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Two children left with a kindly old man hear a story from him, a story about a young boy who learns to have confidence in himself and to care for others.
New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley presents a romantic fairy tale in which one princess's idea of happily-ever-after gets turned upside down... A dragon has invaded Saragond! The time has come for Princess Rozlinda to be sacrificed. She is the designated SVP--the sacrificial virgin princess--and her chaste royal blood will appease the monster and prevent the destruction of the kingdom. Not to worry! A dragon hasn't eaten a princess in ages. It's purely ceremonial now. Just a small cut and a little bit of blood, and Rozlinda will have done her duty. She'll be free at last to cease being both "S" and "V," and she has the man in mind. But things don't go quite to plan. Someone kills the dragon, and tradition says that the princess must marry the dragon slayer, whoever that may be. Even if it is the terrifying dragon rider of Dorn himself! Previously appeared as The Dragon and the Virgin Princess in the anthology Dragon Lovers Praise for the Novels of Jo Beverley "Arguably today's most skillful writer of intelligent historical romance."--Publishers Weekly "A delish little scandal, wicked stolen kisses, and a wonderful ending that had me heaving my happy sigh."--Smexy Books "With delicious bantering and a rapid pace, it's a sensual and enthralling read."--RT Book Reviews
In ancient Egypt an unlucky young man meets a wealthy dragon and together they find dangerous but exciting adventure.
Jack gains an alien companion who helps him evade the mega corp who is after him; then they take on the dangerous mission. First in the Dragonback series.
he Dragon is a 200 page conventional fantasy novel written by the British writer and journalist Jane Gaskell and first published in 1963. It is the second book in a series by Gaskell entitled the Atlan Saga. It follows The Serpent and comes before Atlan, The City, and Some Summer Lands. The summary by St. Martins reads as follows: The DRAGON is the second installment of Jane Gaskell's marvelous ATLAN series. Picking up from where volume one, THE SERPENT, leaves off, we find ourselves once more on the road with our extraordinary heroine Cija, and the great serpent-man Zerd, who leads his marauding army in the greatest and most diabolical of quests-to conquer the fabled continent of Atian. In THE DRAGON, the lovely Cija and her fellow-hostage Smahil, flee the dreadful clutches of the relentless Zerd. But the large serpent-leader is not to be thwarted easily, for, as his vast army slithers from hill to valley like a giant snake, everything comes under his scrutiny; all beings are swept along or destroyed; all cities are laid open to the plunder of his warriors. And so, there is no escape for our beloved Cija, either in the teeming warrens of the Southern City or amid the decadent splendors of the Temple-Court. But now, another fate is laid upon her. She must not flee Zerd attempting to ensure her own safety, but she must, alone, foil his plan to conquer Atlan. For fate dictates that only she can thwart Zerd's ravenous scheme of conquest, and expel his blight from the land. Zerd must be destroyed since he threatens ATLAN, a mysterious land of magic and sorcery beyond the earth's horizon. Many terrors beset Cija's flight and fight with Zerd. And this is where Jane Gaskell's skills are sharpest. Like THE SERPENT, THE DRAGON will positively entrance fantasy fans everywhere with a run of adventures so original, that they will surely win a place for Jane Gaskell as one of the greatest writers this genre has ever known. But throughout it all there is Cijo; at her heels, the half-loved, half-loathed Smahil, the terrible Zerd, and our sad realization that the pages of this wonderful fantasy novel will run out too soon.
Ward, ruler of Hurog, is striving to restore his lands and people to prosperity, wanting nothing more than a quiet life. But when an old friend, escaping from High King Jakouen's torturers. seeks refuge in his keep. Ward can no longer ignore the growing rebellion against the tyrannical High King. He realizes that he cannot stand aside-he must join with the rebels. However, Jakouen has a secret weapon with which he intends to crush the rebellion: Parsonsbane. a magical artifact that has destroyed entire cities. But first, Jakouen needs blood to awaken it. Dragon's blood. The very blood that courses through Ward's veins... From the Book Jacket Note that this is a sequel to _Dragon Bones_ also on bookshare. This could almost be considered to have adult content.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Iron Kissed?a magical tale. Riding into a war that?s heating up on the border, Ward, the new lord of Herzog, is sure he?s on the fast track to glory. But soon his mission takes a deadly turn. For he has seen a pile of magical dragon bones hidden deep beneath Hurog Keep. The bones could prove to be dangerous in the wrong hands, and Ward is certain his enemies will stop at nothing to possess them.
