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By Darkness Hid
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Marcher Lord Press
  • Pages : 504
  • ISBN : 9780982104958
  • Reader Reviews : 34
  • Genre : Gifted persons
  • Given the chance to train as a squire, kitchen servant Achan Cham hopes to pull himself out of his pitiful life and become a Kingsguard Knight. When Achan's owner learns of his training, he forces Achan to spar with the Crown Prince--more of a death sentence than an honor. Meanwhile, strange voices in Achan's head cause him to fear he's going mad. While escorting the prince to a council presentation, their convoy is attacked. Achan is wounded and arrested, but escapes from prison--only to discover a secret about himself he never believed possible.

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    Captives
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Blink
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 9780310724230
  • Reader Reviews : 27
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • One choice could destroy them all. When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenged finds, he never imagined he’d find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many—including his fiancée, Jem—taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe. Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago ... and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams. Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls. Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?

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    From Darkness Won
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Blood of Kings
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN : 0982598777
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Adventure stories
  • Darkness trembles. Achan steps into his role as Crown Prince and prepares for war. But war against whom? Could Esek still be alive? Has Lord Nathak taken Esek's place? Or is the mysterious Hadad the true enemy Achan must confront? Vrell has her own agenda of serving Prince Oren as a healer, but when she is stormed and lost to the Veil, Achan does all he can to bring her back. His conversations with her are strange, though, as if she has no memory of who he is. In a land consumed by Darkness, the fate of Er'Rets hangs in the balance as Achan endeavors to take the throne and end the reign of Darkness.

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    King's War (The Kinsman Chronicles Book #3)
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Pages : 672
  • ISBN : 9781441230867
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • One battle is over, but the war has just begun. They escaped the Five Realms and have found a home, but peace is much harder to find. The aftermath of the Battle of Sarikar should have been a time to mourn those lost in the slaughter. The enemies of Armania are many, however, and when one steps back to regroup, another surges forward in attack. While the remnant must take responsibility for the evil they brought to Er'Rets, it would seem that something just as dark already existed in this new world. The growing struggle between Armania and Barthel Rogedoth is but a pale reflection of a far more dangerous battle for the souls of humanity. And so begins this awe-inspiring conclusion to Jill Williamson's Kinsman Chronicles. The Hadar family and their allies prepare to make one final stand in the name of Arman. There shall be war--in Er'Rets and in the Veil--to vanquish evil or be ruled by darkness.

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    To Darkness Fled
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Enclave
  • Pages : 504
  • ISBN : 098259870X
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Adventure stories
  • Achan, Vrell, and the Kingsguard Knights have fled into Darkness to escape the wrath of the former prince. They head for Ice Island to rescue two of Sir Gavin's colleagues who were falsely imprisoned years ago. Darkness is growing and only one man can push it back. Achan wanted freedom, not a crown. His true identity has bound him more than ever. He must learn decorum, wear fancy clothes, and marry a stranger. Achan knows one thing for certain. He will not be a puppet prince. Either he will accept his role and take charge or he will flee. But which will he choose?

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    Outcasts
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Blink
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9780310724254
  • Reader Reviews : 13
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Uncovering the truth could cost them their lives. Since entering the Safe Lands, Mason has focused on two things: finding a way to free his village from captivity, and finding a cure for the disease that ravages many within the walls of the Safe Lands. After immune-suppressive drugs go missing in the clinic, Mason discovers his coworker, Ciddah, may know more about the Safe Lands than imagined … and may have an agenda of her own. At the same time, Mason’s brother Levi is focused on a way to free the remaining Glenrock captives, while Mason’s younger brother Omar decides to take the rebellion against the Sale Lands into his own hands as a vigilante. Soon all three brothers are being watched closely—and when Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, his investigation just might get those closest to him liberated.

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    King's Folly (The Kinsman Chronicles Book #1)
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN : 9781441229724
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • An Epic New Fantasy Series from Fan Favorite Jill Williamson This edition includes the first three parts of the Kinsman Chronicles originally released as ebooks. o Part 1--Darkness Reigns o Part 2--The Heir War o Part 3--The End of All Things The gods are angry. Volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, ground shakers--everything points to their unhappiness. At least that is what the king of Armania believes. His son, Prince Wilek, thinks his father's superstitions are nonsense, though he remains the ever dutiful First Arm of Armania. When a messenger arrives and claims that the town of Farway has been swallowed by the earth, the king sends Wilek to investigate. But what Wilek discovers is more cataclysmic than one lost city. Even as the ground shifts beneath his feet, Wilek sets out on a desperate journey to save his people and his world. But can he do it before the entire land crumbles?

