Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books

Book: Orb and Arrow, Book III: Duty

 

The lords of southern Dereff have asked Brillar and Elden to establish a House of the Four Powers near Obreth. They have accepted the challenge and travel north to recruit from both Great Houses. Those who agree will have to say their farewells to friends and relatives, cross the Wild with their families and take up new duties in the south.

But deep in the earth, evil is stirring. The Mother has been roused, the maker of the Savic, enraged by the death of her daughters at the hands of the mages and their supporters. She has summoned a quartet of daughters, vowing vengeance. Brillar must die and her friends with her; then the House of Life must be destroyed and the town of Laurenfell laid waste.  

For the first time in a thousand years, the north will be at war!

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     In the Valta, no matter what month you were born, everyone is assigned the same birthday. November 1st. It's the anniversary of the day when the government declared war on the Eastern Order. The day you turn seventeen, the Recruiters come to take you away. And no one ever hears from you again.
     It’s October 31st. Today, Kress is sixteen years old. Tomorrow, she’ll be taken. The good news? So will her best friend Cardyn and Brohn, the handsome, enigmatic boy she’s avoided all her life.
The bad news? Recruitment isn’t what any of them expected.
     Weeks of training await. Military and psychological tests, escape rooms, hand-to-hand combat. The Recruits are told they're the key to winning the war. But with each day that passes, things begin to make less sense. If only Kress had been able to bring her trained raven, Render, with her.
If only none of them had ever had to come to this place.

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     Sometimes, the past comes back to haunt us. Sometimes, it comes back to teach us the lessons we didn’t learn the first time. 
     Ayana may not have been aware of her mother’s mistakes, but she was determined to create her own path and destiny. She loved being a Caster but pledging her college sorority and becoming a Professor was higher on the list. So was her first love – Pane. Pane and Ayana were high school sweethearts, and nothing could keep them apart… until one very bad accident. Ayana received support from her mother and best friend, Danica, but that was short-lived when someone else close to her vanished.
     Now, Ayana is thrust into the world of unexpected guests and they all have one item on the menu—her—until she meets the handsome and daring, Hosea, who will stop at nothing to help. Even if that means risking his life and going against the will of his King. Unfortunately for Ayana, Hosea isn’t who he portrays to be. When cerium features on his body don’t quite match the anatomy of normal humans, Ayana is left puzzled and quite curious. Hosea is hiding a terrible secret and it is one that could make or break his relationship with Ayana.
     Will Ayana support his truth once she finds out… even if Hosea isn’t quite as normal as she thought?

With her Warden stolen, her hopes of an easy alliance thwarted, and her trust in her
own kingdom shattered, Princess Cistine Novacek faces her greatest challenge yet:
using wit and steel to bring down a wicked Chancellor and prove herself to the cabal's
tentative allies in the Courts. As friendships are tested, bonds broken, and love put to
the test, the Princess must face the growing threats within the Northern Kingdom – and
learn to rise a queen.
​     Locked away in a desert prison, Asheila Kovar faces the struggle of her life: surviving
the ruthless Blood Hive, returning to her Princess, and avenging a betrayal against the
heart of her kingdom. But there are more secrets and schemes than just hers lurking in
the catacombs…and the struggle between powerful forces above and below the sands
will test Ashe’s loyalty in dangerous ways. Ways that may spell death for people the cabal cannot afford to lose.

The Middle Kingdom of Talheim has enjoyed peace for decades. But with the threat of war rising from the ruthless South, the dream of a quiet life is fading. And for the noble but naïve Princess Cistine, that means embarking on a dangerous quest to the Northern Kingdom, where she hopes to forge an alliance against their southern foes and save her people.
​     But when Cistine is captured by an outlaw and his band of cutthroat warriors, she finds a more deadly adventure than she bargained for - and a greater power within herself than she ever knew.
     Swept up in the unpredictable tide of a tenuous and shadowy political climate, a ruthless land governed by the stars, and the unexpected revelations that come from her mysterious new companions, Cistine must learn how to fight, how to lead...and above all, how to trust herself. If the young princess can't be forged into a fighter, her kingdom will fall.

All Tessa LaRoche wants is to be the most ordinary person on Barrow Island. After a stint in a mental asylum, she's had quite enough of being anything else, thank you very much. But when a commission at her new reporting job forces her into the path of a not-quite-human murder suspect, Tessa finds that the unordinary is not through with her yet.
      Spirited away by a devilishly charming Nicolai to the Mirror Lands— a parallel reality manipulated by the immortal Deathless— Tessa loses one of the most precious tethers to her sanity. In order to reclaim it, she must risk entering The Chaos Circus: a citywide fair where mortals trade years for prizes in vicious attractions from which the Deathless draw their power.

     But there's a catch: if Tessa can't defeat the Deathless at their own freakish carnival games, she will lose her mind...and Nicolai will lose his life.
      Forced to rely on one another despite the secrets that come between them, Tessa and Nicolai embark on a dangerous adventure through the deceptively beautiful life of the Circus, where little is as it seems—even the games, their pasts, and the strange whirlwind of memories that Tessa can no longer recall.

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  Actor Luke Arnold, best known for his role as the pirate ,Long John John Silver, from the former Emmy- winning Starz series, Black Sails, debuts his first novel: The Last Smile in Sunder City (The Fetch Phillips Archives (1) ). The story follows a former soldier, Fetch Phillips, turned private investigator into a world that was once filled with magic but destroyed by greedy humans; which has forced the nonhuman inhabitants underground. Phillips decides to help the creatures who lives he's helped destroy. Phillips is hired as a PI by 300 year old vampire at a cross species school for children to locate a missing professor. As more vampires turn up dead, Phillips realizes that he's got more than he's bargained for. 

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