The Conqueror's Shadow

Author: Ari Marmell

Publisher: Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.

ISBN: 1625672519

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 6074

It is a curse to be haunted by the past. It is worse to be hunted by it... In the realm of Imphallion, there once was a nightmare—a living nightmare known only as the Terror of the East. Nigh invulnerable in his magical black armor and aided by unholy minions, he laid waste to all in his path on his all-consuming quest to bring order to the land. His order. Then, at what should have been his moment of triumph, his will failed. And his army fell. Taking a young noblewoman as hostage, he escaped, vanishing into darkest memory. Years later, Corvis Rebaine is a simple man, content with his loving wife and children. The terrible deeds and glories of his past life are dead and buried along with his former name and its monstrous legacy—until his daughter is taken by fiends under a maniacal young warlord looking to complete the Terror’s conquest. Now, spurred to action by a newborn fury and thirst for vengeance, Rebaine must do the unthinkable—don the dark armor once again, gather his once-loyal cadre of killers, and fight to save both the family he loves and the country he once almost destroyed. And all who stand in his way will have one final thought before death... The Terror has returned. “Action-packed...an intriguingly twisty plot, full of magic and political intrigue.”—Booklist “Superior storytelling and deft dialog make this a top-notch choice . . . filled with dark humor as well as scenes of brutal battle and high magic.”—Library Journal “A powerful fantasy, with well drawn heroes and delightfully wicked, yet complicated, villains. Ari Marmell has made his mark in the genre.”—Paul S. Kemp, author of the Erevis Cale trilogy “A tale that begins where most stories end and features a most unlikely protagonist. Twists of humor leaven this story of desperate people in dangerous times, as a conqueror discovers that perhaps those who live by the sword are sometimes doomed to face the business end of one. A great mix of character and action.”—Robin Hobb, author of Dragon Keeper The text of this edition is unchanged from that of the Del Rey edition.

Der Dämon des Kriegers

Roman

Author: Ari Marmell

Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3641057566

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 7541

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

Roman

Author: Ari Marmell

Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3641065356

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 7746

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!

Die Normannin

Author: Patricia Bracewell

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644537917

Category: Fiction

Page: 640

View: 3880

«Was für ein großartiges Buch! Eine faszinierende, kaum bekannte Epoche, eine spannende, dicht erzählte Geschichte und Figuren von großer Lebendigkeit.» (Diana Gabaldon) Im Jahre des Herrn 1001 beginnt für die junge Emma ein neues Leben. Ihr Bruder, Herzog der Normandie, gibt sie dem englischen Herrscher zur Frau. Es geht um Macht und Politik, um Emma geht es nicht. Und König Æethelred scheint auch alles andere als in Liebe zu seinem neuen Weib entbrannt. Emma wird schnell bewusst, dass sie nicht nur Königin ist, sondern mehr noch eine Gefangene, Geisel in einem bösen Spiel. Doch so zart die junge Frau wirkt, so unbeugsam kämpft sie um ihren Weg zur Macht und für ihren Sohn. Doch dann befällt Unglück das Land: Sven Gabelbart, König der Dänen, überzieht mit seinen Wikingerhorden die englischen Reiche mit Brand, Raub und Mord. Und wieder ist Emmas Schicksal offen ...

