Kenya, 1947. Les membres d'un safari conduit par Remington, un écrivain américain, vont de découverte en surprise. D'abord, un guerrier masai est dévoré par un fauve. Les indigènes incriminent Batoo, l' homme-démon . Puis un animal inconnu d'une taille gigantesque fait son apparition. Enfin, quelques jours plus tard, tous les participants au safari disparaissent corps et biens sans laisser la moindre trace. Une jeune femme, miss Austin, va tenter de résoudre cette énigme. Mais elle n'est pas la seule. Dans un monde plongé en pleine guerre froide, plusieurs grandes puissances s'intéressent de près à ces phénomènes surnaturels... Avec Kenya , Léo et Rodolphe entament une nouvelle collaboration tout en poursuivant leur série Trent . On retrouve les ingrédients habituels des deux auteurs : chez Rodolphe, un savant cocktail d'aventure, d'action et de mystère. Chez Léo, ce goût prononcé des créatures imaginaires et de l'irruption du fantastique dans la réalité quotidienne. Cette fois, à la différence de Trent , nous avons tout fait ensemble, raconte le dessinateur. Nous imaginons la trâme tous les deux, puis Rodolphe affine les personnages et fait le découpage et les dialogues. C'est vraiment enthousiasmant ! Résultat ? Une histoire fantastique pleine de choses bizarroïdes... , résume Léo. Et une vision de l'Afrique assez éloignée de ce que l'on peut lire habituellement. La preuve : ce n'est pas tous les jours que l'on découvre, perdu en plein coeur de la savane, un palazzo italien habité par un authentique représentant de la noblesse...
Découvrez cette série de fantasy, plusieurs fois n°1 des meilleures ventes, qui a envoûté les lecteurs d'Amazon
Cette édition spéciale des deux premiers tomes de la série de fantasy Thomas Passe-Mondes vous ouvre les portes de l'univers de Thomas Passelande, jeune orphelin qui vit une existence sans histoires en compagnie de sa grand-mère Honorine, dans une petite ville des Alpes. Jusqu'au jour où il découvre par hasard qu'il possède le pouvoir de pénétrer dans un univers parallèle, le mystérieux Monde d’Anaclasis, peuplé d’habitants étranges.
Le jeune garçon apprend alors qu'il appartient à l'ordre respecté des Passe-Mondes, et qu'un destin hors du commun l'attend depuis toujours. D'aventures en rencontres, il va découvrir pourquoi cet univers incroyable lui semble si familier. Salué par la critique et sélectionné pour le Prix Auchan 2008, le premier tome de la série Thomas Passe-Mondes ravira tous les fans de fantasy et plus particulièrement les fans d'Harry Potter ou d'Ewilan.
CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE
- « Ce premier roman, que l’on dévore en quelques heures, tellement l’histoire est prenante, plonge d’emblée son lecteur au cœur d’une formidable quête fantastique vraiment passionnante. Il permet à celui-ci de s’évader au sein d’un univers original, riche en création avec juste ce qu’il faut de magie, de mystère pour subjuguer celui ou celle qui le découvre. On peut souligner le dynamisme du récit, la complicité des personnages principaux, Thomas et Ela, les nombreux dialogues, la vivacité de l’écriture, la modernité des références à notre monde actuel (Lara Croft, Gérard Jugnot...) Avec ce titre, Alice Jeunesse nous surprend agréablement en se lançant à présent dans le fantastique en grand format ; un premier roman prometteur, digne de rivaliser avec les grandes trilogies, quadrilogies et autres sagas comportant de multiples tomes ; et cela, pour notre plus grand bonheur de lecteur. Souhaitons un grand succès pour les divers tomes dont nous attendrons la sortie avec une impatience non dissimulée ! A dévorer sans hésiter par les amateurs du genre. » - Coup de cœur de Libbylit
- « [Le] second tome est encore plus passionnant que le premier. Maintenant que les personnages sont présentés, l’auteur peut les faire vivre pleinement. Eric Tasset a su créer un monde très original, mais très logique, rien ne semble déplacé ou superflu, tout est juste. Les héros sont attachants, l’histoire est palpitante. À consommer sans modération et vivement les prochains tomes. » - Libbylit
À PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR :
Né à Grenoble en 1964, Éric Tasset exerce la profession d’ingénieur projet dans l’industrie. De longue date, il a ressenti le besoin de faire partager sa passion pour l’histoire et le riche patrimoine de la France, ce qui l’a conduit à publier quatre livres aux Editions de Belledonne. Un autre de ses plaisirs est d’écrire pour la jeunesse. Et voilà justement des années qu’il rêvait de jeter sur le papier les bases d’un univers baroque destiné aux enfants et aux adolescents :c’est chose faite, à travers le cycle de Thomas Passe-Mondes. Le Monde d’Anaclasis livre enfin son univers fantastique, habité par la magie, le mystère et l’aventure...
Même si les fêtes de fin d'année s'annoncent mouvementées pour Aly et Andie, rien ne viendra à bout de leur optimisme sans faille !

