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A Game of Thrones: The Book of Ice and Fire RPG rulebook

Simone Cooper - 2004
    R. Martin's A Game of Thrones - the first book in the author's epic A Song of Ice and Fire series - to life for gamers everywhere! Now is your chance to explore the mysteries of the Seven Kingdoms and its noble houses -- Starks, Lannisters, Tullys, and more! This authorized reference guide and RPG features Westeros character archetypes, new character creation options, and innovative rules appropriate to the series -- along with noble house analyses, character profiles, and setting details.

Protector of the Small

Tamora Pierce - 2004
    Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight.Omnibus edition, collecting First Test, Page, Squire, and Lady Knight.

Bone, Vol. 9: Crown of Horns

Jeff Smith - 2004
    Guarded by dragons, the Crown of Horns is the only thing that can stop the Locust and end the war... but how, and at what price? Fone Bone believes he knows the answer, and he must decide where his heart truly lies...

The Circle Trilogy

Ted Dekker - 2004
    Two worlds. One Story. Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide. Black - An incredible story of evil and rescue, betrayal and love, and a terrorist threat unlike anything the human race has ever known. A virulent evil has been unleashed upon the people of Earth. The only man who can stop it is Thomas Hunter, an unlikely hero whose life is stretched between two worlds. Every time he falls asleep in one reality, he awakes in the other. Soon Thomas no longer knows which reality is real. Yet it quickly becomes apparent that his choices in each world impact the other--and that the fates of both rest in his hands. Red - In one world, Thomas Hunter is a battle-scarred general commanding an army of primitive warriors. In the other, he's racing to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating global chaos through an unstoppable virus. Thomas must find a way to change history--or face the destruction of two worlds. White - Thomas Hunter has only two days to survive two separate realms of danger, deceit, and destruction. The fates of both worlds now rest on his unique ability to shift realities through his dreams. Thomas and The Circle must quickly decide who they can trust--both with their own lives and the fate of millions. And neither the terror of Black nor the treachery of Red can prepare Thomas for the forces aligned against The Circle in White.

The Annotated Brothers Grimm

Jacob GrimmKay Nielsen - 2004
    The volume includes over forty of the Grimms' most beloved stories, including:Rapunzel * Hansel and Gretel * The Brave Little Tailor * Cinderella * Little Red Riding Hood * The Robber Bridegroom * Briar Rose * Snow White * Rumplestilskin * The Golden Goose * The Singing, Soaring Lark * The Frog King * The Juniper Tree * and Mother HolleWith over 150 paintings and drawings from the most celebrated fairy tale illustrators, including George Cruikshank, Paul Hey, Walter Crane, Warwick Goble, Kay Nielsen, and Arthur Rackham.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

Hiawyn Oram - 2004
    S. Lewis's classic story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, for the youngest fans! Introduce them to the magic of Narnia with this picture book featuring illustrations by Tudor Humphries.Now younger children can share the magical experience, entering into a world of enchantment that will forever lure them back. Four adventurous siblings step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter—but never Christmas—cursed by the power of the White Witch. Only Aslan, the Great Lion, can reverse her wicked spell.The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe can also be read as a novel. It is the second book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years.

Howl's Moving Castle Picture Book

Hayao Miyazaki - 2004
    Director Hayao Miyazaki is a master storyteller and his films have all become classics of animation. There's no better way to preserve the magic of Howl and his flying castle than by adding this delightful volume to your home library.Earlier this year, VIZ Media released The Art of Howl's Moving Castle, a hardbound, prestige format book which exists as an essential companion to Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated classic.To further complement the movie-going experience, we are now proud to present the Howl's Moving Castle Picture Book, a companion publication wedding scene-by-scene film footage with character dialogue in one handsome volume. Based on the young-adult novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle reflects on a wondrous time when science and magic captured the spirit of 19th century Europe.The story of Howl's Moving Castle is the story of a young girl who is magically transformed into a 90-year-old woman. Undaunted by this curse, her continuing adventures introduce her to the vainglorious wizard Howl and his curious castlemates. Two years ago, VIZ Media released a similar book inspired by Spirited Away, the movie which garnered an Academy Award for director Hayao Miyazaki. Another picture book for My Neighbor Totoro is planned for later this year. Now, add Howl's Moving Castle to this list of must-have movie books. Director Hayao Miyazaki is a master storyteller and his films have all become classics of animation. There's no better way to preserve the magic of Howl and his flying castle than by adding this delightful volume to your home library.

The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus

Bev Vincent - 2004
    The seven-volume series, written and published over a period of 30 years, was inspired by Robert Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," as well as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and the spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone.With the full cooperation of Stephen King himself, The Road to the Dark Tower examines the epic journey of the author to complete a story that threatened to overwhelm him. In this indispensable companion, Bev Vincent presents a book-by-book analysis of each volume in the series, tracing the Dark Tower's connections to King's other novels including The Stand, Insomnia, and Hearts in Atlantis, and offering insights from the author about the creative process involved in crafting his lifelong work-a work that has consumed not only Stephen King, but his legion of devoted readers. This is essential reading for any Dark Tower-or Stephen King-fan.

Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You

Tony DiTerlizzi - 2004
    Written by three siblings, the letter told of their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick and an unfinished tome filled with eyewitness accounts of creatures otherwise thought to be the stuff of legend. In the #1 New York Times bestselling serial the Spiderwick Chronicles, readers were enthralled by the account of the those siblings, Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace, as they battled dwarves, goblins, elves, and a diabolical ogre in their efforts to hold on to their uncle Spiderwick,s life work. Now, through the combined efforts of the Grace children and authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, Simon & Schuster is thrilled to present that work to you! Beginning with a thoughtful and informative introduction, progressing through six exhaustive sections featuring thirty-one faerie species, and culminating with an addendum that includes observations supplied by Jared Grace, this long-awaited compendium to the worldwide Spiderwick phenomenon delivers enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast. Not only will readers learn the habits and habitats of the fourteen fantastical creatures featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling chapter books, but they will be delighted and astonished by an additional seventeen creatures. Also included are dozens of snippets from Arthur Spiderwick,s personal journal as well as cameos from a few series favorites. With so much to offer, this book is destined to be pored over for generations to come!

Paths of Darkness Collector's Edition

R.A. Salvatore - 2004
    Salvatore novels available in paperback for the first time.This collection of four New York Times best-selling novels from premiere fantasy author R.A. Salvatore includes The Silent Blade, The Spine of the World, Servant of the Shard, and Sea of Swords. These titles continue the tale of Salvatoreâ��s signature character Drizzt Doâ��Urdenâ�¢, one of the most well known figures in the Forgotten Realms setting.

The Art of Discworld

Terry Pratchett - 2004
    It's a world bursting with magic, a land of contrasts and extremes, from the bustling metropolis of Ankh-Morpork, the oldest city on the Disc (now ruled with an iron hand in a velvet glove by the Patrician, Lord Vetinari), to the ancient empire of Klatch, where there are fifteen words for assassination. There's the mysterious continent XXXX, or Foureks, about which nothing anyone has ever heard is really an exaggeration, the tiny kingdom of Lancre and the dark country of Uberwald, where things do go bump in the night. And then there are the inhabitants: the witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick (now a Queen, of course). There are wizards galore, Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully, the Librarian, Rincewind, the Bursar . . . there are the History Monks and the ancient Vampyre families. There are great heroes, like Cohen the Barbarian and his Silver Horde, Sam Vimes, Captain Carrot and the men* of the City Watch . . . and there are the ordinary folk like Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, Foul Ole Ron, the Igors . . . and there's Death.The Discworld might have started out in the imagination of its Creator, Terry Pratchett, but over the past 30 or more books, it has taken on a life of its own.Here, gathered together for the first time, is artist Paul Kidby's own voyage through the Disc, in glorious color and intricate black and white: a cornucopia of characters that have won the hearts of millions of adoring readers the world over:Here is The Art of Discworld. werewolves, zombies, gargoyles, dwards - in fact, menof the Watch are actually few and far between these days.

