NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES—THE MASTERPIECE THAT BECAME A CULTURAL PHENOMENON
 
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
 
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
 
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future in the first canon Star Wars novel to take place before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master, but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council—knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master.

When Jedi Rael Averross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested—just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States
 
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
 
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 2 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 modern 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.

New York Times Bestseller

A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?

Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

„ČARODĚJŮV PRSTEN má všechny rysy potřebné pro jasný úspěch: hlavní i vedlejší příběh, záhadná atmosféra, stateční rytíři a rozkvétající vztahy, které zacelují rány na zlomených srdcích, a dále také podvod či zrada. Slibuje dlouhé hodiny zábavy a jistě uspokojí všechny věkové kategorie. Dílo najde své místo v knihovnách u všech příznivců fantasy literatury.“

--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos

V knize BRATRSKÁ PŘÍSAHA (ČARODĚJUV PRSTEN - kniha č. 14), se Thorgrin a jeho bratři ve zbrani vynořují ze Země mrtvých a více než kdykoliv předtím jsou odhodláni najít Guwayna. Musejí se plavit po nebezpečném moři, které je zavede na místa, o kterých se jim dříve ani nesnilo. Pokaždé, když se Guwaynovi přiblíží, musí čelit novým překážkám. Každá z nich přitom plně prověří jejich schopnosti. Aby prošli, budou muset použít všechno, co se během svého výcviku naučili a především budou nuceni stát při sobě a vzájemně si krýt záda.

Darius povstane proti Impériu. Nebojácně vede svou stále se zvětšující armádu a osvobozuje jednu otrockou  vesnici za druhou. Čelí opevněným městům, armádám početně několikanásobně převyšujicí tu jeho. Musí sebrat veškerý svůj důvtip, sílu, kuráž i odhodlání zůstat naživu a nakonec zvítězit, třeba i za cenu vlastního života.

Gwendolyn nemá jinou možnost než vést svůj lid do Velké pustiny a stále hlouběji a hlouběji na území Impéria při jejich pátrání po legendárním Druhém Prstenu - poslední nadějí jejího lidu a nejspíše Dareia. Po cestě se setká se strašlivými monstry, nehostinnými kraji a dokonce rozkolu mezi jejími vlastními lidmi, který se jí možná již nepodaří zažehnat.

Erec s Alistair se plaví do Impéria, aby zachránili svůj národ. Po cestě narazí na skryté souostroví a rozhodnou se postavit armádu, i když to znamená najmout žoldnéře pochybné pověsti.

Godfrey se ocitne ve městě Volusia a s jeho plány to potom jde jen a pouze z kopce. Je zatčen a odsouzen k popravě. Teď už ani on nevidí žádnou naději.

Volusia se rozhodne uzavřít pakt s temnou magíi a od té chvíle míří její cesta už jenom vzhůru. Postupně likviduje všechny, kdo se jí stavějí do cesty. Silnější než kdykoliv předtím stoupá krok za krokem po schodech vedoucích k imperiálnímu Kapitolu. Nakonec stojí proti celé imperiální armádě, která početně převyšuje dokonce i tu její. Schyluje se k obrovské bitvě.

Najde Thorgrin Guwayna? Podaří se Gwendolyn dovést svůj lid do bezpečí? Unikne Godfrey z vězení? Dostanou se Erec s Alistair do Impéria? Stane se Volusia další císařovnou a dovede Darius své lidi k vítězství?

Díky promyšlenému budování fantasy světa a charakteristikám postav je BRATSKÁ PŘÍSAHA epickým příběhem o přátelství a lásce, rivalitě a spolupráci, o rytířích a dracích, intrikách a politických machinacích, o dospívání, o zlomených srdcích, o podvodu, ambicích a zradě. To vše je zasazeno do důkladně promyšleného fiktivního fantasy světa. Je to příběh o cti a odvaze, o osudu a předurčení, a také o magii. Je to fantasy, jež nás přivede do světa, na který už potom nikdy nezapomeneme, a které osloví čtenáře obou pohlaví a každého věku.

“Velmi čtivá fantasy, která čtenáře baví záhadným a zajímavým dějem…. Kniha je pro všechny, kteří hledají dobrodružné příběhy z fantastického světa. Hlavní postava Thor během jejího děje prochází vlastním vývojem od snílkovského chlapce a postupně se stává mladým muže, který je hrou osudu nucen čelit extrémně nebezpečným situacím. Je to počátek něčeho, co má ambice stát se oblíbenou fantasy ságou pro mladé čtenáře.”

