A young hero sets off on a journey of revenge to avenge the only family he has ever known; an adopted group of patriarchal, militant giants. Revenge is thrust aside when the hero's quest turns into a journey of self-discovery; unlocking his mysterious mental powers, and leading him into a strange life of adventure, with even stranger adventuring partners. A mysterious priestess who can heal others, but spends the mornings helpless in the sun, absorbing light like a plant; a muscular Amazon warrior with gills in her neck that she keeps hidden from the world; a bungling thief that is so lucky he can even cheat death itself; and a mage that is so greedy, he will go to any lengths to increase his wealth and power.
The young hero realizes he may be on the same path as a previous hero of a long-lost age when he discovers an intelligent weapon; a sword fashioned by an unknown god and made from an alien alloy, known only as living steel. The discovery of this strange and cursed artifact seems to coincide with a rising army of humanoid creatures and the dalliance of gods with mortals. The young hero finally ends up in a personal conflict with the mages guild that stubbornly refuses to grant audience or release information. A new age is dawning and powers that struggled ages ago will once again take up the gauntlet of conquest.
THE NEW CHILLING, PROPULSIVE NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.
But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.
The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.
Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her...
You won't be able to put down B. A. Paris's The Breakdown, the next chilling, propulsive novel from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors.
Among them is talented artist Domenico, who inspires his comrades to create a symbol of peace during a time of war, and by using their collective talents they forge friendships that will last a lifetime. Out of driftwood and junk they build the Italian chapel: a testament to hope and beauty in a war-ravaged world. And when Italian POW Guiseppe and local woman Fiona develop feelings for each other, he decides to hide a secret token of his love in the chapel...
Based on an incredible true story, The Italian Chapel is a heartbreaking yet inspiring story of forbidden love, lifelong friendships and the triumph of the human spirit.
PRAISE FOR THE ITALIAN CHAPEL
"An engaging story of hope set against the backdrop of the Second World War."
"A straightforward good read bolstered by some solid research which helps make the tale all the more believable."
“This is a very interesting novel ... Philip Paris is an author who knows how to fascinate his readers, and it would be a shame to deprive yourself of the pleasure of reading this book."
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“The story of the Italian Chapel is one of the most inspiring to emerge from the Second World War and I’m delighted that Philip Paris has chosen to tell it. In these troubled times, we can all read, mark and learn, though whether we will is another matter.”
Alan Platter, CBE
"If you buy one Orkney related book this year, make sure it is this one.
Book Features:A definitive resource on culturally sustaining pedagogies, including what they look like in the classroom and how they differ from deficit-model approaches.Examples of teaching that sustain the languages, literacies, and cultural practices of students and communities of color.Contributions from the founders of such lasting educational frameworks as culturally relevant pedagogy, funds of knowledge, cultural modeling, and third space.
Contributors: H. Samy Alim, Mary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas, Michael Domínguez, Nelson Flores, Norma Gonzalez, Kris D. Gutiérrez, Adam Haupt, Amanda Holmes, Jason G. Irizarry, Patrick Johnson, Valerie Kinloch, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Carol D. Lee, Stacey J. Lee, Tiffany S. Lee, Jin Sook Lee, Teresa L. McCarty, Django Paris, Courtney Peña, Jonathan Rosa, Timothy J. San Pedro, Daniel Walsh, Casey Wong
“All teachers committed to justice and equity in our schools and society will cherish this book.”
—Sonia Nieto, professor emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“This book is for educators who are unafraid of using education to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.”
—Pedro Noguera, University of California, Los Angeles
“This book calls for deep, effective practices and understanding that centers on our youths’ assets.”
—Prudence L. Carter, dean, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley
“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl
“This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)
"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)
“The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post
“This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” —San Francisco Book Review
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.
From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.