The Dresden Files have taken the genre of paranormal mystery to a new level of action, excitement, and hard-hitting magical muscle. Now, in Death Masks, Jim Butcher´s smart-guy private eye may have taken on more than he can handle... Harry Dresden, Chicago´s only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Such as: ? A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards... ? Professional hit men using Harry for target practice... ? The missing Shroud of Turin-and the possible involvement of Chicago´s most feared mob boss... ? A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified... Not to mention the return of Harry´s ex-girlfriend Susan, who´s still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life. Some days, it just doesn´t pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you´re charging.
In Shadow Man, Cody McFadyen took the suspense thriller where other writers have feared to tread. He introduced readers to a heroine every bit as dark and edgy as the serial killers she hunts: Special Agent Smoky Barrett. Now, in his latest novel, McFadyen brings Agent Barrett back to track down a killer who breaks all the rules. ´´I want to talk to Smoky Barrett or I´ll kill myself.´´ The girl is sixteen, at the scene of a grisly triple homicide, and has a gun to her head. She claims ´´The Stranger´´ killed her adoptive family, that he´s been following her all her life, killing everyone she ever loved, and that no one believes her. No one has. Until now. Special Agent Smoky Barrett is head of the violent crimes unit in Los Angeles, the part of the FBI reserved for tracking down the worst of the worst. Her team has been handpicked from among the nation´s elite law enforcement specialists and they are as obsessed and relentless as the psychos they hunt; they´ll have to be to deal with this case. For another vicious double homicide reveals a killer embarked on a dark crusade of trauma and death: an ´´artist´´ who´s molding sixteen-year-old Sarah into the perfect victim-and the ultimate weapon. But Smoky Barrett has another, more personal reason for catching The Stranger-an adopted daughter and a new life that are worth protecting at any cost. This time Smoky is going to have to put it all on the line. Because The Stranger is all too real, all too close, and all too relentless. And when he finally shows his face, if she´s not ready to confront her worst fear, Smoky won´ t have time to do anything but die.
Nicci has a past. Once she was a Sister of the Light, and once a Sister of the Dark. Once she was a tyrant´s most feared lieutenant and once a saviour´s most loyal ally. Once she swore to destroy a man, and then she fell in love with him. But now the world has been forged anew. Tyranny has been vanquished, the breach between the living and the dead healed, the stars themselves realigned by a formidable act of magic. The man she once swore to destroy is now Lord Rahl, ruler of a vast realm encompassing lands and peoples unknown. And Nicci is his emissary, charged with bringing word of his rule to a world shattered by terror and war. Her mission will take her into uncharted territories where she´ll face her greatest test yet. She´s helped save the world before, but this is the first time she´ll have to do it on her own.
Ride with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse as they seek to unearth a plot that could plunge all of Creation into chaos! Ages before the events of Darksiders and Darksiders II, two of the feared Horsemen-Death and War-are tasked with stopping a group of renegades from locating the Abomination Vault: a hoard containing weapons of ultimate power and malice, capable of bringing an end to the uneasy truce between Heaven and Hell . . . but only by unleashing total destruction. Created in close collaboration with the Darksiders II teams at Vigil and THQ, Darksiders: The Abomination Vault gives an exciting look at the history and world of the Horsemen, shining a new light on the unbreakable bond between War and Death.
Two years ago, Jack Morgan was in Rio consulting on security for the World Cup. The tournament went without a hitch. Until a man died in one of the executive hospitality suites during the final, and the autopsy showed the cause to be a rare and deadly virus. The story was kept from the media to avoid causing panic, but Jack feared that the death was no freak occurrence. Now the eyes of the world are once again turned towards Rio for the Olympic Games, and Jack is back in Brazil´s beautiful capital. It´s not long before he uncovers terrifying evidence that someone has set in motion a catastrophic plan. The death at the World Cup was just a warning. The Olympic Games could be the setting for the worst atrocity the world has ever seen.
Tea´s gift for death magic means that she is a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community, but when an older bone witch trains her to become an asha--one who can wield elemental magic--Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice in the face of danger as dark forces approach.
The King´s executioner. The future queen. A forbidden love. The King´s executioner is feared by all, and rightfully so. He has the power to bring great suffering and with one swing of his double-sided axe a swift death. He is sent to collect the future Queen and deliver her to the King, but from the moment he meets Anin he knows that will prove more difficult than he thought in more ways than one, for someone wants her dead. Anin has no choice but to go with the executioner and wed the High King, though she would prefer not to, especially after meeting Paine. He brings things alive in her that she has been forced to keep hidden and as her secrets begin to surface so do her feelings for the executioner. The couple fights not only to survive insurmountable challenges, but also the attraction and the love that grows between them on their journey to Pictland. Their biggest challenge comes when they finally stand before the infamous King Talon.
Why have societies all across the world feared witchcraft? This book delves deeply into its context, beliefs, and origins in Europe´s history The witch came to prominence-and often a painful death-in early modern Europe, yet her origins are much more geographically diverse and historically deep. In this landmark book, Ronald Hutton traces witchcraft from the ancient world to the early-modern stake. This book sets the notorious European witch trials in the widest and deepest possible perspective and traces the major historiographical developments of witchcraft. Hutton, a renowned expert on ancient, medieval, and modern paganism and witchcraft beliefs, combines Anglo-American and continental scholarly approaches to examine attitudes on witchcraft and the treatment of suspected witches across the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Australia, and North and South America, and from ancient pagan times to current interpretations. His fresh anthropological and ethnographical approach focuses on cultural inheritance and change while considering shamanism, folk religion, the range of witch trials, and how the fear of witchcraft might be eradicated.
´They will play with us, then destroy us... They are what we fear in the dark.´ The first warning is unexpected, calculated. The second warning is a gift: a plain white mask, carefully wrapped. But white is good - white means we are only being watched. It seems the power that connects me, Anita Blake, with Jean-Claude Vampire Master of the City and Richard, leader of the werewolves, is attracting very unwelcome attention - from creatures so feared no vampire will willingly speak their name. They are known as the Harlequin, and they have the authority to pass judgement upon me. It is forbidden to speak of the Harlequin unless you´ve been contacted. And to be contacted is to face a sentence of death.