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?[An] enchanting anthology?(Booklist) from four of today?s most popular authors.Romance and fantasy collide in these enchanting stories featuring dragons?and love?in all their many forms. From a virgin princess?s first love to a shape-changing samurai bridegroom, from a young widow and her sexy handyman?s secret project to a knight and his distressed damsel, the courage, beauty, and strength of dragons inspire the most unforgettable stories ever told....
Dragons are monsters, mages, heroes, horrors. Dragons thrill our dreams and haunt our legends. Now Margaret Weis, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Dragonlance and Death Gate series, author of the Star of the Guardians series, and one of the world's leading dragonists and dracophiles, gathers the greatest classic dragon stories of our time, written by the winners of every award in the fields of fantasy and science fiction.
"A first-rate piece of crime writing. "-The Washington Post Book World "A straightforward police story with a terrific plot, nuanced characters and solid procedures, served up on refreshing new turf. "-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review "A police procedural of a very different kind. . . . A 'down under' atmosphere that most American readers will find unique. "-The Plain Dealer "Colorful. . . . Disher has literary talent and imagination. " -Chicago Tribune "Disher makes his characters as interesting as his plot. " -Portsmouth Herald "The American debut for Australian crime writer extraordinaire Disher is as complex and dark as anything by Ian Rankin or Michael Connelly. "-Las Vegas Mercury A serial killer is on the loose in a small coastal town near Melbourne. Detective Inspector Hal Challis and his team must apprehend him before he strikes again. But first, Challis has to contend with the editor of a local newspaper who undermines his investigation at every turn, and with his wife, who attempts to resurrect their marriage through long-distance phone calls from a sanitarium, where she has been imprisoned for the past eight years for attempted murder-his. Garry Disher is the author of over 40 books for adults and children. His crime fiction includes numerous anthologized stories and the Wyatt novels, including Kickback, winner of the 2000 German Critics Prize for Crime Fiction. The first in his Detective Inspector Challis murder mystery series, The Dragon Man won the German Critics Prize for Crime Fiction in 2001.
He?s big, hot, and not of this world. The third in this erotic paranormal series. A Fire Dragon summoned here by a dangerous mage inflames the passion in the human female he has chosen to become his mate.
As China prepares to become the ultimate power in an era of extraordinary invention and horror, Alice Michaels' fate lies inside the walls of the forbidden kingdom.... Gavin Ennock has everything a man could desire--except time. As the clockwork plague consumes his body and mind, it drives him increasingly mad and fractures his relationship with his fiancée, Alice, Lady Michaels. Their only hope is that the Dragon Men of China can cure him. But a power-mad general has seized the Chinese throne in a determined offensive to conquer Asia, Britain--indeed, the entire world. He has closed the country's borders to all foreigners. The former ruling dynasty, however, is scheming to return the rightful heir to power. Their designs will draw Gavin and Alice down a treacherous path strewn with intrigue and power struggles. One wrong step will seal Gavin's fate...and determine the future of the world.
The confessions of the dragon Peter DelaSangre continue four years after the murder of his beloved wife.
Captain Jack Robertson faces an impossible choice: Can he learn to love his violent, drug-fueled jungle prison-or will he die trying to escape?While spying on the Burmese drug-traffic for the CIA, Jack Robertson, a senior pilot for Air America, is kidnapped by a disgraced comrade with an unhealthy addition to drugs, sex, money and power.Dragon Mountain is the thrilling story of Captain Jack Robertson's struggle to stay alive long enough to choose between forging a new life in his captor's jungle fortress, or taking bloody revenge. Will Jack make a doomed break for freedom? Or will the violent forces around him spiral out of control.This action-packed adventure features unforgettable characters-renegade mercenaries, bloodthirsty bandits and corrupt officials-in an exotic Asian setting. Murder, kidnapping, drug deals-and the dark secrets behind covert American operations in Asia-make this a non-stop thriller!
