Drew Karpyshyn has already enthralled legions of fans with his imaginative storytelling in the worlds of Mass Effect and Star Wars. Now he has created his first original series, a muscular, action-packed, colossal epic fantasy, a thrilling sword-and-sorcery adventure that will vault him to the pantheon of fantasy writers such as Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, and Brandon Sanderson. In Children of Fire, Karpyshyn draws readers into the saga of four young wizards who are born with the power to wield the long-lost power of Chaos magic...and whose mastery of this ancient sorcery may save--or doom--the world.
Beautiful but scheming, successful designer Auralie plots to bring about the downfall of her virtuous cousin, Jeanine. Recently widowed, but still young and glamorous, Jeanine finds her passions being rekindled by Auralie's husband. But she is playing into Auralie's trap - and a world of erotic depravity? Set against a backdrop of sophisticated elegance, a tale of family intrigue, forbidden passions and depraved secrets unfolds.
A stunning, moving tale of forbidden love in segregated 1930s Kentucky, perfect for fans of The Help. Love doesn't play by the rules. Shalerville, Kentucky, 1939. A world where black maids and handymen are trusted to raise white children and tend to white houses, but from which they are banished after dark. Sixteen-year-old Isabelle McAllister, born into wealth and privilege, finds her ordered life turned upside down when she becomes attracted to Robert, the ambitious black son of her family's housekeeper. Before long Isabelle and Robert are crossing extraordinary, dangerous boundaries and falling deeply in love. Many years later, eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle will travel from her home in Arlington, Texas, to Ohio for a funeral. With Isabelle is her hairstylist and friend, Dorrie Curtis – a black single mother with her own problems. Along the way, Isabelle will finally reveal to Dorrie the truth of her painful past: a tale of forbidden love, the consequences of which will resound for decades.
What if. . . the countless standing stones and stone circles across the old Celtic world had a secret origin and use? What if they were really portals, openings to other worlds, pathways used by beings able to move between the worlds? What if... Eons ago, seven ancient beings found their way into a new, human world and made it their own. They each had a power that corresponded to the seven elements of nature: storm, water, fire, earth, animals, life/death, and war; so they became peaceful gods among the people. But the goddess of fire, Chaela, soon became convinced that her power should overrule that of the other gods', and so she threw all humanity into chaos, raining down destruction and threatening the very existence of everything on earth. Only by banding together did the others defeat her by forcing her from the human world, erecting stone barriers to keep her out. Not underestimating Chaela's desire to return, the other gods selected, marked and trained humans from their own bloodlines to serve as priests, protectors and seers and to ensure that the energy they'd used against Chaela would remain strong enough to keep the human world safe. And thus were born the Warriors of Destiny... Now the year is 1286, when a young woman named Brienne has recently discovered that she can manipulate fire and that she has a curious marking on her arm she can't decipher. On the other side of the village, another young man with simiar and strange markings has been summoned by the King to stop an evil Duke who is rumored to be helping an evil goddess, the goddess of fire. Though his quest seems impossible at best, he stumbles across Brienne at the beginning of the journey--and he might jus thave found everything he's ever needed...
"No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's"Exploring the primordial nightmares that lurk within humanity's dreams of progress and technology, H.G. Wells was a science fiction pioneer. This new omnibus edition brings together four of his hugely original and influential science-fiction novels - The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds - with his most unsettling and strange short stories. Containing monstrous experiments, terrifying journeys, alien occupiers and grotesque creatures, these visionary tales discomfit and disturb, and retain the power to trouble our sense of who we are. With an introduction by Matthew Beaumont
How far would you go for love? Callie McFay is about to cross worlds and time... Fairwick used to be populated by all manner of magical creatures but when a cabal of witches forced the closure of the last door to Fairie, the townsfolk had to choose sides. Now it is up to Callie to find a way back. Her quest will take her far from home – to a 17th Century Scotland where the demon she once fell in love with is still very much a man...
Dickens's first historical novel is set against the infamous 'No Popery' riots that were instigated by Lord George Gordon in 1780, and terrorised London for days. Prejudice, intolerance, misplaced religious and nationalistic fervour, together with the villains who would exploit these for political ends, are Dickens's targets. His vivid account of the riots at the heart of the novel is interwoven with the mysterious tale of a long unsolved murder, and a romance that combines forbidden love, passion, treachery and heroism. A typically rich cast of comic characters, from the snivelling Miss Miggs and the posturing Simon Tappertit to the half-witted Barnaby Rudge of the title, ensures high entertainment.
During a white-hot summer on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra, two girls fall into each other’s lives to devastating effect. When Samantha, a young, impressionable American, meets Naomi, a Brit with a taste for danger, their relationship quickly takes on a special intensity. Amid the sun, sea and high society of island life, their imaginations are sparked when one day they find a young Arab man, Faoud, washed up on shore, a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean. But when their seemingly simple plan to help the stranger goes wrong, all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion. Sinister and ravishing, Beautiful Animals tells the story of two worlds colliding. It exposes the dark heart of friendship, and shows just how often the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions.