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    Replication
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Zonderkidz
  • Pages : 399
  • ISBN : 9780310727590
  • Reader Reviews : 36
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • A girl discovers her geneticist father is covering up multiple secrets—all of which are named Jason. Jason 3:3—known as Martyr—always believed his life had purpose. As one of the hundreds of clones living in a closed-off underground facility beneath an Alaskan farm, he has been told his genetics hold the key to saving humanity from an airborne pandemic aboveground, and his purpose will be filled on his upcoming eighteenth birthday. The problem is no such pandemic exists. Unaware of the truth, Martyr wishes for one glimpse of the sky before his expiration date arrives. His escape leads him to the home of one of the scientists, and to Abby Goyer. As she helps Martyr, she can’t help but notice his uncanny resemblance to the high school quarterback. Abby soon uncovers the dark truth behind Jason Farms and her dad’s work, and decides to show Martyr his true value and worth. As Martyr learns the truth behind his existence, he must decide if his God-given purpose is connected to the farm, or if it rests in a life with Abby.

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    The Me You See
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Focus on the Family
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781684281466
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • The Me You See is the third book in a series that travels alongside four friends as they deal with teen life in Riverbend, Indiana. The novel inspires girls and young women to deepen their relationships with God and solve their problems in God-honoring ways. Winter break is usually Izzy’s favorite time of year, but this year all it does is make her feel lonely. She adores her brother Sebastian, but she’s stuck at home taking care of him ALL. THE. TIME. And her squad—her friends from Drama I—are too busy with their own exciting plans to get together with her. So of course her phone is her lifeline! Izzy creates and posts videos of her amazing, to-die-for cupcake creations on her Instagram account. AND she stays connected with her squad. At least she would . . . if any of them bothered to text her back. Seriously, how hard is it to text back? But then school starts up again and Zac, the dreamy senior she’s been crushing on for months, starts texting her. But her friends are less than thrilled. If they could only see Zac like she does—he’s really a great guy! Then everything would be perfect. Riverbend Friends: A girl’s best hope for surviving high school is her friends. Join Tessa, Shay, Izzy, and Amelia as they laugh together, lean on each other, and discover that God is a Friend who’s always got their back.

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    King's Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles Book #2)
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Bethany House
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN : 9781441230737
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Jill Williamson's Fantasy Saga Continues! In the second volume of Jill Williamson's Kinsman Chronicles, a remnant has escaped the destruction of the Five Realms and now lives on several hundred ships adrift at sea. As a flock, they sail north into the unknown in hopes of finding land that might become their new home. As the king's illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, and dark magic endanger his life. One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania?

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    The Safe Lands Complete Collection
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Blink
  • Pages : 1103
  • ISBN : 9780310751359
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • In The Safe Lands Complete Collection by bestselling author Jill Williamson, brothers Levi, Mason, and Omar find their entire lives changed after they are made to live behind the Safe Lands’ walls. Each must navigate the challenges before them, and somehow rescue the loved ones who remain alive. Contains: Captives: In a dystopian future, most of the population is infected with a plague, with the exception of those who live outside the Safe Land’s city walls. When a plague mutation sends city enforcers looking for the uninfected, the village of Glenrock is raided. After all the women—including Levi’s fiancée—are captured, along with Mason and Omar, Levi vows to rescue them even if it means breaking into a land that is anything but safe. What Levi doesn’t realize is that Omar knew about the raid—as well as the plans Safe Lands has for the women they’ve captured. Outcasts: In book two, Levi finds himself not only the leader of the remaining people from Glenrock, but also the head of a new rebel force called the Messengers, which intends to expose the Safe Lands’ lies. At the same time, Mason uncovers secrets that may be more dangerous than he ever imagined. Meanwhile, Omar decides to take matters into his own hands. Rebels: In the final novel in the Safe Lands series, Mason and Omar are sentenced to Liberation, while Levi must find a way to lead the growing rebellion on his own. But everything comes to a head when Levi’s now-wife, Jemma, becomes a pawn in the Safe Lands’ game.