Learn to speak Dragon with For Dummies!Fully updated for the latest speech recognition tools and features, this bestselling guide helps you conquer Dragon NaturallySpeaking and gets you started creating documents, sending e-mail, searching the web, and more using only your voice. You?ll learn Dragon basics like dictation, formatting, and proofreading before moving on to more advanced options including posting to social media sites, developing custom commands, troubleshooting, and improving communication with Dragon. Explains the ins and outs of voice-recognition software and the wealth of possibilities available in Dragon NaturallySpeakingDiscusses how Dragon NaturallySpeaking allows you to interact with and command you PC, cruise through e-mail, update Facebook, surf the web, and create reports just by speakingShows you how to increase your productivity at work and stay organized on the go with Dragon NaturallySpeakingReveals time-saving tips, mistakes to avoid, and the most common issues you may encounter when getting started with Dragon NaturallySpeakingStop "dragon" your feet and get started with Dragon Naturally Speaking For Dummies, 3rd Edition today!
For four thousand years, the Guardships have ruled Canon Space--immortal ships with an immortal crew, dealing swiftly and harshly with any mercantile houses or alien races that threaten the status quo.But now the House Tregesser has an edge: a force from outside Canon Space offers them the resources to throw off Guardship rule. This precipitates an avalanche of unexpected outcomes, including the emergence of Kez Maefele, one of the few remaining generals of the Ku Warrior race-the only race to ever seriously threaten Guardship hegemony. Kez Maefele and a motley group of aliens, biological constructs, an scheming aristocrats find themselves at the center of the conflict. Maefele must chose which side he will support: the Guardships, who defeated and destroyed his race, or the unknown forces outside Canon Space that promise more death and destruction.
This brand-new omnibus is the second in a series collecting Irene Radford's acclaimed Dragon novels. Volume I includes the complete trilogy of The Dragon Nimbus: The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, and The Lonliest Magician Volume II includes the first two novels in The Dragon Nimbus History quartet: The Dragon's Touchstone and The Last Battlemage Volume III includes the last two novels in The Dragon Nimbus History quartet: The Renegade Dragon and The Wizard's Treasure The Dragon's Touchstone: Three hundred years before the time of The Glass Dragon, Coronnan is a kingdom at war with itself, magic is wild, and magicians uncontrolled, each working separately for his own goal. At the height of this age of chaos, the dragons decide to intervene, making their presence known to the mortals through the healer Myrilandel. The Last Battlemage: Nimbulan, the last Battlemage and the founder of the school for Communal Magic, is seeking to create a permanent protection for the kingdom of Coronnan, a spell-crafted border to keep enemies out. His search for the key to this magic leads him to terrifying discovery--the dragons, the guardians of magics, are in terrible danger. Want more Dragon novels? Look for The Star Gods trilogy and the new Children of the Dragon Nimbus series! A letter from the author, Irene Radford: Welcome to the world where dragons are real and magic works. If you are new to the Dragon Nimbus, pull up a chair and join us as we revel in tales that have touched my heart more than anything else I've written under any pen name. If you are returning after an absence, I am very happy to have you back. This is a world that began with a Christmas gift of a blown-glass dragon. The dragon sat proudly on the knick-knack shelf for several months, loved and admired, reluctantly dusted, and totally inert. Then one night at dinner, my son remarked, "You know, Mom, I think dragons are born all dark, like that little pewter dragon, then they get more silvery as they grow up until they are as clear as glass." The dragon came to life for me. Out of that chance remark came first one book, then three, five, seven, and finally ten. I built a career on these books and loved every minute of the process. These characters still live in my mind many years after they jumped into their stories and dragged me along with them. Many thanks to DAW Books and my editor Sheila Gilbert for reviving The Dragon Nimbus a lucky thirteen years after they first debuted. With these omnibus volumes, you can read about the dragons with crystal fur that directs your eye elsewhere yet defies you to look anywhere else. Wonderful dragons full of wit and wisdom. Magic abounds. Magicians and mundanes alike learn about their world and special life lessons as they explore dragon lore past and present. The books will be presented in the order in which they were written, and the order that makes the most sense of the entwined tales. So, sit back and enjoy with me. And may reading take you soaring with Dragons.