After enlisting in a revolutionary terrorist organization, the university student Nikolai Apollonovich Ableukhov is entrusted with a highly dangerous mission: to plant a bomb and assassinate a major government figure. But the real central character of the novel is the city of Petersburg at the beginning of the twentieth century, caught in the grip of political agitation and social unrest. Intertwining the worlds of history and myth, and parading a cast of unforgettable characters, Petersburg is a story of apocalypse and redemption played out through family dysfunction, conspiracy and murder.
The beautiful worlds of Dragon Age are yours to explore in this amazing new coloring book, including forty-five fantastic original black-and-white illustrations of unforgettable characters and iconic scenes from the entire award-winning trilogy—each specifically crafted to be colored in any way that you choose! Thrill to the exploits of Alistair, Morrigan, Varric, and the rest, and adventure alongside them on your own journey of creativity! Whether you’re a casual fan of fantasy, or the Herald of Andraste themself, the Dragon Age Adult Coloring Book is not to be missed!The official Dragon Age coloring book!Color your favorite moments taken straight from the game!Includes forty-five pieces of beautifully detailed black and white artwork!
Lee, living in Hong Kong, meets Matt - a fine young Englishman. Their relationship becomes stronger by the day, despite their deep cultural differences. But there is Lee's dad to contend with, who views the affair very suspiciously. And there is another contender for Lee's heart - a young Chinese man whose jealousy takes on twinges of xenophobia. Will Lee and Matt's relationship successfully cross the cultural divide and overcome the negative odds? Two worlds collide, creating sparks both good and bad.
The new novel by the author of The Alchemist. Aleph marks a return to Paulo Coelhos beginnings. In a frank and surprising personal story, one of the worlds most beloved authors embarks on a remarkable and transformative journey of self- discovery. Facing a grave crisis of faith, and seeking a path of spiritual renewal and growth, Paulo decides to start over: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the world. On this journey through Europe, Africa, and Asia, he will again meet Hilal-the woman he loved 500 years before-an encounter that will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, through past and present, in search of himself. Aleph is an encounter with our fears and our sins; a search for love and forgiveness, and the courage to confront the inevitable challenges of life.
The Long Earth is open. Humanity now spreads across untold worlds linked by fleets of airships encouraging exploration, trade and culture. But while mankind may be shaping the Long Earth, the Long Earth is, in turn, shaping mankind - and a collision of crises is looming. More than a million steps from our original Datum Earth a new America has emerged - a young nation that resents answering to the Datum government. And the trolls - those graceful, hive-mind humanoids whose song once suffused the Long Earth - are, in the face of man's inexorable advance, beginning to fall silent... and to disappear. It was Joshua Valiente who, with the omniscient being known as Lobsang, first explored these multiple worlds all those years ago. And it is to Joshua that the Long Earth now turns for help. Because there is the very real threat of war ... ... a war unlike any fought before.
For thousands of years, epic stories have been passed down from Time Lord to student, generation to generation. The truth of these tales was lost millennia ago, but the myths and legends themselves are timeless. These are the most enduring of those tales. From the princess Manussa and her giant snake Mara, to the Vardon Horse of Xeriphin, these stories shed light on the universe around us and the beings from other worlds that we meet. Myths hold up a mirror to our past, present and future, explaining our culture, our history, our hopes and fears. A collection of epic adventures from the Time Lords’ mist-covered past, Myths and Legends is a unforgettable gallery of heroes and villains, gods and monsters.
A newly revised edition of Raymond E. Feist' s continuation of his classic Riftwar series. Set twenty years after the events of the Riftwar, Prince of the Blood follows the adventures of Prince Arutha's sons in the dangerously unstable Great Empire of Kesh. Set twenty years after the events in The Riftwar Saga, Prince of the Blood follows the adventures that erupt when a group of powerful nobles attempt to overthrow the Empress of Kesh, bitterly dividing the court. In the centre of the conflict are the two princes of Krondor, Borric and Erland. When Borric escapes and makes a desperate journey back tothe court to warn of the traitor's plans - which if they were to succeed, would start a war that would twar the Empire apart. From the author of the phenomally successful novels in The Riftwar series comes the newly revised tale of swashbuckling adventure in one of the most popular fantasy worlds ever created. Prince of the Blood is the classic, action-packed saga of conflict and love, magic and legend, from the master of epic fantasy.
Jude Ryan expects obedience. And she always gets it. Fellow artist, Michael Read, believes he can persuade any woman to submit to him. And he can be very persuasive. In Jude he finds a sexual appetite to match his own and a power he can't resist. The kiss of the whip, the unforgiving caress of leather restraints and cold, cruel stiletto heels are the tools she uses to push Michael to erotic extremes and open his eyes to a whole new world of forbidden pleasure. In her dungeon he learns that bondage can set you free.