In the mystical realm of the Seven Circles, all races have lived in harmony within their own spheres. Now, in the final installment of this trilogy from author Douglas Niles, they must band together to fight the ultimate evil. The threat of war has loomed over the spheres of the Seven Circles for more than five decades—and now the enemy has finally advanced, forcing the creatures of this peace-loving world into violent battle. If they lose, the Seven Circles will belong to Karlath-Fayd—a brutal Deathlord whose rule promises everlasting misery. Their only hope rests with the magic of the druids—the most evolved beings of all—who have summoned legendary warriors of the past to fight alongside an army that encompasses all the races. And as they confront the evil that has descended upon them, Miradel, the druid priestess who has saved her home twice before, journeys to the center of the world—to discover once and for all why the Seven Circles have been engulfed by this enduring darkness, and what can be done to end it. “Niles has again conceived a fantasy setting of great richness and scope.”—Publishers Weekly “Absolutely nobody builds a more convincing fantasy realm than Doug Niles.”—R. A. Salvatore, bestselling author of The Demon Awakens “Niles…writes so well that his characters come to life after only a few lines.”—Starlog
In the mystical realm of the Seven Circles, all creatures live in harmony within their own sphere. The noble centaurs live in the forests. The goblins and trolls lurk underground. And in the tranquil center the most evolved beings of all—the elves and the druids—dwell in a peace that has lasted from time out of mind. That is about to change. Disaffected members of all the races are gathering into a seditious force that may portend the fall of the Seven Circles into chaos. Strangers to brutality and warfare, the druids need a champion who can teach them to defend themselves. To this aim, they recruit warriors from a warlike world where only the strong survive. A primitive world where life lasts only as long as you can fight for it. A world called Earth. “Absolutely nobody builds a more convincing fantasy realm than Doug Niles.”—R.A. Salvatore, bestselling author of The Demon Awakens “Niles…writes so well that his characters come to life after only a few lines.” —Starlog
Once upon a time all literature was fantasy, set in a mythical past when magic existed, animals talked, and the gods took an active hand in earthly affairs. As the mythical past was displaced in Western estimation by the historical past and novelists became increasingly preoccupied with the present, fantasy was temporarily marginalized until the late 20th century, when it enjoyed a spectacular resurgence in every stratum of the literary marketplace. Stableford provides an invaluable guide to this sequence of events and to the current state of the field. The chronology tracks the evolution of fantasy from the origins of literature to the 21st century. The introduction explains the nature of the impulses creating and shaping fantasy literature, the problems of its definition and the reasons for its changing historical fortunes. The dictionary includes cross-referenced entries on more than 700 authors, ranging across the entire historical spectrum, while more than 200 other entries describe the fantasy subgenres, key images in fantasy literature, technical terms used in fantasy criticism, and the intimately convoluted relationship between literary fantasies, scholarly fantasies, and lifestyle fantasies. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography that ranges from general textbooks and specialized accounts of the history and scholarship of fantasy literature, through bibliographies and accounts of the fantasy literature of different nations, to individual author studies and useful websites.
In the sequel to Circle at Center, Mirandel, the druid priestess, returns from her long banishment to the human world to once again confront the evil that threatens her circle and must somehow find an army strong enough to defend her mystic realm. Reprint.
Spend less, see more. This is the philosophy behind Pauline Frommer’s guides. Written by travel expert Pauline Frommer (who is also the daughter of Arthur Frommer), and her team of hand-picked writers, these guides show how to truly experience a culture, meet locals, and save money along the way. Industry secrets on how to find the best hotel rooms Details on alternative accommodations, great neighborhood restaurants, and cool, offbeat finds Packed with personality and opinions Spend Less and See More in Cancun & the Yucatan Are You Ready to Travel Smart? If you'd like to get the most out of your dollar and your trip, this is the guide for you. I put a fresh spin on budget travel, showing you how to see the best for less and how to see it in a more authentic way--the way the locals do. Instead of spending $300 a night for a chain hotel in Cancun, why not stay at Hotel El Rey del Caribe, where the electricity is solar powered and the breakfasts are free, for just $75 a night? Plus, you'll learn the tips of the trade to scoring big on resort sales and packages. I'll steer you away from the bland Americanized menus and tell you where to find the region’s simple, ultra-fresh cooking, from just-caught fish and lobster grilled on the beach to hand-pressed tortillas stuffed with the local speciality, spicy cochinita pibil. Let me show you the "other" Cancun--the one only insiders know about. Hunt for recently unearthed Mayan ruins or learn Spanish the easy way---while living with a Mexican family. These are only a few of the great ways to get closer to the culture of this dynamic region. Read on for more! Happy Travels, Pauline Frommer www.frommers.com/pauline Winner of Best Guidebook for 2006 from the North American Travel Journalists Association (Pauline Frommer's New York City)
Andrea Zanzotto is widely considered Italy’s most influential living poet. The first comprehensive collection in thirty years to translate this master European poet for an English-speaking audience, The Selected Poetry and Prose of Andrea Zanzotto includes the very best poems from fourteen of his major books of verse and a selection of thirteen essays that helps illuminate themes in his poetry as well as elucidate key theoretical underpinnings of his thought. Assembled with the collaboration of Zanzotto himself and featuring a critical introduction, thorough annotations, and a generous selection of photographs and art, this volume brings an Italian master to vivid life for American readers. “Now, in [this book], American readers can get a just sense of [Zanzotto’s] true range and extraordinary originality.”—Eric Ormsby, New York Sun “What I love here is the sense of a voice directly speaking. Throughout these translations, indeed from early to late, the great achievement seems to be the way they achieve a sense of urgent address.”—Eamon Grennan, American Poet
When you think of Mrs. Claus, do you imagine a quiet North Pole homebody who finds complete fulfillment in baking cookies, petting reindeer and crafting toys alongside elves? How about a magic-wielding ice goddess, or a tough-as-nails Valkyrie? Or maybe an ancient fae of dubious intentions, or a well-meaning witch? Could Mrs. Claus be a cigar-smoking Latina, or a crash-landed alien? Within these pages Mrs. Claus is a hero, a villain, a mother, a spacefarer, a monster hunter, and more. The only thing she decidedly is not, is a sidekick. It's Mrs. Claus' turn to shine and she is stepping out of Santa's shadow and into the spotlight in these fourteen spectacular stories that make her the star! Featuring original short stories by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, C.B. Calsing, DJ Tyrer, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Kristen Lee, Randi Perrin, Michael Leonberger, Andrew Wilson, Ross Van Dusen, MLD Curelas, Maren Matthias, Anne Luebke, Jeff Kuykendall, and Hayley Stone.