A new queen has usurped the throne and is leading Cenaria into disaster. The country has become a broken realm with a threadbare army, little food, and no hope. Kylar Stern plans to reinstate his closest friend Logan as King, but can he really get away with murder? In the north, the Godking’s death has thrown Khalidor into civil war. To gain the upper hand, one faction attempts to raise the goddess Khali herself. But they are playing with volatile powers, and trigger conflict on a vast scale. Seven armies will converge to save – or destroy – an entire continent. Kylar has finally learnt the bitter cost of immortality, and is faced with a task only he can complete. To save his friends, and perhaps his enemies, he must assassinate a goddess. Failure will doom the south. Success will cost him everything he’s ever loved.
Christopher Paolini - Eragon (angol)
When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...
Brent Weeks - Shadow's Edge
Kylar has rejected the assassin's life. In the wake of the Godking's violent coup, both his master and his closest friend are dead. His friend was Logan Gyre, heir to Cenaria's throne, but few of the ruling class survive to mourn his loss. So Kylar is starting over: new city, new companions, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might be alive, trapped and in hiding, Kylar faces an impossible choice. He could give up the way of shadows forever, and find peace with his young family. Or Kylar could succumb to his flair for destruction, the years of training, to save his friend and his country - and lose all he holds precious.
George R. R. Martin - A Clash of Kings
The second novel of Martin's titanic Song of Ice and Fire saga (A Game of Thrones, 1996) begins with Princess Arya Stark fleeing her dead father's capital of King's Landing, disguised as a boy. It ends with the princess, now known as Weasel, having led the liberation of the accursed castle of Harrenhal. In between, her actions map the further course of a truly epic fantasy set in a world bedecked with 8000 years of history, beset by an imminent winter that will last 10 years and bedazzled by swords and spells wielded to devastating effect by the scrupulous and unscrupulous alike. Standout characters besides Arya include Queen Cersei, so lacking in morals that she becomes almost pitiable; the queen's brother, the relentlessly ingenious dwarf Tyrion Lannister; and Arya's brother, Prince Brandon, crippled except when he runs with the wolves in his dreams. The novel is notable particularly for the lived-in quality of its world, created through abundant detail that dramatically increases narrative length even as it aids suspension of disbelief; for the comparatively modest role of magic (although with one ambitious young woman raising a trio of dragons, that may change in future volumes); and for its magnificent action-filled climax, an amphibious assault on King's Landing, now ruled by the evil Queen Cersei. Martin may not rival Tolkien or Robert Jordan, but he ranks with such accomplished medievalists of fantasy as Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson. Here, he provides a banquet for fantasy lovers with large appetites?and this is only the second course of a repast with no end in sight. Author tour.
Erin Morgenstern - The Night Circus
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
Christopher Paolini - Eldest
Darkness falls... Despair abounds... Evil reigns... Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now, Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life...
Hiro Mashima - Fairy Tail 1.
THE WICKED SIDE OF WIZARDRY Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates le by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu’s not your typical hero – he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?
Malinda Lo - Huntress
Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn't shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people's survival hangs in the balance. To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls' destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever. The exciting adventure prequel to Malinda Lo's highly acclaimed novel Ash is overflowing with lush Chinese influences and details inspired by the I Ching, and is filled with action and romance.
Rachel Hartman - Seraphina (angol)
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life. In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.
Hiro Mashima - Fairy Tail 2.
THE BOOK OF SECRETS Beautiful celestial wizard Lucy has teamed up with the crazy fire wizard Natsu and his bizarre flying cat, Happy. Their job: to steal a book from the notorious Duke Everlue. But the eccentric Everlue has killed wizards before, and Lucy’s team is walking right into his death trap!
Hiro Mashima - Fairy Tail 3.
MUSICAL MURDERS In the third volume of Fairy Tail, the evil members of the Dark Guild Eisenwald have found a cursed flute that can murder anyone who hears its music – and now they’ve taken over a midtown train station with a very loud public address system. Only Natsu and his crazy friends (including a flying cat) can stop them! Includes special extras after the story!
