Blood Song

Blood Song
Author: Anthony Ryan
Pages: 640
ISBN: 9781101622902
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Release: 2012-11-20
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The first in the “powerful” (SFFWorld.com) New York Times bestselling fantasy series. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order to be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate and dangerous life of a warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order. Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the Unified Realm—and Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright knows no bounds. Even his cherished memories of his mother are soon challenged by what he learns within the Order. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the Realm but the world.

Raven s Shadow

Raven s Shadow
Author: Patricia Briggs
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781101133910
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Release: 2004-07-27
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs comes a fantastical series set in a world where magic is the only thing that stands between humanity and total destruction... Seraph is a Raven mage, and among the last of the Travelers who ensure that the city of Colossae is safe from evil. Unwelcome by those who fear magic, the wizard clans have been decimated by the very people they’ve sworn to protect. But Seraph is spared a similar fate by the ex-soldier Tier—and together they build a life where she is no longer burdened by her people’s responsibility. But now Tier is missing—or dead—and Seraph’s reprieve from her duty is over. Using her magic to discover her husband’s fate, Seraph realizes the prison that holds the evil entity known as Stalker is weakening—and only Seraph can fulfill her ancestors’ oath...

Tower Lord

Tower Lord
Author: Anthony Ryan
Pages: 624
ISBN: 9781101612941
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Release: 2014-07-01
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In Blood Song, Anthony Ryan introduced readers to “a fascinating world of conflicting religions and the wars fought in the name of those faiths” (Library Journal). Now Ryan’s epic tale continues as Vaelin Al Sorna discovers that there is no escape from the call of destiny… “The blood-song rose with an unexpected tune, a warm hum mingling recognition with an impression of safety. He had a sense it was welcoming him home.” Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus’s vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus’s grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm. But those gifted with the blood-song are never destined to live a quiet life. Many died in King Janus’s wars, but many survived, and Vaelin is a target, not just for those seeking revenge but for those who know what he can do. The Faith has been sundered, and many have no doubt who their leader should be. The new King is weak, but his sister is strong. The blood-song is powerful, rich in warning and guidance in times of trouble, but is only a fraction of the power available to others who understand more of its mysteries. Something moves against the Realm, something that commands mighty forces, and Vaelin will find to his great regret that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword.

Queen of Fire

Queen of Fire
Author: Anthony Ryan
Pages: 656
ISBN: 9781101612989
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Release: 2015-07-07
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this “deftly and originally executed” (Booklist) New York Times bestselling novel, Vaelin Al Sorna must help his Queen reclaim her Realm. Only his enemy has a dangerous new collaborator, one with powers darker than Vaelin has ever encountered… “The Ally is there, but only ever as a shadow, unexplained catastrophe or murder committed at the behest of a dark vengeful spirit. Sorting truth from myth is often a fruitless task.” After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except, to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant—those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark—and take the war to her enemy’s doorstep. Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named Battle Lord of the Realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties. For the Volarian enemy has a new weapon on their side, one that Vaelin must destroy if the Realm is to prevail—a mysterious Ally with the ability to grant unnaturally long life to her servants. And defeating one who cannot be killed is a nearly impossible feat, especially when Vaelin’s blood-song, the mystical power which has made him the epic fighter he is, has gone ominously silent… ***Don't miss the continuation of this epic saga: The Wolf's Call, A Raven's Blade Novel available July 23, 2019***

Raven s Shadow

Raven s Shadow
Author: Patricia Briggs
Pages: 334
ISBN: 044101187X
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Release: 2004
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Despised by those who fear magic, Seraph, a Raven mage, finds love with an ex-soldier named Tier and casts aside her gifts, but when he mysteriously disappears, Seraph must rely on her magic to save her beloved and fulfill her destiny as a protector of humanity. Original.

