From acclaimed thriller-suspense novelists Heather Graham and Jon Land comes a story of action, X-Files-like mystery, and the endurance of young love in The Rising.
Twenty-four hours. That's all it takes for the lives of two young people to be changed forever.
Alex Chin has the world on a plate. A football hero and homecoming king with plenty of scholarship offers, his future looks bright. His tutor, Samantha Dixon, is preparing to graduate high school at the top of her class. She plans to turn her NASA internship into a career.
When a football accident lands Alex in the hospital, his world is turned upside down. His doctor is murdered. Then, his parents. Death seems to follow him wherever he goes, and now it's after him.
Alex flees. He tells Samantha not to follow, but she became involved the moment she walked through his door and found Mr. and Mrs. Chin as they lay dying in their home. She cannot abandon the young man she loves. The two race desperately to stay ahead of Alex's attackers long enough to figure out why they are hunting him in the first place. The answer lies with a secret buried deep in his past, a secret his parents died to protect. Alex always knew he was adopted, but he never knew the real reason his birth parents abandoned him. He never knew where he truly came from. Until now.
Joe Warren, an unemployed electrical engineer, has a terminally ill girlfriend and a bank account bumping rock bottom. Jobs are scarce in 2050, since nanotechnology has created the ability to animate the recently deceased, who are put to work performing menial labor at low wages. These Revivants have glutted the job market, leaving their living counterparts out in the cold.
Joe goes looking for a helping hand and mistakenly gets arrested with a group of freedom fighters. The only cause Joe wants to fight for is Joe, but federal agents coerce him into spying on the Children of Liberty.
When Joe reluctantly infiltrates the protest group, he finds something he never expected or wanted. Friends. And he discovers that maybe there are things in life worth fighting—and dying—for.
The discovery of planet x affects the lives of everyone, only Rachel doesn't know it. Instead, she is haunted by the truth of her father's sudden and tragic demise. Was is a terrible accident, suicide, murder? Sadly Rachel finds compelling evidence of all three.The truth, however, for Paranormal Network tabloid journalist Kelly Ramirez is not so elusive. The discovery of planet x falls squarely into her shapely, toned lap. As she delivers planet x information to her viewers, she finds herself being systematically destroyed by friends, colleagues and lovers alike.Aliens walk among us, the faithful warn that it is the end of times, and the government insists that we the people should relax, because everything is just fine. With a giant red gas planet hurdling toward earth, would anything be fine ever again? Janet R. Brienza is a native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where she resides with the love of her life, Jeff, and their four fur children.
"If you're not reading D.L. Young, you're missing out. His Dark Republic series of futuristic thrillers is edgy and fast-paced, with vivid detail and unforgettable characters."Pamela Fagan Hutchins, bestselling author of the What Doesn't Kill You mystery series
For over twenty years, Indigo Cruz has worked the markets of the Texas wastelands, hustling wares, cutting deals, and earning a hard-won reputation as a tough, shrewd trader. In a dangerous, brutal world, she's managed to carve out a comfortable, safe existence...
...until the day the Fundamentalist Church of Divine Wrath shows up on her turf, throwing her world into chaos.
Forced by the violent cult's leader to serve as a guide for a mysterious mission, Indigo finds herself trapped between factions warring for control of the Republic. But when she crosses paths with the runaway mind-reader Soledad Paz, will their chance meeting be the key to Indigo's survival or the final nail in her coffin?
“You may call me Sways,” the Sunaj research team hears from a telepathic alien host when they arrive at an unknown planet fifty light-years from Earth, in answer to a distress call from the ocean-dwelling species. The towering treelike creatures enter into a partnership of discovery with the human arrivals to find the solution to a life-threatening challenge facing these gentle Ocean denizens. The Sunaj team, mostly newly-evolved “H2s” with enhanced abilities, uncover a 40,000 year-old mystery that ties the planet Ocean to ancient Earth. This discovery, coupled with the research at the Sunaj Lab in Frazier, Washington, may explain what triggered the recent human evolutionary changes. Weaving together the threads of the “Janus Unfolding” series into a satisfying conclusion, Inheritance broadens the scope of futuristic exploration as it embraces all forms of intelligence in a new “family of being.”
The future isn’t what it used to be for Tony Calanis Palermo. He’s a man with a past. It has been a long fall from a member of the most clandestine branch of Lunar Intelligence to a mere able spaceman first class aboard a merchant starship. But after his latest misadventure, it will be an even longer fall to working out a long term indenture on a backwater sugar plantation. In fact, it would be a death sentence. Except that he’s just been offered a single chance at freedom: If he uses his skills to obtain the language key of the mysterious, and dead, alien Galactic race before anyone else can get it. That anyone else may include, but may not strictly be limited to, interplanetary policorps, super soldiers, genetically modified assassins, heavily armed colonial revolutionaries, and the combined military might of the Union of Man. Enough trouble for anyone’s plate, perhaps. But once on the ground, Tony discovers the still functioning personality daemon of a quasi-religious mutant criminal megalomaniac that had once tried to start World War Four just before Tony . . . killed her. Turns out, that’s a problem. Only he also decides to rescue an indentured savant slave girl and her dying pet Angel. Has he finally bitten off more than he can chew? But the real question is: Can he stay alive long enough to succeed?
ALL THEY WANTED WAS A CHILD. THEY NEVER EXPECTED THIS.
A childless couple. An adoption specialist. A little girl with a secret. A young boy with unimaginable powers. A scientist with an over-inflated ago. And an elderly psychic who knows the truth.
In the fall of 2002, in Seattle, Claire and Logan Keller adopt five-year-old Samantha Jennings and welcome her into their home. But then strange, bizarre, and incredible things begin to happen. The Kellers are unwittingly pulled into an unfathomable world of deception, power, and supsense. They find themselves on the run from an unseen force, searching for answers while trying to stay alive. What they find waiting for them is both shocking and unforgettable.
The Adoption is a riveting action adventure thriller full of twists that will keep you guessing until the very end. A mix of science fiction, paranormal mystery, and the supernatural, it grabs you and keeps you turning the pages.
