Best of
Fantasy

1998

Death Trilogy: Mort / Reaper Man / Soul Music


Terry Pratchett - 1998
    Mort, the first volume, concerns the education of a brash young apprentice: "Death comes to us all. When he came to Mort he offered him a job." Unfortunately Mort lacks the detachment required for the job and starts interfering in the process, causing a rift in reality. In Reaper Man, volume two, "Death is missing presumed ...er ... Gone". This leads to an increase in the Undead population, hence the emergence of the Fresh Start Club (Undead Yes--Unpeople No). And in the final volume, Soul Music, the story revolves around Susan, Death's granddaughter, and Music with Rocks in it. As with anything in Discworld, Music is magical and the affect it has on the inhabitants is nearly catastrophic. Taken together in one collection, this natural progression of novels is vintage, hilarious Pratchett. --Mark Ridley

Bone, Vol. 5: Rock Jaw Master of the Eastern Border


Jeff Smith - 1998
    It doesn't take long before they run smack into Rock Jaw, "Master of the Eastern Border," an enormous mountain lion with a none-too-friendly disposition. Life gets even more complicated when they befriend a group of baby animals who are being orphaned by rat creature attacks. Everything comes to a head in an earth-shattering clash between Rock Jaw and Kingdok, the leader of the rat creatures.

Preludes & Nocturnes


Neil Gaiman - 1998
    Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings," which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death.Includes issues 1-8 of the original series.

Sword in the Storm


David Gemmell - 1998
    Born of the storm that slew his father, he is Connavar, and tales of his courage spread like wildfire. The Seidh--a magical race as old as time--take note of the young warrior and cast a malignant shadow across his life. For soon a merciless army will cross the water, destroying forever the timeless rhythms of life among the Rigante.Swearing to protect his people, Connavar embarks on a quest that will take him into the heart of the enemy. Along the way, he receives a gift: a sword as powerful and deadly as the Seidh who forged it. Thus he receives a name that will strike fear into the hearts of friend and foe alike--a name proclaiming a glorious and bitter destiny . . . Demonblade.

The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I: Wizard's First Rule, Blood of the Fold, Stone of Tears


Terry Goodkind - 1998
    . . and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them--for reasons Richard can't imagine and Kahlan dare not say.In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword--to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed . . . or that their time has run out.This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.Book 2: Stone of TearsAn Epic of Awesome PowerKahlan has at last gained the one goal she had always thought was beyond her grasp ... love. Against all odds, the ancient bonds of secret oaths, and the dark talents of men long dead, Richard has won her heart.Amid sudden and disastrous events, Richard's life is called due to satisfy those treacherous oaths. To save his life, Kahlan must forsake Richard's love and cast him into the chains of slavery, knowing there could be no sin worse than such a betrayal.Richard is determined to unlock the secrets bound in the magic of ancient oaths and to again be free. Kahlan, alone with the terrible truth of what she has done, must set about altering the course of a world thrown into war. But even that may be easier than ever winning back the heart of the only man she will ever love.Book 3: Blood of the FoldAn Epic of Two WorldsIn a world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World-- forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.War and treachery plague the world, and only Richard and Kahlan can save it from an armageddon of unimaginable savagery and destruction.Terry Goodkind, author of the brilliant bestsellers Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears, has created his most masterful epic yet, a sumptuous feast of magic and excitement replete with the wonders of his unique fantasy vision.

The Hedge Knight


George R.R. Martin - 1998
    Set in the world of the Song of Ice and Fire series eighty-nine years before the events of the main cycle, the story relates the adventures of Dunk (eponymously called Ser Duncan the Tall) and his squire, Egg.

Dangerous Angels


Francesca Lia Block - 1998
    These post-modern fairy tales chronicle the thin line between fear and desire, pain and pleasure, cutting loose and holding on in a world where everyone is vulnerable to the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.