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    Rebels
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Blink
  • Pages : 372
  • ISBN : 9780310735786
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • The remnant of Glenrock has been scattered. But they are not beaten. The Safe Lands have long kept the true meaning of Liberation secret from their people. But after being sentenced to Liberation themselves, Mason and Omar soon discover the truth. Levi watched his brothers’ public sentencing and tries to hold out hope they are still alive, He is forced to focus his attention elsewhere, however, when his new wife, Jemma, is captured and made the Safe Lands’ newest Queen. His only choice to save Jemma may be to take up Omar’s old role of undercover vigilante, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government. But will Levi’s new role be enough? Meanwhile, Jemma’s sister, Shaylinn, is ready to give birth to the “Safe Lands’” children ... but not even Ciddah is sure they can be delivered safely in the midst of a rebellion. And Mason must face the fact Omar’s illness could be fatal. If they can all unite their efforts, together they may be able to expose the Safe Lands’ lies to the people. But if they fail, they will all surely die.

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    A Study in Darkness
  • Author : Emma Jane Holloway
  • Publisher : Del Rey
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN : 9780345545664
  • Reader Reviews : 9
  • Genre : Fiction
  • When a bomb goes off at 221B Baker Street, Evelina Cooper is thrown into her uncle Sherlock’s world of mystery and murder. But just when she thought it was safe to return to the ballroom, old, new, and even dead enemies are clamoring for a place on her dance card. Before Evelina’s even unpacked her gowns for a country house party, an indiscretion puts her in the power of the ruthless Gold King, who recruits her as his spy. He knows her disreputable past and exiles her to the rank alleyways of Whitechapel with orders to unmask his foe. As danger mounts, Evelina struggles between hiding her illegal magic and succumbing to the darker aspects of her power. One path keeps her secure; the other keeps her alive. For rebellion is brewing, a sorcerer wants her soul, and no one can protect her in the hunting grounds of Jack the Ripper. Praise for Emma Jane Holloway’s A Study in Silks “This book has just about everything: magic, machines, mystery, mayhem, and all the danger one expects when people’s loves and fears collide. I can’t wait to return to the world of Evelina Cooper!”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles “As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, investigating murder while navigating the complicated shoals of Society—and romance—in an alternate Victorian England, Evelina Cooper is a charming addition to the canon.”—Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel’s Legacy series “Holloway takes us for quite a ride, as her plot snakes through an alternate Victorian England full of intrigue, romance, murder, and tiny sandwiches. Full of both thrills and frills.”—Nicole Peeler, author of the Jane True series “A Study in Silks is a charming, adventurous ride with a heroine who is both clever and talented. The brushes with the Sherlock Holmes mythos only add to the fun of this tale, and readers are bound to fall in love with Evelina and the London she inhabits.”—Philippa Ballantine, author of Geist “In A Study in Silks, Emma Jane Holloway has created a wonderful reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes mythos set in a late-Victorian Britain ruled by nefarious industrial titans called steam barons. Holloway’s clever writing, attention to detail, and sublime characters forge a fascinating world that combines brass-plated steampunk technology with magic. By turns a coming-of-age story, a gas-lamp thriller, and a whimsical magical fantasy, A Study in Silks is the premiere novel of an author to watch.”—Susan Griffith, author of the Vampire Empire series “Holloway stuffs her adventure with an abundance of characters and ideas and fills her heroine with talents and graces, all within a fun, brisk narrative.”—Publishers Weekly “Splendid . . . The characters are thoroughly charming and the worldbuilding is first-rate.”—RT Book Reviews (four stars)

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    A Darkness Forged in Fire
  • Author : Chris Evans
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 435
  • ISBN : 9781416570516
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire's elite Iron Elves, is looked upon as anything but ordinary. He's murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, seen his beloved regiment disbanded, and finally been banished in disgrace to the one place hed

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    Thirst
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Novel Teen Press
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN : 9780998523040
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • The end of the world is only the beginning. A waterborne disease has contaminated the world’s fresh water, decimating the human race. Seventeen-year-old Eli McShane and his friends flee the chaos and violence in Phoenix and journey north toward the rumored location of a safe water source. They add several to their number, including the mysterious Hannah, who is being hunted by a dangerous man. Desperation brings out the worst in many of the travelers, infecting even those closest to Eli. When division comes, will he be able to hold his group together or will each fall victim to their own thirst for survival? Join some old friends from Glenrock and Jack's Peak in this thrilling first book of the Thirst Duology. Best-selling author Jill Williamson has brought back the breathtaking suspense of The Safe Lands series in this chilling prequel that will leave readers panting for the next installment. Print length: 270 pages.