Midwest Book Review (D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer)

“Dění nabité fantasií, které dozajista potěší příznivce předešlých románů  Morgan Rice, a také nadšence tvorby, jakou je například Cyklus dědictví od Christophera Paolini.... Příznivci fikce pro mladistvé budou doslova pohlceni tímto nejnovějším dílem autorky a budou prahnout po další tvorbě.”

--The Wanderer, A Literary Journal (o knize Vzestup draků)

V knize NOC ODVÁŽNÝCH musí Kyra najít způsob, jak se vysvobodit z Mardy a vrátit se do Escalonu se svou Holí Pravdy. Pokud se jí to podaří, čeká na ni epická bitva jejího života, protože se bude muset utkat s armádami, patřícímu Ra, národem skřítků a hejnem draků. Pokud budou její síla a její zbraně dostatečně silné, dočká se své matky, která je připravena odhalit tajemství jejího osudu a zrození.

Duncan se musí postavit proti armádám Ra, a to jednou provždy. A přesto zatímco vede největší bitvy svého života, vede poslední povstání v Ďáblově Gluchu, nemá tušení o temném podvodu, který pro něj chystá Ra.

V Zátoce Smrti musí Merk a dcera Krále Tarnise spojit síly s Alecem a bojovníky ze Ztracených Ostrovů, aby se utkali s draky. Musí najít Duncana a spojit s ním síly, aby zachránili Escalon, ale přesto se znovu objevuje Vesuvius a chystá na ně nečekaný podvod.

V epickém zakončení knihy Králové a čarodějové vyústí nejdramatičtější bitvy, zbraně a kouzelnictví v dech beroucí a nečekané závěry, plné srdceryvné tragédie a inspirujícího znovuzrození.

Se svou silnou atmosférou a ucelenými postavami je NOC ODVÁŽNÝCH ohromující ságou o rytířích a bojovnících, králích a lordech, o cti a udatnosti, kouzlu, osudu, nestvůrách a dracích. Je to příběh lásky a zlomených srdcí, zklamání, tužeb a zrady. Je to vrcholná fantasy, která nás zve do světa, na který už nikdy nezapomeneme, do světa, který osloví čtenáře obou pohlaví a každého věku.

“Pokud jste si mysleli, že po skončení ságy Čarodějova prstenu již není pro co žít, pak jste na omylu. Morgan Rice přichází s příslibem další vynikající série, kde nám umožňuje ponořit se do fantazie o skřítcích a dracích, chrabrosti, cti, kuráže, kouzla a víry ve vlastní osud. Morgan se znovu podařilo vykreslit silné postavy, které nás nutí je povzbuzovat na každé stránce….Dílo najde své místo v knihovnách všech příznivců dobře psané fantasy literatury.”

--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (o knize Vzestup draků)

 “ČARODĚJŮV PRSTEN má všechny rysy potřebné pro jasný úspěch: hlavní i vedlejší příběh, záhadná atmosféra, stateční rytíři a rozkvétající vztahy, které zacelují rány na zlomených srdcích, a dále také podvod či zrada. Slibuje dlouhé hodiny zábavy a jistě uspokojí všechny věkové kategorie. Dílo najde své místo v knihovnách u všech příznivců fantasy literatury.”

--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos

 

V knize VLÁDA KRÁLOVEN (Čarodějův prsten – kniha třináctá) vede Gwen zbytky svého národa v exilu na plavbě k nepřátelským přístavům Impéria. Sandařini lidé je přijali a oni se teď snaží v úkrytu nabrat síly a vybudovat nový domov ve stínu Volusie.

 

Thor, odhodlaný zachránit Guwayna, pokračuje se svými bratry z Legie na výpravě daleko za moře, k ohromným jeskyním, které korunují Zemi duchů. Setkávají se s nepředstavitelnými stvořeními a procházejí exotickými zeměmi.

 

Na Jižních ostrovech se Alistair obětuje za Ereca – přesto by ale nečekaný obrat událostí mohl vést k tomu, že oba přežijí.

