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Neuropath

R. Scott Bakker

Tom's life is not what it once was. His marriage to the beautiful Nora is on the rocks and he now sees his two young children only on her say-so. His best friend Neil has moved to California to teach neurology. He has one success - a book on human psychology. Tom wiles away the time trying to teach bored grad students. But that all changes when Neil comes back into his life. For it seems that Tom's best friend was working for the National Security Agency, cracking the minds of suspected terrorists. Now it is Neil himself who has cracked and gone AWOL - what's more, he has left behind evidence that he has been employing his unique skills on civilians - obsessed with the idea that he can control the human brain.

Thus begins a terrifying sequence of events as Neil starts to kidnap and mutilate people with a connection to Tom. He damages their brains and then releases them - often leaving them mad. But only when he gets near his ultimate target does he reveal the full horror of his plan . . .

The Coffin Path

Katherine Clements

Maybe you've heard tales about Scarcross Hall, the house on the old coffin path that winds from village to moor top. They say there's something up here, something evil.

Mercy Booth isn't afraid. The moors and Scarcross are her home and lifeblood. But, beneath her certainty, small things are beginning to trouble her. Three ancient coins missing from her father's study, the shadowy figure out by the gatepost, an unshakeable sense that someone is watching.

When a stranger appears seeking work, Mercy reluctantly takes him in. As their stories entwine, this man will change everything. She just can't see it yet.

Warpath

Tony Daniel

In the far future the bulk of humanity has spread to the stars - only to discover that the American Indians got there first!

Long before Columbus, a tribe of Mississippi Indians discovered the metaphysical Effect that makes space travel possible and paddled their birchbark canoes to distant worlds light-years from Earth. Now an interstellar Indian nation, armed with spears and guided missiles, comes into conflict with colonists from a technological civilization so advanced that even their homes and newspapers possess artificial intelligences. History seems poised to repeat itself, but on a galactic scale.

Will James is a reporter on the icy planet Candle. He is also a five hundred year old transmission from Earth's distant past. Reborn into a future that amazes him, Will is torn between his ties to the settlers, his friendship with an Indian Wanderer, and his feelings for a strange young woman who may not be entirely human. But, in the end, he may be the only person who stands between the universe and an endless... Warpath.

Combining stunning science fiction concepts with powerful human drama, Warpath is an engrossing novel of extraordinary richness.

Carpathia

Matt Forbeck

It's Titanic meets 30 Days of Night.

When the desperate survivors of the Titanic were rescued from the icy waters of the North Atlantic by the passenger steamship Carpathia, they thought their problems were over.

But something was sleeping in the darkest recesses of the rescue ship. Something old. Something hungry.

The lucky ones wished they'd gone down with the ship.

The Sympathy

Eric Gregory

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed, April 2012.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

Paths to Otherwhere

James P. Hogan

In the early 21st century, the nations of the world have realigned themselves into new power blocs. The centers of new totalitarian empires are China and Japan, both bent on world domination. Unable to learn from the mistakes of the past, they are bound to repeat them in a new war that will make all earlier ones seem tame. Nor can the United States and Europe - both of which have become police states in their own right as a result of unending conflict with totalitarians - permit either Japan or China to win an outright victory, because for both sides the ultimate goal is the annihilation of the oppressor races of the West.

But in this nightmare world without a future, there may yet be a way out, thanks to quantum mechanics, a secret mechanism that dwells in the heart of human DNA, and a handful of dedicated scientists. A top-secret U.S. government program is initiated, involving a strange realm of physics uncovered following new insights to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. Those in charge of the project care only for the political power the discovery might bring.

But a small maverick group of scientists work secretly on their own in pursuit of a vision they have glimpsed, a vision of a universe staggeringly more vast than anything previously imagined, made up of worlds where history takes every course conceivable, where the wars of the 20th century were fought with curiously different outcomes... And even a world where they never happen at all.

The Atonement Path

Alexander C. Irvine

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed, August 2018.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

The Dead Path

Stephen M. Irwin

A haunting visage peering out from the trees sends Nicholas Close tumbling from his motorcycle - setting in motion a series of terrible events that leave him a widower surrounded by startling hallucinations. He see ghosts. They don't say a word but they are seemingly forced to repeat their final, harrowing moments in an endless loop before his eyes.

Fearing for his sanity, and with nowhere else to go, Nicholas returns to his childhood home. Tallong is a sleepy suburb filled with an eccentric cast of characters and a host of memories from his past... all leading to the overgrown woods on Carmichael Road. As Nicholas attempts to reconnect with his estranged family, he becomes entangled in a disturbing series of disappearances and murders. He is now both a police suspect and the target of a malignant force that draws him to an old secret waiting in the heart of the woods.

To stop Tallong's violent history from repeating itself, Nicholas will have to face his greatest fears and discover what lies at the end of the path.

Pathways

Nancy Kress

This novelette originally appeared in the anthology Twelve Tomorrows (2013), edited by Stephen Cass, and was reprinted in Clarkesworld, Issue 117, June 2016. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection (2014), edited by Gardner Dozois. The story is included in the collection The Best of Nancy Kress (2015).

Read the full story for free at Clarkesworld.

The Pathways of Desire

Ursula K. Le Guin

Nebula Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in the anthology New Dimensions Science Fiction Number 9 (1979), edited by Robert Silverberg. The story can also be found in the anthology The Night Fantastic (1991), edited by Poul and Karen Anderson and collections The Compass Rose (1982) and The Wind's Twelve Quarters & The Compass Rose (2015).

Path of Needles

Alison Littlewood

Some fairy tales are born of dreams... and some are born of nightmares. A murderer is on the loose, but the gruesome way in which the bodies are being posed has the police at a loss. Until, on a hunch, Alice Hyland, an expert in fairyt ales is called in. And it is Alice who finds the connection between the body of Chrissie Farrell and an obscure Italian version of Snow White. Then, when a second body is found, Alice is dragged further into the investigation - until she herself becomes a suspect. Now Alice must fight, not just to prove her innocence, but to protect herself: because it's looking like she might well be next.

The Shadowed Path: A Jonmarc Vanhanian Collection

Gail Z. Martin

NOTHING AHEAD BUT VENGEANCE - NOTHING BEHIND BUT BLOOD

Soldier. Fight slave. Smuggler. Warrior. Brigand Lord. You may have encountered Jonmarc Vahanian in the Chronicles of the Necromancer but you don't really know him until you walk in his footsteps. This is the start of his epic journey.

A blacksmith's son in a small fishing village before raiders killed his amily, Jonmarc was wounded and left for dead in the attack. He tried to rebuild his life, but when a dangerous bargain with a shadowy stranger went wrong, he found himself on the run.

Gail Z. Martin returns to the world of her internationally best-selling books with these thrilling ales of adventure and high fantasy, collected together here for the very first time.

The Dragon Path: Collected Tales of Kenneth Morris

Kenneth Morris

This collection contains nearly 40 stories, many of them published under pseudonyms--the majority of which have never been reprinted--by one of the greatest fantasy writers of the century. Morris had three books published before his death in 1937. His sole collection of stories, The Secret Mountain & Other Tales, was published only in England. His final novel, The Chalchiuhite Dragon, was discovered and published only recently.

The Path Beyond the Stars

Emil Petaja

The man from outer space. Who was Jon Wood? Jon himself did not know. He was a space orphan, found as an infant abandoned in the outer galaxy.

He grew up an Earthling, with only his mysterious psychic powers to set him apart - until the strange and beautiful creature named Venus Trine gasped out his true identity... and his fearful mission.

Now he knew. And the non-stop adventure and danger began - as Jon hunted and was hunted by the monstrous being, Trog, juggling time and space, leaping the stars and the centuries. For Jon alone could stand up to this evil beyond man's wildest imaginings...

Project Empathy

Dominica Phetteplace

Sturgeon Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, March 2016. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017, edited by Rich Horton.

