The Martyr s Blade

Author: Joel Manners
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780997259452
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Fear rumbles deep within the halls of the great temple of Bandirma...Brought together by bonds of friendship, love and duty, the Temple's guardians journey into the ice-covered hinterlands to investigate disquieting omens of an ancient foe. Desecrated temples, ruined farms and butchered innocents presage an evil the Temple believed destroyed in a cataclysm centuries ago.Thus begins the epic saga of Wyn, a thief escaping her past, Killock, a threadbare knight, Danielle, a bewitching marquessa, and Bradon, a courageous and compassionate lord, as they fight for survival in the frozen land of Albyn. Their struggle to overcome evil engulfs the country from ancient halls to barren mountains and treacherous ruins, from a newly-crowned queen to an imprisoned child, and from a jealous priest to an eccentric wizard. No one escapes the plots, betrayals, triumphs, tragedies, desires, and despair that encompass them.As they fight to preserve life, and death, their fate is tied to a weapon of myth, the great Blade that felled the Nameless King a millennium ago. Who will wield the Martyr's Blade and how many lives will it claim, this time? In The Martyr's Blade, the first volume in the Chronicles of the Martyr, Joel Manners intricately creates a fantastical world ruled by ice and snow, tradition and belief, love and betrayal, magic and might. His characters linger in the mind long after you've closed the book. A compelling adventure story filled with humor and humanity, each narrator sheds new light on the unfolding, impending devastation with a fresh voice and unique perspective.

Kingdom Come

Author: Blake F Bisciotti
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781974587889
Format: PDF, Docs
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When an unlikely mix of races joins together to create a thriving civilization, the nations of southern Herridon find that the peace they had known for over a hundred years is suddenly in jeopardy. For some, the thralls of war might create opportunity, but for others it could lead to a precipitous fall from power. The winds of change are passing through the lands giving way to heroic acts of valor and honor, but also to plots of deceit and destruction. The three cities by the South Sea are in the middle of the fray, which leads a bold Captain, Victus Antonel, to take matters into his own hands. He raises an army with the intentions of eradicating the threat posed by the upstart nation. With the help of an unscrupulous ally, the Captain and the cities are immersed into the chaos of war and the enemy may not be quite what, or who, it had seemed to be. Life for all who reside in southern Herridon will be forever changed; however whether it will be for better or for worse hangs in the balance.

The Bones of the Earth

Author: Scott Bury
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780987914118
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Dark Age, eastern Europe: the earth has decided to rid itself of humanity with earthquakes, volcanoes and new plagues. Civilizations, even the mighty Roman Empire, crumble under the pressure of barbarian waves that are fleeing worse terrors. Rejected by his own people, pursued by a dragon, young Javor heads for Constantinople, the centre of civilization, looking for answers to the puzzle of his great-grandfather's dagger and the murder of his family. On the ancient, crumbling Roman highway across haunted, deserted Dacia, Javor rescues the beautiful Danisa from a human sacrifice. He cannot help falling in love with her. But Danisa has her own plans, and when she is kidnapped again, Javor has to wonder: what is the connection between his dagger, his lover and his enemies?

Acting and Character Animation

Author: Rolf Giesen
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1351651072
Format: PDF, ePub
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Animation has a lot to do with acting. That is, character animation, not the standardized, mechanical process of animation. Acting and animation are highly creative processes. This book is divided into two parts: From film history we learn about the importance of actors and the variety of acting that goes into animation; then, we will turn to the actor's point of view to describe the various techniques involved. Through exhaustive research and interviews with people ranging from the late Ray Harryhausen, Jim Danforth, Joe Letteri, and Bruno Bozzetto, this book will be the primary source for animators and animation actors.

Batman

Author: Ty Templeton
Publisher: Dc Comics
ISBN: 9781563896163
Format: PDF, ePub
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Based on the hit animated Batman television show, this book mixes dynamic superhero adventures with great storytelling and clever humor. In this book, Batman continues to protect Gotham City but as his mission grows more difficult, the Dark Knight increases the number of his allies in his fight against the insane criminals that plague his home. Joined by Nightwing, Robin, and Batgirl, the Caped Crusader thwarts devious plots by the Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman, and the Riddler.

Froi of the Exiles

Author: Melina Marchetta
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0763659665
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From master storyteller Melina Marchetta comes an exhilarating new fantasy springing from her celebrated epic, Finnikin of the Rock. Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home . . . or so he believes. Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper with a warrior's discipline. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds in its surreal royal court. Soon he must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad princess in this barren and mysterious place. It is in Charyn that he will discover there is a song sleeping in his blood . . . and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.

Omens of Fury

Author: Sean Hinn
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780998096018
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The clever and roguish orphan Lucan Thorne comes of age in the capital of the corrupt kingdom of Mor, hustling a meager living in the city taverns. A cycle's ride north, elven princess Aria Evanti enjoys a life of comfort and security in the idyllic forested kingdom of Thornwood. To the east, nestled within the throat of the Maw, lies the majestic subterranean kingdom of Belgorne, home of the dwarven people. Its dutiful Firstson, Prince J'arn Silverstone, strives to earn the reverence and loyalty of his kin as he prepares to one day take his rightful place upon The Sovereign. In the deep tunnels of G'naath, north of Belgorne, a extraordinarily brilliant (and terminally inquisitive) young gnomish girl named Shyla Greykin lives an ostracized existence as she finds herself poorly suited for the toilsome, mundane life of her people.These four young citizens of Tahr find their lives uprooted as omens of impending horrors emerge throughout their enchanted world. The mighty volcano Fang awakens. Smoke from unexplained and spontaneous fires foretell an unknown doom. As the very world begins to shudder and quake, the dark and powerful wizard Sartean D'Avers plots to enslave the people of Mor, depose its fool king, ascend the throne and secure unfettered control over the lands of Greater Tahr.An epic quest takes shape as the magical world of Tahr weathers chaos and cataclysm in this captivating, character-driven first volume of "The Days of Ash and Fury."