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    Deliver Me from Darkness
  • Author : Tes Hilaire
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Pages : 351
  • ISBN : 9781402264344
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A sexy debut hits all the right notes as a warrior angel turned vampire struggles with his dark nature when he's entrusted with protecting the last female of his kind. Original.

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    The Reluctant King (The Kinsman Chronicles)
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Bethany House
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9781441230836
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • One battle is over, but the war has just begun. Following the ambush that destroyed the veteran armies of Armania and Sarikar, Prince Trevn travels back to Armanguard to help defend his people from future attacks. With a sorcerer trying to usurp the throne and giants threatening to enslave them, the struggle to unite the people will be a difficult task.

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    The End of All Things (The Kinsman Chronicles)
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 9781441229106
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Part 3 of Jill Williamson's Epic Fantasy Series The Kinsman Chronicles With the Five Realms on the brink of total destruction, everyone faces a final mad scramble to find a safe haven. The realm is divided on what should be done. Wilek and Trevn join those who are preparing the realm for a seaward evacuation, but the king stands in their way. Wilek must battle against his own father to try and save the people of Armania. The End of All Things is collected together with parts 1 and 2 in King's Folly.

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    Go Teen Writers
  • Author : Stephanie Morrilll, Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Novel Teen Press
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN : 9780988759428
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • The question we hear most from new writers is, “How do I get published?” And the answer is: Respect your dream Every writer’s journey is different, yet as we’ve reflected on our experiences and those of the writers around us, we've seen time and time again that those who are successful are the ones who had the patience and endurance to stick with this writing thing. They didn't look for shortcuts (at least, not for long), nor did they quit after five, ten, or one hundred rejections. We can’t make the process easy for you, but it’s our hope that this book will be a tool you can turn to time and time again when you’re thinking, “Okay … what’s next?” Includes tips for: -Getting published -Finding the right agent -Book surgery -Thicker plots -Deeper characters -Richer settings -Weaving in theme -Dealing with people who don't get your writing

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    The New Recruit
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Enclave Publishing
  • Pages : 422
  • ISBN : 1935929704
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Forced to choose between military school and a Christian spy organization, skeptic Spencer Garmond signs on with the Bible geeks. But, before he even boards the plane for Moscow, he realizes this is no Bible club.

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    A Deliverer Comes (The Kinsman Chronicles)
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Bethany House
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781441230843
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Part 8 of Jill Williamson's Epic Fantasy Series The Kinsman Chronicles Grayson has become the king's spy, traveling the new land to determine the strengths and weaknesses of Armania's enemies. On one such mission, he uncovers a seedbed of destruction that is responsible for the infighting between the giant tribes and the oppression of the Puru people. He does what he can to help, but his actions are considered an act of war. Meanwhile, Chieftess Charlon has found a way to make magic in this new land, and as evenroot sources diminish, Barthel Rogedoth and Empress Jazlyn will do anything to learn her secret. In her captivity, Onika the prophetess stumbles onto a new ability of the voicing magic. She returns to Armanguard to train warriors to enter the Veil and fight an unseen evil that has been subjugating the souls of humanity for generations. A Deliverer Comes is collected together with parts 7 and 9 in King's War.

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    Punctuation 101
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 0998523011
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • THE FICTION WRITER'S GO-TO GUIDE FOR PUNCTUATION RULES You don't need to be an expert in grammar and punctuation to write great novels, but you do need to learn the basics. This handy reference book includes all the need-to-know punctuation rules for fiction writers, and it is presented in a clear, user-friendly format with many examples for the visual learner--including some from popular novels. Award-winning novelist Jill Williamson is a gifted teacher who helps writers develop their craft at conferences and online at goteenwriters.com and storyworldfirst.com. Are you tired of paging through massive style manuals or scouring the internet for information on em dashes, colons, or which words to capitalize in a title? Punctuation 101 can save you time and energy, which you can spend writing your novel.

