The Vault of Mysteries

Author: Toby Neighbors
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781533110657
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In a world where wizards are outlaws and most people are powerless to stop them, only the vaunted Marshyl Knights can enforce justice and keep the peace. Part wizard, part warrior, the Marshyl Knights are an elite group of fighters spread across the entire realm in an effort to balance the ever-shifting tides of power that if left unchecked could cost the lives of thousands. Facing a Marshyl means almost certain defeat, but joining the Marshyls is even harder. Dex and Kyp are on their own, struggling to find a way to survive with no parents, no prospects, and a very bleak future. When a chance to change their lives and possibly join the Marshyl Knights comes their way, they will risk everything to enter the ranks of the most powerful wizarding warriors in the realm. But the power behind the Marshyl Knights is a carefully guarded secret, one that many people would kill to obtain. Their road forward is filled with treachery, greed, and danger, forcing the boys to make life and death decisions as they navigate the path set before them. The Vault of Mysteries is an all new Young Adult epic fantasy adventure, the first glimpse into the thrilling new Marshyl Stories series from Amazon bestselling fantasy author Toby Neighbors. With a fast pace, engaging story, and characters you can't help but fall in love with, The Vault of Mysteries will sweep you away into a world of wondrous magic and deadly peril that you'll want to visit again and again.

The Red Book of Heroes

Author: Mrs. Andrew Lang
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465601139
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'Life is not all beer and skittles,' said a reflective sportsman, and all books are not fairy tales. In an imperfect state of existence, 'the peety of it is that we cannot have all things as we would like them.' Undeniably we would like all books to be fairy tales or novels, and at present most of them are. But there is another side to things, and we must face it. '"Life is real, life is earnest," as Tennyson tells us,' said an orator to whom I listened lately, and though Longfellow, not Tennyson, wrote the famous line quoted by the earnest speaker, yet there is a good deal of truth in it. The word 'earnest,' like many other good words, has been overdone. It is common to sneer at 'earnest workers,' yet where would we be without them, especially in our climate? In a Polynesian island, where the skies for ever smile, and the blacks for ever dance, earnestness is superfluous. The bread-fruit tree delivers its rolls punctually every morning, strawberries or other fruits, as nice, spring beneath the feet of the dancers; the cavern in the forest provides a roof and shelter from the sun; the sea supplies a swimming-bath, and man, in time of peace, has only to enjoy himself, eat and drink, laugh and love, sing songs and tell fairy tales. His drapery is woven of fragrant flowers, nobody is poor and anxious about food, nobody is rich and afraid of losing his money, nobody needs to think of helping others; he has only to put forth his hand, or draw his bow or swing his fishing-rod, and help himself. To be sure, in time of war, man has just got to be earnest, and think out plans for catching and spearing his enemies, and drill his troops and improve his weapons, in fact to do some work, or have his throat cut, and be put in the oven and eaten. Thus it is really hard for the most fortunate people to avoid being earnest now and then. The people whose stories are told in this book were very different from each other in many ways. The child abbess, M�re AngŽlique, ruling her convent, and at war with naughty abbesses who hated being earnest, does not at once remind us of Hannibal. The great Montrose, with his poems and his scented love-locks, his devotion to his cause, his chivalry, his death, to which he went gaily clad like a bridegroom to meet his bride, does not seem a companion for Palissy the Potter, all black and shrunk and wrinkled, and bowed over his furnaces. It is a long way from gentle Miss Nightingale, tending wounded dogs when a child, and wounded soldiers when a woman, to Charles Gordon playing wild tricks at school, leading a Chinese army, watching alone at Khartoum, in a circle of cruel foes, for the sight of the British colours, and the sounds of the bagpipes that never met his eyes and ears.

Hard Times

Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780141439679
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Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Kate Flint.

The Clockwork Dagger

Author: Beth Cato
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062313851
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Full of magic, mystery, and romance, an enchanting steampunk fantasy debut in the bestselling vein of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger. Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened. Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.

A Little History of the World

Author: E. H. Gombrich
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300213972
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E. H. Gombrich's Little History of the World, though written in 1935, has become one of the treasures of historical writing since its first publication in English in 2005. The Yale edition alone has now sold over half a million copies, and the book is available worldwide in almost thirty languages. Gombrich was of course the best-known art historian of his time, and his text suggests illustrations on every page. This illustrated edition of the Little History brings together the pellucid humanity of his narrative with the images that may well have been in his mind's eye as he wrote the book. The two hundred illustrations—most of them in full color—are not simple embellishments, though they are beautiful. They emerge from the text, enrich the author's intention, and deepen the pleasure of reading this remarkable work. For this edition the text is reset in a spacious format, flowing around illustrations that range from paintings to line drawings, emblems, motifs, and symbols. The book incorporates freshly drawn maps, a revised preface, and a new index. Blending high-grade design, fine paper, and classic binding, this is both a sumptuous gift book and an enhanced edition of a timeless account of human history.

Blackwood

Author: Celia Aaron
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781540704887
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I dig. It's what I do. I'll literally use a shovel to answer a question. Some answers, though, have been buried too deep for too long. But I'll find those, too. And I know where to dig-the Blackwood Estate on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. Garrett Blackwood is the only thing standing between me and the truth. A broken man-one with desires that dance in the darkest part of my soul-he's either my savior or my enemy. I'll dig until I find all his secrets. Then I'll run so he never finds mine. The only problem? He likes it when I run. Author's Note: This is a mystery/suspense romance with violence and explicit/intense sex. If you need a trigger warning, then this isn't the book for you.