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The Daemon Prism

Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by the king, the Temple, and the Camarilla Magica for crimes against the living and the dead. Blinded by his enemy’s cruel vengeance, Dante salves pain and bitterness by preparing his student, Anne de Vernase, to heal the tear in the Veil between life and death.
When Anne abandons him to return to her family, Dante seeks refuge in a magical puzzle, a desperate soldier’s dream of an imprisoned enchantress and a faceted glass that can fulfill one’s uttermost desires. But the dream is a seductive trap that threatens to unleash the very cataclysm Dante fears. Haunted, desperate, the blind mage embarks on a journey into madness, ancient magic, and sacred mystery, only to confront the terrifying truth of his own destiny…

The Coming of Wisdom

**A barbarian warrior faces the forces of the Fire God in this thrilling adventure from the acclaimed author of *Children of Chaos*.** Wallie Smith is staring death in the face; only a miracle can save him. And then one does! The Goddess appears to preserve his soul, but she does much more than that. She promises to bestow upon him a new and powerful body, and, more important, to endow him with the fabled Sapphire Sword of Chioxin. But nothing in this world or any other comes without a price. The Goddess demands that, for her services, Wallie become her champion. It will be an honor to serve such a presence, to have the chance to be victorious over all challengers. But Wallie and his sword quickly find themselves outmatched in a world of high‑stakes magic. Even the Goddess’s priests cannot offer any resistance to the invading sorcerers and their quest to conquer souls for the Fire God. Wallie will need to find in himself and in the world the powers that will save all mortals. He will need to find the Coming of Wisdom.

The Child Thief: A Novel

> The acclaimed artist Brom brilliantly displays his multiple extraordinary talents in The Child Thief—a spellbinding re-imagining of the beloved Peter Pan story that carries readers through the perilous mist separating our world from the realm of Faerie. As Gregory Maguire did with his New York Times bestselling Wicked novels, Brom takes a classic children’s tale and turns it inside-out, painting a Neverland that, like Maguire’s Oz, is darker, richer, more complex than innocent world J.M. Barrie originally conceived. An ingeniously executed literary feat, illustrated with Brom’s sumptuous artwork, The Child Thief is contemporary fantasy at its finest—casting Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, even Captain Hook and his crew in a breathtaking new light.

The Candlestone

The first book, *Raising Dragons,* plunged two teenagers, Billy Bannister and Bonnie Silver, into mind-boggling mysteries, life or death pursuits, and deadly sword-to-sword battles.    In *The Candlestone,* a mysterious book leads Billy into mortal combat with a powerful dragon slayer. Separated from his friends and finding his dragon traits useless against this enemy, he has to rely on new weapons, a sword and shield he cannot even see.    A scientist lures Bonnie to his laboratory with amazing news—her mother is still alive! And he should know; he’s her father. He has learned the secret of long life—dragon blood, and he wants Bonnie to help him with his experiments. But first he must send her to retrieve her mother from the candlestone, that strange, paralyzing gem that absorbs light and with it the strength of dragons and their offspring.    The candlestone is also a prison that imprisons people who have been transformed into light energy by Excalibur, King Arthur’s great sword. When Bonnie enters the stone, she learns that many disembodied souls have fallen prey to the gem’s powers, but no one has ever escaped. Her only hope is for Billy to overcome the dragon slayer and find a way into the candlestone, and, more importantly, a way out.    Billy and Bonnie face their greatest fears, and they learn to use their strengths, both innate and newly found, as they battle powerful enemies, ancient fiends from times long past, and the horrors of the blackest of prisons, captivity with the walls of unearthly darkness, the crystalline tomb of the candlestone.

The Braided Path: The Weavers of Saramyr / the Skein of Lament / the Ascendancy Veil

The story of an exotic oriental world. The empire of Saramyr has relied on the secretive sect of Weavers for far too long. Now the Weavers, manipulating space and time through the Weave of existence, are plotting the overthrow of the families. Their motives twisted by the Witchstones they draw their power from.
As the empire crumbles the disowned abbearant daughter of the empire and a few scattered rebels must find out the secret of the true nature of the witchstones and rescue the empire from depravity and the rule of demons.
Chris Wooding has an unrivalled flair for Machiavellian plotting, explosive description and memorable young characters. This is the ideal first adult fantasy for his teenage fans.
This edition includes *The Weavers of Saramyr* , *The Skein of Lament* and *The Ascendancy Veil*.