The Little Sisters of Eluria


Stephen King - 1998
    It is issued in a foil stamped slipcase. Published in a larger format than the Dark Tower series which enhances Michael Whelan's thirteen full color plates and over twenty-three black & white designs."The Man in Black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed." This is our introduction to Roland Deschain, the last Gunslinger, published by Donald M. Grant in THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER in 1982. Twenty years later Stephen King revised and expanded this volume. In his own words: "What I did want to do was to give newcomers to the tale of the Tower (and old readers who want to refresh their memories) a clearer start and a slightly easier entry into Roland's world. I also wanted them to have a volume that more effectively foreshadowed coming events.This volume contains that expanded version as well as the novella THE LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA which chronicles an earlier adventure of Roland's as he persued the Man in Black.

Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were: Creatures, Places, and People


Michael Page - 1998
    Here--culled from mythology, literature, and folk tales--is the mystical realm that has populated humanity's imagination for centuries. Over 400 entries, engagingly written and organized by type of entity, make this a complete source of information and a visual feast. Among the entries are: from "The Cosmos," Quetzalcoatl and Scorpio; from "The Ground and Underground," centaurs, elves, and unicorns; from "Wonderland," Atlantis and El Dorado; from "Magic, Science, and Invention," flying carpets and the Trojan horse; from "Water, Sky, and Air," Pegasus and Moby-Dick; and from "The Night," a host of shuddersome creatures from vampires to the golem. This is a wild and wondrous gift for any visionary.

Sailing to Sarantium


Guy Gavriel Kay - 1998
    Summoned to Sarantium by imperial request, he bears a Queen's secret mission, and a talisman from an alchemist. Once in the fabled city, with its taverns and gilded sanctuaries, chariot races and palaces, intrigues and violence, Crispin must find his own source of power in order to survive-and unexpectedly discovers it high on the scaffolding of his own greatest creation.

The Sea and Little Fishes


Terry Pratchett - 1998
    Novelette.This is the story of the time that Granny Weatherwax didn't win the Witch Trials and was nice about it, too. It was horrifying."It's not right! She's got no right to go around being cheerful at people!"Originally published in the collection Legends Vol. 3.

My Soul to Keep


Tananarive Due - 1998
    Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach. Soon, as people close to Jessica begin to meet violent, mysterious deaths, David makes an unimaginable confession: More than 400 years ago, he and other members of an Ethiopian sect traded their humanity so they would never die, a secret he must protect at any cost. Now, his immortal brethren have decided David must return and leave his family in Miami. Instead, David vows to invoke a forbidden ritual to keep Jessica and his daughter with him forever. Harrowing, engrossing and skillfully rendered, My Soul to Keep traps Jessica between the desperation of immortals who want to rob her of her life and a husband who wants to rob her of her soul. With deft plotting and an unforgettable climax, this tour de force reminiscent of early Anne Rice will win Due a new legion of fans.

The Soulforge


Margaret Weis - 1998
    There the gifted - but tormented boy comes to secretly, for they see shadows darkening over Raistlin even as the same shadows lengthen over all of Ansalon.As Raistlin draws near his goal of becoming a wizard, he must first take the Dread Test in the Tower of High Sorcery. It will change his life forever.

Icon


Frank Frazetta - 1998
    His darkly dramatic Conan the Barbarian oils and the equally powerful and erotic compositions for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs have become the ultimate standards of excellence in the fantasy and adventure field. Icon was Franzetta’s first major retrospective in his 55-year career. Lavish full-color reproduction on deluxe art paper showcases over 65 major finished oil paintings, 25 drawings, and other pieces. This new softcover edition contains 32 new pages of additional, never-before-published art and photos. New material includes paintings of Woody Allen and Peter Sellers; concepts of Clint Eastwood for the movie poster to The Gauntlet; original concepts for the Conan book cover paintings; and character drawings for the Broadway production of Li'l Abner.

Shaman King, Vol. 1: A Shaman in Tokyo


Hiroyuki Takei - 1998
    When he takes a shortcut through a cemetery, Manta Oyamada meets a strange kid with headphones — surrounded by ghosts. The kid is the teenage shaman Yoh Asakura. Tapping the supernatural swordfighting powers of samurai ghost Admidamaru, Yoh fights Bokuto no Ryu, a sword-wielding gang member. But an even more dangerous opponent is stalking Yoh and Manta — a Chinese shaman who wants to possess Amidamaru.

