Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D. Athyra Steven Brust Vlad Taltos, sorcerer, sometime witch, and former assassin, and his faithful jhereg take on the biggest hitters of the House of the Jhereg. Now, in one handy volume, are the two newest adventures of Vlad Taltos, human in aworld of near-immortal Dragaeran "elfs," witch and telepathic partner to the winged-lizard Loiosh.
Dragon tells the story htat has bedeviled Vlad's fans for years: how a self-respecting assassin ended up as a soldier on the losing side of the famous Battle of Baritt's Tomb — an apocalyptic warbetween two sorcerous armies. Since Vlad much prefers the shadows to daylight, and a knife in the back to massed magical battle, you know the answer involves the words "kicking and screaming" Issola finds an older and slightly wiser Vlad on the run from his employers, the house of jhereg, over the small matter of a double-cross. Unfortunately, he's going to wish he had only the jhereg to worry about, since two of his most powerful friends have been kidnapped by teh Jenoine — the enigmatic race that may have created the Dragaerans hundreds of thousands of years ago and who are masters of time and space itself.
And if that's not enough, the Jenoine apparently want to hire Vlad to kill a God The Incrementalists are an ancient conspiracy to make the world better — just a little bit at a time. This is the story of the conspiracy against the Empire that begins in the mean streets of Underside and flourishes in the courtly politics of the Palace where Khaavren has loyally served in the Guards this past half-millennium. It is the tale of the Dragonlord Adron's overweening schemes, of his brilliant daughter Aliers, and the eldritch Sethra Lavode.
And it is the tale of four boon companions, of love, and of revenge Shut up and take my money. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories.
But now Celeste, recently dead, embittered, and very unstable, has changed the rules—not incrementally, and not for the better. Now the heart of the group must gather in Las Vegas to save the Incrementalists, and maybe the world. He's good. He moves fast. He surprises you. Watching him untangle the diverse threads of intrigue, honor, character and mayhem from amid the gears of a world as intricately constructed as a Swiss watch is a rare pleasure.
There's a big price on his head on Draegara City. Then he hears disturbing news. Aliera—longtime friend, sometime ally—has been arrested by the Empire on a charge of practicing elder sorcery, a capital crime. It doesn't make sense. Everybody knows Aliera's been dabbling in elder sorcery for ages. Why is the Empire down on her now?
Why aren't her powerful friends—Morrolan, Sethra, the Empress Zerika—coming to her rescue? And most to the point, why has she utterly refused to do anything about her own defense? It would be idiotic of Vlad to jump into this situation. He's a former Jhereg who betrayed the House. He's an Easterner—small, weak, short-lived. He's being searched for by the most remorseless killers in the world.
Naturally, that's exactly why he's going to get completely involved For those who would be heroes, it is a delightful time to be alive—and an easy place to die. Khaavren of the House of Tiassa is a son of landless nobility, possessor of a good sword and "tolerably well acquainted with its use. But in a realm renowned for repartee and betrayals, where power is as mutable as magic, a young man like Khaavren, newly come from the countryside, had best be wary.
His life depends on it. And so does the future of Dragaera.
When swordplay beckons, it's all for one—and one for The Phoenix Guards. To Devera the Wanderer, it was a pretty toy to play with. To Vlad Taltos, it was a handy prop for a con he was running. To the Empire, it was a tool to be used against their greatest enemies—the Jenoine.
To the Jhereg, it was a trap to kill Vlad. The silver tiassa, however, had its own agenda. Tiassa will cover more than ten years in Vlad's life—and, to the delight of longtime fans, will bring him together with Khaavren, from The Phoenix Guards and its sequels. Who may be Vlad's new best friend—or his most terrible enemy.
But To Reign in Hell has been out of print for yearscausing used copies to trade for improbable sums. Now, at last, To Reign in Hellreturns to print in a paperback edition, with an introduction by Roger Zelazny. Hustler, some call me. I work the Night Fair circuit, buying and selling pre-nuke videos from the world before.
I know how to get a high price, especially on Big Bang collectibles. But the hottest ticket of all is information on the Horsemen—the mind-control weapons that tilted the balance in the war between the Americas. The Horsemen are coming. City of Luck on the Cat River. Cosmopolitan hub of subtle intrigue and wild fortune. Capital of art and adventure, caravans and culture, espionage and enchantment! Come to Liavek. Now they are available again for new readers and old. Liavek awaits. As a counter to the default whiteness of fantasy at the time, Liavekans are dark-skinned, as are the indigenous S'Rian people on whose older town the city was built.
A same-sex relationship is central to some of Dean's stories, and the city has multiple religions, but also atheists — no easy feat when the various gods regularly take an interest in human affairs. Magic, mayhem, murder, mistaken identities, and an exceptionally fine tavern. Epic romances, love—and dislike—at first sight, and lust gone horribly wrong. A pirate Princess, two powerful witches, three ghosts, several mystical charlatans, one cheerful assassin, a retired Royal Headsman and his tremendous grave-digger wife, an innkeeper with a fondness for tragic songs and thin widows, and three hundred barbarian invaders.