 

Darius riskuje vše, aby zachránil svoji životní lásku, Loti. Dokonce se odváží sám postavit Impériu. Zjistí ale, že jeho střetem s Impériem vše pouze začíná. Navíc vládkyně Volusie pokračuje ve svém vzestupu po Romulově vraždě. Upevňuje svoji moc nad Impériem a pracuje na tom, aby se stala nemilosrdnou královnou, kterou vždy toužila být.

 

Přežije Gwen a její národ? Podaří se najít Guwayna? Přežije Alistair a Erec? Zachrání Darius svoji lásku Loti? Přežije Thorgrin a jeho bratři ve zbrani?

 

Se sofistikovaným budováním světa a charakteristik je VLÁDA KRÁLOVEN epickým příběhem o přátelích a milencích, o soupeřích i nápadnících, o rytířích a dracích, o intrikách a politických machinacích, o vyzrávání, o zlomených srdcích, o klamu, ambicích a zradě. Je to příběh o cti a odvaze, osudu a předurčení, o čarodějnictví. Je to fantasy, která nás přenese do světa, na který nikdy nezapomeneme. Do světa, který zaujme člověka každého věku i pohlaví.

“Příběh mě zaujal už na počátku a nepustil mě… Je to úžasné dobrodružství, které má spád a je už od začátku nabité akcí. Nenajdete v něm žádná hluchá místa.”

--Paranormal Romance Guild {komentář k PROMĚNĚNÁ} 

V knize ZEMĚ OHŇŮ (ČARODĚJŮV PRSTEN – kniha č.12), se Gwendolyn a její lidé ocitají na Hořejších ostrovech v obležení Romulových draků a milionové armády. Vše se zdá ztraceno – když tu přichází spása z nečekaného směru.

Gwendolyn je odhodlána najít své dítě, které se ztratilo na moři a potom vést svůj národ vyhnanců do nového domova. Cestuje přes cizí a exotická moře, čelí nepředstavitelným nebezpečím, rebéliím i hladomoru a v mysli neustále udržuje sen o pokojném přístavu, kde konečně naleznou bezpečí.

Thorgrin se v Zemi druidů setkává s matkou. Ta jej učiní silnějším než kdy dříve. S novým úkolem potom vyráží zachránit Gwendolyn, najít svého potomka a naplnit vlastní osud. Ve strhující bitvě lidí i draků jsou jeho schopnosti prověřeny až do krajních mezí. Bojuje s všemožnými monstry a dává přitom v sázku vlastní život, aby zachránil ostatní. To vše jej vede k dalšímu zdokonalení se na cestě hrdiny, kterým se od samého počátku má stát.

Na Jižních ostrovech zatím Erec umírá a Alistair, jež byla obviněna z pokusu o jeho vraždu, musí vynaložit všechnu svou moc i důvtip, aby zachránila svého milovaného a zároveň sama sebe očistila. Vypuknutí občanské války o nástupnictví na jižním trůně však zabránit nedokáže a tak se s Erecem ocitají uprostřed další velké bouře a jejich životy znovu visí na vlásku.

Romulus nadále pokračuje ve svých snahách definitivně zničit Gwendolyn, Thorgrina a všechno, co z Prstenu ještě zbývá, avšak měsíční lhůta se už blíží ke konci a jeho moc tak bude ještě důkladně prověřena.

Mezitím povstává v Severní provincii Impéria nový hrdina: Darius. Patnáctiletý válečník, který je odhodlán jednou provždy rozmetat otrocký řád jenž v jeho zemi panuje, a vést lidi do povstání proti trůnu. Jenže Severní provincie je kontrolována Volusií, osmnáctiletou panovnicí, známou svou neodolatelnou krásou – ale také neobyčejnou barbarskou krutostí.

Podaří se Gwen a jejímu lidu překonat všechna nebezpečí? Bude Guwayne nalezen? Nebo Romulus nakonec rozdrtí Prsten na prach? Přežije Erec? Stihne se Thor včas vrátit aby vše napravil?

Díky promyšlenému budování fantasy světa a charakteristikám postav je ZEMĚ OHŇŮ epickým příběhem o přátelství a lásce, rivalitě a spolupráci, o rytířích a dracích, intrikách a politických machinacích, o dospívání, o zlomených srdcích, o podvodu, ambicích a zradě. To vše je zasazeno do důkladně promyšleného fiktivního fantasy světa. Je to příběh o cti a odvaze, o osudu a předurčení, a také o magii. Je to fantasy, jež nás přivede do světa, na který už potom nikdy nezapomeneme, a které osloví čtenáře obou pohlaví a každého věku.

