Shield of Stars

Author: Hilari Bell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442406720

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

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Weasel fumbled the cloth aside. It was a shield, steel plate over dark wood, with rotting leather straps. It looked old, and battered, and real. A former pickpocket, Weasel is the type of boy most people would avoid. Certainly, no one would ever trust him -- except for one man. Justice Holis took Weasel off the streets, gave him a home, a job as his clerk, and a key to his house. Weasel's new life may be a bit boring, but for the first time someone actually cares about him. Now Justice Holis is the one in trouble. Arrested for treason, he will surely hang unless someone saves him -- and that someone can only be Weasel. But what can one boy do? Not much without help. So with a mysterious girl named Arisa by his side, Weasel goes in search of the Falcon, the most dangerous bandit in Deorthas, but also the one person who would be able -- and possibly willing -- to stage a prison break. But Weasel's fate changes when he stumbles upon a shield. Could this be the one said to have been lost for centuries, the one that bestows power on whoever holds it? If so, Weasel, once a lowly pickpocket, could be the most powerful person in the land. With extraordinary craftsmanship, Hilari Bell weaves a fantasy adventure story that will have readers captivated from the first word to the last.

Sword of Waters

Author: Hilari Bell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416996804

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 384

View: 1104

"I'D LIKE YOU TO FIND THE SWORD FOR ME. DO YOU THINK YOU COULD HANDLE THAT?" Arisa isn't certain how to respond when her mother, the Falcon, formerly a dangerous bandit but now lord commander of the army and navy of Deorthas, entrusts her with this extremely special mission. Everything changed for Arisa when she and her friend Weasel stumbled upon the ancient shield rumored to bestow power upon whoever holds it. With the shield, the Falcon was able to gain her new station, bringing Arisa into a world of royalty Arisa isn't even sure she enjoys. Now the Falcon wants Arisa to get close to young Prince Edoran, and join with Edoran and Weasel to search for the legendary sword that matches the shield. As Arisa's search progresses, however, she realizes she may be in danger from a deadly stranger. Worse -- she and her friends may be in even graver danger from someone they know all too well! Critically acclaimed fantasy author Hilari Bell continues the captivating trilogy begun in Shield of Stars with another thrilling, surprising, and wholly satisfying novel.

Shield of Lies

Author: Michael P. Kube-McDowell

Publisher: Spectra

ISBN: 0553572776

Category: Fiction

Page: 340

View: 3702

The fledgling New Republic is threatening by the growing power of the arrogant, pernicious Yevethan race and its fleet of Imperial Star Destroyers, while Luke Skywalker embarks on a quest for the truth about his mother. Original.

My Dream of Stars

From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer

Author: Anousheh Ansari,Homer Hickam

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230619932

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 234

View: 1195

A space pioneer tells the story of her childhood in Iran and her family's exodus to America after the Islamic Revolution, the computer technology firm she built from the ground up and her groundbreaking role as the first-ever female commercial spaceflight participant.

Shield of Straw

Author: Kazuhiro Kiuchi

Publisher: Kodansha USA

ISBN: 1941220568

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 8726

BASIS OF THE TAKASHI MIIKE FILM | SOON TO BE A MOTION PICTURE STATESIDE Ever since Assistant Inspector Mekari’s wife passed away, he has found no joy in living. As a member of Japan’s security police, he once served in the prime minister’s detail, but it’s been a while since he took himself off the promotion track. He thinks he’s ready to take a bullet, but something begins to change in him when he’s ordered to escort a child rapist-murderer who relapsed after being released from prison. The multibillionaire grandfather of the suspect’s new victim is offering a staggering bounty to anyone who would kill the man, Kiyomaru, who might be spared the noose yet again. The government and the police brass, meanwhile, can’t tolerate such a challenge to the rule of law and their own authority. From the southern city where, fearing for his life, Kiyomaru has turned himself in, he must be transported alive to Tokyo, where the crime occurred. As Mekari and the transfer team weave their way across the nation, its entire populace seems to salivate for the billion-yen reward. On guard against both civilian aspirants and fellow cops, the depressed assistant inspector has to wonder: What is duty? What is his?

The Sword and the Shield of the Realm

Author: Florian Stone Wells

Publisher: Florian Stone Wells

ISBN: 0979957702

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 2441

Part mystery and part alternative history, this novel debuts a magnificent historical saga that takes the reader on a grand adventure during the religious and political maelstrom that is Central and Eastern Europe in the 15th century. Using scenes that are carefully and artfully presented lessons in history, the author takes us into a time, which can only be called, appropriately to the novel, Byzantine. This excellent book leaves you eager for the next installment.

Number the Stars

Author: Lois Lowry

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547345444

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 144

View: 5125

As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family. Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war. Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.

