There's a monster on the loose, and only I can stop him. My enemy Drakon is on the hunt for dragons, and I'm on the hunt for him. Problem is, he's a step ahead of me every time. Worse, I'm a pawn in chess game only he understands. When Drakon puts my hometown under a horrifying freezing spell, I get the first terrifying clue to his plan. My family is trapped, slowly wasting away. I must break the spell before it's too late, but the task might kill me. Though I've got my friends at my back, I'm the only one who can stop Drakon. And I'm not sure my magic is strong enough to do the job. Enemy of Magic is a fast-paced fantasy mystery with a kick-butt heroine, a tough hero, and magic that will blow your socks off.
Where winning means survival According to legend, I'm supposed to be some kind of all-powerful DragonGod-gifted with the magic of gods. Instead, I'm a dud. In fact, I'm currently failing out of the Undercover Protectorate's magical institute. It's the supernatural version of Scotland Yard, and I've got one chance left to earn my place here. To do so, I have to compete in a deadly race across the world. In order to win, I need to survive. And I'll need the help of a sexy and powerful shifter mage named Lachlan Munroe. When we figure out that the race is rigged, Lachlan and I must rely on each other to make it through. But will I be able to learn enough magic to save my life?
Training at the Undercover Protectorate's Academy is kicking my butt. My sister aced it in a few months-but I'm lagging behind like a three-legged poodle at a greyhound race. I don't want to have to leave my new home in this amazing castle, so I've got to get a grip on my magic. Soon. When thieves steal valuable dragon magic, our whole castle is put at risk. Worse, our friends are dying. It's my destiny to hunt the thieves, but my boss doesn't get that. When she tells me to stand down, I have to listen. And that means our magic keeps weakening, and our friends are closer to death. Unless I ignore my boss... My home and friends are in danger, so I'm going rogue. Fortunately, I've got the sexy shifter mage Lachlan Munroe on my side. Together, we'll race against time to solve this crime of magic.
Against all odds, I've rescued my friends from the evil Roman Fates. We should all be celebrating, but there's a big problem. Every single one of them has been tattooed with a curse that will make them slaves to an ancient evil if they step outside the castle grounds. Because I'm the Druid Dragon God, I'm linked to the Fates. Only I can save my friends and take out the enemy once and for all. But when a spell goes wrong, I end up with the same cursed tattoo. I've got less than a week before crap hits the fan and I become a slave as well. With the help of Lachlan and my sisters, it's a race against time to break the curse and kill the Fates. When my strange magic grows exponentially, I can only hope I gain enough control to save the day.
I've got one chance to prove myself and earn my place.Against all odds, I've snagged myself a spot at the elite Undercover Protectorate. It's basically a supernatural Scotland Yard, but in a castle. A dream come true.All I have to do is make it through their academy. No big deal. Except that I'm a magical nightmare, a supernatural with a strange brand of unknown dragon magic. When the Undercover Protectorate is attacked by a dark curse, it falls on me to solve the case and save the castle. I have the help of my friends and the sexy Celtic war god Cade. But if I don't figure out what's going on, I'll lose more than my place at the academy. I'll lose my life.Academy of Magic is a fast-paced urban fantasy adventure with a kick-butt heroine, a tough hero, and magic that will blow your socks off.
I've never been certain I'm human Oh, the X-rays and blood tests are normal, and most people have no reason to suspect I'm more than I appear to be. But if I tell you to do something? You do it -- no ifs, ands or buts. I call my power the 'press.' My name is Mercy Hollings, and if you think that having the power to control people makes my life easy, you're dead wrong. Because when I get angry, everyone around me is at risk -- Sukey, my friend who has frightening taste in men; my clients, who, ironically, come to me for help; my neighbors, who regard me as a loner; and Sam, a man who wants to know my darkest secret. I have hurt people in the past, and I don't want that to happen again. But now a powerful stranger is threatening the new life that I've made for myself. And I'm afraid my anger is taking over.
It's kill or be killed when fighting the gods. Life is full of good and bad. Good - I've rescued my sister. Bad? - We're being hunted by the Rebel Gods, powerful beings who are determined to kill us-and cause the end of days. So yeah, that's real bad. It's up to me to find them and kill them before they destroy life as we know it. To do that, I have to finish my transition to DragonGod and master my magic. It'll require a deadly adventure through the realms of myth, but with help from my sisters and the sexy war god Cade, I might have a chance. To succeed, we'll have to unite old and new friends in the battle of a lifetime.
Three hundred years before the time of The Glass Dragon, Coronnan is a kingdom at war with itself, magic is wild, and magicians uncontrolled, each working separately for his own goal. At the height of this age of chaos, the dragons decide to intervene, making their presence known to mortals through the healer Myrilandel.
Ordered by King Trent to determine the source of Xanth's magic, Bink and his companions were harried by an unseen enemy determined to thwart them. When even their protector turned against them, Blink still managed to reach his goal and carry out the King's orders...but the king did not expect Blink's next act--to destroy utterly the magic of Xanth! From the Paperback edition.