Large and small acts of heroism, suspense and silliness and sex, and a demonic suit of armor with enough power to level a city. At the center of all these people and situations is one gentle, hapless man: Orban of Brandylse, the Bookworm King. Sprawling, bawdy and comedic, and full of vivid and unusual characters, Festivael will make you laugh, cry, and wonder how it can all turn out right in the end.
Festivael at times evokes and pays homage to such authors as Peter Beagle, Terry Pratchett, and William Goldman, and Shakespeare's various comedies—as if edited by Monty Python. Naked Hunch Stephen Burns Death and danger at a Renaissance Faire—and a nudist colony—investigated by one of the oddest law officers to ever pin on a badge. Blood and Bread Stephen L. Burns The story of the rebirth of an Amazon warrior in this new age.
Zero Day Baby Stephen L. Burns Zero Day Baby is a high-speed, high-energy, off-center plunge into the cyber-crime underbelly of a near-future America a few degrees sideways from our own. Eliot Nussbaum, the supervisor of a motley group of geek undercover cops, has a complicated life, largely because two women have staked a claim on him. One is an online stalker, the mysterious, inescapable Delight. Who might be a woman, knows everything about him, sends him programming that has helped his rise up in his law enforcement agency, and has declared him her boyfriend.
The other is Marshal Rocky Shore, a tough and heavily armed rabid cougar of a woman who is not inclined to take no for an answer. Eliot is about to come up against the most dangerous cyber-criminal in America: Vincent Silicano, known inside the Mob as the Silicon Don. Silicano's empire seems impregnable and unstoppable, because buried deep at its heart is his secret weapon, a strange young computer savant with the sort of mind that comes along once in a century.
A seriously screwed-up creature who has nearly completed with the task Silicano has set for her: the creation of a cloud-based artificial intelligence that will put him in control of the entire planet's electronic infrastructure. This construct, named Spot, will be omnipresent and immortal once it is initiated. Eliot has to stop this mother of all zero day attacks from happening. Involved in stopping—or bringing on—what might just be the end of the world are a failed scam artist, a software tycoon, a deadly 'situational adjuster', a brain-damaged TV host turned anti-computer cult leader, several stoners, more cops, a deadly pair of hitters from the West Coast, and proof that what people need most of all are more love and electricity.
For Harry Dresden, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Still, there's something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film's producer believes he's the target of a sinister curse-but it's the women around him who are dying. Harry's even more frustrated because he only got involved with this bizarre mystery as a favor to Thomas-his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity.
Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can't quite figure out. But Harry is about to discover that Thomas' family tree has been hiding a shocking revelation that will change his life forever Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it. To prevail this time, he may have no choice but to embrace the raging fury of his own untapped dark power.
Because Harry's not fighting to save the world He's fighting to save his child. Her word is his command. And her first command is the seemingly impossible: kill an immortal. Worse still, there is a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could mean the deaths of millions. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead. Death Masks Jim Butcher Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practising professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change.
But now he's getting more than he bargained for: A duel with the Red Court of Vampires' champion, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards Professional hit men using Harry for target practice The missing Shroud of Turin A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified Not to mention the return of Harry's ex-girlfriend Susan, who's still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life.
Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you're charging. Common sense says no. The grisly evidence says yes. So does Harry Dresden. And with his weird connections, he should know. Grave Peril Jim Butcher In all his years of supernatural sleuthing, Harry Dresden has never faced anything like this: the spirit world's gone postal. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone-or something-is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself.
Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in the Windy City, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob. Mab, monarch of the Sidhe Winter Court, calls in an old favor from Harry? So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. Someone like Harry Dresden Now, Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less-than-agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself.
And a single mistake may cost someone his head—someone like Harry White Night Jim Butcher The inspiration for the Sci Fi channel television series In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too The Dabel Brothers are bringing the Dresden Files to life in comic book form—look for issues beginning April !
View more here! Working for Bigfoot Jim Butcher Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client's body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he's treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a Bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve.
His son Irwin is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He's a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble. In the three novellas that make up ''Working For Bigfoot,'' collected together for the first time here, readers encounter Dresden at different points in his storied career, and in Irwin's life. As a middle-schooler, in ''B is For Bigfoot,'' Irwin attracts the unwelcome attention of a pair of bullying brothers who are more than they seem, and when Harry steps in, it turns out they have a mystical guardian of their own.
At a fancy private high school in ''I Was a Teenage Bigfoot,'' Harry is called in when Irwin grows ill for the first time, and it's not just a case of mono. Finally, Irwin is all grown up and has a grown-up's typical problems as a freshman in college in ''Bigfoot on Campus,'' or would have if typical included vampires. New York Times bestseller Jim Butcher explores the responsibilities of fatherhood and the difficulties of growing up with the elements Dresden Files fans crave—detection, adventure, humor, and magic. Pyromancer Don Callander The new apprentice to the Wizard Flarman Firemaster, Douglas Brightglade is indoctrinated into a fantastic world where he unlocks his own natural-born flare for pyromancy, a skill he uses against the Ice King.
Carcium Donald Calvanese For years, a great king has ruled the kingdom of Carcium in the land of Phygeria. Brave and just, this king has protected Carcium from the evils of the outside world and the evils within the kingdom itself. The mystical elves tasked with overseeing the kingdoms of Phygeria have been pleased, and they have contained the darkness beyond Carcium's boundaries. The Complete Book of Woodworking Tom Carpenter This is the ultimate step-by-step guide to essential woodworking skills, techniques, tools, tips and tricks.
