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  • Author:
    Pope, Elizabeth Marie
    Summary:

    In 1558 while imprisoned in a remote castle, a young girl becomes involved in a series of events that leads to an underground labyrinth peopled by the last practitioners of druidic magic.

  • Author:
    Bow, Patricia
    Summary:

    Presenting the two novels in the Mythrin fantasy series, all about Amelia Hammer’s adventures in another world. Amelia’s globe-trotting parents have dumped her in tiny, boring Dunstone in the middle of winter with her grandmother and her geeky cousin Simon, who isn’t having much fun either, saddled with a sulky stranger. But life in safe little Dunstone turns dangerously exciting when tall, proud, fearless Mara comes to town. Mara is not what she seems, and when the cousins take Mara’s side in a war for an alien world, Amelia has to spread her wings – literally – and Simon must find out how far he will go to save a cousin who has become a friend. In The Prism Blade, dragon leader Mara seeks Amelia’s help again. This time, a peculiar race of humans from a world called Cassar is searching for the Prism Blade, a legendary weapon forged at the beginning of time. Both the dragons of Mythrin and the Casseri seek the Prism Blade for their own protection. Caught in the middle, Amelia and Simon are also caught by surprise when they discover that the Prism Blade has been hidden in their own town … and is one of its most treasured objects! Includes: The Ruby Kingdom The Prism Blade

  • Author:
    Priest, Robert
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    A painted sword is their only protection from evil sorcery, strange creatures, and enemy forces. On the spell-crossed Phaer Isle, teenage Xemion dreams of being a great swordsman. When he finds a blade-shaped stick, he fashions it to look like a real sword. Knowing that the laws of their cruel Pathan conquerors would require a death sentence for possession of such an object, his friend Saheli demands he destroy it. He agrees, but insists on performing just one sword ceremony. When his mastery of the weapon, a skill long forgotten, is witnessed by a mysterious man named Vallaine, the two friends are invited to join a planned rebellion. At first they refuse, but when a sadistic official discovers their transgressions, they are forced to flee their home and embark on a dangerous journey to the ruins of the ancient city of Ulde, where rebel forces are gathering. Armed with only their wits and the painted sword, they face Thralls, Triplicants, dragons, rage-wraiths, and a host of other spell-crossed beings. As they approach the Great Kone, source of all spell-craft, Saheli’s fear of magic and Xemion’s attraction to it bind them in a crossed spell of their own — one that threatens to separate the two forever.

  • Author:
    Akers, Tim
    Summary:

    The Celestial Church has all but eliminated the old pagan ways, ruling the people with an iron hand. Demonic gheists terrorize the land, hunted by the warriors of the Inquisition, yet it's the battling factions within the Church and age-old hatreds between north and south that tear the land apart. Malcolm Blakley, hero of the Reaver War, seeks to end the conflict between men, yet it will fall to his son, Ian, and the huntress Gwen Adair to stop the killing before it tears the land apart. The Pagan Night is an epic of mad gods, inquisitor priests, holy knights bound to hunt and kill, and noble houses fighting battles of politics, prejudice, and power.

  • Author:
    Johnson, Erik T.
    Summary:

    A school bus is forced off a cliff by a vehicle in pursuit of a legendary woodland giant. Secrets are revealed when it's passenger, a boy known for his inability to speak, commands the giant to in an unknown language. Exposed as link between our world and another, the boy must choose to stay or journey to another place.

  • Author:
    De Lint, Charles
    Summary:

    "Charles de Lint has brought an entire imaginary North American city to vivid life, Newford: where magic lights dark streets; where myths walk clothed in modern shapes; where humans and older beings must work to keep the whole world turning." "He has peopled this city with extraordinary characters - people like Joseph Crazy Dog, also known as Bones, the trickster who walks in two worlds at once; Sophie, born with magic in the blood, whose boyfriend dwells in the otherworld of dreams; Angel, who runs a center for street people and lives up to her name; Geordie, creating enchantment with his fiddle; Christy, collecting stories in the streets; the Crow Girls, wild and elusive; and many, many more.". "At the center of these entwined lives stands a young artist named Jilly Coppercorn, whose paintings capture the hidden beings that dwell in Newford's shadows. Jilly has been a central part of the street scene since de Lint's very first stories. With her tangled hair, her paint-splattered jeans, a smile perpetually on her lips, she's darted in and out of the Newford tales. Now, at last, we have Jilly's own story, and it's a powerful one indeed...for behind the painter's fey charm ... [more]there's a dark secret, and a past she's labored to forget. And that past is coming to claim her now, threatening all she loves." ""I'm the onion girl," Jilly Coppercorn says. "Pull back the layers of my life, and you won't find anything at the core. Just a broken child. A hollow girl." She's run from the past and the truth for so long. She's very good at running. But life has just forced Jilly to stop."--BOOK JACKET.