The Art of The Lord of the Rings

Gary Russell - 2004
    Many of the images included in this volume, depicting pivotal scenes and characters, were previously embargoed and have never appeared in book form. The work of Alan Lee and John Howe — the two artists most closely associated with Tolkien’s world — is featured, along with that of many other talented artists and designers. The artists’ own descriptions of the design process used in creating the look of the films both enlighten and enliven this essential book.

An Unofficial Muggle's Guide to the Wizarding World: Exploring the Harry Potter Universe

Fionna Boyle - 2004
    K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is explained, expanded, and celebrated in a literary guidebook which also includes information on the historical roots of the symbolism and mythology used in the series. Original.

Vampire Rites Trilogy

Darren Shan - 2004
    In 'Trials of Death', Darren has to pass five deadly trials to prove himself to the vampire clan. And in 'The Vampire Prince', can Darren outwit a cunning foe?

The Ruins of Gorlan / The Burning Bridge

John Flanagan - 2004
    Are you ready? In 'The Burning Bridge', you are learning well, but you are soon to be tested and must embark on your most dangerous mission yet.

The Tales of the Otori Trilogy

Lian Hearn - 2004
    Epic in scope, brilliant in imaginative vision, the three unforgettable books that constitute the Tales of the Otori are available in one beautifully designed boxed set.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Complete Boxed Set

Michelle Paver - 2004
    Featuring all six adventures in Torak's quest to vanquish the terrifying Soul-Eaters, this box set presents the complete 'Chronicles of Ancient Darkness' series.

The Ruins of Gorlan

John Flanagan - 2004
    The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied....

During the Dance

Mark Lawrence - 2004
    Absolutely not a romance.A short story about a child with a gift for seeing past the world.


Kenneth Oppel - 2004
    It is the life Matt's always wanted; convinced he's lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

The Legend of Holly Claus

Brittney Ryan - 2004
    When one special boy writes to Santa asking what no other child has ever asked, a miracle occurs: Santa and Mrs. Claus are blessed with a daughter. But the birth of Holly Claus also brings about a terrible curse--from an evil soul named Herrikhan. Holly's heart is frozen, and the gates to Forever are locked, barring exit or entry. As she grows into a beautiful and selfless young woman, Holly longs to break the spell that holds her people hostage. With four faithful and magical animal friends, she escapes to the wondrous world of Victorian New York, where she will face countless dangers, adventures, and a miracle all her own.

The Bark of the Bog Owl

Jonathan Rogers - 2004
    His grandparents were among the first settlers of Corenwald’s Eastern Frontier. His father had been one of the kingdom’s greatest warriors. Aidan, on the other hand, lives the quiet, comfortable life of a nobleman’s son. He never has any real adventures, and that, he believes, is the one great injustice of his otherwise happy life. All that will change the day he first hears the bark of the bog owl and meets Dobro Turtlebane. Dobro is one of the feechiefolk—a tribe of half-civilized swamp dwellers who fight too much, laugh too loud, cry too easily, and smell just terrible. But another meeting on that remarkable day may change Aidan’s life even more profoundly. Bayard the Truthspeaker arrives with a startling pronouncement: Aidan Errolson will grow to be the Wilderking—the long-prophesied wild man who will come out of Corenwald’s forests and swamps to lead the kingdom back to its former glory. There’s just one question: Is Bayard the Truthspeaker a prophet or a madman? This initial installment in The Wilderking Trilogy is sure to capture the hearts of young and old, boys and girls alike. Written in the same fashion as The Lord of the Rings or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Bark of the Bog Owl, as the author says, will help “direct a God-fearing boy’s sense of adventure and warrior spirit – his God-given wildness.”

A Walk on the Nightside

Simon R. Green - 2004
     John Taylor was born in the Nightside-a city within the city of London where it's always three A.M. and where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side. It's the stomping grounds for the lost and missing-and John Taylor is an expert at finding people and things in the shadows.

The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection

Neil Gaiman - 2004
    This collection includes:The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish: An unforgettable story that will take readers on a journey into the murky mind of a young boy and the perils of striking a bargain.The Wolves in the Walls: Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of their house -- and, as everybody says, if the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over. Her family doesn't believe her. Then one day, the wolves come out.Cinnamon: This charming fable of an exotic princess who refuses to speak currently exists only on Neil's official website and has never been published in print or any other format.Crazy Hair: Bonnie tries to comb the narrator's crazy hair -- where gorillas leap and tigers stalk -- and is in for a surprise in this delightful rhyming tale.

The Lord of the Rings: Complete Visual Companion

Jude Fisher - 2004
    Tolkien's Middle-earth as depicted in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.Fully illustrated with almost 300 color photographs, including stunning new images from the extended director's versions of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, and exclusive "first-look" shots from The Return of the King, this Complete Visual Companion now tells the whole tale of The Lord of the Rings in sumptuous detail.The many characters, creatures, and strange lands of Middle-earth encountered by the Fellowship of the Ring in their epic journey are here brought to life: from the magical Elven realms of Rivendell and Lothlorien to the abandoned Dwarven kingdom of Moria; from the wizard Saruman's stronghold at Isengard to the land of the Horse-lords, Rohan; from their last-ditch fortress at Helm's Deep to Minas Tirith, the city-kingdom of the proud Men of Gondor; from the haunted Paths of the Dead to the battlefields of Pelennor and the overrun city of Osgiliath; from Cirith Ungol and the Nazgul's tower of sorcery at Minas Morgul into the very heart of Mordor. Along the way our heroes will encounter Elves and Ents, Uruk-hai and Orcs, Trolls, and Haradrim on their towering war-elephants, the mumakil. The Companion introduces readers to the monstrous Shelob the spider, to the Corsairs of Umbar, and to that pitiful but deadly creature Gollum.This omnibus edition also includes brand-new sections appearing in print for the first time, which take the story of the quest of the Fellowship beyond Mount Doom, all the way to the hearbreaking finale at the Grey Havens.

Muggles and Magic: J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter Phenomenon

George Beahm - 2004
    Organized in six sections appendices, this 400-page book is a treasure trove of information and trivia about Harry Potter, Rowling's most famous literary creation, and the phenomenon that surrounds him. The Real World of J.K. Rowling provides an in-depth look at Rowling herself: a chronology, a biography, a guide to Rowling's England and Scotland, FAQs, a concordance, Harry Potter illustrators, Rowling-related charities, a Harry Potter convention, and more. A Writer's Life is jam-packed with information for aspiring word wizards, with time-tested advice on getting your book published, the craft of writing, cafes to fuel your creativity, Harry Potter and censorship, and more.Harry Potter-Screen Magic is an in-depth look at the two movie adaptations, with reviews, cast listings, notable quotes by the cast, and more.Books offers a book-by-book look at the five Potter novels plus other official, and unofficial, books. A fictional concordance for Muggles and a trivia quiz round out this in-depth section.Harry Potter Merchandise looks at the numerous tie-in products licensed by Warner Bros., from action figures to wizard cards.Harry Potter Websites discussess the best that the World Wide Web offers, with capsule reviews, screenshots, and addresses.The Appendices provide detailed information on Rowling's book editions in the U.S. and the U.K., a list of available films and DVDs, and key collectibles with prices.Each section features dozens of quotes by and about J.K. Rowling.Packed with articles, profiles, synopses, and sidebars, "Muggles and Magic" is profusely illustrated with photographys and illustrations, including a special 16-page color photo album with little-seen photos of Rowling and England.

