Venom's toxic touch is the key to fighting evil. But will it doom his love? Cursed by his toxic touch, he is deadly to anyone who has contact with him for too long. Set apart from others and hounded by intense lonelinesss, he craves the lasting connection he believes he cannot possess.
Author: Terry Brooks
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: 2009-08-18
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's Bearers of the Black Staff. Ben Holiday, mere mortal turned monarch of the magic kingdom of Landover, has grappled with numerous contenders for his throne, but nothing could have prepared him for the most daunting of challengers: his headstrong teenage daughter, Mistaya. After getting suspended from an exclusive private school in our world, Mistaya is determined to resume her real education—learning sorcery from court wizard Questor Thews—whether her parents like it or not. Then, horrified that a repulsive Landover nobleman seeks to marry her, Mistaya decides that the only way to run her own life is to run away from home. So begins an eventful odyssey peppered with a formidable dragon, recalcitrant Gnomes, an inscrutable magic cat, a handsome librarian, a sinister sorcerer, and more than a few narrow escapes as fate draws Landover’s intrepid princess into the thick of a mystery that will put her mettle to the test—and possibly bring the kingdom to its knees.
Author: Cressida Cowell
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 2017-10-03
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
The instant New York Times and International Bestseller! In the first book of a new series by the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon, the warring worlds of Wizards and Warriors collide in a thrilling and enchanting adventure. Once there were Wizards, who were Magic, and Warriors, who were not. But Xar, son of the King of Wizards, can't cast a single spell. And Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen, has a banned magical object of her own. When they collide in the wildwood, on the trail of a deadly witch, it's the start of a grand adventure that just might change the fabric of their worlds. With Cressida Cowell's trademark wit, and the same stunning combination of action, adventure, humor, heart, and incredible artwork that made How to Train Your Dragon a beloved bestselling franchise, The Wizards of Once will transport and enchant readers.
In AD 1331, warlord Vladimir Barbu seizes control of Transylvania. But in spite of his bloody triumph, his claim to the throne remains out of reach. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, the Transylvanian people despise his brutal ways, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. But Barbu hasn't come this far only to be thwarted by a woman. He unleashes his best hunters to track her down and bring her to him--dead or alive. For Xavian Ramir, killing is the only life he has ever known. Torn from his family when he was a child, he was trained from an early age to be an elite assassin. But now he longs for something more, vowing to start anew after one last job. The bounty on his target's head is enough to set him up for good--if he can resist the long-dead conscience that stirs to life when he meets his beautiful mark. Afina Lazar never wanted to become high priestess, but the brutal murders of her beloved mother and sister leave her no choice. Now she is running for her life, desperate to protect the magical amulet entrusted to her care. But when Barbu's assassin comes for her, she realizes her only chance of stopping the warlord's rise to power is to convince this enigmatic--and handsome--hunter that she is more valuable alive than dead. Dramatic and fast-paced, Knight Awakened is a stirring love story between two people searching for a second chance in a magical world of assassins, warlords, unearthly beasts, and nonstop adventure.
The thrilling extension of the eBook novella Origins, The Outcast continues Arcturus's story into a feature length novel. When stable boy Arcturus accidentally summons a demon and becomes Hominum's first common summoner, he becomes the key to a secret that the powerful overlords would do anything to keep hidden. Whisked away to Vocans Academy so he can be kept watch over, Arcturus finds himself surrounded by enemies. But he has little time to settle in before his life is turned upside down once again, for Hominum Empire is in turmoil. Rebellious intent simmers among the masses, and it will not be long before it boils over. Arcturus must choose a side . . . or watch an Empire crumble. The Summoner Trilogy The Novice The Inquisition The Battlemage Also in the Summoner series The Outcast (Summoner: The Prequel) The Summoner’s Handbook (coming Fall 2018) A Fine Welcome: Othello’s Journey (A Summoner Short Story)
Deal with a DemonIt is a world beyond her wildest dreams — and her worst nightmares…Nic Wright has one purpose in this godforsaken life: to save her brother, Drew, from his demons. He may be a junkie, but he's all Nic's got. And she'll be damned if she's going to let anyone — or anything — take him away from her.When Drew is dragged into Hell by soul-thirsty fiends, Nic doesn't think twice about going in after him. She'll need a guide, of course, and who better than Arden of the Asmodai, the arrogant, sexy Prince of the Nine Hells? He's in the market for a willing human to deliver to the Fourth Level of Hell. And Nic, desperate to rescue Drew, will do nicely. But Arden didn't count on Nic's powerful will — or his own desire. Now he will take any risk, tell any lie necessary to keep her safe. To possess her. Forever…
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2014-04-01
Zack Dylan will do whatever it takes to achieve a successful singing career, but as his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise his beliefs, and just as he's on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.
