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Mooncrow by Jack Massa
A Sorcerer's Treason
Sarah Zettel - 2002
One cold night she sees a boat foundering near the island's shoals, and rescues its lone occupant. The strangely dressed sailor tells her a fantastic tale, of Isavalta, a world where magic reigns, and where she is-incredibly-destined to play a key role in a power struggle between the Dowager Empress and her foes. Isavalta, where magic can be found in the pattern of knots on a string, the colors of a dress, or even smoke in the air, beckons to her. Bridget has the second sight of her family, but the magical land where she will go with the sailor holds far greater marvels, and terrible perils that even she cannot see. For she carries secrets within her that even she doesn't know, secrets that could change the fate of the fabulous magical world that calls her home . . .
The River's Gift
Mercedes Lackey - 1999
One day a magnificent black horse emerges from the nearby river in need of her ministry. The horse is Merod, and he is a more-than-mortal Kelpie, a magical being who converses telepathically with Ariella. Distrustful at first, he warms to Ariella gradually, which is vital to her when, after her father's sudden death, she is taken away by a brutish cousin to be his bride. Prolific fantasist Lackey deviates from her 400-plus-page norm to write a story that, in development, tone, and scale, harks back to the fairy tales of George Macdonald. If it doesn't match the charm of those Victorian gems, it is agreeable enough, perhaps best in the descriptive passages about the harvest at Swan Manor and the journey of Ariella's virtual abduction by her cousin.
Sara Baysinger - 2016
As Career Day is fast approaching Ember knows that her fate is in the hands of the government. Careers are chosen for the Proletariat, and for the last two years the only careers that have been given out are positions to be a Defender of the Peace. Pro fighting a war that no one knows anything about.As her path collides with Forest, a mysterious stranger full of knowledge of Frankfort's secrets, Ember finds herself thankful for the safe haven of the Community Garden. When her best friend, Leaf, makes a rash decision she find's her life is dumped upside down. Ripped from the Community Garden and suspected of being a rebel she is tried for Murder. Facing certain death; will anyone save her?Her time in prison is far from simple, though. Ember meets Rain, an indifferent Patrician, who is focused on reaching his goals regardless of what it takes. Incarceration has it's way of unlocking secrets, though. Ember learns that she's lived a life a lies, a secret that gives her the power to change the fate of Ky.
MarcyKate Connolly - 2020
She and her twin sister, Zandria, are Magi spies, magic users most believe to be extinct. And they're on a mission for revenge. By day, Aissa and Zandria play the role of normal young Technocrats eager to fulfill the duties of their new apprenticeships. By night, they plot their revenge to retake their city from the Technocrats. But then Aissa is given a new mission: find the heir to the Technocrat throne, who is rumored to be one of the Heartless, and kidnap her. Born without a working heart, the Heartless survive with a mechanical replacement.Aissa is more likely to be caught than to be successful, but she's never been one to turn down an assignment, even if the hunt is complicated by a kind Technocrat researcher who is determined to find a cure for the Heartless. But when Zandria is captured by the Technocrats, Aissa will do anything to get her sister back. Even if it means abandoning all other loyalties--and missions--and deciding whether or not it's worth risking everything on getting help from her sworn enemies.
Game of Shadows
Erika Lewis - 2017
Between his ethereal gift and life with a single mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When Ethan sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time in his life, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.Ethan is thrown into a strange and eerie world, like nothing he's ever seen. He's assaulted by dive-bombing birds and rescued by a stranger who claims to be his bodyguard. His apartment is trashed, and his mother is kidnapped to a place Ethan never knew existed—a hidden continent called Tara.Travelling to Tara in search of his mother, Ethan discovers that everything he knows about his life is a lie. His mother is royalty. His father is not dead. His destiny is likely to get him killed.Confronted by a vicious sorcerer determined to destroy the Makkai family, Ethan must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother and all the people of Tara, including the beautiful girl he’s fallen for.