The Bones of Makaidos

The Bones of Makaidos – 2010 Clive Staples Award Winner for the best Christian speculative fiction of the year. A wall of fire protects the inexperienced villagers of Second Eden from a planned invasion of dragons and Nephilim, but how long will the flames last? Billy, Walter, Ashley, Elam, and the faithful dragons help the people prepare, but they are woefully outnumbered and will have to go back to Earth and recruit the humans who have the ability to revert to their former dragon states. In search of aid, Billy escorts Acacia, an Oracle of Fire, through a dangerous volcano portal. Meanwhile, Sapphira, Acacia’s Oracle sister, stays in the underworld with Bonnie and Shiloh, waiting for the signal to emerge and join the battle. With Hades and Earth locked in a catastrophic merging of their two realms, Arramos, evil incarnate, plans to use Bonnie to add Second Eden to the merging of the worlds, thereby drawing his forces to Heaven’s Gate, where he hopes to gain access to divine authority. Arramos has two secret weapons: Sir Devin, the greatest of all dragon slayers, lies in wait to destroy all dragons and their offspring, including Billy and Bonnie; and Mardon, a brilliant scientist, knows the secret to the Oracles’ indestructibility, and he has devised a way to steal it from Acacia, thereby draining her strength. During these preparations, Semiramis, Mardon’s mother, comes to Second Eden and provides Billy with a wealth of information about Arramos’s plans, and with every subsequent challenge, her words are proven true. But can she be trusted? With mysteries abounding and an ultimate battle looming, every decision could mean the difference between survival and catastrophe, and only a prophesied sacrifice can stop the onslaught of evil. But who will be the sacrificial lamb?

The Blood King’s Apprentice

Storm Phase A teenage wizard burdened with a mysterious destiny, a cat-girl ninja he can’t help but fall for, and a diary that turns into a bat-winged creature journey through a world teeming with monsters and magic.   Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson, this enchanting Asian-inspired fantasy series delivers fast-paced adventure for readers young and old. Book 4: The Blood King’s Apprentice Turesobei swore he would get his friends home, but the only way out is through a mad god.  The Blood King slept for millennia. Now, thanks to Turesobei, he has awoken and resumed his quest for an ancient, dangerous secret. Worst of all, the Blood King demands that Turesobei help him or watch his friends suffer.  While Turesobei is forced to learn magic far beyond him, his friends are being trained to fight, and even Iniru can’t meet the Blood King’s exacting standards. The Blood King will turn them into a team capable of unlocking his prison…or kill them trying.  The pressure pushes everyone to the breaking point. And Turesobei’s inability to choose just one girl only makes matters worse. Stuck between the Blood King’s whims and jealous girlfriends, Turesobei isn’t sure which he’d rather face. Either way, he’s running out of time.

The Authorized Ender Companion

*The Authorized Ender Companion* is a complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe. Written by Jake Black under the editorial supervision of Card himself, *The Authorized Ender Companion* will be an invaluable resource for readers of the series. If you ever wondered where Ender went after he left Earth, before he arrived at Lusitania, you’ll find the answer here. If you ever wondered how the battle room worked, you’ll find the answer here. If you forgot the names of the people were who discovered the *descolada* , the answer is here. The history of Gloriously Bright’s world? Here. *The Authorized Ender Companion* contains all that and more. There are character biographies, time-lines, colony histories, and family trees. At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Alchemist’s Pursuit

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Hampered by arthritis, Nostradamus is in no mood for granting favors or running about looking for trouble. But when his apprentice Alfeo’s mistress asks him to investigate the murder of her beloved courtesan mentor-and promises a fortune in payment-he comes around. It appears that someone is murdering the courtesans of Venice. All were well-known, admired for their skills-and somehow connected by a sinister event involving one of the great families of the city. While Nostradamus attempts to use the dark arts to solve riddles which confound explanation, Alfeo finds himself led by a possibly demonic force through a maze of deceit and death. And when the master and apprentice come to the end of their intertwined paths, there may be hell to pay.

