who turns his back on his heritage to find his way in a world that treats him like a pariah; Mark, who embraces everything his father has rejected; and Maggie Kent, who completes David's transformation, setting in motion a series of events that will affect the lives of this American family for years to come.
New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Freeman delivers another triumph in this multigenerational saga set against a backdrop of dazzling wealth and towering ambition Their lives have all the trappings of a fairytale. He is the proud, hardworking son of Sicilian immigrants. She is a pampered southern belle. When they meet, the Rossis of San Francisco and the Posatas of New Orleans have risen to become two powerful families with roots dating back for generations. And from the moment she sees him, Catherine Posata makes up her mind to marry tall, dark, and handsome Harvard Law student Dominic Rossi.Their union is marked by a fiery clash of wills and larger-than-life desires that will transform their lives and those of their children. Passionate and darkly enchanting, Fairytales is the story of two people ruled by ambition . . . and obsessed by love.
In a novel spanning two world wars, Cynthia Freeman sweeps us into the lives and loves of a powerful European family and the son whose break from tradition has far-reaching consequencesNathan Hack expects his four sons to marry well and keep up the tradition of becoming barristers in the prestigious house of Hack. But Rubin, the youngest, feels that his legacy is a stranglehold. He's betrothed to a woman from a fine family when he falls in love with a beautiful, enigmatic stranger in Paris. Her name is Magda, and she will change Rubin's life completely.Decades later, history will repeat itself when a woman is caught between two men during Hitler's regime.Played out on the world stage against the backdrop of World Wars I and II, and peopled by an unforgettable cast of characters, The Days of Winter is a spellbinding story of pride and ambition, survival and redemption.
From New York's Lower East Side to San Francisco, four generations of an immigrant family in America come to vivid life in this timeless saga by bestselling author Cynthia FreemanIn an act of great courage and will, Esther Sandsonitsky leaves her abusive new husband and tiny village on the border between Poland and Germany for the more welcoming shores of the United States. When she makes her way through the throng at Ellis Island, the world is on the threshold of a new century. But Esther is on her own quest: to capture a piece of the American dream for her children, including Jacob, the son she was forced to leave behind.Portraits tells an indelible story of the struggles and sacrifices of a family--and a people--searching for a place to belong.
New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Freeman's powerful tale of a woman in search of her sacred heritage, who must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice for loveNineteen-year-old Janet Stevens leaves Wichita, Kansas, for New York--and a glamorous career as a model. Manhattan in the 1950s is a heady place for a sheltered Midwesterner. A new friend helps her discover her forefathers' faith, but from the moment she sees Bill McNeil at a party, Janet senses she's found her future. When they marry, she believes she's finally gotten what she always wanted--not fame or fortune, but the love that will fulfill and sustain her as nothing else ever could.From the passionate throes of youth to the stings and shocks of middle age, Come Pour the Wine draws a brilliant portrait of a marriage and a family in search of its roots, written with Cynthia Freeman's trademark insight and compassion.
Sweeping from Russia to Jerusalem, from New York to Nazi-occupied Germany, and finally to Israel, this is the richly layered story of an extraordinary woman whose epic struggle mirrors the battle of an emerging nation to forge its own identityChavala Rabinsky is sixteen when her mother dies and she becomes the caretaker of her five siblings. Beautiful and wise beyond her years, Chavala catches the eye of Dovid Landau, a poor cobbler whose dreams transform her life when he marries her. But Odessa, Russia, is a dangerous place in 1905. The Landaus flee the pogroms of their homeland for Ottoman-ruled Palestine--until escalating violence forces the family to become wanderers again.Rich in passion and scope, No Time for Tears sounds a call of love and liberation that will ring out for generations to come.
Set against the backdrop of World War II and beyond, Seasons of the Heart tells the enthralling, inspiring story of a woman determined to prevail in both good times and badIn 1941, with America at war, Ann Pollock falls in love. Handsome, charming attorney Phillip Coulter is everything she could want in a man and mate. But soon after they marry, Phillip leaves to fight for his country. When he comes home, he's a stranger, his body and spirit broken in a Japanese POW camp.It is only Ann's indomitable will and determination to succeed against all odds that keeps her family together. But her newfound career as a real-estate agent takes a toll on her marriage and especially on her daughter, Evie. And then, at an age when such things are not supposed to happen, Ann finds what she had never dared to dream of: the second great love her life . . .
Do we make our own destinies? Can we alter the courses of our lives?Cynthia Freeman's New York Times bestselling novel will resonate with anyone who has ever dreamed of a second chanceTwenty-five years ago, Martin Roth made the most difficult decision of his life. He gave up the girl he loved, married a different woman, and raised a family. But he's just been given another shot at happiness.Sylvia has loved Martin since she was a young girl. They have two great children and a wonderful life together--until a love from Martin's past threatens everything she's worked so hard to build.Jenny McCoy can't believe she and Martin have found each other again--but she's never gotten over his cruel betrayal. Is she ready to forgive the sins of the past for a second chance?Moving between countries and across time, Illusions of Love tells the story of a man, his heritage, and the crisis of faith that brings his life to a crossroads.
