Sword & Citadel

The Second Half of 'The Book of the New Sun'

Author: Gene Wolfe

Publisher: Orb Books

ISBN: 1429966319

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 7481

The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe's most remarkable work, hailed as "a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis" by Publishers Weekly, and "one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century" by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Sword & Citadel brings together the final two books of the tetralogy in one volume: The Sword of the Lictor is the third volume in Wolfe's remarkable epic, chronicling the odyssey of the wandering pilgrim called Severian, driven by a powerful and unfathomable destiny, as he carries out a dark mission far from his home. The Citadel of the Autarch brings The Book of the New Sun to its harrowing conclusion, as Severian clashes in a final reckoning with the dread Autarch, fulfilling an ancient prophecy that will forever alter the realm known as Urth. "Brilliant . . . terrific . . . a fantasy so epic it beggars the mind. An extraordinary work of art!"-Philadelphia Inquirer "The Book of the New Sun establishes [Wolfe's] preeminence, pure and simple. . . . The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . once into it, there is no stopping."--The New York Times Book Review At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Book of the New Sun

Sword and Citadel

Author: Gene Wolfe

Publisher: Gollancz

ISBN: 9781473212008


Page: 624

View: 8971

An extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, in the time of a dying sun, when our present culture is no longer even a memory. The torturer's apprentice, Severian, exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his prisoners, is now the Lictor of Thrax, a city far distant from his home. But it is not long before Severian must flee this city, too, and journey again into the world. Embattled by friends and enemies alike, pursued by monstrous creatures, the one-time torturer's apprentice must overcome hitherto unimagined perils, as he moves closer to fulfilling his ultimate destiny. This edition contains the concluding two volumes of this four-volume novel, The Sword of the Lictor and The Citadel of the Autarch.

Sword of Apollo

A Novel

Author: Noble Smith

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 125002644X

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 9010

"Noble Smith brings the gory political struggles of fifth-century [B.C.] Greece vividly to life in a way that I haven't seen since the novels of Mary Renault. A superb historical novel by a master storyteller."—Angus Donald, author of Warlord, on Spartans at the Gates. Nikias of Plataea has survived battle, shipwreck, and torture. But now the young warrior must face his greatest challenge: leading the people of his city-state on a desperate exodus to Athens while being hunted down by the largest Spartan expeditionary force in history. From the burning forests of the legendary Mount Kithaeron, to the plague-ridden streets of Athens, to the dreaded Prison Pits of Syrakuse, Nikias has to use his fists, sword, and wits to defeat his enemies, and bring aid to a citadel cut off from the rest of the world by merciless invaders. Award-winning author Noble Smith's Sword of Apollo brings to a close the thrilling Warrior trilogy, set during the epic war that tore apart Ancient Greece.

Citadel of the Sorcerer

Author: Ashley P Martin

Publisher: Pure Indigo Limited

ISBN: 1910615064

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 128

View: 2596

An evil sorcerer on the loose. Nobody can be trusted. Toby's magical shield is the last hope. The forces of darkness are scouring the land, searching for Toby and his enchanted shield, the last best hope for victory. Armed with new skills and magical equipment, Toby is ready for anything. But will he survive the CITADEL OF THE SORCERER? Toby of Endersley Series Follow Toby's adventures in a kingdom inhabited by knights, wizards and dragons. Early readers These chapter books are aimed at early readers. They are a bridge between picture books and reading books. They are also excellent for sharing and reading together or for new independent readers. - Aimed at children 9+.- Black and white illustrations in the paperback version- Full colour illustrations in the kindle version- Also available in this series: Citadel of the Sorcerer, Destiny of the Dark Elves, Lost City of Dragons

The Hall of the Wood

Author: Scott Marlowe

Publisher: Umberland Press


Category: Fiction

Page: 327

View: 5269

Jerrick Bur returns to a home he does not recognize. The King's Patrol has vanished. Their Hall stands empty. An invading army encroaches upon the fringes of the forest and folk whisper of a sitheri witch brewing evil from the darkest hollows. Once a patroller, always a patroller, and so Jerrick is duty-bound to investigate. He is joined by Kayra Weslin, knight errant, and her chronicler, Holly, who go to answer a plea for help from nearby Homewood. Along with Murik Alon Rin'kres, an eslar sorcerer who harbors a secret purpose all his own, the four attempt to unravel the mystery of the missing patrollers. They soon find tales of their disappearance frighteningly untrue as they are forced to ally themselves with an evil far more deadly than any of the other adversaries facing them. ranger, witch, wizard, devil, demon, sword, sorcery, myth, legend, elves, elf, fae, ghost, gods, goddesses, dryad, goblin, fantasy, dark fantasy, mystery, deities, magic

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon

Author: Diana L. Paxson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101151945

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 9924

Epic in its sweep and peopled by the remarkable women who have always inhabited Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon expands the legendary saga that has enchanted countless readers over the years and is sure to please Bradley's loyal readership and anyone who loves wonderfully told stories of history, myth, and fantasy.