The Golden Book of Faerie

O.R. Melling - 2004
    Large format compendium of The Hunter’s Moon (revised edition), The Summer King, The Light-Bearer’s Daughter, The Book of Dreams.

Furies of Calderon

Jim Butcher - 2004
    But now, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows old and lacks an heir. Ambitious High Lords plot and maneuver to place their Houses in positions of power, and a war of succession looms on the horizon. Far from city politics in the Calderon Valley, the boy Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. At fifteen, he has no wind fury to help him fly, no fire fury to light his lamps. Yet as the Alerans' most savage enemy - the Marat - return to the Valley, he will discover that his destiny is much greater than he could ever imagine. Caught in a storm of deadly wind furies, Tavi saves the life of a runaway slave named Amara. But she is actually a spy for Gaius Sextus, sent to the Valley to gather intelligence on traitors to the Crown, who may be in league with the barbaric Marat horde. And when the Valley erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Amara will find Tavi's courage and resourcefulness to be a power greater than any fury - one that could turn the tides of war.

The Thursday Next Chronicles

Jasper Fforde - 2004
    Three funny and fantastical novels following the adventures of Swindon's favourite literary detective, Thursday Next: THE EYRE AFFAIR, LOST IN A GOOD BOOK and THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS.

Witch Magic

Kelley Armstrong - 2004
    Dime store magic: With the death of her mother, twenty-three-year-old Paige Winterbourne is elevated to the position of leader of the American Coven of Witches, but her role is threatened by the antics of her new charge, an orphan who is all too willing to use her growing powers for evil and who is being pursued by a ruthless faction of the supernatural underworld.

On Her Majesty's Occult Service

Charles Stross - 2004
    He soon found himself working at The Laundry - a bureau so secret even the government barely knows it exists - trying to fight eldritch horrors while fending off the dreaded paper clip audits

Rowan of Rin : The Journey

Emily Rodda - 2004
    First launched in 1993 and re-released in 2003 with the much-anticipated fifth book, Rowan of the Bukshah, the Rowan of Rin series is adored by children and adults alike. Each book is a complete story with a classic quest storyline which has a series of riddling mysteries to be solved by the unlikely hero Rowan. Ages 9+

The Book of Flying

Keith Miller - 2004
    When he discovers an ancient letter in his library telling of the mythical Morning Town where the flightless may gain their wings, he sets off on a quest. It's a magical journey and coming-of-age story in which he meets a robber queen, a lonely minotaur, a cannibal, an immortal beauty, and a dream seller. Each has a story, and a lesson, for Pico - about learning to love, to persevere, and, of course, to fly. A gorgeously poetic tale of fantasy for adults, The Book of Flying is a beautiful modern fable and daring new take on the quest narrative.

Garrett for Hire

Glen Cook - 2004
    He’s a hardboiled human detective who stands out in a crowd of elves, trolls, and other otherworldly denizens in the magical city of TunFaire. Garrett For Hire is “fantasy noir at its best" (Library Journal), collecting three novels from Glen Cook’s classic urban fantasy series.  Deadly Quicksilver Lies A rich woman hires Garrett to find her missing daughter…or to act as her hitman. In TunFaire, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference, leaving him no choice but to sift through the sex, intrigue, and murder to uncover the truth behind this case… Petty Pewter Gods With TunFaire real estate at a premium and prayer palaces at a minimum, the big gods on the block hold a contest: find the “key” to the one temple still available for worship. And when two rival pantheons try to hire Garrett to find it on their behalf, he finds himself facing the wrath of gods… Faded Steel Heat Riots between humans and non-humans have turned TunFaire into a war zone. And when a powerful gang of “human rightists” drag Garrett into the fray, he defends himself with a circle of friends no one would wish on their worst enemy…

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXI

Diana L. PaxsonK.A. Laity - 2004
    They are many heroines of SWORD AND SORCERESS - brave women who have adopted the daring roles so often deemed to be the exclusive province of men.Join Diana L Paxson, Esther M Friesner, Rosemary Edghill, Leslie Fish, Dorothy j Heydt and their fellow spell-weavers as they carry on Marion Zimmer Bradley's proud, feminist tradition in the twenty-three original, swashbuckling and magical stories of SWORD AND SORCERESS XXI, where:A family of thieves is sorely disappointed by their daughter's wizarding ambitions...A warrior with amnesia is taught a lesson she could never have learned if she remembered her past...A girl is turned down by a school of magic because of her sex, only to become the disciple of a far more powerful mentor...An arrogant mage is taught that even the most powerful of sorcerers sometimes needs the help of material weapons...The best-selling "Sword & The Sorceress series continues with this thrilling 21st edition of all-original stories of action-packed adventure, ultimate magic, and fearsome, sword-wielding women by some of the best names in fantasy today.

The Elven

Bernhard Hennen - 2004
    Northlander Jarl Mandred witnesses the ruthless attack on his men, and he seeks vengeance with the help of the elf queen, Emerelle. Despite Mandred’s barbaric human nature, the queen orchestrates an elfhunt joined by the two strongest warriors in Albenmark to pursue the beast. Farodin, the fiercest fighter in the land, and Nuramon, the healer, seize the opportunity to make history alongside Mandred in a life-defining series of battles waged in parallel universes.The Elven is an epic tale, bringing heroes together across the boundaries of their worlds to avenge past losses and influence fates yet to be decided.

The City and The Ship

Anne McCaffrey - 2004
    If anyone was to survive, somehow he must transform his wargaming hobby into the real thing and become The City Who Fought. The Ship Avenged: Ten years later, Joat, the eleven year old techno-demon heroine of the first novel is now an adult herself. She and her ship are on the trail of the Kolnari space raiders, trying to stop them before they can spread an infectious, mind-destroying disease among the inhabited stars and destroy civilization throughout the galaxy.

Once More* *with footnotes

Terry Pratchett - 2004
    A collection of Terry Pratchett's short works, fiction and non-fiction, with annotations by Pratchett and by the editors.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole

Kathryn Lasky - 2004
    The Capture, Book One. Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But evil lurks in the owl world, and Soren is captured and imprisoned in a dark canyon where there is a mysterious school. It's called an orphanage, but Soren believes it's something far worse. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, know that the only way out is up. To escape, they will need to do something these fledglings have never done before--fly. And so begins a magical journey. Along the way, Soren and Gylfie meet Twilight and Digger. The four owls band together to seek the truth, be reunited with their families, and protect the owl world from a great danger. The Journey, Book Two. It began as a dream, a quest for the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, a mythic place where an order of owls rises each night to perform noble deeds. There, Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger hope to find inspiration to fight the evil that dwells in the owl kingdom. The journey is long and harrowing. When Soren and his friends finally arrive at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, they face challenges they never imagined. If they can learn from their leaders and from one another, they will become true Ga'Hoolian owls: honest and brave, wise and true. The Rescue, Book Three. Ever since Soren was kidnapped, he has longed to see his sister, Eglantine. Now, Eglantine is back is Soren's life, but she's been through an ordeal too terrible for words. At the same time, Soren's mentor, Ezylryb, has mysteriously disappeared and may be in danger. Something deep within Soren tells him there is a connection between these mysterious events. To rescue Ezylryb, Soren must face a force more dangerous than anything that even the evil rulers of the owl orphanage could have devised.