Je te ferai aimer Noël !
Quand le patriarche de la famille Sullivan a proposé à Andie de l’embaucher pour qu’elle recrée l’esprit de Noël dans son foyer, elle n’a pas hésité une seconde. Après tout, c’est sa fête préférée ! Sauf que son client n’a pas précisé que Josh, son fils trentenaire et râleur hors pair, faisait une crise d’urticaire à la vue de la moindre guirlande et qu’il n’était en aucun cas disposé à lui faciliter la tâche. La mission s’annonce un peu plus compliquée que prévu...

Cher père Noël, je voudrais un mec !
C’est la dernière fois qu’Aly écoute les conseils foireux de sa meilleure amie ! Écrire sa liste au père Noël ? D’accord, c’était drôle comme idée, jusqu’à ce qu’Aly envoie par erreur ladite liste par mail à... son patron, Evan Sanders. Non seulement il va savoir que son vœu le plus cher est de se trouver un mec mais, en plus, il va apprendre qu’elle fantasme sur lui... Tout compte fait, Aly ne souhaite plus qu’une seule chose pour Noël : un miracle.

A propos de l'auteur
Mère de deux garçons très dynamiques, Caro M. Leene se consacre à sa passion pour l’écriture durant son temps libre. Fourmillant d’idées en permanence, elle aime tout particulièrement créer et faire évoluer ses personnages en imaginant que, quelque part dans le monde, ils existent vraiment.
Dans le premier volume de ses mémoires présidentiels, Barack Obama raconte l'histoire passionnante de son improbable odyssée, celle d'un jeune homme en quête d'identité devenu dirigeant du monde libre, retraçant de manière personnelle son éducation politique et les moments emblématiques du premier mandat de sa présidence - une période de transformations et de bouleversements profonds.
Barack Obama nous invite à le suivre dans un incroyable voyage, de ses premiers pas sur la scène politique à sa victoire décisive aux primaires de l'Iowa, et jusqu'à la soirée historique du 4 novembre 2008, lorsqu'il fut élu 44e président des États-Unis, devenant ainsi le premier Afro-Américain à accéder à la fonction suprême.
En revenant sur les grandes heures de sa présidence, il nous offre un point de vue unique sur l'exercice du pouvoir présidentiel, ainsi qu'un témoignage singulier sur les ressorts de la politique intérieure et de la diplomatie internationale. Il nous entraîne dans les coulisses de la Maison-Blanche, du Bureau ovale à la salle de crise, et aux quatre coins du monde, de Moscou à Pékin en passant par Le Caire. Il nous confie les réflexions qui l'ont occupé à certains moments cruciaux - la constitution de son gouvernement, la crise financière mondiale, le bras de fer avec Vladimir Poutine, la réforme du système de santé, les différends sur la stratégie militaire des États-Unis en Afghanistan, la réforme de Wall Street, le désastre provoqué par l'explosion de la plateforme pétrolière Deepwater Horizon, et enfin l'opération commando qui a conduit à la mort d'Oussama Ben Laden.
Une terre promise est aussi un récit introspectif - l'histoire du pari qu'un homme a lancé à l'Histoire, d'un militant associatif dont la foi a été mise à l'épreuve sur la scène internationale. Barack Obama parle sans détour du défi colossal qu'il lui a fallu relever : être le premier candidat afro-américain à la présidence, incarner "l'espoir et le changement" aux yeux de toute une génération galvanisée par la promesse du renouveau, et devoir à chaque instant prendre des décisions d'une gravité exceptionnelle. Il évoque la façon dont sa vie à la Maison-Blanche a pu affecter sa femme et ses filles, et parle sans fard des moments où il s'est retrouvé en proie au doute et à la déception - sans pour autant renoncer à croire qu'en Amérique le progrès est toujours possible.
Ce livre puissant et magnifiquement écrit est l'expression de la conviction profonde de Barack Obama : la démocratie n'est pas un don du ciel, mais un édifice fondé sur l'empathie et la compréhension mutuelle que nous bâtissons ensemble, jour après jour.

Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Pierre Demarty, Charles Recoursé et Nicolas Richard
Dans notre monde trop matérialiste, la personnalité seule a droit d'existence ; or chacun comprend aussi une âme et un esprit, mais a tendance à s'amputer de ces meilleures parts pour laisser la place à l'égocentrisme. L'âme veut vivre et ceux qui l'étouffent ressentent un manque indéfinissable. Dans l'enseignement du maître tibétain D K, transmis par Alice Bailey, une part importante est consacrée à l'astrologie, cette Grande Mère cosmique qui permet de retrouver sa véritable essence divine, loin de toute forme de mercantilisme divinatoire. Dans cette nouvelle édition, Kléa tente de rendre enfin compréhensible et praticable ce message magistral. La première partie de cet ouvrage traite du symbolisme et de la définition de chaque planète à tous les niveaux : initiatique, psychologique, social, professionnel, familial, affectif et physique. Les interprétations abordent les deux polarités négatives et positives, afin de permettre à chacun un travail de transmutation et de réharmonisation. Dans le même esprit, la deuxième partie traite des signes et des maisons. Chaque signe intègre un enseignement spécifique d'une fantastique richesse, à la portée de tous, parfaitement praticable, porteur de bonheur et d'une sérénité à toute épreuve s'il est bien compris. Un effort est certes demandé, mais pas plus que de mettre un pied devant l'autre pour avancer - cette fois à la verticale ! Les maisons ou secteurs de vie révèlent les problèmes individuels, mais aussi les solutions intérieures permettant de décoder leurs causes profondes, en même temps que les moyens de les transcender et de les dépasser. Entrez donc dans la " voie royale " du zodiaque...
À la veille d’une mission spatiale top-secret, la capitaine Calli Chase détecte une alarme dans le tunnel d’un des centres de recherche de la NASA. Spécialiste en mécanique quantique et enquêtrice en cybercriminalité, Calli sait que l’approche imminente d’une tempête avec le shutdown décidé par le gouvernement créent des conditions idéales pour un sabotage.
Le danger dépasse toutes ses craintes. Des indices troublants indiquent que Carmé, sa sœur jumelle, portée disparue depuis plusieurs jours, est liée à cet incident. Alors que le compte à rebours est lancé, Calli prend conscience qu’en cas d’échec la catastrophe sera terrible pour le programme spatial et pour la sécurité de la nation tout entière.
Un suspense brillant, mené tambour battant par une Patricia Cornwell au sommet de son art.

Traduit de l’anglais (États-Unis) par Dominique Defert

« Reine du polar, pilote d’hélicoptère et de moto, Patricia Cornwell s’attaque, avec Quantum, à une série palpitante. » Grazia

« Le début d'un suspense infernal chez les astronautes et pour notre plus grand plaisir d'une série d'enquêtes ultra-documentées, toujours aussi réalistes. C'est un défi de ne jamais perdre le profane au milieu de cette technologie futuriste aussi impressionnante. Passionnant et instructif ! » Télé Z

« Un suspense brillant, mené tambour battant par une Patricia Cornwell au sommet de son art. » Ici Paris

« Patricia Cornwell est l’une des reines du roman à suspense. Prévue pour le 3 juin prochain, sa nouvelle livraison, Quantum (JC Lattès), est très prometteuse. » Union Presse

« Le mieux est de se libérer un peu de temps avant de se lancer dans la lecture, car il sera difficile de renoncer à aller jusqu’au bout : Patricia Cornwell est de retour ! » Florence Dalmas Le Dauphiné Libéré / Vaucluse Matin

« Avec Quantum, la reine du polar aux 100 millions d'exemplaires vendus s'attaque à une nouvelle série palpitante, entre cybercriminalité et conquêtes spatiales. » Télé 7 jours
Moussa est « balanceur » sur un gbaka à Abidjan, une fourgonnette qui chaque jour fait la liaison entre la commune d’Abobo et le centre commercial d’Adjamé. Accroché à la portière, il sillonne la ville. Mais il ne voit presque rien de ce qui l’entoure. Ses rêves sont ailleurs. Il les porte depuis son enfance dans le quartier de Marley. Moussa veut aller à Bengue, en Europe. Peu importe le prix à payer, il veut partir, et que sa réussite là-bas profite aux siens ici. Il sera cireur de chaussures, apprenti mécanicien, chauffeur de taxi, soldat de la rébellion, chef de bande, avant de réunir assez d’argent et tenter l’aventure. Pour quelle vie ?

Moussa nous raconte son monde avec la candeur de l’enfant, la révolte du jeune homme, l’assurance et l’aveuglement de l’homme qui ne renonce jamais. Une énergie vitale contagieuse, une odyssée moderne renversante, la découverte d’une voix magnifique qui porte celle de la jeunesse africaine d’aujourd’hui.