From basic techniques to advanced methods, this easy-to-follow but fully comprehensive volume provides readers with all the information they need to know to become a master woodworker and have a home full of fine, handmade furnishings. It also includes expert information on setting-up a workshop, safety, how to use and look after tools, and much more.
For beginners and experience woodworkers alike, this is the ultimate step-by-step guide. Dragon Season Michael Cassutt The Art of Dreaming Carlos Castaneda The Eagle's Gift Carlos Castaneda Carlos Castaneda takes the reader into the very heart of sorcery, challenging both imagination and reason, shaking the very foundations of our belief in what is "natural" and "logical.
Castaneda describes how don Juan and his party, left this world—"the warriors of don Juan's party had caught me for an eternal instant, before they vanished into the total light, before the Eagle let them go through"—and how he, himself, upon witnessing such a sight, jumped into the abyss. Dona Soledad has been taught by don Juan, transformed by his teachings from a bent and gray-haired old woman into a sensual, lithe, deeply sexual figure of awesome and mysterious power, a sorceress whose mission is to test Castaneda by a series of terrifying tricks. Castaneda's combat with her, his gradual realization that she not only derives her power from don Juan but is fulfilling his plans, is all a prelude to an astonishing discovery.
Castaneda unfolds a sorcerer's party ,a small closed society in which the teachings of don Juan have become a way of life. A graphic designer has too much time on his hands. Twenty writers, fueled by copious amounts of chocolate, dream up quirky, funny, and occasionally creepy stories. These are very short stories, under a thousand words each. Some have actual bunnies. Some take rather offbeat trips through the underworld. And some just have a character that shares the sleep-deprived author's mixed metaphors. All proceeds from this anthology are going to local animal shelters. Pink snowbunnies can take care of themselves, but thank you for helping us support those animals who do need a little assistance.
Stories included in the anthology: Domestic Disturbance, by T. Haddix Wedding Heaven, Ltd, by A. Save when you buy this omnibus! Brimming with epic magic and lovable gargoyles, the Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles will delight fantasy fans young and old. No one could have predicted that her involvement would ignite a chain reaction set to destroy the city, the world, and magic itself.
A strange sickness infects a handful of gargoyles in Terra Haven, rendering them comatose and paralyzed. To save the sick gargoyles, Mika must embark on a perilous mission into the heart of deadly wild magic to a place no human has ever survived Grab your copy of the Gargoyles Guardian Chronicles today and dive into the spellbinding adventure! The sort of Dark Mage Mr. Nelson Chereta The story of a young man named Waldo who grows up in a world where monsters, the undead, and dark magic are a part of everyday life.
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He is forced to go on a journey to prove himself, and soon discovers that his beliefs don't fit into the wider world. This is a light fantasy that is heavy on the humor with some romance and action as well. It has mature themes and language and is aimed at an adult audience.
It is filled with everything a fantasy reader would want; dark magic, betrayal, zombies, vampires, a journey of discovery, secret plots, beautiful big breasted women, and murderous flesh eating rabbits. Just kidding about the rabbits. I'm saving them for the sequel. Waldo and Alice continue on their quest, now accompanied by the ogre Gronk. They are headed to Norwich, where they hope to find the third monster that will be Waldo's last familiar.
But things are never as simple as they seem. An archlich, White Mage, and murderous rabbits all stand in the way. Waldo is both the hunter and the hunted. Can he find his last familiar before his enemies find him? It looks like everyone is after the rabbit. Please visit my website www. Anarchy is a man with a simple dream, to conquer and rule the entire world.
While he has yet to achieve his goal, he has managed to become absolute lord and master of one small corner of it. This is the story of what one man was able to achieve though hard work, dedication, careful planning, unhealthy obsession, giant robots, disintegrators, remote controlled grolem dolls, a horde of disposable henchmen, killbots, an annoying cyborg ninja, and thirty-six rules every supervillain should follow!
Waldo and company arrive looking for information. What they find is a suspicious mage guild, a delusional queen, an entire city awash in greed and deception, and an old acquaintance who is VERY happy to see him again. Getting the information he's looking for won't be easy, but when has that ever stopped Waldo? Cipriano It should have been the high life for Roger. Magic pen that makes nearly anything he writes come true, a small army of hot, capable women, and his best friend by his side in Las Vegas. What more could a guy ask for?
Unfortunately, Roger has a problem. The thing is, Roger kind of likes Las Vegas how it is, after all, most of his stuff is there. Though not necessarily in that order. The Pen is Mightier J. Cipriano What if anything you wrote became true? When an angry midget at a traveling carnival promises Roger something that could change his life, he never thought it would come in the form of a magic pen. Now, anything the introverted college student writes becomes true, and with its power, he'll finally be able to take revenge on the bullies who have tormented him over the years.
There's just one problem. A group of assassins will do anything to get the pen, he accidentally made a entire squad of dancers into slaves, and his best friend somehow got an all-powerful mech. Maybe that's three problems, but either way, Roger might just find out that the pen is mightier. In the first four novels of his breathtaking epic, The Banned and the Banished, Clemens has woven an ever-deepening spell of wonderment with his boundless imagination and matchless storytelling gifts. The three deadly Weirgates are destroyed but the threat of the Dark Lord remains.