“ČARODĚJŮV PRSTEN má všechny rysy potřebné pro jasný úspěch: hlavní i vedlejší příběh, záhadná atmosféra, stateční rytíři a rozkvétající vztahy, které zacelují rány na zlomených srdcích, a dále také podvod či zrada. Slibuje dlouhé hodiny zábavy a jistě uspokojí všechny věkové kategorie. Dílo najde své místo v knihovnách u všech příznivců fantasy literatury.”

—Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (komentář k CESTA HRDINY)

Zajímavá epická fantasy.”

—Kirkus Reviews (komentář k CESTA HRDINY)

“Máme zde začátek něčeho pozoruhodného.”

—San Francisco Book Review (komentář k CESTA HRDINY)

SEN SMRTELNÍKŮ je PATNÁCTOU knihou ze série ČARODĚJŮV PRSTEN, kterou zahájila kniha CESTA HRDINY – zdarma ke stažení!

V knize SEN SMRTELNÍKŮ se Thorgrin a jeho bratři snaží osvobodit ze spárů pirátů a pokračovat v pátrání po Guwaynovi na širém moři. Setkávají se s nečekanými přáteli i nepřáteli, magií i zbraněmi, draky i lidmi. To vše mění samotnou podstatu jejich osudů. Podaří se jim konečně najít Guwayna?

Darius i s několika přáteli přežije masakr jejich lidí – ale jen proto, aby zjistil, že jsou z nich zajatci vržení do imperiální arény. Připoutaní jeden k druhému čelí nepředstavitelným nepřátelům, jejich jedinou šancí na přežití je stát bok po boku a společně bojovat jako bratři.

Gwendolyn se probere a zjistí, že ona i ostatní přežili dlouhý pochod Velkou pustinou – a co je ještě překvapivější, dostali se do země, která překonává i jejich nejdivočejší představy. Zatímco jsou představeni u nového královského dvora, Gwendolyn zjišťuje nové skutečnosti o svých předcích. A její vlastní lidé změní její osud k nepoznání.

Erec a Alistair jsou stále drženi jako zajatci na moři, snaží se dostat ze sevření imperiální flotily během odvážného a smělého nočního útěku. Když už se zdá, že je vše ztraceno, získají něco, co je překvapí a zároveň jim poskytuje novou šanci na vítězství – a novou šanci na pokračování útoku do srdce Impéria.

Godfrey a jeho skupina jsou znovu uvězněni a odsouzeni k smrti. Zbývá jim tak jen jediná, poslední šance na únik. Po prožité zradě ale chtějí více než jen uniknout – chtějí se pomstít.

Volusie je obklíčena ze všech stran a snaží se, co může, aby udržela imperiální kapitol – bude muset využít mnohem silnější magii, než kdy dřív poznala, pokud chce dokázat, že je skutečnou bohyní, a pokud se chce stát svrchovanou vládkyní Impéria. Osud Impéria opět balancuje na ostří nože.

Se sofistikovaným budováním světa a charakteristik je SEN SMRTELNÍKŮ epickým příběhem o přátelích a milencích, o soupeřích i nápadnících, o rytířích a dracích, o intrikách a politických machinacích, o vyzrávání, o zlomených srdcích, o klamu, ambicích a zradě. Je to příběh o cti a odvaze, osudu a předurčení, o čarodějnictví. Je to fantasy, která nás přenese do světa, na který nikdy nezapomeneme. Do světa, který zaujme člověka každého věku i pohlaví.

“Oduševnělá fantasy ….Jedná se o pouhý začátek toho, co se slibuje stát epickou ságou pro mladé čtenáře.”

—Midwest Book Review (komentář k CESTA HRDINY)

“Čtivá záležitost…prostě musíte vědět, co se stane dál a nedokážete to jen tak odložit.”

—FantasyOnline.net (komentář k CESTA HRDINY)

“Je to nabité akcí …. Riceová skvěle píše a má fascinující předpoklady.”

—Publishers Weekly (komentář k CESTA HRDINY)

NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES—THE MASTERPIECE THAT BECAME A CULTURAL PHENOMENON
 
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.
 
Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.
 
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future in the first canon Star Wars novel to take place before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master, but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council—knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master.