The captivating dragon nimbus saga continues. . . The Renegade Dragoncontinues the tale of Coronnan's early history. With the Great Wars of Disruption over, and dragon magic now the only legal form of magic, the kingdom faces devastating new threats from a seemingly unstoppable plague to a clash of magic, and encroachment by off-world technology. The Wizard's Treasureforms the link between the early days of Coronnan and the present time as a spell set centuries ago catches both friends and foes of the kingdom in its enchantment.
When Mr. Belsaki chooses a dragon as a pet for his son, what was a very ordinary family begins some extraordinary adventures. Other books by Margaret Mahy are available in this library.
Long ago, at the dawn of Merlin's world, a strange little creature named Basil appeared. Part lizard, part bat, his eyes glow with a mysterious light. When Basil discovers a threat to his world and to Merlin, he begins an epic journey that takes him from the Great Tree of Avalon to the outermost edges of the spirit realm. But his boldest journey will be to face his own deepest fears. And only if he survives can he save Merlin--and find his future.
From Publishers Weekly In Lindskold's exciting third installment of her wolf-girl fantasy saga (after 2002's Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart), Firekeeper finds herself deeply entangled in the politics and intrigues of her high-born human relations and even more so in the fight for survival of her alternate family, the Royal Beasts of the forest. (Despite the title, the action has little to do with dragons.) Malevolent sorceress Lady Melina Shield has wed New Kelvin's version of a king and become his "Consolor." Hawk Haven's King Tedric wants to know exactly what Melina is up to, and the only way he can discover her plans is by sending an expedition to New Kelvin, ostensibly as a trade delegation. If that isn't enough to worry about, unauthorized settlers have encroached on the territory of the Royal Beasts, forcing them (and therefore Firekeeper, as a member of the pack) to declare themselves ready for war against humans. Since Firekeeper is, as it were, neither fish nor fowl, she finds her loyalties divided in a most uncomfortable situation. While the feisty Firekeeper plays a subordinate role here, the author provides lots of engrossing lore about pack behavior and feral animals. Fans can look forward to more of Firekeeper's unique perspective in the fourth book, the start of a new sequence, Wolf Captured.
With the help of a bottle of blue fire and a magical brooch, Theodora searches for a dragon on an island off the coast of Scotland before it causes any harm.
[From the inside book flap:] It happened long ago in the lowlands of Scotland in the days when castles were made of wood; this particular Castle of Tundergarth stood on a hill above fields and meadows.... There ran a wide river called the Water of Milk but it was not as mild as it sounds because in the biggest of its pools, below a deep dark cave, lived a dragon.... So begins this charming story of a gentle Dragon, a stubbornly proud lord, the red-headed Angus Og, who inherits the Castle, and the lord's wife. For hundreds of years the Dragon of Og had quietly taken for his food two bullocks a month from the lord's herd. No one minded. The Dragon brought luck, and besides, he might destroy the countryside if he was angered. But Angus Og would have none of this. "That Dragon must be killed," he said. And so began a battle of wits that could end only in tragedy--or so it seemed. This witty, exciting, and poetic story, based on an old legend of the Scottish Lowlands, has been brilliantly and delicately told by Rumer Godden.
There is trouble in Xanth again. The Gap Dragon had escaped and was ravaging across the land, the forget-spell was causing mass amnesia, three-year old Ivy was headed right for a hungry dragon. Could things get any worse? Probably....From the Paperback edition.
In this final installment four dragon riders are on a mission to save their world Elian and his dawn dragon, Aurora, lead the search for the fourth and final orb. Pursued by night dragons and helped by a World War I airman, the four dragon riders are drawn into a huge aerial battle between all the dragon enclaves. The ultimate fate of dragonkind hangs by a thread. To restore order, a terrible price must be paid.
The first installment in a thrilling series about four dragons and their riders on an epic quest to save the world Nolita is terrified of dragons! Learning to fly her day dragon would be dangerous enough without irrational fears to contend with and a vicious dragon-hunter on her tail. With Elian, another novice rider, Nolita seeks the first of four Orbs, whose combined power can restore the Oracle. Only Nolita, as a day dragon rider, can claim it. To do so, she must face her worst fears, and face them alone.
