'A hugely entertaining debut' John Gwynne 'Epic fantasy as it should be; big, bold and very addictive' Starburst 'A great romp in a brilliantly realised setting . . . I have lost sleep, forgotten food and made this the thing I pick up every moment I can get' SFFWorld A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic. Ruling families plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives, heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire. The Republic faces its darkest hour. Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise. Game of Thrones meets the Last Kingdom in Matthew Ward's Legacy of Ash - an unmissable epic fantasy debut of vicious intrigue, ancient magic and the eternal clash of empires. 'Incredible action scenes' Fantasy Hive 'Magnificent and epic' Grimdark magazine 'Rivals Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance. It's really good' Engadget The Legacy Trilogy Legacy of Ash Legacy of Steel Legacy of Light (August '21)
'Outstanding' Publishers Weekly (starred review) Warfare, myth and magic collide in Legacy of Steel, the spectacular sequel to Matthew Ward's acclaimed fantasy debut, Legacy of Ash. A year has passed since an unlikely alliance saved the Tressian Republic from fire and darkness - at great cost. Thousands perished, and Viktor Akadra - the Republic's champion - has disappeared. While the ruling council struggles to mend old wounds, other factions sense opportunity. The insidious Parliament of Crows schemes in the shadows, while to the east the Hadari Emperor gathers his armies. As turmoil spreads across the Republic, its ripples are felt in the realms of the divine. War is coming . . . and this time the gods themselves will take sides. Praise for the series: 'A hugely entertaining debut' John Gwynne 'Epic fantasy as it should be; big, bold and very addictive' Starburst 'Incredible action scenes' Fantasy Hive 'Magnificent and epic' Grimdark Magazine The Legacy Trilogy Legacy of Ash Legacy of Steel Legacy of Light
'Expertly wrought . . . a vigorous, bravura saga' Publishers Weekly (starred review) Warfare, myth and magic collide in Legacy of Light, the spectacular conclusion to Matthew Ward's acclaimed Legacy trilogy. For the first time in many years, the Tressian Republic and the Hadari Empire are at peace. But war never sleeps. In Tregard, Empress Melanna Saranal struggles to protect a throne won at great cost. In Tressia, Lord Protector Viktor Droshna pursues forbidden power to restore all he's lost. As the sins of the past are once more laid bare, every road leads to war. Darkness gathers, alliances shatter and one final battle looms. What hope remains, lies within the light. Praise for the series: 'Hugely entertaining' John Gwynne 'Epic fantasy as it should be; big, bold and very addictive' Starburst 'Incredible action scenes' Fantasy Hive 'Magnificent and epic' Grimdark Magazine The Legacy Trilogy Legacy of Ash Legacy of Steel Legacy of Light
As all our favorite stories...yes...even this tale must conclude. In this final epilogue, book ending the Evolution & the Legacy of Ash series, with its prequel, we find out how all our character's lives have changed throughout this adventure. There are still adventures to be had. Life isn't ending and the world will still spin. There is always just more work that needs to be done. Thankfully, we have finally put an end to any and all interference, or lasting damage the doc and others left in their wake. Worlds have come together and now we find out what they each can offer the other as benefits to their union. Did the gang ever train with Kyra...or Anna? What could Ash and the others offer Sarah and Kaleb's business since they too deal with the supernatural elements of life? These and many more questions will be asked and answered in this final farewell to some very interesting friends. This story will offer many things as did the others...yet there will be one final mystery to solve...and Erik has taken charge of that after finding questionable evidence in his own bathroom possibly belonging to one of only three people. Whom does this belong to? How will Erik solve this mystery? What other trouble can Ash stir up before he can solve that mystery? Don't worry...we'll cover the impromptu celebratory trip to Hawaii. Three unique worlds sharing neighboring beach houses...you weren't going to be left hanging! This is going to be so awesome! Enjoy! Agent Ashleigh Romacinov-Warner
I thought my life was crazy before...yeah...should have probably addressed that 'turned' thing before we closed at five today. The issue...no longer insignificant! I've been receiving weird messages at work and feeling as being followed for some time. I blew it all off at first...until some local incidents drew our focus back to the existence of more created 'turned' that aren't going away. I started sleepwalking again too and having this dream about a cave in a mountain where something is calling for help. We can't put any of it together ourselves. Unknown to us, our little world, was set on a path for collision...with worlds we never knew existed. "We knew about our world and the other realm." Erik's smiling face, telepathically breaking my inner monolog. I giggle. "Yes...I knew it was there, but never knew the people. Get out of my head so I can finish my thought." Anyway...our