« Lauréat du nouveau prix Voix d'Afriques, le jeune auteur séduit avec son incroyable histoire qu'il raconte dans Abobo Marley. » Mohammed Aïssaoui, Le Figaro.fr

« Yaya Diomandé a tenté sa chance en envoyant son manuscrit comme des milliers d'autres sur le continent africain. La chance lui a souri, son talent a été repéré ». Catherine Fruchon- Toussaint, RFI

« Par-delà le récit coloré de la vie et des rêves d’un gamin, Abobo Marley est un roman social qui met à jour des ressorts invisibles à l’œil nu, les dénonce, « pour que mûrisse la prise de conscience ». Maryline Baumard, Le Monde Afrique

« Un livre que tous les européens devraient lire. » France inter, La librairie francophone

« L’abandon de l’école au profit d’une réussite rapide ; l’enrôlement pour la rébellion, les départs pour l’Europe ; et, enfin, la splendide langue d’Abidjan - mélange de français, de dioula et de nouchi. Tout cela est dans Abobo Marley, roman d’une jeune vie troublée par les soubresauts d’un pays. » Gladys Marivat, Lire Le Magazine Littéraire
“Neil Gaiman is undoubtedly one of the modern masters of fantasy writing....For those who have not read Neverwhere, the new edition is the one to read, and is a fitting introduction to Gaiman’s adult fiction....American readers can experience this spellbinding, magical world the way that Neil Gaiman wanted us to all along.”  —Huffington Post

The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his “preferred text”—and including his special Neverwhere tale, “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”.

Published in 1997, Neil Gaiman’s darkly hypnotic first novel, Neverwhere, heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy.

It is the story of Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he discovers a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Here in Neverwhere, Door is a powerful noblewoman who has vowed to find the evil agent of her family’s slaughter and thwart the destruction of this strange underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life and home, he must join Lady Door’s quest to save her world—and may well die trying.

« Un chef-d’œuvre de thriller et de roman policier. Pierce fit un travail formidable en développant des personnages avec un côté psychologique, si bien décrits que nous nous sentons dans leurs esprits, suivons leurs peurs et applaudissons leur succès. L’intrigue est très intelligente et vous gardera occupés le long du livre. Plein de rebondissements, ce livre vous gardera éveillés jusqu’à avoir tourné la dernière page. »

— Books and movie Review, Roberto Mattos (à propos de Sans Laisser de Traces)

 

Banni est le tome 15 de la série bestseller des Enquêtes de Riley Paige, qui commence avec le tome 1 Sans Laisser de Traces – en téléchargement gratuit, et plus de 1000 notes à cinq étoiles !

 

Quand un tueur en série frappe dans une série de villes et que l’unique témoin potentiel se trouve dans l’incapacité de parler, il revient à l’agent spécial du FBI Riley Paige d’entrer dans l’esprit de cet homme complexe, et d’apprendre ce qu’il sait, s’il sait quelque chose.

 

Qu’ont les victimes en commun ? De quoi exactement cet homme a-t-il été le témoin ?

 

Dans ce thriller noir, Riley Paige doit affronter ses propres démons tandis qu’elle est appelée à résoudre un crime qui laisse tous les autres déconcertés, un qui l’obligera à pénétrer, trop profondément, dans l’esprit d’un psychopathe…

 

Thriller plein d’action, au suspens palpitant, banni est le tome 15 d’une nouvelle série captivante – avec un nouveau personnage attachant – qui vous poussera à tourner les pages jusqu’au bout de la nuit.

 

Le tome 16 de la série Les Enquêtes de Riley Paige sera bientôt disponible.

« Un chef-d’œuvre de thriller et de roman policier. Pierce a fait un travail formidable en développant des personnages avec un côté psychologique, si bien décrits que nous nous sentons dans leurs esprits, suivons leurs peurs et applaudissons leur succès. L’intrigue est très intelligente et vous gardera occupés le long du livre. Plein de rebondissements, ce livre vous gardera éveillés jusqu’à avoir tourné la dernière page. »

— Books and movie Review, Roberto Mattos (à propos de Sans Laisser de Traces)

 

Piégée est le tome 13 de la série bestseller des Enquêtes de Riley Paige, qui commence avec le tome 1 Sans Laisser de Traces – en téléchargement gratuit, et plus de 1000 notes à cinq étoiles !

 

Dans ce thriller psychologique noir, un riche époux est retrouvé mort, et son épouse, victime de violences, est mise en examen pour ce crime. Elle appelle Riley à l’aide – et pourtant il semble clair qu’elle est coupable.

 

Mais quand un autre mari riche et violent décède, le FBI est appelé, et l’agent spécial Riley Paige s’interroge : tout ceci est-il une coïncidence ? Ou cela pourrait-il être l’œuvre d’un tueur en série ?