Sympathy for the Devil

Tim Pratt

The Devil is known by many names: Serpent, Tempter, Beast, Adversary, Wanderer, Dragon, Rebel. His traps and machinations are the stuff of legends. His faces are legion. No matter what face the devil wears, Sympathy for the Devil has them all. Edited by Tim Pratt, Sympathy for the Devil collects the best Satanic short stories by Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Stephen King, Kage Baker, Charles Stross, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Kelly Link, China Mieville, Michael Chabon, and many others, revealing His Grand Infernal Majesty, in all his forms. Thirty-five stories, from classics to the cutting edge, exploring the many sides of Satan, Lucifer, the Lord of the Flies, the Father of Lies, the Prince of the Powers of the Air and Darkness, the First of the Fallen... and a Man of Wealth and Taste. Sit down and spend a little time with the Devil.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Tim Pratt
  • The Price - (1997) - short story by Neil Gaiman
  • Beluthahatchie - (1997) - short story by Andy Duncan
  • Ash City Stomp - (2003) - short story by Richard Butner
  • Ten for the Devil - (1998) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • A Reversal of Fortune - (2007) - short story by Holly Black
  • Young Goodman Brown - (1835) - short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Man in the Black Suit - (1994) - short story by Stephen King
  • The Power of Speech - (1974) - short story by Natalie Babbitt
  • The Redemption of Silky Bill - (1994) - short fiction by Sarah Zettel
  • Sold to Satan - (1923) - short story by Mark Twain
  • MetaPhysics - (2007) - short fiction by Elizabeth M. Glover
  • Snowball's Chance - (2005) - short story by Charles Stross
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement - (2001) - short fiction by Scott Westerfeld
  • Like Riding a Bike - (1999) - short story by Jan Wildt
  • Bible Stories for Adults, No. 31: The Covenant - (1989) - short story by James Morrow
  • And the Deep Blue Sea - (2005) - short story by Elizabeth Bear
  • The Goat Cutter - (2003) - short story by Jay Lake
  • On the Road to New Egypt - (1995) - short story by Jeffrey Ford
  • That Hell-Bound Train - (1958) - short story by Robert Bloch
  • The God of Dark Laughter - (2001) - short story by Michael Chabon
  • The King of the Djinn - (2008) - short story by David Ackert and Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • Summon Bind Banish - (2007) - short story by Nick Mamatas
  • The Bottle Imp - (1891) - novelette by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Two Old Men - (2000) - short story by Kage Baker
  • ... With By Good Intentions - (2006) - short story by Carrie Richerson
  • Nine Sundays in a Row - (2008) - short story by Kris Dikeman
  • Lull - (2002) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • We Can Get Them for You Wholesale - (1989) - short story by Neil Gaiman
  • Details - (2002) - short story by China Miéville
  • The Devil Disinvests - (2000) - short story by Scott Bradfield
  • Faustfeathers - (1992) - novelette by John Kessel
  • The Professor's Teddy Bear - (1948) - short story by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Heidelberg Cylinder - (2000) - novella by Jonathan Carroll
  • Mike's Place - (2008) - short fiction by David J. Schwartz
  • Thus I Refute Beelzy - (1940) - short story by John Collier
  • Inferno: Canto XXXIV - poem by Dante Alighieri

Telempath

Spider Robinson

The novel's protagonist, Isham Stone, is on a mission to kill the man allegedly responsible for the destruction of civilization: a scientist named Wendell Carlson, currently living alone at the former Columbia University in what used to be New York City.

Isham has been told by his father, scientist Jacob Stone, that Carlson is a madman who brought the world to its current state by releasing a "hyperosmic plague: a virus that increases the sensitivity of the human sense of smell by many hundred times. With their senses of smell thus heightened, humans were unable to tolerate the odors produced by their own pollution-producing technology; the result was mass insanity and widespread rioting.

Another result was the discovery of a species of "Muskys" -- intelligent plasmoids -- that live in the Earth's upper atmosphere and feed on human pollutants. The curtailment of technological activity has caused them to approach the planet's surface and attack human beings, on whose fear they are apparently able to feed.

Isham sets out for New York and succeeds in locating Carlson. He learns from Carlson, however, that the man actually responsible for developing and releasing the plague is Isham's father Jacob. Isham returns to his home colony and sets a trap to kill his father, then returns to New York.

The original novella By Any Other Name ends at this point. The novel continues as Isham's old teacher, Collaci, sets out to bring him back from New York to face a murder charge.

Isham is successfully captured, but before he can be tried, his colony is attacked by Agros (anti-technology worshippers of Pan) and he is taken prisoner.

Eventually Isham manages to bring about a measure of peace between the scientists and the neo-Luddites -- and also learns that his father is not dead. The newly reconciled factions of humanity set out to rebuild civilization.

The Path of Thorns

Angela Slatter

Asher Todd comes to live with the mysterious Morwood family as a governess to their children. Asher knows little about being a governess but she is skilled in botany and herbcraft, and perhaps more than that. And she has secrets of her own, dark and terrible -- and Morwood is a house that eats secrets.

With a monstrous revenge in mind, Asher plans to make it choke. However, she becomes fond of her charges, of the people of the Tarn, and she begins to wonder if she will be able to execute her plan -- and who will suffer most if she does. But as the ghosts of her past become harder to control, Asher realises she has no choice.

The Path of Unreason

George O. Smith

The Mind Stealers

They told Jim Carroll that he had been the most brilliant physicist in the world. But he didn't remember that--or anything else. His memory had been totally wiped out.

Carroll accepted the explanation that it had been strain or overwork--until he saw top-secret papers being stolen openly, and abductions that nobody seemed to notice... or even believe when he reported them.

Something was clouding men's minds--something that had blotted his own memory. No human had that power. So...

He had got that far in his reasoning... then the aliens kidnapped him!

Jesus and the Eightfold Path

Lavie Tidhar

Three wise men came from the East for the infant Jesus in The New Testament. Three brave companions accompany the Buddha in the Chinese classic A Journey to the West.

Could they have been the same three?

Guided by a star, three strange companions arrive in the barbarous land of Judea to seek a newborn child--a possible messiah to some, and the reincarnation of the Budda to others. When the child's life is threatened, his family and new guardians escape to Egypt, returning years later, to a Jewish land on the cusp of annihilation by the Roman Empire.

Once a general in the Judean army, now a Roman agent, Josephus Flavius is sent by Caesar back to his home land to observe and report on the actions of the troubling young man now preaching sedition in the Galilee--a boy with the unsettling powers of kung-fu...

Their lives would collide in a cataclysmic confrontation between Romans and Jews, between empire and rebels--and change the world forever...

Straying From the Path

Carrie Vaughn

Flee the familiar, embrace the unexpected, treat yourself to this unique collection of stories impossible to classify.

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Vaughn, has selected ten of her personal favorite tales and reveals how they came about.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (2012) - essay by Jay Lake
  • This Is the Highest Step in the World - (2004)
  • Peace in Our Time - (2004)
  • Silence Before Starlight - (2001)
  • The Happiest Place - (2009)
  • Swing Time - (2007)
  • The Librarian's Daughter - (2002)
  • The Bravest of Us Touched the Sky - (2004)
  • The Heroic Death of Lieutenant Michkov - (2002)
  • Real City - (2006)
  • In Time - (2001)

The Communipaths / The Noblest Experiment in the Galaxy

Suzette Haden Elgin
Louis Trimble

The Communipaths

Which was the true path - loyalty to self or service to the stars?

The Noblest Experiment in the Galaxy

The problem of the invincible weapon and its invisible hijackers.

Path of the Fury

Alicia DeVries: Book 1

David Weber

VENGEANCE IS A DISH BEST SERVED HOT

Imperial Intelligence couldn't find them, the Imperial Fleet couldn't catch them, and local defenses couldn't stop them. It seemed the planet-wrecking pirates were invincible. But the pirates made a big mistake when they raided ex-commando leader Alicia DeVries' quiet home world, tortured and murdered her family, and then left her for dead.

Since the Imperial forces seem hog-tied, Alicia decides to turn "pirate" herself, and steals a cutting-edge AI ship from the Empire to start her vendetta. Her fellow veterans think she's crazy, the Imperial Fleet has shoot-on-sight orders. And of course the pirates want her dead, too. But Alicia DeVries has two allies nobody knows about, allies as implacable as she is: a self-aware computer, and a creature from the mists of Old Earth's most ancient legends. And this trio of furies won't rest until vengeance is served.

Path of Glory

Battletech: Book 49

Randall N. Bills

When the Nova Cat Clan is forced to ally with the Inner Sphere it forces two MechWarriors from different worlds into a precarious friendship. For Zane and Yoshio, the line between ally and enemy will be drawn in blood...

Necropath

Bengal Station Trilogy: Book 1

Eric Brown

Science fiction meets crime noir, as Jeff Vaughan, jaded telepath, employed by the spaceport authorities on Bengal Station, discovers a sinister cult that worships a mysterious alien god. We follow Vaughan as he attempts to solve the murders and save himself from the psichopath out to kill him. This is Eric Brown's triumphant return to hard SF.

Xenopath

Bengal Station Trilogy: Book 2

Eric Brown

Working for a telepathic detective agency, Vaughan investigates a series of murders linked to the colony world of Mallory, and the slaughter of innocent aliens there by a colonial organization.

Cosmopath

Bengal Station Trilogy: Book 3

Eric Brown

Having been sent to Canopus VII to find out what happened to a lost crew, Necropath Jeff Vaughan finds himself drawn into a deepening mystery not only as to the fate of the crew but also the intentions of his benefactor.

The Weavers of Saramyr

Braided Path: Book 1

Chris Wooding

This is the story of the ancient empire of Saramyr--an empire that rules over a land overwhelmed by evil. The evil comes from within the empire's center: the Weavers, a sect of male magicians close to the throne, intent on killing any child born with magical powers. But now the Empress has given birth to just such a child... and a revolution is brewing.