And so Elena and her companions have gone their separate ways to prepare for what is yet to come. Enter Harlequin Quail. And he comes fresh from the foul fortress of Blackhall itself, where the Dark Lord dwells. There he uncovered things that spell certain doom— for a final Weirgate remains, the most potent one of all. Only Elena, with the awesome magicks of the Blood Diary, has the power to stop him. Blackhall is all but impregnable. And according to Quail, the Weirgate is well hidden, in a place known only to the Dark Lord himself. Thus begins a desperate quest like no other.
Along the way, many questions will be answered and illusions will be smashed. Brother will turn against brother, and the strongest bonds of magic and love will be tested to the breaking point. Dictated directly into a microcassette recorder over a three-day weekend, this book contains Stephen's most deeply held knee-jerk beliefs on The American Family, Race, Religion, Sex, Sports, and many more topics, conveniently arranged in chapter form. Always controversial and outspoken, Stephen addresses why Hollywood is destroying America by inches, why evolution is a fraud, and why the elderly should be harnessed to millstones.
You may not agree with everything Stephen says, but at the very least, you'll understand that your differing opinion is wrong. He is an unrelenting fighter for the soul of America, and in this book he fights the good fight for the traditional values that have served this country so well for so long. Please buy this book before you leave the store And Another Thing Eoin Colfer An Englishman's continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea. Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident.
Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time.
He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course Arthur Dent has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Arthur has finally made it home to Earth, but that does not mean he has escaped his fate. Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa have evaporated rapidly, along with all the world's oceans. For no sooner has he touched down on the planet Earth than he finds out that it is about to be blown up.
And Another Thing. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese. In it is a plea from his father, who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafiya. But this time, instead of battling the fairies, he is going to have to join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves.
Together they must neutralize the monster before it does more than scare someone. It turns out you never know what magical creatures are living just down the road. Witch for Hire N. Trolls, angry police, and misbehaving spells are the least of her problems. Her real concern is the wizard suddenly interested in dating her and an old elf set on pestering her. When her happy family is rocked by a long kept secret her stable life falls apart faster than she can pick up the pieces. Witch For Hire N. When her happy family is rocked by a long kept secret, her stable life falls apart faster than she can pick up the pieces.
A Witch's Concern N. Conneely Michelle has been figuring out what her life is like now that the demon has been killed, and Sylvia and Varro are dead. Even the clans of witches trying to attract her to their way of life have backed off and given her a chance to grieve. Her relationship with Elron is stronger than ever, but there are things left unsaid. Witches are out for her blood, her family is caught in the crossfire, and friendships are threatened. Michelle finds that her problems are larger than one clan of witches, and is forced to choose between the people she holds dear and the way of life she loves.
This is the fourth book in a series, following A Witch's Trial. It is a standalone novel, however, your reading experience will be greatly enhanced if you've read the previous books. A Witch's Demons N. Conneely For months Michelle has known another demon would come after her. He knows the demon has arrived. When a detective from a neighboring town calls Michelle, some secrets will be revealed, but will she discover the demon in time to protect the people she loves?
Will she survive a fight not just for her life but for her very identity, the core of what makes her a witch? A Witch's Path N. Conneely After a near death experience, Michelle has vowed to do her job, magical assistance for the police, and leave the heroics to someone else. Besides, life should be settling down for her since the trolls have been captured and the sorceress was neutralized. A Witch's Rite N. Conneely Michelle is getting used to her new life, one with clans, parents, a loving grandmother, and a boyfriend.
But her old responsibilities are still around. It starts out like any other case. Suspicious magic has been reported, and the police need Michelle to help them check it out. When it turns out that the magic is deep in the Cohutta Wilderness Area, Michelle asks Elron to accompany her. When that small problem turns into a really big problem, spells are flying, danger is everywhere, and only one question remains. Will they escape alive? A Witch's Trial N. Conneely When Michelle pulls an old book out of a fire, she finds answers and heartbreak.
The book confirms that a demon walks the land, though according to legend they were all dead. Now, she needs to rediscover the secrets to killing demons before her loved ones fall victim. While he struggles with love and guilt, it becomes clear that not everyone gets their happily-ever-after. Your reading experience will be greatly enhanced if you've read the previous books. What begins as a fresh start quickly becomes something Kimberly could never have imagined.
Becoming a witch was never part of the plan. Kimberly is soon hailed a Queen, but why that happened and how she deals with it is only the beginning of her adventure. Fearing for not only herself but her daughter, Kimberly struggles with fighting destiny and not fulfilling a prophecy laid out long before she and her daughter were born. Can this duo of new witches come to terms with what has happened or will all be lost and their destiny not reach its full potential? Book 2 is now live! Now, if only the other witches would stop relying on her for every problem and give her some time to adjust.
With her coronation as Witches' Queen looming, a whole new situation requires her attention. Her mother doesn't know that she and Aurora are witches and that could be a problem. Keeping her mother in the dark, won't be an easy feat. With strange happenings, a plethora of new animals, and a cast of unusual characters, Kim's secret will be nearly impossible to keep. But, Kim's not the only one keeping secrets these days.
