‘Punchy, revelatory, irresistible. Gorge yourself on a history of Welsh rugby like you’ve never read before’ - Rugby World ‘A tremendous book. What an array of fantastic characters and insights . . . both laugh out loud and poignant’ - Tom English, BBC SPORT ‘An epic story, revealed by the words of the men who created legends in the Welsh jersey’ - Stephen Jones, The Sunday Times ‘No country can have endured as volcanic a love affair with one sport as the Welsh and rugby union, a passion still going strong after almost 140 years. No code of football can have had quite as many colourful characters in its dramatis personae and in telling their stories, Ross Harries has written a history book like no other’ – Peter Jackson, JOURNALIST AND BROADCASTER From the first Test match in the 1881 all the way through to the 2019 Grand Slam, this is the story of Welsh rugby – told in the players’ words. Based on a combination of painstaking research into the early years of the Wales team to interviews with a vast array of Test match players and coaches from the Second World War to the present day, Ross Harries delves to the very heart of what it means to play for Wales, painting a unique and utterly compelling picture of the game in the only words that can truly do so: the players’ own. Behind the Dragon lifts the lid on what it means to pull on the famous red shirt in the fire and fury of Test match rugby – the trials and tribulations behind the scenes, the glory, the honour and the drama on the field, and the heart-warming tales of friendship off it. Absorbing, illuminating, hilarious and poignant, this is the ultimate history of Welsh rugby – told by the men who have been there and done it.
A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World's Most Coveted Fish
Author: Emily Voigt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A riveting journey into the bizarre world of the Asian arowana or "dragon fish" the world's most expensive aquarium fish--reveals a surprising history with profound implications for the future of wild animals and human beings alike. The Dragon Behind the Glass tells the story of a fish like none other: a powerful predator dating to the age of the dinosaurs. Treasured as a status symbol believed to bring good luck, the Asian arowana is bred on high-security farms in Southeast Asia and sold by the hundreds of thousands each year. In the United States, however, it's protected by the Endangered Species Act and illegal to bring into the country--though it remains the object of a thriving black market. From the South Bronx to Singapore, journalist Emily Voigt follows the trail of the fish, ultimately embarking on a years-long quest to find the arowana in the wild, venturing deep into some of the last remaining tropical wildernesses on earth. In an age when freshwater fish now comprise one of the most rapidly vanishing groups of animals on the planet, Voigt unearths a paradoxical truth behind the dragon fish's rise to fame--one that calls into question how we protect the world's rarest species. An elegant exploration of the human conquest of nature, The Dragon Behind the Glass revels in the sheer wonder of life's diversity and lays bare our deepest desire--to hold onto what is wild.
Magical artifices, dragon-shifters, palace intrigues and meddling sorcery meet in Behind the Dragon’s Veil, the first novel in a new YA Fantasy series. After seventeen years of seclusion and secrecy, Annarae, an artificer, and now the queen of Andrandria, sits the throne and embraces freedom for the first time. But her problems are far from over. In the dark of the night, a dragon reduces an entire village to ash. She organizes a tournament to assemble slayers, even as her royal council tries to humiliate and undermine her. Meanwhile fighters travel to Sar to fight in her tournament. Among them; the dragon himself, and the maginari behind the attack. With a killer bent on stealing a power she doesn’t have, a queen without a husband and heir is perilous to the realm. To appease her royal council, Annarae must marry the tournament champion or risk losing her throne. Filled with surprise, romance, secrets and wonder, Behind the Dragon’s veil is perfect for fans of the classic RAPUNZEL, TALON, A GATHERING OF SHADOWS and A COURT OF MIST AND FURY.
