S. A. Chakraborty, author of CITY OF BRASS R. F. Kuang, author of THE POPPY WAR Mehr is a girl trapped between two cultures. Her father comes from the ruling classes of the empire, but her mother´s people were outcasts, Amrithi nomads who worshipped the spirits of the sands. Caught one night performing these forbidden rites, Mehr is brought to the attention of the Emperor´s most feared mystics, who try to force her into their service by way of an arranged marriage. If she fails in their bidding, the gods themselves may awaken and seek vengeance... From British debut author Tasha Suri, Empire of Sand is a lush and beautiful tale set in a magical world inspired by medieval India. ´Draws you into an intricately realised world of blood and secrets. An arresting and magical history told through the eyes of an indomitable heroine. I cannot ask for more´ Jeannette Ng ´Astounding . . . the epic story set my heart free´ Fran Wilde ´The best fantasy novel I have read this year´ Miles Cameron TASHA SURI is a librarian in London. Follow her on twitter at @tashadrinkstea for updates.
Mehr is a girl trapped between two cultures. Her father comes from the ruling classes of the empire but her mother´s people were outcasts, Amrithi nomads who worshipped the spirits of the sands. Caught one night performing these forbidden rites, Mehr is brought to the attention of the Emperor´s most feared mystics, who force her into their service by way of an arranged marriage. She discovers that her new husband is a mysterious, enslaved Amrithi with abilities like her own: together they must use every ounce of cunning, power and will they possess to resist the order´s cruel agenda - and should they fail, the spirits themselves may awaken seeking vengeance.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Soneela Nankani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/twuk/002190/bk_twuk_002190_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sal and his friend Shilly have been joined by a third refugee, Skendar, by the time they make their way to the remote island that is the home of the famous, feared Haunted City, home of the Sky Wardens. Sal´s great aunt, the Syndic, is also there, and she is determined to keep Sal under control, even if she has to imprison him to do it. But there are greater threats even than that. The ghosts that live behind the ancient glass of the City are restless. No one can say why they are stirred up, and no one has any idea what they can do if they act. The golem is determined to make Sal do its bidding and will not stop short of murder to obtain his obedience. It appears that the Weavers have plans as well, yet no one knows, or will admit knowing, if the legendary Weavers even exist or what they are. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Michael Summerer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003756/bk_adbl_003756_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After hundreds of years without a true king, the desert land of Nezza is in danger of falling under the rule of a ruthless lord advised by an evil wizard with dark intentions. A desperate cry for help brings Alexander Taylor to this perilous land and sets events in motion that will require him to rescue an old friend from and impenetrable dungeon. Once in Nezza, Alex meets a new band of adventurers and joins them in their quest to find young Prince Rallian - the man destined to become the rightful king of Nezza. In their path lies a deadly sand monster, a wise and insightful oracle, a massive army of illusions, and a host of lords and leaders ready to fight for - and against - the king of their land. But a dark shadow threatens Alex´s every step. And in Nezza, a land where magic is feared and wizards are held in suspicion, Alex will have to be more wise and cunning than ever before if he and his friends are to succeed - or even survive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: R. C. Bray. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/dsrt/000063/bk_dsrt_000063_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What choice do you make when those you´ve vowed to protect refuse to be protected? Dead women are showing up in the desert east of San Diego, and no one understands why. When the story comes to the attention of reporter Natalie Ellis, she can´t help but make comparisons to the tragic deaths she´d investigated years ago. Are these women the victims of a serial killer, or something even more insidious? Bodies may be piling up in his sire´s territory, but water vampire and feared enforcer, Baojia, is stuck entertaining the rich and clueless at a club in San Diego. He´s taken his exile with all the grace he could muster, but his patience is starting to thin. Sparks fly when mortal and immortal are thrown together, and Natalie comes face to face with a reality that was lurking in the corners of her life. Pursuing the truth could cost Baojia everything, including the mortal woman who has earned his grudging respect. Blood and Sand is the second novel in the expanded Elemental World series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of the best-selling Elemental Mysteries. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dina Pearlman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013344/bk_adbl_013344_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Insane with grief, Sand vows to destroy a terrorist cabal.... Ever since he took the vows of the samurai, Robert Sand has been ready to die. But now, for the first time in his life, he has a reason to live. Her name is Ann, and he sits beside her, awaiting takeoff for Geneva, when terrorists seize the plane. Holding guns on the passengers and crew, they douse the cabin in liquor and light a fire that will burn until it reaches the gas tanks. The terrorists flee as smoke fills the plane, but one lingers - a Japanese killer with a vendetta against the black samurai. He puts two bullets in Ann’s back, and even Sand’s lightning reflexes are not fast enough to save her. The Sword of Allah, the most feared terrorist organization on the planet, planned the attack. Its next operation threatens to turn the Cold War up to a boil, but they made one foolish mistake. Robert Sand is angry, and will have his revenge. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Kenerly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/006083/bk_adbl_006083_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mard Audran has risen from hustling on the streets of the decadent Budayeen ghetto to being the right-hand man of one of the Maghreb´s most feared men. As an enforcer for the powerful Friedlander Bey, Mard is just beginning to enjoy his newfound wealth and privilege, when he and Bey are betrayed by a rival and accused of murder. Sentenced to exile and abandoned to die in the vast Arabian desert, Mard and Bey must somehow survive the searing sands and make their way back to the now-hostile Budayeen - and, then, take their vengeance. By turns thrilling and philosophical, The Exile Kiss is the culmination of one of the great works of modern SF. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Davis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002936/bk_adbl_002936_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dunny knew from an early age what it meant to be an outsider. Her special abilities earned her many names, like freak and water witch. So she vowed to keep her powers a secret. Now, though, her talents may be the only hope for two missing children. A young boy and girl have vanished, feared lost in the mysterious bayous of Louisiana. But they didn’t just disappear; they were taken. By something far more dangerous than the ghosts and spirits living in the swamp. Something with very special plans for the children - and for anyone who dares to interfere.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Xe Sands. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/001009/bk_bimo_001009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here for the first time is the full story of the seashore: its natural and social history, spectacles, and scandals. The turquoise surf and sugary sand of the beach make it a favorite retreat today, but this wasn´t always so. The oceans of antiquity engendered contradictory feelings. Greek and Roman myths filled it with bellicose monsters and alluring sirens. Medieval Europeans feared immersion in water. But the rediscovery of its medicinal attractions in the 17th century soon glorified the beach as an avenue for social pursuits.In this elegant and illuminating account, Lencek and Bosker chart the evolution of the seaside from the margins of civilization, when ´´exotic´´ meant remote and terrifying, to its present role as the center of recreation and escape. Sexuality, health, fashion, sport, beach architecture, and beachwear all have their place in the progression toward the beach resorts that represent Nirvana for the 20th-century pleasure seeker. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nadia May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003553/bk_blak_003553_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.