of the exiled house of Stuart. But somehow the young pretender, Prince
Charles Edward, otherwise known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, manage to
For six extraordinary months the handsome young prince, often starving,
sometimes barefoot and in rags, ranged the Western Highlands and the
Outer and Inner Hebrides, hiding, lurking, fleeing.
Despite dire threats of punishment to all who might aid and abet him,
the royal fugitive was hidden by brave and trusty supporters, each of
whom could have betrayed him for the massive £30,000 reward offered by
This story stands as a tribute to the loyalty and staunch courage of the
Highland clansfolk, from master of Scottish history Nigel Tranter.
David Beaton was determined to rise in the world - by whatever means
available. Never one to be burdened by scruples, he cynically used the
Church for his own ends to become one of the most able statesmen of his
century and the real ruler of James V's Scotland.
An astute, courageous man, an accomplished fighter, fond of women, it
was inevitable that Cardinal David Beaton would make many enemies. And
that one day one of those embittered men would wreak a terrible revenge.
The compelling 16th century story of the rise and fall of David Beaton -
the Cardinal who was no saint. Set against the background of war and
Reformation, this is a thrilling story from Nigel Tranter, master of
something of a world apart, with its own strange laws, beliefs and
Young John Maxwell, Warden of the West March, did his best to control a
motley crew of dalesmen and mosstroopers from Liddesdale, Eskdale and
Dryfesdale among others, and keep some sort of balance with the unruly
West March English.
As the turbulent reign of King Henry VIII gave way to the rule of
Elizabeth Tudor, John Maxwell - a loyal supporter of Mary, Queen of
Scots - inevitably found himself drawn into the wider sphere of the
How he fared with Mary's suitors, courtiers and enemies, and his
courtship of the beautiful Agnes Herries, forms the fascinating subject
of Nigel Tranter's captivating novel.
fifteen-year-old James Stewart was crowned James IV of Scotland. From
those inauspicious beginnings, the inexperienced boy-king was to become
one of the finest and most popular kings in Scotland's history, leading
his people bravely through some of the nation's most dramatic and
colourful years. Bold, vigorous, headstrong and romantic, he inspired
great loyalty from men, and passionate love from women. So great was his
people's affection that the bravest and best of Scotland's young men
finally laid down their lives for him - at the tragic Field of Flodden.
Accomplished lover, able king, complex personality, James IV of Scotland
is brought to memorable life in Nigel Tranter's compelling tale of
drama, intrigue and treachery.
of England, far-reaching changes take place in the two realms.
David Murray, the young son of Sir Andrew, a Perthshire laird, has no aspirations
to greatness. Then a chance encounter with King James the Sixth leads to him
becoming Cup Bearer and Master of the Horse to his young liege. Together with
James's foster brother John Erskine, Master of Mar, the three men enter a new
era of political intrigue and dynastic manoeuvring.
backward, patriarchal, strife-ridden country and, against all the odds,
pushed and dragged it into the forefront of Christendom's advancing
This is a story of independence, single-mindedness and hard-headed
leadership. But also, through the turbulent years of his reign, it is a
story of devotion: to the woman he admired and loved, Queen Matilda.
Set in the 12th century, this is the incredible story of one of
Scotland's greatest kings: David, the monarch who made Scotland a power
for the first time, told by master of Scottish historical fiction Nigel Tranter.
warrior, athlete and statesman.
And prisoner - for he was held captive for almost half his adult life.
He possessed that fatal Stewart capacity to arouse both love and
hatred; to attract both undying loyalty and the darkest treachery. His
romance with the proud English beauty Joanna Beaufort is one of
the great love stories of history, and the love for him of Catherine
Douglas, one of the most poignant.
In this compelling novel, Nigel Tranter vividly recreates the turbulent
life of a remarkable man and the troubled times in which he lived.
and her subsequent flight to England left Scotland a troubled nation.
Mary's infant son was crowned James VI, with her illegitimate
half-brother, the earl of Moray, as Regent. The population remained
bitterly divided as Moray and the Protestant Lords began to wreak their
terrible vengeance on supporters of the losing side.
Having fought for the Queen at the battle, the Carmichaels of
Lanarkshire were in a precarious position, to say the least.
Nineteen-year-old John Carmichael, younger of that ilk, whose sole
ambitions were land-improvement, organising fishing and raising a
family, was to become deeply entangled in the murky world of Scots
regency government, is forced into a world of treachery and intrigue,
and finds himself in great danger...