"A well-woven tapestry of history, character, and charming mystery." -- Kirkus Reviews
In flu-ravaged 1918 Philadelphia, Fiora Vicente, the freshly orphaned and forward-thinking daughter of the local fortune teller, has goals. She has ambitions. But when faced with a future she hasn't planned, she has second thoughts--and casts her community into a stagnant bubble of time.
Inside the bubble, life among Fiora's superstitious neighbors continues, but nothing progresses, swamped by a steady stream of unspent seconds. As the pressure builds Fiora realizes she must find the courage to collapse the bubble--or risk trapping her dreams in an unbearable, unyielding, and infinite Now.
Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue --the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy --in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her--Callum and Judah Forsythe--must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.
Surviving, however, is only the beginning: Noa needs to find Sasha. That means becoming a warrior herself, one just as fierce as the magical brothers battling for her love. Across broken cities, underground labyrinths, rushing floods and endless skies; in the face of legions of armies, horrifying tyrants, and the most deceitful of friends, can Mortal Noa rescue her sister--and understand her own heart--in time to escape the most deadly of magic realms?
Nyx Estrella is a princess from Gexalatia, a world on the other side of a portal. Unfortunately, she has no idea. Sent to Lucky, Texas, when she was a baby to protect her from the evil King Paraximus, her biggest concerns are grades and seeing her friends. She has no idea that she possesses magical abilities and that her reality is about to become really strange. Jet Lamia is a war prisoner, sent from Gexalatia by the queen, Liana Estrella, to bring Nyx back home to the kingdom of Ymber. The portal only opens on the winter solstice, so Jet finds himself trapped on Earth, trying to blend in. Fortunately, he has help in the form of the queen’s chosen assistant, Seth Alvar. But playing well with others has never been one of Jet’s talents. It is a race against the clock to tell Nyx her true identity and try to train her, while also keeping her alive. Nyx and Jet struggle to defeat the assassins sent to kill them both, while trying not to kill each other. Can this duo put their differences aside and return to Gexalatia?
Trapped as a slave, facing an impossible decision, Aeden must choose between his friends and his soul...
The clock is ticking as the world descends into darkness.
He’s been called the Scourge of Bodig, the Bane of Verold, but most know him as the Kan Savasci. He’s one of the most feared men alive. Chaos and war have followed him like an angry shadow. The one problem, as the world faces the wrath of forgotten gods, Kan Savasci is nowhere to be found.
The annalist, a man trained in the ancient arts of the arkein, has been tasked to uncover the whereabouts of the Kan Savasci at any cost. In order to find the man, one must unmask the depths of his reclusive history.
Life is not going well for Jenna Holden. Her live-in-fiancé walks out. Her estranged mother is in a terrible accident that may kill her. And instead of the promotion she’s expecting at her book editor job, she’s fired. Jenna must return to the small town where she grew up to recoup. With all that’s happened she sees no future for herself. But then, in her mother’s attic, Jenna finds journals written by a long-dead ancestress. They transport her to another time and place, giving her access to the thoughts and feelings of another woman, also alone in the world, who is facing similar trials of heartache and loss. Reading them somehow gives Jenna an escape from her own pain and sorrow, yet offers a doorway to resilience, healing and the joy of a supportive love. Jenna need only find the self-knowledge and courage to step through, into that space between time.
When your dreams become reality, being cursed can be a real nightmare.
Like a punch in the face, eighteen-year-old Maeve O'Malley's visions knock her off her path. The Pirate Queen stalking Maeve in her dreams killed her mother years ago, and now, the villain is coming for her. Maeve's decision to ditch Boston College takes everyone by surprise as she packs her bags, leaves America, and heads to the west coast of Ireland to chase her dreams—and end them.
Maeve uncovers an ancient family curse that refuses to remain silent until she accepts her predestined role in what many thought was only a legend. Her Irish history professor—a man she shouldn't be falling for—is the only person who understands the origins of her torment.
Maeve's journey becomes a medieval treasure hunt through Ireland's castles and ruins as she tracks the wrathful Pirate Queen who has her marked for vengeance.
Morgan McRobbie and Lady Marissa duBerry swing back into swashbuckling action, facing old enemies, new threats, and a diabolical conspiracy-not to mention a more personal battle, one with hearts and pride at stake. As the pair escorts Prince Robert to the dwarf king's court, a scheme intended to hurl men and dwarves into a devastating war is unfolding. Morgan ends up sidetracked by a kidnapped dwarf and a centuries-old feud, while a mysterious wizard's revelations shake Marissa to her core, throwing into question everything she thought she knew about her past and future. And the advent of a rival for Marissa's affections threatens any hope of a happy ending-if they survive. Once again, the desperate knight and indomitable damsel must hazard everything on a single throw of the dice, gambling on untested allies and unimagined weapons to save their world. The odds have never been worse.
Forty years after The Demon of Histlewick Downs, the threat of Phrendonic magic has long since faded. During that time, the world changed. In the city of Trifienne, new methods of scientific inquiry have not only transformed academic learning, they have seeped into all aspects of society. Nowhere is that influence more evident than at Trifienne’s Exidgeon University, where the Chancellor has taken the bold step of integrating the women’s classes with the men’s. For Exidgeon student Dona Merinne, those changes haven’t gone nearly far enough. She won’t rest until the faculty rewards her brilliance and dedication with a professor’s cap—and nothing—not handsome young men, not blatantly biased professors, and not even a strangely glowing book is going to stand in her way. Practical Phrendonics is the first volume of the Heiromancer trilogy, and the second book in the Dreamweaver Chronicles.
The number one best-selling thriller Stealing Time continues its “breathtakingly original” journey.
Ronnie Andrews returns from eighteenth century London shell-shocked from her first terrifying time travel encounter. Her boyfriend, Jeffrey Brennan, casts doubt on her sanity leaving Ronnie wondering if she went back in time or is having a mental breakdown.
To add to the tension, Hurricane Francis, a storm the size of Texas, is barreling towards Florida and her fears of a repeat time travel experience mount. Ronnie’s best friend Steph, along with her friend Nick and Steph’s younger brother Ian, shield Ronnie from the dangers of Francis but cannot save her from traveling back in time. Unfortunately, their meddling brings Ronnie to the brink of destruction as they are caught in the throes of the hurricane’s wrath.
Once again, Ronnie is transported to dangerous places and plagued with desperate situations, while experiencing perilous cultures including one of America’s first mysteries -- the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island.