Maskerade: The Play


Terry Pratchett - 1998
    A ghost stalks the corridors, leaving strange letters for the management and killing people. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, two Lancre witches, investigate. This is an adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel, "Maskerade".

Dark Lord of Derkholm


Diana Wynne Jones - 1998
    What they expect are all the trappings of a grand fantasy adventure, including the Evil Enchantress, Wizard Guides, the Dark Lord, Winged Minions, and all. And every year different people are chosen to play these parts. But now they've had enough: Mr Chesney may be backed by a very powerful demon, but the Oracles have spoken. Now it's up to the Wizard Derk and his son Blade, this year's Dark Lord and Wizard Guide, not to mention Blade's griffin brothers and sisters, to save the world from Mr Chesney's depredations.

The Silent Blade


R.A. Salvatore - 1998
    Winner of the Origins Award for best game-related novel of 1998, "The Silent Blade" marked the return of Drizzt to the wind-swept tundra of the Forgotten Realms world. This deluxe reissue features a new Todd Lockwood cover and an introduction from "The New York Times" best-selling author Philip Athans, who has served as Salvatore's editor for almost a decade, starting with the original release of this book. "From the Hardcover edition."

Daughter of the Blood


Anne Bishop - 1998
    But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness. And now, three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, and the destiny of an entire world is at stake.

The Dreaming: Through the Gates of Horn and Ivory


Caitlín R. Kiernan - 1998
    Step through the gates of Horn and Ivory and enter the Kingdom of the Sandman...Join a white-collar worker who yearns for blue-collar freedom as he takes a special tour of the Dreaming with caretaker Mervyn Pumpkinhead; Spend New Year's Day with two expatriate faeries - Nuala, once a gift to Dream from Queen Titania, and Cluracan, disgraced ambassador to the Royal Court; Travel with two denizens of The Dreaming into the waking world: The Corinthian, a deadly nightmare made flesh, sent to correct the sins of his past; and Matthew the Raven who takes human form to face an old adversary;And learn of the exploits of one of Dream's former ravens, Aristeas of Marmora.Welcome to The Dreaming - the vast, unmapped realm of dreams, where your wildest fantasy may walk side by side with your greatest nightmares, where truth and illusion walk hand in hand - or sometimes claw in glove.

The Sword of the Shannara and The Elfstones of Shannara


Terry Brooks - 1998
    For a limited time only, take advantage of this exciting opportunity -- buy Elfstones of Shannara and get The Sword of Shannara for free! Sword of ShannaraLiving in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara--Shea being the last of the bloodline, upon whom all hope rested. Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of Evil, flew into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save the Vale, Shea fled, drawing the Skull Bearer after him.... Elfstones of ShannaraAncient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....

Polgara the Sorceress


David Eddings - 1998
    The daughter of Belgarath and the shape-shifter Poledra, she has fought wars, plotted palace coups, and worked her powerful magic for three thousand years. Now, Polgara looks back at her magnificent life, in this fitting crown jewel to the saga that is the Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean cycles. Her hair streaked white by her father's first touch, her mind guided by a mother she will not see again for centuries, Polgara begins life in her Uncle Beldin's tower, and in the prehistorical, magical Tree that stands in the middle of the Vale. There, she first learns the reaches of her powers. There she assumes the bird shapes that will serve her on her adventures. And there she starts on the path toward her destiny as Duchess of Erat, shepherdess of the cause of good, adversary of Torak the One-Eyed Dragon God, and guardian of the world's last, best hope: the heir to the Rivan throne.Here is the legendary life story of a woman of wit, passion, and complex emotions, a woman born of two majestic parents who could not have been more unlike one another. Ordained to make peace and make war, to gain love and lose love, Polgara lives out her family's rich prophecy in the ceaseless struggle between the Light and the Dark.Polgara is the epic culmination of a magnificent saga, and a fitting farewell to a world which, once experienced, will never be forgotten.