The Skein of Lament

Braided Path: Book 2

Chris Wooding

The Weavers' grip on Saramyr's rulers has grown ever more powerful, and all the while, the blight they have brought grows harsher. The land is slipping into civil war. In the mounting chaos, Kaiku and the orphaned heir-Empress must fight for their destiny and their survival, as Saramyr succumbs to the twisting of the Weave and the unknowable ambitions of the secretive Weavers.

The Ascendancy Veil

Braided Path: Book 3

Chris Wooding

The war that is destroying the ancient Empire of Saramyr is reaching its apocalyptic conclusion. The Weavers have stepped from the shadows and seized control, the capital is a haunted nightmare, and the land is ridden by pestilence. Terrifying demons, immune to all but magic, have been unleashed on the cities and the armies of the resistance movement. And the Aberrant hordes are seemingly without end. As the final madness of the Weavers takes hold, their tactics become ever more crazed and bloody, with thousands dying on both sides. Someone must stop the Weavers, someone must discover what lies at the bottom of the cavernous pits that they have dug across Saramyr.

The Path of the Eclipse

Count of Saint-Germain: Book 4

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

The willow bends and does not break, but the wind that blows from the west has a name...and that name is Khan--Jenghiz Khan. It is to the north of ancient China where lies the greatest danger and no one is safe, especially foreigners.

The man known to the Chinese people as Shih Ghieh-Man faces the greatest danger. He is an enigma--a man of strength with no perceivable vices. To survive the coming storm, he allies himself with the beautiful T'en Chih-Yu, a woman warrior desperate to save her people from the Mongol horde.

But the man who offers his help has another, older name-and a terrible secret. For he is the Count St. Germain... and the greatest gift he can bestow can be bought with blood... or death.

Path of the Dark Eldar

Dark Eldar Path

Andy Chambers

Omnibus edition collecting together the Path of the Dark Eldar trilogy

For millennia, Asdrubael Vect has ruled the dark city of Commorragh, crushing any who dare to cross him. His reach is long and his position unassailable... or so he thinks. A cabal of rebellious archons, allied with other darker forces, seek to unseat the tyrant and rule the city in his stead. But as their actions bring about a cataclysm and draw the attention of the mysterious Harlequins, they are cast into grave danger... and Vect is watching.

Path of the Renegade

Dark Eldar Path: Book 1

Andy Chambers

The first book featuring the Dark Eldar from Warhammer 40,000

In the hidden city of the dark eldar, a crisis is coming. An ambitious archon and a twisted haemonculus unite to challenge the city's rulers, and Commoragh will burn in their wake.

For millennia, Asdrubael Vect has ruled the dark city of Commorragh, crushing any who dare to cross him. His reach is long and his position unassailable... or so he thinks. Yllithian, an ambitious archon with the desire to unseat the tyrant, joins forces with a twisted haemonculus in an attempt to revive a long-dead warrior and challenge the might of the overlord, both racing to achieve their goal before Vect discovers their treachery. But a cataclysm is coming, and Yllithian's actions may in fact be the cause...

Path of the Incubus

Dark Eldar Path: Book 2

Andy Chambers

Second novel in the Dark Eldar Path series

The eternal city of Commorragh has been cast into turmoil by the Dysjunction, a cataclysmic disturbance in the very fabric of its existence. As the streets are inundated with horrors from beyond the veil the supreme overlord, Asdrubael Vect, battles to keep his enemies in check and maintain his stranglehold over the riven city. Kabal turns upon kabal, archon against archon as the fires of hell are unleashed. Redemption for Commorragh rests in the hands of a disgraced incubus warrior wrongly accused of triggering the Dysjunction itself. His efforts to reclaim his lost honour could save the city or damn it forever--assuming it can survive the daemonic invasion and the archons' deadly battles for supremacy.

Path of the Archon

Dark Eldar Path: Book 3

Andy Chambers

Final novel in the Dark Eldar Path trilogy

The eternal city of Commorragh is no longer beset by the horrors of the Dysjunction, but the scars of its passage remain. Now the supreme overlord, Asdrubael Vect, strives to reassert his authority over the anarchic city before hidden challengers can make their bid for power. The noble Yllithian frantically seeks new allies to put between himself and the overlord's wrath, the Mandrake kings muster and Vect prepares to unleash his most fearsome weapons against his own people as Commorragh erupts into open war.

Thorn

Dauntless Path: Book 1

Intisar Khanani

Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life, but when her mother betroths her to a powerful prince in a distant kingdom, she has little hope for a better future.

Until Alyrra arrives at her new kingdom, where a mysterious sorceress robs her of both her identity and her role as princess--and Alyrra seizes on the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But as Alyrra uncovers dangerous secrets about her new world, including a threat to the prince himself, she knows she can't remain silent forever. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds, and ultimately must decide who she is and what she stands for.

Originally self-published as an ebook and now brought to life with completely revised text, Thorn also features an additional short story set in-world, The Bone Knife.

The Dark Path

Doctor Who Virgin Missing Adventures: Book 32

David A. McIntee

"He's one of my own people, Victoria, and he's hunting me."

Darkheart: a faded neutron star surrounded by dead planets. But there is life on one of these icy rocks -- the last enclave of the Earth Empire, frozen in the image of another time. As the rest of the galaxy enjoys the fruits of the fledgling Federation, these isolated imperials, bound to obey a forgotten ideal, harbour a dark obsession.

The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive to find that the Federation has at last come to reintegrate this lost colony, whether they like it or not. But all is not well in the Federation camp: relations and allegiances are changing. The fierce Veltrochni -- angered by the murder of their kinsmen -- have an entirely different agenda. And someone else is manipulating the mission for his own mysterious reasons -- another time traveller, a suave and assured master of his work.

The Doctor must uncover the terrible secret which brought the Empire to this desolate sector, and find the source of the strange power maintaining their society. But can a Time Lord, facing the ultimate temptation, control his own desires?

A Path to Coldness of Heart

Dread Empire: Sequels: Book 3

Glen Cook

At long last, the conclusion to Glen Cook's Dread Empire saga has arrived! King Bragi Ragnarson is a prisoner, shamed, nameless, and held captive by Lord Shih-kaa and the Empress Mist at the heart of the Dread Empire.

Far away in Kavelin, Bragia's queen and what remains of his army seek to find and free their king, hampered by the loss or desertion of their best and brightest warriors. Kavelina's spymaster, Michael Trebilcock, is missing in action, as is loyal soldier Aral Dantice. Meanwhile, Dane, Duke of Greyfells, seeks to seize the rule of Kavelin and place the kingdom in his pocket, beginning a new line of succession through Bragia's queen, Dane's cousin Inger. And in the highest peaks of the Dragona's Teeth, in the ancient castle Fangdred, the sorcerer called Varthlokkur uses his arts to spy on the world at large, observing the puppet strings that control kings and empires alike, waiting... For the time of the wrath of kings is almost at hand, and vengeance lies along a path to coldness of heart.

Unsympathetic Magic

Esther Diamond: Book 3

Laura Resnick

From the award-winning author of Doppelgangster comes the newest novel in the popular Esther Diamond series

Acting jobs don't grow on fire escapes, so struggling actress Esther Diamond is outraged when her guest role as a hooker on controversial TV drama The Dirty Thirty is jeopardized by zombies, angry spirits, and a voodoo curse. But will Esther's courage backfire and end up leading her to become a human sacrifice on the altar of the sinister supernatural powers that are taking over New York City?

Tales from the Fathomless Abyss

Fathomless Abyss: Book 1

Philip Athans

Combine six of the finest fantasy authors working in the genre today: Mike Resnick & Brad R. Torgersen, Jay Lake, Mel Odom, J.M. McDermott, and Cat Rambo, and mix in veteran editor and New York Times best-selling author Philip Athans, and what comes out is the Fathomless Abyss: a wild new fantasy world where the laws of physics only work against you, there's no way out, and time means nothing.

This is the world of the Fathomless Abyss, a bottomless pit that opens who-knows-when onto who-knows-where, just long enough for new people from a thousand different worlds and a million different times to fall in and join the fight for survival in a place where the slightest misstep means an everlasting fall into eternity.

Tales from the Fathomless Abyss features six new short stories, and it's only the beginning. From here, each author will branch out to spin a series of new books sharing this impossible, explosive, infinite setting.

Your fall into the Fathomless Abyss begins here.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: At Play in the Fields of Wonder - essay by Ken Scholes
  • The Lioness of God, Daughter of the Peaceful - shortfiction by Philip Athans
  • It's Mine - shortfiction by J. M. McDermott
  • The Gatherer - shortfiction by Mel Odom
  • The Ascent - shortfiction by Brad R. Torgersen and Mike Resnick
  • A Querulous Flute of Bone - shortfiction by Cat Rambo
  • That Which Rises Ever Upward - shortstory by Jay Lake
  • About the Authors (Tales from the Fathomless Abyss) - essay by uncredited

Baldur's Gate

Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate: Book 1

Philip Athans

Bhaal must be stopped!