A stunning conclusion brings Ronnie face to face with a dangerous ally who may hold the key to her past while offering salvation for her future.
While studying at the fabled city of Shamballa, Akil, an African prince, receives word of his father's death. While on his journey home to honor the late king and pledge fealty to his brother the new King, Akil is kidnapped and sold into slavery, eventually arriving to a plantation in the Carolinas. Akil plans his escape, with the help of a mystical were-hyena from his homeland and the Legendary Captain Tam aka The Pirate Queen, only to find that his adventure has just begun.
The stone-age, cave-like beings of Zeon have certain death coming straight at them in the form of the neighboring planet Tareon. Zeon and Tareon orbit their sun in opposite directions, and every time they pass each other, Tareon draws Zeon closer and closer to their own orbit path. With no technology and only just beginning to discover electricity, the Zeons have no chance for survival.
Follow the family of Kairn; his wife, Rayelle; teenage daughter, Evene; and younger son, Trillo as they and the other two million Zeons try to survive the convergence of planets.
When Gods War: Roman Candle is a war of worlds--not between the people of those worlds but between the planets themselves. And the two million simple beings of Zeon are caught in the middle. With no technology and no hope, all two million Zeons just might die, until one day, a lucky few of them discover something that just may change everything.
A werebear has killed two people and Teyla leaves in pursuit. Her mother, Mirra, has known for years that Teyla’s father, Kaar, is imprisoned by Maalak. With Teyla gone, she goes to free Kaar or die in the attempt. The two helped defeat Maalak years ago in his bid to conquer the city-state of Kessia. He has prepared to try again, confident he will be victorious. Teyla’s quest is side-tracked by Argus Cord on a mission to find white witches to aid Kessia in the upcoming struggle. The two become lovers and Teyla agrees to help in the battle against Maalak. But she discovers that her father is Maalak’s prisoner. She must attempt rescue, but she cannot protect Argus and herself. Kaar escapes with Mirra’s help, and the two join the forces of Kessia. As the armies clash outside the southern wall of Dark Home in a battle of magic and steel, Teyla arrives at Dark Home. Maalak discovers her presence and she finds herself face-to-face with the most fearful master of dark magic that has ever been.
Are our destinies preordained? Darby and Wagner are hired mercenaries employed by an organization called The Black Rose, led by a woman sometimes known as Lil Red. Their newest mission is to rescue two children and then escort them across the country while posing as peddlers. Join the adventure of this Coming of Age Fantasy. Magic, friendship, and romance abound.
Lily's life is turned upside down when two ghostly muses appear with a blood-inked contract binding her to write an incredible saga of Heaven and Hell as dictated. In a darkly humorous fashion, Lily fights her muses every step of the way, even after losing her job, her apartment, all her possessions, and nearly losing her life, but Lily cannot resist their fantastic story that outlines a seemingly simple mistake made by Marduk, the Black Dragon, and Amon, the White One, aka the Devil and God. This one simple mistake begins to spiral out of control with far reaching consequences both are powerless to stop, especially the Marriage of Heaven and Hell that springs from an unlikely romantic union that has disastrous consequences when the Elders step forward to right the wrongs of the Black Dragon and the White One.
Marriage of Heaven and Hell is the first book in The Children of the Incubi series, a darkly humorous, romantically erotic, eerily preternatural, softly horrific, and highly irreverent 6-volume adult fantasy Saga of God and the Devil. But Amon and Marduk are not your grandmother’s God and Devil. Lily is surprised to learn that the Gods are not only equal confederates who are fiercely loyal to each other, but they are also sexy, witty, wicked, selfish, clumsy, and tragically flawed.
Humanity awakens the Gods in this epic Saga of love, lust, betrayal, deceit, debauchery, incest, murder, war, dark spirits, revenge, torture, and twisted humor in the Colonies of the Gods.
Eprus is the medieval fantasy world of Eclipse. In this world, the capitol, Leydford, is home to the Elite School, where warriors are brought up from infancy and trained. At 16 years of age, the young warriors (or Elites Squires, as they are called) are given a series of rigorous tests which, if they pass, will lead to being knighted an Elite of the King. Eclipse is the story of three Elite Squires; a young woman by the name of Nyla Fleetwood, her beloved, Soren Rainey, and their closest friend and ally, Kieran Evans. Their lives drastically change after Nyla's tests are sabotaged and she leaves the Elite School forever. However, Soren and Kieran pass, forcing them to remain and be knighted as Elites. Nearly a year later, Nyla stumbles upon a sleepy little village called Wyndmere. The town is little more than a history book and the people who inhabit it are easily frightened and stirred up; they don't take kindly to strangers, either. But Nyla meets and makes friends with Gracie Randall, the owner of Wyndmere's only inn. Things seem to be going well enough... That is until she stumbles upon the town's darkest secret. Two weeks afterwards, Soren and Kieran are commissioned by the King of Eprus. Their mission? To discover the origins of the fire that burned down Castle Wyndmere.
When it comes to the world of the supernatural, the citizens of Hawaii are luckier than most. The year-round sunshine keeps the vampires at bay and the lack of wild game ensures no werewolves overstay their welcome. But every culture has its demons, and on the island of Oahu, it falls to Marcus Aries, a martial arts instructor with the ability to harness his inner spirit, to keep them in check. When a five-year old child with ties to the Hawaiian drug cartel goes missing, Marcus sets out to bring him home. Unfortunately, not everyone wants the child to be found, and the line between ally and enemy grows blurry as warring factions collide. Caught in the middle, Marcus finds himself fighting against insurmountable odds, with an innocent life, as well as the future of the entire island, hanging in the balance.
In the second installment of the award-winning Horizon series, Dr. Caeli Crys returns to her war-torn world to fight for those she left behind.
Almagest, Caeli's home, stands on the brink of revolution. Long hidden from the rest of the galaxy, the once-peaceful planet suffers under a regime that grows more violent and oppressive by the day. Marcus, Almagest's dictator, is building an arsenal of alien weaponry by selling empathic children into slavery. A resistance has risen, but they are outmanned, outgunned, and in hiding.
Joined by Commander Derek Markham and his elite squadron of operatives, Caeli embarks on a dangerous mission to find the Resistance, rescue her captive people, and save her civilization from destruction.