Heroes Die


Matthew Woodring Stover - 1998
    He is relentless, unstoppable, simply the best there is at what he does.At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions. Yet he is shackled by a rigid caste society, bound to ignore the grim fact that he kills men on a far-off world for the entertainment of his own planet--and bound to keep his rage in check.But now Michaelson has crossed the line. His estranged wife, Pallas Rill, has mysteriously disappeared in the slums of Ankhana. To save her, he must confront the greatest challenge of his life: a lethal game of cat and mouse with the most treacherous rulers of two worlds...

Green Rider


Kristen Britain - 1998
    But her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves as a galloping horse bursts from the woods, the rider slumped over his mount's neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan that he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king, and that he bears a "life and death" message for King Zachary. He begs Karigan to carry his message, warning her not to read it, and when she reluctantly agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission "for love of country." As he bestows upon her the golden winged-horse brooch which is the symbol of his office, he whispers on his dying breath, "Beware the shadow man..." Karigan's promise changes her life forever. Pursued by unknown assassins, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, she herself becomes a legendary Green Rider. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.

The Secret of Dragonhome


John Peel - 1998
    If their Talent is discovered, they will be sent to their death. So they must hide...or die.Melayne and Sarrow find refuge at Dragonhome, the mysterious estate of the shadowy Lord Sander. Lord Sander also has something to hide--a dark and fantastical secret that haunts his every move. In order to save herself and her brother, Melayne must confront forces much stronger than her talent--tempests of magic, desire, and betrayal. If Melayne is not careful, her truth will be revealed.Melayne must unlock the secrets of Dragonhome. As danger approaches, it will be her only hope.

Runner of Pern


Anne McCaffrey - 1998
    It tells of a runner (messenger) Tenna, who is new to the craft but is good at the job.Originally appeared in Robert Silverberg's Legends

Barlowe's Inferno


Wayne Barlowe - 1998
    In "Barlowe's Hell," he incorporates the visual myths from many religions to present a chilling and beautiful collection of carefully researched and rendered artwork whose bizarre images conatin symbolic references to age-old beliefs and practices. These are works reminiscent of painter John Martin, whose own vistas of Hell hang in the world's finest museums.

The Brothers' War


Jeff Grubb - 1998
    The Magic.Dominarian legends speak of a mighty conflict, obscured by the mists of history. Of a conflict between the brothers Urza and Mishra for supremacy on the continent of Terisiare. Of titantic engines that scarred and twisted the very planet. Of a final battle that sank continents and shook the skies.The saga of the Brothers' War.Linked to the Antiquities expansion of the Magic: The Gathering trading card game.

The Raistlin Chronicles: The Soulforge/Brothers in Arms


Margaret Weis - 1998
    From The New York Times best-selling author Margaret Weis, and co-author Don Perrin, The Raistlin Chronicles reveals the origins of Dragonlance’s ultimate anti-hero and other much-loved characters.This omnibus edition collects the books The Soulforge and Brothers in Arms.

Beyond the Deepwoods


Paul Stewart - 1998
    One cold night, Twig does what no woodtroll has ever done before – he strays from the path. So begins a heart-stopping adventure that will take Twig through a nightmare world of fearsome goblins, bloodthirsty beasts and flesh-eating trees. Can he discover the truth about his past?Beyond the Deepwoods is the first book of the Twig Saga – second trilogy in The Edge Chronicles. Each book is a stand-alone adventure, so you can read The Edge Chronicles in any order you choose.

Redwall Abbey


Brian Jacques - 1998
    With the help of the press-out characters of Redwall and the story in the accompanying booklet, discover the clues hidden within the Abbey walls themselves. Redwall fans and newcomers alike will marvel as they experience the magic of Brian Jacques's best-selling saga right in their very own homes! No cutting or gluing is required to assemble the wonder-filled Abbey.

