The Sharing Knife Volume One

Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061796751
Format: PDF, ePub
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“Bujold builds a better fantasy romance with compelling characters and the fascinating clash between their cultures, she a farmer’s daughter, he an adventurer on the trail of a deadly demon.”—Locus One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold has won numerous accolades and awards, including the Nebula and Locus Awards as well as the fantasy and science fiction genre’s most prestigious honor, the Hugo Award for Best Novel, four times (most recently for Paladin of Souls). With The Sharing Knife series, Bujold creates a brand new world fraught with peril, and spins an extraordinary romance between a young farm girl and the brave sorcerer-soldier entrusted with the defense of the land against a plague of vicious malevolent beings. Meet Fawn Bluefield and Dag Redwing Hickory in Beguilement, the first book in Bujold’s unforgettable four-volume fantasy saga, and witness the birth of their dangerous romance—a love threatened by prejudice and perilous magic, and by Dag’s sworn duty as Lakewalker patroller and necromancer.

The Sharing Knife Volume Three

Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061798221
Format: PDF, Mobi
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“A thoughtful and skillful author.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold has won numerous accolades and awards, including the Nebula and Locus Awards as well as the fantasy and science fiction genre’s most prestigious honor, the Hugo Award for Best Novel, four times (most recently for Paladin of Souls). With The Sharing Knife series, Bujold creates a brand new world fraught with peril, and spins an extraordinary romance between a young farm girl and the brave sorcerer-soldier entrusted with the defense of the land against a plague of vicious malevolent beings. In Passage, volume three in Bujold’s breathtaking saga of love, loyalty, and courage in the face of bigotry and dark magic, the devoted wedded lovers Fawn Bluefield and Dag Redwing Hickory are joined by new companions in their quest to find peace, acceptance, and a place in a most dangerous world.

The Sharing Knife Volume Two

Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061798339
Format: PDF, Kindle
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“A saga of daring deeds and unlikely romance.” —Library Journal One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold has won numerous accolades and awards, including the Nebula and Locus Awards as well as the fantasy and science fiction genre’s most prestigious honor, the Hugo Award for Best Novel, four times (most recently for Paladin of Souls). With The Sharing Knife series, Bujold creates a brand new world fraught with peril, and spins an extraordinary romance between a young farm girl and the brave sorcerer-soldier entrusted with the defense of the land against a plague of vicious malevolent beings. Legacy continues the tale of Fawn Bluefield and Dag Redwing Hickory—the dangerous repercussions of their rebellious marriage and the strengthening of their love in the face of dark magic—as duty and disaster call the Lakewalker patroller away from his new bride and toward a peril that could forever alter the lovers and their world.

Allegiance

Author: Cayla Kluver
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 0373210434
Format: PDF, Docs
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As the new queen of Hytanica, Alera struggles to forget Narian and must lead her kingdom when it is attacked by the forces of the Overlord.

The Spirit Ring

Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 9780671578701
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Rebuffed by her magician-artist father, Fiametta Beneforte seeks solace in a partnership with Thur Ochs, a prisoner in her father's mines. Reprint.

No Place to Run

Author: Maya Banks
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425238199
Format: PDF, ePub
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When he unexpectedly encounters Sophie Lundgren, the one woman he has been unable to forget, and discovers that she is carrying his child, secret agent Sam Kelly refuses to let her disappear from his life again and will do anything to keep her safe from harm. Original.

Sacrifice

Author: Cayla Kluver
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1459244524
Format: PDF
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This is not the time for the fight to end. Now is when the fight will begin. This is the time to regain what has been lost. Alera Queen of a fallen kingdom, secretly in love with the enemy. Shaselle Daughter of a murdered father, rebel with a cause. One lives behind the former Hytanican palace walls and walks the razor's edge to keep the fragile peace in her beloved homeland. The other slips through the war-torn streets, seeking retribution for her family's tragedy, following whispers of insurgency. Both face choices that will separate them from those they cannot help but love. As their stories intertwine, a conspiracy ignites that may end in slavery or death—or lead to freedom anew, if only each can face what must be sacrificed.

Darksiders The Abomination Vault

Author: Ari Marmell
Publisher: Del Rey Books
ISBN: 0345534026
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Death and War, two of the feared Horsemen, are sent to stop a group of renegades from locating a hoard of weapons possessing ultimate power and malice and unleashing total destruction.

Eating the IT Elephant

Author: Richard Hopkins
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
ISBN: 9780132704267
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A Practical, Start-to-Finish Approach to Managing, Evolving, and Transforming Legacy IT Systems For every IT executive, manager, architect, program leader, project leader, and lead analyst “Richard and Kevin introduce us to a reality that’s often neglected in our industry: the problem of evolving legacy systems, a domain they call ‘Brownfield development.’ The authors identify the root of the problem as that of complexity, and offer an approach that focuses on the fundamentals of abstraction and efficient communication to nibble at this problem of transformation bit by bit. As the old saying goes, the way you eat the elephant is one bite at a time. Richard and Kevin bring us to the table with knife and fork and other tools, and show us a way to devour this elephant in the room.” Grady Booch, IBM Fellow, co-creator of UML “Most organizations in the 21st century have an existing, complex systems landscape. It is time that the IT industry face up to the reality of the situation and the need for new development methods and tools that address it. This book describes a new approach to the development of future systems: a structured approach that recognizes the challenges of ‘Brownfield’ development, is based on engineering principles, and is supported by appropriate tooling.” Chris Winter, CEng CITP FBCS FIET, IBM Fellow, Member of the IBM Academy of Technology Most conventional approaches to IT development assume that you’re building entirely new systems. Today, “Greenfield” development is a rarity. Nearly every project exists in the context of existing, complex system landscapes--often poorly documented and poorly understood. Now, two of IBM’s most experienced senior architects offer a new approach that is fully optimized for the unique realities of “Brownfield” development. Richard Hopkins and Kevin Jenkins explain why accumulated business and IT complexity is the root cause of large-scale project failure and show how to overcome that complexity “one bite of the elephant at a time.” You’ll learn how to manage every phase of the Brownfield project, leveraging breakthrough collaboration, communication, and visualization tools--including Web 2.0, semantic software engineering, model-driven development and architecture, and even virtual worlds. This book will help you reengineer new flexibility and agility into your IT environment…integrate more effectively with partners…prepare for emerging business challenges… improve system reuse and value…reduce project failure rates…meet any business or IT challenge that requires the evolution or transformation of legacy systems. · System complexity: understand it, and harness it Go beyond the comforting illusion of your high-level architecture diagrams · How conventional development techniques actually make things worse Why traditional decomposition and abstraction don’t work--and what to do instead · Reliably reengineer your IT in line with your business priorities New ways to understand, communicate, visualize, collaborate, and solve complex IT problems · Cut the elephant down to size, one step at a time Master all four phases of a Brownfield project: survey, engineer, accept, and deploy

Lois McMaster Bujold

Author: Janet Brennan Croft
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786468335
Format: PDF
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"Lois McMaster Bujold has won a shelf full of awards for both her science fiction and fantasy writing. This collection of fresh essays aims to present a variety of critical perspectives addressing many aspects of her writing. Attention is given to both her Miles Vorkosigan science fiction series and her Chalion and Sharing Knife fantasy series"--Provided by publisher.