Holding the key to uniting those protecting mankind from evil, powerful oracle Cosmina Cordei must decide whether to trust the assassin who saved her life, but who hates the goddess she serves, or face certain death on her own. Original.
Author: Octavia Spencer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2015-03-31
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
A hard-to-prove art heist in New York City becomes a mystery for ninja detective Randi Rhodes in this second book in a series full of humor, adventure, and heart from Academy Award–winning actress Octavia Spencer. Randi Rhodes and her fellow ninja detectives, DC and Pudge, were flying high after solving the Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit. But life in sleepy Deer Creek has begun to feel…a bit boring. There are no crimes to investigate! But a trip to New York City to visit Randi’s aunt changes that! While the ninja detective trio explores Randi’s old neighborhood in Brooklyn, they uncover an art theft. Except no one will believe them. So they’ll just have to catch the criminals in the act...
Author: Larry Schweikart
Release Date: 2006-05-18
From the Revolutionary War to the present, the American military has consistently beaten the odds. It’s not luck. America’s armed services are under attack. From college campuses to the floor of the Senate, the Iraq war is portrayed as a quagmire, the army is described as "broken," and our men and women in uniform are maligned as torturers. By seeing everything through the distorted lens of Vietnam—a war shrouded in harmful myths— critics have lost sight of our country’s real military record, and the factors that have enabled us to win with remarkable consistency, in situations even more dire than Iraq. In America’s Victories, Professor Larry Schweikart restores the truth about our amazing military heritage. Just as he did in his acclaimed previous book, A Patriot’s History of the United States, Professor Schweikart cuts through the distortions passed along by academia and the media. Far from being a cruel, bloodthirsty nation, eager to acquire other people’s resources, American troops value the sanctity of life more than any military culture in history. This fundamental trait has led, over the last two centuries, to more humane treatment of prisoners, more daring POW rescues, and more effective operations than any comparable power. America’s Victories explains how this culture of victory has endured through the darkest moments of World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, and how it has helped our troops prove their critics wrong over and over, from the Battle of New Orleans under Andrew Jackson to the war in Afghanistan under Tommy Franks.
Elysia was born without a soul, her only purpose to serve the wealthy inhabitants of Io, an island paradise. But sensations are clouding her mind...anger...loneliness...love. Before long, Elysia learns that she is a Defect. And If any human on the island discovers the truth, it will cost her her life.
The First Three Ripple Books Together! When Samantha Ruiz turns invisible in front of team mates while rafting, she knows something's wrong. Her knowledgeable friend Will says she's got a rare genetic disorder. Fearing a lifetime sentence as a lab-rat, Sam wants to keep her ability secret. But she also wants to know if there's a connection between dark Nazi experiments on others like her and her mother's death eight years earlier. At the same time that Sam is sleuthing, she's falling hard for Will. And soon, she'll have to choose between keeping her secrets hidden and keeping Will safe.
New to the Nightfury pack, dragon-shifter Mac cannot understand the bond between his brothers-in-arms and their human mates--until the moment he spies Tania and the energy bond between them blazes to life. Driven by a primal instinct, Mac will stop at nothing to find Tania, to keep her safe, to possess her. He has no time to waste: Ivar, leader of the rival Razorbacks, hunts her, hungry for a new high-energy pawn with which to destroy the human race. Caught between the warring factions, Tania finds herself immersed in a world she never knew existed--and bound by a love stronger than time. With Mac, her safety from Ivar and the perils of the human world is assured, but still she is left with a terrible choice: forsake the independence she's fought so hard to achieve and reclaim the life she loves, or abandon the man who now holds her heart.
THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING ELDER RACES SERIES! Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful—and passionate—of the Elder races. As the most feared and respected of the wyrkind, Dragos Cuelebre cannot believe someone had the audacity to steal from him, much less succeed. And when he catches the thief, Dragos spares her life, claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they’ve ignited in each other. Pia knows she must repay Dragos for her trespass, but refuses to become his slave—although she cannot deny wanting him, body and soul...