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    A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword Book #1)
  • Author : Patrick W. Carr
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9781441261021
  • Reader Reviews : 73
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 2014 Carol Award Winner for Speculative The Fate of the Kingdom Awaits the Cast of Stones In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted by a church messenger arriving with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Eager for coin, Errol agrees to what he thinks will be an easy task, but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom. Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty nears its end and the selection of the new king begins--but in secret and shadow. As danger mounts, Errol must leave behind the stains and griefs of the past, learn to fight, and discover who is hunting him and his companions and how far they will go to stop the reading of the stones. "With an engaging, imaginative world that bristles with danger, characters that keep you guessing, and a story that sticks with you, A Cast of Stones will keep you devouring pages until the very end. I highly recommend it!" --John W. Otte, author of Failstate "Carr's debut, the first in a series, is assured and up-tempo, with much to enjoy in characterization and description--not least the homely, life-as-lived details." -Publishers Weekly This fast-paced fantasy debut set in a medieval world is a winner. Both main and secondary characters are fully drawn and endearing, and Errol's transformation from drunkard to hero is well plotted. Carr is a promising CF author to watch. Fans of epic Christian fantasies will enjoy discovering a new voice. "Like the preceding series title, Inescapable, this tale of suspense offers a colorful cast of characters, small-town drama, and a hint of romance. A sure bet for fans of Hannah Alexander." --Library Journal "[Good fantasy books] have to be excellent. Good storytelling and exceptional characters with circumstances that are easy enough to follow and wrap your brain around but keep you entertained and guessing... Cast of Stones has found itself firmly in that list of books. I absolutely, one hundred percent loved this book." --Radiant Lit

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    Maelstrom (The Kinsman Chronicles)
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781441230355
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • When a new Magonian plot to conceive their Deliverer becomes known, Prince Wilek takes drastic--and potentially disastrous--measures to ensure the child will not fall into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, the fleet of the Five Realms is plagued by hunger, disease, and pirate attacks.

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    Beware the Darkness
  • Author : Alexandra Ivy
  • Publisher : Lyrical Press
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9781516108435
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The enemy may have changed, but the battle between good and evil burns hotter than ever in this scintillating new installment in Alexandra Ivy’s Guardians of Eternity series. There is only one thing more precious to vampire Tarak than his newfound freedom after five centuries of captivity, and that’s the promise of revenge. At last, he can destroy Riven, the merman who has drained his power in order to make himself king. But at the very moment when justice is a fang’s breadth away, Tarak’s quest is complicated by the beautiful mermaid princess who kept him sane and fed during his ordeal. Waverly hoped that once Tarak escaped, he’d return to his own kind and enjoy the rest of his immortal life. She also hoped she might one day stop dreaming about the darkly handsome vampire. Instead, Tarak’s return draws Waverly into an unlikely alliance—and a passion that eclipses all her fantasies. Hatred for Riven has sustained Tarak this long. But only Waverly’s love can give him the strength to claim eternity with her . . .

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    Embraced By Darkness
  • Author : Keri Arthur
  • Publisher : Dell
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN : 9780553589610
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • She's hunting a killer— and shattering every boundary— she's ever known.… Part vamp, part werewolf, Riley Jenson plays by her own rules, whether it’s her stormy love life or her job as a guardian. But when her family’s alpha male demands that she solve the mystery of a vanished girl, Riley can feel a trap closing in around her. Because the job comes with a catch: if Riley fails, her own mother will die. Now the stakes are raised, the hunt is on...and when more women vanish, Riley is caught between a lover who demands that she give up her work, a serial killer who knows no boundaries, and a club where humans and supernaturals mix—at their own peril. Thrust into a realm of seduction and violence unlike any she could have imagined, Riley has to battle to save everything she holds dear. But the ultimate hunt has only just begun....

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    A Bright Ray of Darkness
  • Author : Ethan Hawke
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN : 9780385352383
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Hawke's narrator is a young man in torment, disgusted with himself after the collapse of his marriage, still half-hoping for a reconciliation that would allow him to forgive himself and move on as he clumsily, and sometimes hilariously, tries to manage the wreckage of his personal life with whiskey and sex. What saves him is theater: in particular, the challenge of performing the role of Hotspur in a production of Henry IV under the leadership of a brilliant director, helmed by one of the most electrifying--and narcissistic--Falstaffs of all time. A novel about shame and beauty and faith, and the moral power of art.