Karen Chance - Embrace the Night
"Recently named the world’s chief clairvoyant, Cassandra Palmer still has a thorn in her side. As long as Cassie and a certain master vampire—the sizzling-hot Mircea—are magically bound to each other, her life will never be her own … The spell that binds them can only be broken with an incantation found in the Codex Merlini, an ancient grimoire. The Codex’s location has been lost in the present day, so Cassie will have to seek it out in the only place it can still be found—the past. But Cassie soon realizes the Codex has been lost for a reason. The book is rumored to contain some seriously dangerous spells, and retrieving it may help Cassie to deal with Mircea, but it could also endanger the world…"
George R. R. Martin - Kardok vihara
Ritkán született még olyan történet, amely annyira rabul ejtené egy egész nemzedék képzeletét és szívét, olyan lebilincselő mese, mint George R. R. Martin hatalmas fantasy-sorozata. A Trónok harcában megismertünk egy ősi királyságot, amelyet könyörtelen férfiak és nők hatalomvágya marcangolt. A Királyok csatájában kiéhezett ragadozóként söpört végig a birodalmon a háború, a mágia és az őrület. Most pedig, ahogy a hatalomért folytatott embertelen küzdelem viharos tetőpontjához közeledik, a megtépázott és megosztott királyság kénytelen szembenézni legszörnyűbb ellenségével, egy ellenséggel, amely a síron túlról érkezik... A hatalomért versengő öt király közül egy halott, egy pedig meggyengült, a harcok mégis változatlan hevességgel tombolnak. Szövetségek születnek és hullanak szét. A Vastrónuson a Lannister-házból való Joffrey, a Hét Királyság ingatag uralkodója ül. Legengesztelhetetlenebb ellenfele, a legyőzött és megalázott Lord Stannis egy féltékeny boszorkány hálójába keveredett. Északot azonban még mindig az ifjú Robb Stark kormányozza Zúgó várából. Robb haditervet készít megvetett ellenségei, a Lannisterek ellen nem törődve azzal, hogy a húgát túszként tartják fogva Királyvárban, a Vastrónus fővárosában. A száműzött Daenerys királynő, a világ utolsó három sárkányának úrnője eközben egy távoli földrész véráztatta vidékein kel át. A pusztító dinasztiaháború dögletes, halált hozó bűzében Daenerys szövetségeseket keres és erőt gyűjt a Királyvár elleni támadáshoz, amellyel visszanyerheti a meggyőződése szerint törvényesen őt illető koronát. Ahogy a szembenálló erők a végső, gigászi összecsapásra készülnek, a civilizáció peremén barbár horda tűnik fel, amelynek célja a Hét Királyság leigázása. Rajtuk kívül azonban megjelenik a mesebeli Mások előőrse is, a feltámasztott élőhalottak természetfeletti, megállíthatatlan hadserege is. A világ jövője egy hajszálon függ, és senki sem adja fel végső győzelemre törő küldetését, míg a Hét Királyságban ki nem robban a kardok csillapíthatatlan vihara...
Brent Weeks - Az árnyak útján
Durzo Blint számára az orgyilkosság művészet, és ő a város legelismertebb művésze. Azoth számára kétes a túlélés. Valami olyasmi, amit senki sem garantál. Utcagyerekként nő fel a nyomornegyedben, és megtanulja gyorsan felmérni az embereket. Ahogy megtanul vállalni bizonyos kockázatokat is. Olyan kockázatokat, mint Durzo Blint tanítványának állni. De hogy felfogadja őt, Azothnak hátat kell fordítania régi életének, és elfogadnia új személyiségét és nevét. Nem Azoth többé. Kylar Sternként meg kell tanulnia az orgyilkosok világának veszélyes politikáját és a különös varázslatokat - és kifejleszti a halálhoz való érzékét. _"Lenyűgözött elejétől a végéig. Felejthetetlen szereplők, egy összeesküvés, amely folytonos találgatásra késztetett, folyamatos akció, és olyan mély mesemondás, amely miatt imádni tudom egy szerző munkáját."_ _TERRY BROOKS, New York Times bestseller író_
Christopher Paolini - Eragon
2003 őszén a New York Times sikerlistáján nagy szenzációt keltve az élre tört egy amerikai kamasz fiú fantasyregénye, amelyért azóta versengenek a világ könyvkiadói. Miről szól a regény? Az árván maradt, apjáról mit sem tudó Eragont nagybátyja neveli egy eldugott faluban. A tizenöt éves fiú (éppen ennyi volt a szerző is, amikor elkezdte írni a könyvet) egy éjszaka, vadászat közben tükörsimára csiszolt, rejtélyes kék követ talál, amely utóbb sárkánytojásnak bizonyul, és egy kék sárkány kel ki belőle. Ezzel Eragon élete egy csapásra megváltozik. Mint a sárkány gazdája, a Lovasok rendjébe emelkedik. A legendás Sárkánylovasok előző nemzedéke elpusztult a gonosz és rettentő mágusi hatalommal bíró Galbatorix király elleni harcban. Most az egyszerű falusi sihederre hárul a feladat, hogy megszabadítsa országát a kegyetlen zsarnokságtól. Segítője Saphira, a nőnemű sárkány, akivel gondolatátvitel útján kommunikál, és Brom, a rejtélyes öregember, a múlt titkainak tudója, aki a varázsláshoz is ért. Hosszú út áll előtte, tele izgalmakkal és felfedezésekkel – egy olyan világban, amelyet Tolkien könyveiből ismerhetünk, de amely friss életre támad, új vonásokkal gyarapodik, és egy szeretni való fiatal hőssel ajándékoz meg bennünket a kitűnő kamasz, Christopher Paolini könyvében.