A gripping tale of 16th century Scotland by Nigel Tranter, master of
Scottish historical fiction.
Atheling who, but for William the Conqueror, would have been King of
England. She came to Scotland in 1069.
Beautiful, sympathetic and devout, she was an unlikely consort to the
rough and ready Malcolm King of Scots and slayer of MacBeth, a man who
cared for little other than hunting, drinking and the brutal arts of
Yet, through her gentle strength of character and intelligence, she was
to have a profound and lasting effect on her adopted nation and people
that lasts to this day.
his fellow mosstroopers helped keep the rampaging Galloway rebels at
bay. But it was for his expertise in the killing of wild boars, as
protector of the Swintons' sheep flocks, that young Hugh was brought to
But Malcolm was a pious man much concerned with the well-being of his
people. And he handpicked Hugh de Swinton to mastermind a very special
project close to his heart: to establish Scotland's first real hospital
for the sick and poor, at Soutra in Lauderdale.
Action, chivalry and romance in the 12th century: the story of Hugh de
Swinton and his thrilling life that encompassed fighting, farming and
the foundation of Scotland's first hospital.
Soon the Duke of Cumberland was offering a huge sum for the capture of
Prince Charles Edward Stuart, dead or alive.
Duncan MacGregor, great-nephew of Rob Roy, volunteers to join the small
band of men escorting the Prince to safety.
Just one day after the Prince's escape, a large amount of French gold is
landed at the very spot from which he has sailed. Thus it is that
Duncan becomes involved in a desperate attempt to save Prince Charlie's
gold, helped by beautiful, headstrong Caroline Cameron.
The final volume in Nigel Tranter's thrilling MacGregor trilogy, which
charts the 18th-century fortunes of Rob Roy and the MacGregor clan,
loyal supporters of the Stuart cause.
the feeble Robert III still clung to his throne, his kingdom rang with
the sound of conflict as his son and brother grappled for power.
Sir James Douglas of Aberdour, married as he was to the King's
illegitimate sister, had to tread a hazardous path through the warring
factions. But having a conscience made life harder still. For in those
days - and in that company - a conscience could cost a man dear...
The second volume of Nigel Tranter's epic House of Stewart trilogy tells
of the last days of King Robert III of Scotland and the struggle for his
romantic periods of British history, the famous Rob Roy MacGregor and
his gallant nephew Gregor, a fierce young highlander loyal to the cause,
led the MacGregor clan into battle against the English Army.
Outlawed and landless, they still clung to Glengyle, one small remaining
corner of their ancient territories, and held fast in their loyalty to
the Stuart King over the water.
But in the midst of the political struggle young Gregor still managed to
find time to pay court to Mary Hamilton, a lovely girl who at first
rejected his rough Highland ways...
The beginning of the heroic story of Rob Roy MacGregor, as told by Nigel
Tranter, master of Scottish historical fiction.
Norway, Denmark and Rome, here is the story of the real MacBeth.
Set aside Shakespeare's portrait: read instead of his struggle to make
and save a united Scotland.
In this impressively researched and vivid portrayal, Tranter belies the
popular perception of a savage, murderous ambitious king. Instead, he
tells of MacBeth's struggle to make and save a united Scotland; his
devotion to his great love, the young Queen Gruoch; the humane laws they
fought for; the great battle they were forced to fight. And the terrible
price they paid.
Scotland at the end of the 13th century was a blood-torn country suffering under the harsh domination of a tyrant usurper, the hated Plantagenet, Edward Longshanks. During the appalling violence of those unsettled days, one man rose to become leader of the Scots. That man was William Wallace.
Motivated at first by revenge for the slaughter of his father, Wallace vowed to cleanse his country of the English and set the rightful king, Robert the Bruce, upon the Scottish throne.
Though Wallace was a heroic figure, he was but a man ? and his chosen path was to lead him through grievous danger and personal tragedy before the final outcome . . .
The semi-independent prince of the Hebrides and much of the West Highland mainland, he was a worthy representative of a notable line, living in dramatic and exciting times for Scotland and England, for Ulster, Man and Ireland. He took his part in it all, an active supporter of Robert the Bruce, chief of chiefs. He was a man who sought peace and prosperity for his so scattered people, encouraging trade, seeking to heal the feuding propensities of the clans, allying the Isles with Orkney and Shetland and Norway; travelling as far as the Baltic. He was also a man of humble mind, and a proud husband and father.
nobleman from the initial snub he received from Charles I, the
monarch he is to devote his life to serving.