newest case warps our world even farther then it was twisted before. Discoveries from the other realm surface. And...I found out what spirit was calling me to the mountains...and why? Met some pretty cool people along the way. Really left me saying to myself, as I scratched my head. "How small is this town? Really?" Although that Native American lady didn't seem too happy with our presence at all. "And those guys...they had to be altered...no one is that huge without taking growth hormones or something. The one even made Thomas say 'DAMN'." "Erik...WE are the ones not average size for our species." "Wait...You said I was a 'stereotypical vampire'. I am also 'unaltered'." Erik scoffs. "Sweetie...I meant you're pretty, like a stereotypical vampire." "Oh sure...now you tell me size doesn't matter." We laugh hysterical hearing 'Dear God!' from Ray in our heads at Erik's comment. There's just too much to explain...so please...join us on our adventures to stay as close to home as possible, while still making ourselves useful of course. Biding our time until my little cousins arrive. Find out the answer to the craziest questions that arises from this...What happens when worlds collide? Individual beliefs systems are tested. All of this ends with one crazy chase to find a mermaid and a stunning selfie with Bigfoot. Trust me...had to be there! There is no way to adequately describe how messed up my world is...just buckle up...and enjoy the ride.
Evolution slow to start, Brendan is in a lurch after contacted to track some stolen artifacts meant to have been delivered to a fellow Hunter and Curator of a museum in Denmark. However, neither the items...nor actual caller...even exists. Not even originating in the same zip code. With the help of Ash, Legacy, and the agency...will Evolution ever get off the ground? Where will this lead the team? "We're a boring species, since we gave up the chase?" Brendan Parker Since you asked...on a wild-goose chase, where our cases always end up. This time...it's a foreign country, on another continent....and some significant property damage. All fixable. A new twisted historic backstory that only has part to do with the story but needed to be told anyway. Still fascinating. Or there's the ghost that keeps coming back. Eventually Erik will just run out of his own apartment. Aww...the baggage girlfriends bring when they move in. Good stuff! Lots of changes with Evolution and Legacy. It's hard making a significant change, when you're not even really welcome in your own world. But you always get by with a little help from your friends. Or an excessive amounts of help as we always seem to require. And there's the ghost that likes to hang out in your bed eavesdropping on your conversation with your boyfriend because he misses interaction. "Oh no. I expect a full scale ambush if she coaxes me outside or they trap us in here and destroy the place." Agent Ash "Wow Nancy...sure sounding negative today." Erik, the Man (Find out why around page 54...just saying)
With training now complete and everyone back home...Erik and I are finally catching up with our new relationship status, beyond just roomies as before. Oh, there's some laundry in there too. We have avoided potential war, chased dragon tails, got smack with red herrings, and finally passed all that...we managed to solve the case. Or did we? It wasn't long before Erik interrupted 'happy Ashleigh fun-time' by answering the stupid phone. With the raise of a brow, we were now on to the next case. "Well we did have to shower first. Tee! Hee!" "Erik...right in the middle of something here. Outta my head please." Ok...so some children were kidnapped during a home invasion at the property of a coven not far from us. Cool...our first official mission as full Agents. Not cool...dad's hotel reservation in the rotten part of town near one of the many tourist hotspots in Belize. So...I pulled an 'Ash' and fixed it. Turning this into a work/vacation of our dreams. Talia and I managed to bring our mothers, Erik's parents, and heck we even got the Commander to stop by and set for a spell. Our little reunion was nearly cut short by strange occurrences, mainly involving me. I had been deeply affected by dark magic someone was trying to use on me to interfere with this case. However, we couldn't figure out "who" or 'why'. So instead of enjoying the sun and the sand...everyone got involved in the work. (Except the 'mom squad'...they were still on vacation...and have the shopping bags to prove it.) The strangest connection was how deeply tied to our training case this really was. Someone dropped the ball on the first case...so I still apparently was needed dead...and there had been a plan in place all along to do just that. Although, that crazy doc and Madame Chairman both deceases...so who was finishing this off? Or trying to finish me off anyway. After much tedious research, not nearly as bad as at training; we were back to chasing tails, finding information that in no way applied to our circumstances, there was some fun in there too, and then we solved the case. We even managed to endure the most unexpected love connection between Uncle Kenny and our former dorm czar Ms. Desmond...whom we've come to know and love at Katerina. Leading to a surprise ending that still chokes me up just to think off.