The Alchemist’s Code

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It is said the legendary Maestro Nostradamus is able to glimpse the ever-changing future, but even he cannot see the danger that is about to envelop him when he is hired to find a foreign spy by Venice’s ruling Council of Ten. Especially since the only clues are the spy’s intercepted messages, encoded in a seemingly unbreakable cipher.

But Nostradamus soon detects evil influences working against him, and realizes the spy can only be caught by occult means. He turns to his able apprentice, the daring young swordsman Alfeo Zeno, whose unique talents may prove essential to unraveling the truth. But the truth may be the end of both master and apprentice… “One of the best writers in the fantasy world today.”— *Writers Write*

The Alchemist’s Apprentice

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To the legendary clairvoyant Maestro Nostradamus, the future is forever in motion. But for young swordsman Alfeo Zeno, his apprentice and protector, the present is hard enough to contend with. His days are spent poring over astrology charts and making calculations, his nights learning arcane magic or transcribing Nostradamus’s nebulous prophecies. Until one night, when the Council of Ten arrives to take the seer into custody.
It seems that a high-ranking friend of the prince died under mysterious circumstances after Nostradamus cast his horoscope, warning of danger-and rumors are swirling that the mystic poisoned the victim to enhance his own reputation. Alfeo is stunned when his master refuses to flee. Instead, Nostradamus charges Alfeo with the task of clearing his name. Now, Alfeo must unravel a web of magic and murder if he is to have any future of his own.

The Air War

*The Air War,* the eighth novel in the Shadows of the Apt series by award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky, is a story of deceit and betrayal at the heart of the Empire, as a new world order is ready to emerge. **An empress demands her birthright . . .** All is in turmoil as the world moves towards war. In Solarno, the spies watch each other and ready their knives, while Myna sees the troops muster at its border and emotions run high as it vows never to be enslaved again. In Collegium, the students argue politics, too late to turn the tide. In the heart of the Empire, new pilots have completed their secretive training, generals are being recalled to service and armies are ready to march. Their Empress, the heir to two worlds, intends to claim her birthright. And nothing – either within the Empire or beyond it – will stand in her way. A conflict is coming, the like of which the insect-kinden have never seen.

Tesoro Nascosto

**Dopo il successo della Saga Infedeltà, che ha avuto più di 100.000 lettori, Diana Scott torna con la Serie Stonebridge, carica di suspance, erotismo e una forte passionalità.**
Cosa fare quando i segreti dovrebbero restare nascosti ma l’amore non fa altro che ricordarteli?
Anne sa che la vita raramente concede seconde opportunità, per questo dopo la morte di suo marito è disposta a disfarsi del passato e fare tutto ciò che ha sempre desiderato.
Anna è una lavoratrice, è educata e politicamente corretta ma questo non è bastato a non sentirsi sola e non protetta da un marito violento.
Anne è anche passionale, bruciante e provocante, ma queste sono qualità che nessuno conoscerà mai.
Anne Foster è la prestigiosa direttrice del Museo Archeologico Stonebridge, famoso in tutto il mondo. Quando il suo capo le propone di lavorare insieme a Reed Blackman, capisce che è il momento perfetto per vivere tutto ciò che ha sempre sognato ma che non ha mai osato confessare.
Blackman conosce il dolore, la solitudine e le ferite causate da un cuore infranto. Lui è troppo subdolo per conoscere il romanticismo, ma la desidera e non ha intenzione di contenersi nel caso in cui lei dovesse accettare i suoi appetti sessuali. 
Anne sa che il cammino per dimenticare quello che le è successo non sarà facile e che dovrà correre molti rischi, ma crede di avere coraggio a sufficienza per affrontarli.
Blackman odia assomigliare a quell’essere ripugnante che è suo padre e prova a non essere come lui, ma non si crede capace di farlo. È un uomo freddo, responsabile ed ha un obiettivo che nasconderà a tutti, compresa lei.
Anne Foster riuscirà ad essere quella che avrebbe sempre voluto essere o si trasformerà in una donna rassegnata?

