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Jade Mouse: The Journals of Vincent Tucat, Vol 2

Vincent Tucat is the most talked-about Lord in all of Harael ... and that's not exactly a good thing. His reputation as a thief is growing quickly, and for obvious reasons. Dozens of things have gone missing from his fellow Lords these past few months. Important stuff, irreplaceable heirlooms, and other things that a smart thief wouldn't dream of touching. Everyone seems to know who's to blame for it, too ...

published on 24-01-2020 - 9 views
Spell of Catastrophe

HE AIR WAS THICK and the heat oppressive. Outside the flap of canvas that covered the doorway, a vast range of beige desert overlaid by a scattering of scrub ran to the horizon. The line of dust raised by the approach of the caravan hung motionless in the air, stretching south from the oasis into a cluster of low hills. Max dropped the flap, turned, and descended the short flight of steps, his eyes still smarting from the desert sun. Each stair had the solidity of rough board, reassuring after the sands of the past few days, except for the bottom one, which yielded under Max's foot in a very unstairlike fashion. He rocked back and squinted down. The stair shifted in the gloom and became a man dressed in loose dark clothes sprawled out on the floor, burbling pleasantly from somewhere in a comprehensive stupor. By the look of him, he might be burbling still when the caravan passed through the next time, heading south again at the end of its run. That probably meant the local rotgut was either very tasty or very dangerous. Max stepped across the man and proceeded across the room.

published on 23-01-2020 - 6 views
Spell of Intrigue

FRADI HAD RECENTLY DIED, which made it all the more remarkable for him to realize that he was once again awake. That is to say, on the one hand he was rather surprised, but on the other hand he was scarcely surprised at all. He was aware that "recently" was a relative term under the circumstances, but his attendance at his own deathbed, surrounded by those glad to see the last of him, did seem to have taken place not long before. That, in any event, was not the point. By any standard it was a refreshing situation. He was not in pain. He had been in no shortage of pain, and had expected (if anything) to awaken into an environment where the continuation of mere physical pain would be the least of his worries. Renewed life after death was an article of faith, but the multiplicity of faiths differed sharply on the nature of that life, and on the correlation of one's circumstances in the next with one's behavior in the last. Out of self-defense Fradi had cleaved to a faith that stressed accomplishment rather than slippery value judgments of good and evil, but he had always harbored some residuum of doubt. He was quite happy, though, to be reassured. One so rarely gets an article of faith confirmed.

published on 23-01-2020 - 8 views
Spell of Intrigue

FRADI HAD RECENTLY DIED, which made it all the more remarkable for him to realize that he was once again awake. That is to say, on the one hand he was rather surprised, but on the other hand he was scarcely surprised at all. He was aware that "recently" was a relative term under the circumstances, but his attendance at his own deathbed, surrounded by those glad to see the last of him, did seem to have taken place not long before. That, in any event, was not the point. By any standard it was a refreshing situation. He was not in pain. He had been in no shortage of pain, and had expected (if anything) to awaken into an environment where the continuation of mere physical pain would be the least of his worries. Renewed life after death was an article of faith, but the multiplicity of faiths differed sharply on the nature of that life, and on the correlation of one's circumstances in the next with one's behavior in the last. Out of self-defense Fradi had cleaved to a faith that stressed accomplishment rather than slippery value judgments of good and evil, but he had always harbored some residuum of doubt. He was quite happy, though, to be reassured. One so rarely gets an article of faith confirmed.

published on 23-01-2020 - 8 views
Spell of Fate

AUNTIE LEEN! AUNTIE LEEN! Look what I found!" Auntie Leen, also known as the Keeper of the Imperial Archives, raised her eyes above the lenses of her reading glasses as the three-year-old figure of her nephew skidded to an uncertain halt next to her desk. In the midst of a frenetic bustle of waving arms she could see that both hands were empty, and the pockets exhibited no more than their typical bulge. "Very well," said Leen. "I'm looking. What are you hiding, and where are you hiding it?" He was tugging insistently at her hand. "Here! Come here!"

published on 23-01-2020 - 8 views
Spell of Apocalypse

FROM THE GROUND, the bird was an infinitesimal white speck lost against the isoluminescent glare of the midday sky. From the perspective of the seagull, however, the ground and its features were clearly apparent in all their multiplicity and confusion. Below it now as it circled in its leisurely bank was the sparkling band of the Tongue Water, to its right the smoky bulk of the manufacturing district and beyond that the widening mainland, to its left the great city of Peridol.

published on 23-01-2020 - 7 views
RuneCraft

RuneCraft is the first book in a trilogy of high fantasy novels that explores deep, metaphysical themes. The story revolves around Peter Uriel, who, after making his transition, is sent to another world to save them from utter ruination. Here they have waited a thousand years for the Destroyer, some in anticipation of being brought to light, others in fear of being enveloped by darkness. But can Uriel master his chosen Path, traversing the chasm between white and black magic?