 

Il s’ensuit un jeu du chat et de la souris, alors que Riley Paige réalise qu’elle affronte un tueur brillant et imprédictible, sans réel mobile – et déterminé à continuer à tuer jusqu’à son arrestation.

 

Thriller plein d’action, au suspens palpitant, Piégée est le tome 13 d’une nouvelle série captivante – avec un nouveau personnage attachant – qui vous poussera à tourner les pages jusqu’au bout de la nuit.

 

Le tome 14 de la série Les Enquêtes de Riley Paige sera bientôt disponible.

 

— Un chef-d’œuvre de thriller et de roman policier. Pierce fit un travail formidable en développant des personnages avec un côté psychologique, si bien décrits que nous nous sentons dans leurs esprits, suivons leurs peurs et applaudissons leur succès. L’intrigue est très intelligente et vous gardera occupés le long du livre. Plein de rebondissements, ce livre vous gardera éveillés jusqu’à avoir tourné la dernière page. 

— Books and movie Review, Roberto Mattos (à propos de Sans Laisser de Traces)

 

manqué est le tome 16 de la série bestseller des Enquêtes de Riley Paige, qui commence avec le tome 1 Sans Laisser de Traces – en téléchargement gratuit, et plus de 1000 notes à cinq étoiles !

 

Un tueur en série frappe apparemment au hasard, tuant d’abord un homme dans la cinquantaine, puis une femme du même âge. La seule chose qui les relie est l’unique souvenir qu’il a emporté : une chaise de salle à manger.

 

Que cela signifie-t-il ? Les meurtres sont-ils aléatoires après tout ?

 

L’agente du FBI Riley Paige doit affronter ses propres démons et ses propres problèmes familiaux tout en s’engageant dans une course contre la montre pour pénétrer dans l’esprit d’un tueur diabolique dont il est certain qu’il frappera de nouveau.

 

Va-t-elle l’arrêter à temps ?

 

Thriller plein d’action, au suspens palpitant, manqué est le tome 16 d’une nouvelle série captivante – avec un nouveau personnage attachant – qui vous poussera à tourner les pages jusqu’au bout de la nuit.

 

***TOP TEN KINDLE BESTSELLER***

''Compelling. Poignant. Haunting. Heart wrenching. Just beautiful. Everyone needs to read this wonderful book.'' - Renita D''Silva, bestselling author of The Forgotten Daughter

1939. Seventeen-year-old Nora Jennings has spent her life secure in the certainty of a bright, happy future - until one night of passion has more catastrophic consequences than she ever could have anticipated. Labelled a moral defective and sectioned under the Mental Deficiency Act, she is forced to endure years of unspeakable cruelty at the hands of those who are supposed to care for her.

1981.
When psychiatrist Janet Humphreys comes across Nora, heavily institutionalised and still living in the hospital more than forty years after her incarceration, she knows that she must be the one to help Nora rediscover what it is to live. But as she works to help Nora overcome her past, Janet realises she must finally face her own.

Based on a true story, The Girl Behind the Gates is the raw, heart-breaking yet ultimately uplifting tale of a young woman cut down in her prime, and of the woman who finally brings her back to life, perfect for fans of The Girl in the Letter and Philomena.

Further praise for THE GIRL BEHIND THE GATES:

''The Girl behind the Gates absorbed me from the start. A haunting, heart-wrenching but ultimately heart-warming novel told in beautiful prose and with great compassion and insight.'' - Gill Thompson, bestselling author of The Oceans Between Us

''The Girl Behind the Gates is a powerful, emotional novel - harrowing in parts but always authentic and full of insights and compassion, and a sobering account of the best and worst of human nature. I was moved to tears by the ending and will certainly not hesitate to recommend it.'' - Jill Childs, bestselling author of Gracie''s Secret

''A powerful story of trust, compassion, healing - and the transforming power of love, that can give new life to a broken spirit.'' - Sharon Maas, bestselling author of The Violin Maker''s Daughter

THE GIRL BEHIND THE GATES is touching so many readers'' lives...

''The best book of the year. I read 125 books a year and this is the best I have read'' - 5 STARS
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‘Unbelievably great!!!! I loved this book.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Louise Bridges has the perfect life.

A loving husband, Patrick. Two adorable children. A comfortable home.

So when PC Becca Holt arrives to break the news that Patrick has been killed in an accident, she thinks Louise’s perfect world is about to collapse around her.

But Louise doesn’t react in the way Becca would expect her to on hearing of her husband’s death. And there are only three plates set out for dinner, as if Louise already knew Patrick wouldn’t be home that night...