Taking readers from Manhattan to Hollywood to the Israeli desert, The Last Princess is the tale of a young woman whom every woman aspires to be . . . until she throws it all away for a love that will be her greatest trial--and triumph To the world, Lily Goodhue has everything: wealth, status, beauty, and a fiancé from one of New York's most distinguished families. But beneath the dazzling façade is a young woman haunted by a devastating childhood tragedy. Feeling abandoned and alone ever since her cold, distant parents packed her off to boarding school, Lily yearns for someone who will want her for who she is. She finds this with Harry Kohle, an aspiring writer from a venerable banking family. Lily breaks off her engagement and never looks back as she learns how love can survive and thrive against all odds.
This luminous novel by New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Freeman weaves a vivid tapestry of war, family, and a love that transcends the ravages of time When Brooklyn-born Barnard graduate Kathy Ross travels to post-World War II Berlin to help displaced refugees, she never expects to fall instantly, irrevocably in love. But David Kohn, a young American physician, is tormented by the deaths of his parents in the Holocaust, and uncertain about the future. Kathy impulsively marries David's cousin Phil--a decision that will have far-reaching consequences for everyone involved. The charismatic heir apparent to a fur empire, Phil gives Kathy everything she could ever want, including a cherished son. But through the years--even as she forges her own career--Kathy is haunted by her yearning for the one man she can't forget.
Joseph Caldwell's rollicking Pig Trilogy, a charmingly romantic three-part tale of an American in contemporary IrelandAaron McCloud has come to Ireland from New York City to walk the beach and pity himself for the cold indifference of the young lady in his writing class he had chosen to be his love. The pig will have none of that.What the pig eventually does is root up in Aunt Kitty's vegetable garden evidence of a possible transgression that each of the novel's three Irish characters is convinced the other probably benefited from. The resolution of this hilarious mystery in The Pig Did It--the first entry in Mr. Caldwell's Pig Trilogy--inspires both comic eloquence and a theatrically colorful canvas depicting the brooding Irish land and seascape. And in The Pig Comes to Dinner and The Pig Goes to Hog Heaven, all of the charming characters of the first book return for more tragicomedy and hijinks, told in Caldwell's uniquely theatrical style.
Seventeen gripping tales from one of the toughest authors in the history of crime fiction They call him Lucky—but he has never had a lucky day in his life. A nineteen-year-old hobo just starting to ride the rails, he is hiding in the coal car when the railroad detective comes through. They get into a scuffle, and Lucky’s hand finds a railroad spike. Before he knows it, he has smashed the investigator’s head and shoved him out of the car. If he hurries, if he’s lucky, he will get back to Los Angeles in time to establish an alibi, burn his clothes, and avoid the electric chair. But as Lucky will discover, the deadliest threat is lurking within his own mind. “Dead Man” is just one of the outstanding stories included in this volume. The author of some of the most hard-boiled prose ever written, James M. Cain understood fear in all its forms—and knew better than anyone the terror of a killer on the run.
A Confederate spy risks his life to win the heart of a fallen womanEarly in the Civil War, the Confederacy sends Roger Duval to Sacramento, to keep an eye on the situation in California in hopes of turning the Western territory towards the Southern cause. It’s a plush assignment, well out of the line of fire, but Duval hasn’t been there long before he comes into mortal danger. On a swim in the Sacramento River, he gets knocked on the head by a paddleboat, and is drowning in the muck when Morina, a quick-witted woman of the night, tosses him a rope. Suffocated by instant, irresistible love, Roger follows Morina to her home turf: Virginia City, Nevada. For the miners, gamblers, and gunfighters who populate this hardscrabble town, her price is negotiable. But for a man in love, she charges a thousand dollars. Roger will sacrifice body, mind, and soul to get that money—but will his sacrifice be enough to make her love him?
A starlet comes to Reno to start a new life—and end her old one foreverSylvia Shoreham’s Hollywood dreams came true long ago. Critically beloved for her beauty, talent, and style, she was on her way to international stardom when a bad contract committed her to seven years of trashy comedies and half-baked melodramas. Her marriage to her producer husband has become a rotten, loveless sham, so Sylvia’s silver screen life verges on a nightmare. To escape her celluloid hell, she’s got only one option: Forget Hollywood. It’s time for a Reno vacation. She comes to Nevada hoping for a divorce from her husband, Vicki, and an end to her contract, but the ugly side of the business follows her. To protect herself from Vicki, she enlists Nevada’s biggest Sylvia Shoreham fan. He’s six feet tall, strong as a mule, and just happens to be Reno’s sheriff. When her divorce turns into a war, this Hollywood icon will be glad to have him on her side.
While slinging hash in a diner, a would-be Cinderella meets her Prince CharmingCarrie Selden is not at all like the woman you’ve read about in the papers. Though she was raised in an orphanage, she isn’t an orphan. She didn’t finish high school until she was nineteen, but that was because she was working as a waitress, not because she was slow. And though she’s very cunning, well, she’s no femme fatale. But her beauty . . . oh yes, her beauty is everything you’ve heard. At twenty-one, she takes her savings and moves to New York City, landing a job at a diner called Karb’s, at the bottom rung of the restaurant chain’s tall corporate ladder. Though she makes minimum wage, Carrie is savvy, and it isn’t long before she starts to climb. When her coworkers unionize, they choose her as president, and from there, the sky is the limit. But just as the union gets underway, she meets a mysterious intellectual named Grant—who will either help her rise to the top, or drag her straight down to hell.
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