Sethra Lavode

Steven Brust - 2004
    She's Sethra Lavode, the undead Enchantress of Dzur Mountain. Now, after a long absence, she's returned to take an active role in the Empire's affairs—and the affairs of Khaavren, Pel, Tazendra, Aerich, and all their friends and relations. Since the day Adron's Disaster reduced Dragaera City to a barren sea of amorphia, the Empire has been in ruins. The Emperor is gone, along with the Orb that was both his badge of office and the source of the magical power that in former times was practically a public utility. Trade has collapsed. Brigands rule the roads. Plagues sweep through the population. And an ambitious Dragonlord has moved to rebuild the Empire—in his own name, of course. Unknown to him, Sethra Lavode has already helped the Phoenix Zerika, true heir to the throne, retrieve the Orb from the Paths of the Dead. Sethra means to see Zerika on the throne. But making it so will entail a climactic battle of sorcery and arms.  Sethra Lavode, Book Three of The Viscount of Adrilankha, is an epic fantasy—told with all the swashbuckling flair for which Steven Brust is known.

The Case of the Singing Sword

Tee Morris - 2004
    There are a thousand stories in the naked city; and when you're a dwarf at four-foot-one, they all look that much taller." It is The Era of Prohibition, where crime runs rampant in the streets and a city divided into territories serves as the ultimate prize. Somewhere in this Underworld of Chicago, an enchanted weapon holds the key to ending The Gangland Wars. In the wake of The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, only one is man enough to stand up against Al Capone... ...a four-foot-one dwarf named Billibub Baddings. "Billi," as his friends come to know him, is a working stiff dwarf in the all too-human sized world of Chicago. Seems that a brood of orcs and a renegade warlock had opened a Portal of Oblivion in his homeworld and was planning to submerge his nine lands of Acryonis into an Age of Darkness. Billi had managed to throw a monkey wrench into those plans...but not before getting himself caught in the pull of that portal. When he came to, he found himself in the heart of The Windy City during The Roaring Twenties. After dealing with trolls, goblins, and rock dragons, Al Capone and Bugs Moran are about as intimidating as choir boys. Billi sets himself up as a tough-talking, waist-high, straight-dealing detective, and business was looking bleak, until a dark-eyed beauty crossed his threshold with the case that involved the mob, the upper-crust of Chicago society, and Billi's past. Get ready for The Lord of the Rings written by Mickey Spillane! Poking fun at the hard-boiled detective novel, Fantasy mainstays, and even the legend of Chicago's 1920 underworld!

Forgotten Realms: The War of the Spider-Queen Omnibus

R.A. Salvatore - 2004
    ReidCondemnation: Book III by Richard BakerExtinction: Book IV by Lisa SmedmanAnnihilation: War of the Spider Queen, Book V by Philip AthansResurrection: Book VI by Paul S. KempDissolution (Book 1)While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow, and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution.The War of the Spider Queen begins here.The first novel in an epic six-part series from the fertile imaginations of R.A. Salvatore and a select group of the newest, most exciting authors in the genre. Join them as they peel back the surface of the richest fantasy world ever created, to show the dark heart beneath. Insurrection (Book 2)The War of the Spider Queen spreads...A hand-picked team of the most capable drow adventurers begin a perilous journey through the treacherous Underdark, all the while surrounded by the chaos of war. Their path will take them through the very heart of darkness, and the Underdark will be shaken to its core. If the powerful dark elves falter, the world below is open for Insurrection. Condemnation (Book 3)From the burning sands of Anauroch to the limitless labyrinth of the Underdark, an epic quest for the very essence of the Spider Queen takes one startling turn after another. Powerful forces are at work to find answers to where Lolth has gone. She may return as something greater than she was, or she may have gone from her drow children forever, leaving them to their own devices in a chilling condemnation.The War of the Spider Queen explodes.  Extinction (Book 4)Halisstra Melarn has lived her life in the service of Lolth, every second knowing she would spend her endless afterlife at her godess's side. Serving the capricious whims of a chaotic demon goddess was never easy, but it promised great reward. Now the Spider Queen is gone, and she may never come back. What then? For one priestess, turning her back on teh goddess who abandoned her might be her only way out, her only way to escape oblivion. While Pharaun, Quenthel, Jeggred, Danifae, and Valas search for a way into the burning infinity of the Abyss itself, all the while selling each other cheap, Halisstra and Ryld discover a world where life has value and the shadows are free of assassins. But in an effort to survive, will they lose everything it means to be a dark elf? The simple act of asking that question could bring the entire drow race to teh brink of extinction. The War of the Spider Queen gets personal.  Annihilation (Book 5)The New York Times best-seller, now in paperback! This paperback edition of the New York Times best-selling title expands the civilupheaval among the drow, one of the most popular races in the ForgottenRealms setting. Best-selling author R.A. Salvatore wrote the prologue toAnnihilation and continues to consult on the series, lending his expertise asthe author who brought drow society to the forefront of the Forgotten Realmssetting.  Resurrection (Book 6)"Danifae Yauntyrr, former battle-captive of House Melarn, has come too far to stop now. She has regained her freedom after years of servitude, but has yet to exact her revenge. Though she has grown in both power and ambition, Danifae still needs to kill Halisstra Melarn. But how can she when she's followed by Quenthel and Pharaun into the heart of Lolth's reformed domain, a hellish world of demonic spiders bent on eating each other, and anything else stupid enough to get in their way - including the chosen vessel of Lolth herself." Halisstra has come to Demonweb Pits with a very different agenda. In her hands she holds the fabled Crescent Blade, a sword she believes will grant her the power to kill the Spider Queen herself - but only if she finds Lolth before the goddess fully completes her mysterious resurrection.

Favole: Stone Tears

Victoria Francés - 2004
    Presents an illustrated gothic romantic fantasy reminiscent of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, with tales of vampires, magic, and the undying spirit of lovers which reaches across the centuries.

Alphabet of Thorn

Patricia A. McKillip - 2004
    Now sixteen, she knows little of the outside world — except for the documents that traders and travelers bring her to interpret.Then, during the coronation of the new Queen of Raine, a young mage gives Nepenthe a book that has defied translation. Written in a language of thorns, it speaks to Nepenthe's soul — and becomes her secret obsession. And, as the words escape the brambles and reveal themselves, Nepenthe finds her destiny entwined with that of the young queen's. Sooner than she thinks, she will have to choose between the life she has led and the life she was born to lead...


Lorna Freeman - 2004
    But when his patrol encounters a Faena-one of the magical guardians of an uneasy ally-Rabbit is thrust into a political and magical intrigue that could start a war. Because Rabbit isn't just another trooper. He is the son of nobility-and a mage who doesn't know his own power...

The Katurran Odyssey

David Michael Wieger - 2004
    This epic tale of faith, hope, and selfless heroism is illuminated by the stunning illustrations of Terryl Whitlatch, the principal creature designer for the Star Wars prequels, and is brought to dynamic life by the storytelling of screenwriter and author David Michael Wieger.Bo-hibba is a remote island in a faraway time and place that is populated by animals who are at once fantastic and startlingly real. The island's survival is threatened by the Long Winter, and not even the High Priest's ancient ceremony of renewal can put an end to the suffering from the hunger and the cold.Katook, a small but courageous young lemur, lives in the village of Kattakuk. When he dares to enter a forbidden area on the island and witnesses a shocking act, the outraged priests banish him from the island forever. Forced to journey across the vast sea in search of a new home, Katook encounters great perils and marvels on his quest and undergoes profound tests of trust and friendship. At last, he finds the place where the secret of the Long Winter is revealed and where he must confront his greatest fear if he is to save his family and his island home.Like such classic works of fantasy as Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," Rien Poortvliet's "Gnomes," C. S. Lewis's "Chronicles of Narnia," Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series, and Brian Froud's "Faeries," "The Katurran Odyssey" creates a mythic world imbued with beauty, adventure, and transcendent imagination.

