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Shadow Queen

*I put out a hand to steady myself as the vision took me. The parquetry floor washed to black…As if sparked by the hard glare, a fire burst and raged through the room, the flames hot enough to crisp bones and raise the smell of marrow burning to cinders. And me in the middle, wrapped in the black shroud of the dead.*
Matilde of the House of Svanaten is tired of being shadow queen. Her accession to the Turasi throne is long overdue, yet her imperious grandmother, Beata, is reluctant to hand over power.
When Matilde’s mysterious aunt, Helena, turns up for Turassi’s most important festival, suspicions abound. Why has Helena – long married into the despised Ilthean nobility – suddenly appeared? And what of the Ilthean soldiers massed at the southern border?
Hard on Helena’s arrival, Matilde is struck by a vision that warns of doom. And it isn’t long before a powerful enemy strikes at the very heart of power, leaving a trail of death and destruction in his wake.
After narrowly surviving the conflagration that shatters her entire world, Matilde is forced to pit herself against her family’s conqueror in a battle not just for the throne, but for her very existence.
Assured writing and an unforgettable main character combine to make *Shadow Queen* a truly unforgettable novel.
*From the Publisher (Allen & Unwin)*

Shadow Prowler

SUMMARY: After centuries of calm, the Nameless One is stirring. An army is gathering: giants, ogres and other creatures joining forces from across the Desolate Lands, united for the first time in history under one black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom. Unless Shadow Harold, master thief, can find some way to stop them. Epic fantasy at its best, Shadow Prowler is the first in a trilogy that follows professional thief Shadow Harold on his quest for a magic Horn that will restore peace to the kingdom of Siala. Accompanied by an elfin princess, ten Wild Hearts – the most experienced and dangerous royal fighters – and the King’s court jester (who may be more than he seems … or less), Harold must outwit angry demons, escape the clutches of a band of hired murderers, survive ten bloody skirmishes … and reach the burial grounds before dark. Can he escape a fate worse than death?

Shadow of an Angel

EDITORIAL REVIEW: After the sudden death of her husband, Minda Hobbs returns to Angel Heights, S.C., the home of her forebears, to seek peace and purpose in her life. Instead, she finds her n’er-do-well cousin Otto as cold and stiff as yesterday’s grits in the ladies’ room at the historic Minerva Academy. Shocked by her cousin’s murder and still grieving over the loss of her husband, Minda has mixed emotions when she’s greeted by her guardian angel, Augusta Goodnight. Shimmering with church window radiance, and smelling of strawberry jam, Augusta is a temp who’s come on a double mission-to help Minda solve Otto’s murder and to take care of unfinished business from an assignment in 1916. Even though Otto could be unbearable at times, an annoying laugh is hardly cause for murder. Minda’s only lead is a tiny gold pin, found wedged in a Minerva Academy bathroom stall, and its connection to a club called the Mystic Six. Together, Minda and Augusta trace the descendents of this secret society, piecing together clues that lead to a special quilt and the mystery behind Cousin Otto’s unfortunate demise.

Shadow Fall

SUMMARY: Custo Santovari is a fallen hero, a man who sacrificed himself for his best friend, an angel whos earned himself a well-deserved place in Heaven. But Custo wasnt cut out for Heaven and hes not going to stay. Especially not when he discovers he can return to earth to continue the fight against the soul-sucking wraiths and rescue a woman even more tempting than his eternal reward.

Shadow Bound

SUMMARY: When a demon breaches the barrier between death and life, the salvation of the world depends on the passions of a beautiful banshee just coming into her power and the man willing to use her to avenge the destruction of his family.