Crown of Earth

Author: Hilari Bell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 141699694X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

View: 4851

Now that both the shield and the sword of legend have been found, only the crown remains to be located in order for someone to hold the power to the whole kingdom of Deorthas. Many are hoping to obtain this magical crown and unite it with the sword and shield, but our heroes Weasel, Arisa, and Prince Edoran are right in the thick of the fray. The final chapters of this riveting tale are told from the perspective of Prince Edoran, who began the series a spoiled prince but now must show what he can do when everything is on the line.

Warrior, Shield, and Star

Imagery and Ideology of Pueblo Warfare

Author: Polly Schaafsma

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 204

View: 3788

Warrior, Shield and Star interprets the rich symbolism and ideology of Pueblo warfare in rock art in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. The conclusion relates ancient war symbols to modern Pueblo war societies. This groundbreaking book will be welcomed by rock art scholars and avid amateurs.

The Shield of Achilles

War, Peace, and the Course of History

Author: Philip Bobbitt

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307796906

Category: History

Page: 960

View: 1354

"We are at a moment in world affairs when the essential ideas that govern statecraft must change. For five centuries it has taken the resources of a state to destroy another state . . . This is no longer true, owing to advances in international telecommunications, rapid computation, and weapons of mass destruction. The change in statecraft that will accompany these developments will be as profound as any that the State has thus far undergone." —from the Prologue The Shield of Achilles is a classic inquiry into the nature of the State, its origin in war, and its drive for peace and legitimacy. Philip Bobbitt, a professor of constitutional law and a historian of nuclear strategy, has served in the White House, the Senate, the State Department, and the National Security Council in both Democratic and Republican administrations, and here he brings his formidable experience and analytical gifts to bear on our changing world. Many have observed that the nation-state is dying, yet others have noted that the power of the State has never been greater. Bobbitt reconciles this paradox and introduces the idea of the market-state, which is already replacing its predecessor. Along the way he treats such themes as the Long War (which began in 1914 and ended in 1990). He explains the relation of violence to legitimacy, and the role of key individuals in fates that are partially—but only partially—determined. This book anticipates the coalitional war against terrorism and lays out alternative futures for the world. Bobbitt shows how nations might avoid the great power confrontations that have a potential for limitless destruction, and he traces the origin and evolution of the State to such wars and the peace conferences that forged their outcomes into law, from Augsburg to Westphalia to Utrecht to Vienna to Versailles. The author paints a powerful portrait of the ever-changing interrelatedness of our world, and he uses his expertise in law and strategy to discern the paths that statehood will follow in the coming years and decades. Timely and perceptive, The Shield of Achilles will change the way we think about the world. From the Hardcover edition.

Shield of Three Lions

A Novel

Author: Pamela Kaufman

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780307545794

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 1849

The first book in the Alix of Wanthwaite series, by bestselling author Pamela Kaufman. Eleven-year-old Alix is the daughter of the baron of Wanthwaite, whose lands along the Scottish border are among the best in England. But when her family is killed and her lands seized, Alix is forced to flee from the only home she’s ever known. Her one hope of restoring her inheritance is to plead her case to King Richard the Lion Heart, who is far away in France, preparing to go on his Crusade. Alix resolves to follow him. She cuts her hair, dresses as a boy, and takes the road south to London. Disguised as a beautiful young boy, Alix is more than befriended by the handsome and mysterious King Richard, even becoming his favorite page. Their relationship sets tongues wagging and places Alix in considerable danger as the battle for Jerusalem unfolds. “Richly rewarding, superbly written... The richness of the characters, the historical details, and the story as a whole make this novel a memorable reading experience.”— Chicago Sun-Times

Perilous Shield

Author: Jack Campbell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0425263711

Category: Fiction

Page: 419

View: 2548

The rebels of the Midway Star System work to create a new government that is both powerful and fair despite a new alien threat to humanity.

RuneWarriors

Author: James Jennewein,Tom S. Parker

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061449369

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2883

It's the eve of the Festival of Greatness and Dane has a big problem. He's yet to choose his nickname. Dane the Dangerous? Dane the Despicable? He can't decide. But when Dane sees his proud father shamed by the evil tyrant Thidrek the Terrifying, Dane's indignation earns him a moniker that sticks—Dane the Defiant! And when Thidrek kidnaps Dane's beloved Astrid in hopes of trading her for the ultimate power of the gods, Dane defiantly goes after him like a bat out of Valhalla. Braving treacherous seas, deadly creatures, and a lovestarved Frost Giant, Dane and his rowdy band of Norseboys embark on an epic quest to end Thidrek's reign of terror and take their place among the greatest Viking heroes of all time.

Where the Stars Still Shine

Author: Trish Doller

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1619632985

Category: JUVENILE FICTION

Page: 368

View: 5986

Happily-ever-after is never quite what you expect in this hot and gritty romance.