Zenda and the Gazing Ball

Ken Petti - 2004
    But they did. Now while everyone else moves forward, my entire life is on hold! Even worse, the magical gift that holds the key to my future is in jeopardy. I want to make everything right. But what if I can’t? So begins the adventure of twelve-year-old Zenda from Azureblue, a magical green planet where the quest for spiritual enlightenment is as natural to living as breathing. Smart, gifted, and headstrong, yet also a sensitive dreamer, Zenda is the quintessential girl on the verge of adolescence: always changing, always questioning, and constantly seeking to make sense of her world and her place in it. Featuring a thoroughly modern yet timeless character, Zenda is the ultimate series for today’s sophisticated ’tween girl. The biggest day of Zenda’s life is finally here: In a few short hours she will be presented with her very own gazing ball. It is the gazing ball that will reveal her thirteen special “musings,” the lessons unique to Zenda that will guide her on her journey through life. Then, Zenda breaks her gazing ball and her thirteen musings vanish and scatter out into the atmosphere. It’s up to Zenda to find them; if not, she risks never fulfilling her potential—or her secret dreams.

Peter Pan and Wendy

Jane Carruth - 2004
    Start a new tradition of reading this timeless tale in your home today!;Fully illustrated in color, bringing each tale to life;Filled with humor, adventure and imagination for children of all ages;Great first-time reading for children as well as reading again for parents and grandparents;Beautiful story and unforgettable characters

The Simoqin Prophecies

Samit Basu - 2004
    Written with consummate ease and brimming with wit and allusion, it is at once classic SFF and subtle spoof, featuring scantily clad centauresses, flying carpets, pink trolls, belly dancers and homicidal rabbits. Monty Python meets the Ramayana, Alice in Wonderland meets The Lord of the Rings and Robin Hood meets The Arabian Nights in this novel-a breathtaking ride through a world peopled by different races and cultures from mythology and history.

The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane

Robert E. Howard - 2004
    Howard created more than the greatest action hero of the twentieth century—he also launched a genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery. But Conan wasn’t the first archetypal adventurer to spring from Howard’s fertile imagination. “He was . . . a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more than a touch of the pagan. . . . A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things. . . . Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect—he was true to his ideals of justice and right. Such was Solomon Kane.”Collected in this volume, lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Gary Gianni, are all of the stories and poems that make up the thrilling saga of the dour and deadly Puritan, Solomon Kane. Together they constitute a sprawling epic of weird fantasy adventure that stretches from sixteenth-century England to remote African jungles where no white man has set foot. Here are shudder-inducing tales of vengeful ghosts and bloodthirsty demons, of dark sorceries wielded by evil men and women, all opposed by a grim avenger armed with a fanatic’s faith and a warrior’s savage heart. This edition also features exclusive story fragments, a biography of Howard by scholar Rusty Burke, and “In Memoriam,” H. P. Lovecraft’s moving tribute to his friend and fellow literary genius. Skulls in the stars --The right hand of doom --Red shadows --Rattle of bones --The castle of the devil --Death's black riders --The moon of skulls --The one black stain --The blue flame of vengance --The hills of the dead --Hawk of Basti --The return of Sir Richard Grenville --Wings in the night --The footfalls within --The children of Asshur --Solomon Kane's homecoming --Solomon Kane's homecoming (variant).

The Spiderwick Chronicles Box Set

Tony DiTerlizzi - 2004
    Its closing lines: "We just want people to know about this. The stuff that has happened to us could happen to anyone." Little could they imagine the remarkable adventure that awaited them as they followed Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace and a strange old book into a world filled with elves, goblins, dwarves, trolls, and a fantastical menagerie of other creatures. The oddest part is in entering that world, they didn't leave this one!Five captivating books!One thrilling adventure!The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Book of Three: Volume 2

Diana G. Gallagher - 2004
    This second volume of the wildly successful Book of Three encapsulates the final three seasons of the hit WB show Charmed, immortalizing the witty, witchy world of the three Halliwell sisters--Phoebe, Piper, and Paige.


Jennifer Fallon - 2004
    She must make sure her son Damin lives to be old enough to restore the Wolfblade name to its former glory.Elezaar the Dwarf is a small man with big secrets -- but that doesn't matter to Marla Wolfblade. Her brother is the High Prince of Hythria, and, in this fiercely patriarchal society, her fate will be decided on his whim. She needs someone politically astute to guide her through the maze of court politics -- and Elezaar the Dwarf knows more than he lets on.As Elezaar teaches Marla the Rules of Gaining and Wielding Power, Marla starts on the road to becoming a tactician and a wily diplomat -- but will that be enough to keep her son alive?

ElfQuest: The Searcher and the Sword

Wendy Pini - 2004
    Now, the elves must adapt to a world without the Troll smith, who forged their weapons and tools. Two quests, two heroes who will change the Wolfrider's way forever! Age 12+.

Flight to Eden

Douglas Hirt - 2004
    Satan has caused the fall of man and now wants complete control of earth. His chief problem is the annoying line of humans descended from Seth. They insist on honoring the Creator.His other problem is the prophecy spoken in the Garden of Eden. There's a Redeemer coming who has the power to "crush his head" and ultimately defeat him. Satan is determined to stop this from happening. Knowing the Redeemer must be born of a human to be truly both human and God,Satan initiates a grand scheme to pollute the human bloodline and prevent the prophesy from coming to pass! Based on Genesis 6, this story will inspire readers as it transports them to an ancient time in the development of Christ's lineage!Download the Readers' Guide.

Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne: The Magical World of Upendrakishore Roychoudhury

Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury - 2004

The Hedge Knight, Issue 1

Ben Avery - 2004

The Discworld Almanak: The Year of the Prawn

Terry Pratchett - 2004
    Here you will find a Compendium to all Knowledge, and a sure means of ensuring fertility of crops & livestock, also a boon companion in affairs of the HEART & HEALTH, with notes on Husbandry, Physic, Fairs & Marts, and other such information as will render this Publication a staunch companion to Townsman & Tiller of Soil alike. Including homemade remedies for common ailments, recipes, horoscopes, scientific discoveries, a calendar, strange tales and many valuable facts about the cabbage.With witty illustrations from Paul Kidby, this is an artistically presented package guaranteed to tickle the funny bone of all Pratchett fans.

Magic by Moonlight

Linda Chapman - 2004
    When Lucy’s new neighbour Allegra reveals she is a stardust spirit, Lucy discovers a whole world of magic beyond her imagination! As well as being able to fly,each stardust spirit has their own set of very specialpowers, bringing not only excitement, but responsibility too.

The Book of Three

Diana G. Gallagher - 2004
    A first-ever, completely authorized guide to Aaron Spelling's sexy, supernatural hit series features a series overview, character profiles, interviews, and fun facts about all things Charmed.

