Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin' s bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne. The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries-- and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police. Having meticulously silenced his adversaries through intimidation, imprisonment, and execution, Orlanko is the most feared man in the kingdom. And he knows an arcane secret that puts Raesinia completely at his mercy. Exposure would mean ruin, but Raesinia is determined to find a way to break herself-- and her country-- out of Orlanko' s iron grip. She finds unlikely allies in the returning war hero Janus bet Vhalnich, fresh from a brilliant campaign in the colony of Khandar, and his loyal deputies, Captain Marcus d' Ivoire and Lieutenant Winter Ihernglass. As Marcus and Winter struggle to find their places in the home they never thought they would see again, they help Janus and Raesinia set in motion events that could free Vordan from Orlanko' s influence-- at the price of throwing the nation into chaos. But with the people suffering under the Duke' s tyranny, they intend to protect the kingdom with every power they can command, earthly or otherwise.
- Author:Wexler, DjangoSummary:
- Author:Duncan, DaveSummary:
A young man is transformed into a barbarian fighter in this adventurous series from "one of the leading masters of epic fantasy" (Publishers Weekly). In this complete collection of the high fantasy Seventh Sword series by Aurora Award-winning author Dave Duncan, Wallie Smith must face a new destiny and save an unfamiliar world from evil forces. The Reluctant Swordsman: Wallie goes to the hospital and wakes up in the body of a barbarian swordsman, accompanied by a voluptuous slave girl and an eccentric priest babbling about the Goddess. When he learns the Goddess needs a swordsman, he reluctantly agrees to set off on her quest. The Coming of Wisdom: Wallie is staring death in the face when the Goddess gives him a new body and the fabled Sapphire Sword in return for being her champion. But Wallie and his weapon quickly find themselves outmatched in a world of high-stakes magic. The Destiny of the Sword: Wallie is entrusted by the presiding goddess with a mission to bring together all the swordsmen to finally defeat the sorcerers and their terrible technology. And while he's not quite convinced he should oblige, goddesses can be very persuasive ... The Death of the Nnanji: For fifteen years the truce has held, but now sorcerers have started killing swordsmen again and swordsmen traitors are aiding them. Wallie, known now as Shonshu, must ride out to fight the war he hoped would never come, and his failure or success will determine the fate of the world for the next thousand years.
- Author:Calmes, MarySummary:
After saving his younger brother’s child, Daemon Shar is cursed by a witch and runs far from home, a stray who will seemingly never be anything more. But destiny is hard to outrun, even for a man who is now more cat than man beneath his robes and cowl. A chance battlefield meeting between he and Ehron, a foreign lord, gives him purpose amidst the darkness of his accursed life. Soon Daemon finds that his true nature cannot be corrupted no matter the form he inhabits. As Ehron’s consul, Daemon plots and plans to shape his new lord's future so that he may leave it blessed when he runs away yet again. But he never counted on his soul hungering for Ehron’s brother Gareth or for his past to catch him by the tail at last.
- Author:Raedeke, ChristySummary:
Can Caity Mac Fireland end the devastating global reign of the Fraternitas and TRANSFORM THE WORLD (again)? After discovering that Uncle Li betrayed her and that the Fraternitas Regni Occulti burned down her family's house, Caity Mac Fireland hides away at a boarding school that allows her to travel around the globe. With the murderous Fraternitas hot on her heels, Caity continues to mobilize the planet's young people as she attempts to fulfill the Mayan prophecy. Helping—and sometimes hindering—Caity in her quest are her best friend Justine, boyfriend Alex, and new classmate Jules D'Aubigne, an intriguing French boy. If Caity and her friends succeed, they will usher in a new era of change. But if they fail, the evil Fraternitas will have total dominion over a doomed world. Praise: "A delightful heroine... Readers will want to follow Caity's adventure." —BOOKLIST "This conspiracy tale has all the trimmings of a Dan Brown thriller." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
- Author:Neff, Henry H.Summary:
Twelve-year-old Max and his allies risk much as they seek to acquire the Book of Origins, an artifact of unimaginable power, in hopes of halting the ancient evil that is bringing the world to its knees.
- Author:Kipling, RudyardSummary:
The Second Jungle Book is the sequel to Rudyard Kipling's acclaimed collection of stories about the Indian jungle. These new stories were published a year after the original, and mostly focus on the same characters including Mowgli, Baloo, and Beeghera. Similar to his first collection of fables, this sequel also contains a poem at the end of every story, showcasing Rudyard's knowledge of the politics of the time, as well as his passion for the Indian Jungle.
- Author:Cast, P. C., Cast, KristinSummary:
Eons ago Sirens were exiled from the Mortal Realm but now vow to break free. Their mission: mate with human men to dilute their cursed bloodline, kill the man, and form a new race of Sirens. But can Melody bring herself to kill, even to save her people, after she meets the charming Dean?
- Author:Moorcock, MichaelSummary:
Forced to flee his city of Melnibone, Elric and his sorcerous blade Stormbringer journey through barren hills to the edge of a black sea. Elric finds a dark ship and begins a voyage that will bring him face-to-face with all the champions Time can summon--and more. Reissue.
- Author:Jacques, BrianSummary:
The courageous Redwall creatures band together as Vilaya, the evil Sable Quean, and her horde of vermin attempt to make off with the young animals of the Abbey.
