"The otherworldly Karou struggles to come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people"--
It began with the breathtaking DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE... the story continues in the astounding, must-read sequel, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living - one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers' arms to take their turn in the killing and dying. Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon's secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel - a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness. This was not that world.
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Binge the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy trilogy, Daughter of Smoke & Bone by award-winning author Laini Taylor A paperback boxed set featuring the beloved and bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, and Dreams of Gods & Monsters). From National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor author Laini Taylor comes a sweeping and gorgeously written modern fantasy series about a forbidden love, an ancient and epic battle, and hope for a world remade.
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy is unbounded by genre but located at a magical crossroads where The Passage meets Philip Pullman and Twilight meets Pan's Labyrinth. Karou is a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague, but she has a second life working as the errand-girl to the creature Brimstone from Elsewhere: a world of gods, chimaeras and seraphims. But her already extraordinary life is pushed into new realms when the door between Earth and Elsewhere begins to close and Karou is thrust into a war that could change both worlds forever. With DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT and DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS in one place you won't have to be 'tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth waiting for the next installment' (Stephenie Meyer) - step into a world of gods and monsters and be prepared for love, violence and magic aplenty.
Children’s literature today is dominated by the gothic mode, and it is in children’s gothic fictions that we find the implications of cultural change most radically questioned and explored. This collection of essays looks at what is happening in the children’s Gothic now when traditional monsters have become the heroes, when new monsters have come into play, when globalisation brings Harry Potter into China and yaoguai into the children’s Gothic, and when childhood itself and children’s literature as a genre can no longer be thought of as an uncontested space apart from the debates and power struggles of an adult domain. We look in detail at series such as The Mortal Instruments, Twilight, Chaos Walking, The Power of Five, Skulduggery Pleasant, and Cirque du Freak; at novels about witches and novels about changelings; at the Gothic in China, Japan and Oceania; and at authors including Celia Rees, Frances Hardinge, Alan Garner and Laini Taylor amongst many others. At a time when the energies and anxieties of children’s novels can barely be contained anymore within the genre of children’s literature, spilling over into YA and adult literature, we need to pay attention. Weird things are happening and they matter.
*An Amazon Best Book of the Year* The final book in the gripping Sunday Times bestselling series. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz. Common enemy, common cause. When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love. But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world. What power can bruise the sky From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of ? And does anything else matter
A stunning and vibrant collection from a rising star of the genre. This collection of fourteen tales showcase the range and talent that garnered Aliette de Bodard multiple awards, from Nebulas to the Locus Award. From a dark Gothic Paris devastated by a magical war, where Fallen angels, dragons and magicians intrigue in the drawing rooms of ruined mansions; to the Vietnamese-tinged space opera universe of Xuya, where sentient spaceships become the heart and living memory of families and scholar-officials travel from planets to space stations. In the Nebula award and Locus award winning “Immersion”, two women on a colonised space station grapple with loss of identity and culture. In the Hugo finalist “Children of Thorns, Children of Water”, a shapeshifting dragon on an infiltration mission to a ruined mansion must rescue his partner from creepy, child-like creatures. And in “A Salvaging of Ghosts,” a diver-scavenger cast off into deep spaces faces a dying midship and the ghost of her daughter. Unique to this collection is a new novella, “Of Birthdays, and Fungus, and Kindness”, set in Bodard’s alternative dark Paris. Praise for Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight: “This stunning collection showcases de Bodard’s lush worldbuilding, meticulous research, and emotional prose.” —Library Journal (starred review) “De Bodard (The House of Shattered Wings, 2015) proves, again and again, that space opera can be intensely personal against its galactic backdrop.... The collection covers the consequences of war, survival in colonial culture, motherhood, mindships and space-travel, and aspects of grief.” —Booklist
Jeff Wynston, a mysteriously private movie star with an alcoholic past, reluctantly agrees to host a telethon for the prevention of child abuse. When Laura Stringhymn calls to inquire if ‘ritual abuse’ is included in the cause, the handsome star is thrust into a personal quest for ‘truth’, and discovers the horrific effects of ‘occult crime’ on an innocent family struggling to keep their religious standards. When offered the role of Don Quixote in Dale Wasserman’s musical, Man of La Mancha, he finds the light and courage to “dream the impossible dream, fight the unbeatable foe, and right his unrightable wrong”.
An esteemed astronomer, Alex Christie, the eldest and most steadfast of the Christie siblings, has never possessed his late father’s ruthless business drive. But to protect his frail infant son from his cruel father-in-law’s bid for custody, the young widower must undertake Sir William Christie’s posthumous million-dollar challenge: to make a Glasgow cotton mill profitable. At sea in an industrial world of sabotage and union agitation, Alex meets Polly Gowan, daughter of a famed union leader, who hopes to seize a mysterious saboteur without involving the police. Because a sympathetic mill master would aid her cause, Polly becomes Alex’s guide to urban Scotland. From soccer games to pub brawls, Alex sees another side of life, and feels free for the first time to reveal the man—vital and strong—behind his intellectual exterior. Polly is utterly seduced. Their ambitions, however, remain at odds: Alex vows to earn the mill bonus to save his child, while Polly fights for the needs of her people. Is there strength enough in their sparkling passion to bind them together in their quests— and in a lasting love that conquers all?