Sword Drill

Author: David Epps

Publisher: Booksurge Llc

ISBN: 9781588988195

Category: Drama

Page: 628

View: 8042

This is a fiction-based-on-fact story of a young man's quest to become a member of The Citadel's Junior Sword Drill.

The Sword

A Novel

Author: Bryan M. Litfin

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 9781433523014

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 3175

Four hundred years after a deadly virus and nuclear war destroyed the modern world, a new and noble civilization emerges. In this kingdom, called Chiveis, snowcapped mountains provide protection, and fields and livestock provide food. The people live medieval-style lives, with almost no knowledge of the "ancient" world. Safe in their natural stronghold, the Chiveisi have everything they need, even their own religion. Christianity has been forgotten—until a young army scout comes across a strange book. With that discovery, this work of speculative fiction takes readers on a journey that encompasses adventure, romance, and the revelation of the one true God. Through compelling narrative and powerful character development, The Sword speaks to God's goodness, his refusal to tolerate sin, man's need to bow before him, and the eternality and power of his Word. Fantasy and adventure readers will be hooked by this first book in a forthcoming trilogy.

Sword of Persia

Nader Shah, from Tribal Warrior to Conquering Tyrant

Author: Michael Axworthy

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857733478

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 3879

Nader Shah, ruler of Persia from 1736 to 1747, embodied ruthless ambition, energy, military brilliance, cynicism and cruelty. His reign was filled with bloodshed, betrayal and horror. Yet Nader Shah is central to Iran's early modern history. From a shepherd boy he rose to liberate his country from foreign occupation, and make himself Shah. He took eighteenth-century Iran from political collapse to become the dominant power in the region, recovering Herat and Kandahar, conquering Moghul Delhi, plundering the enormous treasures of India, repeatedly defeating Ottoman Turkey, and overrunning most of what is now Iraq. But suspicion and avarice led him to persecute the Persian people as savagely as any foreign conqueror had done. The Sword of Persia recreates the story of a remarkable, ruthless man, capable of both charm and brutality, who became a monster of insane cruelty. It is a rich narrative, full of dramatic incident, including much new research into original Iranian and other material, which will prove indispensable to historians and students. ‘The best biography of the year...a superb introduction to Iran itself...not just a beautifully-written compelling work but one that is also utterly relevant today.’ Simon Sebag Montefiore ‘a very successful [biography]. Michael Axworthy knows his Persia...and he writes well: this is an excellent story, very ably told.’ David Morgan, Times Literary Supplement

Sword of the Slave

Author: Eric Thompson

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1430326069

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 3564

This is a story about a young soldier thrown into a world of war and murder. His only ally is an outcast nun. Together with her wit and his sword, they survive.

The Sword of the Spirits

Author: John Christopher

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481419994

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

View: 2713

The fate of Luke—and the civilized world—is at stake in the tumultuous and explosive conclusion to the post-apocalyptic Sword of the Spirits trilogy from the author of The Tripods series. Following the death of his brother, Luke has now ascended to the throne of Winchester. And with the success of his first campaigns he is crowned “Prince of Three Cities,” finally fulfilling the prophecy made by the Spirits years before. Luke knows that the power of the Spirits is nothing more than a hoax to advance the Seers’ plans for a scientific revival. Their deception is the reason Luke has his crown. But as old rivalries and new alliances emerge and chaos sweeps through Winchester, can Luke stop death and disaster from plunging the civilized world into darkness?

The Citadel of the Autarch

Urth: Book of the New Sun

Author: Gene Wolfe

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575114185

Category: Fiction

Page: 611

View: 902

Severian the Torturer continues his epic journey across the lands of Urth, carrying with him the Claw of the Conciliator and the great sword, Terminus Est. All his travels are leading towards a destiny that he dare not refuse . . . Winner of the John W. Campbell Award for best novel, 1984

Ghosts of the Citadel (The Copper Promise: Part I)