A brilliant leader, a renowned strategist, a talented moderate in a
bigoted age: James Graham, the Marquis of Montrose, is a man
of great charm and steadfast loyalty. Reluctantly involved in in national
affairs, his most hated enemy is Archibald Campbell, Marquis of Argyll.
It seems that nothing can stand in the way of Montrose's triumph.
'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday
avenge his father's murder by English pirates, led to his national
renown as a pirate-slayer.
This brought him to the attention of King James III, who asked Wood
to build up a number of captured vessels to form the nucleus of a
national fleet. Such was his success, that the King eventually promoted
him to become Baron of Largo and Lord High Admiral of Scotland.
Admiral Wood's bold defence of Scottish waters against the marauding
English privateers was to incur the wrath of King Henry VII of England.
Wood was now in great danger - but he survived to become Scotland's
most famous sailor, and a skilled negotiator who greatly aided his nation's
cause at a time of international unrest.
She foiled Henry Tudor of England's plans to marry her baby daughter to his
son Edward and unite the two thrones under English rule by sending Mary to
France. She kept the peace between Protestants and Catholics while John
Knox was becoming a fiery power in the land.
Beautiful, lively and clever, Mary Queen of Scots was welcomed back to the
country of her birth after her mother died. But her troubles mounted with her
disastrous marriages to Lord Darnley and to Lord Bothwell after Darnley's
murder. In spite of numerous plots against her, and even after her little son
James was crowned king, she always believed that Elizabeth of England
would help her. Trustingly, she set off for England - and her tragic fate.
seven-year-old son to rule over a troubled kingdom. Power-hungry lords
seized their chance to gain control over the boy-king James II and his
When young Alexander Lyon, son of the Thane of Glamis, married Agnes,
the daughter of Sir William Crichton, he found himself drawn into the
wider affairs of the nation. Alec was to become a close attendant and
friend of the young monarch at a time when James was in sore need of
Alec Lyon and Agnes Crichton were to shape the story of Scotland - and
that of England, too. This was the period of the Wars of the Roses, and
the northern kingdom was not to remain unaffected.
A thrilling tale of cunning and treachery, danger and romance from
master of Scottish historical fiction Nigel Tranter.
John Stewart of Methven, bastard son of the Duke of Lennox.
King James VI of Scotland and I of England made a rare and disastrous
visit to his homeland of which he had been an absentee monarch for
fourteen years. Knighted in a rash moment by the eccentric King Jamie,
John became the reluctant servant of the court.
Much against his will he was commanded to return with the King to
London, and was soon caught up in a net of murky political intrigue...
A story of politics and greed in 17th century Scotland, told by Nigel
Tranter, master of Scottish historical fiction.
house of Stewart would have to come to a reckoning with the great
house of Douglas.
Young Will Douglas, the eight earl, was born to vast power, influence
- and trouble. And with the boy-king James II on an uneasy throne, and
scoundrels ruling Scotland, the death of Will's father plunged him suddenly
into a world where might prevailed and the end justified the means.
'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday
ambitious Boyd family of Kilmarnock seized power in a bloodless coup.
Mary Stewart, James' eldest sister, was at first unwilling to marry
Thomas Boyd, future Earl of Arran - but she had no choice.
Eventually, however, she learned to love him, and when he was sent to
the Danish court to negotiate with King Christian, she discovered a
unique talent for diplomacy. In exchange for Princess Margaret of
Denmark marrying her brother, Princess Mary at length persuaded the
Danes to hand over the islands of Orkney and Shetland to Scottish
But when the fortunes of the all-powerful Boyd family took a turn for
the worse, Mary was to find herself in an extremely awkward and
A riveting tale of romance, treachery and heartbreak, set in 15th
century Scotland: the story of Mary Stewart, eldest sister of James III
of Scotland and her part in making Orkney and Shetland part of Scotland.
throne. South of the border, England's King Henry III saw this as his
chance to assert his paramountcy over the kingdom. At the age of ten,
the boy was married to Henry's daughter.