Dark Matter: Reading the Bones

Sheree Renée ThomasCharles Johnson - 2004
    The first volume was featured in the "New York Times," which named it a Notable Book of the Year.ContentsFiction. Ibo landing / ihsan bracy --The quality of sand / Cherene Sherrard --Yahimba's choice / Charles R. Saunders --The glass bottle trick / Nalo Hopkinson --Desire / Kiini Ibura Salaam --Recovery from a fall / David Findlay --Anansi meets Peter Parker at the Taco Bell on Lexington / Douglas Kearney --The magical Negro / Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu --Jesus Christ in Texas / W.E.B. DuBois --Will the circle be unbroken? / Henry Dumas --'Cause Harlem needs heroes / Kevin Brockenbrough --Whipping boy / Pam Noles --Old flesh song / Ibi Aanu Zoboi --Whispers in the dark / Walter Mosley --Aftermoon / Tananarive Due --Voodoo Vincent and the astrostoriograms / Tyehimba Jess --The binary / John Cooley --BLACKout / Jill Robinson --Sweet dreams / Charles Johnson --Buying primo time / Wanda Coleman --Corona / Samuel R. Delaney --Maggies / Nisi Shawl --Excerpt from Mindscape / Andrea Hairston --Trance / Kalamu ya Salaam --Essays. The second law of thermodynamics: transcription of a panel at the 1997 Black speculative fiction writer's conference held at Clark Atlanta University / Jewelle Gomez --Her pen could fly: remembering Virginia Hamilton / Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu --Celebrating the alien: the politics of race and species in the juveniles of Andre Norton / Carol Cooper.

The Morning Star 3-Volume Boxed Set

Nick Bantock - 2004
    Both longtime fans and new readers will be thrilled to see the series in an exquisite boxed edition. The Morning Star trilogy (The Gryphon, Alexandria, and The Morning Star) is now available in a stunning red slipcase-a handsome complement to the Griffin & Sabine 3-Volume Boxed Set. A fantastic gift for lovers of art, mystery, and romance, here is an essential purchase for both new and tried-and-true Nick Bantock fans everywhere.Author Biography: Nick Bantock is the author of the Griffin & Sabine saga: Griffin & Sabine, Sabine's Notebook, The Golden Mean, The Gryphon, Alexandria, and The Morning Star. His numerous other books include, The Artful Dodger, a visual autobiography. Born in England, he now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Butter Spirit's Tithe

Charles de Lint - 2004

New Spring

Robert Jordan - 2004
    Or so it is said.The city that greets Al’Lan Mandragoran, exiled king of Malkier and the finest swordsman of his generation, is instead one that is rife with rumour and the whisperings of Shadowspawn. Proof, should he have required it, that the Dark One grows powerful once more and that his minions are at work throughout the lands.And yet it is within Canluum’s walls that Lan will meet a woman who will shape his destiny. Moiraine is a young and powerful Aes Sedai who has journeyed to the city in search of a bondsman. She requires aid in a desperate quest to prove the truth of a vague and largely discredited prophecy—one that speaks of a means to turn back the shadow, and of a child who may be the dragon reborn.

Peter and the Starcatchers

Dave Barry - 2004
    Best-selling authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned back the clock to reveal the wonderful story that precedes J. M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan. Peter and the Starcatchers is brimming with richly developed characters, from the scary but somehow familiar Black Stache and ferocious Mister Grin to the sweet but sophisticated Molly and fearless Peter. Page after page of riveting adventures take readers of all ages on a voyage from a filthy, crime-ridden port in old England across the turbulent sea. Aboard the Neverland is a trunk that hold the “greatest treasure on earth” —but is it gold, jewels, or something far more mysterious and dangerous? Roiling waves and raging storms; skullduggery and pirate treachery provide the backdrop for battles at sea. Bone-crushing breakers eventually land our characters on Mollusk Island—where the action really heats up. This impossible-to-put-down tale leads readers on an unforgettable journey—fraught with danger yet filled with mystical and magical moments.

Ruby Rosemount and the Magic Carpet

Jodie Brownlee - 2004
    There genies, wicked villains, sand sprites, spells and dungeons will test all of her powers - including the ones she still doesn't know she has.

Jules Verne Collection, 33 Works: A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Mysterious Island, PLUS MORE!

Jules Verne - 2004
    The Extraordinary Voyages Series:(Les Voyages Extraordinaires)Five Weeks in a Balloon (1869)The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras (1874–75)A Journey to the Interior of the Earth (1871)From the Earth to the Moon (1867)In Search of the Castaways (1873)Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1872)Around The Moon (1873) ('From the Earth to the Moon' Sequel)The Fur Country (1873)Around the World in Eighty Days (1873)The Mysterious Island (1874)The Survivors of the Chancellor (1875)Michael Strogoff (1876)Off on a Comet (1877)The Child of the Cavern (1877)Dick Sand, A Captain at Fifteen (1878)Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon (1881)Godfrey Morgan (1883)The Lottery Ticket (1886)Robur the Conqueror (1887)Topsy-Turvy (1890)Claudius Bombarnac (1894)Facing the Flag (1897)An Antarctic Mystery (1898)

Lucinda's Secret and The Ironwood Tree

Tony DiTerlizzi - 2004
    If being attacked by a band of marauding goblins and almost eaten by a bridge troll wasn't enough, how Jared is being harassed by Thimbletack, the house boggart, and Simon has a very hungry griffin recuperating in the carriage house. Mallory is convinced that the only way to stop the madness is to chuck the Guide. But that's not an option. With all kinds of creatures after them, the Guide is the only protection the Grace kids have. If they could just figure out why all of Faerie wants the Guide. Only one person can help solve this mystery--their crazy old Aunt Lucinda.Book 4--the Ironwood TreeThe Grace kids, Jared, Simon, and Mallory, are at it again. Be sure to listen in to see what happens!

Magic Tree House: #11-12

Mary Pope Osborne - 2004
    But that's only the beginning! Once the riddle is solved, they still have to get past a pride of lions, a humongous herd of rampaging wildebeests, and one very hungry Masai warrior. Polar Bears Past BedtimeThe Magic Tree House transportss Jack and Annie to the freezing Arctic. There, they must solve the final riddle to become master librarians. But it's not going to be easy--especially when they have cracking ice, a seal hunter, and a prodigious polar bear to deal with. Will they be able to solve the riddle before they get iced themselves?

The Doomspell Trilogy

Cliff McNish - 2004
    Rachel and Eric are hurtled to a terrifying place. Like thousands of other children before them they have been snatched away by the Witch. But she has met her match.Rachel and Eric discover they have astonishing powers. She is a spellmaker who can fly, change shape and scent magic across other lands and oceans. Eric is a destroyer of spells. Together they embark on a journey from which there may be no return. The Witch will stop at nothing to enslave them and destroy her old adversaries the Wizards. The fate of all children lies in the balance - will Rachel and Eric save them, or will the Witch finally triumph? Cliff McNish's dazzling story telling makes each page compulsive reading

A Gnome's Christmas

Bruce Goldstone - 2004
    A mysterious box found in an old barn in Finland contains papers which detail how gnomes celebrate Christmas with games, music, food, and stories.

Pokémon Pokédex: Collector's Edition

Eric Mylonas - 2004
    Gotta catch 'em all? Gotta have this guide! ·Gigantic Pokédex with complete, up-to-date stats for all 386 Pokémon, including Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen ·Where to catch 'em in all the latest Pokémon titles, from Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire through Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen ·Must-have mini-walkthroughs for Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen, and Colosseum ·The best ways to catch, breed, evolve, and trade your Pokémon ·Interview with Pokémon game developers offers a secret peek inside the world of Pokémon ·Exclusive poster inside ·Retrospective on past Pokémon titles ·Huge appendix featuring detailed info on Moves, HMs and TMs, Berries, and more

Lion of Senet

Jennifer Fallon - 2004
    The intervention of Belagren, High Priestess of the Shadowdancers, and the sacrifice of a child of royal blood, has banished the Age of Shadows from the skies. Belagren's position is unquestioned . . . until circumstances begin to tip political rivalries into a deadlier game altogether. A volcanic eruption rocks the seas separating the Kingdom of Dhevyn and the mainland Kingdom of Senet, and a mysterious sailor is shipwrecked on the island of Elcast. Badly wounded, his arrival stirs up old hatreds and unravels old secrets. His presence is enough to even bring Antonov, the powerful Lion of Senet, to the island and fear to the Keep of the Duke of Elcast.A strong friendship develops between Dirk, second son of the Duke, and Kirshov Latanya, second son of the Lion of Senet. But will they, and their friendship, survive the chain of events set in motion by the ambitions of the ruthless High Priestess of the Shadowdancers and the domineering Lion of Senet?This first book of the Second Sons Trilogy establishes Jennifer Fallon as one of the most unique voices in fantasy fiction, as she creates full characters, and takes intelligent plotting to a whole new level in order to establish unparalleled complexity and tension.