Someone is sabotaging the iron mines of the Sword Coast, pushing powerful realms toward a bloody war, and a young mercenary toward an unimaginable secret.

Evil gods, giant spiders, murderous doppelgangers, flesh-eating ghouls, and wicked Zhentarim come to life in the action-packed novelization of the Baldur's Gate computer game form BioWare and Interplay.

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn

Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate: Book 2

Philip Athans

Bhaal is dead!

But his disciples want to bring him back. The blood of the god of murder runs through his children, and bad blood attracts bad people.

Shadow thieves, vampires, ninjas, and rockworms run rampant on the Sword Coast in the action-packed novelization of the Baldur's Gate II computer game from BioWare and Interplay.

The Halls of Stormweather

Forgotten Realms: Sembia

Philip Athans

The Greatest Fantasy Setting of Our Generations Begins Here

Sembia is a land of wealth and power, where rival families buy and sell everything imaginable - even life itself.

In that unforgiving realm, the Uskevren family may hold the rarest commodity of all: honor.

But even they have their secrets, and at least as many enemies.

This anthology of seven stories introduces not just one realm of good and evil, not just one family of troubled heroes, but the whole of the remarkable Forgotten Realms world. Their adventure, and yours, begins here.

Featuring Forgotten Realms creator Ed Greenwood and The New York Times best-selling authors Lisa Smedman and Paul S. Kemp. Also featuring Clayton Emery, Dave Gross, Voronica Whitney-Robinson, and Richard Lee Byers.

Contents:

  • The Patriarch: The Burning Chalice by Ed Greenwood
  • The Matriarch: Song of Chaos by Richard Lee Byers
  • The Heir: Night School by Clayton Emery
  • The Daughter: The Price by Voronica Whitney-Robinson
  • The Second Son: Thirty Days by Dave Gross
  • The Butler: Resurrection by Paul S. Kemp
  • The Maid: Skin Deep by Lisa Smedman

The Silent Blade

Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt 4: Paths of Darkness: Book 1

R. A. Salvatore

Can the Crystal Shard be destroyed at last?

Drizzt is determined to destroy the evil Crystal Shard, and seeks out the help of the scholar-priest Cadderly. But instead, his worst fears are realized, and Crenshinibon falls into the hands of the dark elf mercenary Jarlaxle and his unlikely ally Artemis Entreri.

The Silent Blade is the book that brought Drizzt back to the Realms, and was a New York Times best seller on its initial release--and has been in print every day since. Like the rest of the Legend of Drizzt(R) reissues, The Silent Blade features beautiful new cover art by award-winning illustrator Todd Lockwood.

The Spine of the World

Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt 4: Paths of Darkness: Book 2

R. A. Salvatore

Join the world's most famous drow elf in the penultimate chapter of the Legend of Drizzt series!

Spending time in the unimaginable torture chambers of the Abyss for even a day would be enough to break even the heartiest soul, and the barbarian Wulfgar was there for years. When he returns, his friends find him a changed man, and not changed for the better. But Wulfgar's road to redemption is one he must travel on his own, even if it leads to the bottle.

Sea of Swords

Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt 4: Paths of Darkness: Book 3

R. A. Salvatore

The Legend of Drizzt comes to an end... for now!

The mighty warhammer Aegis-fang has found its way into the hands of the wicked pirate captain Sheila Kree, and Wulfgar is hot on her trail. When Drizzt and his companions leave Mithral Hall in search of Wulfgar, they find themselves on the trail of the warhammer as well, a trail that will lead them to a startling reunion, and the last battle for the heart and soul of Wulfgar.

Realms of the Deep: The Threat from the Sea

Forgotten Realms: The Threat From The Sea: Book 4

Philip Athans

When armies of evil rise up from the seas around Faerûn, no one is safe.

A young mage battles at the side of Khelben Arunsun to defend the city of Waterdeep.

A merman struggles to fulfill his desperate mission to reach the Sea of Fallen Stars.

Twelve all new stories by such Forgotten Realms stars as Mel Odom, Ed Greenwood, Elaine Cunningham, Troy Denning, Lynn Abbey, and Clayton Emery.

Table of Contents:

  • Hard Choices - novelette by Lynn Abbey
  • Fire is Fire - novelette by Elaine Cunningham
  • Messenger to Serôs - novelette by Peter Archer
  • The Place Where Guards Snore at Their Posts - novelette by Ed Greenwood
  • Lost Cause - novelette by Richard Lee Byers
  • Forged in Fire - novelette by Clayton Emery
  • One Who Swims with Sekolah - novelette by Mel Odom
  • The Crystal Reef - novelette by Troy Denning
  • The Patrol - novelette by Larry Hobbs
  • Star of Tethyr - novelette by Thomas M. Reid
  • Persana's Blade - novelette by Steven E. Schend
  • And the Dark Tide Rises - novelette by Keith Francis Strohm
  • The Calendar of Harptos - essay by Philip Athans

Whisper of Waves

Forgotten Realms: The Watercourse Trilogy: Book 1

Philip Athans

The Wizard - Pleged to the Red Wizards of Thay from boyhood, he will do anything for anyone who can give him more power. In a twisted dimension outside the walls of time and space, he plots and plans.

The Senator - A genasi, he has fought his way up from the gutter and will never go back. Amid the tangled streets of Innarlith, he mixes ambition with thoughts of vengeance.

The Man - A master builder, he walks the coast of Faerûn, and the waves whisper to him of a mighty work, a task worthy of his talents.

Lies of Light

Forgotten Realms: The Watercourse Trilogy: Book 2

Philip Athans

Philip Athans, the New York times best-selling author of Annihilation, continues the epic saga begun in Whisper of Waves of a man consumed by his obsession and driven by an overwhelming vision of what might be.

The Wizard Furthering the plots of the Red Wizards of Thay while spinning his own webs, he works in the shadows, manipulating the highest reaches of power.

The Woman Tormented by the ghosts of the past and her own passions, she walks the fine line between sanity and madness, and her obsession may destroy the one thing she loves most.

The Man A visionary who cares nothing for the petty squabbling of those in power, his one desire is to accomplish his greatest work.

Scream of Stone

Forgotten Realms: The Watercourse Trilogy: Book 3

Philip Athans

The finale of the acclaimed Watercourse Trilogy from The New York Times best-selling author Philip Athans!

When the true mission of the Thayan Enclave is revealed, the richest man in Innarlith decides he wants to be the most powerful too, a once promising young man is transformed into a twisted undead assassin, and a quiet genius finally makes his stand, the explosive fury of decades of boiling rage explodes from the heart of a city at war with itself.

Annihilation

Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen: Book 5

Philip Athans

For enemies of the drow, it would be the ultimate triumph. If the City of Spiders were to find itself buried by the uncaring sands of eternity, thousands would dance upon its grave, including more powerful enemies than even its most suspicious inhabitants have ever imagined. But Gromph Baenre, Archmage of Menzoberranzan, will not let that happen. When the time comes, he will risk everything to save a city and a civilization he loves more than any drow would ever admit.

While Menzoberranzan fights for survival, a dwindling company of would-be saviors travels the multiverse in search of a godddess who could be dead, or could have simply turned away from them. They might just survive the trip, but can they possibly survive the Demonweb Pits?

The fifth novel in an epic six-part series from the fertile imaginations of R.A. Salvatore and a select group of the newest, most exciting authors in the genre. Join them as they reveal the blackest hearts of Faerûn and send them to the deepest of hells.

The Path

Highlander: Book 5

Rebecca Neason

In The Path, Scottish warrior Duncan McLeod meets the current Dalai Lama after having departed Tibet in 1781. He has to know whether the Dalai Lama remembers him or not.

The Paths of the Dead

Khaavren Romances: Book 3

Steven Brust

Two hundred years after Adron's Disaster, in which Dragaera City was accidentally reduced to an ocean of chaos by an experiment in wizardry gone wrong, the Empire isn't what it used to be. Deprived at a single blow of their Emperor, of the Orb that is the focus of the Empire's power, of their capital city with its Impe-rial bureaucracy, and of a great many of their late fellow citizens, the surviving Dragaerans have been limping through a long Interregnum, bereft even of the simple magic and sorcery they were accustomed to use in everyday life.

Now the descendants and successors of the great ad-venturers Khaavren, Pel, Aerich, and Tazendra are growing up in this seemingly diminished world, convinced, like their elders, that the age of adventures is over and nothing interesting will ever happen to them. They are, of course, wrong.

For even deprived of magic, Dragaerans fight, plot, and conspire as they breathe, and so do their still-powerful gods. The enemies of the Empire prowl at its edges, in-scrutable doings are up at Dzur Mountain... and, unexpectedly, a surviving Phoenix Heir, young Zerika, is discovered -- setting off a chain of swashbuckling events that will remake the world yet again.

Pathfinder

Major Ariane Kedros: Book 3

Laura E. Reeve

Wars may end. But vengeance is forever.