Shadow and claw

SUMMARY: The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe’s most remarkable work, hailed as “a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis” by “Publishers Weekly,” and “one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century” by “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.” “Shadow & Claw “brings together the first two books of the tetralogy in one volume: “The Shadow of the Torturer” is the tale of young Severian, an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession — showing mercy toward his victim. Ursula K. Le Guin said, “Magic stuff . . . a masterpiece . . . the best science fiction I’ve read in years!” “The Claw of the Conciliator “continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny. “Arguably the finest piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced [is] the four-volume Book of the New Sun.”–“Chicago Sun-Times” “The Book of the New Sun establishes his preeminence, pure and simple. . . . The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . once into it, there is no stopping.””–The New York Times Book Review” Gene Wolfe has been called “the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced” by “The Washington Post.” A former engineer, he has written numerous books and won a variety of awards for his SF writing. “The Book of the New Sun,” a series of four novels, is unanimously acclaimed as Wolfe’s most memorable work, hailed by “Publishers Weekly” as a “masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis”–and by “The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction” as “one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century.” “Shadow & Claw” collects the first two novels in this Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning tetralogy: “The Shadow of the Torturer” and “The Claw of the Conciliator.” “”The Book of the New Sun” establishes [Wolfe’s] pre-eminence, pure and simple . . . “The Book of the New Sun” contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness, and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . Once into it, there is no stopping.”–“The New York Times Book Review” “Arguably the best piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced.”–“Chicago Sun-Times”

Shades of Gray

SUMMARY: AFTER THE FALL OF NIGHT Jet and Iridium—best friends turned bitter enemies—teamed up to foil the evil plans of the rogue superhero known as Night, but in defeating him they inadvertently destroyed the secret Corp-Co transmitter whose frequency kept the metapowered heroes of the Squadron in line. Now these heroes have turned against New Chicago, ransacking the city they once protected.Even worse, the powerful antisuperhero group known as Everyman has taken advantage of the chaos to fan the flames of prejudice against all superpowered men and women. Just when New Chicago needs them most, Jet and the small band of heroes who have remained on the right side of the law find themselves the targets of suspicion and outright hatred.Things aren’t going much better for Iridium. When she springs her father, a notorious supervillain, from prison to help her fight the marauding ex-superheroes, she finds that Corp-Co still has some nasty tricks up its sleeve.But when the most dangerous man alive, the sociopath known as Doctor Hypnotic, suddenly surfaces, Jet and Iridium will once again be called upon to set aside their differences. Yet in the process, deeply buried secrets will come to light that will change everything the former best friends think they know about each other and themselves.

Shade’s Children

In the brutal world of *Shade’s Children*, your 14th birthday is your last. Malevolent Overlords rule the earth, directing hideous, humanoid creatures to harvest the brains and muscles of teens for use in engineering foul beasts to fight senseless wars. Young Gold-Eye escapes this horrific fate, fleeing the dormitories before his Sad Birthday. He is rescued from certain doom by other refugees who live in an abandoned submarine and work for Shade, a strange, computer-generated adult. Shade provides food and shelter in exchange for information that the children gather on dangerous forays into Overlord territory. But what does Shade really want? He is a sworn enemy of the Overlords, but his use of the children to gain knowledge and power seems uncaring and ruthless. Finally, Gold-Eye and his new friends set out to destroy the Overlords–with or without the enigmatic, dangerous Shade. Garth Nix, author of *Sabriel*, blends suspense, action, and high emotion in this excellent, fast-moving science-fiction story.

Seven Troop

Review

“A gripping account of special forces at work . . . a tremendous adventure story.”–_Daily Telegraph_

“The best account yet of the SAS in action.”–_Sunday Times_

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Description

In 1983 Andy McNab was assigned to B Squadron, one of the four Sabre Squadrons of the SAS, and within it to Air Troop, otherwise known as SEVEN TROOP.

This is Andy McNab’s gripping account of the time he served in the company of a remarkable group of men — from the day, freshly badged, he joined them in the Malayan jungle, to the day, ten years later, that he handed in his sand-coloured beret and started a new life. The links they forged then bound them inextricably together, but the things they saw and did during that time would take them all to breaking point — and some beyond — in the years that were to follow. He who dares doesn’t always win . . .