  • Author:
    McCulloch, Amy
    Summary:

    In the land of Darhan, promises are bound by magic, tied into knots, and worn with pride. Those who break them are physically scarred, cast out into the desert, and stalked by vengeful shadows of their treachery. Fifteen-year-old Raim, the best young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard, has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. He doesn’t know where it came from and barely thinks about it at all. But on the most important day of his life, when Raim agrees to give his life as a warrior to the future king, that knot bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin. Now scarred as an oathbreaker, Raim has two options: run or die. Praise: "An excellent choice for those looking for a compelling and detailed fantasy novel." —SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL "Middle-school readers looking to get lost in another world will enjoy this adventure-packed read." —BOOKLIST "An intriguing start to McCulloch's planned series." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "The most compelling new fantasy I've read in years." —Jonathan Stroud, author of Lockwood & Co and the Bartimaeus books “Brilliant. Absolutely gripping from the start, a complete joy and a great new voice.” —Conn Iggulden, author of the internationally bestselling Empire series “The Oathbreaker’s Shadow is a very promising debut in what bodes to be an electrifying duology. Unusual magic set in an exotic location and nomadic culture lures the reader to total immersion in Raim’s world.” —Robin Hobb, internationally bestselling author of the Farseer trilogy

  • Author:
    Malinowski, E. T
    Summary:

    Bran O’Rury is living a simple life in ancient Ireland until a lover’s betrayal and a furious lynch mob force him into an ancient faerie ring. He wakes up in a strange world, in the care of a beautiful man who offers more questions than a simple peasant can answer. Their attraction is instant and magnetic, but their worlds are centuries apart. Will their romance be just a mystical memory, or is there a will and a purpose behind the fairy magic of the oak rings? A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2012 Daily Dose package "Time Is Eternity."

  • Author:
    Moorcock, Michael
    Summary:

    "Spring has turned to summer, the hottest and most abundant summer ever remembered in the Mabden lands. But in the mists lurks an insidious coldness--the icy presence of the Fhoi Myore. Despite being slowly decayed by the warmth of the world, these harbingers of death will stop at nothing to overwhelm the Earth. The High King of the Mabden, Amergin, must unite the race in the fight against the Fhoi Myore. But Amergin is in thrall to the dark magic of the Gods of Limbo. It falls to Corum of the Silver Hand to restore the rightful power of the High King with the miraculous forces of two legendary talismans: the Golden Oak and the Silver Ram ..."--Page 4 of cover

  • Author:
    Calvino, Italo
    Summary:

    A parody of medieval knighthood told by a nun. Executed with brilliance and brio"(Chicago Tribune). Translated by Archibald Colquhoun. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

  • Author:
    Townsend, Tracy
    Summary:

    A book that some would kill for. Black market courier Rowena Downshire is doing everything she can to stay off the streets and earn enough to pay her mother's way to freedom. But an urgent and unexpected delivery leads her face to face with a creature out of nightmares. The Alchemist knows things few men have lived to tell about, but when a frightened and empty-handed courier shows up on his doorstep he knows better than to turn her away. What he discovers leads him to ask for help from the last man he wants to see-the former mercenary, Anselm Meteron. Reverend Phillip Chalmers awakes in a cell, bloodied and bruised, facing a creature twice his size. Translating a stolen book that writes itself may be his only hope for survival; however, he soon learns the text may have been written by the Creator himself, tracking the nine human subjects of his Grand Experiment. In the wrong hands, it could mean the end of humanity. This unlikely team must try to keep the book from those who would misuse it. But how can they be sure who the enemy is when they can barely trust each other? And what will happen to them when it reveals a secret no human was meant to know' Story Locale: A fantasy world where theology is a science, three sentient species live in an uneasy truce, and the fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of nine unsuspecting individuals. Series Overview: In a world where three sentient races exist in a precarious peace, nine people are the unknowing subjects of an experiment by the Creator, tracked in a book that writes itself; factions of all three races fight to obtain the book and alter the course of history.