The Wolf s Call

The Wolf s Call
Author: Anthony Ryan
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780451492531
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Release: 2019-07-23
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

VAELIN AL SORNA RETURNS Anthony Ryan's debut novel Blood Song—the first book of the Raven's Shadow series—took the fantasy world by storm. Now, he continues that saga with The Wolf's Call, which begins a thrilling new story of razor-sharp action and epic adventure. Peace never lasts. Vaelin Al Sorna is a living legend, his name known across the Realm. It was his leadership that overthrew empires, his blade that won hard-fought battles - and his sacrifice that defeated an evil more terrifying than anything the world had ever seen. He won titles aplenty, only to cast aside his earned glory for a quiet life in the Realm's northern reaches. Yet whispers have come from across the sea - rumours of an army called the Steel Horde, led by a man who believes himself a god. Vaelin has no wish to fight another war, but when he learns that Sherin, the woman he lost long ago, has fallen into the Horde's grasp, he resolves to confront this powerful new threat. To this end, Vaelin travels to the realms of the Merchant Kings, a land ruled by honor and intrigue. There, as the drums of war thunder across kingdoms riven by conflict, Vaelin learns a terrible truth: that there are some battles that even he may not be strong enough to win.

The Raven s Shadow

The Raven s Shadow
Author: Elspeth Cooper
Pages: 576
ISBN: 9781429997270
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Release: 2014-03-11
Editor: Tor Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Raven's Shadow, the third book of Elspeth Cooper's The Wild Hunt series finds war brewing on both sides of the Veil between the worlds. The desert of Gimrael is aflame with violence, and in the far north an ancient hatred is about to spill over into the renewal of a war that, a thousand years ago, forged an empire. This time, it may shatter one. Wrestling with his failing grip on the power of the Song, and still trying to come to terms with the horrifying events he witnessed in El Maqqam, Gair returns to the mainland with only one thing on his mind: vengeance. It may cost him his life, but when everything that he had to live for is being stripped away from him, that may be a fair price to pay. Old friends and old foes converge in a battle of wills to stem the tide of the Nimrothi clans as they charge south to reclaim the lands lost in the Founding Wars. If they succeed, the rest of the empire may be their next target. And with the Wild Hunt at their head, the overstretched Imperial Army may not be enough to stop them. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

A Duel of Evils

A Duel of Evils
Author: Anthony Ryan
Pages: 33
ISBN: PKEY:6610000147595
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Release: 2019-02-01
Editor: Anthony Ryan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A short story set in the Raven's Shadow world from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Anthony Ryan. Legendary warrior King Tavurek marshals his mercenary army to combat a mighty Volarian host led by a man known to history as the Spear-point. In the blood-bath that follows, there can be only one victor. The final battle between the city state of Kethia and the Volarian Empire, as told by Imperial Chronicler Lord Verniers, is an event shrouded in many secrets and, some say, wrought by servants of the Dark.

Conspiracy of Ravens

Conspiracy of Ravens
Author: Lila Bowen
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780316302265
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Release: 2016-10-11
Editor: Orbit
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The sequel to Wake of Vultures and second novel in Lila Bowen's widely acclaimed Shadow series. Nettie Lonesome made a leap -- not knowing what she'd become. But now her destiny as the Shadow is calling. A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And Nettie must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on a dangerous mission that is pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life. When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn't black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens? The ShadowWake of VulturesConspiracy of RavensMalice of Crows

The Broken Raven Shadow Skye Book Two

The Broken Raven  Shadow Skye  Book Two
Author: Joseph Elliott
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781536216226
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Release: 2021-01-12
Editor: Candlewick Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the heart-pounding second book in the Shadow Skye trilogy, unlikely heroes Agatha and Jaime must fight for their clan’s home when a new danger comes to the Isle of Skye. After their escape from Norveg, Agatha and Jaime return with their clan to the Isle of Skye to find that their enclave is now in the hands of the treacherous people of Raasay. They find tenuous shelter with another clan, but disaster soon strikes when the terrifying shadow creatures known as sgàilean escape their magical prison and wreak havoc across the island. Now Agatha and Jaime must call on old and new allies to fight this threat. In the meantime, a ship from Norveg sails for the court of King Edmund of Ingland, where a dangerous alliance is forming, and Sigrid, a girl with an extraordinary memory, works to free herself from the clutches of a cruel king. All three protagonists must summon their particular powers to save the island from the horde of dark creatures and foil the plans of two vengeful monarchs. Kirkus Reviews called The Good Hawk “a page-turning adventure” and Agatha an “original protagonist.” This second book in the Shadow Skye trilogy continues to expand the definition of hero as its neurodiverse heroine tackles ever greater challenges in a thrilling middle act to the battle over the fate of Scotia.