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Servant of the Bones

Amazon.com Review

Her first book since

From Publishers Weekly

Neither a vampire nor a witch nor a mummy, but a genie provides the focus of Rice’s latest (after Memnoch the Devil). The queen of high-decadent gothic deviates from her formula of interlacing spirituality and carnality here: only in the novel’s latter pages do lusty sensuousness and brisk pacing leaven a series of cerebral metaphysical struggles. This unusual approach arises from the central dilemma of the story. “Servant of the Bones” Azriel is a “genii” who, until his emergence in 1995 New York, is only a shell filled with spirit, not a corporeal presence ripe for Rice’s usual dark eroticism. In the novel’s first half, Azriel tells his tale: born a Hebrew in Babylon at the time of Cyrus, he is sacrificed in order to free his people, his body boiled down to golden bones. He then is cursed by a necromancer to be bound to the bones. Over the millennia, he is a spirit at the beck and call of a series of “Masters” who possess his casket. When Azriel calls himself into human form in the present day, he encounters plastic, airplanes?and the Temple of the Mind, a cult of computer-created creed that threatens to kill two-thirds of the earth’s population. Azriel’s emergence as a sensual being and the suspense generated by the Temple’s Last Days project will help readers to forget the book’s initial 300 pages, in which they must track Azriel from swirling particles to thickening flesh. Yet Rice’s impeccable research into science, history and Jewish scholarship will probably leave readers impressed and entertained. 1,000,000 first printing; BOMC and QPB main selections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Servant of a Dark God

SUMMARY: The launch of a towering new fantasy series introduces an elaborate new world, a strange and dark system of magic, and a cast of compelling characters and monsters. Young Talen lives in a world where the days of a person’s life can be harvested, bought, and stolen. Only the great Divines, who rule every land, and the human soul-eaters, dark ones who steal from man and beast and become twisted by their polluted draws, know the secrets of this power. This land’s Divine has gone missing and soul-eaters are found among Talen’s people. The Clans muster a massive hunt, and Talen finds himself a target. Thinking his struggle is against both soul-eaters and their hunters, Talen actually has far larger problems. A being of awesome power has arisen, one whose diet consists of the days of man. Her Mothers once ranched human subjects like cattle. She has emerged to take back what is rightfully hers. Trapped in a web of lies and ancient secrets, Talen must struggle to identify his true enemy before the Mother finds the one whom she will transform into the lord of the human harvest.

Serpent Moon

SUMMARY: Eric Thompson’s wolf howl can ruin electronics and send aircraft tumbling from the sky. Considered dangerous even by his fellow Sazi, Eric has become a lone wolf, living in self-imposed isolation. Yet when the very foundations of Sazi life come under attack, Eric knows he must defend his fellow shapeshifters at any cost. Attacked by a band of vicious Sazi, Holly Sanchez should have died. Instead, she survives, emerging as a powerful Sazi healer. Sent to return Eric to the Sazi world he rejected, Holly finds herself by his side as the lone wolf tracks the monster that is killing the Sazi. Holly soon realizes she must make a choicebetween a Sazi life with Eric, and life as a “normal” human being. But first, she must survive long enough to make that choiceand she must save her people, and the world, from evil.

Seriously…I’m Kidding

I’ve experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you’ll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I’ve put together for you in this book. I think you’ll find I’ve left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I’m saying is, let us begin, shall we?
**

The Sentry

In *The Watchman* and *The First Rule*, Robert Crais put Joe Pike front and center for the first time, to remarkable effect: “A beautifully crafted piece of story-telling” (*The Seattle Times*); “A high-octane thriller…Pike’s unshakable belief in right and wrong provides a moral center” (*South Florida Sun-Sentinel*); “Joe Pike is a joy to watch, an urban Zen warrior priest righting wrongs. More Pike, please” (*Chicago Sun-Times*).
But when Joe Pike does return, it is to a case that will rock him to his core.
Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru’s uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want it—and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.
None of that deters Pike—there’s something about Dru that touches him and he won’t back away, whether she wants his help or not—but as the level of violence escalates, and Pike himself becomes a target, he and Elvis Cole begin to discover some things. Dru and her uncle are not who they seem, and everything Pike thought he knew about them, their relationship to the gang, and the reasons they fled New Orleans—it’s all been lies. A vengeful and murderous force is catching up to them…and it’s perfectly happy to sweep Pike and Cole up in its wake.
**

Sentimental Education

SUMMARY: General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1904 Notes: This is an OCR reprint of the original rare book. There may be typos or missing text and there are no illustrations. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. You can also preview the book there.