Malcolm Ironwater slips out of the sanitarium, taking his imaginary Indian tribe with him on a journey to set the Aborigines free in Australia. Malcolm’s quest is hampered by delusional episodes arguing with his Maliqroische braves, accidentally becoming involved in a dangerous occult ceremony, being struck by lime green lightning from a bizarre aurora, and evolving into a ten foot ancient reptilian alien with yellow eyes. And by the way, the Aborigines have no interest in his assistance, thank you very much! Even with all that, there are still more surprises awaiting Malcolm during his journey. This ain’t your Daddy’s Outback, mate! Pug Greenwood launches Malcolm from the short story “The Ghost at Indian Rocks” and fulfills Malcolm’s dream of going to Alice Springs. Malcolm’s Daddy always told him he was descended from American Indians, but a particular tribe never came up, and he looks as native as Archie Bunker. So, in a drug induced state brought on by a little blue flower, Malcolm made one up, and now he can’t get rid of them.
No greatness was ever borne without pain… A nuclear holocaust has devastated humanity. Out of the ashes rises a new totalitarian Soviet state that bears a chilling resemblance to a major fast food chain. Everyone eats burgers and the savior of the state-approved religion has red hair, white skin, and enormous feet. Sergei, a meat farmer in the Ukraine, learns that he is actually a clone of the State’s founder and destined to become its Premier. The secret police whisk him away to Moscow where he is prepared for absolute power. Sergei is kidnapped by a group of terrorists who are bent on overthrowing the State. They open Sergei’s eyes to the atrocities meted out by the State on its people: torture, human cloning, and dietary oppression. Sergei escapes his captors and returns to Moscow but to what end? Does he assume the Premiership or follow the terrorists in their desperate struggle?
Bounty hunter and spaceship pilot Corey is desperate to escape her abusive ex-lover Ivan LaMark, but joining the crew of the honest trade vessel, Oriana, hasn't quite been the escape she hoped for. Then she stumbles upon the bounty of a lifetime—one of the Disappeared. Capturing one, Corey knows she could be set for life, ensuring her escape from her former lover for good. But, naming her price has put her directly in the crosshairs of the lunar Guard, Oriana’s crew, and, even worse, Ivan LaMark. The Disappeared is the first in the New Dawn series - a post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure filled with betrayal and family dysfunction, but, through it all, a hope that tomorrow will be better than today.
Orphaned inventor Douglas Hwan dreams of a world beyond the valley that houses his hometown of Rocan. When a traveller named Sky arrives from beyond Rocan's frozen borders, Douglas assumes she must be a Sequestered -- a woman whose family has kept her sheltered from the town's strict breeding laws. But when Sky's call for help brings the spaceship Oriana to her rescue, Douglas is forced to choose between his family and his dream.
Sequestered is an adventurous tale of dreamers, aliens, exploding engines, blended families, and finding one’s place in the world.
Hidden in the Other World for thirteen years, twins Aren and Alexa lived a normal life with their beloved Nana Gazelle, until her brutal death at the hands of a ruthless Xendor. It wasn't until then that the A-twins (as they were named by their school friends) learned that the fate of their people was dependent on them returning to Rheyaros with a mystical sword before the disappearance of the Skylar Moon. In a race against time to find their way through the unfamiliar terrain of Vesterra, the grief stricken A-twins encounter many obstacles while being relentlessly pursued by Xendors who would stop at nothing to acquire the sword. Will Aren and Alexa be able to find their way through the untamed region of Vesterra in their quest to return the sword to Rheyaros on time?
Through an unusual set of circumstances, Mikal found himself plunging down to Heaven attached to the very instrument of his demise. What he would discover about the real Heaven, reincarnation, friendship, love, and adventure in the Afterlife would culminate at the showdown of Hell's legions marching into Heaven. While standing in line on the gold walkway, Mikal developed a friendship born of similar senses of humor and eventual respect for each other. Unaware of his heritage, Mikal discovers the identity of his father when he and his two new friends Luella and Aden apply for the Angel Corps. They are accepted into the Earth Human Monitoring program and head off to Basix Training where they're instructed by Drill Sergeant Priscus. After each is given a legendary weapon described either in Earth's history or mythology, they're sent off for specialized training. From that point on, nothing is as it seems as Lucifer's spies discover the true identity of Mikal. His demon Wizards have foretold, since the dawn of Man, his arrival which Lucifer sees as a sign of the Armageddon of Heaven. The final battle at Twilight Pass test the mettle of Mikal and concludes below starry skies.
Orphaned as a child, Taliesin was adopted by the Ravens, a clan that makes its living searching battlefields for valuables. Although she yearns to leave the scavenging lifestyle behind, she is good at it and has a knack for finding treasure amongst the fallen. Civil war is brewing, though, and leaders both good and evil are searching for the magic weapons they need to help their forces achieve victory. The most powerful of these ancient blades is Ringerike, a sword that is said to be both a king-maker and a king-killer; it is a weapon so beautiful that people are transfixed by just the sight of it. If Taliesin can find Ringerike, she can free herself from her life as a scavenger and save her Clan from the sinister forces out to destroy it. But not all is as it seems, and friends are not always friends; she will have to choose her allies wisely if she is to survive, much less find the sword that could be her salvation. “Seeker of Magic” initiates the “Realm of Magic” trilogy, an epic fantasy series in the tradition of Tolkien and Feist, where magic is alive and well, and one person could be the savior of the world…or its downfall.
Wealth. Desire. Power. All could be yours in the Paldimori Games. Lia Davies’ quiet life starts spiraling out of control when she becomes the center of the biggest scandal to ever hit her small town. Spurned by the art community she loves and in jeopardy of losing her business, she makes a desperate decision to enter a mysterious game. What seems like the solution to all of her problems turns into a deadly fight for her life as inexplicable events begin to occur. Chaos—the charismatic and condescending leader of the six Paldimori Houses—calls them “accidents.” Lia isn’t buying it. Especially when she discovers that she bears the mark of the Chosen, who are part of an ancient prophecy that could determine the future of an entire race. Lia wants nothing to do with saving anyone other than herself, but she may not have a choice.