Phillip E. Jones - 2008
You see, you and I, well...we're dead, or if it makes it easier to hear, we have perished. And, if a softer delivery is still necessary...we have passed on.We can no longer call Earth our home. Our souls, whether good or evil, now exist inside the Book, and we're waiting for our chance to be reborn, possibly on one of many new worlds.Yes, I know - oh, believe me, I know - none of this makes any sense and you're probably asking yourself, "Phillip, what on earth are you talking about?" And I would be forced to answer your question by saying...Earth just doesn't exist any longer!Just know this. I'm glad your soul was retrieved from the darkness of space and placed in here with me inside the Book. I know you're confused and have many questions, not to mention a fair amount of stress which I'm sure has suddenly surfaced because of my revelation, but it will get better, I promise. You should hang in there while I try to explain further.The Book, known as The Book of Immortality, has a second name - Gabriel. He asked me to explain some extremely important things which are for your benefit.First, there was a series of God Wars which lasted nearly 3,000 seasons. It was during this period of constant battling by these so-called "deities" that the entire Cosmos ceased to exist. (I say 'so-called' because I'm still not convinced they should be called gods at all.)Second, along with our beloved Earth, the places you knew as Heaven and Hell, everything you ever loved, everything you understood, and everything you cherished as your own, exploded into countless pieces of mass, most of which still wander aimlessly through space.Yeah, this news really sounds like one big pile of garesh...not to mention it's thoroughly depressing to know that your soul is stuck inside a book, but again, hang in there... many answers will be revealed as I move forward with the telling of The Crystal Moon.You see, prior to The great Destruction of Everything Known, I was an author back on Earth. The Book, after learning this, has asked me to gather the facts necessary to tell a series of stories. I get to share the knowledge I've gained from speaking with the souls residing inside Gabriel's pages, including the deities who perished, most during the God Wars. I will reveal the information acquired from questioning hundreds of fascinating creatures, as well as numerous other races, some of which are immortal, living on the new worlds. I've taken great care to understand everyone's emotions, their desires, their thoughts, and the reasons for doing the things they did, and will now share everything with you.Thus, I welcome you to: The Worlds of the Crystal Moon. Let us begin with the first of many stories - Crystal Moon, World of Grayham. I do hope you enjoy my recollections.Your friend, and fellow soul inside the Book of Immortaility, Phillip "Big Dog" JonesAllow me to take you back to a period just over 14,000 seasons ago...to a series of moments just before the destruction of Earth.Dr. Sam Goodrich put the cold stethoscope on the boy's chest and asked him to take two deep breaths. The child jumped and Sam realized the boy was in good general health. His flu-like symptoms could be treated with a simple over-the-counter medication, so the doctor wrote out a recommendation and handed it to the boy's mother."Mrs. Taylor, thanks for bringing Bobby in to see me. This should do the trick. He'll be just fine in a few days." Sam smiled and gave a few other words of encouragement, then shook the woman's hand before leaving the room. As he left, his smile faded and he grimaced at the thought of his
The Finest Creation
Jean Rabe - 2004
They are assigned to bond with individuals of great potential and then protect them from harm while guiding them along a path of virtue.This is as it has been for years unto creation ... but when a young Finest is separated from its mentor before it has been invested with its assignment, the result of an ambush by evil forces bent on corrupting men, the young equine accepts the charge of two orphans to its care not realizing that man's potential may rest in their future.... And that the path forward is already being diverted by an evil mastermind whose manipulation of court politics and affairs of state might instigate a new dark age upon the light of civilization.The Finest Series combines elements of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series with C.S.Lewis's Narnia for an inspiring tale of mystical intrigue and the crucible of morality for mankind.
The Shadow Ryana
C.R. Daems - 2013
She survives years of training in spite of being unconventional: adopting poisonous bats as familiars--something no one else would dare to do; choosing the blow dart as her weapon of choice--a weapon the Sisters don't teach; and relying on intuition rather than logic.As she completes her training, the Shadow Sisters are under attack. The senior Sister selects Ryana to find out who is killing Sisters and why--because her intuitive approach has proved effective, even though her youth and inexperience makes it unlikely she will survive.As she travels through the kingdom as a member of a gypsy clan, she finds the only way she can protect the Sisters and hope to discover the underlying plot is through ever more violence and killing. As she proceeds through the provinces, her secret enemies come to call her the Sister of Death and become desperate to find and kill her. But in her fight to protect the Sisterhood and the kingdom, Ryana fears that she has destroyed herself and the only life she ever wanted.