The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy


Terry Pratchett - 1998
    However, he hasn't been playing for long when the ScreeWee Empire surrenders to him. After accepting the surrender he finds himself inside the game in his dreams, where he must deal with the suspicious Gunnery Officer as well as the understanding Captain, and work out exactly what they're all supposed to do now. This might all be the result of an over-active imagination except that the ScreeWee have disappeared altogether from everyone else's copy of the game. With the help of another player, Kirsty, who calls herself "Sigourney" (as in Weaver), Johnny must try to get the ScreeWee home.Book 2: Johnny and the Dead (1993) is the second novel by Terry Pratchett to feature the character Johnny Maxwell. The other novels in the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy are Only You Can Save Mankind (1992) and Johnny and the Bomb (1996). In this story, Johnny sees and speaks with the spirits (they object to the term "ghost") of those interred in his local cemetery and tries to help them when their home is threatened. Book 3: After Johnny Maxwell, a boy in his early teens, finds Mrs. Tachyon, an old bag lady, by a cinema he discovers that her trolley is in fact a time machine. He goes back to his town, Blackbury, during the time of The Blitz with his friends Stephen, aka Wobbler, Bigmac, Kirsty and Yo-less (possibly because Johnny has been obsessing about the destruction of Paradise Street in a German raid). Wobbler gets left behind in 1941, and when they return for him, Johnny tries to prevent the deaths caused in the raid.

Dreamtime


Wendy Pini - 1998
    After the story told in "Kings of the Broken Wheel", (Elfquest Graphic Novel #8) the Wolfriders went into a deep sleep that lasted for ten thousand years. While they slept, the World of Two Moons grew and changed around them; human civilization spread further than the elves could ever have imagined. There are great battles ahead for the Wolfriders and their friends (to be portrayed in other Elfquest Graphic Novels) but as the forest elves sleep, they also dream -- and their dreams hold the clue to their destiny. Will they survive in the world of the future? Or are they doomed?

Nora Roberts CD Collection 2: Hidden Riches, True Betrayals, Homeport, The Reef


Nora Roberts - 1998
    She seeks help from her intriguing upstairs tenant, former cop Jed Skimmerhorn. True Betrayals Kelsey Byden grew up believing her mother had died when she was three. Now twenty-six, she receives a letter from her mother explaining that she is alive. But there are more secrets to be found out and Kelsey decides to stay at her mother's splendid horse farm, where she falls in love with handsome gambler Gabe Slater. Homeport Dr. Miranda Jones welcomed the distraction offered by a summons to Italy to verify the authenticity of a Renaissance bronze. However, her professional judgment is called into question when the bronze is declared a hoax. Miranda turns to Ryan Boldari, a seductive—and supposedly reformed—art thief. The Reef Tate Beaumont and Matthew Lassiter share the dream of finding Anguelique's Curse, a jeweled amulet surrounded by legend. Tate soon learns that her arrogant but attractive fellow diver holds as many secrets as the sea itself.

The Land of Far Beyond: A re-telling of 'The Pilgrim's Progress'


Enid Blyton - 1998
    Based on John Bunyan's famous Christian fable, The Pilgrim's Progress, this is the story of three children who break free from their home in the city of Turmoil, full of strife, hatred and ignorance, to journey towards a new life in the beautiful Land of Far Beyond.

A Toad for Tuesday


Russell E. Erickson - 1998
    But a hungry owl interrupts the tiny toad's journey and vows to eat Warton for his birthday dinner. Can Warton convince the owl to change his mind? Here's a story filled with warmth and humor that's just right for fans of the "Hugh Pine" books and perfect for reading aloud.

A Tourist Guide to Lancre


Terry Pratchett - 1998
    Lancre could hardly be somwhere ordinary, could it?Magic glues the Discworld together and a lot of it ends up in Lancre, principal Kingdom of the Ramtop Mountains. Between Uberwald and Whale Bay, the Octarine Grass Country and the Windersins Ocean lies the most exciting and dangerous terrain in all Discworld. The Ramtops supply Discworld with most of its witches and wizards. The leaves on the trees move even when there is no breeze. Rocks go for a stroll in the evening. Even the land, at times, seems alive.The mapp may be only two-dimensional, but watch it very carefully and you might just see it jostle about a bit.