When the body of an American archaeologist is found floating in the Yangzi River, Ministry of Public Security agent Liu Hulan and her husband, American attorney David Stark, are dispatched to Site 518 to investigate. As Hulan scrutinizes this death--or is it a murder?--David, on behalf of the National Relics Bureau, tries to discover who has stolen from the site an artifact that may prove to the world China's claim that it is the oldest uninterrupted civilization on earth. This artifact is not only an object of great monetary value but one that is emblematic of the very soul of China. Everyone--from the Chinese government, to a religious cult, to an unscrupulous American art collector--wants this relic, and some, it seems, may be willing to kill to get it. At stake in this investigation is control of China's history and national pride, and even stability between China and the United States.The troubled Hulan must overcome her own fears of failure, while David tries desperately to break through the shell that has built up around his wife. As Hulan and David are enmeshed in international schemes for power and the turbulence of their own relationship, these hunters after the truth become the hunted--in a fast-driving narrative set against the backdrop of the building of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest and most expensive project China has undertaken since the Great Wall and the subject of great international debate. It is here, in the heart of the Three Gorges, that David and Hulan will battle their enemies and their own natures to see who will win China's dragon bones.Dragon Bones combines ancient myth with contemporary anxieties concerning religious fanaticism and terrorism to tell a story of love, betrayal, history, ecology, greed--and gory murder.From the Hardcover edition.
"Strong storytelling and new takes on a beloved fantasy topic result in a welcome addition to the literature of dragons." (Library Journal) Whether portrayed as fire-breathing reptilian beasts or as noble creatures of power and grace, dragons have been found in nearly every culture's mythology. Now, in The Dragon Book, today's greatest fantasists reignite the fire... Includes stories by New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Stroud, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Diana Gabaldon, Tamora Pierce, Harry Turtledove, Sean Williams, and Tad Williams, as well as tales by Peter Beagle, Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple, Cecelia Holland, Naomi Novik, Kage Baker, Samuel Sykes, Diana Wynne Jones, Mary Rosenblum, Tanith Lee, Andy Duncan, and Bruce Coville.
The war between the Wizards is about to come to an end. The citizens of Chestnut Circle are about to have their day of reckoning. And Nick Blake is about to realize his destiny. because the Dragon has awakened, and its fire is beyond anyone's control.
Set in a slum of Port of Spain, the story circles around Aldrick, a Carnival artiste, who struggles for self-definition in a colonial society dominated by its racial divisions.
Dragon Champion is a 370 page conventional fantasy novel,first published in 2005 and written by the award winning E. E. Knight, author of the Vampire Earth series. This work is the first book of a new series entitled The Age of Fire. Roc's summary reads as follows: "Why won't I grow scales?" "Grays are different, my son. It means you must be careful: your skin will be pierced more easily. But on the other side, having no hunger for gems and gold will allow you to live in the Upper World and far from men if you wish. High in the mountains, deep in the safety of a cave, a brood of dragons is born. The four young ones are among the last of a dying breed-the final hope for dragons' survival. But hope shatters when a murderous group of slave-trading dwarves breaks into the cave, leaving death and destruction in its wake.... Only young Auron, a rare scaleless gray dragon, manages to escape. Armed with nothing save wit, claws, and a boundless determination to survive, he seeks his kind. But to find other dragons-or, at least, discover who's killing them off-Auron will have to search a world of mercenary elves, vicious humans, and dangers of all kinds. Winning allies in the strangest places-and finding himself along the way-Auron embarks on the journey of a thousandyear lifetime.... PRAISE FOR E. E. KNIGHT'S VAMPIRE EARTH SERIES "Simultaneously hip and classic.. .a tale of human courage [and] heroism." Jay Bonansinga, Author of The Sinking of the Eastland "Great reading." -Philadelphia Weekly Press "One of the best books I've read in years." -Scott Sigler, Author of EarthLore CO
Continuing the tale that began in The Hidden Dragon, this is the story of three Terran brothers who discover a fascinating world where dragons are real-and worshiped as gods.