Images of the past, ghosts of moments long ago buried deep inside, come back with a vengeance to taunt the team!Memories are what has always propelled the Collaborate forward making good from the bad of others, fixing the wrongs of the few for the many. Ignoring the pain of these same memories to help the helpless now causes the Collaborate to be nearly helpless itself. "This didn't start with you, nor will it end with you."The phrase that has haunted the Collaborate for decades."A sun will rise."Something the team has heard repeatedly over the last several months.Is there relevance and meaning to them? Or are these prophecies from ancients long extinct?With Ash being kidnapped by unknown assailants from her house surrounded by family and friends, how does the team react?Does Ash being taken effect how fast and far Relic loses all hope? Or can he rise to the occasion and step into his missing mothers place in effort to get her back?Is Ash able to help herself get away from her anonymous kidnappers? Or do they have her for good?With help from old friends, new friends and allies from around the world...how extreme does the group get to ensure they get Ash back, if they can?What is the cost to the Collaborate, the world, the New Realm to expel the darkness, forever? Is it even possible?Is the Collaborate ever able to live completely free to enjoy the fruits of their hard labor and sacrifices? Or does that cost equal Ash's freedom?I hope you enjoyed this jam packed and exciting adventure with the children of Kyra & Samuel (The Immortal Chronicles of Queen Kyra), Sarah & Kaleb (In The Woods), and the infamous Ash & Erik (Evolution & The Legacy of Ash Series).
An outcast mage caught between two warring empires must either save the world or destroy everything she loves in the second novel of "an unforgettable epic fantasy" trilogy (Publishers Weekly). Sal the Cacophony -- outlaw, outcast, outnumbered -- destroys all that she loves. Her lover lost and cities burned in her wake, all she has left is her magical gun and her all-consuming quest for revenge against those who stole her power and took the sky from her. When the roguish agent of a mysterious patron offers her the chance to participate in a heist to steal an incredible power from the famed airship fleet, the Ten Arrows, she finds a new purpose. But a plot to save the world by bringing down empires swiftly escalates into a conspiracy of magic and vengeance that threatens to burn everything to ash, including herself. For more from Sam Sykes, check out: The Grave of Empires:Seven Blades in BlackTen Arrows of Iron Bring Down Heaven:The City Stained RedThe Mortal TallyGod's Last Breath The Affinity for Steel Trilogy:Tome of the UndergatesBlack HaloThe Skybound Sea
Genre, Nationalism and Desire in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Author: Bianca Tredennick
Category: Literary Criticism
Proposing the concept of transformation as a key to understanding the Victorian period, this collection explores the protean ways in which the nineteenth century conceived of, responded to, and created change. The volume focuses on literature, particularly issues related to genre, nationalism, and desire. For example, the essays suggest that changes in the novel's form correspond with shifting notions of human nature in Victor Hugo's Notre-Dame de Paris; technical forms such as the villanelle and chant royal are crucial bridges between Victorian and Modernist poetics; Victorian theater moves from privileging the text to valuing the spectacles that characterized much of Victorian staging; Carlyle's Past and Present is a rallying cry for replacing the static and fractured language of the past with a national language deep in shared meaning; Dante Gabriel Rossetti posits unachieved desire as the means of rescuing the subject from the institutional forces that threaten to close down and subsume him; and the return of Adelaide Anne Procter's fallen nun to the convent in "A Legend of Provence" can be read as signaling a more modern definition of gender and sexuality that allows for the possibility of transgressive desire within society. The collection concludes with an essay that shows neo-Victorian authors like John Fowles and A. S. Byatt contending with the Victorian preoccupations with gender and sexuality.