Forging the Sword

Author: Hilari Bell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439107378

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 624

View: 879

THE SPIRIT OF THE ANCIENT CHAMPION, SORAHB, WAS REBORN INTO THE BODY OF A DEGHAN YOUTH. There is not much time left on the Hrum's self-imposed limit -- only a few months. If in that time they don't take all of Farsala, then the Farsalans will regain their independence. Ceaselessly, Soraya, Kavi, and Jiaan work to keep control of what little land remains free from Hrum rule: parts of the countryside, the badlands, and the walled city of Mazad. They have many people helping them, but there is still one important piece missing: a sword that is able to withstand the Hrum's watersteel. In the end Farsala will fall if it can't win in battle. But one thing none of these young heroes can foresee is the growing desperation of the Hrum leaders. It will lead some to break their own laws and sacred pacts and will reveal truths to Kavi, Soraya, and Jiaan about the nature of war, the nature of human beings, and -- most importantly -- the nature of themselves. Hilari Bell builds the action and intrigue to a crescendo in the final installment of this critically acclaimed trilogy.

Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars

Author: Martine Murray

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0399550429

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

View: 6923

For fans of Katherine Rundell’s Rooftoppers comes a story about mothers and daughters and magical trees that Rebecca Stead calls “an utter delight.” All Molly wants is to be normal like her friend Ellen Palmer. Ellen, with her neat braids and a tidy house and a mother and father who are home for dinner every night. But Molly’s mom spends her mornings tramping through the woods, looking for ingredients for her potions. Their house is not neat, and their rooster, the Gentleman, runs wild in their yard. And it is the Gentleman that angers their grumpy neighbors, the Grimshaws. So Molly’s mom makes a potion that will grow a tree between their houses. When Molly’s mom accidentally drinks the potion and turns into the tree, Molly is determined to get her back. But with the Grimshaws planning to cut down the tree branches that reach onto their property, time is of the essence. With the help of her mysterious classmate Pim Wilder, Molly sets out to save her mother and discovers the wonder that lies in the ordinary. Praise for Molly & Pim and the Millions of Stars: “Open-hearted and magical—an utter delight.” —Rebecca Stead, author of When You Reach Me and Goodbye, Stranger “A beautiful, magical story, full of surprises and brimming with wisdom.” —Karen Foxlee, author of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Troy

Shield of Thunder

Author: David Gemmell

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0345477022

Category: Fiction

Page: 490

View: 5825

In the second volume in a trilogy set during the Trojan war, Agamemnon tightens his control of the lands around Troy, Achilles prepares to test his godlike strength in battle, and Odysseus is confronted with a terrible choice between friendship and honor.

Spin

Author: Robert Charles Wilson

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9781429915434

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 3497

From the author of Axis and Vortex, the first Hugo Award-winning novel in the environmental apocalyptic Spin Trilogy... One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his back yard and watched the stars go out. They all flared into brilliance at once, then disappeared, replaced by a flat, empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives. The effect is worldwide. The sun is now a featureless disk--a heat source, rather than an astronomical object. The moon is gone, but tides remain. Not only have the world's artificial satellites fallen out of orbit, their recovered remains are pitted and aged, as though they'd been in space far longer than their known lifespans. As Tyler, Jason, and Diane grow up, space probe reveals a bizarre truth: The barrier is artificial, generated by huge alien artifacts. Time is passing faster outside the barrier than inside--more than a hundred million years per day on Earth. At this rate, the death throes of the sun are only about forty years in our future. Jason, now a promising young scientist, devotes his life to working against this slow-moving apocalypse. Diane throws herself into hedonism, marrying a sinister cult leader who's forged a new religion out of the fears of the masses. Earth sends terraforming machines to Mars to let the onrush of time do its work, turning the planet green. Next they send humans...and immediately get back an emissary with thousands of years of stories to tell about the settling of Mars. Then Earth's probes reveal that an identical barrier has appeared around Mars. Jason, desperate, seeds near space with self-replicating machines that will scatter copies of themselves outward from the sun--and report back on what they find. Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Shield of Justice

Author: Radclyffe

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Inc

ISBN: 1602822638

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 2361

First in the Justice Series. Special Crimes Unit investigator Detective Sergeant Rebecca Frye is attempting to solve a series of sexual assaults and running into dead ends at every turn. Finally, she has a break in the case–a witness–one person who may help her bring a madman to justice. But, the witness is a victim herself and Rebecca must convince the injured woman's physician, Dr. Catherine Rawlings, to assist her–a task that will force both women to confront their own darkest fears. Amidst professional conflicts and a growing mutual attraction, the two women become reluctant allies in the battle to stop the perpetrator before he strikes again.