Seventeenth-century royal-in-exile Elizabeth of Bohemia pursues a clandestine relationship with Pelagius, an African prince and former slave, against the politically unstable and war-threatened climate of the period. Reprint.
As Queen Elizabeth's lady-in-waiting, innocent Lady Rosamund is unprepared for the temptations of Court. She is swept up in the festivities of the yuletide season and, as seduction perfumes the air, Rosamund is drawn to darkly enticing Anton Gustavson…. With the coming of the glittering Frost Fair, they are tangled in a web of forbidden desire and dangerous secrets. For in this time of desperate plots and intrigues, Anton is more than just a handsome suitor—he may have endangered the life of the woman he is learning to love….
Moscow, May 1876: What would cause a talented young student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a promenading public in the Alexander Gardens? Decadence and boredom, most likely, is what the commander of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Police thinks, but still he finds it curious enough to send the newest member of the division, Erast Fandorin, a young man of irresistible charm, to the Alexander Gardens precinct for more information. Fandorin is not satisfied with the conclusion that this is an open-and-shut case, nor with the preliminary detective work the precinct has done—and for good reason: The bizarre and tragic suicide is soon connected to a clear case of murder, witnessed firsthand by Fandorin. There are many unresolved questions. Why, for instance, have both victims left their fortunes to an orphanage run by the English Lady Astair? And who is the beautiful “A.B.,” whose signed photograph is found in the apparent suicide’s apartment? Relying on his keen intuition, the eager sleuth plunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe, landing him at the deadly center of a terrorist conspiracy of worldwide proportions. In this thrilling mystery that brings nineteenth-century Russia to vivid life, Akunin has created one of the most eagerly anticipated novels in years. From the Hardcover edition.
In order to protect the future reign of her son, who is not yet of age, Queen Elissa of Albor trains herself in the ways of sorcery and weapons. Original.
Erast Fandorin is a gentleman sleuth who solves murders and mysteries in Tsarist Russia. Moscow 1876. A young law student commits suicide in broad daylight in Moscow's Alexander Gardens. But this is no ordinary death, for the young man was the son of an influential industrialist and has left a considerable fortune. Erast Fandorin, a hotheaded new recruit to the Criminal Investigation Department, is assigned to the case. Brilliant, young, and sophisticated, Fandorin embarks on an investigation that will take him from the palatial mansions of Moscow to the seedy backstreets of London in his hunt for the conspirators behind this mysterious death.
Marriage is a Christmas affair for these lords and ladies! Mistletoe Magic –
The riveting story of four unforgettable sisters and their glamorous mother, Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots Elizabeth Stuart's life was transformed when her father, James I, ascended to the illustrious throne of England. Her marriage to a German count far below her rank was arranged with the understanding that James would help her husband achieve the crown of Bohemia. Her father's terrible betrayal of this promise would ruin "the Winter Queen," as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved, and launch a war that would last 30 years. Forced into exile, the Winter Queen and her growing family found refuge in Holland, where the glorious art and culture of the Dutch Golden Age formed the backdrop to her daughters' education. The eldest, Princess Elizabeth, counted the preeminent philosopher René Descartes as her closest friend. Louise Hollandine, whose lively manner and appealing looks would provoke heartache and scandal, was a gifted artist. Henrietta Maria, the beauty of the family, would achieve the dynastic ambition of marrying into royalty, although at great cost. But it would be the youngest, Sophia, a heroine in the tradition of Jane Austen, whose ready wit and good-natured common sense masked immense strength of character, who would fulfill the promise of her great-grandmother Mary, a legacy which endures to this day.
What's a heroine to do when her dragon captor is not only her enemy's best defense, but is also the man of her dreams? Frozen for a hundred years the only thing on Siobhan's mind is finding out what happened to her little brother and vengeance on the queen who has punished them both. Upon gaining her freedom from the ice she finds herself the prisoner of the Winter Queen's Dragon, Atavantador. But nothing is as it seems. When the dragon's manservant, Doyle, turns out to be the dragon himself, Siobhan discovers that ending the queen's reign may mean sacrificing her true love for the quest for revenge. Doyle is hiding more than one secret from the queen, and all of them are worth his life. To keep the queen on his side, he must play the game of dragon so well that no one guesses his secret-that beneath the Winter Palace lies the key to all of dragon kind's survival, one of only seven queen dragon eggs left in the universe. And time is running out. When Siobhan's brother leads an army on the Winter Palace, the little queen egg's hiding place is threatened and Doyle finds himself caught between his heart, and his loyalty to all of dragon kind. Can he trust Siobhan enough to tell her his secrets, save the egg, and still serve her lust for vengeance? Or will the attack on the palace destroy, not only the egg's chance of survival, but Siobhan and Doyle's chance at love. Dare to enter Jessica Aspen's world of fast-paced fantasy romance
For fans of Barbara Erskine and Kate Morton comes an unforgettable novel about three women and the power one lie can have over history.
