The Briar King

Author: Greg Keyes

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 9780307565631

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 6181

Two thousand years ago, the Born Queen defeated the Skasloi lords, freeing humans from the bitter yoke of slavery. But now monstrous creatures roam the land—and destinies become inextricably entangled in a drama of power and seduction. The king’s woodsman, a rebellious girl, a young priest, a roguish adventurer, and a young man made suddenly into a knight—all face malevolent forces that shake the foundations of the kingdom, even as the Briar King, legendary harbinger of death, awakens from his slumber. At the heart of this many-layered tale is Anne Dare, youngest daughter of the royal family . . . upon whom the fate of her world may depend.

The Charnel Prince

Author: Greg Keyes

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 9780345478412

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 4373

When the legendary Briar King awoke from his slumber, a season of darkness and horror fell upon the Kingdom of Crotheny. Now countless breeds of unspeakable monsters roam the countryside. An epidemic of madness has transformed peaceful villagers from the wildlands into savage, flesh-eating fiends. In Eslen, King William has been murdered, Queen Muriele is stalked by treachery on every side, and their last surviving daughter, Anne, has fled the assassins bent on destroying her family. Close on the heels of the runaway princess, young knight Neil MeqVren, the queen’s one trusted ally, is sworn to rescue Anne from her murderous pursuers. Anne herself undertakes a perilous journey toward the sanctuary of her distant paramour’s arms, but along the way lie the sinister agents and hidden snares of a sprawling conspiracy that few might hope to evade. At the same time, spies in the service of Praifec Hespero, the powerful Churchman, embark upon a mission to destroy the Briar King in the heart of his domain. And the power-hungry Church, spurred on by the mystical events, has launched an inquisition whose repercussions threaten even the queen. As the noose of intrigue tightens across the land, personal fates and a kingdom’s destiny alike will be decided in a conflict between virtue and malevolence, might and magic. Here then is Book II of The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone: intoxicating and harrowing, passionate and grand–it is Greg Keyes’s most ambitiously imagined and vividly rendered work of epic fantasy. From the Hardcover edition.

The Born Queen

Author: Greg Keyes

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 0345504798

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 521

In The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Greg Keyes has crafted a brilliant saga of magic, adventure, and love set against a backdrop of clashing empires and an ancient, reawakened evil. Now, with The Born Queen, Keyes brings his epic to a masterly close, gathering the strands of plot and character into a stunning climax that both completes and transcends all that has gone before. The Briar King is dead, and the world itself follows him to ruin. Aspar White, wounded and tired, must embark on one last quest to save the forest and the people he loves, but he has little hope of success. Anne Dare at last sits on the throne of Crotheny, but for how long? The Church, now led by the corrupt and powerful Marché Hespero, has declared a holy war against her, giving the king of Hansa the pretext he needs to unleash his vast might on the young queen and her unready army. But Hansa is the least of Anne’s worries. The Hellrune, war seer of Hansa, strikes at her through vision and prophecy. The Kept–last of the elder Skasloi lords–weaves his own dark webs. Anne’s teacher and ally in the sedos world might also be her worst enemy, and Anne’s own mounting strength compels her toward madness. Surviving these dangers and mastering her eldritch abilities are merely prelude to the real struggle. There are many–some with power matching or even exceeding Anne’s own–who are willing to kill in order to seize control. For whoever sits upon the throne will have the ultimate command to bring about the world’s salvation–or its apocalypse. From the Hardcover edition.

