The Conqueror's Shadow

Author: Ari Marmell

Publisher: Spectra

ISBN: 0345519051

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 1917

They called him the Terror of the East. Hidden beneath a suit of enchanted black armor and wielding a demon-forged axe, Corvis Rebaine carved a bloody path through Imphallion, compelled by a desire to see the land governed with some degree of honesty. Yet just when victory was in his grasp, Rebaine faltered, then vanished, taking a single hostage—a young noblewoman named Tyannon—to guarantee his escape. Seventeen years later, Rebaine and Tyannon are married and raising their children. Rebaine has given up his dreams of conquest. Not even news of the upstart warlord Audriss can stir the retired warrior to action—until his daughter is assaulted by Audriss’s goons. Now, to rescue the country he once tried to conquer, Rebaine once more dons the armor of the Terror of the East. But does he dare reawaken the part of him that gloried in destruction? With the safety of his family at stake, can he dare not to?

Der Dämon des Kriegers


Author: Ari Marmell

Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3641057566

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 2151

Gerade noch rechtzeitig kann Cerris verhindern, dass ein Trupp Söldner seine Familie ermordet. Widerwillig muss er sich eingestehen, dass ihn seine düstere Vergangenheit eingeholt hat. Denn einst war er der Kriegslord Corvis Rebaine, der mit seiner Armee aus Ogern und Barbaren die zivilisierten Reiche erschütterte. Um seine Liebsten zu schützen, sammelt Cerris erneut Menschenfresser, Hexen und Söldner um sich. Doch diesmal will er die zivilisierten Reiche retten – und wenn er sie dafür vernichten muss!

Die Tochter des Kriegers


Author: Ari Marmell

Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3641065356

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 6471

Um eine gerechtere Ordnung in Imphallion durchzusetzen, überzog Corvis Rebaine einst das Land mit einem blutigen Krieg – und versagte. Nun will er den einfachen Leuten ein besseres Leben ermöglichen, indem er die mächtigen Gilden von innen heraus zerstört. Doch Corvis’ Vergangenheit ist weder vergessen noch vergeben, und seine alten Feinde haben ihn aufgespürt. An ihrer Seite ist eine junge Frau, deren Hass auf Corvis größer ist als der jedes anderen – seine eigene Tochter!

Rabbinic Tales of Destruction

Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem

Author: Julia Watts Belser

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190853255

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 2181

In Rabbinic Tales of Destruction, Julia Watts Belser examines early Jewish accounts of the Roman conquest of Judea. Faced with stories of sexual violence, enslavement, forced prostitution, disability, and bodily risk, Belser argues, our readings of rabbinic narrative must wrestle with the brutal body costs of Roman imperial domination. She brings disability studies, feminist theory, and new materialist ecological thought to accounts of rabbinic catastrophe, revealing how rabbinic discourses of gender, sexuality, and the body are shaped in the shadow of empire. Focusing on the Babylonian Talmud's longest sustained account of the destruction of the Temple, Belser reveals Bavli Gittin's distinctive sex and gender politics. While Palestinian tales frequently castigate the 'wayward woman' for sexual transgressions that imperil the nation, Bavli Gittin's stories do not portray women's sexuality as a cause of catastrophe. The Bavli's resistance to Rome makes a critical difference. While other rabbinic texts commonly inveigh against women's beauty as the cause of sexual sin, Bavli Gittin's tales express a strikingly egalitarian discourse that laments the vulnerability of the beautiful Jewish body before the conqueror. Bavli Gittin's body politics, Belser maintains, align with a significant theological reorientation. While most early Jewish narratives link the destruction of the Temple to communal sin, Bavli Gittin's account does not explain catastrophe as divine chastisement. Instead of imagining God as the architect of Jewish suffering, it evokes God's empathy with the subjugated Jewish body. As it navigates the ruins of Jerusalem, Bavli Gittin forges a sharp critique of empire. Its critical discourse aims to pierce the power politics of Roman conquest, to protest the brutality of imperial dominance, and to make plain the scar that Roman violence leaves upon Jewish flesh.