Reserve Major Ariane Kedros needs a shot at redemption-and the mysterious aliens known as the Minoans need an extraordinary human pilot with a rejuv-stimulated metabolism like Ariane for a dangerous expedition to a distant solar system. But there's a catch. The Minoans have to implant their technology in Ariane's body, and it might not be removable. Ariane is willing, but as she begins the perilous journey, there is an old enemy hiding within the exploration team who is determined to see them fail...

The Heavenward Path

Mitsuko: Book 2

Kara Dalkey

Mitsuko is being haunted by ghosts and bad luck. An angry spirit commands her to keep a forgotten promise and assigns her a series of impossible tasks. She turns to the mischievous shape-shifter Goranu for help. Together they journey through a landscape of Japanese myths and legends made real. This sequel to Little Sister is a mythical tale of adventure and star-crossed love set in twelfth-century Japan.

Path of Night

Night Beast: Book 1

Dirk Flinthart

Michael Devlin is the first of a new breed. The way things are going, he may also be the last.

Being infected with an unknown disease is bad. Waking up on a slab in a morgue wearing nothing but a toe-tag is worse, even if it comes with a strange array of new abilities.

Medical student Michael Devlin is in trouble. With his flatmates murdered and an international cabal of legendary man-monsters on his trail, Devlin's got nowhere to hide. His only allies are a hot-tempered Sydney cop and a mysterious monster-hunter who may be setting Devlin up for the kill. If he's going to survive, Devlin will have to embrace his new powers and confront his hunters. But can he hold onto his humanity when he walks the Path of Night?

Spiral Path: A Tale of Ritual Magic

Night Calls: Book 3

Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

The world is woven of secrets.

I was born with lightning in one hand and mercy in the other, but what I need is the pattern to my tapestry of power.

Danger drove me from the primeval American wilderness to Windward Academy, where the Wizard of Manhattan offers me one last chance to learn magical control. Windward--where every word, every breath is a test. Every lesson can be deadly. And every challenge can explode out of the schoolroom and into the realms of demons.

Sometimes a shadow is so dark it arrives before the sun.

Path of Smoke

Parallel Parks: Book 2

Bailey Cunningham

The company of heroes has thwarted the plan of the power-hungry basilissa to conquer Anfractus, but not without a cost. Andrew's character, Roldan, died, leaving him cut off from the mystical realm without any memory of its existence. If the others reveal the park's magical nature to Andrew, his banishment will become permanent. So they must hide their nighttime adventures--and hope that his memory returns.

Pursued by the basilissa's forces, the rest of the group keeps a low profile in Anfractus until they uncover an unholy alliance between their enemy and the silenoi, satyrlike creatures who hunt humans--an alliance that threatens to cross the barrier into the real world.

And while his friends struggle to prevent an invasion in both worlds, Andrew receives a visitor determined to restore his memory of Anfractus by leading him down a very dark path...

Path of Fate

Path: Book 1

Diana Pharaoh Francis

In the land of Kodu Riik, it is an honor to be selected by the Lady to become an ahalad-kaaslane -- to have your soul bonded with one of Her blessed animals, and roam the land serving Her will. But Riesil refuses to bow to fate -- a decision that may have repercussions across the realm...

Path of Honor

Path: Book 2

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Two years after Reisil's arrival, Kodu Riik is decimated by plague and famine. And now a race of sorcerers is trying to take over. Reisil's power is feared by the nobility, others wish to exploit her, and her fellow ahalad-kaaslane begin to doubt her loyalty, as her healing magic fails to stem the rising plague. But Reisil will discover that although she has lost her power to heal, she now possesses a surging new ability-to destroy.

Path of Blood

Path: Book 3

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Chaos reigns in the realm of Kodu Riik. Plague continues to ravage its populace. Armies of the power-hungry Aare are on the march, slaughtering everything in their path to place a madman on the throne. And the rift between the kingdom and the land of Cemanahuatl yawns ever wider, threatening to consume both beneath waves of uncontrollable magic and destroy every living soul within them.

Only Reisil possesses enough power to breach the spellbound city of Mysane Kosk and seal the fracture. Accompanied by her goshawk, Saljane, and her lover, Yohuac, Reisil must journey across a land besieged by war and fight for a domain torn asunder by sorceries beyond imagining...

Path of the Eldar

Path of the Eldar

Gav Thorpe

Omnibus edition collecting together the Path of the Eldar trilogy

The eldar of the craftworlds devote their lives to the pursuit of perfection, following a series of paths which will their actions and decide their fates. Three friends--Korlandril, Thirianna and Aradryan--part company to walk their chosen paths--Warrior, Seer and Outcast--little realising how the actions of one will affect the others, and indeed their world. As Aradryan's choices bring the wrath of the Imperium down upon Alaitoc, it falls to Korlandril and Thirianna to defend their home--if they can avoid becoming stuck on their paths and being lost forever.

Path of the Warrior

Path of the Eldar: Book 1

Gav Thorpe

The ancient eldar are a mysterious race, each devoting their life to a chosen path which will guide their actions and decide their fate. When the artist Korlandril feels the call to war, he abandons peace for the Path of the Warrior. He becomes a Striking Scorpion, a deadly fighter skilled in the art of close-quarters combat. But battle is coming, as Craftworld Alaitoc comes to blows with the vengeful Imperium of Mankind, and the further Korlandril travels down the warrior's path, the closer he gets to losing his identity and becoming an avatar of war. Can he retain his sense of self and still be the weapon Alaitoc needs, or will he be consumed by one of the warrior-spirits of his race?

Path of the Seer

Path of the Eldar: Book 2

Gav Thorpe

The second book in the best selling Eldar series by Gav Thorpe

The ancient eldar are a mysterious race and each devotes their life to a chosen path that will guide their actions and decide their fate. Thirianna abandons her simple existence to embark upon the mysterious Path of the Seer. She will tread a dark and dangerous road that leads her to the otherrealm of the warp, where daemons are made flesh and nightmares are manifest. For only there can she realise her psychic abilities. After unleashing her powers in battle and communing with the spirits of her craft world, Thirianna turns her skills to discerning the future amidst the myriad strands of fate. Her visions reveal a great threat descending on Alaitoc, and both the living and the dead will march to war to defend it.

Path of the Outcast

Path of the Eldar: Book 3

Gav Thorpe

Aradryan has chosen to leave his sheltered life on Craftworld Alaitoc and walk the Path of the Outcast, seeking the myriad pleasures and threats the wider galaxy has to offer. Still unfulfilled as a ranger, he is lured into the life of a star pirate, bringing him into conflict with the Imperium of Man. A chain of events is set in motion that could have catastrophic consequences for Alaitoc, forcing Aradryan to take drastic action if his old home is to survive.

Dancer's Lament

Path to Ascendancy: Book 1

Ian C. Esslemont

It was once a land ravaged by war, minor city states, baronies and principates fight for supremacy, and then the rival cities of Tali and Quon formed an alliance and so Quon Tali came into being.

However that was generations ago, that dynasty has collapsed and the regional powers are now clawing at each others throats once more. But at the heart of Quon Tali lies the powerful city state of Li Heng which has for centuries enjoyed relative stability under the guidance of the powerful sorceress known as the "Protectress". She is not someone likely to tolerate the arrival of two particular young men into her domain: one is determined to prove he is the most skilled assassin of his age; the other is his quarry -- a Dal Hon mage who is proving annoyingly difficult to kill. The sorceress and her cabal of five mage servants were enough to repel the Quon Tali Iron Legions, so how could two such trouble-makers upset her iron-fisted rule?

And now, under a new and ambitious king, the forces of Itko Kan are marching on Li Heng from the south. His own assassins, the Nightblades, have been sent ahead into the city, and rumours abound that he has inhuman, nightmarish forces at his command. So as shadows and mistrust swirl and monstrous beasts that people say appear from nowhere, run rampage through Li Heng's streets, it seems chaos is come - but in chaos, as a certain young Dal Hon mage would say, there is opportunity...

Deadhouse Landing

Path to Ascendancy: Book 2

Ian C. Esslemont

After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To do so they join forces with a small band of Napans who have fled a civil war on their own home island. The plan, however, soon goes awry as Kellanved develops a strange and dangerous fascination for a mysterious ancient structure found on the island. The chaos in the region extends to the metaphysical planes also as a young priest of D'rek starts to question the rot at the heart of the worship of the god of decay. And back in Li Heng, Dassem, now the proclaimed Sword of Hood, finds himself being blamed for a plague which leads him to a crisis of faith - and searching for answers.

During all this, war with the neighbouring island of Nap threatens, recruited allies wonder at Kellanved's sanity, and powerful entities take more of an interest in the little mage from Dal Hon. Dancer faces a hard choice: should he give up on his partnership? Especially when the fellow's obsession with shadows and ancient artifacts brings the both of them alarmingly close to death and destruction. After all, who in his right mind would actually wish to enter an Elder mystery known to everyone as the Deadhouse?

