This acclaimed novel, newly repackaged, introduces Sophie, resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared Wizard Howl. An ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Castle Rackrent is a short novel by Maria Edgeworth published in 1800, one of the few of Edgeworth's novels which her father did not 'edit'. Shortly before its publication, an introduction, glossary and footnotes, written in the voice of an English narrator, were added to the original text to blunt the negative impact the Edgeworths feared the book might have on English enthusiasm for the Act of Union 1800. The novel is set prior to the Constitution of 1782 and tells the story of four generations of Rackrent heirs through their steward, Thady Quirk. The heirs are: the dissipated spendthrift Sir Patrick O'Shaughlin; the litigious Sir Murtagh Rackrent, the cruel husband and gambling absentee Sir Kit Rackrent, and the generous but improvident Sir Condy Rackrent. Their sequential mismanagement of the estate is resolved through the machinations—and to the benefit—of the narrator's astute son, Jason Quirk. Kathryn Kirkpatrick suggests that the novel ´´both borrows from and originates a variety of literary genres and subgenres without neatly fitting into any one of them´´. It satirises Anglo-Irish landlords and their overall mismanagement of the estates they owned at a time when the English and Irish parliaments were working towards formalising their union through the Acts of Union. Through this and other works, Edgeworth is credited with serving the political, national interests of Ireland and the United Kingdom the way Sir Walter Scott did for Scotland. Castle Rackrent is a dialogic novel, comprising a preface and conclusion by an editor bookending a first person narrative proper. It is widely regarded as the first British novel to use the device of a narrator who is both unreliable and an observer of, rather than a player in, the actions he chronicles. It also has a glossary (which was a last-minute addition).
Many people do not believe in ghosts. The minute you tell them you saw or heard something related to the paranormal, non-believers would announce that a demon - not a ghost - is lurking around you. If that is true, then wouldn´t you think it weird that ´´demons´´ lurk within the walls of a venerated place? Cemeteries are some of the most feared places since they are home to a lot of dead people lain to rest, sometimes, peacefully, sometimes not.... Paranormal experts agree that should you wish to see ghosts, feel chills down your spine, or simply hear unaccounted for whispers or voices, you should visit a cemetery for the thrill. However, churches and castles are also paranormal hotspots. It may seem ironic, what with the church being a holy place and castles being the primary settings for fairy tales, but it´s true. In this book, you will be given a glimpse to some of the world´s most haunted churches, crypts, cemeteries, and castles. As you take this journey with me, keep in mind that many stories here have history behind them and a lot of the tales are experienced firsthand by various tourists and visitors. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Gilmore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/077766/bk_acx0_077766_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Vladamir of Kessen, Duke of Lakeshire Castle, is feared as a demon in the land of Wessex. The Kings have granted him a title of nobility in exchange for his part as a political prisoner. Discontent, he bides his time in his new home until war will once again rip through the land. But boredom soon turns to devious pleasure as the daughter of his most hated enemy is left for dead at his castle gate. Now the monster bides his time plotting revenge. Lady Eden of Hawks´ Nest doesn´t know what to think of the man who saved her life, but she can´t wrench her thoughts away. His words are those of a tyrant, true to his vicious reputation, but his touch is that of a man, stirring passion and lust when there should only be fear. It would seem the infamous monster is not as monstrous as he appears. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mason Lloyd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/011665/bk_acx0_011665_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
He might be a bad-ass biker king, but he only wants to rule her heart.She´s the air in my lungs. The color in my world.But I´m no prince with a castle. I´m the king of the most feared MC on the West Coast. The kingdom I inherit is everything she hates and everything she´s running from. I´m the monster lurking in the shadows. Waiting, biding my time to make her mine. She can try to run, but I´ve already caught her. She just doesn´t know it yet. There´s no escape from this...from us. I´m just as trapped as she is, but damn if I´ll ever let her know the hold she has on me. Shanna... I´m his obsession. But somewhere in all this mess...he also became mine. Authors note: strong language and content. The first book of the CREED MC series. No cliff-hangers, and each book features a different couple. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rodney Falcon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/119903/bk_acx0_119903_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
To be consumed by love...Ironcross Castle was called cursed by the Highlanders. Its most recent lairds had perished in accidents, falls, or fires. The newest owner, Gavin Kerr, did not fear death. It was feeling that he dreaded - the pain of betrayal and loss. Now, he arrived at the castle to hear of hauntings and cults and to be drawn to the portrait of beautiful Joanna MacInnes, who died here amid a furnace of flame. And looking at her, Gavin desired her, feeling an impossible longing to take her in his arms. ...or to burn...The real Joanna MacInnes had escaped the fire that claimed her kin. For months, she has walked Ironcross by night, hiding in its secret passageways, searching for the truth behind the castle´s curse. Now, she feared it would claim Gavin Kerr. Yet warning him, touching him in the darkness, soon ignited another kind of burning. And even as her lips opened beneath his, she knew time was running out before they faced a heartless villain...a terrifying secret...and a struggle between eternal darkness and the power of undying love. Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Urquhart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/014109/bk_tant_014109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the right dose, everything is a poison. Even love. Jessamine Luxton has lived all her 16 years in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle, with little company apart from the plants in her garden. Her father, Thomas, a feared and respected apothecary, has taught her much about the incredible powers of plants: that even the most innocent-looking weed can cure - or kill. When Jessamine begins to fall in love with a mysterious boy who claims to communicate with plants, she is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have imagined. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Violet Mathieson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002233/bk_harp_002233_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
King Edward I ´´Longshanks´´, or the ´´Hammer of the Scots´´, was a major figure of Medieval England. Arguably one of the most controversial British monarchs, he was portrayed as an ignominious villain in Mel Gibsons´ Braveheart; but the reality was different. Indeed, his reign stands among the most dramatic and important of the entire Middle Ages, as Edward I brought war and conquest on an unprecedented scale; but he is also credited for bringing together the largest parliaments ever, for his competent rulership, and for the magnificent chain of castles he had built. Edward I was a fierce character, feared and respected; he travelled to the Holy Land, conquered Wales, fought against France and notably came to extreme lengths to make financial way for his military campaigns. Discover the fascinating reign of this ruthless king, who used the legends of King Arthur to shape Britain´s destiny, and who left a long-lasting mark on its political structures. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katie Haigh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cids/000650/bk_cids_000650_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.