The George MacDonald Omnibus: The Princess and the Goblin; The Princess and Curdie; At the Back of the North Wind

George MacDonald - 2004
    Here is a trio of the most magical fantasy novels ever written: The Princess and the Goblin; The Princess and Curdie; At the Back of the North Wind. The Reader's Guide to Fantasy hails them as "The best of McDonald's fantasies." Join the adventures of two children, a princess and a miner's son in a magical country of goblins and evil beasts. These are unforgettable fantasies. As The Reader's Guide says, these books are "Invested by MacDonald with a deeply spiritual meaning, MacDonald made myths, myths that send reverberations down the entire life of anyone who has read them."

Quick Bites: Fiction to Sink Your Teeth Into

Laurell K. Hamilton - 2004
    Hamilton, Guilty PleasuresKelley Armstrong, Dime Store MagicCharlaine Harris, Dead Until DarkTanya Huff, Blood PriceBarb & J. C. Hendee, Dhampir

Lost Lands of Witch World

Andre Norton - 2004
    Having written adventure science fiction for almost thirty years, she turned to something new, science-fantasy, with Witch World. This unique world of sorceresses and the many others who fight such adversaries as the Kolder, the Hounds of Alizon and other threats, has proven to be Miss Norton's most beloved and popular creation. Three Against the Witch World, Warlock of the Witch World , and Sorceress of the Witch World, the fourth, fifth, and sixth novels in the series, have long been recognized as novels that comprise the core of the series, along with the first three novels.Today, four decades after their first publication, these novels of adventure, excitement, and daring remain as fresh and original as when they first appeared. For the first time they are now available in a single volume for new readers of all ages to discover, and for fans to rediscover in an attractive, durable new format.Includes a long introduction by Mercedes Lackey.

Dead Witch Walking

Kim Harrison - 2004
    and to feed.Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining - and it's Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized.A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead... or undead.

Unicorns of Balinor

Mary Stanton - 2004
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The Book of Revelation: A Study of the Last Prophetic Book of Holy Scripture

Clarence Larkin - 2004
    Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

Understanding The Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism

Rose A. Zimbardo - 2004
    The essays span fifty years of critical reaction, from the first publication of The Fellowship of the Ring through the release of Peter Jackson's film trilogy, which inspired a new generation of readers to discover the classic work and prior generations to rediscover its power and beauty. Fans and scholars alike will appreciate these important, insightful, and timely pieces. Fourteen of the fifteen have been previously published but are gathered here for the first time. The final essay in the volume, "The Road Back to Middle-earth" by Tom Shippey, was commissioned especially for this collection. Shippey examines how Peter Jackson translated the text into film drama, shaping the story to fit the understanding of a modern audience without compromising its deep philosophical core.

空の境界 上 (講談社ノベルス)

Kinoko Nasu - 2004
    On the same day, 5,000 copies of the limited collection edition were sold for a high price of 9,800 yen, but were sold out merely two hours after pre-order started -- this immediately hit the headlines. In the end, the normal and collection editions combined had sold about 500,000 copies. The commercial edition was about the same in content as the doujinshi edition, but with slight differences in punctuation or word usage due to more detailed revision and editing.The protagonist Shiki Ryougi (両儀式) possesses the same power as Tsukihime (月姫)'s Shiki Tohno (遠野志貴). Touko Aozaki (蒼崎橙子), one side character in Kara no Kyoukai, is the sister of Tsukihime's Aoko Aozaki (蒼崎青子). So the two stories are regarded as having the same world view.The series is nicknamed "Rakkyo." It is a common debate whether the series should be regarded a light novel or not.Just as a piece of trivia the title "Kara no Kyoukai" roughly translates into "the boundary of emptiness/nothingness".

Artesia Volume 3: Afire - The Third Book Of Dooms

Mark Smylie - 2004
    The powers at play — the High King of Therapoli, his nobles and officers, the lurking Isliklid King, his warrior-servants, and the Sultan, commander of the Empire's armies — are all maneuvering for advantage, setting snares and traps for each other, with prisoners of war become hostages held in the balance. And through this den of vipers marches Artesia, self-proclaimed Queen of Dara Dess, with magic coursing through her veins, the whispers of ghosts in her ears, and an army at her back as she confronts the temptations, limits, and consequences of power.

The Edge Chronicles Maps

Paul Stewart - 2004
    Now sadly out of print.The Deepwoods, the Stone Gardens, the Edgewater River, Undertown and Screetown, New Sanctaphrax, and the Free Glades. Behind each name lies a thousand tales — tales that have been recorded on ancient scrolls, and related in this wonderful fantasy series. Here, complete with descriptions of some of the best-known places in this magnificently inventive world, two glorious full-colour fold-out maps are available, illustrating the Edgeworld over the generations — from the time of the sky pirate Cloud Wolf and his son, Twig, through to the post-stone-sickness world of young Rook Barkwater.

The Last Dragon

Silvana De Mari - 2004
    His village has been destroyed by the torrential waters, leaving Yorsh suddenly orphaned and alone-the earth's last elf. But soon Yorsh discovers he is part of a powerful prophecy to save the world from the Dark Age that has begun. First, however, the young elf will have to find another orphaned creature-the world's last dragon.Full of great tenderness and humor, this magical journey tells the story of a world plagued by intolerance and wickedness, and the elf and the dragon who will fight for its redemption and bring it back into the light.

Relax Kids: Aladdin's Magic Carpet: And Other Fairy Tale Meditations for Children

Marneta Viegas - 2004
    It is designed to counteract some of the tensions with which we are all familiar and offers parents and children quality time to relax and share together.

Guardians of the Flame: To Home and Ehvenor

Joel Rosenberg - 2004
    But a real wizard intervened, and the students found themselves in a world where magic worked-too well-and caught up in a battle between the forces of slavery and freedom. Years later, Jason Cullinane, son of the now-legendary Karl Cullinane, has taken up his mysteriously vanished father's role as baron when reports reach him of an attack in his realm by a wolfpack that seems to be more than an ordinary wolfpack. When he and his comrades investigate, they find a rift into the world Faerie from which evil creatures are entering the mortal world to kill and conquer. Cullinane now must not only battle his father's old enemies in the Slavers' Guild, but somehow defeat this powerful supernatural menace. And the greatest danger to the band may come from one of their own who has seemingly switched sides in the struggle . .

Blood and Honor Series

Windstar and Zee - 2004
    Selene and Nix (50 pages)2. Rezan (328 pages)3. Blood and Honor (472 pages)4. King and Country (362 pages)This is an epic 4-book series chronicling the lives, loves and adventures of a group of women slaves who left their cruel masters in a mass exodus to form an independent, women-only state. Although the epic tale spans several generations, the stories revolve around a few pivotal characters whose actions and fates are tied to the fortunes of the various tribes that sprang up after the exodus.The books can be freely downloaded from the links above.

With Her Body

Nicola Griffith - 2004
    Intense stories about hope, joy, the body, mainly joy and the body--feeling the world on our skin, the place where Us and Not-Us meet. Nicola Griffith writes about being as well as doing--about life and love and the fears that keep us from having what we want.The women in these stories live in a world not quite like ours, where the jungle is alive with more than animals, music can be made with the body, and civilization can only end if we all give up...