Edwin Morgan's restless imagination moved easily between multiple worlds, voices and identities. His own life story, told here for the first time, also reveals a range of identities - as academic, cultural activist, radical writer, international traveller, gay man and national poet. These identities were sometimes in conflict, or kept hidden and apart. Beyond the Last Dragon, written with his full support, explores hitherto unknown archive resources and creative work. It recounts an amazing and sometimes troubled career, using the poet's own letters, poems and plays from the 1930s to the present day to uncover the origins of his remarkable - and life-long - inventiveness and flair. All this is set against Edwin Morgan's moving struggle against 'the last dragon' of cancer, and to remain creatively alive in the face of suffering in the final years of his life. This prize-winning biography was published just days after the poet's death. James McGonigal now adds a new chapter to describe subsequent events.
Isolated for centuries, the exotic Dragon Empires finally ready to join the United Federation of Planets. But first the emperor's eldest son must marry the only daughter of his oldest enemy, bringing to an end decades of civil war. Without the wedding, there can be no peace -- and no treaty with the Federation. As honored guests of the Dragon Empire, Captain Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise™must ensure that the royal wedding occurs on schedule, despite the Empire's complicated and difficult codes of honor. And Dr. Beverly Crusher finds her loyalties torn when she wins the confidence of the unusually reluctant bride-to-be. More than just a treaty is at stake, for a vicious race of alien conquerors will stop at nothing, from assassination to invasion, to keep the Empire out of the Federation. Picard must now use all his skills to save the Empire...and preserve the Dragon's Honor.
This brand-new omnibus is the first in a series collecting Irene Radford's acclaimed Dragon novels. Volume I includes the complete trilogy of The Dragon Nimbus: The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, and The Lonliest Magician The Glass Dragon: In a realm that has always been protected by its magicians, a kingdom whose ruler's life and power is inextricably linked with that of the dragons, a time of crisis has arrived. Someone is killing the dragons, and as their numbers diminish, magic is fading from the kingdom of Coronnan. The kingdom's unlikely saviors are a young wizard whose magic is completely unorthodox and an equally young witchwoman who has been befriended by the last of the dragons. The Perfect Princess: Though rogue magic has long been banned in Coronnan, the loss of dragon magic has opened the way for masters of these forbidden spells to wreak havoc on the kingdom. Only if Prince Darville can tame the forces of magic and rescue the spell-trapped princess who is fated to be his bride, does he have any chance to save crown, kingdom, and dragons. The Loneliest Magician: As war rages between the armies of Coronnan and SeLenicca, an equally desperate campaign is being fought between the Commune, which uses dragon magic, and the coven, which draws its power from an older, darker source. The only hope of saving Coronnan, the king, and the Commune lies in finding the dragons and bringing them back. A young orphan is being called by the dragons, lured with the promise of discovering his true identity. Can an untested youth venture into the heart of the enemy's stronghold and find the means to set the dragons free? Want more Dragon novels? Look for The Star Gods trilogy and the new Children of the Dragon Nimbus series!
The Elements of Monsters presents a flexible, simple, point-based system for building monsters based on Creature Parts. This new Creature Point Creation System allows greater flexibility and more options than traditional monster creation methods. You would need hundreds of Monster Collections and Templates to be able to build as many monsters as you can build with The Elements of Monsters system. The Elements of Monsters includes: A Complete Point-Based System for monster creation that includes pre-priced costs for all standard Monster Stats. Over 30 Never-Before-Seen Special Abilities for your monsters â only available in The Elements of Monsters. Pre-Constructed Packages including 17 Basic Monster Type Packages, 14 Basic Subtype Packages, 20 New Element Subtype Packages, 9 Alignment Subtype Packages, 38 Creature Part Component tables, and over 175 Sample Creature Parts.