But through the hazards of power politics and dynastic marriage - one
man stood by the young monarch. Whether it was shooting wild geese,
helping him escape from the prison-like confines of Edinburgh Castle or
teaching him to stand up both to his ever-threatening English
father-in-law and the unending feuds of his own countrymen, David de
Lindsay of Luffness in East Lothian was Alexander's one true and
But David's only wish was to be a crusader, a wish he was finally to
fulfil when the boy became a man.
The turbulent 13th century story of the child king Alexander III of
Scotland and David de Lindsay of Luffness, his one true supporter, in an
age of crusades and wars.
at the age of sixteen, was delighted to welcome to his court a young man
of royal blood, heir to the ancient - and all but rival - line of the
Cospatricks, Earls of Dunbar. Rather than begrudge Alexander his crown,
Patrick, Master of Dunbar, was to serve his monarch well and become his
true and closest friend.
And Alexander needed such a friend in those turbulent times, with the
ever-present threat of King John of England lurking; not to mention the
warlike Norsemen under King Hakon; the Lords of the Isles in revolt, and
the Isle of Man and Ireland also causing trouble.
This steadfast royal friendship was to withstand both treachery and
danger, rivalry and heartache during a highly significant period in
A story of drama and enduring friendship by Nigel Tranter, master of
Scottish historical fiction.
Gray, is determined that James VI should succeed to the English throne.
Nothing can be allowed to stand in his way - not even his own daughter's
And so Mary Gray and her lover, Ludovick, Duke of Lennox, are to be
caught up in a savage game of power politics, shaped by personal
ambition and religious bigotry.
The third volume in the Master of Gray trilogy by master of Scottish
historical fiction Nigel Tranter.
In an era of intrigue and bloodshed, Andrew Fletcher, laird of Saltoun,
stands out as a man of ideals and integrity. His fearless and dogged
opposition to the Treaty becomes a thirty-year campaign fought in Europe
as well as his native Scotland. His eventual defeat is the defeat of a
hero and of a cause so dear to his people that his name is glorified in
The fascinating 17th century tale of a Scottish hero, told by master of
Scottish historical fiction Nigel Tranter.
a man of modest ambitions. But when James VI learned of his poetic
genius, the king had other plans for him.
In 1603, when James VI of Scotland became James I of England, he
summoned Will to London and commanded him to translate the Psalms for
the new royal version of the Bible in English - which remains the
definitive edition to this day.
At the English court, Will Alexander consorted with the most famous
poets of the age including Shakespeare and Jonson. By the time he died,
the humble Scottish laird had become Earl of Stirling, Viscount of
Canada, Governor of Nova Scotia and Secretary of State for Scotland.
Laced with intrigue and absorbing historical detail, Nigel Tranter
charts the extraordinary rise of William Alexander of Menstrie.
letters would be an instrument of persuasion - or blackmail as others
might call it. Whoever held them had a hold over the James VI King of
Scots, now also King James I of England.
But for Andrew, seventh Lord Gray, laying hands on the letters was not
going to be easy. They were secure in the half-ruined Fast Castle that
clung to the sea-cliffs of Berwickshire. A castle that no one could
enter if they were not welcome.
And so young David Gray, his bastard nephew, was sent on a perilous
A thrilling historical novel of 17th century Scotland from Nigel Tranter.
was ever-present, James III, one of Scotland's weakest monarchs, came to
Before long, John, Lord of Douglas, a born leader and a man of
conscience and vision, found himself wishing that James' wise and
strong-minded sister Princess Mary had succeeded in her brother's place.
A fact compounded by the feeble king's habit of ignoring high-born
nobles, and succumbing instead to the influence of the astrologer and
alchemist William Sheves, Archdeacon of St Andrews, one of the cleverest
and most unscrupulous individuals in Scotland's history.
Continuing the story of Princess Mary Stewart that began in Price of a
Princess, Lord in Waiting is a gripping tale of 15th century Scotland by
Nigel Tranter, master of Scottish historical fiction.
Scotland. Arriving at the small fishing village of Garmouth, he faced a
mixed reception from the minister of the Kirk.
The exiled king was to remain in Scotland for a year, learning more
about his northern subjects, while the English tried to adjust to life
under the puritanical heel of the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell.
But Cromwell was soon to turn his attentions to matters north of the
border. He coveted the Honours of Scotland - the crown, sceptres and
sword-of-state - symbols of hope and the nations's honour.