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    A River of Royal Blood
  • Author : Amanda Joy
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN : 9780525518600
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Two sisters must fight to the death to win the crown in this first installment of a gripping, action-packed duology set in an ancient North African-inspired fantasy world. Now in paperback. Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of blood and marrow--a dark and terrible magick that hasn't been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina's long and dark shadow, Eva must now face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne--because in the Queendom of Myre only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive. A River of Royal Blood is an enthralling debut set in a lush ancient North African inspired fantasy world that subtly but powerfully challenges our notions of power, history, and identity.

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    Replication
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 031072760X
  • Reader Reviews : 36
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Abby Goyer, whose father moves her to Alaska to take a job at a remote laboratory, gets involved in helping Jason 3:3, also called Martyr, one of hundreds of clones raised in that lab, who dreams of seeing the sky once before he "expires" in less than a month.

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    Last Things
  • Author : Jenny Offill
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781101872086
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Grace's father believes in science and builds his daughter a dollhouse with lights that really work. Grace's mother takes her skinny-dipping in the lake and teaches her about African hyena men who devour their wives in their sleep. Grace's world, of fact and fiction, marvels and madness, is slowly unraveling because her family is coming apart before her eyes. Now eight-year-old Grace must choose between her two very different, very flawed parents, a choice that will take her on a dizzying journey, away from her home in Vermont to the boozy, flooded streets of New Orleans--and into the equally wondrous and frightening realm of her own imagination. With eloquence and compassion, Jenny Offill weaves a luminous story of a wounded family and of a young girl yearning to understand the difference between fiction, fact, and hope. A novel of vibrant imagination and searing intelligence, Last Things is a stunning literary achievement.

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    The Heir War (The Kinsman Chronicles)
  • Author : Jill Williamson
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 9781441229090
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Part 2 of Jill Williamson's Epic Fantasy Series The Kinsman Chronicles With Prince Wilek still searching Armania for a murderer, his brother Prince Trevn finds himself pulled deeper into the dangerous politics of who will be Heir. Trevn, though, is far more interested in his studies with a local priest and the attentions of a young honor maiden. The book that he has been copying during his lessons is not the book that teaches of the god of the soil. Instead, it teaches of a one true God. If accurate, then it means there is no soil god to satiate. There is nothing they can do to save their world, and all of King Echad's sacrifices have been futile. The Heir War is collected together with parts 1 and 3 in King's Folly.

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    Mark of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga Book #1)
  • Author : Morgan L. Busse
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781493416165
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person's dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate. As she discovers her family's dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family's legacy--a legacy that supports her people--or seeking the true reason behind her family's gift. Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house. One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

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    The Road
  • Author : Cormac McCarthy
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN : 9780307267450
  • Reader Reviews : 1030
  • Genre : Fiction
  • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • A searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive, this "tale of survival and the miracle of goodness only adds to McCarthy's stature as a living master. It's gripping, frightening and, ultimately, beautiful" (San Francisco Chronicle). A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. Look for Cormac McCarthy's new novel, The Passenger.

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    MindWar
  • Author : Andrew Klavan
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781401688936
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • When Rick lost the ability to run, he came one step closer to becoming a hero. New High Score! New Record Time! Rick nodded with grim satisfaction. He laid the game controller aside on the sofa and reached for his crutches. Rick Dial was the best quarterback Putnam Hills High School had ever seen. Unflappable. Unstoppable. Number 12. But when a car accident left him crippled, Rick’s life as he knew it ended. He disavowed his triumphant past. He ignored his girlfriend. He disappeared into his bedroom—and into the glowing video screen. But Rick’s uncanny gaming skills have attracted attention. Dangerous attention. Government agents have uncovered a potentially devastating cyber-threat: a Russian genius has created a digital reality called the Realm, from which he can enter, control, and disrupt American computer systems . . . from transportation to defense. The agents want Rick, quick-thinking quarterback and gaming master, to enter the Realm and stop the madman—before he sends America into chaos. Entering the Realm will give Rick what he thought he’d never have again: a body as strong and fast as it was before the accident. But this is no game, there are no extra lives, and what happens to Rick in the Realm happens to Rick’s body in reality. Even after Rick agrees to help, he can’t shake the sense that he’s being kept in the dark. Why would a government agency act so aggressively? Can anyone inside the Realm be trusted? How many others have entered before him . . . and failed to return? In the tradition of Ender’s Game and The Matrix, MindWar is a complex thriller about a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers a hidden gift—a gift that could make him a hero . . . or cost him everything. "Edgar Award–winning Klavan’s well-orchestrated fantasy thriller features . . . an imaginative mix of gaming action with real-life stakes. With just the right cliff-hanger ending, this trilogy opener shows promise." —Booklist

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    Shadow and Bone
  • Author : Leigh Bardugo
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Pages : 417
  • ISBN : 9781250027436
  • Reader Reviews : 212
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken to become the protegâe of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

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    Among the Hidden
  • Author : Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 9780689848070
  • Reader Reviews : 206
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix. Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend. Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside. Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows—does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?