The captivating story of four unforgettable sisters and their glamorous mother, Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots Young Elizabeth Stuart was thrust into a life of wealth and splendor when her godmother, Queen Elizabeth I, died and her father, James I, ascended to the illustrious throne of England. At sixteen she was married to a dashing German count far below her rank, with the understanding that James would help her husband achieve the crown of Bohemia. Her father's terrible betrayal of this promise would ruin "the Winter Queen," as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved, and launch a war that would last for thirty years. Forced into exile, the Winter Queen and her growing family found refuge in Holland, where the glorious art and culture of the Dutch Golden Age formed the backdrop to her daughters' education. The eldest, Princess Elizabeth, was renowned as a scholar when women were all but excluded from serious study and counted the preeminent philosopher René Descartes among her closest friends. Louise Hollandine, whose lively manner and appealing looks would provoke heartache and scandal, was a gifted painter. Shy, gentle Henrietta Maria, the beauty of the family, would achieve the dynastic ambition of marrying into royalty, although at great cost. But it would be the youngest, Sophia, a heroine in the tradition of Jane Austen, whose ready wit and good-natured common sense masked immense strength of character, who would fulfill the promise of her great-grandmother, a legacy that endures to this day. Brilliantly researched and captivatingly written, Nancy Goldstone shows how these spirited, passionate women faced danger, tragic loss, and betrayal, and by refusing to surrender to adversity, changed the course of history.
‘Julie Kagawa is one killer storyteller’ - MTV Meghan Chase has a secret destiny – one she could never have imagined... Enter the Faery world with Julie Kagawa’s internationally bestselling series, The Iron Fey, now with six novels and three short stories in one special collection!
Join Count Kavlei Sliverpaw, merchant prince of the Nijorn, on a journey to rebuild his family's mercantile business and help punish those responsible for the pirate raid that ravaged his home world. His journey will see him travel to many diverse worlds across the Five Stellar Kingdoms and even the distant Terran Alliance. Along the way he will encounter privateers, entrepreneurs, wanderers, and political conspiracies that threaten not just the people of Nijor but the known galaxy as well.
Collection One (The Iron King, Winter’s Passage, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, Summer’s Crossing): The New York Times bestselling Iron Fey series is now available in two digital sets! In Set One, the first three full-length Iron Fey novels and two companion novellas begin a thrillingly romantic and action-filled fantasy adventure. On her sixteenth birthday, Meghan Chase’s little brother is kidnapped—and Meghan learns she is the secret daughter of a faery king. To save her brother, Meghan goes with childhood friend Robbie—the notorious Robin Goodfellow, or Puck—into Faery to seek her brother in the Summer and Winter fey courts. But a new kind of fey is rising, born of iron and technology, and poisonous to all of Faery. And as Meghan’s journey to save her brother brings her into the sights of Prince Ash of the Winter Court, it also begins a quest to claim her destiny, intertwined with the fate of the dreaded Iron fey.
“Stanley Nelson explodes poetic form. His words seem to be moving away from each other like galaxies in an expanding universe. This is the most radical opening up of poetic form since Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Nelson is one of those defining figures, one of those who defines an age, not only for his contemporaries, but for posterity.”
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A charming romantic comedy about a hard-up single mum inheriting a stately home – and a host of headaches. The perfect novel for curling up with during the long winter nights.
Praise for Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies: "Suspenseful."—Time for Kids A secret society, a lost fortress, a precious artifact only Samantha Sutton can protect. Twelve-year-old Samantha Sutton isn't sure she wants to go to England with her Uncle Jay, a brilliant, risk-taking archeologist. But the trip seems safe enough—a routine excavation in Cambridge—and Samantha has always had a love for the past. At first the project seems unremarkable—just a survey to clear the way for a massive theme park. But everything changes when Sam uncovers something extraordinary. Are the local legends true? Is this the site of the ancient fortress belonging to Queen Boudica, the warrior queen? What treasures might be found? When others begin to learn of her findings, Samantha senses she is in danger. Can any of her friends be trusted? Samantha will need to solve the mystery of the site in order to protect herself and let the world know of her remarkable discovery.