The more Becca digs, the more secrets she uncovers in the Bridges’ marriage – and the more she wonders just how far Louise would go to get what she wants...

Is Louise a loving wife – or a cold-hearted killer?

Readers LOVE The Perfect Widow!

‘LOVED this book! Fantastic read! I couldn't put it down.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘Drew me in from the start and just got better and better.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘Excellent twists... A gripping novel with brilliantly drawn characters and an ending I won't forget in a hurry. I can't wait to read more from this author!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘I couldn’t put it down. I think it is one of the best of this genre that I have read. The writing is excellent, with vivid descriptions, a painfully good understanding of human nature, and a sharp sense of humor.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘What a story. I read it in a day... You won’t be able to stop reading.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘I really enjoyed it and looked forward to reading it when I wasn’t!!!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘What a great book. Would definitely recommend it.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

Never again will you have to stand by helplessly while your little baby cries and cries. There is a way to calm most crying babies . . . usually in minutes! 
 
Thousands of parents, from regular moms and dads to Hollywood superstars, have come to baby expert Dr. Harvey Karp to learn his remarkable techniques for soothing babies and increasing sleep. Now his landmark book—fully revised and updated with the latest insights into infant sleep, bedsharing, breastfeeding, swaddling, and SIDS risk—can teach you too! Dr. Karp’s highly successful method is based on four revolutionary concepts:
 
1. The Fourth Trimester: Why babies still yearn for a womblike atmosphere . . . even after birth
2. The Calming Reflex: An “off switch” all babies are born with
3. The 5 S’s: Five easy steps to turn on your baby’s amazing calming reflex
4. The Cuddle Cure: How to combine the 5 S’s to calm even colicky babies
 
With Dr. Karp’s sensible advice, parents and grandparents, nurses and nannies, will be able to transform even the fussiest infant into the happiest baby on the block!
 
Praise for The Happiest Baby on the Block
 
“Dr. Karp’s book is fascinating and will guide new parents for years to come.”—Julius Richmond, M.D., Harvard Medical School, former Surgeon General of the United States
 
The Happiest Baby on the Block is fun and convincing. I highly recommend it.”—Elisabeth Bing, co-founder of Lamaze International
 
“Will fascinate anyone who wants to know how babies experience the world, and wants to answer their cries lovingly and effectively.”The San Diego Union-Tribune
#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 1 million copies sold

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

We always start with the best of intentions when we begin a new exercise program. In fact, we could not be more determined to tone our bodies and get in shape! But then our planned week of five days at the gym or doing an at-home program turns into three days, into one day, into . . . Who has the time?The truth is, we still really do want to be healthy and fit, but we have become so overwhelmed and overextended with other nonnegotiables in life that we view exercise as just another chore to complete--an optional chore.Behavior expert Michelle Segar has devoted her career to the science of motivation. Over the years she has discovered a groundbreaking law of humanity that has completely revamped her mindset on how we are best motivated to exercise: Human beings are hardwired to choose immediate gratification over delayed benefits. In other words, we’re not going to exercise unless it makes us happy right now.In her USA Today Best Book honoree No Sweat, Segar lays out the path for revamping our mindset toward exercise and finding fulfillment and enjoyment in exercise today. Translating twenty years of research on exercise and motivation into a simple four-point program, she helps readers broaden their definition of exercise, find pleasure in physical activity, and discover realistic ways to fit it into their lives.Complete with testimonies of success from Segar’s clients, their stories punctuate the book, entertaining and emboldening readers to break the cycle of exercise failure once and for all. It’s simple--activities we enjoy, we repeat. With the revolutionary principles and exercise tips in No Sweat, getting in shape has never been so much fun.
Chip and Dan Heath, the bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick, tackle one of the most critical topics in our work and personal lives: how to make better decisions.
 
   Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We’re overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn’t. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn’t fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better?

   In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively readable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

   Along the way, we learn the answers to critical questions like these: How can we stop the cycle of agonizing over our decisions? How can we make group decisions without destructive politics? And how can we ensure that we don’t overlook precious opportunities to change our course? 

   Decisive is the Heath brothers’ most powerful—and important—book yet, offering fresh strategies and practical tools enabling us to make better choices. Because the right decision, at the right moment, can make all the difference.
Small changes can make a big impact on creating a healthy, happy family.

In 52 Small Changes for the Family, bestselling author Brett Blumenthal teams up with family health practitioner Danielle Shea Tan to reveal how to build a foundation of health and happiness in the family. The idea is simple: Make one small change a week for 52 weeks and at the end of the year, you and your children will enjoy a happier, healthier lifestyle.