Mellis, a courageous and resourceful young woman, is kidnapped from the human world and taken to the Space Between by a tribe of faeries called the Penitents. Because of guilt over an ancient sin committed by their angel ancestors against the Maker, the Penitents have cursed themselves with grotesque physical disfigurements. Mellis can help them reunite with the Maker and find their way back to redemption, but she would need to give up the life she’s always known to remain in the Space Between. As she struggles with this heart-wrenching decision, one of the Penitents, bent on revenge, commits a gruesome attack against the tribe, and they learn he has taken Satan—the Maker’s greatest enemy—as his ally. All in the Space Between are facing grave danger. Will a long-awaited act of vengeance save them?
Susan Rooke builds a rich and fantastical world of angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Abounding with spirituality and humanity, this faery tale for adults has a cast of vivid characters you won’t soon forget.
Legions of the Claimed -- Thousands of years ago, the Founders combined their powers to create an equitable society, governed by contagions inserted into their serfs’ blood, creating the Claimed. After nearly a hundred Rulers, one man split the singular power of reign between his three sons, severing the Legion. Now, the brothers clash over turf, the Function drug trade, and their family’s fate. The Ceremony is coming. The Curse of the Generations holds strong. One dagger and one soul will determine their liberation or annihilation. Can the daughters of the Claimed rise to tame the men bound by retribution? Scythe -- Under-the-table motorcycle mechanic Sly Morgan has been running his whole life, from his parents’ past, and now, from the Legion drug dealers who murdered his family. When the Ruler’s daughter finds him, she plunges her father’s dagger into Sly’s heart. The antigen within grants Sly a name and a purpose but enslaves him to the Legion, a ritualized underworld hidden in modern day Chicago. His only salvation is Gracious, a Claimed woman driven by strength and compassion, bound to her own web of deceit and forced servitude. Protecting the secret locked inside him allows Sly a shot at a future, but spurs the Rulers of the Legions toward war. His allegiance could unleash peace or seal his and Gracious’s Second Deaths.
Our past life history veils a hidden saga of humanity.
September 11, 2001: Ooma Qadir is in the South Tower of the World Trade Center when a plane hits the North Tower. This horrific event triggers past life visions—a cabal of mysterious storytellers and a dangerous anthology in Islamic Cordova, 1001 AD.
When Ooma is rescued by Amar, her boss, her visions enter his mind as well. They are a part of a qaraq, a group with the gift to recall past lives. The souls of the qaraq keep reconnecting over millennia. Cast out of this powerful group, Ooma is desperate to be accepted again. These new visions of the qaraq’s creation of a subversive manuscript are the key.
The Qaraq and the Subversive Manuscript, Book 3 of the 1001 series, is an extraordinary story that recalls the historical intensity and cultural complexity of The Thousand and One Nights. Like Scheherazade, Ooma and the others tell their stories as if their lives depend on it. 1001 conjures up magical, dark, humorous, and visionary reincarnation tales.
"An exciting adventure with an appealingly game young heroine." - Kirkus Reviews
Veronica and the Volcano by Geoffrey Cook is an exciting adventure story for grades 3 - 5 about a brave, curious young girl named Veronica, who lives on the side of a volcano. Eruptions are a part of life, as she watches from the protective shields of her home or from her family's well-equipped Lava Car.
When Veronica leaves on a quest to find rare white volcano pearls on the far side of Mount Mystery, she leads her father, her best friend Maddy, and her friend's dad, the blustering Captain John, into a series of incredible adventures. But when the colossal volcano erupts, fears wins an election, and Veronica must square off against a fear-mongering villain: the Man-in-White.
Simmie Johnson was born the son of a slave. He was also a genius. After earning a PhD in physics from Tuskegee Institute, he wrote a paper outlining a theory for time travel, including plans for a time machine—called a chronocar—which was published in a scientific journal in the early 1900s . Since the technology required to build the chronocar did not yet exist, the paper and its brilliant writer faded into obscurity.
A century later, a young Illinois Tech student, Tony Carpenter, discovers the journal article and decides to build a chronocar so he can travel back to 1919 to meet the black scientist he hopes to emulate.
Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexi, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep Lexi safe. After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker, the man she loves. But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them. When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey’s whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae Wanderer named Ryker whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.
Fish Wielder is kind of like Lord of the Rings, set in Narnia, if it was written by the guys who made Monty Python and the Holy Grail while they were listening to the music of They Might Be Giants.
In ancient times, the Dark Lord Mauron cooked the most powerful magic chocolate dessert ever made, the Pudding of Power. One thousand and two years later, the evil leader of the Bad Religion, the Heartless One, is trying to recover the lost pudding in order to enslave the peoples of Grome. Only the depressed barbarian warrior Thoral Might Fist and his best friend, Brad the talking Koi fish, have a chance to save the world of Grome from destruction, but that's going to take a ridiculous amount of magic and mayhem. Thus begins the epically silly epic fantasy of epic proportions, Fish Wielder—book one of the Fish Wielder Trilogy.
Evalina Voll is a simple farm girl who dreams of one day becoming a dragon rider. The only problem is there hasn’t been a female dragon rider chosen in almost fifty years. One day, a rare red-and-black dragon is found injured in a meadow near her home. The events that follow propel Evalina on an adventure of a lifetime. Evalina finds herself far from home in King’s Citadel, training to be a dragon rider. Whispers of a dark prophecy puts Evalina and the land of Eryieth at great risk. A seer’s prophecy marked the choosing of the next female dragon rider with the return of an ancient evil to the land. Entrusted with a great secret, Evalina embarks on an adventurous quest to locate a mythical amulet that can either save or destroy Eryieth.
Young Isladora has been brought up sheltered and neglected in a remote mountain stronghold surrounded by all the pastries she can eat and all the books she can read. When her family is torn asunder by an evil Queen, she must leave her sedentary ways behind to become a weapon to take back her home and avenge her family. Under the tutelage of two mysterious spirits, Isladora begins her ascent and learns two great secrets: her own worth and that her family's importance was even greater than she knew. Through tribulations and strife, Isladora's life transforms her, leading to an understanding of her childhood and a happiness she has never known. This is a story of familial love, its illusions and truths, and life-giving purpose.