AFTER THE ENDHumanity has been held in subjugation for thousands of years, manipulated by a cruel alien race. But what began as a game among self-styled gods evolved into an internecine power play. Divided by ego and greed, the enemy faced resistance-and a reckoning-from an intrepid group of human rebels. But now the Cerberus operation lies in disarray, its members missing or broken, even as the Annunaki threat is reborn in a new and more horrifying form.THE GOD MACHINEEnlil, cruelest of them all, is set to revive the sadistic pantheon that will rule the Earth. Based in his vast Dragon City, Enlil plans to create infinite gods-at the cost of humankind. With the Cerberus team at its lowest ebb, can they possibly stop his twisted plan? Or are they, too, destined to be absorbed by the God Machine?
After solving The Grendel Affair, the agents have another SPI File to investigate...We're Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. We battle the real monsters of myth and legend, but this Halloween, we're searching for diamonds...A gala opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has attracted the upper crust of Manhattan--and thieves. A trio of vile harpies attacks the crowd and steals the stars of the exhibition: a colorful cluster of seven cursed diamonds known as the Dragon Eggs.In the right mage's hands, each stone can pack a magical wallop. Together they have the power to "cure" the supernaturals of the tristate area--but for many of those vampires and werewolves, that means turning into dust.I'm Makenna Fraser, a seer for SPI. With the help of my partner, Ian, and the other agents, I have twenty-four hours to prevent total global panic, find the diamonds, and save the supernatural community. No biggie...
When a young countess-to-be finds a man garbed as a Chinese monk striding up the aisle at her wedding, she is equally surprised to learn that he is white, the long-lost heir to the Earldom of Warhaven and her fiancé-and the true master of her heart.
An egg rolls out of a nest. Everyone follows it. What is inside? A little baby dragon!
The author of the national bestselling Vampire Earth series presents the fiery conclusion to his epic dragon saga. Scattered across a continent, three dragon siblings are among the last of a dying breed-the final hope for their species' survival. After fighting a war that cost each of them kingdoms, friends and family, and their honor and glory, they have removed themselves from the troubles of the world. But the order they fought to establish is falling apart. Ancient sorceries have been awakened. Dragons battle dragons. And men are taking up arms against their winged overlords. Now, the three must unite once more to save dragonkind from extinction, before the chaos and fire of war consumes them all. . . and the world with them. .
A heroic battle to uphold the balance of Eberron(R) Gaven has fulfilled part of the prophecy and become the Storm Dragon. Now he seeks the Draconic Prophecy at its source in Argonessen, the dragon nation--but as he travels toward that ancient continent, Gaven may discover more than he suspected. Meanwhile, Aundairian loyalists--assisted by a sinister dragon cabal--are assembling the Dragon Forge: an eldritch machine designed to harness the power of a Siberys dragonmark and amplify it. In this case, to create a devastating storm of hail and acid rain to go before Aundair's armies as they march into the Eldeen Reaches. And they know just the dragonmarked to use...From the Paperback edition.
A surprise visitor to the Aerie provides devastating news about Happenstance's past--but it's the future that Hap and Umber need to contend with. Their journeys take them on a risky trip to the Inferno to retrieve key pages of Umber's research, and then to the corrupt kingdom of Sarnica, where Umber's nemesis has acquired some dragon eggs. Umber wants to study a new magical species, but what starts as a quest for knowledge turns into a dangerous rescue operation. The deft plotting of this action-packed, heart-stopping adventure will pique the imagination and leave readers anxious for the final installment, which releases in February 2011.