And so the young men of Scotland were forced into battle to save the
The gripping story of Charles II's year in Scotland and Scotland's brave
stand against Oliver Cromwell, told by Nigel Tranter, master of Scottish
This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the Outlander series
• An interview with Diana Gabaldon
• An Outlander reader’s guide
Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
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The magnificent saga continues....
It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past—or the grave. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice. Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became legend—a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in frontier America. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century. Their daughter, Brianna....
Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the stone circle and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history...and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past...or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong....
In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it “a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries].” Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.
1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington’s troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie’s wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.
The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family’s secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.
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Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
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In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
This sixth novel in Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander saga is a masterpiece of historical fiction from one of the most popular authors of our time. A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.
The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.
With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence—with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.
Jamie Fraser, former Jacobite and reluctant rebel, is already certain of three things about the American rebellion: The Americans will win, fighting on the side of victory is no guarantee of survival, and he’d rather die than have to face his illegitimate son—a young lieutenant in the British army—across the barrel of a gun.
Claire Randall knows that the Americans will win, too, but not what the ultimate price may be. That price won’t include Jamie’s life or his happiness, though—not if she has anything to say about it.
Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, Brianna, and her husband, Roger MacKenzie, have resettled in a historic Scottish home where, across a chasm of two centuries, the unfolding drama of Brianna’s parents’ story comes to life through Claire’s letters. The fragile pages reveal Claire’s love for battle-scarred Jamie Fraser and their flight from North Carolina to the high seas, where they encounter privateers and ocean battles—as Brianna and Roger search for clues not only to Claire’s fate but to their own. Because the future of the MacKenzie family in the Highlands is mysteriously, irrevocably, and intimately entwined with life and death in war-torn colonial America.
With stunning cameos of historical characters from Benedict Arnold to Benjamin Franklin, An Echo in the Bone is a soaring masterpiece of imagination, insight, character, and adventure—a novel that echoes in the mind long after the last page is turned.
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At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army.
Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale....
The dazzling fifth volume of Diana Gabaldon’s extraordinary Outlander saga, featuring 18th-century Scotsman James Fraser and his 20th-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall.
The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge.
Born in the year of Our Lord 1918, Claire Randall served England as a nurse on the battlefields of World War II, and in the aftermath of peace found fresh conflicts when she walked through a cleftstone on the Scottish Highlands and found herself an outlander, an English lady in a place where no lady should be, in a time—1743—when the only English in Scotland were the officers and men of King George’s army.
Now wife, mother, and surgeon, Claire is still an outlander, out of place, and out of time, but now, by choice, linked by love to her only anchor—Jamie Fraser. Her unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes....
Grand, sweeping, utterly unforgettable, The Fiery Cross is riveting entertainment, a vibrant tapestry of history and human drama.
A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man’s world in the mining pits. . . . An American law student rejected in love finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House. . . . A housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with a German spy. . . . And two orphaned Russian brothers embark on radically different paths when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution.
From the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty, Fall of Giants takes us into the inextricably entangled fates of five families—and into a century that we thought we knew, but that now will never seem the same again. . . .
Ten people, each with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a lonely mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails to appear. On the island they are cut off from everything but each other and the inescapable shadows of their own past lives. One by one, the guests share the darkest secrets of their wicked pasts. And one by one, they die…
Praise for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series
“All you’ve come to expect from Gabaldon . . . adventure, history, romance, fantasy.”—The Arizona Republic, on An Echo in the Bone
“A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across ten generations.”—CNN, on The Fiery Cross
“Escapist historical fiction at its best.”—San Antonio Express-News, on Drums of Autumn
“A feast for ravenous readers of eighteenth-century Scottish history, heroism and romance.”—Kirkus Reviews, on Outlander
In this compilation of the five books in the best-selling Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers, we meet the five women whom God chose—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary—even scandalous—challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
Picking up where Fall of Giants, the first novel in the extraordinary Century Trilogy, left off, Winter of the World follows its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—through a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the great dramas of World War II, and into the beginning of the long Cold War.
Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until daring to commit a deed of great courage and heartbreak . . . . American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific . . . . English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism . . . . Daisy Peshkov, a driven social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set until war transforms her life, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war but also the war to come.
Here is the kind of authentically detailed epic novel that has become Louis L’Amour’s hallmark. It is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker, the Yakut native Alekhin, who knows every square foot of the icy frontier—and who knows that to trap his quarry he must think like a Sioux.
From the Paperback edition.