A Shadow Above

A Shadow Above
Author: Joe Shute
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781472940308
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Release: 2018-02-08
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For millennia, we have tried to explain ourselves using the raven as a symbol. It occupies a unique place in British history and has left an indelible mark on our cultural landscape. The raven's hulking black shape has come to represent many things: death, all-seeing power, the underworld, and a wildness that remains deep within us. Legend has it that the fate of the nation rests upon the raven, and should the resident birds ever leave the Tower of London then the entire kingdom will fall. While so much of our wildlife is vanishing, ravens are returning to their former habitats after centuries of exile, moving back from their outposts at the very edge of the country, to the city streets from which they once scavenged the bodies of the dead. In A Shadow Above, Joe Shute follows ravens across their new hunting grounds, examining our complicated and challenging relationship with these birds. He meets people who live alongside the raven in conflict and peace, unpicks their fierce intelligence, and ponders what the raven's successful return might come to symbolise for humans in the dark times we now inhabit.

Quanta

Quanta
Author: Lola Dodge
Pages: 250
ISBN: 9780996086479
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Release: 2015-10-13
Editor: Ink Monster LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AWESOME!!!" -- No Escape Like A Book Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment. The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. Everything is running like clockwork until he crosses paths with Quanta. As he watches her deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. A jailbreak would be suicide, but Tair is willing to sacrifice everything to give her a chance at happiness. Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling, and acting knee-weakeningly happy is balanced by a much darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out? The Shadow Ravens Series: 1. Cipher by Aileen Erin, USA Today bestselling author 2. Quanta by Lola Dodge 3. Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge 4. Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge - “Quanta is one of the best heroines I have ever read. " --Lunaland books

The Black Song

The Black Song
Author: Anthony Ryan
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780451492562
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Release: 2020-08-04
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A matchless warrior is pitted against a near-God in the second epic installment of the Raven’s Blade series. It has long been our lot in life, brother, to do what others can’t. Vaelin Al Sorna was known across the realm as the greatest of warriors, but he thought battles were behind him. He was wrong. Prophecy and rumor led him across the sea to find a woman he once loved, and drew him into a war waged by the Darkblade, a man who believes himself a god—and one who has gathered a fanatical army that threatens all of the known world. After a costly defeat by the Darkblade, Vaelin’s forces are shattered, while the self-proclaimed immortal and his army continue their terrible march. But during the clash, Vaelin regained some of the dark magic that once gave him unrivaled skill in battle. And though the fight he has been drawn into seems near unwinnable, the song that drives him now desires the blood of his enemy above all else…

Cipher

Cipher
Author: Aileen Erin
Pages: 195
ISBN: 9780989405096
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Release: 2014-10-14
Editor: Ink Monster LLC
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Two epic people, love, hackers, and explosions lead to an amazing read." -- Not So Public Library Alone and on the run, Cipher doesn't talk about her secrets, her powers, or the people chasing her. She can’t let anyone get that close. At least, she shouldn’t. Knight is working undercover for the bad guys. He’s done things that have marked his soul, but it’ll all be worth it if he can save the girl who means everything to him—the girl who saved his life by putting herself in danger. It’s been twelve years, but Knight knows she’s still alive, and he’s made it his mission to find her and keep her safe. When Knight finally catches up to Cipher, electricity sparks. He’s crazy gorgeous, stupid brilliant, and begging to lift the burden from Cipher’s shoulders. Can she really trust him with her secrets? With her life? She doesn’t have long to decide, because Knight isn’t the only who’s been looking for her. Now Cipher can’t run without leaving him behind. What good is being together if they’re both dead? To save Knight, Cipher will finally stop running...one way or another. The Shadow Ravens Series: 1. Cipher by Aileen Erin, USA Today bestselling author 2. Quanta by Lola Dodge 3. Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge 4. Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge "It will keep you on the edge of your seat with action, chases, fights." -- Functioning Insanity

Raven s Strike

Raven s Strike
Author: Patricia Briggs
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781101133927
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Release: 2005-07-26
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Seraph must use all her skills as a Raven mage to stop the force of destruction known as the Shadowed in the second novel in this thrilling fantasy series. Seraph is among the last of the Travelers, those who strive to destroy the dark magic released by their ancestors’ mistakes. Seraph tried to escape her people’s duty and live a quiet life, until evil found her…and her family. A cunning new force for darkness called the Shadowed stalks the land, feeding on death, destruction, and the sleeping Stalker’s power. He plans to wake the Stalker, wreaking untold havoc, but he needs those who bear the Travelers’ magic to release the dark god…and he has his sights set on Seraph and her family.