The sequel to Through Wolf's Eyes and Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart Smart like a human. Smart like a wolf. Better yet, smart like both. With Through Wolf's Eyes and Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart, Jane Lindskold introduced us to young Firekeeper, one of the most appealing heroines in modern fantasy. Raised far from humans by smart, language-using wolves, then brought back to the court of Hawk Haven, Firekeeper has had to learn to cope with human society. And as it turns out, for one raised amidst intelligent social carnivores, the intrigues of the human pack aren't all that unfamiliar. Now Melina Shield, the beautiful, unscrupulous, and thoroughly discredited sorceress whose power-hungry intrigues have already made so much trouble for Firekeeper, is once again using her power to cloud men's minds. She has induced the ruler of New Kelvin to marry her. This is bad news all round. It's particularly bad news for Firekeeper. Melina has never abandoned her schemes to gain power through the use of forbidden ancient sorcery. And the leaders of the royal beasts who watch over this world have given Firekeeper -- and her intelligent wolf companion, Blind Seer -- the responsibility of stopping her. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
As chaos begins happening around the world a group of unlikely characters have joined together to find the missing Angel stones spread all over. As the angels in heaven try to prevent things from getting even worse in the world for two of their own are missing.
Everyone in the galaxy knows the legend of the Tigress, the mysterious striped-haired woman whose sole mission is to overthrow the tyrannical empire of the Dragon. Even Jaseff Terrod, a small-town mechanic from the backwater world of Orile Minor, is familiar with the story. But little does he realize he is about to become a major character in the Tigress's tale.When his homeworld is assaulted by the Dragon's forces, Jaseff and six year-old Adank Keppler are the lone survivors of the deadly attack, and they end up joining the Tigress's band of elite warriors. But Jaseff soon learns that nothing is what it seems in this galaxy-including the Tigress herself.Tightly written and full of surprising twists, The Legend of the Tigress delivers a thrilling tale of the continual battle between good and evil.
Some doors should never be opened. So when Emily steps through a doorway into another world, she never considers the consequences. For Emily Sutton, being thirteen years old is difficult enough. Now she has dragons to contend with. A world of mystery and adventure is waiting for her to explore. But she quickly discovers there is a reason for her being there, and that some dragons are not happy about it. With lies clouding the truth and danger around every corner, Emily must fight to save the dragon world and herself. The only problem is - who can she trust?
This brand-new omnibus is the third in a series collecting Irene Radford's acclaimed Dragon novels. Volume I includes the complete trilogy of The Dragon Nimbus: The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, and The Lonliest Magician Volume II includes the first two novels in The Dragon Nimbus History quartet: The Dragon's Touchstone and The Last Battlemage Volume III includes the last two novels in The Dragon Nimbus History quartet: The Renegade Dragon and The Wizard's Treasure The Renegade Dragon: Though the Great Wars of Disruption have ended, the kingdom of Coronnan faces new and equally dangerous crises: a Terran-based plague begins to spread through the outlying lands; the queen's father plots to introduce forbidden technology in exchange for the precious resources needed by his own people; and the head of the Commune of Magicians launches a campaign to gain control of all magical knowledge and power. The Wizard's Treasure: Journeymen magicians Marcus and Robb have been sent on a quest by Senior Magician Jaylor to find the missing dragons of Coronnan and bring them back to the kingdom. But their quest leads to a far different discovery: an ancient treasure trove, spell-protected to trap the unwary. As the two are caught by the treasure's spell, unable to aid Coronnan or themselves, other events are unfolding which may forever alter the course of Coronnan's destiny. Want more Dragon novels? Look for The Star Gods trilogy and the new Children of the Dragon Nimbus series! A letter from the author, Irene Radford: Welcome to the world where dragons are real and magic works. If you are new to the Dragon Nimbus, pull up a chair and join us as we revel in tales that have touched my heart more than anything else I've written under any pen name. If you are returning after an absence, I am very happy to have you back. This is a world that began with a Christmas gift of a blown-glass dragon. The dragon sat proudly on the knick-knack shelf for several months, loved and admired, reluctantly dusted, and totally inert. Then one night at dinner, my son remarked, "You know, Mom, I think dragons are born all dark, like that little pewter dragon, then they get more silvery as they grow up until they are as clear as glass." The dragon came to life for me. Out of that chance remark came first one book, then three, five, seven, and finally ten. I built a career on these books and loved every minute of the process. These characters still live in my mind many years after they jumped into their stories and dragged me along with them. Many thanks to DAW Books and my editor Sheila Gilbert for reviving The Dragon Nimbus a lucky thirteen years after they first debuted. With these omnibus volumes, you can read about the dragons with crystal fur that directs your eye elsewhere yet defies you to look anywhere else. Wonderful dragons full of wit and wisdom. Magic abounds. Magicians and mundanes alike learn about their world and special life lessons as they explore dragon lore past and present. The books will be presented in the order in which they were written, and the order that makes the most sense of the entwined tales. So, sit back and enjoy with me. And may reading take you soaring with Dragons.