Karen Chance - Claimed by Shadow
"A recent legacy made Cassandra Palmer heir to the title of Pythia, the world's chief clairvoyant. It's a position that usually comes with years of training, but Cassie's circumstances are a little...unusual. Now she's stuck with a whopping amount of power that every vamp, fey, and mage in town wants to either monopolize or eradicate-and that she herself doesn't dare use. What's more, she's just discovered that a certain arrogant master vampire has a geis on her-a magical claim that warns off any would-be suitors, and might also explain the rather ... intense attraction between them. But Cassie's had it with being jerked around, and anyone who tries it from now on is going to find out that she makes a very bad enemy..."
Karen Marie Moning - Darkfever
MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens. When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death - a cryptic message on Mac's cell phone - Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister's killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed - a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae…. As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister's death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane - an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women - closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac's true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book - because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….
Karen Chance - The Day of the Dead
"The Day of the Dead" features Tomas, a character from the Cassandra Palmer novels, who was last seen cooling his heels in Faerie. He’ll show up again in the series, but what about in the meantime? What does a powerful, four-hundred-year-old vampire with a serious grudge against his old mass murdering master to do when he suddenly finds himself with too much time on his hands? Hang around Faerie, where there’s nothing to eat (Fey blood=nasty) just because our intrepid heroine parked him there? Uh, no. Not so much. Because Tomas is obsessed, and has been for pretty much his whole existence, with one thing: taking out Alejandro, the aforementioned murdering bastard. In “The Day of the Dead,” he slips back into our world to confront his nemesis, only to find unexpected help in the form of a band of magical mercenaries. Think the A-Team with spells and potions instead of (well, actually in addition to) guns and knives and things that go boom. It makes for a lot of mayhem down Mexico way. "The Day of the Dead" is a short story connected to the New York Times bestselling Cassandra Palmer series of urban fantasy novels. It was first published in the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance (2008) and is now being offered as a free ebook. It features Tomas, a character from Touch the Dark (2006), the first Cassandra Palmer novel.
George R. R. Martin - A Game of Thrones
In a world where the approaching winter will last four decades, kings and queens, knights and renegades struggle for control of a throne. Some fight with sword and mace, others with magic and poison. Beyond the Wall to the north, meanwhile, the Others are preparing their army of the dead to march south as the warmth of summer drains from the land. After more than a decade devoted primarily to TV and screen work, Martin (The Armageddon Rag, 1983) makes a triumphant return to high fantasy with this extraordinarily rich new novel, the first of a trilogy. Although conventional in form, the book stands out from similar work by Eddings, Brooks and others by virtue of its superbly developed characters, accomplished prose and sheer bloody-mindedness. Although the romance of chivalry is central to the culture of the Seven Kingdoms, and tournaments, derring-do and handsome knights abound, these trappings merely give cover to dangerous men and women who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. When Lord Stark of Winterfell, an honest man, comes south to act as the King's chief councilor, no amount of heroism or good intentions can keep the realm under control. It is fascinating to watch Martin's characters mature and grow, particularly Stark's children, who stand at the center of the book. Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes, including Hugos, Nebulas, Locus Awards and a Bram Stoker. He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least. Major ad/promo.
P. C. Cast - Kristin Cast - Awakened
At the start of Awakened, the pulse-pounding eighth installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey has returned, mostly whole, from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey—or her relationship with her super- hot Warrior, Stark—ever be the same? Stevie Rae is drawn even closer to Rephaim, the Raven Mocker with whom she shares a mysterious and powerful Imprint, but he is a dangerous secret that isolates her from her school, her red fledglings, and even her best friends. When the dark threat of Neferet—who is coming closer and closer to achieving her twisted goal of immortality—and Kalona returns, what will it take to keep the House of Night from being lost forever, and what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?