Terror Blu 63: Tribunale galattico

Collana della Ediperiodici orientata sulla fantascienza horror e più vicina alle ancora più allucinanti Storie Blu e Storie Viola che alla sorella maggiore Terror, Terror Blu era la risposta a chi si fosse mai chiesto cosa intendevano fare il Mostro della Laguna Nera o l’Invasore da Marte di turno con le fanciulle che rapivano nei film degli anni ’50. E, dato che siamo in un tascabile erotico italiano, questa risposta non ha assolutamente nulla di piacevole. Gli sceneggiatori dimostravano però una creatività impressionante nell’inventare pretesti narrativi sempre nuovi e avvincenti per il sorprendentemente inesauribile filone creature mostruose che seviziano in modo orribile uomini e donne (di solito procaci e svestite). Prendete questa Tribunale Galattico, uscita nel ’79.

Le dieci pagine di sesso da inserire secondo contratto (negli anni ’80 diventeranno almeno 20 e per giunta porno) vengono sbrigate subito nella prima sequenza. Siamo sul romantico Isolotto degli innamorati, dove le coppiette, uscite dal luna park, vanno a scambiarsi effusioni.

Terremoti

«Se chiudi gli occhi davanti a qualcosa di spaventoso, finirai per avere sempre paura.» L’ammonizione riecheggia nell’ultimo racconto di questa trilogia, mentre gli occhi del protagonista registrano le immagini di una città annientata dal terremoto. David Peace non distoglie lo sguardo davanti all’orrore, lo affronta nell’unico modo a lui possibile: senza nascondere niente. E porta alla luce tre storie concepite dal cuore nero del Giappone, sua patria adottiva. La parola scritta di Peace disseziona la cronaca, fatta di sangue detriti pioggia corpi, e la trasforma in scrittura. Precisa, incalzante, ipnotica. Il male che si agita sotto una superficie in apparenza serena è il filo conduttore dei tre racconti che narrano di crimini realmente commessi («L’anno del maiale» e «M») e del grande terremoto del Kanto del 1923, che sembra annunciare lo tsunami del marzo 2011 («Dopo il disastro, prima del disastro»). Gli assassini a caccia di giovani donne e le scosse sismiche che trasformano Tokyo in una distesa di morte sono fatti della stessa materia incomprensibile e inaccettabile che solo la narrazione può esorcizzare. E la letteratura stessa sembra essere il rifugio di vittime e carnefici, il solo luogo di redenzione o di pace, nel quale Peace ci precipita con il suo verso sincopato e gelido, ma al tempo stesso partecipe e pietoso nei confronti degli esseri umani e di un paese in perenne ostaggio dei suoi demoni e della natura.

Tempo curvo a Krems

*«Sempre vuol dire vivere o morire? Il vetro della clessidra si accende e si colora nella luce che lo attraversa, una luce dorata rugginosa quando la clessidra è colma di sabbia e giallorosa pallido quando si svuota.»* I cinque protagonisti di questi racconti si ritrovano tutti a fare i conti con un tempo che sembra non avere inizio né fine, corrente di un fiume che conduce alla foce e alla sorgente. Il ricco e ormai vecchio industriale che inscena una beffarda ritirata dalla vita; il maestro di musica che dopo tanti anni rivede il proprio allievo in un incontro di ambigua ed elusiva crudeltà; il viaggiatore che, nella piccola e assopita cittadina di Krems, mosso da una coincidenza apparentemente insignificante, scopre il non tempo della vita e dell’amore in cui tutto è presente e simultaneo; il vecchio scrittore ospite d’onore di un premio che misura la propria estraneità al mondo e ai riti della letteratura; e infine il sopravvissuto della Grande Guerra e della grande stagione culturale della Trieste absburgica e irredentista che osserva le riprese di un film dedicato a una vicenda della sua giovinezza e di quella dei suoi amici stentando a riconoscere sé stesso e i propri compagni nei gesti e nelle battute degli attori che li interpretano. Ironicamente crudeli, malinconicamente sobri, i cinque personaggi sembrano a poco a poco attutire l’intensità delle loro esistenze, sfumando la distinzione tra finzione e realtà, con la consapevolezza che anche «le pagine invecchiano come le cose vive: fanno orecchie d’asino, si sgualciscono, avvizziscono. Come la mia pelle».