Author: Jen Williams

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472219104

Category: Fiction

Page: 172

View: 4981

Part I of THE COPPER PROMISE It is said that the Citadel is haunted, and that anyone foolish enough to enter will never return. When a mysterious nobleman offers them a small fortune to explore its depths, sellswords Wydrin and Sebastian decide they can afford to be a little foolish - it's a chance for adventure, riches, and they might even have a tale or two to tell in the tavern afterwards. But they will soon discover that sometimes there is truth in rumour... The complete novel, THE COPPER PROMISE, is available from Headline in Trade Paperback and Ebook in February 2014


Mastering the Asian Dark Arts of Mind Manipulation

Author: Dr. Haha Lung

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 0806535547

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 9700

Here--at last!--is your only chance to fully master the lethal tactics and techniques of the mysterious Asian "shadow cadre." Miyamoto Musashi (1594–1645)--the greatest swordsman Japan has ever seen and author of the masterpiece Gorin No Sho (A Book of Five Rings)--spent many arduous years as a wandering ronin, studying the murder, mayhem, and mind-control secrets of Asia's dark shadow cadre. Few today are able to grasp the penetrating wisdom of this revered innovator. Now Dr. Haha Lung at last brings his unique perspective to Musashi's hard-won knowledge in this powerful volume, where you'll learn the forbidden secrets of: Japan's Shinobi-Ninja The (in)famous Hirracarrah spies of ancient India Chinese "ninja" such as the Lin-Kuei ("Ghost Warriors") and the Moshuh Nanren espionage and assassination experts Vietnamese "Black Crow" mind-masters Tibetan sDop-sDop mind-warriors STREET AND BOARDROOM WARRIORS BE ADVISED: Mind-Sword is for academic study ONLY. Dr. Haha Lung is the author of more than a dozen books on martial arts, including Mind Penetration, Mind Fist, The Nine Halls of Death, Assassin!, Mind Control: The Ancient Art of Psychological Warfare, and Mental Dominance.

The Sword of Lincoln

The Army of the Potomac

Author: Jeffry D. Wert

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9780743225076

Category: History

Page: 576

View: 9150

The Sword of Lincoln is the first authoritative single-volume history of the Army of the Potomac in many years. From Bull Run to Gettysburg to Appomattox, the Army of the Potomac repeatedly fought -- and eventually defeated -- Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia. Jeffry D. Wert, one of our finest Civil War historians, brings to life the battles, the generals, and the common soldiers who fought for the Union and ultimately prevailed. The Army of the Potomac endured a string of losses under a succession of flawed commanders -- McClellan, Burnside, and Hooker -- until at Gettysburg it won a decisive battle under a new commander, General George Meade. Within a year the Army of the Potomac would come under the overall leadership of the Union's new general-in-chief, Ulysses S. Grant. Under Grant the army would finally trap and defeat Lee and his forces. Wert's history draws on letters and diaries, some previously unpublished, to show us what army life was like. Throughout the book Wert shows how Lincoln carefully monitored the operations of the Army of the Potomac, learning as the war progressed, until he found in Grant the commander he'd long sought. Perceptive in its analysis and compellingly written, The Sword of Lincoln is the finest modern account of the army that was central to the Civil War.

Nothing But My Sword

The Life of Field Marshal James Francis Edward Keith

Author: Sam Coull

Publisher: Birlinn Limited


Category: History

Page: 222

View: 6520

"Born in 1694, Keith fought for the Jacobites in both 1715 and 1719. After their defeat he ended up in Russian service rising to the highest level. He fought major campaigns in both Poland and the Ottoman Empire and was instrumental in creating the Russian army. Empress Elizabeth wanted to become his mistress but Keith was unwilling and fled to the service of Frederick the Great." "As one of the right hand men of Frederick the Great, Keith fought in the opening battles of the Seven Years War. At Hochkirch, however, disaster struck. Despite the warnings of Keith and others Frederick's army was in a trap. It was Keith's heroism which saved Frederick and the young Prussian State from destruction. Keith paid with his life. Today he is still remembered as one of the heroes of Prussia." "Sam Coull's book serves to restore him to his rightful position in his native land as one of Scotland's greatest soldiers and greatest men."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

A Sword for Hire

The Silent Blade Chronicles

Author: David Graham

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0957225644

Category: Fiction

Page: 307

View: 4355

When an ancient symbol of power is stolen from the wizards’ citadel, which stands atop Mount Oragil, a timid teaching wizard named Amvaar is sent to retrieve it. Despite strict orders from the Grand Master of his order to keep his quest a secret Amvaar enlists the help of three people. But as the four new friends venture onwards, they gradually discover that horrifying events from eight hundred years earlier, are about to unfold once again. They also discover that fate has brought them together for a special purpose. Only working together, as The Silent Blade, can the four hope to defeat a terrifying foe, and hopefully save the world.