With the powers bestowed on her by her Titan ancestors, Lady Alexin is finally able to break the spell and halt the storms which have kept the inhabitants of Seaward Isle prisoner for centuries. At long last, the Elves can return to Eledon. Yet success may come at a terrible price. The mortals on Seaward Isle are given the option to return to Eledon with the Elves or to remain on the island. The evacuation is complicated and many, including the journalist Olivia and her husband John, are left behind, awaiting the return of the Elf ships. Zenon, the Crow-beast charged by Zeus with maintaining the storms and keeping the Titan prisoner is enraged to discover Alex has escaped. In his wrath, he all but destroys Seaward Isle and its remaining inhabitants with a devastating flood. Though Eledon is beautiful and Alex enjoys the protection and encouragement of Lord Odin and Prince Darin, it’s clear the problems of this civilization run deep.
Gods with their infinite wisdom and power do not decide the fate of the people, but it is by man's own words and deeds that his or her own destiny is forged into the annals of time. Thus, it becomes a hard-fought lesson for all humanity to bear witness to the worlds of Gedeon, Derkesthai and Theious, of the heroic deeds of mere mortals and the broken promises of the mightiest gods when darkness consumes their worlds . . . For in the end, light and dark shall prevail against all mankind and gods alike, and the vicious cycle of hatred and war continues until the Death of the Torchbearer.
A dark fantasy adventure set in the grim future of zombies with a conscience, brainwashed mutants, and celestial anomalies. 'Vermin under the Skin' is a tale of gory battles for survival, science experiments gone horribly wrong, and the unlikely bonds created between total strangers to show their Empire the truth. “Chaos reigned after the fall of the Utopia. In the present day, centuries into the future, history has been rewritten and nothing of those peaceful times is remembered. Humans and Mutants live together in Territories across the Empire. A Mutt, half Human and half Canine, named Alistar Noelani finds himself caught in a series of star-crossed encounters that land him in a battle for freedom between Celestial Beasts and their Master. As the vermin under his skin drives him to his limits and his past reveals itself, how could he ever be the same? Is the battle for truth and a new empire worth all that he will sacrifice?”
In the center of a magical world there grows a beautiful and terrible chasm of climbing plants. On one side of the Ivy Wall we find the hell-of-Tyndra, on the other, the heaven-of-Ardnyt. But legend has it that in the middle…lives a preternatural beast that imprisons and tortures the children from both sides. When the war against time begins, Azza will have to cross over the Ivy Wall, something that has never been done before by a living being. But if she does make it through, she just might discover who she really is and how she became trapped in this alternate reality. A fairytale at heart, this is the first chapter in the epic saga of the youngest and most fickle of the four Norn Sisters. The same feisty immortal creature who must escape her inherent inner darkness to learn the meaning of love. A veritable palindrome from start to finish, the narrative of Where Tyndra Turns to Ardnyt journeys through duality to discover what shocking truths emerge when up becomes down, life becomes death, suffering becomes release, and the most unexpected endings become the most surprising beginnings. Welcome to a place where forwards and backwards are exactly the same direction. Here Where Tyndra Turns to Ardnyt.
Winning battles means Ink honors, prestige, and life itself. …Yet nobody understands what losing truly means. On another planet two hundred years in the future, twenty-one-year-old Isla Jane struggles helplessly to figure out who she is and what her world really means. Marked with a forbidden tattoo of the rising sun, she is a natural champion of humanity and a gifted warrior in Heats– lavish battles fought in the conjoined minds of the participants for the morbid amusement of the masses. Despite Isla’s desire to fade into the background, she emerges as an obvious leader of her people when the senseless assassination of a youth forces her to face the truth. Her volatile world, disguised by its elaborate battles and constant mayhem, is a prison without bars and a coffin, the lid already half-closed, that they must escape. But when she vows to find a way to bring her people back home, Isla will have to deconstruct consciousness and the very nature of the space time continuum to unravel good from evil, truth from lies, and survival from true love. Welcome to the City–where it takes lives to save lives…
Book Four of the Cychaea Series tells the story of postulant nun Beacon Ahleseya, who falls for a head engineer at X-Cron - the privately-run space exploration company whose presence in Fergarre threatens the survival of her order.
Sam Carnazze is a journalism student in Wentoga, Oregon. When a mysterious boy arrives in town claiming to be from a long-abandoned settlement in the year 1846, Sam and his friends take it upon themselves to investigate. However, what they learn leads them down a rabbit hole of time travel, government experiments, and secrets that may be best left undiscovered.
Planet Schmoo is so far into outer space it is the last stop before heaven. When a cataclysmic seismic intervention decimates their world, the Schmooans look for refuge on Earth and a continuation of the lifestyle to which they are accustomed.
Homeland security agent Calvin Swift and his girl-friend, the alluring Alicia Angelico, already have their hands full with interstellar visitors. The once-in-a-millennium Intergalactic Games are in full swing and now they are alerted to alien refugees and their potential to replicate at will.
From the first splashdown in the Hudson River, the visitors also make their presence felt in France, Switzerland, Indonesia and Mongolia. These creatures are smart, inventive and very athletic, and when their intentions become obvious, even President Daphne Doolittle is at a loss. She doesn’t know what to do.
This fast-moving humorous narrative pits the superior intellect of the aliens against the gritty determination of one man and his lady, with a little help from his British counterpart, the suave MI6 agent, Bulldog Bartholomew. With the fate of the world at stake, who else would you turn to?
It’s been twelve years since the chosen made their presence known across the globe. They are the elite of our race. A community gifted with supernatural abilities . . . and no one outside of it, to hold them accountable. Racism, distrust, and fear now run rampant in the hearts of humans, resulting in hate crimes and worse. Rumors of war are whispered in both factions, while talk of peace has become a thing of the past. A distant dream. Or delusion. In the midst of this political and social unrest, eighteen-year-old Kathryn Stokely suddenly finds herself thrust into a life-threatening situation that promises to turn her world upside down. Secrets and lies about her past are unearthed, forcing her to face a truth that will irrevocably affect her future . . . and who she spends it with. Now, choices must be made. Loyalties decided. Betrayal seems unavoidable. Because the line has been drawn, and there’s no guarantee which side will be left standing. Only one thing is certain. Nothing will ever be the same again.