published on 23-01-2020 - 12 views
Pazuzu: Manifestation

As the Cortras brothers flee for their lives across the desert, they encounter a man that wanders the waste alone. The brothers think he is the heathen terrorist, Ilu Drystani, and hope to collect the reward for the man's arrest. The stranger joins the Cortras brothers, but he doesn't tell them about the voice following him. One man, suffering amnesia, carries salvation and damnation from the desert.

published on 23-01-2020 - 10 views
Deserted Cities of the Heart

An anthropologist and his alienated brother reunite in a Mexico torn apart by earthquakes and revolution to reenact an ancient Mayan myth of the end of the world in this surrealistic fantasy by the author of Frontera. Shiner captures the complexities of both modern and ancient reality in a story that should appeal to general as well as fantasy audiences. Recommended. Library Journal Finalist 1989 Nebula Award for Best Novel Finalist 1989 Crawford Award for First Fantasy Also by Lewis Shiner on obooko: Black & White; Frontera; Glimpses; Dark Tangos; Say Goodbye; SLAM

published on 23-01-2020 - 10 views
The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who's curiosity gets the better of them. The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

published on 23-01-2020 - 9 views
Call of the Herald

Book One of The Dawning of Power trilogy. Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war.

published on 23-01-2020 - 11 views
Squirrel Girl

In this humorous fantasy for all ages, Squirrel Girl, a passenger pigeon, and a calico cat attempt to organize the wildlife to try to save the colonial forests and their own lives. With the unknowing help of the calico cat's human partner, a radical Spanish naturalist, Squirrel Girl and her friends take on the seemingly impossible. Determined to do some good and justify the fact that her mother died to save her life, she gets predators and prey to cooperate for one spectacular attempt to discourage settlers and send them back home. There is a clear villain, Finn, a man who enslaves the indentured servants he brings to America and forces them to clear the land for development, and most animals are more than willing to fight against him. But her cause is hopeless, because the stream of settlers is endless, and most of them are not like Finn but are just struggling like the wild critters to exist. So Squirrel Girl takes on one last challenge--coexistence with man.

published on 23-01-2020 - 13 views
Greenstone & Ironwood

The city of Ironwood is on the verge of destruction, brought around by the vindictive broodings of the city's thousand year-old founder. Dead awakes on an autopsy table, unable to piece together the puzzle of his past life and subsequent death. Traveling with a ghost as his sole companion across a bleak cityscape beset on all sides by jagged mountains and crowded with the machines of progress, Dead must seek out the answers he craves while suppressing an insatiable urge to murder those around him ...

published on 23-01-2020 - 13 views
The Dream Dancer

A Native American hero's journey in which the monster is a U.S. Congressman and the netherworld is a Pennsylvania prison. The story opens in Paris in the dwindling days of the summer of 1956. Coop Rever, a Native American expatriate who is the protagonist of THE DREAM DANCER, is getting ready to travel to Algeria to gather material for his third book on the French Foreign Legion. Coop is a war correspondent and author, educated at the Sorbonne under the World War II GI Bill. Coop dreams that he has been chosen to be a messenger of God. Although skeptical and unwilling at the outset, Coop undertakes the role when the evidence that he is the chosen one becomes so overwhelming he cannot deny it.

published on 23-01-2020 - 10 views
The Prophet of Panamindorah - Book Three

Amid the long shadows of Archemais's library, Corellian lay awake. He could hear the soft snores of his companions, and the supper they'd eaten sat warm and pleasant in his belly. The banked fire gave off a soft glow. He was tired. But he could not sleep. It wasn't the strange mixture of serpent's den and scholarly residence they'd found behind the locked door. It wasn't the enormous snake skin lying in one of the rooms--it's eye-covers large as tea cups. It wasn't the dead alligator hanging in the cool cellar. What was keeping Corry awake was the other locked door--the one that led presumably to Archemais's bedchamber. That, and the Earth items he'd found lying about the house ...

published on 23-01-2020 - 15 views
The Prophet of Panamindorah - Book Two

Just as the sun was growing strong on the walls of Danda-lay's palace, an astonished doorshelt admitted a bloody, bedraggled wood faun, dripping with sweat and mist water. He was still wearing his hat with a green plume. "Syrill? What happened to--? Wait! You can't--! At least let me announce you--!" By the time Syrill arrived at the dining hall, he was trailing half a dozen palace shelts, all politely dissenting. Pleasant voices, laughter, and the clink of utensils died as the dignitaries caught sight of Laven-lay's general. He walked to his king and spoke into the stunned silence. "Meuril, Lexis has taken Capricia."

published on 23-01-2020 - 12 views
The Prophet of Panamindorah - Book One

Corry showed up at the orphanage two years ago, unable to remember how he'd gotten there. He spoke a language no one recognized, and he was afraid of cars and planes and computers. Corry can remember snippets of another life, but no matter how hard he tries to remember, it just keeps slipping away. Then one day, he meets a fauness in an orange grove. She's from a world called Panamindorah, and he can understand her language. In addition, Corry can read a language that no one in Panamindorah has been able to read for three hundred years; has he really been gone that long? Now he must recover his lost memories and rebuild his life, because the person who tried to kill him once is about to try again.

published on 23-01-2020 - 15 views
The Beginning Of The End - Book 3 of The Mauve Legacy