When Jedi Rael Averross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested—just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.
The funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery—featuring a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles

A SKIMM READS PICK • “This will be one of your favorite books of all time.”—Amy Schumer

In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in L.A. in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she’s had enough of the privileged bubble she’s lived in—a bubble within a bubble—and that it’s time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large.

At home, she embarks on a year of self-sufficiency—learning how to work the remote, how to pick up dog shit, where to find the toaster. She meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people are afraid of her. She becomes politically active—finding her voice as an advocate for change, having difficult conversations, and energizing her base. In the process, she develops a healthy fixation on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, through unflinching self-reflection and psychological excavation, unearths some glittering truths that light up the road ahead. 

Thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny, Chelsea Handler’s memoir keeps readers laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives.

Advance praise for Life Will Be the Death of Me

“You thought you knew Chelsea Handler—and she thought she knew herself—but in her new book, she discovers that true progress lies in the direction we haven’t been.”—Gloria Steinem 

“I always wondered what it would be like to watch Chelsea Handler in session with her therapist. Now I know.”—Ellen DeGeneres

“I love this book not just because it made me laugh or because I learned that I feel the same way about certain people in politics as Chelsea does. I love this book because I feel like I finally really got to know Chelsea Handler after all these years. Thank you for sharing, Chelsea!”—Tiffany Haddish
Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Scottoline reaches new heights with this riveting novel about how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn't always mean innocent.

Allie Garvey is heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend. Allie is not only grief-stricken, she's full of dread. Because going home means seeing the other two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret.

Twenty years earlier, a horrific incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Drinking and partying in the woods, they played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong, turning deadly. The teenagers kept what happened a secret, believing that getting caught would be the worst thing that could happen. But time has taught Allie otherwise. Not getting caught was far worse.

Allie has been haunted for two decades by what she and the others did, and by the fact that she never told a soul. The dark secret has eaten away at her, distancing her from everyone she loves, including her husband. Because she wasn't punished by the law, Allie has punished herself, and it's a life sentence.

Now, Allie stands on the precipice of losing everything. She's ready for a reckoning, determined to learn how the prank went so horribly wrong. She digs to unearth the truth, but reaches a shocking conclusion that she never saw coming--and neither will the reader.

A deeply emotional examination of family, marriage, and the true nature of justice, Someone Knows is Lisa Scottoline's most powerful novel to date. Startling, page-turning, and with an ending that's impossible to forget, this is a tour de force by a beloved author at the top of her game.

"Fans of Oprah Winfrey's TV show, or more recently her two podcasts, will have this title on their playlist for months." — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.”

That journey starts right here.

In her latest audiobook, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The audiobook’s ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life’s detours are there to teach us.

Oprah opens each chapter by sharing her own key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. She then brings together wisdom and insights from luminaries in a wide array of fields, inspiring listeners to consider what they’re meant to do in the world and how to pursue it with passion and focus. These renowned figures share the greatest lessons from their own journeys toward a life filled with purpose.

The Path Made Clear provides listeners with a valuable resource for achieving a life lived in service of your calling – whatever it may be.

This program is read by Adyashanti, Alanis Morrissette, Amy Purdy, Barbara Brown Taylor, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Brene Brown, Brian Grazer, Brother David Steindl-rast, Bryan Stevenson, Carole Bayer Sager, Caroline Myss, Charles Eisenstein, Cheryl Strayed, Cicely Tyson, Cindy Crawford, Dani Shapiro, Daniel Pink, David Brooks, Debbie Ford, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Eckhart Tolle, Elizabeth Gilbert, Elizabeth Lesser, Ellen Degeneres, Fr. Richard Rohr, Gabrielle Bernstein, Gary Zukav, Glennon Doyle, Goldie Hawn, India.Arie, Iyanla Vanzant, Jack Canfield, Jane Fonda, Janet Mock, Jay-Z, Jean Houston, Jeff Weiner, Vice President Joe Biden, Joel Osteen, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Jon Bon Jovi, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jordan Peele, Kerry Washington, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lynne Twist, Marianne Williamson, Mark Nepo, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Michael Singer, Mindy Kaling, Mitch Albom, Nate Berkus, Pastor A. R. Bernard, Pema Chodron, President Jimmy Carter, Rev. Ed Bacon, Rob Bell, Robin Roberts, RuPaul Charles, Sarah Ban Breathnach, Shauna Niequist, Shawn Achor, Shonda Rhimes, Sidney Poitier, Sister Joan Chittister, Stephen Colbert, Sue Monk Kidd, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Moore, Tim Storey, Tracey Jackson, Tracy McMillan, Tracy Morgan, Trevor Noah, Wes Moore, William Paul Young, and Wintley Phipps.