Kellanved's Reach

Path to Ascendancy: Book 3

Ian C. Esslemont

The incessant war between the bickering city states of Quon Tali rages. So engrossed are the warring lords and princes in their own petty feuds that few notice that an upstart mage from Dal Hon has gained control of the southern seas.

Kellanved could not care less about any of this petty politicking or strategy or war. Something other and altogether more mysterious has caught his attention and he - together with a reluctant and his decidedly skeptical friend Dancer - traverse continents and journey through the Realms. But this ancient mystery that has so captivated Kellanved is neither esoteric nor ephemeral. It involves the Elder races themselves, and more alarmingly, the semi-mythic Army of Dust and Bone.

Surely no one in their right mind would be so foolish as to embark on a journey from which none have returned? Well, no one except Kellanved.

Pathfinder

Pathfinder Trilogy: Book 1

Orson Scott Card

A powerful secret. A dangerous path.

Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg's strange talent for seeing the paths of people's pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him--secrets about Rigg's own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

Rigg's birthright sets him on a path that leaves him caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. He will be forced to question everything he thinks he knows, choose who to trust, and push the limits of his talent... or forfeit control of his destiny.

Ruins

Pathfinder Trilogy: Book 2

Orson Scott Card

When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh—a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive—but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden. If Rigg, Umbo, and Param can’t work together to alter the past, there will be no future.

Visitors

Pathfinder Trilogy: Book 3

Orson Scott Card

From the internationally bestselling author of Ender's Game comes the riveting finale to the story of Rigg, a teenager who possesses a secret talent that allows him to see the paths of people's pasts.

In Pathfinder, Rigg joined forces with another teen with special talents on a quest to find Rigg's sister and discover the true depth and significance of their powers. Then Rigg's story continued in Ruins as he was tasked to decipher the paths of the past before the arrival of a destructive force with deadly intentions. Now, in Visitors, Rigg's journey comes to an epic and explosive conclusion as everything that has been building up finally comes to pass, and Rigg is forced to put his powers to the test in order to save his world and end the war once and for all.

Sympathy for the Devil

Quincey Morris Supernatural Investigations: Book 3

Justin Gustainis

A MORRIS AND CHASTAIN INVESTIGATION

Senator Howard Stark wants to be President of the United States. So does the demon inside him. With the competing candidates dropping out due to scandal, blackmail, and 'accidental' death, Stark looks like a good bet to go all the way to the White House. And if he gets there, Hell on Earth will follow. Occult investigator Quincey Morris and white witch Libby Chastain are determined to stop this evil conspiracy. But between them and Stark stand the dedicated agents of the US Secret Service - as well as the very forces of Hell itself. Quincey and Libby will risk everything to exorcise the demon possessing Stark. If they fail, 'Hail to the Chief' will become a funeral march - for all of us.

The Scarab Path

Shadows of the Apt: Book 5

Adrian Tchaikovsky

The war with the Wasp Empire has ended in a bitter stalemate, and Collegium has nothing to show for it but wounded veterans. Cheerwell Maker finds herself crippled in ways no doctor can mend, haunted by ghosts of the past that she cannot appease, seeking for meaning in a city that no longer seems like home. The Empress Seda is regaining control over those imperial cities who refused to bow the knee to her, but she draws her power from something more sinister than mere armies and war machines. Only her consort, the former spymaster Thalric, knows the truth, and now the assassins are coming and he finds his life and his loyalties under threat yet again. Out past the desert of the Nem the ancient city of Khanaphes awaits them both, with a terrible secret entombed beneath its stones...

The Immortals of Meluha

Shiva Trilogy: Book 1

Amish

1900 BC: the once-proud Suryavanshi rulers of the Meluha Empire are in dire peril. The empire's primary river, the Saraswathi, is slowly drying up. There are devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis – and to make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracised race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills. The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient prophecy: when evil reaches epic proportions and all seems lost, a hero will emerge...

The Secret of the Nagas

Shiva Trilogy: Book 2

Amish

The hunt is on. Shiva, the man believed to be the prophesied Neelkanth -- the destroyer of evil -- will not rest until he finds his demonic adversary; the Naga warrior that killed his friend, Brahaspati, and now stalks his wife. But the rise of evil is everywhere and Shiva's own philosopher guides have betrayed his unquestioning faith by accepting aid from the dark side. Even the perfect empire of Meluha is riddled with a terrible secret -- a master puppeteer is playing a grand game, and Shiva himself is at the heart of it. Shiva's search for truth takes him across the length and breadth of ancient India, a land of deadly mysteries where nothing is what it seems.

The Oath of the Vayuputras

Shiva Trilogy: Book 3

Amish

Today, Shiva is a god. But four thousand years ago, he was just a man - until he brought his people to Meluha, a near-perfect empire founded by the great king Lord Ram. There he discovered he was the Neelkanth, a barbarian long prophesied to be Meluha's saviour.

But in his hour of victory fighting the Chandravanshis - Meluha's enemy - he discovered they had their own prophecy.

Now he must fight to uncover the treachery within his inner circle, and unmask those who are about to destroy all that he has fought for. Shiva is about to learn that good and evil are two sides of the same coin...

The Paths of the Perambulator

Spellsinger: Book 5

Alan Dean Foster

Jon-Tom the spellsinger and his friends venture into the high mountains to free a cosmic creature whose captivity threatens to drive the whole world mad

It's an ordinary day in the Bellwoods, save for the fact that Jon-Tom the spellsinger has awoken as a six-foot blue crab. He soon reverts to normal—as normal as a college student trapped in a world of magic and talking animals can be, anyway—but the bizarre changes keep happening, affecting not just him but the whole of this strange world. His wizardly mentor suspects these are the effects of the perambulator, a cosmic being whose presence distorts reality. One has been imprisoned in the mountains, and unless they free it, it will rip the world to shreds one insane illusion at a time.

So Jon-Tom sets out, backed by the wizard, a boozehound owl, a gutter-minded otter, and a warrior koala with a taste for leather. Saving the world will be a cinch, as long as they don't lose their minds along the way.

Paths of Disharmony

Star Trek: Crossovers: Typhon Pact: Book 4

Dayton Ward

On a diplomatic mission to the planet Andor, Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-E bear witness to the rank devastation resulting from the Borg invasion. With the reproductive issues that have long plagued the Andorian people reaching crisis level, avenues of research that at first held great promise have proven largely unhelpful, and may well indeed be worsening the problem.

Despite the Federation's seeming inability to provide assistance and growing doubt over its commitment to a staunch, longtime ally, Andorian scientists now offer renewed hope for a solution. However, many segments of Andorian society are protesting this controversial new approach, and more radical sects are beginning to make their displeasure known by any means available. In response, President Nanietta Bacco has sent the Enterprise crew and a team of diplomats and scientists to Andor to convene a summit, in the hope of demonstrating that the Federation's pledge to helping Andor is sincere.

But the Typhon Pact is watching, and their interests may very well lead the Andorian people down an even more treacherous path....

Warpath

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

David Mack

They were created to be killing machines. Highly intelligent, resourceful, and deceptively complex, the Jem'Hadar are a species engineered for war and programmed at the genetic level for one purpose: to fight until death as soldiers of the sprawling stellar empire known as the Dominion. No Jem'Hadar has ever lived thirty years, and not even their masters, the shape-shifting Founders, know what such a creature is capable of becoming were it to be freed of its servitude.

One Founder, however, has dared to wonder.

Appointed by Odo himself to learn peaceful coexistence aboard Deep Space 9, Taran'atar, an Honored Elder among the Jem'Hadar, had for months been a staunch, if conflicted, ally to the crew of the station, ever struggling to understand the mission on which he was sent... until something went horrifically wrong.

Consumed by self-doubt and an ever-growing rage, Taran'atar has lashed out against those he was sworn to aid. While Captain Kira Nerys and Lieutenant Ro Laren both lie near death aboard DS9, their assailant has taken a hostage and fled into Cardassian space, pursued by Commander Elias Vaughn on the U.S.S. Defiant. But as the hunt unfolds, Taran'atar's true objective becomes increasingly less certain, as the rogue Jem'Hadar leads the Defiant to a discovery even more shocking than his crime.

Pathways

Star Trek: Voyager

Jeri Taylor

In her acclaimed novel "Mosaic", Jeri Taylor, co-creator and former executive producer of the Star Trek: Voyager television series, explored the previously unrevealed past of Captain Kathryn Janeway, filling in the missing chapters of Janeway's life with a compelling story of bravery, sacrifice, and personal triumph.

Now, "Pathways" traces the winding roads that have led Janeway's fellow officers and closest friends to what may be the greatest crisis of their long journey home.

A deadly encounter with hostile aliens has left Captain Janeway's crew separated from the Voyager and slowly starving to death in a disease-ridden alien prison camp. To keep up their determination as they plot their escape, the crew shares with each other the unlikely paths that brought them all to the U.S.S. Voyager and the Delta Quadrant.