The Fairies' Cook

Shirley Barber - 2004
    Rabbit faces hardship when a trio of wicked rats steals her carefully stored supplies. Bravely, she sets out into the snow in search of a solution to her troubles. After a scary encounter with a fox, she arrives at the guesthouse of Mr. Gnome, and from there a new life for her begins.

Vampire Kisses

Book By You - 2004
    leaving our heroine lusting for more.Their next unexpected rendezvous occurs at a campus alumni party, and after some clever repartee the hook is set, but once again our hero mysteriously disappears. Not to be outdone, our heroine and her best friend decide to hunt for their mystery man. Little do they know the tables have turned, and they are the ones hunted!Our hero is centuries old and doomed by a vampire's curse. Luckily, his intellect and compassion enable him to control his primal instincts. Nevertheless, he shies away from our heroine, fearing his vampire urges will harm the one he both admires...and desires. After much intrigue, our couple's paths become entwined and it's not long before cupid's arrows find their mark and they fall in love.The plot thickens when our hero's unnatural habits give him away, and our boisterous beauty discovers that the man she loves has a bite that is definitely worse than his bark. They are forced apart; he by his worry of turning his beloved into one of his own, and she by the unsavory thought of becoming her love's next meal.But will love conquer all? Can our heroine live without her true love, or will our hero make her his mate for life and forever after? Vampire Kisses is full of intrigue and passion!

Kingsgate: The Art of Keith Parkinson

Keith Parkinson - 2004
    Includes cover paintings from best selling books by Terry Goodkind, David Eddings and RA Salvatore, computer game art from Everquest and Diablo.

The Princess School Treasury (Princess School, #1-3)

Jane B. Mason - 2004
    Snow. Rapunzel Rose.Four friends who wait for no prince.Includes Book One: If the Shoe Fits Book Two: Who's the Fairest? Book Three: Let Down Your Hair

The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Charles N. BrownLucius Shepard - 2004
    From Ursula K. Le Guin to Bruce Sterling, this collection is, simply put, essential reading for any serious fan of the genre. Groundbreaking classics and author masterworks abound in this collection, which includes Harlan Ellison's "Jeffty Is Five," a nostalgic tale about a boy who remains five years old -- a conduit to the 1940s world of comic books, candy bars, and serial radio shows -- while society keeps rolling on; and John Varley's "The Persistence of Vision," an unforgettable story about one man's experience in an isolated colony of deaf and blind people. George R. R. Martin's "The Way of Cross and Dragon" takes an unyielding look at the future of religion, and Octavia E. Butler's "Bloodchild" examines the symbiotic relationship between humans on a planet inhabited by sentient insectlike aliens. The Locus Awards, presented to winners of Locus magazine's annual readers' poll, are arguably as prestigious as the Hugo and Nebula because they are chosen by the people who really matter -- the readers. The 18 multi-award-winning stories included in this collection, all in chronological order, take the reader on a retrospective tour of the genre and its many evolutions. From Gene Wolfe's "The Death of Doctor Island" (1973) to Neil Gaiman's homage to Ray Bradbury in "October in the Chair" (2003), this is an absolutely monumental collection worth its weight in gold. Paul Goat Allen

The Sea of Trolls

Nancy Farmer - 2004
    793; Jack and his sister have been kidnapped by Vikings and taken to the court of Ivar the Boneless and his terrifying half-troll wife; but things get even worse when Jack finds himself on a dangerous quest to find the magical Mimir's Well in a far-off land, with his sister's life forfeit if he fails.Other threats include a willful mother Dragon, a giant spider, and a troll-boar with a surprising personality -- to say nothing of Ivar the Boneless and his wife, Queen Frith, a shape-shifting half-troll, and several eight foot tall, orange-haired, full-time trolls. But in stories by award-winner Nancy Farmer, appearances do deceive. She has never told a richer, funnier tale, nor offered more timeless encouragement to young seekers than "Just say no to pillaging."


Werner A. Lind - 2004
    What she found was a vampire who made her his bride. And when she fled to England in the winter of 1665, she found a stake in the hands of a fearful and angry mob.Over three hundred years later, an accident reanimates Ana in the quiet town of Meriwether, Iowa. She flees to an abandoned house where she meets Joshua Davidson, a kind-hearted carpenter who helps Ana adjust to this strange place and time. As her friendship with Joshua deepens, Ana begins to hope that she can finally find the peace she has always sought. But dangers still haunt her, for even now there are some who believe in the stories of vampires. This time she is not friendless, but, she wonders, would Joshua continue to help her if he knew what she was? And, even if he would, could he protect her from all the monsters lurking in the shadows?

Working With Dragons: A Course In Dragonology

Ernest Drake - 2004
    Ernest Drake's Dragonology was discovered in a second-hand bookshop. Now a complete student's course in dragonology has come to light. Join Dr. Drake in this superbly illustrated text book as he leads you through twenty-one exciting lessons [complete with homework suggestions] that promise to make you an undisputed expert in dragonology!

The Well of Eternity

Richard A. Knaak - 2004
    But now, a mysterious energy rift within the mountains of Kalimdor propels three former warriors into the distant past -- a time long before orcs, humans or even high elves roamed the land. A time when the Dark Titan Sargeras, and his demon pawns persuaded Queen Azshara and her Highborne to cleanse Azeroth of its lesser races. A time when the Dragon Aspects were at the height of their power -- unaware that one of their own would soon usher in an age of darkness that would engulf the world of...War Craft®. In the first chapter of this epic trilogy, the outcome of the historic War of the Ancients is forever altered by the arrival of three time-lost heroes: Krasus, the dragon mage whose great power and memories of the ancient conflict have inexplicably diminished; the human wizard Rhonin, whose thoughts are divided between his family and the seductive source of his now-growing power; and Broxigar, a weathered orc veteran who seeks a glorious death in combat. But unless these unlikely allies can convince the demigod, Cenarius, and the untrusting night elves of their queen's treachery, the burning Legion's gateway into Azeroth will open anew. And this time -- the struggles of the past may well spill over into the future...

The Rage

Richard Lee Byers - 2004

The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy - Photo Guide

David Brawn - 2004
    This full-colour photo guidebook is packed with stunning pictures of the key characters, creatures and places in Peter Jackson's film version of The Lord of the Rings. Discover the origins of the One Ring and the terrifying creatures of the Dark Lord Sauron. Meet the hobbits and a world of wizards, dwarves, elves and orcs - and Gollum. Follow the Fellowship as they embark on their perilous quest to restore peace to Middle-earth.Contains over 250 photographs from the films, many published in here for the very first time.

Impossible Stories

Zoran Živković - 2004
    The perfect introduction to the incredible world of Zoran Zivković.Impossible Stories might be approached as if one were inspecting a handsome piece of furniture, a cabinet in which each of any number of regularly sized and shaped drawers is built precisely to contain and to somehow exemplify its own metaphysical freight or uncanny puzzle, and it is in the rhythm and variety of the whole, too, that the nature of Zivković's craft can be apprehended and enjoyed. --Tony White, Wasafiri ...even though they own and use computers, Zivković's characters seem decidedly nineteenth century. They are as intelligent and as neurotic as Poe's personae, and admirers of that master of the outre-or of Borges, Gogol, Capek, and Lem-will be enthralled by them. --Ray Olson, Booklist ...well worth reading for the ingenuity of Zivković's stories. He is extraordinarily clever and has a particular talent for devising awkward moral dilemmas for his characters. His writing is also ... quite unlike that of anyone else. --Cheryl Morgan, Emerald City