The Conquerors of Palestine Through Forty Centuries

Author: H. O. Lock

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1616404965

Category: History

Page: 136

View: 9562

Written from a soldier's point of view, The Conquerors of Palestine is one cohesive account, collected from the stories and research of many sources, of the history of invasions in Palestine over forty centuries. It includes an Introduction by both General Sir Edmund Allenby and author M.O. Lock, chapters for each conqueror, including the Egyptians, the Jews, the Greeks, the Romans, and the British, as well as appendices and a detailed map. Written for those who fought in, traveled through, or had general interest in the "Holy Land," The Conquerors of Palestine condenses and brings to life the weighty past of one of the most famous countries in the world. MAJOR H.O. LOCK was a major in the British Army, Dorsetshire Regiment, who served in Palestine from 1917-1918. He wrote The Conquerors of Palestine, a comprehensive account of the history of the invasions of Palestine, and With the British Army in the Holy Land, a book about his experiences during the British invasions of Sinai and Palestine.

The Warlord's Legacy

Author: Ari Marmell

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575098643

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 7158

The war is over; Audriss the Serpent and his plans for tyranny have been put to an end. But for a man like Corvis Rebaine - whose past is full of horror and atrocities - there is no rest; especially not when word begins to spread that he's going around killing key members of the ruling aristocracy and the merchant Guilds ... because it's not actually Corvis doing it. If he's going to clear his name, and find out who's using it for their own nefarious purposes, then he will have to enter the murky world of politics and assassination once again. And he's not going to be very pleased about it ...

The Church

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Publisher: N.A



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The Masnavi, Book Three

Author: Jalal al-Din Rumi

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191641995

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 9868

'Your soul each moment struggles hard with death - Think of your faith as though it's your last breath. Your life is like a purse, and night and day Are counters of gold coins you've put away' Rumi is the greatest mystic poet to have written in Persian, and the Masnavi is his masterpiece. Divided into six books and consisting of some 26,000 verses, the poem was designed to convey a message of divine love and unity to the disciples of Rumi's Sufi order, known today as the Whirling Dervishes. Like the earlier books, Book Three interweaves amusing stories with homilies to instruct pupils in mystical knowledge. It has a special focus on epistemology, illustrated with narratives that involve the consumption of food. This is the first ever verse translation of Book Three of the Masnavi. It follows the original by presenting Rumi's most mature mystical teachings in simple and attractive rhyming couplets.

A Haunting of Shadows

Author: Kaiser Jamal

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450064965

Category: Fiction

Page: 141

View: 1597

This novel is about a character whose disillusionment begins soon after he arrives into contemporary culture and finds it almost impossible to cope. He is at odds with a dark uninviting City in which he lives and his work which he does in the Tower. The Tower is my synonym for all that he believes controls society and politics. Throughout, he falls back to compare his life to the life he remembers as a child. Most of them are memories of childhood adventures full of warmth and longing but he also remembers difficult times with his father. As he ages he begins to dream of a return to the past but eventually accepts that there is no going back. There is no escape for him as he has become far too deeply meshed into the City and the Tower. It is a story of unresolved struggle and internal conflict and a journey that poses questions, each one throwing up far too many answers to do anything other than to confuse. There is a great deal of anger at historical injustices perpetrated around the world, all of which has been sanitized by modern historical writing. His life ends in failure but that is what he always expected. It is also an intense love story and his love for a woman with whom he had an affair for only 24 weeks. Its failure haunts him throughout his life and he becomes quite unable ever to love again. His frustration leads him into several unrewarding sexual encounters, real and imagined, some with graphic scenes and some that mean nothing at all. Behind all this is a character I have named the Custodian. He is a mentor and his conscience, often by his side, critical and unforgiving but I never make it clear if he is a real person. In essence it is an analysis of internal conflict of a man who ultimately realizes he has failed at everything, having struggled throughout to stop himself from tearing apart. It is unusual in literary style combing a touch of poetry within prose. It is haunting in the sense that it a mix of past and present, always simmering in a cauldron of confusion. Sepulchral in silence this tranquil home in which I turn from side to side end to end. No challenge to my thoughts or voices with demands no calls upon my love or pilfering of my time No hunger I feed or thirst I meet, through these rooms I walk lips unspeaking eyes unsmiling answered in full my call to be free.