A new threat emerges and it may be too much for Kim to bear. Who or what will be there to rescue Kim? This is a Novella of some 30, words a Novella being some 17, to 40, words Scroll up and grab a copy today! If only the witches would answer her questions! Halloween is approaching, Aurora will be away with her father for few days and a hidden room is revealed to her in the basement of her home. Who is using her house? And why? Once again full of doubts, Kim will have to face the worst threat of all. Will she be able to solve the situation and overcome the difficult period?
Year's Best Fantasy 3 Kathryn Cramer The door to fantastic worlds, skewed realities, and breathtaking other realms is opened wide to you once more in this third anthology of the finest short fantasy fiction to emerge over the past year, compiled by acclaimed editor David G. Rarely has a more magnificent collection of tales been contained between book covers — phenomenal visions of the impossible-made-possible by some of the field's most accomplished literary artists and stellar talents on the rise.
Year's Best Fantasy 3 is a heady brew of magic and wonder, strange journeys and epic quests, boldly concocted by the likes of Ursula K. Step into a dimension beyond the limits of ordinary imagination. Witch and Wombat Carolyn Cushman A well-known science fiction reviewer for Locus delivers a sparkling, cleverly plotted fantasy in the tradition of such authors as Tom Holt and Terry Pratchett. In this humorous tale, a magical realm of sorcerers, dragons, and fairies must endure an invasion of tourists from the mortal plane.
Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown. Looming in the shadows is the malevolent, power-hungry queen, and she will stop at nothing to destroy the Twelve Kingdoms and annihilate the Royal Fae…unless the Woodcutter can outmaneuver her and save the gentle souls of the Wood. Blending magic, heart-pounding suspense, and a dash of folklore, The Woodcutter is an extraordinary retelling of the realm of fairy tales.
Throughout the ages, the wizard has claimed a spot in human culture-from the shadowy spiritual leaders of early man to precocious characters in blockbuster films. Gone are the cartoon images of wizened gray-haired men in pointy caps creating magic with a wave of their wands. Today's wizards are more subtle in their powers, more discerning in their ways, and-in the hands of modern fantasists-more likely than ever to capture readers' imaginations.
In Neil Gaiman's "The Witch's Headstone," a piece taken from his much-anticipated novel in progress, an eight-year-old boy learns the power of kindness from a long-dead sorceress. Only one woman possesses two kinds of magic-enough to unite two kingdoms-in Garth Nix's "Holly and Iron. McKillip's "Naming Day" gives a sorcery student a lesson in breaking the rules. And a famished dove spins a tale worthy of a meal, but perhaps not the truth, in "A Fowl Tale" by Eoin Colfer.
That's where The Whatchamacallit comes in. A fun and witty companion to daily life, The Whatchamacallit provides the proper names for more than elusive thingamajigs and doohickeys, complete with the histories, myths, and anecdotes behind them. The entries collected here are not extraordinary, nor are they the unlikely objects used by specialists or experts. The whatchamacallits in these pages are things that we see, touch, use, or think about every day.
Objects that are between our fingers and under our noses—and yet we cannot put a name to them. From achenes to zucchetto, from bobeche to vibrissae, The Whatchamacallit covers the flotsam and jetsum of daily existence. Whimsical, informative, and just plain smart, this useful compendium offers hours of enjoyment for anyone who just likes to know stuff. The Whatchamacallit will transform you from someone who is occasionally at a loss for words to that far more dynamic person who—in an understated and discreet way—always knows the right word for everything. A seduced prince willingly fell prey to a sensuous usurper's erotic treacheries.
The award-winning editors of Snow White, Blood Red return us to distinctly adult realms of myth and the fantastic — with eighteen wondorous works that cloak the magical fictions we heard at Grandma's knee in mantles of darkness and dread. From Roger Zelansky's delightful tale of Death's disobedient godson to Peter Straub's blood-chilling examination of a gargantuan Cinderella and her terrible twisted "art," here are stories strange and miraculous — remarkable modern storytelling that remold our most cherished childhood fables into things sexier, more sinister. Featuring original stories from 20 authors, this dark, captivating, fabulous and fantastical collection is not to be missed!
Alien Arrivals John Daulton The populations on several worlds have discovered themselves to be but part of a galaxy filled with other sentients. Book 4 of the Galactic Mage Series begins a new phase of existence for the people of those worlds, and it follows the lives of Altin and Orli, Roberto, Queen Karroll, Blue Fire, Shadesbreath, and of course, Pernie, as they begin to discover what roles they have in the redefined universe.
Other familiar characters also appear, including the return of Black Sander and the ever-malignant marchioness. Their motives and machinations become increasingly clear, and their ambition, patience and cunning will be put in pursuit of greater power and influence.
It's a "new world" in the wide, wide galaxy, and the opportunities are endless Alien Arrivals is a , word novel, fourth in the series. Book 5, Dance of Destinies is also out, and Book 6 untitled as yet is expected late or early The adventures of Altin, Orli, Roberto, Pernie and all the rest continue as sentient races from across the stars come together in a Dance of Destinies. Pernie Grayborn presses on in her march toward becoming an assassin and the instrument of the elves. But that process forces her onto another world, one where she is the alien.