A rescue mission, coming face to face with a notorious witch hunter and destroying an old, evil building - its all in a days work for witch, Lily Mauve. With Ivy safe, Lily can justify a week in Florida to see Grandma Bea with her Mother, sister Rose, best friend Ava and boyfriend Josh. But of course, like everything in Lily's life, it's just not that simple. Another family secret is waiting to be uncovered. Two untrained witches are joining their ranks along with a small coven of vampires. A casual evening on the beach ends with a fight against Henry Luther's new minions - Hell's demons. This new revelation puts a spanner in the works - and Lily's ever growing powers don't help either. Returning home after the less than relaxing vacation, Devlin introduces Lily to the new wolf in the pack, Craig. Wolves have one mate for life, and Craig claims Lily is his. Thrown into yet another love triangle, Lily must keep her wits about her and remember the ultimate goal. After a vamp/demon attack, Lily knows the witch hunter is testing her. The arrival of her third moon means only one thing to her - the end is near.

published on 23-01-2020 - 14 views
The Vamanwolf: The First Holocaust

Christopher Lois, a typical teenager of 13 who runs away from home after a quarrel with his mother. Upon leaving home, he is exposed to dangers beyond his wildest imagination. He ends up transforming into a vampire by three vampires set out on a mission to destroy the Waeroherias, also known as Werewolves. When he wakes up after the transformation, he finds himself in the Cave of the Moon. He, being the owner of the Golden Diamond, said to have powers to lead them on their way to the Sacred Lands of Gods manages to open and all four of them are sucked into the diamond ...

published on 23-01-2020 - 8 views
The Broken World: Book 1

In a perfect world, the breaking of the laws brings retribution to the alien race - Truemen. A girl befriends a denizen of this strange land, not knowing that she holds the key to her people's fate. Truemen hate the immortal Mujar and cast them into Pits, and the Hashon Jahar sweep across the land, slaughtering all in their path. One thing is certain; Truemankind is doomed unless fate changes.

published on 20-01-2020 - 26 views
Avalon: Trail of the Tor

When the last descendant of the legendary wizard Merlin left in Avalon dies, it is up to Connor Evans to take his children back to the isle in order to save it, unaware of the new dangers lurking in every corner of his new home.

published on 20-01-2020 - 34 views
The Pelican King

Young Matthew's vacation-inspired excitement is infinitely compounded during his tropical island getaway when he soon discovers his father's allegiance to the most bizarre and magnificent protectors of the planet; and thus he takes his first steps to becoming a Pioneer, and the Pelican King. Matthew discovers that he and three other Pioneers from the island will need to make use of magical abilities and gifts to save handfuls of the planet's inhabitants as Mother Earth puts her foot down with devastating finality.

published on 20-01-2020 - 41 views
The Book of Deacon

The tale of Myranda Celeste, a young woman orphaned by a century long war, and her chance discovery of a fallen soldier's priceless cargo. The find will change her life, sending her on an adventure of soldiers and rebels, wizards and warriors, and beasts both noble and monstrous. Each step will bring her closer to the truth of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world.

published on 20-01-2020 - 31 views
The Traveler: Memoirs of a Brownie from Finland

Tomtra and his 100th removed cousin, Mangus, have inherited a faery burgh in Lapland, Finland. After 100 years of living together, Tomtra is at his wits end with his disgruntled, grumpy cousin. When he goes to the King of the Waning Year's home in search of advice, the King suggests that he be a traveler and sends him off to Sweden...This book is the prequel to the faery folk series.

published on 20-01-2020 - 27 views
Ashes of Dearen: Book 1

A red-eyed assassin, an unready princess, a sadistic politician, and an adulterous queen all desire the secret behind a magical dust known as safra. Safra is said to bring happiness, but these characters' twisted quests to obtain it will bring three great nations to the brink of warfare.

published on 20-01-2020 - 39 views
Ashes of Dearen: Book 1

A red-eyed assassin, an unready princess, a sadistic politician, and an adulterous queen all desire the secret behind a magical dust known as safra. Safra is said to bring happiness, but these characters' twisted quests to obtain it will bring three great nations to the brink of warfare.

published on 20-01-2020 - 36 views
The Pumpkin Princess

Eerie dreams. Rotten pumpkins. A fairy princess in trouble! A sudden, strange blight strikes pumpkins everywhere which means no pumpkin pie, no pumpkin bread, no pumpkin spiced cookies, not even pumpkin soup! Worse, the blight will eventually spread to other crops. Queen Faye's skulduggery spills out ever more into Anne's own world. She knows that the fairy Queen of Winter is behind this dark mischief. The blight and one of Anne's dreams leads her back to Other Land to rescue the Pumpkin Princess, the fairy who helps usher in the fall harvest.

published on 20-01-2020 - 31 views
The Stolen Moon of Londor

The era of peace among the elves, men, and dwarves comes to an end when one of Londor's twin moons disappears from the heavens... Without the moon's balancing effect, evil forces grow bold, and warfare, sickness, and chaos threaten life itself.

published on 19-01-2020 - 55 views