The Blood Knight

Author: Greg Keyes

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 9780345493620

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 9638

Brimming with passion and adventure, Greg Keyes’s epic saga of a royal family’s fall from power through treachery and dark magic, set amid the return of ancient evils whose malevolence threatens to annihilate humanity, bids fair to become a classic of its kind. Now, in the eagerly awaited third installment, Keyes draws the threads of his tapestry ever tighter, illuminating old mysteries and introducing new ones as events build toward a shattering climax. The legendary Briar King has awakened, spreading madness and destruction. Half-remembered, poorly understood prophecies seem to point to the young princess Anne Dare, rightful heir to the throne of Crotheny, as the world’s only hope. Yet Anne is hunted by the minions of the usurper Robert, whose return from the grave has opened a doorway through which sinister sorceries have poured into the world. Though Anne herself is the conduit of fearsome powers beyond her understanding and control, it is time for girl to become woman, princess to become queen. Anne must stop running and instead march at the head of an army to take back her kingdom . . . or die trying. But a mysterious assassin stalks her, so skilled in the deadly fencing style of dessrata that even Anne’s friend and protector Cazio, a master of the form, cannot stand against him, nor can her sworn defender, the young knight Neil MeqVren. As for Anne’s other companions–Aspar White, the royal holter who bears an enchanted arrow capable of felling the Briar King; and Stephen Darige, the monk who blew the horn that woke the Briar King from his slumber–they cannot help her, as their separate paths carry them ever deeper into a deadly maze of myth and magic from which return may be impossible. Meanwhile, Queen Muriele is a prisoner of the false king. With no allies but a crippled musician, who is himself a prisoner, and a servingwoman who is both more and less than she seems, Muriele will find herself a pawn in Robert’s schemes for conquest–and a weapon to be used against her own daughter. From the Hardcover edition.

The Charnel Prince

Author: J. Gregory Keyes

Publisher: Del Rey Books

ISBN: 0345440714

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 1015

In a second installment of the series that began with The Briar King, the queen of Crotheny finds her kingdom's defense against bloodthirsty forest-dwelling creatures thwarted by a conspiracy within the church, a situation that is complicated when Anne Dare, the heir to the throne, goes missing. Reprint.

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection

Author: Gardner Dozois

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1429903848

Category: Fiction

Page: 704

View: 2089

The stories in this collection imaginatively take readers far across the universe, into the very core of their beings, to the realm of the Gods, and to the moment just after now. Included are the works of masters of the form and the bright new talents of tomorrow. This book is a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

Legends of King Arthur Through the Ages

Author: Colin Bradshaw-Jones,Lady Charlotte Guest,James Knowles


ISBN: 1411636279

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 8814

There are more stories about King Arthur than you ever knew. Some of them may even be true. This massive collection spans the centuries of Arthurian legend. We are taken back to the sixth century in 'A Time Before Tales' by Colin Bradshaw-Jones. This controversial tale gives one possible explanation for a real Arthur. We are then transported to the medieval 'Kilhwch and Olwen' from The Mabinogion, translated by Lady Charlotte Guest. The story can lay claim to be one of the earliest written Arthurian romances in any language. Finally, Sir James Knowles gives us the epic collection which most closely resembles the King Arthur we know today, and which forms the largest portion of the book; 'And as they prayed, there was seen in the churchyard, set straight before the doorways of the church, a huge square stone having a naked sword stuck in the midst of it. And on the sword was written in letters of gold, "Whoso pulleth out the sword from this stone is born the rightful King of Britain."'


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fantasy fiction, English

Page: N.A

View: 2681

Bulfinch's Mythology

Includes The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry & Legends of Charlemagne

Author: Thomas Bulfinch

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 0679640010

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 880

View: 1519

For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch's Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity, Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths, and the age of chivalry have been known. The forerunner of such interpreters as Edith Hamilton and Robert Graves, Thomas Bulfinch wanted to make these stories available to the general reader. A series of private notes to himself grew into one of the single most useful and concise guides to literature and mythology. The stories are divided into three sections: The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes (first published in 1855); The Age of Chivalry (1858), which contains King Arthur and His Knights, The Mabinogeon, and The Knights of English History; and The Legends of Charlemagne or The Romance of the Middle Ages (1863). For the Greek myths, Bulfinch drew on Ovid and Virgil, and for the sagas of the north, from Mallet's Northern Antiquities. provides lively versions of the myths of Zeus and Hera, Venus and Adonis, Daphne and Apollo, and their cohorts on Mount Olympus; the love story of Pygmalion and Galatea; the legends of the Trojan War and the epic wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas; the joys of Valhalla and the furies of Thor; and the tales of Beowulf and Robin Hood.

The Mabinogion

Author: N.A

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486112969

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 9884

Collection of 12 medieval Welsh stories considered a masterpiece of European literature. Includes Kilhwch and Olwen, one of the earliest Arthurian tales in Welsh; The Dream of Rhonabwy, The Lady of the Fountain, more.