New York Times Bestseller A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.
Follows Eragon as he grows from a poor farm boy into an amazing swordsman, fighting to help save the Empire from evil and darkness.
Summary: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library. A fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures. showcasing a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There's also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition. Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon's blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch's broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears.
Her history, her whereabouts, her name: She knows nothing. Nothing but her current reality: a constant stream of horrific, surrealistic scenarios in which she fights not only monsters and unseen attackers but also her own pain and despair. Reed Jayvyn is an ex-Army vet, penniless and living in his truck. After saving a young man from attackers, he finds himself embroiled in a superhuman drama between the Broschi and the Clan, two groups engaged in a centuries-long war. Worse, he finds he is one of them-a Broschi, a psychic vampire that feeds off the pain of humans. But Reed's greatest surprise comes each night, when he finds himself dreaming of a fierce, nameless woman. She is dreaming. So says the handsome man who uses his heretofore latent psychic ability to flicker in and out of her dreamscape. With Reed's help, she slowly learns more about who she is, why she is here, what trauma in her past keeps her locked inside her mind. Meanwhile, Reed explores his own heritage, discovering enemies and allies in unexpected places. But most important to Reed is freeing this woman caught in an endless loop of nightmares, someone he considers in every way to be the woman of his dreams.
I was there the day the Sheltering Stone fell. The day an ancient curse was unleashed and the Ninth Isle, the final refuge of dragons, was swallowed up by the angry ocean. For centuries my people, the winged dragonkind, have protected the dragons, bonding with them and sharing the skies together. Now both races face extinction. I made it happen. I meddled with the magic that doomed my home island. And now that magic consumes me. But it isn't too late. If I can learn to control the power that has invaded me I might survive long enough to find the lost mountain legend says can restore the legacy of my people. But greedy pirates and cruel Gold Ship Voyagers bar my way. And my only ally on this desperate quest is a beast some call the mad dragon-an eater of men. Can I bend both the dragon and my newfound powers to my will before time runs out? Or will the last hope of dragons, the legacy of a fierce race, die with me?
And you thought dying once would be hard... On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for agent Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. Because of a neurological disorder, she is one of the population's rare 2% who can serve as a death surrogate, dying so others don't have to. Although each death replacement is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory. But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself--or die trying. Dying for a Living is the first book in Kory M. Shrum's gripping urban fantasy series. If you like page-turning action, tough as nails heroines, and perfectly-paced suspense, then you'll love this "hilarious" and "supernaturally fantastic" ride.
When Claire Danvers and her equally outcast best friend Eve are invited to the annual Dead Girls' Dance at a fraternity, all hell breaks loose when the living group party with the dead group in a town rampant with bloodthirsty vampires.
Alone, on the run, and fighting for her life. Sloane Murphy thought hiking the Grand Canyon alone after graduation would be an awesome adventure. Until she slips and starts to plummet to her death. Then the unthinkable happens. She transforms into... a dragon. After flying to safety and trying to convince herself she isn't having a mental breakdown, the hunters come for her. She runs, somehow managing to stay one step ahead of them. Until her luck runs out. Now the hunters have her and they intend to kill, not capture. That's when he comes for her. Logan Sharp is the last dragon shifter alive. Or so he thinks, until he gets word that the druids are hunting a red headed female. His team takes her in, sheltering her because there is a truth she must learn: if the skyborn die out, then so does humanity. But Sloane is hiding a dark secret that she doesn't even know yet. A secret that could change everything.*Recommended reading age 16+ due to language
I thought I knew the world of magic. I knew nothing.By the skin of my teeth, I passed the Vampire Court trials. I¿m officially an ally, with the seductive vampire Ares on my side. Everything should be good, except that there¿s a magical mob boss on the hunt for dragons. Problem is: dragons are supposed to be dead. So what does he know that I don¿t? It¿s a race against the clock to save the dragons. But things get dangerous when the mob boss starts hunting me. What was a straightforward mission becomes a tangled web of intrigue and danger. I can only get out alive if I embrace my strange new magic--along with the help of Ares and my friends.Origin of Magic is a fast-paced urban fantasy thriller with a kick-butt heroine, a tough hero, and magic that will blow your socks off.
A beloved Sandra Boynton classic showcases redrawn art and a larger size in this Special 30th Anniversary Edition. A cow says MOO. A sheep says BAA. Three singing pigs say LA LA LA! “No, no!” you say, “that isn’t right. The pigs say OINK all day and night.” The original Moo, Baa, La La La! sold more than 3 million copies when it was first published, and thirty years later this delightful board book remains a favorite among children and parents. Complete with silly rhymes and containing redrawn art that retains all the humor and charm of the original illustrations, this book introduces children to animal sounds like only Sandra Boynton can! This anniversary edition has an enlarged trim size and metallic ink on the cover, making this timeless classic even more special.