- Author:Flanagan, JohnSummary:
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
- Author:Bow, PatriciaSummary:
Mountains, travel, adventure Amelia Hammer wants it all. Instead, her globe-trotting parents have dumped her in tiny, boring Dunstone, Ontario, in the middle of winter with her grandmother and her geeky cousin Simon. Simon isn’t having much fun either, saddled with a sulky stranger in black leather and with neon hair.And he has to be nice to her. But life in safe little Dunstone turns dangerously exciting when Mara comes to town. Amelia is enchanted by this tall, proud, fearless girl, but Simon worries that Mara might be mixed up in something weird. Hes right. Mara is not what she seems, and neither is the shape-shifting assassin whos tracking her. 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.
- Author:Caldwell, TaylorSummary:
A young queen is torn between her heart's desire and the fate of her kingdom in this "first-rate" fantasy from a New York Times-bestselling author (Library Journal). On his deathbed, the four-hundred-year-old emperor of Atlantis has reason to worry. Signar, the savage ruler of a powerful outlying state, is scheming to seize control of the empire, and not even its advanced technology can save it. But something else can ... From the frozen north country of Althrustri, Signar will halt his invasion if he can take the emperor's daughter, the beautiful Empress Salustra, as his bride. Such a marriage contradicts the deepest feelings of Salustra's heart, the secret wisdom of her lineage, and her sacred trust as Atlantis's queen. But the emperor has a plan: Salustra will seduce Signar and then sentence him to death. In spite of every effort to harden her heart, Salustra soon finds herself falling in love with the lustful barbarian. Her loyalties gravely divided, the empress must make a decision that will change the course of history. Written by author Taylor Caldwell when she was a young girl and revised and published decades later, The Romance of Atlantis transforms the legend of a lost kingdom into an "extraordinary" tale of passion and intrigue (TheColumbus Dispatch).
- Author:Clayton, EmmaSummary:
In an overpopulated world where all signs of nature have been obliterated and a wall has been erected to keep out plague-ridden animals, twelve-year-old Mika refuses to believe that his twin sister was killed after being abducted, and continues to search for her in spite of the dangers he faces in doing so.
- Author:LaHaye, Tim F.Summary:
Ray Steele knows he is absolutely sure of one thing--he does not want to take over the family business. Instead, he dreams of becoming a pilot. On the other side of the world, Marilena Carpathia dreams of becoming a mother. Through genetic engineering, she's about to get her wish. But what she doesn't know is, the prince of darkness himself has chosen her as his vessel--and she is about to give birth to the greatest evil the world has ever known.
- Author:Tolkien, J.R.R.Summary:
The Return of the King is the third and final volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, following The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. The story begins in the kingdom of Gondor, which is soon to be attacked by the Dark Lord Sauron.
- Author:Tolkien, J. R. R.Summary:
The original American full dramatization as broadcast on National Public Radio. War rages in the west--a titanic battle of will and strategy between the great wizard Gandalf and Sauron, the dark lord. Meanwhile, eastward in Mordor, Frodo and Sam approach the end of their improbable quest, bearing the One Ring ever closer to the Cracks of Doom--and to a final confrontation with the very essence of evil.
- Author:Delacroix, ClaireSummary:
Released from the captivity of the Fae, Murdoch Seton wants nothing more than to forget his lost years. Undertaking a quest to recover treasure stolen from his family seems the perfect solution, but Murdoch is not counting on Isabella, a curious maiden who holds both the secret to the theft and his sole redemption. As the treacherous Fae move to claim Murdoch forever, Isabella seeks to heal the knight who has stolen her heart.
- Author:LaHaye, Tim F.Summary:
As the battered earth reels under judgments from Heaven, Global Community leader Nicolae Carpathia clamps down on those who refuse to proclaim total allegiance to him. He has a million of his enemies just where he wants them -- massed at Petra and within striking distance of his devastating firepower. Meanwhile, the Tribulation Force is compromised, forcing Rayford Steele, Buck Williams and the others to run for their lives.
- Author:Dempster, Kerr-AnnSummary:
Centuries ago, sibling rivalry tore Aramith apart. As punishment, the losers were stripped of their immortal birthright and banished to Earth. There, they wasted away from old age and diseases. However, there is hope… If a Shaw child, born on the 12th day of the 12th month offers her soul in a public sacrifice, then the exiles will be forgiven and welcomed home to Aramith. Aubrey Shaw is that child, but dying for the exiles is not on her to-do list. Using her gift as a Jumper, Aubrey leaps between bodies to escape relentless shape-shifting hunters. Only, shedding her skin is not enough. Not when Joshua, her best-friend-turned-hunter, is hell-bent on dragging her to the altar. Will Aubrey’s love for Joshua change his mind? Or, will she have to trust the scarred stranger who shows up out of the blue cloaked in lies and secrets? Doing so means giving up on Joshua. But betting on Joshua's love could do more than break her heart. It could kill her.
- Author:Williamson, JillSummary:
One battle is over, but the war has just begun. Following the ambush that destroyed the veteran armies of Armania and Sarikar, Prince Trevn travels back to Armanguard to help defend his people from future attacks. With a sorcerer trying to usurp the throne and giants threatening to enslave them, the struggle to unite the people will be a difficult task.