Recent years have brought public mourning to the heart of American politics, as exemplified by the spread and power of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has gained force through its identification of pervasive social injustices with individual losses. The deaths of Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, and so many others have brought private grief into the public sphere. The rhetoric and iconography of mourning has been noteworthy in Black Lives Matter protests, but David W. McIvor believes that we have paid too little attention to the nature of social mourning—its relationship to private grief, its practices, and its pathologies and democratic possibilities. In Mourning in America, McIvor addresses significant and urgent questions about how citizens can mourn traumatic events and enduring injustices in their communities. McIvor offers a framework for analyzing the politics of mourning, drawing from psychoanalysis, Greek tragedy, and scholarly discourses on truth and reconciliation. Mourning in America connects these literatures to ongoing activism surrounding racial injustice, and it contextualizes Black Lives Matter in the broader politics of grief and recognition. McIvor also examines recent, grassroots-organized truth and reconciliation processes such as the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2004–2006), which provided a public examination of the Greensboro Massacre of 1979—a deadly incident involving local members of the Communist Workers Party and the Ku Klux Klan.
Taren Chem, once a noble hero of the Miriai Empire, has fallen into irrelevancy. When an old acquaintance asks the retired knight for help hunting a fugitive across the ruins of a shattered empire, Taren jumps at the chance to relive the glory of his youth.As the knights begin their hunt, others move about the wastes. Prisoners and guards. Captives and prey. Old wars were fought in the Aesillian Wastes, wars of sorcery and elemental doom, and it is a doom that lingers still.For Ceprium Past, an escaped inmate of an imperial prison, the wastes bring more than darkness. Despite being hunted by three imperial knights, Ceprium searches for an end to the memories that plague his dreams, and a way to kill an immortal goddess.At the heart of this doomed hunt is the Dead Goddess, Tesc. The goddess needs a champion, and while Ceprium Past has proven his will is strong, Taren Chem and the knights of Mirias Deil will not give up their prey so easily.***'Grim Drifts' is a novella set in the world of Calus Rukan. It is a stand-alone story featuring new places and new characters, expanding on the Legacy of Ash.
With shocking revelations that made headlines in papers across the country, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Tim Weiner gets at the truth behind the CIA and uncovers here why nearly every CIA Director has left the agency in worse shape than when he found it; and how these profound failures jeopardize our national security.
About From Legacy to the Evolution of The Relic Records(An Evolution & Legacy of Ash Spin-off Series)Meet...The son of Ash! Find out exactly what happened after they left that rooftop. In the intriguing prequel, Relic introduces his friends...his family...and his parents. Meet the girl he tricked his family into helping him track down and pour his heart out to on that rooftop. Or was it her that found him?What is the world like now? How are relations still with both realms? What would happen if the utopia his parents and friends worked tirelessly to join for decades...collapses?The real question is...How did they pin it on Relic? Enjoy the captivating adventure of a few old friends and many new...the next generation's story soon will unfold. Find out how the end of one tale grows up to begin on his own. Does he have a dark sinister story to tell? Or is this just a saga of unrequited love...how an honors student got a new rap sheet...pages of incorrigible supernatural young adult bad acts and general debauchery...OR....Are these only simple public records and transcripts of what happened when a boy can't stop his mom from shooting people in the face for wasting her time? Who would hold a grudge this long?Whom is she going to shoot for ever accusing her son in the first place or has she mellowed in time? Doubtful! Did Relic truly have any part in our world one day crumbling? More importantly...did he get that girl from that rooftop?Find out more about the team and their upcoming always insane missions...wait I mean adventures of course...in the new seriesThe Relic Records!