Since its debut in 1996, Starlight has been recognized as the preeminent original anthology of science fiction and fantasy. Its stories have won the Nebula Award, the Sturgeon Award, and the Tiptree Award. Starlight 1 itself won the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology. The series represents the best new short fiction in fantasy and SF. Now, with Starlight 3, award-winning editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden offers a new serving of powerful, original stories. Some are playful, some rigorous, or exuberant, or melancholy; some are set in the world of today, and some amidst the farthest stars or in worlds that never were. Stephen Baxter Terry Bisson Ted Chiang Susanna Clarke Brenda W. Clough D. G. Compton Cory Doctorow Andy Duncan Colin Greenland Alex Irvine Geoffrey A. Landis Maureen F. McHugh Susan Palwick Madeleine E. Robins Greg van Eekhout Jane Yolen At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era “novel that soars” (The New York Times Book Review) that School Library Journal called “storytelling at its finest” in a starred review. Stella lives in the segregated South—in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community—her world—is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.
Nelson Mandela called for forgiveness and reconciliation. When your heart is at stake, that's hard to do... Growing up in South Africa in the 1950s, Betty Baker's whole childhood has been shaped by the tyranny of the Apartheid Laws. As the daughter of native farm-laborers, her future is already mapped out for her. Betty's dreams are larger than Burgersdorp. Each of the sixteen laws brings hate, hardship, exile and murder, but Betty's passion and ambition drives her on. Her first love affair brings tragedy, and later, a choice: will she let the events of her past determine her future? Will she seek love - or fall for revenge?
Peregrine Evans life goes from bliss to shit when the man she marries gives her to his 'Gentlemen's Club' to gain membership. Too bad it's run by arseholes and deviates with a penchant for debauchery and torture. She escapes only to be captured by more magic-wielding madmen on a bloody quest. Between getting knocked down, knocked up, kidnapped (again), rescued and ranted at by dragons, life's a laugh a frigging minute. Evans's don't give up or give in so she can either sit on her arse and bitch about it or get up and go kick some.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes the final novel in a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love… Book Three of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Blood Magick County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch. Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love… She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion. Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries. Don’t miss the other books in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Dark Witch Shadow Spell
When alien boy Kalo first arrived on Earth with the rest of his people he never imagined a future with anything other than the Universal Mission. The Mission had carried them through the universe for millennia, finding and studying intelligent species, always with the end purpose of enslaving them. But lately, something unfamiliar has taken root inside Kalo—the desire to break free of the Mission and his leader, Tal-Reku. And he’s not the only one. He and the other alien rebels must learn how to be revolutionaries within a society that’s never strayed from their practices, and under an all-knowing leader who will stop at nothing to complete the Mission on Earth. Meanwhile, Earthborn boy Gordon conducts his trades in and out of Haven so he can pay for extra medicine and food for his sick mother. He may be only 12 years old, but he knows Haven’s underground better than most grown-ups. When he gets an unusual opportunity to help a young couple start a new life outside of Haven, he learns of an underground resistance—citizens who want the seemingly-benevolent aliens gone. Intrigued, he can’t resist the pull of the organized rebellion and the dark-haired girl who’s already part of their ranks. Arrival Day is a novella (approximately 100 pages). Reviews for Alien Moon "[A]n amazing story filled with adventure and intrigue.... so full of action and emotions that you cannot help but be captivated. I highly recommend Alien Moon to anyone who liked Divergent or The Hunger Games. Helia reminds me of strong heroines like Tris (Divergent) and Katniss (The Hunger Games), but she is her own amazing character." –Ivey Byrd (The Hopeless Reader review blog) "Anyone who liked The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, or Legend by Marie Lu will want to read Alien Moon." –Julie B. "Alien Moon is a breath of fresh air that we all need.... recently every science fiction book I have read has been similar, with the same story lines and plot twists. Alien Moon however was different.... kept me up till dawn, on the edge of my seat and craving more of this incredible story." –Kat Silver (Kat Silver review blog) "It captured my attention from the first chapter and within a few hours I was already halfway through it. It almost pained me to set the book down, that's how good it is." –Ashley (Hyper Ashley review blog) Arrival Day is a prequel to Alien Moon. This is the story of Kalo’s first questioning of the Talan Universal Mission, the Arrival Day when he pulls 6-year-old Helia back from the edge of the stage, Gordon’s early years trading with the Outlanders, his introduction to the secret Haven anti-alien group that would become Minnow’s militia, and Zira’s early plot to escape the cityship and end the Mission and Reku’s reign. Arrival Day captures the pivotal moments when these Talans and Earthborns became the leaders of a revolution. A must-read for Starlight Age fans! If you enjoyed Ender's Game, The Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend, Enclave, or The 5th Wave, try The Starlight Age series! Books and reading order are listed below. The Starlight Age Series recommended reading order: 1. Alien Moon 2. Rebel Earth 3. Arrival Day (prequel) Keywords: teen & young adult, YA, childrens, juvenile fiction, romance, romantic, love story, science fiction, dystopian, alien, aliens, extraterrestrial, invasions, alien contact, science fiction mystery, action, adventure, strong heroines, genetic engineering, The 5th Wave, Divergent, The Hunger Games, Legend, Enclave, Ender's Game
"Blackwood revealed that all of his stories were based on personal experiences or those of his close friends. This from the man whose stories take us to a lonely island in the river Danube where two travellers face the cosmic powers of the Earth in all their might; and deep into the deserts of Egypt where a lone man witnesses the spirit of the ancient past rise up like a gigantic wall of sand. H. P. Lovecraft said of him, 'Of the quality of Mr. Blackwood's genius there can be no dispute; for no one has even approached the skill, seriousness, and minute fidelity with which he records the overtones of strangeness in ordinary things and experiences ...'".
Fleeing Paris and a tumultuous past, delicate, lovely Samara Labonte is traveling to Kansas City when Indians attack the train and sweep her away--but she is strongly attracted to her mysterious captor, awakening to desires she has never known. Original.