From #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce comes a heart-pounding new mystery series.

In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun.

Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chauvinistic men on her local force, finds herself called in grudgingly to help solve it. As much as the other officers hate to admit it, they need her young, brilliant mind, which has already helped crack cold cases that had left them stumped. Yet even for Mackenzie this new case proves an impossible riddle, something the likes of which she—and the local force—have ever seen.

With the FBI called in, together, an intense manhunt ensues. Mackenzie, reeling from her own dark past, her failed relationships, and her undeniable attraction to the new FBI agent, finds herself battling her own demons as her hunt for the killer takes her to the darkest places of her mind. As she delves into the killer’s mind, obsessing over his twisted psychology, she finds that evil truly does exist. She only hopes it will not be too late to extricate herself from it, as her entire life collapses around her.

As more bodies turn up dead and a frantic race against time ensues, there is no way out but to find him before he kills again.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, BEFORE HE KILLS marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night. 

Book #2 in the Mackenzie White Mystery series is also available!

Also available by Blake Pierce is ONCE GONE (A Riley Paige mystery—Book #1), a #1 bestseller!
“THE SORCERER’S RING has all the ingredients for an instant success: plots, counterplots, mystery, valiant knights, and blossoming relationships replete with broken hearts, deception and betrayal. It will keep you entertained for hours, and will satisfy all ages. Recommended for the permanent library of all fantasy readers.”
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos

A MARCH OF KINGS is Book #2 in the Bestselling series THE SORCERER'S RING, following A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1).

A MARCH OF KINGS takes us one step further on Thor’s epic journey into manhood, as he begins to realize more about who he is, what his powers are, and as he embarks to become a warrior.

After he escapes from the dungeon, Thor is horrified to learn of another assassination attempt on King MacGil. When MacGil dies, the kingdom is set into turmoil. As everyone vies for the throne, King’s Court is more rife than ever with its family dramas, power struggles, ambitions, jealousy, violence and betrayal. An heir must be chosen from among the children, and the ancient Dynasty Sword, the source of all their power, will have a chance to be wielded by someone new. But all this might be upended: the murder weapon is recovered, and the noose tightens on finding the assassin. Simultaneously, the MacGils face a new threat by the McClouds, who are set to attack again from within the Ring.

Thor fights to win back Gwendolyn’s love, but there may not be time: he is told to pack up, to prepare with his brothers in arms for The Hundred, a hundred grueling days of hell that all Legion members must survive. The Legion will have to cross the Canyon, beyond the protection of the Ring, into the Wilds, and set sail across the Tartuvian Sea for the Isle of Mist, said to be patrolled by a dragon, for their initiation into manhood.

Will they make it back? Will the Ring survive in their absence? And will Thor finally learn the secret of his destiny?

With its sophisticated world-building and characterization, A MARCH OF KINGS is an epic tale of friends and lovers, of rivals and suitors, of knights and dragons, of intrigues and political machinations, of coming of age, of broken hearts, of deception, ambition and betrayal. It is a tale of honor and courage, of fate and destiny, of sorcery. It is a fantasy that brings us into a world we will never forget, and which will appeal to all ages and genders.

NOTE: In response to reader requests, the book has now been professionally edited and copyedited, and this file version has all the typographical and grammatical errors corrected.

Books #3--#17 in the series are now also available!

“Grabbed my attention from the beginning and did not let go….This story is an amazing adventure that is fast paced and action packed from the very beginning. There is not a dull moment to be found.”
--Paranormal Romance Guild {regarding Turned}

“Jam packed with action, romance, adventure, and suspense. Get your hands on this one and fall in love all over again.”
--vampirebooksite.com (regarding Turned)

“A great plot, and this especially was the kind of book you will have trouble putting down at night. The ending was a cliffhanger that was so spectacular that you will immediately want to buy the next book, just to see what happens.”
--The Dallas Examiner {regarding Loved}

“Morgan Rice has come up with what promises to be another brilliant series, immersing us in a fantasy of valor, honor, courage, magic and faith in your destiny. Morgan has managed again to produce a strong set of characters that make us cheer for them on every page.…Recommended for the permanent library of all readers that love a well-written fantasy.”