Worse, the distance threatens to destroy her chance of realizing her heart's true desire: the death of Orli Pewter and, with it, the chance to marry Sir Altin Meade. But fate may be helping her with that. Altin and Orli are in trouble. The newlyweds are trapped on an alien spacecraft in which the laws of nature seemed to have abandoned them—and the laws of magic, too!
If they can't escape on their own, it will be up to Roberto and the purple-corseted crew of the Glistening Lady to attempt a rescue. But what can the stalwart Spaniard and a handful of hot chicks do against spaceships that are thirty miles long? Besides, Roberto has problems of his own. The War Queen has drafted him to do her inter-planetary dirty work, and he finds himself immersed in a universe where the lust for power is rampant and underworld villains plot against seemingly everyone.
Greed spans an entire galaxy. Dance of Destinies is the fifth book in the Galactic Mage Series. Book six is expected late or early Seeking to avoid a looming doom, he sets his magical sights on the stars—a quest that will likely bring about the very consequence he's seeking to escape. Far across the galaxy, Ensign Orli Pewter of planet Earth has a looming doom of her own—one of loneliness, depression and, worse, a race of genocidal aliens known as "Hostiles" seeking to destroy humanity.
Trapped aboard a spaceship she never asked to be upon, Orli is in a fight for both her life and her sanity. Worlds apart, Altin and Orli share a destiny, but neither knows the other is alive. The Hostiles know.
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And they have other plans. Book 4, as yet untitled, is underway and expected in With the apparent betrayal by Blue Fire sending the forces of Earth and the forces of Prosperion whirling into chaos, what's to become of Altin and Orli's love, much less their lives? And worse, failed diplomacy now risks the lives of billions more as war rages across the galaxy, the very heavens bloated by the hate of so many races bent on revenge and dominance. Hostiles picks up the story where Rift in the Races left off, leaving Altin and Orli struggling to survive the fallout of failed interplanetary politics.
Somehow, they must endure the intergalactic menace of planet-sized magic, a vengeful space fleet, and the untimely rise of a jealous orc army bent on righting the wrongs of humanity's Prosperion past. And not only must they endure it, they must, if possible, make it right. What was once a proud, if humble, way of life has now become one of desperation and fear. Many have fled. Only the stubborn remain. Making matters worse, the harpies have returned. Some have been spotted in the skies. People are missing, and a woman is dead.
Realizing they cannot save Three Tents on their own, the proud miners send for help, appealing to the army garrisoned in Hast. The army sends Sergeant Ilbei Spadebreaker. With wit, pickaxe and a bit of brute force, the pot-bellied old veteran begins his work. He soon unearths layers of subterfuge far deeper than anything that can be dug up in a mine. What begins as a hunt for a band of brigands becomes a journey into the cavernous underworld of counterfeiting, corruption and conspiracy.
Whether you are familiar with planet Prosperion or heading there for the first time, the down-home, medieval style of fan-favorite Ilbei Spadebreaker will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone. The Earth fleet is now moving to take advantage of its recent victory. With better combat strategies and Prosperion wizards only a blink away, the time has come to finish the job they set out to do: destroying the Hostiles. But complications arise. Altin's discovery of space-traveling humans from distant Earth has threatened ancient and foundational beliefs for the people of his world.
The shockwaves from this revelation begin to unravel a long-standing but precarious balance of power. With her eyes to the sky and all its galactic possibilities, Prosperion's War Queen soon finds her realm on the brink of chaos. Together, Altin and Orli must once again find a way to mediate the forces of pride, frustration and fear between their two peoples, or both planets will be destroyed. What ensues is an action-packed, laser-blasting magic ride through space, war, romance and conspiracy—a thrilling tale of alliances and alien hostility.
Unfortunately, sometimes "alien hostility" is a matter of perspective. The Dubious Hills Pamela Dean Receiving an enormous responsibility as Physici for her people, the only individual in the Dubious Hills capable of experiencing and understanding pain, fourteen-year-old Arry seeks to protect her world from a wolf invasion.
Tam Lin: Fairy Tales 2 Pamela Dean A modern retelling of an ancient Scottish fairy tale sets the story of a girl whose lover is stolen by the Queen of Faeries against the backdrop of a midwestern college campus in the late sixties. Demopoulos and his ragtag crew of time and space travelers face a terrifying new challenge that threatens the entire universe after they crashland their spaceship on a giant trash planet. Bride of the Castle John DeChancie Preparing for his marriage to Linda, groom Gene dreads facing his wedding guests and swears he would rather face a horde of barbarians until an unexpected shift across a portal into a bizarre world makes his haphazard wish come true.
A parlous party at the Castle Perilous comes to a dead halt when the body of viscount Oren is discovered and foul play is suspected. But who is the killer? And where is the murder weapon? The rambunctious revelers at Castle P. Castle War! John DeChancie Castle Perilous is still tottering from last year's battle with the Hosts of Hell, and regaining stability proves a hard balancing act. Before Jeremy can design a program to calm the tremors of the universe, an alternative wicked reality appears that threatens to topple everything!
Castle P. Alan Kolkey, a psychokinetic telepath and scientific genius must face lessons he'd rather not when he meets his match in Dawn LaSarde. Dickson The Stargazers have long been guardians of the Old Magic, the precious life force of Ellemire that was stolen long ago and brought to Earth. For generations, the witches have traveled to our world to conceive a child and bring that magic home one little bit at a time. Unfortunately, this ritual turns once beautiful young women to shriveled crones and social outcasts.