Simon Fox is a very peculiar fox: he lives alone in Elmwood Foxhall on the edge of an enchanted wood, wears a scarlet waistcoat & a top hat, & visits with his friends Edgar Owl, Alexander Raven, & others on Arthur Bear’s veranda, discussing the weather & whether or not the elusive “human” is real. Penelope the Girl lives with her father on a croft on the downs far from other people. When the fox & the girl discover each other one day quite by accident, they each become the friend the other seeks, & the rest of the animals become the family the little human has never had. In a forest full of magic, they explore their world together & learn that love, loyalty, & courage know no bounds.
Gridiron Conspiracy is a book for all tastes. It delves into the world of sports related drama with everyday aspects of suspense, thrilling action, and science fiction. Whether you enjoy the drama of real life situations or the imagined world of science fiction, Gridiron Conspiracy is for you. Come join Chris Strong in his relentless pursuit to become a professional football player while finding out the world he thought was real is nothing more than a smoke screen. Find out how Chris and company go up against a corporate giant in order to find the truth, but yet find the truth not what they thought it would be. This book contains twists and turns around every corner. You will find yourself not able to put this book down. In the end your mouth will be left open wondering how you could have not seen the end coming.
In the ancient near east, the young girl Inanna goes on an heroic quest to rescue her parents from a dragon's curse. Aided by Old World goddesses, a trader, a prince, a hyena, and an enigmatic wizard, Inanna finds the journey much more difficult that she expected, but discovers depths of courage, loyalty, & devotion she didn't know she possessed. with 13 illustrations, a map, & a glossary.
The Wisdom and Valor Treasury is a collection of epic fantasy and romance stories set in medieval-like world. Generations have passed since the flourishing of the Kingdom of Kimbria under its first Golden Age, when King Ansgar and then his daughter Queen Keridwen I ruled with integrity, justice, and benevolence. Corruption is now rampant in all levels of society and the common people suffer under poor governance while the Royal Council keeps the throne empty so it may continue as Regent and its members may line their own pockets with bribes and the diversion of tax monies from the Royal Treasury for their personal use. Finally, the people cry out for a new monarch. The Council elects the Lady Keridwen, the young Duchess of Ansgar, as Queen and orders her to marry a fearsome mercenary warlord.
When a mysterious spaceship crashes on a remote backwater planet, a secret deal is made to sell its dangerous cargo to a sinister faction with dubious intentions. A ragtag crew is assembled among a shady group of characters: a fierce female warrior with a murky past; a wisecracking pilot with a penchant for trouble; a gifted mechanic with unusual abilities; a cyborg hacker trapped in a sex-bot's body; a shrewd chef with a hidden agenda; a professional thief forced into a secret job; and a mild-mannered doctor with a master plan. Together, they must traverse Freespace, a post-war independent section of the universe, to smuggle the freight under the promise of wealth and a new life.
Buckle in for a high-octane journey, with constant threats by outlaws, the authorities, and the crew's own past.
In the thrilling conclusion to the Wall Street Journal bestselling Kingfountain Series, a conflicted champion must navigate a treacherous world to secure the peace.
A devastating disaster has left the Forbidden Court in ashes, its fountains destroyed, and its magic at risk. It was destined as the site of Trynne Kiskaddon’s coronation as empress. Now, all Trynne can imagine is the roar of flames, the cries of Gahalatine’s people, and the smell of cinders in a city gone dark. Tragic as the threat to Kingfountain is, it’s nowhere near as foul as the treachery posed by Morwenna. Saboteur, conspirator, and full-blood sister of the king, she is prepared to set forth a wave of destruction that will eliminate everything that stands between her and possession of the throne.
But Trynne has her weapons, too—her magic, her resilience, her skills at intrigue, and especially, Fallon. The man who once swore his allegiance to Morwenna now stands by Trynne’s side as they venture into the unknown to protect those they love, reunite with a family scattered by diabolical forces, and safeguard a kingdom…as well as the destiny the Fountain has for each of them.
In a land of eagle-riding knights, bloodthirsty beasts, and a ruthless prince, no border is safe for long. And as smoke billows from the only blockade standing between the great city of Korindelf and certain doom, young Morlen races to escape the inevitable siege. Thrust from the chaos with thousands of snapping jaws on his trail, he discovers that the abilities he's buried all his life are awakening--and it could not have happened at a worse time.
War has come, and he doesn't dare rely on his untested talents after stealing the coveted Goldshard, which makes strength and invincibility just a panicked whisper away. His dependency on it carries him through many dangers, until it becomes an enemy far worse than those he must fight hand-to-hand. And the allies he meets on his quest are just as troubled: a legendary warrior too afraid to leave his sheltered paradise, a wizard tormented by his past, and a disgraced king who has lost any hope of saving his people.
A FACET FOR THE GEM brings Morlen from distant kingdoms to sprawling airborne battles, into the fiery breath of a stony dragon and side-by-side with a lady knight who is the last person in need of rescue. Follow him as his epic adventures culminate in a final showdown against swords, fangs, and greatest of all: his own fear.
Kingdom of Darkness is the second in Tricia's paranormal fantasy Kingdom Journals novel series. Read in the series or as a stand alone. Look for the third, Sept. 2017 and the last installment June, 2018!
From the back cover: "... the previous night's vision, or whatever it was, ended with a name I heard clear as day, as if the people were in my room. Ivy, the girl and boy recited together." - Camille
Could her dreams be real? Is she the key to freeing witches from their curse? Of course not, right? Thinking that her only chance at a normal life lay in a new treatment, Camille joins Dr. Antos and a group of teens for a month long camping trip in Iceland. There she meets Jude, a fellow schizophrenic. Dr. Antos invites Camille and Jude to extend their work with him on the island of Sardinia. Camille is suspicious of Dr. Antos's intentions but her dad goes missing, leaving her no choice but to travel to Italy. Is she walking into a lion's den or has her illness invaded her reality?
If you've ever wondered what aliens would find if they visited Earth a hundred years from now, you’re going to love Scorched Earth, Alien Wonders. But there's more to the earthly adventures of this group of space-age prairie dogs than just seeing what a reckless human race did to their planet. Just like people, these interstellar travelers know a thing or two about love, laughter, betrayal and greed that can wreak destruction on a planetary scale. Can the aliens save what's left of the doomed world and guide humanity back to a healthy relationship with their planet? Or is it too late? The answer is inside the pages of Scorched Earth, Alien Wonders.