--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (regarding Rise of the Dragons)

 

ROGUE, PRISONER, PRINCESS is book #2 in Morgan Rice’s bestselling epic fantasy series OF CROWNS AND GLORY, which begins with SLAVE, WARRIOR, QUEEN (Book #1).

 

17 year old Ceres, a beautiful, poor girl from the Empire city of Delos, finds herself forced, by royal decree, to fight in the Stade, the brutal arena where warriors from all corners of the world come to kill each other. Pitted against ferocious opponents, her chances of survival are slim. Her only chance lies in drawing on her innermost powers, and making the transition, once and for all, from slave to warrior.

 

18 year old Prince Thanos wakes on the isle of Haylon to discover he has been stabbed in the back by his own people, left for dead on the blood-soaked beach. Captured by the rebels, he must crawl his way back to life, find who tried to assassinate him, and seek his revenge.

 

Ceres and Thanos, a world apart, have not lost their love for each other; yet the Empire court teems with lies, betrayal and duplicity, and as jealous royals weave intricate lies, they each, in a tragic misunderstanding, are led to believe the other is dead. The choices they make will determine each other’s fate.

 

Will Ceres survive the Stade and become the warrior she was meant to be? Will Thanos heal and discover the secret being withheld from him? Will the two of them, forced apart, find each other again?

 

ROGUE, PRISONER, PRINCESS tells an epic tale of tragic love, vengeance, betrayal, ambition, and destiny. Filled with unforgettable characters and heart-pounding action, it transports us into a world we will never forget, and makes us fall in love with fantasy all over again.

 

“An action packed fantasy sure to please fans of Morgan Rice’s previous novels, along with fans of works such as The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini…. Fans of Young Adult Fiction will devour this latest work by Rice and beg for more.”

--The Wanderer, A Literary Journal (regarding Rise of the Dragons)

 

Book #3 in OF CROWNS AND GLORY is also available!

 

“Sophie Love's ability to impart magic to her readers is exquisitely wrought in powerfully evocative phrases and descriptions….FOR NOW AND FOREVER is the perfect romance or beach read, with a difference: its enthusiasm and beautiful descriptions offer an unexpected attention to the complexity of not just evolving love, but evolving psyches. It's a delightful recommendation for romance readers looking for a touch more complexity from their romance reads.”--Midwest Book Review (Diane Donovan)
 “FOR NOW AND FOREVER is a very well written novel, describing the struggle of a woman (Emily) to find her true identity. The author did an amazing job with the creation of the characters and her description of the environment. The romance is there, but not overdosed. Kudos to the author for this amazing start of a series that promises to be very entertaining.”--Books and Movies Reviews, Roberto Mattos

Emily Mitchell, 35, living and working in New York City, has struggled through a string of failed relationships. When her boyfriend of 7 years takes her out for their long-awaited anniversary dinner, Emily is sure that this time will be different, that this time she will finally get the ring.

When he gives her a small bottle of perfume instead, Emily knows the time has come to break up with him—and for her entire life to have a fresh start.

Reeling from her unsatisfying, high-pressure life, Emily decides she needs a change. She decides on a whim to drive to her father’s abandoned home on the coast of Maine, a sprawling, historic house where she’d spent magical summers as a child. But the house, long-neglected, is in dire need of repair, and the winter is no time to be in Maine. Emily hasn’t been there in 20 years, when a tragic accident changed her sister’s life and shattered her family. Her parents divorced, her father disappeared, and Emily was never able to bring herself to step foot in that house again.

Now, for some reason, with her life reeling, Emily feels drawn to the only childhood place she ever knew. She plans on going just for a weekend, to clear her head. But something about the house, its numerous secrets, its memories of her father, its oceanfront allure, its small-town setting—and most of all, its gorgeous, mysterious caretaker—doesn’t want to let her leave. Can she find the answers she’s been looking for here, in the most unexpected place of all?

Can a weekend become a lifetime?

FOR NOW AND FOREVER is book #1 in the debut of a dazzling new romance series that will make you laugh, make you cry, will keep you turning pages late into the night—and will make you fall in love with romance all over again.

Book #2 is also available!

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