Counterculture Through the Ages

From Abraham to Acid House

Author: Ken Goffman,Dan Joy

Publisher: Villard

ISBN: 0307414833

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 3850

As long as there has been culture, there has been counterculture. At times it moves deep below the surface of things, a stealth mode of being all but invisible to the dominant paradigm; at other times it’s in plain sight, challenging the status quo; and at still other times it erupts in a fiery burst of creative–or destructive–energy to change the world forever. But until now the countercultural phenomenon has been one of history’s great blind spots. Individual countercultures have been explored, but never before has a book set out to demonstrate the recurring nature of counterculturalism across all times and societies, and to illustrate its dynamic role in the continuous evolution of human values and cultures. Countercultural pundit and cyberguru R. U. Sirius brilliantly sets the record straight in this colorful, anecdotal, and wide-ranging study based on ideas developed by the late Timothy Leary with Dan Joy. With a distinctive mix of scholarly erudition and gonzo passion, Sirius and Joy identify the distinguishing characteristics of countercultures, delving into history and myth to establish beyond doubt that, for all their surface differences, countercultures share important underlying principles: individualism, anti-authoritarianism, and a belief in the possibility of personal and social transformation. Ranging from the Socratic counterculture of ancient Athens and the outsider movements of Judaism, which left indelible marks on Western culture, to the Taoist, Sufi, and Zen Buddhist countercultures, which were equally influential in the East, to the famous countercultural moments of the last century–Paris in the twenties, Haight-Ashbury in the sixties, Tropicalismo, women’s liberation, punk rock–to the cutting-edge countercultures of the twenty-first century, which combine science, art, music, technology, politics, and religion in astonishing (and sometimes disturbing) new ways, Counterculture Through the Ages is an indispensable guidebook to where we’ve been . . . and where we’re going. From the Hardcover edition.

The Confines of the Shadow

The Colonial Conquest

Author: Alessandro Spina

Publisher: Darf Publishers via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1850772800

Category: Fiction

Page: 371

View: 9337

The Confines of the Shadow is a sequence of novels and short stories that map the transformation of the Libyan city of Benghazi from a sleepy Ottoman backwater in the 1910s to the second capital of an oil-rich kingdom in the 1960s. Alessandro Spina's saga begins in November 1912 with The Young Maronite, which sees Italian soldiers solidifying their control over Libya's coasts, leaving the Libyan rebels to withdraw to the desert and prepare for a war that would last until 1931, when by dint of sheer brutality, including the internment of tens of thousands of civilians into concentration camps, the Italians crushed the rebellion and murdered its widely respected leader, Omar al-Mukhtar. Employing a cosmopolitan array of characters, ranging from Ottoman functionaries, to Sanussi aristocrats and Italian officers, Spina chronicles Italy's colonial experience from the euphoria of conquest - giving us a front row seat to the rise and subsequent fall of Fascism in the aftermath of World War II - to the country's independence in the 1950s. Spina finally concludes his narrative with the discovery of Libya's vast oil and gas reserves, which triggered the tumultuous changes that led to Muammar Gaddafi's forty-two-year dictatorship. Distinguishing themselves by their intimate understanding of East and West, the novels that comprise The Confines of the Shadow are among the most significant achievements of 20th-century fiction and stand unchallenged as the only multi-generational epic about the European experience in North Africa. This is the first instalment of a three-volume translation, and it includes The Young Maronite, The Marriage of Omar and The Nocturnal Visitor, which are set between 1912 and 1927.

The Conquerors of Palestine Through Forty Centuries

Author: H. O. Lock

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1616404965

Category: History

Page: 136

View: 7124

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.

Die Horde - Die Schlacht von Morthûl

Author: Ari Marmell

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492955479

Category: Fiction

Page: 656

View: 6107

Ein rasantes Abenteuer, das jeder High-Fantasy-Fan verschlingen wird: Unter dem Banner der Horde ziehen die grausamsten Orks, Kobolde und Trolle gegen die Mächte des Guten in die Schlacht. Sie sollen den Sieg des Leichenkönigs Morthûl über die Welt sichern. Doch niemand Geringeres als der Elfenmagier Ananias höchstpersönlich setzt dessen Machenschaften ein Ende. Und als wäre diese Schmach für den Herrscher der Finsternis nicht genug, steht auch noch Ananias gesamte Streitmacht an den Grenzen von Morthûls Reich und holt bereits zum vernichtenden Schlag gegen das Böse aus. Nur ein verwegener Plan kann den Leichenkönig jetzt noch retten: das Dämonenkorps, eine geheime Sondereinheit, bestehend aus den verwegensten Kreaturen der Horde, die nicht nur so gefährlich wie ihre Reißzähne sind, sondern sich auch bis aufs Blut nicht ausstehen können ...