52 Small Changes for the Family will teach you and your family how to:

• Minimize clutter while organizing your space
• Foster a positive relationship with food
• Prioritize time in nature and take care of the environment
• Have meaningful conversations
• Use technology socially and safely
• Teach and practice financial responsibility
• Volunteer and give back to the community
• Promote curiosity and encourage a love of learning
• Build resilience, confidence, and cultivate emotional intelligence

Path to Change: Each change comes with an explanation as to why the change is important, as well as a “Path to Change,” which provides tips and recommenda¬tions to help you successfully implement the change.

Backed by research from leading experts and full of helpful charts and worksheets, 52 Small Changes for the Family provides a road map to a better life for the whole family.

Readers who love self-improvement books, such as Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home and The Happiness Project will love this book for its practical and actionable advice.
From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction
 
“Unflinchingly honest and remarkably candid, Matthew McConaughey’s book invites us to grapple with the lessons of his life as he did—and to see that the point was never to win, but to understand.”—Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.
 
Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges—how to get relative with the inevitable—you can enjoy a state of success I call “catching greenlights.”
 
So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is fifty years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops.
 
Hopefully, it’s medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot’s license, going to church without having to be born again, and laughing through the tears.
 
It’s a love letter. To life.
 
It’s also a guide to catching more greenlights—and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.
 
Good luck.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The knockdown, drag-out, untold story of the other scandal that rocked Nixon’s White House, and reset the rules for crooked presidents to come—with new reporting that expands on Rachel Maddow’s Peabody Award-nominated podcast

“Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz expand on their riveting podcast to create a work both scholarly and disturbing in its parallels to current events.”—Preet Bharara, New York Times bestselling author of Doing Justice and host of the podcast Stay Tuned with Preet

Is it possible for a sitting vice president to direct a vast criminal enterprise within the halls of the White House? To have one of the most brazen corruption scandals in American history play out while nobody’s paying attention? And for that scandal to be all but forgotten decades later?

The year was 1973, and Spiro T. Agnew, the former governor of Maryland, was Richard Nixon’s second-in-command. Long on firebrand rhetoric and short on political experience, Agnew had carried out a bribery and extortion ring in office for years, when—at the height of Watergate—three young federal prosecutors discovered his crimes and launched a mission to take him down before it was too late, before Nixon’s impending downfall elevated Agnew to the presidency. The self-described “counterpuncher” vice president did everything he could to bury their investigation: dismissing it as a “witch hunt,” riling up his partisan base, making the press the enemy, and, with a crumbling circle of loyalists, scheming to obstruct justice in order to survive.

In this blockbuster account, Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz detail the investigation that exposed Agnew’s crimes, the attempts at a cover-up—which involved future president George H. W. Bush—and the backroom bargain that forced Agnew’s resignation but also spared him years in federal prison. Based on the award-winning hit podcast, Bag Man expands and deepens the story of Spiro Agnew’s scandal and its lasting influence on our politics, our media, and our understanding of what it takes to confront a criminal in the White House.
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

A People Book of the Week, Book of the Month Club selection, and Best of Fall in Good Housekeeping, PopSugar, The Washington Post, New York Post, Shondaland, CNN, and more!

[A] quirky, big-hearted novel…Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure.” —People

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis
 
“One of [Erik Larson’s] best books yet . . . perfectly timed for the moment.”—Time • “A bravura performance by one of America’s greatest storytellers.”—NPR 
 
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE EAST HAMPTON STAR AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review Time Vogue • NPR • The Washington Post • The Globe & Mail • Fortune • Bloomberg • New York Post • The New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews • LibraryReads PopMatters

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end.

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela’s illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” to whom he turns in the hardest moments.
 
The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.
A #1 New York Times bestseller 

From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the first novel in the beloved Regency-set world of her charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix.

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule...

This novel includes the 2nd epilogue, a peek at the story after the story.

An enchanting collection containing the first three novels in New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn’s beloved Bridgerton series set in Regency England—The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, and An Offer from a Gentleman—now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix. 

The Duke and I
When Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, agree to a fake courtship, they think they’ve found the perfect solution to their problems. Romantically associated with one of London’s most desirable catches, Daphne’s prospects among the ton will soar. For avowed bachelor Simon, an attachment to Daphne will deter would-be brides and their ambitious mamas. Their plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule. . . 

The Viscount Who Loved Me
London's most elusive bachelor, Anthony Bridgerton is determined to wed. But one obstacle stands in his way—his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield, who is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal. Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands, and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. She’s determined to protect her sister—even as she fears she may not be able to resist the reprehensible and oh so desirable rake herself . . .