The Solar Empire spans more than fifty galaxies and a hundred thousand years of history. Its military, economic, and industrial power can shape or destroy entire civilizations even beyond its own borders. Those who have seen its influence firsthand call these political tides the Solar Winds. But in the Hourglass Galaxy resides a nation that stands against the wind, the Interstellar Combine. Now these two intergalactic superpowers are embroiled in a cold war for dominance of the region. Simmonne, the carefree daughter of the Solar Emperor, is tasked with a public relations mission to welcome refugees fleeing Combine occupation. The enigmatic Robert Panzer, a metapsion of enormous telepathic and telekinetic abilities, is assigned as her protector. Frustrated by her inability to perceive his emotions, Simmonne is unaware that she might require protection from him most of all. Within the Hourglass, newly minted Lieutenant Jonathan Clearwater balances his role as an officer of the Solar Legionnaires and his fraying family life. Meanwhile Oul'sor, a Warlord of the Combine, is resurrected to seek vengeance for the death of his son at Panzer’s hands. And near the center of power, Simmonne’s weak-willed and jaded brother Steven is tempted to corruption by the power of the Encephalon. The characters must work together – or against one another – as the cold war between intergalactic superpowers threatens to turn hot, all under the eye of an entity older than the universe itself. If they fail, the Encephalon's power will consume far more than the trillions of lives in the Hourglass Galaxy.
Back Cover: With a mysterious history and an affinity for killing, a Shepherd is called upon to protect a vital secret and push the limits of the Universal Protectors, an organization designed to bring order back into a torn world. The only remaining Rescue survivor, Sergeant Nakio Atana, must face an enemy of unknown origins that is threatening her planet and the slaves held captive in the skies above. But the nightmares, the headaches, her misplaced past, the unpredictable combatants, and the flash of green light she hoped she’d never see again are threatening her focus and, ultimately, their future.
At the young age of seventeen, Princess Estrella is saddled with a daunting task. When her brother, Gideon, is called away to join King Arthur’s round table, Estrella must assume command of her kingdom and family. Confident and obedient, she accepts the task but soon realizes the responsibility is much too big for one princess to handle alone.
Estrella is suddenly called away on her own quest by the Lord God Almighty to seek friends and help those in need. Leaving in the night, she abandons her family—as well as the life she’s always known—for the wide world beyond her kingdom walls. Once in the real world, however, she discovers that there is much to see and do, and her spark for adventure is born.
She finds friends in unlikely places and meets strange creatures: some good, some bad, and some only believed to exist in myth and legend. Estrella faces many challenges along the way, but she comes to learn that every experience teaches something. On this mad journey, will she grow into the strong woman she must be to rule a kingdom, or will she wander forever?
A year has passed since the Tanaan dragon Jaax and his human ward, Jahrra, came to live within the protected boundaries of Lidien, the great City of Light. But even the safest places in Ethöes can harbor enemies, and one cannot hide from one’s fate forever. At the onset of yet another departure, Jahrra realizes there is more to this next step in her journey than she previously thought. With Lidien fading in the distance, she understands she is finally leaving behind not just her friends, but also her childhood and a life once filled with dreams and illusions of safety and love. The road ahead is perilous, and Jahrra knows she will face many trials before coming to stand before her destiny. With each passing day, the threat of the Crimson King grows stronger, and Jaax and their allies will need the help of the legendary Creecemind dragons if they wish to overthrow their common enemy. Before they can present their case before the king of the Creecemind, however, Jahrra and her Tanaan guardian must make a perilous journey north through the mountains, where danger and uncertainty lurks in every crevasse and behind the face of everyone they meet. Their trust in others must be bartered carefully, for the Tyrant’s influence stretches far and wide. And even if they do reach Nimbronia, the frozen City in the Clouds, their troubles may not be over. If the king of the ice dragons cannot be convinced to join their cause, then their fate, and the fate of Ethöes, may very well be sealed in sorrow and defeat.
In another world where war is brewing between elementals and humans, Zelkova is a skilled knight who has been asked by her king to find his kidnapped son. As Zelkova and Carya-expert trackers, along with three other male companions prepare to find the missing prince, Zelkova only hopes that during their journey she can learn more about her newfound secret power. But just as she is ready to leave, she receives a strange, one-word message that leaves her more confused than ever. As their quest begins, Zelkova must summon courage from within to confront unexpected challenges that include hatred, distrust, lies and betrayal. But when the nations ultimately break out in war, Zelkova and the others are left to wonder if their powers will help them battle what lies ahead or bring destruction to their world. In this gripping fantasy tale, a powerful female knight embarks on a journey to find the missing prince of her land without any idea that her legend has just begun.
Raivien is an outcast, both blessed and cursed with extraordinary powers. She is hunted and shunned by the world around her. Used to a solitary life, her only companion is Inferno, her rambunctious paint stud. When she is captured by an evil king bent on using her incredible powers as a weapon, she must fight to protect her freedom. Thrust into a rebellion, she must break down her own barriers and learn to trust in herself and others. Visit a world full of wonder and danger, where evil stalks every shadow. The rebellion is coming; the time to fight is now.
Raivien is back in the long anticipated second installment of The Terarch Rebellion. Welcome to Algar where beloved King Alden has turned the kingdom from a symbol of fear to a safe-haven. With the aid of Raivien and Blerk, Algar has grown and prospered. But not everyone is pleased with the change as an unknown foe appears to have their sights set on the throne. With a warlord threatening their border, the mysterious Hawk hunting her every move, and even those she loves doubting her, how can Raivien keep her family from being torn apart? Mystery abounds and enemies are everywhere as we return to Algar where the fight for freedom is never over.
Drew Royce was a lot of things he didn't want to be. A murderer, rapist and ex-Windstalker. His humanity was poorly spent; and all he has after his taste of the supernatural is a battered and ignored soul. The weight of his actions visit him each night as proof he must still be alive. But now, even as an abducted criminal, kept ward by an evolved Nephilim race and used as a weapon against their enemy, he still has to defeat the beast who stole his humanity - himself.