These are the stories of the command crew of U.S.S. Voyager: of a fair-haired youth who seemed destined for greatness -- or disgrace; of a troubled, half-human woman who didn't seem at home anywhere in the galaxy; of a traveler and treasure-hunter who found the greatest prize of all; of a naive young man who lost his love in pursuit of his dreams; of a Vulcan who formed a surprising bond with a human woman of unusual courage and passion; of a child-woman whose boundless curiosity led to a strange new world of marvels and dangers; and of the man who is perhaps closest of all to Kathryn Janeway, the man whose unspoken love and dedication may hold the key to her survival...

They began as individuals, following very different pathways, but together, under the leadership of one remarkable woman, they have become one of the finest teams in the known universe, the crew of the U.S.S. Voyager.

Path of Destruction

Star Wars: Darth Bane: Book 1

Drew Karpyshyn

"Two there should be; no more, no less.
One to embody the power, the other to crave it."
- Darth Bane, Dark Lord of the Sith

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel, a cortosis miner, vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel's brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, a far greater destiny awaits him.

As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side, Dessel embraces his new identity: Bane. But the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness, he must defy the most sacred traditions and reject all he has been taught. It is a trial by fire in which he must surrender fully to the dark side - and forge from the ashes a new era of absolute power.

Path of Deceit

Star Wars: The High Republic - Series Two: Book 4

Tessa Gratton
Justina Ireland

...for life and light!

A provocative and thrilling adventure set in the world of the High Republic, 150 years before the storytelling of Phase I. Meet mysterious cult members, daring explorers, Jedi peacekeepers and more!

Third Path

Stargate Atlantis: Book 23

Jo Graham
Melissa Scott

Elizabeth Weir and Ronon are prisoners of the Vanir whose damaged ship is plummeting into the mountains of Sateda. Meanwhile, Atlantis is in lockdown, infected by a virulent contagion, cut off from the rest of the galaxy. And time is running out...

Helped by Daniel Jackson, Colonel Shepherd's team fight not only to save their city and free their friends but ultimately to save an entire species from extinction. As tensions rise between the Wraith, Travelers and Lanteans, old enemies - and long lost friends - must unite to walk a third path if the fragile peace in the Pegasus galaxy is to hold.

In this riveting conclusion to the Legacy series, the destiny of Atlantis and her people will be decided.

The Path of Anger

The Book and the Sword: Book 1

Antoine Rouaud

Dun-Cadal has been drinking his life away for years. Betrayed by his friends - who turned their back on their ideals in favour of a new republic - and grief stricken at the loss of his apprentice, who saved his life on the battlefield and whom he trained as a knight in exchange, he's done with politics, with adventure, and with people.

But people aren't finished with him - not yet. Viola is a young historian looking for the last Emperor's sword, and her search not only brings her to Dun-Cadal, it's also going to embroil them both in a series of assassinations. Because Dun-Cadal's turncoat friends are being murdered, one by one... by someone who kills in the unmistakable style of an Imperial assassin...

Path of Revenge

The Broken Man: Book 1

Russell Kirkpatrick

A once-powerful magician, defeated decades ago by the Undying Man, lies in the dungeon of Andratan, planning his revenge. There are three things he needs: the stone, the blood and a hand of hate. The three people he has manipulated from afar to bring these things to him are on their way. They have no way of knowing what lies in store.

The Faltha War might have ended, but for three great continents - and their gods - the war for immortality has only just begun.

The Dragon's Path

The Dagger and the Coin: Book 1

Daniel Abraham

All paths lead to war...

Marcus' hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody's death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.

Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation's wealth across a war zone, hiding the gold from both sides. She knows the secret life of commerce like a second language, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords.

Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. A poor excuse for a soldier, he is a pawn in these games. No one can predict what he will become.

Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon's Path-the path to war.

The Path of the Storm

The Evermen Saga: Book 3

James Maxwell

Two years have passed since the war, yet without essence the Empire's economy has collapsed. Trade is at a standstill, famine sets in, and, with no food and no essence, the people begin to riot.

In the midst of the growing unrest, Miro struggles to balance his life with Amber against his resolve to keep threats to the Empire at bay. His sister, Ella, helps to build the machinery the Empire desperately needs, but she longs to find Killian and believes his powers will be needed in the conflict to come.

News of a wedding brings a much-needed ray of hope to the weary people. But as citizens and leaders gather from afar for the festivities, an evil threat shatters the fragile peace: one of the Evermen has returned. And he will not rest until he has completely destroyed the humans he despises.

The Dagger's Path

The Forsaken Lands: Book 2

Glenda Larke

THEY FOLLOW WHERE THE DAGGER LEADS

Ardhi, Sorrel and the excommunicated cleric, Saker Rampion, stow away on a ship to the Spice Islands. They must return stolen items of great power to Ardhi's home, but there are ruthless men after this power, men who will kill to possess it.

At home in Ardrone, an army of demonic origin runs amok while Saker's superiors in the church struggle to quell it. And the young queen Mathilda struggles with the possibility that her newborn child, the heir to the throne, may be linked to the corruption that has erupted throughout the land.

Sorcerers, lascars, pirates and thieves collide in this thrilling sequel to Glenda Larke's epic fantasy adventure The Lascar's Dagger.

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time, Vol. 1: The Traitorous Princess

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time: Book 1

Kizuka Nero

LIFE AFTER DEATH

Kaito Ukei was destined for greatness in his new world, landing himself the role of a hero and defeating the evil sorceress alongside a band of noble adventurers. When he's double crossed, though, and brutally murdered by his former allies, something inside him snaps. Death brings Kaito neither peace nor salvation. Rather, it instills in him a singular desire--to squeeze the life out of his blasted betrayers in the cruellest manner possible...! The strange twist of fate that gives him a second chance in the world with all his memories intact provides opportunity to do just that, and so begins his quest to stalk and torture the members of his former party in the bloodiest, unholiest, most sadistic ways imaginable!

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time, Vol. 2: The Mad Spellcaster

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time: Book 2

Kizuka Nero

COME HELL OR HIGH WATER

Now that Kaito Ukei's been given another shot at life, he has set out on his journey to exact revenge on the party members who brutally murdered him. He walks this path of vengeance with the beastfolk girl Minnalis, inching toward the capital to carry out his plan. Their first stop along the way? The City of Learning, Elmia. There, he brushes shoulders with the band of adventurers who purged the place most precious to him...as well as the damned Eumis--the traitorous spellcaster who turned her back on him in his time of need!

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time, Vol. 3: The Spellcaster of Deceased Dreams

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time: Book 3

Kizuka Nero

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

As Kaito plots his revenge against Eumis, he discovers that the spellcaster has bolstered her powers by selling her sister Shuria's soul to a demon. Not one to let an opportunity to humiliate his foes go to waste, Kaito saves the girl from the brink of death and invites her to join him and Minnalis on their quest for vengeance. Now the stage is set for the three partners in crime to corner their common enemy and strip her of everything she holds dear in a spectacular act of retribution...

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time, Vol. 4: The Merchant, Mired in Greed

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time: Book 4

Kizuka Nero

The next target on Kaito's quest for vengeance is Grond the merchant, a money-hungry villain who goes as far as murder to satisfy his greed. But when Kaito finally gets Grond in his clutches, he forces the corrupt magnate to make an impossible choice: Would he rather part with his money or his life?

The Path of Heaven: Riding out from the Storm

The Horus Heresy: Book 36

Chris Wraight

For too long had the Vth Legion ranged out beyond the sight of the wider Imperium, remaining ignorant of the Warmaster's rebellion and the war that inevitably followed.

Only once their primarch, Jaghatai Khan, had satisfied himself that the path before them was just and true did the White Scars choose a side, taking the fight to the traitors on every front. But, four years later, the Legion's unfettered spirit has been broken by relentless attritional warfare against the Death Guard and the Emperor's Children--the Khan's Stormseers must find a clear route to Terra if they are to take part in the final, apocalyptic battle.

Dark Paths

The Legends of the Älfar: Book 3

Markus Heitz

The third in the fast-and-furious fantasy adventure The Legends of the Älfar: the worlds of the dark elves and the dwarves collide in what Malazan Empire calls 'Tolkien with a dash of Gemmell and a sprinkling of George R.R. Martin'.

There are four races: the Elves, the Dwarves and the Humans and the Älfar.

The other three all know the Älfar to be dark, relentless warriors, set on conquest; they have been deadly enemies since time immemorial. But are things about to change?

The young älfar triplets Sisaroth, Tirigon and Firüsha have been banished to the deadly underground realm of Phondrasôn, two of them exiled for a murder they did not commit, the third determined to stay with them, to help them survive this terrifying place full of monsters. Then Sisaroth meets a dwarf, Tungdil, who has been locked up in the Dark Abyss (Tungdil will be well-known to readers of the Dwarves series!) - and their unexpected relationship will change the fate of the älfar and the dwarves - for ever.