 

An Offer from a Gentleman
Sophie Beckett never dreamed she'd be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball—or that she would be spinning in the arms of her "Prince Charming"—the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton. But when the clock strikes midnight, Sophie’s enchanting evening ends. Since that night Benedict has been able to think of nothing but the bewitching young woman, and he’s sworn to find and wed his mystery miss. Yet will another unexpectedly steal his heart—and his chance for a fairy tale love?


A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

This new edition includes the fiftieth-anniversary fully corrected text setting and, for the first time, an extensive new index.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but while he studied classic works of the past, he was creating a set of his own.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

“Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix.”—USA Today • “As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates.”—Entertainment Weekly

A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.

When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself. 

Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly • San Francisco Chronicle • Village Voice • Chicago Sun-Times • iO9 • The AV Club

“Delightful . . . the grown-up’s Harry Potter.”HuffPost

“An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart.”—CNN

“A most excellent ride . . . Cline stuffs his novel with a cornucopia of pop culture, as if to wink to the reader.”Boston Globe

“Ridiculously fun and large-hearted . . . Cline is that rare writer who can translate his own dorky enthusiasms into prose that’s both hilarious and compassionate.”—NPR

“[A] fantastic page-turner . . . starts out like a simple bit of fun and winds up feeling like a rich and plausible picture of future friendships in a world not too distant from our own.”iO9

The first book in the revolutionary New York Times bestselling Expanse series, a modern masterwork of science fiction. Leviathan Wakes introduces Captain James Holden, his crew, and Detective Miller as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. Now a Prime Original series.

HUGO AWARD WINNER FOR BEST SERIES


Humanity has colonized the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond -- but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for -- and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations -- and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

"Interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written." -- George R. R. Martin

The Expanse

Leviathan Wakes
Caliban's War
Abaddon's Gate
Cibola Burn
Nemesis Games
Babylon's Ashes
Persepolis Rising
Tiamat's Wrath
​Leviathan Falls


The Expanse Short Fiction
The Butcher of Anderson Station
Gods of Risk
The Churn
The Vital Abyss
Strange Dogs
Auberon
From the Newbery Medal–winning author of The Hero and the Crown: the story of a princess who flees her father’s unwanted attention and finds an unexpected new life.

Princess Lissla Lissar is the only child of the king and his queen, who was the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms. Everyone loved the splendid king and his matchless queen so much that no one had any attention to spare for the princess, who grew up in seclusion, listening to the tales her nursemaid told about her magnificent parents.

But the queen takes ill of a mysterious wasting disease and on her deathbed extracts a strange promise from her husband: “I want you to promise me . . . you will only marry someone as beautiful as I was.”

The king is crazy with grief at her loss, and slow to regain both his wits and his strength. But on Lissar’s seventeenth birthday, two years after the queen’s death, there is a grand ball, and everyone present looks at the princess in astonishment and whispers to their neighbors, How like her mother she is!

On the day after the ball, the king announces that he is to marry again—and that his bride is the princess Lissla Lissar, his own daughter.

Lissar, physically broken, half mad, and terrified, flees her father’s lust with her one loyal friend, her sighthound, Ash. It is the beginning of winter as they journey into the mountains—and on the night when it begins to snow, they find a tiny, deserted cabin with the makings of a fire ready-laid in the hearth.

Thus begins Lissar’s long, profound, and demanding journey away from treachery and pain and horror, to trust and love and healing.
A quest to fulfill a lifelong wish leads to magic, adventure—and puns—as the New York Times–bestselling author revisits the enchanted land of Xanth.

 In Xanth, everyone has a talent. But that doesn’t mean everyone loves his talent, and no one understands that better than Hapless. Endowed with the ability to conjure any instrument he wants, Hapless could be an extraordinary musician if only he could play a tune that didn’t fall ear-piercingly flat. His one desire is to find an instrument he can play—and maybe a girlfriend or three. But like music, women have never been his forte.
 
When the Good Magician hears about Hapless’s desperate desire, he sends the young man on a quest to find the elusive Isis Orb, a magical talisman that could fulfill his wish. But the mysterious Egyptian goddess for whom the orb is named guards the enchanted object and won’t let anyone see it—let alone use it.
 
Setting out to achieve the impossible, Hapless meets an eclectic mix of creatures that join him on his journey. Like the musically challenged Hapless, they all have wishes they hope the Isis Orb will grant. But the only way they can control the orb is to capture the five totems from the regions of Xanth: Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and the Void. Together, this motley crew will heroically fight dragons, a six-headed griffin, and even a beautiful, seductive water gorgon who tries to rain on Hapless’s parade.
 
With its thrilling exploits and endless humor, the newest addition to Piers Anthony’s beloved Xanth series is sure to keep readers enthralled.
 
Isis Orb is the 40th book in the Xanth series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
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