Struggling to find direction in life, Ruaridh MacBran jumps at the chance of abandoning his career in the city to take over his family's near-bankrupt estate in the remote Western Highlands. With the aid of his friend and neighbour Sandy, he starts the process of transforming the run-down estate house, Tigh-na-Fitheach, into a viable business. But the house proves to be more than the empty shell it appears, and Ruaridh's plans must be made to fit with the aspirations of more than just its living inhabitants. Feeding on a rich tradition of Scottish folklore, 'A Conspiracy of Ravens' is a moving tale of impossible love, of friendship and of family; but above all, it is a story of hope, of realising dreams, and of new beginnings.
'A murder of crows', 'a charm of goldfinches', 'an ostentation of peacocks': collective nouns for British birds have existed since at least the mid fifteenth century. They are thought to originate in texts about hunting, but have since evolved into evocative, witty and literary expressions, each striving to capture the very essence of the animal they describe.Some are portentous - 'a conspiracy of ravens' perfectly evokes this sinister bird - others convey sound, such as 'a murmuration of starlings' or 'a chattering of choughs'. Yet more reflect with a flourish the beauty of the bird itself: what could be more celebratory than 'a crown of kingfishers', or 'an exaltation of larks'?The best of these imaginative expressions are collected here, illustrated with charming woodcuts by Thomas Bewick, the renowned naturalist engraver of the eighteenth century. Featuring songbirds, aquatic birds, birds of prey and garden favourites, this beautifully presented book will delight both bird-lovers and word-lovers in equal measure.
Lady Trent finds her sleuthing skills in high demand in this Victorian murder mystery. With the help of her partner Dylan Tremayne, Serafina must help her neighbors determine who the true heir is to their sizable estate. Believing they were childless, the Haydens are shocked when Serafina uncovers that their sole child, whom they were lead to believe had died at birth, actually lived and is a criminal in England's seediest part of town. When the Hayden's butler is found poisoned, the stakes are raised, as is Serafina's ever-growing interest in Dylan. Countess Trent has more than murder on her mind.
AFTER NIGHTFALL. Inside the grounds of the infamous Tower of London. Patrick whose Irish lover, Ian, was killed by an English homicidal butcher behind the wheel of a speeding car. Tad whose American parents have sent their erring son to live with Brit relatives, one of whom is a Tower yeoman. Six Tower Ravens, the subjects of legend that predicts they gone, the British Empire soon to follow. A man and five Tower Ravens murdered. One man determined to see the sixth bird dead, no matter the consequences.
'I don't care what else you've seen in the bookstore today. Read this one' - Kevin Hearne Following the thrilling and critically acclaimed Wake of Vultures comes the next spellbinding novel in the Shadow series - a tale of the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface. Nettie Lonesome jumped off a cliff, not knowing what she'd become. She's still not sure, but the destiny of the Shadow is calling her to help someone she'd just as soon watch die. Her new sidekick, an annoying shifter named Earl, is hellbent on finding the Rangers. He's just escaped a railroad camp where monsters are held captive, their very bones used to fuel the tracks scarring Nettie's wild, beloved Durango. And he wants revenge. Nettie, now facing the truth of her own identity and going by Rhett, must decide whether to side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on the dangerous mission pulling her inexplicably 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 Battle Lines Have Been Drawn. The War Has Begun. The riveting new James Hicks thriller by award-winning author Terrence McCauley James Hicks has spent his entire life and career fighting on the front lines of terrorism for the clandestine intelligence organization known as The University. Hicks has learned that enemies can appear and disappear in the blink of an eye, and allegiances shift like the wind. But now, Hicks has finally discovered his true enemy: the criminal organization known as The Vanguard. This shadowy group has operated as a deadly organization comprised weapons dealers, drug runners, and money launderers for decades, but has now decided to add regime change to their catastrophic agenda. But knowing the enemy is one thing. Being able to defeat it is another matter entirely. When Hicks uncovers a solid lead on his new adversaries, his world explodes. His home base is attacked, his operatives in the field are wiped out, and, for the first time, The University finds itself in open combat against an unknown enemy. In a battle that rages from the streets of Manhattan to the halls of power in Washington, D.C., to the dark alleys of Berlin, Hicks will have to use every resource at his disposal to defeat A Conspiracy of Ravens.
Cursed forever as a Raven, Tremain can only be human on the days and nights of the full moon. Charged with protecting Maili, he realizes she has gone missing. Linnea discovers her best friend's apartment ransacked and a guy holding a severed head. Before she can get an explanation, something slips from the shadows stabbing Tremain, poisoning him. To save Tremain, she must use her budding magickal powers and get him to his Raven brethren. Will she get him there in time? Will Tremain overcome his curse and save Maili? Or will he be cursed to an even worse hell?
It is not to unusual when a dying author sits down to pen his last book. What makes it unusual is when the book is about Rains-a-Lot, the warrior who ate Thomas Custer's heart, Ivy d' Seille, a child soldier and veteran of the French Resistance, Dr. Kelle Brainerd, holder of three Ph.D.s in Reality Physics, and a purple 1957 Chevy holding the spirit of a New Orleans Macumba from the 19th century. What makes it even more unusual is that McKeeby, as his brain is destroyed by constant epileptic seizures, follows the characters of his book to a magical land and forms a conspiracy with a group of intelligent ravens to propel the heroes forward to the end of the story, hoping that the book will be completed before he suffers the ultimate fate of brain damage and death.Throw in to this a sinister corporation, rumors of a war brewing across time, an undead master of time named Darkness, Janis Joplin caught in a time loop, the rock band the Portals, and the powerful bipolar Queen of Fire and Ice, and you have a book that a marginally famous person speaking under the influence said was "ten pounds of crazy in a five pound sack." A popular government official commented after reading that it was, "everything that is wrong with the 420 movement," and a homeless veteran living near the 405 overpass in Glendale stated, "makes perfect sense to me."This volume includes both books one and two in a single edition.