Das goldene Meer

Historischer Roman - Die drei Königinnen Saga 2

Author: Joanna Courtney

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641197341

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 364

Kiew 1031: Prinzessin Elisabeth sehnt sich nach Abenteuern – statt sich der Stickerei zu widmen, galoppiert sie lieber mit ihren Brüdern über die Felder. Und als der stattliche und kriegerische Wikingerprinz von Norwegen, Harald Hardrada, den Hof ihres Vaters besucht, ist es Liebe auf den ersten Blick. Harald entführt sie über die Weiten des Meeres in den hohen Norden und in ein aufregendes Leben. Doch ein noch viel größeres Abenteuer steht dem Paar bevor, als Haralds Flotte die englische Küste ansteuert, um die Insel zu erobern. Aber er ist nicht der Einzige, der seinen Anspruch auf den Thron geltend machen will ...

The Conqueror's Wife

A Novel of Alexander the Great

Author: Stephanie Thornton

Publisher: N A L

ISBN: 0451472004

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 466

We are the women who loved Alexander the Great. We were lovers and murderers, innocents and soldiers. And without us, Alexander would have been only a man. Instead he was a god. 330s, B.C.E., Greece- Alexander, a handsome young warrior of Macedon, begins his quest to conquer the ancient world. But he cannot ascend to power, and keep it, without the women who help to shape his destiny. His spirited younger half-sister, Thessalonike, yearns to join her brother and see the world. Instead, it is Alexander's boyhood companion who rides with him into war while Thessalonike remains behind. Far away, crafty princess Drypetis will not stand idly by as Alexander topples her father from Persia's throne. And after Alexander conquers her tiny kingdom, Roxana, the beautiful and cunning daughter of a minor noble, wins Alexander's heart . . . and will commit any crime to secure her place at his side. Within a few short years, Alexander controls an empire more vast than the civilized world has ever known. But his victories are tarnished by losses on the battlefield and treachery among his inner circle. And long after Alexander is gone, the women who are his champions, wives, and enemies will fight to claim his legacy . . . Conversation guide included'Through the eyes of the fascinating and fierce women in Alexander's life, Thornton enchants the reader with a fresh new look at an ancient hero. Her accessible and energetic writing brings the ancient world to life while giving voice to the voiceless in this vivid tale of the women in the shadow of Alexander's glory. What a talent!' Stephanie Dray, bestselling author of Lily on the Nile'Stephanie Thornton boldly goes where other historical novelists might fear to tread. In her recounting of Alexander the Great's epic quest of conquest, as told through the eyes of the shrewd, ambitious and dangerous women surrounding him, she brings to life the treachery, glory, and intrigue of a fascinating ancient world.' C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of Mademoiselle Chanel'A conqueror slices through the ancient world on pages that writhe with ambition and danger, yet the reader is swept in by unexpected heroines. This gritty epic is voiced by the tenacious women who surrounded Alexander the Great, proving he would've been nothing of the sort without them.' Marci Jefferson, author of Girl on the Golden Coin

The Church

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Wintersong

Roman

Author: S. Jae-Jones

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492978509

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 710

Die 19-jährige Liesl ist mit der Sage um den faszinierenden wie schrecklichen Erlkönig aufgewachsen. Ihre Großmutter hat sie immer ermahnt, die längste Nacht des Winters zu fürchten, in der der König ein hübsches Mädchen in die Unterwelt entführt. Als ein unheimlicher, gut aussehender Fremder auftaucht und Liesls Schwester mit sich nimmt, wird Liesls schlimmste Befürchtung wahr. Nur sie kann ihre Schwester noch aus den Fängen des Erlkönigs retten, indem sie ihm in sein Reich folgt und ihn anstelle ihrer Schwester selbst heiratet. Doch wer ist dieser mysteriöse Mann? Gegen ihren Willen fühlt Liesl sich zu ihm hingezogen. Während sie noch versucht, ihre Gefühle zu verstehen, arbeitet das Schicksal bereits gegen sie – denn in der Unterwelt stirbt Liesls Körper. Können Liesl und ihr Erlkönig die alten Gesetze brechen und ihrer Liebe eine Chance geben?

A Haunting of Shadows

Author: Kaiser Jamal

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450064965

Category: Fiction

Page: 141

View: 8362

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.