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    All's Well
  • Author : Mona Awad
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9781982169688
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Fiction
  • From the author of Bunny, which Margaret Atwood hails as “genius,” comes a “wild, and exhilarating” (Lauren Groff) novel about a theater professor who is convinced staging Shakespeare’s most maligned play will remedy all that ails her—but at what cost? Miranda Fitch’s life is a waking nightmare. The accident that ended her burgeoning acting career left her with excruciating chronic back pain, a failed marriage, and a deepening dependence on painkillers. And now, she’s on the verge of losing her job as a college theater director. Determined to put on Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, the play that promised and cost her everything, she faces a mutinous cast hellbent on staging Macbeth instead. Miranda sees her chance at redemption slip through her fingers. That’s when she meets three strange benefactors who have an eerie knowledge of Miranda’s past and a tantalizing promise for her future: one where the show goes on, her rebellious students get what’s coming to them, and the invisible doubted pain that’s kept her from the spotlight is made known. With prose Margaret Atwood has described as “no punches pulled, no hilarities dodged…genius,” Mona Awad has concocted her most potent, subversive novel yet. All’s Well is a “fabulous novel” (Mary Karr) about a woman at her breaking point and a formidable, piercingly funny indictment of our collective refusal to witness and believe female pain.

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    The Empire of Darkness
  • Author : Christian Jacq
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 9781416591320
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Christian Jacq, author of the international triumphs Ramses and The Stone of Light, brings the people and passions of ancient Egypt to life in an enthralling epic novel in three volumes. Egypt is a shadow of its former self. An army of barbarians mounted on horse-drawn chariots has swept through the Empire, destroying everything in its path. Known as the Hyksos, these "leaders from foreign lands" have reduced the country of the pharaohs to slavery. Only the city of Thebes resists, protected by the widow of the last pharaoh, Teti the Small. But Teti knows that her reign is limited, that it's only a matter of time before her men succumb to the barbarities of the cruel Hyksos. She has an eighteen-year-old daughter, however: Ahhotep. Fierce, beautiful, and courageous, this girl whom history will call "Egypt's Joan of Arc" will never accept defeat. And so she decides to re-ignite the flame of Egyptian resistance. All by herself. Combining historical fact with a vivid imagination, Christian Jacq tells the enthralling true story of this Ancient Egyptian warrior-heroine. Without the courage and passion of Queen Ahhotep, the Valley of the Kings and the glorious treasures of the pharaohs, including Ramses the Great, would never have existed.

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    Hearts of Darkness
  • Author : Kira Brady
  • Publisher : Zebra Books
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781420128314
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In the first of a dazzling new romantic trilogy, one woman's courageous search plunges her into a millennia-old supernatural war--and an irresistible passion. . . Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. And now the only clue to her sister's murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies. . .and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart. He'll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what's left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control. And as the clock ticks down to hellish catastrophe, the untested bond between Kayla and Hart may lead to the ultimate sacrifice.

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    Cry of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga Book #3)
  • Author : Morgan L. Busse
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9781493422821
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Lady Selene Ravenwood has come into her full power as a dreamwalker just as the war with the Dominia Empire begins. Working with the other Great Houses, Selene and Damien use their gifts to secure the borders and save those devastated by the war. But conflict, betrayal, and hatred begin to spread between the Great Houses, destroying their unity as the empire burns a path across their lands. At the same time, Damien Maris starts to lose his ability to raise the waters, leaving the lands vulnerable to the empire's attacks. The only one who can unite the houses and restore her husband's power is Selene Ravenwood. But it will require that she open her heart to those who have hurt her and let go of her past, despite the one who hunts her and will do anything to stop her power. Will Selene survive? Or is she destined to fall like the dreamwalkers before her?