The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volumes 1-3: Boxed Set: Dragon's Blood, Heart's Blood, and A Sending of Dragons


Jane Yolen - 1998
    Revered by devoted fans for more than twenty years, these first three volumes of Jane Yolen's fierce and fiery dragon tales are published together for the first time--in a handsome boxed set that's sure to win over legions of new admirers.

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Perfect Guide


Janice Raab - 1998
    Get ready to master Nintendo's most epic adventure ever! Versus Books has created the most in-depth guide possible, complete with dozens of exclusive, full-color maps. We've included Every Item, Weapon, and Heart Piece, plus all 100 Gold Skulltulas, all 10 Big Poes, all 4 Bottles, all 13 Ocarina Songs, all the Masks, and the Biggoron Sword. You'll also get tactics to defeat every enemy and boss. Written by Casey Loe, author of the best-selling Versus Books Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil 2, and Metal Gear Solid guides.

Changer


Jane Lindskold - 1998
    Yet when a quest for vengeance forces him to shed animal form and seek out King Arthur, the Changer discovers that the darkest of dangers threaten the timeless realm. For Arthur's sworn enemies have risen once more to topple the king and spread chaos among humankind. The Changer himself will be the enemy's unwitting accomplice, unless he somehow stops the dreaded forces and diabolical powers threatening to destroy Arthur's kingdom--and all humanity.

The High House


James Stoddard - 1998
    When Carter Anderson finds himself Steward of Evenmere, he must learn, before it is too late, the strange rules of the house; he must travel its winding corridors and secret passages to the myriad countries lying within its walls. He has little time to act; the Anarchists are seizing control of the house; the Gnawlings are massing; the Black River is rising; the Eternity Clock is running down. His actions will determine the fate of Reality. But his enemies are strong, and the Room of Horrors is never far from him. Winner of the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall award, nominated as Best Fantasy of the Year by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and a finalist for the Mythopoeic (Aslan) Award.

Little Kingdoms


Steven Millhauser - 1998
    Fairy tales that express the secret losses and anxieties of their tellers. These are the elements that Steven Millhauser employs to such marvelous—and often disquieting—effect in Little Kingdoms, a collection whose three novellas suggest magical companion pieces to his acclaimed longer fictions.In "The Little Kingdom of J. Franklin Payne," a gentle eccentric constructs an elaborate alternate universe that is all the more appealing for being transparently unreal. "The Princess, the Dwarf, and the Dungeon" is at once a gothic tale of nightmarish jealousy and a meditation on the human need for exaltation and horror. And "Catalogue of the Exhibition" introduces us to the oeuvre of Edmund Moorash, a Romantic painter who might have been imagined by Nabokov or Poe. Exuberantly inventive, as mysterious as dreams, these novellas will delight, mesmerize, and transport anyone who reads them.

On the Edge of Darkness


Barbara Erskine - 1998
    Abandoned by her twentieth century lover, she plots a terrible revenge on him and his family. Adam Craig is fourteen when, near an isolated Celtic stone in the wild Scottish Highlands, he meets Brid, whose exotic, gypsy-like dress and strange attitudes fascinate him. They become friends, then, in time, passionate lovers. Brid leads him, unsuspecting, into the sixth century, where training as a Druid priestess she has mastered their ancient mysteries and powerful magic. In her obsession with Adam she is seen as a traitor by her people and only escapes death by following Adam through time to Edinburgh, where he goes to study medicine. As the years pass he makes new friends, and finds new love, causing Brid to be consumed by a violent rage that knows no bounds. For fifty years, from Scotland to England to Wales, Brid will haunt Adam like an evil shadow. It is finally Adam's granddaughter, Beth, who helps discover the secret that will free them from the terror of Brid's curse.

Thieves & Kings: The Red Book


Mark Oakley - 1998
    Making his way amidst the powerful events changing his world, soldiers and pirates, kings and princesses, and a Shadow Lady of the Sleeping Wood fill his life with gambles and adventure.