The second title in an exciting new dragon series Pell and his night dragon Shadow must find the dark orb to help save the Oracle, leader of all dragonkind. But Segun, a power-hungry tyrant, stands in their way. Pell must use his flying skills, bravery, and resourcefulness to the limit, as Segun is determined to get the orb-even if it means killing the opposition.
Hellboy, a bloodred, cloven-hoofed demon raised by the United States government, is a top field agent for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. He questions the unknown -- then beats it into submission. In the upper reaches of the Himalayas, Hellboy's ex-girlfriend, archaeologist Anastasia Bransfield, believes she has found the location of the legendary "Dragon King Pool" -- thought to be the ancient dwelling of an evil dragon who inflicted horrific devastation on the land and its people. Every year the villagers would sacrifice a child to placate the beast, until one day an unlikely hero fought the dragon and won, bringing peace and prosperity to the land. But Anastasia's triumph at her discovery is short-lived. Soon unearthly creatures are seen lurking around the dig site, someone is sabotaging the excavation with dire results, and the young daughter of one of the dig leaders goes missing. It looks like a job for Hellboy -- but his toughest challenge might be putting his past with Anastasia behind him....
In this unsettled world, the death of the ruler of the desert princedom becomes the catalyst for power games of magical treachery as rival factions - from the evil High Prince to the leader of the Sunrunners to the newly crowned Prince of the Desert - seek to alter the course of their world.
Frank Blackthorne's most recent heist did not end optimally. The sacrificial virgin survived, but the whole incident left Frank, a respectable career thief, on the run from a kingdom full of evil cultists eager to replace their sacrifice. So, when the Court Wizard of Lendowyn, Elhared the Unwise, comes to him intending to hire someone to save Lendowyn's princess from an evil dragon in return for riches, glory, and help with the bloodthirsty cultists problem, Frank is rightfully suspicious. Frank is also not in a position to refuse. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Frank's rescue fails--in an explosion of spectacularly misapplied magic. When the dust settles, all parties involved find themselves body-swapped. Frank is left stranded in the Princess Lucille's body, halfway across the kingdom. The understandably angry Princess Lucille finds herself inhabiting the body of the dragon. In order to set things right, they will have to team up and face down thugs, slavers, elvish bookies, knights in shining armor, an evil Queen, and the hordes of the Dark Lord Nâtalc.
Arthur turned and strode toward us. He was magnificent, and I will never forget that, in that moment, I first loved him. And I believe--had I known what the future held for us: all the trouble, torment, battle, and grief of our lives--I still believe that I would have yielded my heart into his keeping as I did then . . .In a sweeping epic of the imagination, Alice Borchardt enters the wondrous realm of Arthurian legend and makes it her own. The Dragon Queen is the first volume in a trilogy of novels that boldly re-imagines Camelot--and casts Guinevere as a shrewd, strong-willed, magical warrior queen.Born into a world of terrible strife, where war is constant and weapons are never far from the hands of men or women, Guinevere, daughter of a mighty pagan queen, is a threat to her people and a prize to the dreaded sorcerer Merlin. Sent into hiding, she grows up under the protection of a shapeshifting man-wolf and an ornery Druid. But even on the remote coast of Scotland, where dragons feed and watch over her, she is not safe from the all-seeing High Druid Merlin. He knows the young beauty's destiny, and he will stop at nothing to prevent what has been foretold. For if Guinevere becomes Queen and Arthur, King, they will bring a peace to the land that will leave the power-hungry Merlin a shriveled magician in a weary cloak.Yet Guinevere possesses power of her own--dazzling power to rival even that of Merlin. Summoned from her home by forces she cannot fathom, she travels from the Underworld to an Otherworld of the Past, at each step calling on ancient powers to aid her way. When young Guinevere proves her mettle to an embarrassed Merlin, even her faithful dragon protectors cannot prevent the evil that the sorcerer rains down. Seeking revenge, Merlin banishes Arthur to a world from which the only escape is death. Now Guinevere must face Merlin's wrath without him--and prove that she is worthy of being Arthur's Queen.From the glass-roofed Great Hall at Tintigal to the lush garden forts of Wales, Alice Borchardt details the travels of Guinevere in a rich fabric of prose. The Dragon Queen is a novel of great emotional depth, timeless romance, and soul-stirring adventure.