Tower Lord

Tower Lord
Author: Anthony Ryan
Pages: 741
ISBN: 0356502430
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Release: 2015-02-12
Editor: Orbit Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The enthralling second novel in the New York Times bestselling Raven's Shadow series, and sequel to the critically acclaimed epic fantasy debut Blood Song THE REALM BURNS. Vaelin Al Sorna is tired of war. He's fought countless battles in service to the Realm and Faith. His reward was the loss of his love, the death of his friends and a betrayal by his king. After five years in an Alpiran dungeon, he just wants to go home. Reva intends to welcome Vaelin back with a knife between the ribs. He destroyed her family and ruined her life. Nothing will stop her from exacting bloody vengeance - not even the threat of invasion from the greatest enemy the Realm has ever faced. Yet as the fires of war spread, foes become friends and truths turn to lies. To save the Realm, Reva must embrace a future she does not want - and Vaelin must revisit a past he'd rather leave buried. Praise for Anthony Ryan: 'A major new talent' - Buzzfeed 'Powerful' - SFFWorld 'Compelling' - SFX

A Kiss of Shadows

A Kiss of Shadows
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780345446886
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Release: 2001-01-18
Editor: Ballantine Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Meet Merry Gentry, paranormal P.I., and enter a thrilling, sensual world as dangerous as it is beautiful, full of earthly pleasures and dazzling magic, and ruled by the all-consuming passions of immortal beings once worshipped as gods . . . or demons. Merry Gentry, princess of the high court of Faerie, is posing as a human in Los Angeles, working as a private investigator specializing in supernatural crime. But now the queen’s assassin has been dispatched to fetch her—whether she likes it or not. Suddenly Merry finds herself a pawn in her dreaded aunt’s plans. The job that awaits her: enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful immortal men in the world. The reward: the crown—and the opportunity to continue to live. The penalty for failure: death. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Laurell K. Hamilton’s A Shiver of Light. Praise for Laurell K. Hamilton and A Kiss of Shadows “One of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”—Charlaine Harris “Sexy . . . Merry’s adventures are engaging and keep the reader turning the pages.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch “Stunning . . . steamy . . . an exciting and original world.”—San Jose Mercury News “I’ve never read a writer with a more fertile imagination.”—Diana Gabaldon

The Empire of Ashes

The Empire of Ashes
Author: Anthony Ryan
Pages: 576
ISBN: 9781101987940
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Release: 2018-07-03
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the White Drake's war, the price of freedom is paid in blood and fire.... For hundreds of years, the Ironship Trading Syndicate was fueled by drake blood—and protected by the Blood-blessed, those few who could drink it and wield fearsome powers. But now the very thing that sustained the corporate world threatens to destroy it. A drake of unimaginable power has risen, and it commands an army of both beasts and men. Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge and Ironship captain Corrick Hilemore have been spread to disparate corners of the world, but they are united in their desire to defeat the White Drake and the Spoiled who follow it. Humanity itself is at stake, but with the aid of ancient knowledge, revolutionary technology and unexpected allies, all hope is not lost. Saving the world will require sacrifice, as Clay, Lizanne and Hilemore will see all they know either consumed by flames or reborn from the ashes.

The Raven

The Raven
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Pages: 36
ISBN: NYPL:33433069354276
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Release: 1898
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Blood Song

Blood Song
Author: Anthony Ryan
Pages: 734
ISBN: 0356502481
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Release: 2014
Editor: Orbit Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The UK's bestselling epic fantasy debut of 2013 and the first book in the New York Times bestselling Raven's Shadow series. We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners. Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith. Now his skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword. Praise for Blood Song: 'Engrossing' - Buzzfeed 'Powerful' - SFFWorld 'Compelling' - SFX