The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Dragon Keeper returns with a second enthralling tale of dragons and humans, adventure and discovery, love and freedom Centuries had passed since dragons last roamed the war-torn world of the Rain Wild River. But as peace once again settled upon the land, a lost generation of sea serpents-ancient, half-starved, and weary-returned to cocoon, certain that they would be reborn as the beautiful and powerful dragons of legend. But their arduous journey exacted a heavy toll, and the proud serpents emerged as sickly, half-formed beasts, unable to fly or hunt . . . or thrive. For years now they have been trapped on a swampy riverbank between forest and river, hungry and barely alive, reliant on humans to provide for them. With their survival at stake, fifteen dragons-among them the wise golden Mercor, the haughty and dazzling silver-blue queen Sintara, and the delicate copper beauty Relpda-have set off on a dangerous trek into the unknown, up the Rain Wild River, in hopes of rediscovering the ancient Elderling city of Kelsingra, the lost haven for dragons and Elderlings alike. The dragons are accompanied by a disparate group of human keepers, rejects from Rain Wild society. They, too, yearn to find Kelsingra and create a home of their own, one in which they may make their own rules and decide their own fate. But is Kelsingra real or merely a fragment of a glorified past buried deep in the dragons' shared memories? No map exists to guide them, and the noble creatures find their ancient recollections of little use in a land changed by generations of flooding and seismic chaos. As the dragons, the humans-including the strong and defiant Rain Wild girl Thymara; the wealthy dragon scholar and Trader's wife, Alise; and her companion, the urbane Sedric-and their magical supply barge, captained by the gruff Leftrin, forge their way ever deeper into uncharted wilderness, human and beast alike discover they are changing in mysterious and dangerous ways. While the bonds between them solidify, starvation, flashfloods, and predators will imperil them all. But dragons and humans soon learn that the most savage threats come from within their own company . . . and not all of them may survive. Returning to the territory of her beloved Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb creates a lush and ultimately triumphant tale set in an imaginative world of magic and wonder as compelling and emotionally resonant as our own.
The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Dragon Keeper returns with a second enthralling tale of dragons and humans, adventure and discovery, love and freedomCenturies had passed since dragons last roamed the war-torn world of the Rain Wild River. But as peace once again settled upon the land, a lost generation of sea serpents--ancient, half-starved, and weary--returned to cocoon, certain that they would be reborn as the beautiful and powerful dragons of legend. But their arduous journey exacted a heavy toll, and the proud serpents emerged as sickly, half-formed beasts, unable to fly or hunt . . . or thrive. For years now they have been trapped on a swampy riverbank between forest and river, hungry and barely alive, reliant on humans to provide for them.With their survival at stake, fifteen dragons--among them the wise golden Mercor, the haughty and dazzling silver-blue queen Sintara, and the delicate copper beauty Relpda--have set off on a dangerous trek into the unknown, up the Rain Wild River, in hopes of rediscovering the ancient Elderling city of Kelsingra, the lost haven for dragons and Elderlings alike. The dragons are accompanied by a disparate group of human keepers, rejects from Rain Wild society. They, too, yearn to find Kelsingra and create a home of their own, one in which they may make their own rules and decide their own fate. But is Kelsingra real or merely a fragment of a glorified past buried deep in the dragons' shared memories? No map exists to guide them, and the noble creatures find their ancient recollections of little use in a land changed by generations of flooding and seismic chaos. As the dragons, the humans--including the strong and defiant Rain Wild girl Thymara; the wealthy dragon scholar and Trader's wife, Alise; and her companion, the urbane Sedric--and their magical supply barge, captained by the gruff Leftrin, forge their way ever deeper into uncharted wilderness, human and beast alike discover they are changing in mysterious and dangerous ways. While the bonds between them solidify, starvation, flashfloods, and predators will imperil them all. But dragons and humans soon learn that the most savage threats come from within their own company . . . and not all of them may survive. Returning to the territory of her beloved Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb creates a lush and ultimately triumphant tale set in an imaginative world of magic and wonder as compelling and emotionally resonant as our own.
Dragon Heat is a 290 page, stand-alone, paranormal romance novel written by Allyson James and first published in 2007. Berkley Publishing's description reads as follows: Lisa Singleton has an unusual roommate, a fifty foot dragon named Caleb who has glittering scales and a bad attitude. Little does she know that Caleb is actually a powerful warrior sent to protect her from those out to steal her magic and destroy the world. Lisa never knew she had any magic worth stealing... Then Lisa's life is threatened by a black dragon and an evil witch-and she suddenly finds herself in the arms of a tall, naked, sexy stranger with rippling muscles. Turns out the hunk is Caleb-in human form-and if he doesn't stop distracting her with those gorgeous bedroom eyes, they may not have time to stop their enemies before all of existence is wiped out. At least Lisa and Caleb will have savored every last minute... The novels of Allyson James are:
Fox's first novel in a new trilogy is set in an alternate Asia where magic is found in stone and water, in dragons and in men, and in the chains that bind them.