"Maxwell's Environmental Health takes a unique approach to presenting Environmental Health. Rather than organizing topics around the traditional regulatory fields (air and water pollution, hazardous wastes, radiation, etc.), this book is structured around the choices we make as individuals and societies that result in environmental health hazards. Hence the subtitle: "How We Live in the World"--
My week started fairly average. New term at school. Looking forward to 'girl's night out' this weekend. Had to cover an orientation for prospective students on campus. All relatively normal stuff...right? That is how my life had run for really close to two whole decades now. Ok, I wasn't entirely human. However, to my non-supernatural friends I was just extremely paranoid about melanoma, so I habitually abuse sun protection products...that's not weird. I could have possibly fit the physical stereotype for a supernatural in this realm...but in miniature form. I was not tall, leggy, or sexy in my opinion. I was short, had no ability to maintain any weight so a stiff wind could knock me down, my hair lacked luster and was such an off shade of blond it would never be bottled on a store shelf. I am terrified of needles, I am horribly self-conscious and insecure (whether in my abilities or just about my lack of height), and I am a slight bit of a germ-a-phoebe. None of which a vampire would ever be concerned with...ok that might be weird. Funny as it sounds...That is just the short list of my problems. I found out in a blink the entire world could go bat-crap crazy and what used to be significant before...easily forgotten the first time you shoot someone when you, as the world, happen to go bat-crap crazy! Yeah...my weekend...didn't go as the normal 'girl's night out' should have. I did meet the very stereotypical heartthrob vampire who in fact swept me off my feet saving me from a most devastating demise. His payment...I change his entire existence as well. I even drug his friends and my family along...because I am just that awesome of a gal! I hope you enjoy my hilarious and sarcasm filled recount of just how bad the world can twist on you in a second when you get too comfortable. Taking what you hold dear and true, spiraling you through both time and space into a near alternate reality, and yet your feet never left the patch of dirt you stand. Well we left for a few weeks, but that was quick trip to Area 51. It was a fruitful trip though! Learned a bunch of stuff...a history lesson or two...and why you shouldn't shoot someone during an interrogation because they are so much more difficult to question after. I also figure out how to make a giant list of issues back into a small manageable list when you're surrounded by people that accept and love you no matter how messed up you really are.
New York Times bestselling author Sarah Rees Brennan brings the Lynburn Legacy—her modern, magical twist on the Gothic romance and girl-detective genres—to a surprising and satisfying conclusion. Perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series. Who will be the sacrifice? Kami is linked to two boys. One through a strong magical bond, and the other through unforgettable love. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town. Working with her friends, Kami uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most. As coauthor with Cassandra Clare of the bestselling Bane Chronicles, Sarah Rees Brennan has mastered the art of the page-turner. A strong example of diversity in YA, the Lynburn Legacy not only introduces Kami Glass, a half-Japanese teen, but also includes an LGBTQ romance as one of the subplots. “A sparkling fantasy that will make you laugh and break your heart.” —Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author “A darkly funny, deliciously thrilling Gothic.” —Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author “Readers will laugh, shiver, and maybe even swoon over this modern Gothic novel.” —Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author “Breathtaking—a compulsive, rocketing read.” —Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author “Captures the reader with true magic.”—Esther Friesner, author of Deception’s Princess “A laugh-out-loud delight.” —Publishers Weekly
The award-winning author returns to her “wonderfully imaginative”* world of Heart Fire and Heart Fortune for an all-new Celta novel about a young woman’s destiny, and the one man whose love could be her downfall. After the death of GrandLord Yew years ago, the Yews withdrew to their self-sustaining estate and disappeared from Celtan society. The current head of the household is believed to be eighteen-year-old Loridana. To find out, Draeg Blackthorn has been sent to the estate to spy, undercover as a stableman for the stridebeasts—beautiful creatures that hold a place in Lori’s heart no member of her family ever could. Bullied by her family, Lori has decided to abandon her bloodline and live on her own with her true family—her animals. When Draeg discovers she’s rejecting her heritage, he’s appalled. He’s come to love the land as much as the woman, even spinning small fantasies of marrying Lori and becoming Lord and Lady of the manor. Draeg wants her to stay and fight her elders. For Lori, it’s an alternative that could render her absolutely powerless to pursue her own destiny, and drive her further away from her perfect dreams and the man she loves, Draeg. *Romance Junkies