A charm of goldfinches. An ostentation of peacocks. A murder of crows. The English language brims with witty words for flocks of birds! Thought to have originated from hunting manuals, the practice of inventing collective nouns for birds has since evolved into a sport all its own, with new words striving to perfectly capture the essence of each bird. A Conspiracy of Ravens presents readers with a compendium of collective bird nouns from the distant and not-so-distant past. Some of the nouns are portentous, like a tiding of magpies. Others, like a murmuration of starlings or a chattering of choughs, convey sound. Still more reflect with literary flourish the beauty of the bird: what could be more celebratory than a crown of kingfishers or an exaltation of larks? Featuring songbirds, aquatic birds, garden favorites, and birds of prey, this book collects more than one hundred of the best and most imaginative expressions and illustrates them with charming woodcuts by the eighteenth-century artist and naturalist Thomas Bewick. A beautiful and entertaining read, A Conspiracy of Ravens will delight bird-lovers and word-lovers in equal measure.
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.
Lady Trent's sleuthing skills are put to the test in a Victorian mystery about mischief, murder, and a lost heir. With the aid of her partner Dylan Tremayne, Lady Serafina Trent aims to help her neighbors—the Haydens—determine who the true heir is to their sizable estate. After some investigating, she shocks the Haydens when she reveals that the child they believed had died at birth is actually alive and living as a criminal in London's worst slum. Then the Hayden's butler is murdered and the stakes are dangerously raised. Lady Serafina must employ her famous scientific reasoning to help her discover answers before foul play strikes again—though her beloved reason fails to explain her growing attraction to Dylan . . . Enjoy Victorian England through the eyes of Christian Fiction's most beloved author.
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
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?
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.
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.
When a dying author decides to write his last book about three (or is it four) beings who crashed through the space barrier to another dimension in Kansas in 1960, it is only the beginning of a romp through the universe as an American Indian names Rains-a-Lot, a French resistance partisan named Ivy d' Seille, a brilliant reality physics research named Dr. Kelle Brainerd, and a purple 1957 Chevy that may contain the soul of a 19th century macumba priestess. When the author finds out that he can mettle in the direction the story takes by creating a conspiracy with a set of preternaturally intelligent ravens, things get even stranger. And when the group is joined by a 1960s rocker who was responsible partly for saving the world, but who must now help the heroes of the story convince an ancient and deadly queen who happens to be bipolar to aid them in their quest, the story becomes as one musician put it, "ten pounds of crazy in a five pound bag." Alternate cover first edition version.