  • Author:
    Stross, Charles
    Summary:

    The Laundry Files' "fast-paced blend of espionage thrills, mundane office comedy and Lovecraftian horror" (SFX) continues as Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross assigns a day trader to a permanent position on the night shift... After stumbling upon the algorithm that turned him and his fellow merchant bankers into vampires, Alex Schwartz was drafted by The Laundry, Britain's secret counter-occult agency that's humanity's first line of defense against the forces of darkness. Dependent on his new employers for his continued existence-as Alex has no stomach for predatory bloodsucking-he has little choice but to accept his new role as an operative-in-training. Dispatched to Leeds, Alex's first assignment is to help assess the costs of renovating a 1950s Cold War bunker into The Laundry's new headquarters. Unfortunately, Leeds is Alex's hometown, and the thought of breaking the news to his parents that he's left banking for civil service, while hiding his undead condition, is causing more anxiety than learning how to live as a vampire secret agent preparing to confront multiple apocalypses. Alex's only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a drama student appearing in the local Goth Festival who is inexplicably attracted to him despite his awkward personality and massive amounts of sunblock. But Cassie has secrets of her own-secrets that make Alex's night life behaviors seem positively normal...

  • Author:
    Schlitz, Laura Amy
    Summary:

    When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.

  • Author:
    Carroll, Susan
    Summary:

    In an exciting sequel, the acclaimed author of "The Bride Finder" sweeps readers back to the Cornish castle where Lance St. Leger, on one of his mysterious night "journeys", finds his perfect mate.

  • Author:
    Bush, Maureen
    Summary:

    It’s Halloween, and Josh and Maddy are all ready to go out trick-or-treating. But the arrival of their otter-people friends with an urgent message from Keeper the Giant changes everything.

  • Author:
    Thompson, Kate
    Summary:

    Irish teenager JJ Liddy discovers that time is leaking from his world into Tir na nOg, the land of the fairies, and when he attempts to stop the leak he finds out a lot about his family history, the music that he loves, and a crime his great-grandfather may or may not have committed.

  • Author:
    McMullan, Kate
    Summary:

    Wiglaf is off to Dragon Slayers' Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget.

  • Author:
    Briceland, V.
    Summary:

    Volume III in the acclaimed Cassaforte Chronicles Petro Divetri—younger brother of famed sorceress Risa Divetri—just wants to be left alone. His status as one of the seven ruling families in Cassaforte has saddled him with unwanted attention, from bullies as well as from those seeking favors. So when Petro and his best friend Adrio are sent to far-off Nascenza for the Midsummer High Rites, they swap identities. Their prank goes awry when Adrio, mistaken for Petro, is kidnapped by rebels determined to overthrow the king. With the help of Emilia, a palace guard who wants to prove her worth, Petro must rescue his friend and defeat a political plot that threatens to wipe out all of Cassaforte.

  • Author:
    Briceland, V.
    Summary:

    Volume III in the acclaimed Cassaforte Chronicles Petro Divetri-younger brother of famed sorceress Risa Divetri-just wants to be left alone. His status as one of the seven ruling families in Cassaforte has saddled him with unwanted attention, from bullies as well as from those seeking favors. So when Petro and his best friend Adrio are sent to far-off Nascenza for the Midsummer High Rites, they swap identities. Their prank goes awry when Adrio, mistaken for Petro, is kidnapped by rebels determined to overthrow the king. With the help of Emilia, a palace guard who wants to prove her worth, Petro must rescue his friend and defeat a political plot that threatens to wipe out all of Cassaforte.

  • Author:
    Banks, Lynne Reid
    Summary:

    After the family moves to the country to a house recently inherited by his mother, Omri finds many secrets revealed to him when he accidently discovers the link between the house and the magic cupboard. Sequel to "The Secret of the Indian."

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