Aster, the youngest of the Stargazer coven, is the next to make this crippling journey, but a lot more is riding on her success. She is the Great Mother, the long prophesied witch whose child is destined to release the Old Magic back to Ellemire and save the land from coming darkness. But she soon learns that saving her world comes at an unspeakable cost, one that forces her to decide whether she can even fulfill her obligations at all. Meanwhile, her devious and power-hungry aunt Oleander is nipping at her heels, determined to do whatever it takes to make Aster her pawn and her slave.
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Eccardt This unique book examines the history, culture, and inner workings of the seven smallest independent countries in Europe. These are among the oldest states on the continent and, despite their diversity, they have much in common. Most have relatively high per capita incomes and life expectancies, and relatively low unemployment.
This narrative presents the unique issues that confront small countries, including maintaining their independence, economic viability, preserving their native languages, and sustaining their governments. The second part of the book describes each microstate in turn, showing how each one has met these challenges and adapted over time. These concise and engaging chapters contain cultural information on subjects including the arts, gastronomy, and popular tourist sites. Arcanum Welcome New Students Rosemary Edghill, Mercedes Lackey Fifteen-year-old Tomas Torres, the son of an immigrant family who are just barely making it, gets picked up by the police for doing some work for the local padrone collector.
But what is the work? What is Tomas arrested for? Arson, but arson that cannot be explained. Tomas has a most unusual gift: he is a fire-starter—he can start fires with sheer force of will that flame from the tips of his fingers. More, he can will fireballs to hurl at his enemies or opponents, and he can incinerate any evidence. But the courts decide they have enough to convict young Tomas and send him off to a school which Tomas believes to be a kind of jail : St. Rhiannon's School for the Gifted and Exceptional Student.
At St. Rhiannon's, Tomas soon finds that he is not alone. Rhia's, as they call it, is a school for students of all ages with "gifts" like Tomas's: students who are pre-cogs, storm-callers, witches, healers, wizards, techno-shamans, psionics, firestarters, teleporters, psychics, sensitives and much, much more. Things he could never have imagined happen at St. Rhia's, and in time Tomas comes to feel less alone. He begins to believe in what he actually sees astral warriors, for example and all that he is taught by his attractive young mentor, VeeVee.
All students at St. Rhia's are attempting to learn to control their gifts. Tomas, too, must learn about the ethics and the laws of magic of which he knows nothing and more, how to control the strength and force of his fire. Join Tomas and his friends as they journey through St. Rhia's and beyond, both through the outside world and through magical Gates to the magical worlds of Chaos and other kingdoms where their gifts will be tested.
If they succeed, their powers will take on new relevance and meaning. She is known for her Valdemar novels which involve complicated stories about relationships between human and non-human beings and that bring into the story all manner of cultural issues such as social mores and ethics. While the structure outer structure of Lackey's world in her writing resembles our world as we know it, the world within the world is one that is inhabited by vampires, fire-starters, witches, elves, magicians, sensitives, wizards and the like all who can work powerful magic in our world through different portals as in this book.
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They had to use the power of countless other worlds to kill each other. The barriers separating the world of Fracture from other worlds shattered, and the Ancients were overrun by endless hordes of otherworldly monsters. Civilisation collapsed, monsters ate lots of people, and pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Eventually, the survivors invented barriers, a powerful form of magic capable of stabilising parts of Fracture and keeping out otherworldly monsters. Score one for civilisation.
She also likes to give people nicknames — irritatingly accurate nicknames. But it is beneath a shattered sky that Sophie finally learns that Matilda really is every bit the legend people say she is. The Galactic Peace Committee L. Estrella In one universe, humanity conquers the stars. In another universe, humanity is overrun by monsters so evil that their very presence dims the light of the stars. In yet another universe, humanity is drawn into an endless battle for dominion over the galaxy.
This is not one of those universes. In this universe, humanity is in charge of the Galactic Peace Committee. In theory, the Committee is an unmatched force for good, bringing peace and prosperity to countless worlds and ensuring that conflicts between different races are settled with words and not planet-cracking weaponry or super plagues designed to turn everyone into goo. In theory. Jake Smith is a diplomat. He works for the Committee. Can Jake survive petty aliens?
What about angry aliens? How about a fleet of aliens out for blood? That… that might be a little bit trickier. The Galactic Peace Committee… keeping peace sort of throughout the galaxy. To earn a pardon and avoid prison or execution, Timmy, Grand Necromancer and Lord of Black Tower Castle, has been completing missions for the Council with the help of an elite team of truly heroic individuals.
He loves tug-of-war and fetch. The Hungry Dragon Cookie Company is a collection of fourteen short stories that take place before, during, and after the first three parts of The Unconventional Heroes Series. Each story hopes to answer important questions like: How does a company involving cookies and dragons even work?
How did a trans-dimensional, protoplasmic horror and a Grand Necromancer become friends, and how did that horror develop an addiction to cake? How does an ancient vampire acquire the comely, young virgins she needs to maintain proper vampiric health without looking like a total weirdo? Answers to all of these questions and more will be revealed. With unconventional heroes like Timmy and the gang around, life is never boring. Two Necromancers, a Bureaucrat, and an Elf L.