Wisdom from the Briar Patch

Author: Clara V. Ruffin

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 1619967103

Category: Education

Page: 248

View: 3320

"Clara Ruffin's writings are as fun and heart warming as her teaching. Each student could count on her love and support and in this volume you are invited into her creative classroom as she relives some of her most memorable moments." -Shirley W. Wilson, Former Colleague "Very inspirational. My life on the pages of this book." -Margie Wilson, Paraprofessional "Clara Ruffin's writing is very soulful. In the way she conveys emotion, she is also able to share what is in the heart." -Chivon Tilley, Parent Clara Ruffin's Wisdom from the Briar Patch is her most recent book. In it, she shares classroom experiences as only she can. The book is a compilation of devotionals, poems, insights and quotations that depict a few of the very real issues and struggles found in the schoolhouse. Her works have appeared in Christian Educators' Teachers of Vision Magazine and in Daring to Dream Again (Overcoming Barriers that Hold You Back), a 50-Day Spiritual Adventure for pastors and congregations. Additionally, two of her poems have been published in the Fragrance of Kindness by Cheri Fuller. A segment of her life appeared in Luis Palau's It's a God Thing. Several of her pieces also appear in The Gift of Teaching, a Handbook for Christians Who Serve in Schools by Daniel Elliot and R. Lewis Hodge. Before her retirement, some of her more innovative classroom escapades were written up in the Hartford Courant and Bloomfield Journal. Clara's unpretentious writing style draws you in and holds you. She has written four other books: Esteem, Harvest, We Win, and Tree Trunk Love.

The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales

Author: Brothers Grimm

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 9780307797186

Category: Fiction

Page: 880

View: 8572

The stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have become part of the way children—and adults—learn about the vagaries of the real world. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow-White, Hänsel and Gretel, Little Red-Cap (Little Red Riding Hood), and Briar-Rose (Sleeping Beauty) are only a few of the more than two hundred enchanting characters included in this volume. The tales are presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging. With black-and-white illustrations throughout Illustrated by Josef Schari / Commentary by Joseph Campbell Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

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Ein Stephanie-Plum-Roman 20

Author: Janet Evanovich

Publisher: Manhattan

ISBN: 364112431X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 6468

Ein Schlamassel kommt selten allein, das weiß die Kopfgeldjägerin Stephanie Plum nur zu gut. Als wäre es nicht schlimm genug, einer ausgebüxten Giraffe durch Trentons Straßen hinterherzujagen, muss Stephanie nun auch noch einen skrupellosen Gangster aufspüren: Salvatore Sunucchi, alias „Onkel Sunny“. Sunny wird des Mordes bezichtigt – doch niemand will sich mit ihm anlegen. Selbst Trentons heißester Cop, Joe Morelli, hat wenig Interesse, den Flüchtigen zu stellen. Denn tatsächlich ist „Der Pate“ sein Patenonkel. Als Stephanie nebenbei auch noch über einen Serienkiller stolpert, der es auf alleinstehende Seniorinnen abgesehen hat, ist das Plum'sche Chaos mal wieder perfekt ...

König der Dunkelheit


Author: Mark Lawrence

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641112842

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 1727

Um zu wahrer Größe zu gelangen, muss man über Leichen gehen ... Nach dem gewaltsamen Tod seiner Mutter und seines Bruders hatte Prinz Jorg von Ankrath blutige Rache geschworen. Nun ist er König, doch der Krieg ist für ihn noch lange nicht zu Ende, denn eine gewaltige Armee marschiert auf sein Reich zu – angeführt von einem scheinbar unbesiegbaren Krieger. Jeder gute König wäre wohlberaten, die Waffen zu strecken und das Knie vor diesem Krieger zu beugen, und sei es nur, um das Leben des eigenen Volkes zu schützen. Doch Jorg ist kein guter König ...

Im Bann des Nekromanten

Die Chroniken des Beschwörers 1. Roman

Author: Gail Martin


ISBN: 3838755472

Category: Fiction

Page: 591

View: 907

Wenn die Lebenden zu Feinden werden, kann nur die Welt der Toten noch Rettung bringen! Die Menschen im Königreich des Winters lebten schon immer mit den Geistern der Toten. Doch seit der letzte Nekromant starb, ist der Friede in Gefahr. Prinz Martris Drayke, dessen Kräfte gerade erst erwachen, ist auf der Flucht vor seinem mörderischen Bruder und einem grausamen Magier. Um sein Land zu retten, muss Martris die Toten zur Hilfe holen.