An enthralling debut perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone set in an ancient North African-inspired fantasy world where two sisters must fight to the death to win the crown. Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of blood and marrow--a dark and terrible magick that hasn't been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina's long and dark shadow, Eva must now face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne--because in the Queendom of Myre only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive. When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye--and it isn't just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turn to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa's death or her own. A River of Royal Blood is an enthralling debut set in a lush, ancient North African inspired fantasy world that subtly but powerfully challenges our notions of power, history, and identity.
In this stunning work of historical fiction, LR Penn has concocted a breathtaking epic adventure that begins in 1890 in a small Zulu village in South Africa but spans three centuries and two continents. It is also a personal memoir that tells the story of a family torn apart by a racist totalitarian regime. The book examines a series of powerful conflicts: the cultural clash between ancient ethnic traditions and encroaching Western values; the political battle between the underground resistance movement and the repressive military strength of a modern nation state; and stirring personal conflicts, as illustrated by the impossibly difficult choices that the novel's heroes are forced to make - between the quest for liberation and the pursuit of love, between a family's security and a people's freedom. Diamonds on a River of Tears presents an in depth portrait of day-to-day life in a society altogether out of balance, playfully juxtaposing its comic absurdities and tragic injustices, but ultimately handing down a moral indictment that all of contemporary civilization will have to face.
In this sequel to A River of Royal Blood, Eva and Isa must find a way to work together if they want to save their kingdom in the thrilling conclusion to this royal fantasy duology. Now on the run, Eva is desperate for answers about her transformation and her true heritage. Along with Aketo, a small contingent of guards, and the sister she could not kill, Eva flees Ternain in hopes of finding friends and allies to the north--not to mention Baccha--to help her decide what to do next. Princess Isa is a difficult, unremorseful captive, and Eva knows better than to trust her sister, but she wants to. Despite their history, Eva is convinced that to survive the growing unrest in the queendom, she and her sister must make peace. Since the Entwining ceremony, Eva's and Isa's lives have been bonded, and each can only die by the other's hand. This perhaps provides an opening for a truce and a more hopeful future for both the sisters and the queendom, if only Isa would see reason and give up the battle for the throne. With the two princesses on the run, the Queendom of Myre is on the brink of a revolution. And without Baccha to guide and train her magick, Eva must find a way not only to survive her own metamorphosis, but to unite all the people of Myre, including her sister, by finally taking the Ivory Throne.
A continuation of the story from Book 1 "DIRE ENCOUNTERS - Man Meets Wolf - TOME 1". This is the second book of the series. Kahn, the youthful, bold, brash, and driven deposed prince of the Gamma Dire Wolf Pack seeks to regain his status within the pack but uncertain how. After surviving and discovering the plot to Eliminate him by his father, he struggles with his mind on exactly how to regain dominance and pack Ultimately overthrow his father for the status of Alpha of the pack. Kahn is not one to mix words or actions. His approach has always put directly and to the point; Usually with a certain degree of anger, violence, and revenge. He must decide Which direction his soul must take to get what he wants. With his loyal protectorate and only friend Simeon, huh Decides if it's the right approach or one with more consideration ... something Simeon tries instilling in him. Either path leads to uncertainty and lifelong Consequences. There is a light and dark side to us all in regards to our thoughts and actions. There is also a touch of gray; all of it Influenced by what we experience, know, And taught. The path to redemption is long and hard. Will the negative influences from Kahn's old Gamma pack direct his actions or the teachings of his wise and considerate protectorate, Simeon? What is Alden's influence in this process? What's to Become of him? What are the wolves influences on him, and vice versa? Alden has his own demons to sort out. His final destination is uncertain as well. What's to Become of Alden's mammalian allies, Shasta, Condo, and the wolves? This book reveals all. This book has put a pleasure to write, Such That It Became too large for just one book. It is in two volumes, with a third Considered, depending on public interest. Dire Encounters is a fiction and a work or result of my fascination with extinct megafauna of the Ice Age, admiration for the American Native Indian and my general fascination with life sciences in general. Dire Encounters has taken me seven years to write, edit, compose, illustrate, and finally publish. I hope this book inspires, entertains, educates, and moves you as it did me while writing it. This was my goal for the reader, though I started writing for Entirely different Reasons. This book is much about me as it is the characters in it and a dream of mine ... That now share digitally on virtual paper with you. The journey within the plot is filled with Christian themes as I am a Christian above all else. Try and discover the hidden meaning, words, places, names, and numbers than have references to the Bible, Christianity, and God. May the Great Spirt Bless you. Most of all Enjoy!
At his chivalrous, rakish best in a story of mistaken identity, kidnapping, and old-world romance, Richard Chandos takes us on a romp through Europe in the company of a host of unforgettable characters. This fine thriller can be read alone or as part of a series with 'Blind Corner', 'An Eye For a Tooth', 'Fire Below' and 'Perishable Goods'.
Imagine you're a young, beautiful, educated American woman visiting London for her "year abroad." Imagine you're living in the twilight of the Victorian Era; a time of steam-punk miracles, from elegant dirigibles to spring-powered motorcycles. Imagine, as well, that you're a newly-minted vampire. Meet Paulette Monot, whose European adventure goes awry after she's recruited by Sherlock Holmes, financier Cecil Rhodes, and actress Lady Ellen Terry (what better disguise for London's vampiric ruler than that of an ageless theatrical beauty?). This meeting sends Paulette to Africa, to Matabele-land, where she seduces the famous hunter-naturalist Frederick Selous; negotiates with Lobengula, king of the Matabele and sole obstacle to Rhodes' dreams of conquest; discovers two tribes of African vampires (whom she must recruit into the war against the Matabele king); and plays a pivotal role in the Battle of Shangani River, which lays the groundwork for Lobengula's fall and the establishment of the nation of Rhodesia. Over the course of these adventures Paulette learns much about the ways of the world; and discovers that there is more monstrousness in humanity than in the storied creatures it fears, and more dishonestly in civilization than in the crudest of African societies. It is a vampire story, a steam-punk tale, an (occasionally) erotic romance, and an historical novel in one. Thoroughly accurate in its descriptions of the period in which it takes place, it uses the language of Victorian fiction in an otherworldly narrative of adventure, passion, and a distinctly vampiric coming of age.