The Sword in the Stars
Wayne Thomas Batson - 2010
Their attacks grow more brazen...more horrific, threatening to touch off a war on a scale that hasn't been seen in seven ages. In the capital city of Anglinore, noble King Aravel ponders the advice of this twin brother Morlan: declare all out war on the Gorrack nation. While Anglinore's High Shepherd, the wise Sebastian Grenlaff urges caution and listens to troubling voices on the wind. Queen Mariel, due to deliver a child any day, suspects the unthinkable about her husband's brother Morlan. She sets off alone to Morlan's castle in Dunharrow, hoping against hope that she can keep old wounds from erupting in war. Alastair Coldharrow, tortured by an addiction to the outlawed Witchdrale and haunted by a violent past, wagers his life on the hope that the foretold Halfainin, the Pathwalker, would come. When at last, the Sword appears in the Stars, Alastair begins a fruitless search for the Halfainin that leaves him disillusioned, broken, and lost. Used to caring only for himself, Alastair will enter a maelstrom of conflict as loyalties are tested, dark schemes are hatched, and the many realms of Myriad brace themselves for war. Will Alastair realize what he has before its too late...for everyone?
Terri Reid - 2018
Others, seeking knowledge in spiritualism and the occult, also made their way to the city and, through their ignorance, unleashed an evil entity poised to destroy the city. Three sisters, the Willoughby Witches, created an incantation strong enough to ensnare the demon. But, magic requires payment and so the sisters sacrificed themselves to keep their city and their family safe. Now, 120 years later, the incantation is at its end and the demon grows stronger every day. Three sisters, three witches, know that now is the time for them to step up and face the creature their ancestors faced and sacrifice whatever they need in order to keep Whitewater safe. Lord Henry McDermott, college professor, anthropologist, and archeologist has yearned to learn more about the legend of the Willoughby Witches. Taking the summer off to research the folklore, Henry discovers that there is more waiting for him in Whitewater than just a story. More than just the beautiful woman who finds him after his accident. And more than data and details. There is, in fact, magic.
Gaia's Secret: The Complete Pandoran Series Quartet
Barbara Kloss - 2019
TWO WORLDS. ONE LOVE. Eighteen-year old Daria Jones feels trapped in the cow-strewn suburbs of Fresno, California. And with a father so overprotective he's installed video and thermal surveillance down the street, she doesn't get out much. Until the night he disappears. Following the trail of notes he's left behind, Daria gathers three things: a dark force is hunting her, her father's fled to another world on a cryptic mission, and the only one left to trust is her ex-best friend, Alexander Anderson. The more she learns about her father's absence, the more she realizes she must go to this other world to find him. And Alexander is the only one who knows how to get there. Amidst a world of diabolical creatures, ancient magic, and bizarrely intuitive vegetation, Daria must find her father before the dark force finds her. But the truth of who she really is could be her greatest enemy of all. [First Edition published February 2, 2015] Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Falling Kingdoms, and the Lunar Chronicles. The Complete Pandoran Series Includes: Gaia's Secret The Keeper's Flame Breath of Dragons Heir of Pendel
Kathryn Mackel - 2005
An ancient enemy. Young warriors fighting the darkness.Delivered through the polar ice by a whale, their journey is nothing short of miraculous and their mission is nothing short of impossible. Their quest is to reclaim God's birthright and preserve the original creation that is being mutated out of existence.This daring team roams the blighted earth. They are Outriders, young warriors who wield swords and wits to protect the birthrighter camps.When rookie birthrighters arrive from the Ark, however, the battle turns into something no one expected. Not only must they battle the merciless warload Alrod and his horde of gigantic mutants, but a new and more powerful enemy has revealed itself, a darkness that threatens to destroy the world they've been charged to save.Book One in an unforgettable new series...a fantasy thriller with a heart of faith and an irresistible spirit of adventure.