Estrella Two necromancers, a bureaucrat, and an elf — it sounds like the start of a bad joke, only the joke is on Timmy. Timothy Walter Bolton — better known as Timmy — has spent most of his life as a necromancer. Hope arrives in the form of a new law. War is coming to Everton, and the Council is desperate. Two Necromancers, a Dragon, and a Vampire L. To earn his pardon and avoid becoming yet another necromancer statistic, Timmy has to work for the Council. From bandit uprisings to giant sea serpents and ogre invasions, Timmy and the others are there to save the day — sort of.
Now, they have to break back in to rescue a vampire. Does your country have a problem with a divine artefact capable of singlehandedly winning a war? Just send Timmy and the gang. The world is going to learn a very important lesson: never, ever underestimate a necromancer with a shovel and time to plan. Estrella Two necromancers, an army of golems, and a demon lord — it sounds like a recipe for trouble, and for Timmy, it definitely is. An army of killer golems is on the loose, which may give Timmy the excuse he needs to legally unleash wave after wave of killer zombies.
One way or another, Timmy is going to get his pardon and a tax rebate too — even if it means going up against murderous golems, insane demon lords, or mischievous ninja rodents with a predilection for magical swords and the skills to back up the trash talk. They have been written by the likes of Stephen R. Donaldson, Robert Jordan, and Terry Goodkind. Prince Gaborn, the Earth King, has defeated the forces arrayed against him each time before: the magical and human forces marshaled by Raj Ahten, who seeks immortality at any cost and has given up his humanity in trade; and the inhuman, innumerable, insectile hordes of the giant Reavers from under the Earth, whose motives are unknowable, but inimical to human life.
Now there must be final confrontations, both on the field of battle, with the supernatural creature that Raj Ahten has become, and underground, in the cavernous homeland of the Reavers, where the sorcerous One True Master who rules them all lies in wait—in the Lair of Bones. The survival of the human race on Earth is at stake. Sons of the Oak David Farland Certain works of fantasy are immediately recognizable as monuments, towering above the rest of the category. Authors of those works, such as Stephen R.
Donaldson, Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind, come immediately to mind. The story picks up eight years after the events of Lair of Bones and begins a new chapter in the Runelords saga focusing on Gaborn's son, Fallion. Gaborn, the Earth King, has been traveling far from his home, to strange and unknown places. While beyond the edge of the earth, he finally succumbs to the accelerated aging that comes from all of the endowments he has taken. His death is the signal for a revolution, an attack from the supernatural realms by immensely powerful immortal beings.
These forces have discovered that Gaborn's son is the resurrection of an immortal, one whose potential power is so great that he might be able to reorder the entire universe. Fallion's enemies have decided that they must control him, and failing that, destroy him. He is only a child, but he is the heir to Gaborn's kingdom, and so must flee to the ends of the earth to avoid the destruction of all that Gaborn accomplished. One of the mightiest of contemporary fantasy epics continues.
He must contend with the threat of the huge, inhuman Reavers, whose myriads Gaborn and his forces must now pursue across the nation. Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — September by K. September Zombie Gentlemen 3 by K. Merikan Goodreads Author. After a rocky start, their mutual fascination makes James hap Keeping his wife happy was hard enough without a gay lover and the zombie Plague.
After a rocky start, their mutual fascination makes James happier than ever. Despite initial worries, Ira has no trouble blending in with the aristocratic household. His wife on the other hand takes a different sort of interest in Ira. With a political opponent watching his every move and the threat of a terrorist attack on London, James is walking a tightrope.
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Sort order. Jul 13, Sophia Triad rated it really liked it Shelves: worldend-endofworldasweknowit , zombies , 5historical-lovestories-oldtimes , 1paranormal-lovestories. Ira becomes a member of James family and James is happier and more complete than ever. Unfortunately James is also blackmailed and at the same time his wife is unsatisfied.
Zombies will start roaming London and they will provide an easy solution for the blackmail yes, Ira is definitely a ruthless man - it is a good thing that he loves James and his family. Casanova will provide an easy solution for James' wife loneliness. That was a good addition to the series. View all 8 comments. Jun 15, Em rated it liked it Shelves: alpha , apocalyptic-dystopic , bdsm-kink , dirty-talk , dtr , first-time , historical-fiction , m-m , secret-relationship , seriel. In this instalment we get to see a different side to Ira and the people he surrounds himself with and we also find out exactly what he will do to protect his life with James.
A more mature part of the series probably because we've known the characters long enough. I really enjoyed the interactions between James and Ira, their relationship has reached the part where it is more than sex and love is definitely a part of it now. I also really liked that Katherine James' wife has her own subplot, she was almost a ghost NOT a zombie :P in the previous chapters.
The zombie part was very exciting got me a little mad A very satisfying ending to the story Mar 22, Elena rated it really liked it Shelves: bdsm-kink , disabilities-illnesses-scars , historical , mm , pirates-sailors , royalty-nobility-knights , sci-fi-futuristic-steampunk , to-reread-definitely , vampires-zombies , favourite-series.
Loved it! I loved what James did for Ira! And I loooooved what Ira did for James! Jul 04, Aleksshi rated it it was amazing.