The Knight and His Shadow

Author: Boubacar Boris Diop

Publisher: MSU Press

ISBN: 162895132X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: N.A

View: 6846

A brilliant tour de force, The Knight and His Shadow tells the tale of Lat-Sukabé’s quest to find his former lover, Khadidja, who writes him to “come before it’s too late.” As Lat-Sukabé recounts his past with Khadidja, reality shapeshifts and takes on a dreamlike quality. He describes how Khadidja is hired by a wealthy stranger to sit before an open door and tell stories into an uncertain darkness, unable to see the person to whom she speaks. Like Lat-Sukabé and Khadidja, the reader feels farther from home with every page, as the world turns and morphs. With those shifts, the symbolic order, the basis of meaning and sanity, begins to tremble. Postmodernist sensibilities meet postcolonial concerns in this lyrical novel from a master of Senegalese literature.

The Shadow of Ararat

Book One of 'The Oath of Empire'

Author: Thomas Harlan

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429974958

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 7567

In what would be A.D. 600 in our history, the Empire still stands, supported by the Legions and Thaumaturges of Rome. Now the Emperor of the West, the Augustus Galen Atreus, will come to the aid of the Emperor of the East, the Augustus Heraclius, to lift the siege of Constantinople and carry a great war to the very doorstep of the Shahanshah of Persia. It is a war that will be fought with armies both conventional and magical, with bright swords and the darkest necromancy. Against this richly detailed canvas of alternate history and military strategy, Thomas Harlan sets the intricate and moving stories of four people. Dwyrin MacDonald is a Hibernian student at a school for sorcerers in Upper Egypt, until he runs afoul of powerful political interests and is sent off half-trained to the Legions. His teacher, Ahmet,undertakes to follow Dwyrin and aid him, but Ahmet is drawn into service with the queen of Palmeyra. Thyatis is a young female warrior, extensively trained by her patron in the arts of covert warfare. And Maxian Atreus is Galens youngest brother, a physician and sorcerer. He has discovered that an enemy of Rome has placed a dreadful curse on the City, which must be broken before Rome can triumph. Woven with rich detail youd expect from a first-rate historical novel, while through it runs yarns of magic and shimmering glamours that carry you deeply into your most fantastic dreams At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Time in the Shadows

Confinement in Counterinsurgencies

Author: Laleh Khalili

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804783977

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 2507

Detention and confinement—of both combatants and large groups of civilians—have become fixtures of asymmetric wars over the course of the last century. Counterinsurgency theoreticians and practitioners explain this dizzying rise of detention camps, internment centers, and enclavisation by arguing that such actions "protect" populations. In this book, Laleh Khalili counters these arguments, telling the story of how this proliferation of concentration camps, strategic hamlets, "security walls," and offshore prisons has come to be. Time in the Shadows investigates the two major liberal counterinsurgencies of our day: Israeli occupation of Palestine and the U.S. War on Terror. In rich detail, the book investigates Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay, CIA black sites, the Khiam Prison, and Gaza, among others, and links them to a history of colonial counterinsurgencies from the Boer War and the U.S. Indian wars, to Vietnam, the British small wars in Malaya, Kenya, Aden and Cyprus, and the French pacification of Indochina and Algeria. Khalili deftly demonstrates that whatever the form of incarceration—visible or invisible, offshore or inland, containing combatants or civilians—liberal states have consistently acted illiberally in their counterinsurgency confinements. As our tactics of war have shifted beyond slaughter to elaborate systems of detention, liberal states have warmed to the pursuit of asymmetric wars. Ultimately, Khalili confirms that as tactics of counterinsurgency have been rendered more "humane," they have also increasingly encouraged policymakers to willingly choose to wage wars.