Paths not Taken

The Nightside: Book 5

Simon R. Green

John Taylor just discovered his long-gone mother created the Nightside--the dark heart of London--and intends to destroy it. To save his birthplace, he will have to travel back through a very distant--and probably deadly--past.

The Brega Path

The Silver Call: Book 2

Dennis L. McKiernan

RETURN TO MITHGAR-

that magical realm of The Iron Tower Trilogy and Trek to Kraggen-Cor, a land of adventure and enchantment as fully realized as Tolkien's Middle-Earth and Le Guin's Earthsea. Return with this second book in The Silver Call Duology to a time when the armies of light are massing for a desperate attack against the stronghold of Darkness in this

THE FINAL BATTLE!

Kraggen-Cor, once the heart of the Dwarf kingdom, now the mountain fastness of all the creatures of evil that remain in Mithgar. Here the Dwarf King Durek has led his forces to fufill his destiny and reclaim his realm. But with the Dawn Gate held by ememy troops and the Dusk-Door of Kraggen-Cor barred by a nightmare guardian, Durek must split his forces. He sends the Warrow Perry, the human Kian, and several doughty Dwarf warriors to chance the Brega Path, the legendary twisting way through the heart of Kraggen-Cor. With the powers of evil in pursuit, can this small band win through to Durek's army before the enemy springs a diabolical trap which could prove the death of all the Dwarves in Mithgar?

A Fading Sun

The Sunpath Cycle: Book 1

Stephen Leigh

In this new paranormal fantasy series, a powerful woman who can see the dead must choose whether to forge a new path for herself and her family....

"The problem with ghosts is that they don't quite realize that they're dead."

Voada Paorach can see the dead. It is a family trait, but one that has had to remain hidden since the Mundoan Empire conquered her people's land three generations ago. But this ghost isn't the same as the others she has glimpsed, the lost souls she has helped to find their way to the land beyond life. This ghost demands that Voada follow a new path, one that will mean leaving behind everything and everyone she has known and loved.

Voada will come to understand the power that her people possess, but she will also learn the steep price that must be paid for such a gift.

Fast-moving and intense, A Fading Sun explores grief, sacrifice, ambition, and the forging of personality in the crucible of war.

A Rising Moon

The Sunpath Cycle: Book 2

Stephen Leigh

The second novel in this gripping historical fantasy series, set in an alternate first-century Britain, follows Orla Paorach, freedom fighter and daughter of a Boudica-like warrior.

"Orla! Hurry, girl! You must come with me!"

Orla Paorach's life was overturned for the first time when her mother Voada was beaten senseless, and Orla was taken by Bakir, a minor Mundoan army officer, as his second wife. Now her world is shattered a second time: Bakir has died in battle, and so has her mother, now known as the Mad Draoi of the Cateni.

Orla flees northward to Onglse, the island home of the draoi that is the center of the Cateni rebellion against the Mundoa. She becomes quickly embroiled in battle as well as deceptions from both sides of the conflict, as everyone expects that she's come to take up her mother's mantle. Those who knew her mother offer their help, but can she trust any of them? Can she avoid becoming the Mad Draoi herself, lost in the magic her mother once tried to wield?

An intense, fast-paced novel, A Rising Moon explores trust, courage, and the deep seduction of power.

Path of Gods

The Valhalla Saga: Book 3

Snorri Kristjansson

Reunited, Audun and Ulfar have a new sense of purpose: to ensure that the North remains in the hands of those who hold with the old gods. To do this, they must defeat the people who seek to destroy all they have ever known with the new White Christ. But these are powerful enemies and if they have any chance of victory, they must find equally powerful allies.

In Trondheim, King Olav, self-appointed champion of the White Christ, finds that keeping the peace is a much harder test of his faith than winning the war. With his garrison halved and local chieftains at his table who wish him nothing but ill, the king must decide how and where to spread the word of his god.

And in the North, touched by the trickster god, something old, malevolent and very, very angry stirs...

The Path of Daggers

The Wheel of Time: Book 8

Robert Jordan

For millions of fans around the globe, the wait is over. Sequel to the international blockbuster best seller A Crown of Swords, this epic volume continues one of history's greatest fictional journeys and the most extraordinary work of American fantasy ever published--The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and worldwide best-selling series The Wheel of Time. The phenomenal tale that is mesmerizing a generation of readers now continues.

The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan.

In Illian, Rand vows to throw the Seanchan back as he did once before. But signs of madness are appearing among the Asha'man.

In Ghealdan, Perrin faces the intrigues of Whitecloaks, Seanchan invaders, the scattered Shaido Aiel, and the Prophet himself. Perrin's beloved wife, Faile, may pay with her life, and Perrin himself may have to destroy his soul to save her.

Meanwhile, the rebel Aes Sedai under their young Amyrlin, Egwene al'Vere, face an army that intends to keep them away from the White Tower. But Egwene is determined to unseat the usurper Elaida and reunite the Aes Sedai. She does not yet understand the price that others - and she herself - will pay.

The Pathless Trail

Time-Lost: Book 2

Arthur O. Friel

This is the first in a series of adventures featuring the soldiers of foturne trio Roderick McKay, Tim Ryan and Meredith Knowlton. They are on the hunt for a missing millionare "lost" in the Amazonian jungles of South America. Along the way they meet up with Arthur Friel's long running characters Pedro and Lourenco, along with headhunting Mayorunas and the even more frightening Red Bones tribe.

True Path

Timesplash: Book 2

Graham Storrs

The most wanted man in America is about to destroy the entire nation... or save it.

It's 2066 and Sandra has kept a low profile for 16 years, working as a tech in a quiet British university, hoping her past would never catch up with her. But it has.

When Jay hears Sandra has been kidnapped, he drops everything and goes to the U.S. to find her. But Sandra's kidnapper is not an ordinary criminal. He's America's most-wanted terrorist - a man driven to to free his country from religious oppression at any cost. Sandra, still suffering from the fallout of earlier timesplashes, refuses to help create the biggest timesplash ever, which would unleash a wave of destruction that the rebels hope will kickstart a new American revolution.

When Cara, Sandra's teenage daughter, is taken by one of the many factions on the ground in Washington D.C., Sandra's resolve is shaken, and Jay is forced into a race against time to stop the deaths of millions or save Sandra and her daughter.

Sandra and Jay must ultimately decide between what is right for them and what is right for all in this thrilling continuation of the Timesplash series.

V: Path to Conquest

V: Book 12

Howard Weinstein

The Visitor's plot to bring about a new ice age through world-freezing technology while they bio-engineered bacteria that metabolizes heating oil into uselessness. The goal is to freeze humanity into submission in the cold areas where the Visitors can't survive because of the regenerative red dust. But when cases of a mysterious poisonous gas kills people in buildings that use heating oil begin showing up, a scientific research group discovers the fact that the oil has been tainted after studying collected samples from these locations. If it were not for the poison gas bi-product, they would not have discovered the cause, nor the Visitor plan to use the bacteria to wipe out the world's crude oil supply by injecting it directly into underground reserves. Travel with the resistance from New York through New England and overseas to the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, as American resistance members join forces with Israeli and Arab resistance fighters in an attempt to foil Diana's latest plan, with the help of an egotistical computer expert who may also be a double agent.

Pathways: All New Tales of Valdemar

Valdemar Anthologies: Book 11

Mercedes Lackey

The eleventh anthology of short stories set in Mercedes Lackey's beloved Valdemar universe features stories by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself

The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom's ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages--and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents--combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more--make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch.

Now, twenty-three authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm.

Join Janny Wurts, Elisabeth Waters, Michele Lang, Fiona Patton, and others in twenty-four original stories, including a brand-new novella by Mercedes Lackey, all set in Valdemar, where:

A young woman without any of the Heralds' Gifts must see a Companion safely delivered to Haven....

A Herald must revisit the mysteries of his childhood to save his own young family and combat a threat at the very heart of Valdemar....

A Hawkbrother flees for his life, trailed by a mysterious bird that prophesizes a dire future....

A mage must choose whether to steal a priceless artifact and be branded a thief and traitor, or let his country fall to magic that could prove far more deadly....

Carpathian Castle

Voyages Extraordinaires: Book 37

Jules Verne

The descriptions of the quaint villagers of Werst, their costumes, manner of living, and belief in the supernatural world would in themselves prove an interesting narrative, but when coupled with the exciting adventures of Nic Deck, the two Counts, the cowardly Doctor, and the beautiful La Stilla, the story is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting ever offered. This mysterious tale takes place in the area which in just a few years would become known as Dracula's homeland. Jules Verne has the knack of it. He knows how to make the scientifically romantic story. You might not know what a "nyctalop" was, but if you saw one flapping his wings around the dark fortress in the Carpathians, you would run for it, as did Nic Deck. Orfanik is head conjurer, and in his trial he explains how he brought into play for a wicked purpose a variety of ingenious inventions. Includes unique illustrations!