New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green has another Secret History to reveal... Call me Drood, Eddie Drood. Some know me as Shaman Bond and most simply don’t want to know me at all. For centuries, my family has been keeping the things that lurk on the darker side of existence as far away as possible from humans like you, without you even knowing we’re there. Unfortunately for us, not everybody appreciates what we Droods do. Recently, I personally managed to survive yet another attempt on my life, but the rest of my relatives weren’t so lucky. My parents are missing in action. My grandfather has been murdered. And the future of my family lies in the iron grasp of the Lady Faire, an incredibly seductive, mysterious, and powerful being. She possesses an ancient object that can save them. I have to steal it from her. Easy enough to say, difficult—and very, very dangerous—to do...
Fourteen-year-old orphan Jack Morgan is hiding out. In a spaceship. Falsely accused of a crime, he pilots his Uncle Virgil's spaceship to a remote and uninhabited planet hoping to escape capture. When another ship crashes after a fierce battle, Jack rescues the sole survivor-- a K'da warrior names Draycos. It turns out Draycos can help Jack clear his name. All they have to do is team up. No problem, right? Until Jack learns that Draycos is not your average alien...in Timothy Zahn's Dragon and Thief. Ages 10 and up At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Fallen Dragon is a classic standalone novel by science fiction star, Peter F. Hamilton. Lawrence Newton always dreamed of adventure amongst the stars. Now the ultimate prize is within his grasp, but what will he risk to get it? Lawrence is the sergeant of a washed-out platoon, taking part in the bungled invasion of yet another human colony world. The giant corporations call such campaigns 'asset realization', but in practice it's simple piracy. When he's on the ground, being shot at and firebombed by resistance forces, he recalls stories of the Temple of the Fallen Dragon. Its priests supposedly guard a treasure hoard large enough to buy lifelong happiness. So Lawrence decides to mount a dangerous private-enterprise operation of his own.
“Thrilling and delightful!”—Pseudonymous Bosch, New York Times bestselling author The Navel Twins are at it again, for the fourth and final time! This time their travels take them to the North Pole where they are forced to sky dive, go dog sledding, get rescued by a man in a hot air balloon who looks vaguely like Santa, and finally find the long-lost Library of Alexandria. If they can get through that, they might have a fighting chance at finally going back to being couch potatoes. But that’s a tall order for the world’s most unenthusiastic siblings.
I never saw any regiment in such order, said Wellington before the Battle of Waterloo, it was the most complete and handsome military body I ever looked at. The object of the Duke's admiration was the 23rd Regiment of Foot the famous Royal Welch Fusiliers and this is their story during the tumultuous and bloody period of the wars with France between 1793 and 1815. Based on rare personal memoirs and correspondence and new research, this compelling book offers fresh insight into the evolution of the British Army. Scorned by even its own countrymen in 1793, it was transformed within a generation into a professional force that triumphed over the greatest general and army of the time. The men of the Royal Welch Fusiliers come alive as Graves tracks them across three continents, joining them in major battles and minor skirmishes, surviving shipwrecks and disease. We come to know such fighting men as the intrepid Drummer Richard Bentinck, the eccentric Major Jack Hill, and their beloved commander, Lt-Col. Harvey Ellis, who led his Fusiliers in some of the most famous actions only to fall at the greatest of them all Waterloo. This is a book that will appeal to all those interested in the Napoleonic wars, contemporary tactics and the meaning and the cost of courage.