The Little Mermaid and Other Tales


Hans Christian Andersen - 1998
    This collection of fairy stories by one of the genre's most celebrated figures brings together 27 classic tales including The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Matchgirl, The Tinderbox, A Real Princess, The Flying Trunk, Oli Lockeye and Danish Holger.

III Millennium


Luis Royo - 1998
    Each collection sparkles with pieces seen on book covers from around the world. Fantasy, science fiction, eroticism, etc... Royo has devised a special personal mix of media that makes his work so uncannily real, so beguilingly engaging as to make him a best-selling star.

Family Story Collection


Sheryl Kahn - 1998
    Adapted from seventy-five years of classic Disney films, each story in this collection imparts a specific message to today's children. "A Fair Fight" shows how Peter Pan keeps his word, even in the midst of a perilous fight with Captain Hook. In "Born to Be King", Simba learns that he can't change his past, but he can improve his future. And in "Who Could Love a Beast?", Belle realizes that a gruff exterior can hide a tender heart.

Merlin and the Dragons


Jane Yolen - 1998
    One rainy night, the wizard Merlin tells Arthur the story of dueling dragons and a fateful clash between good and evil, which reveals the surprising secret of the boy king's true legacy. Li Ming's arresting oil paintings breathe fire into this magical offering from Jane Yolen."The legend comes alive on a grand scale, the dramatic narrative and well-wrought dialogue heightening the theatrical effect and inviting a fast-paced read-aloud." -- School Library Journal

The Horse Goddess


Morgan Llywelyn - 1998
    It is a time when mortal men and women are becoming gods and goddesses as news of their extraordinary adventures sweeps across the land. In this world, Epona, a woman whose life is celebrated in legend, meets Kazhak, a Scythian warrior and prince. Their stormy love affair sends them sweeping across eighth-century Europe, pursued from the Alps to the Ukraine by Kernunnos--a mysterious Druid priest known as the "Shapechanger."

Greenmantle


Charles de Lint - 1998
    He wears the shape of a stag, or a goat, or a horned man wearing a cloak of leaves. He is summoned by the music of the pipes or a fire of bones on Midsummer's Evening. He is chased by the hunt and shadowed by the wild girl.

The Essential Conan


Robert E. Howard - 1998
    The latter two volumes contained seven stories in all --they're relatively long "short" fiction. Besides the title stories, the selections included are "The Devil in Iron," "A Witch Shall be Born," "Jewels of Gwahlur," "Beyond the Black River," and "Shadows in Zamboula." Also included is Howard's essay "The Hyborian Age" (which outlines the imaginary "historical" background he created, supposedly in the mists of forgotten pre-history, as a milieu for Conan and other warrior characters such as Kull), and a map of the "Hyborian" world drawn from Howard's sketches.

Dark Shadows Movie Book: House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows


Kathryn Leigh Scott - 1998
    80 photos, 30 in color.

Going Home Again


Howard Waldrop - 1998
    This new collection includes such diverse gems as "Occam's Ducks", "Flatfeet!", "The Sawing Boys", and "El Castillo de la Perseverancia", taking readers through realms such as Mexican wrestling movies or the tiniest far future -- with astonishing ideas that no one else could ever imagine.

The Silmarillion, Volume 3


J.R.R. Tolkien - 1998
    Tolkien's tragic, operatic history of the First Age of Middle-Earth, essential background material for serious readers of the classic Lord of the Rings saga. Tolkien's work sets the standard for fantasy, and this audio version of the "Bible of Middle-Earth" does The Silmarillion justice. Martin Shaw's reading is grave and resonant, conveying all the powerful events and emotions that shaped elven and human history long before Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf and all the rest embarked on their quests. Beginning with the Music of the Ainur, The Silmarillion tells a tale of the Elder Days, when Elves and Men became estranged by the Dark Lord Morgoth's lust for the Silmarils, pure and powerful magic jewels. Even the love between a human warrior and the daughter of the Elven king cannot defeat Morgoth, but the War of Wrath finally brings down the Dark Lord. Peace reigns until the evil Sauron recovers the Rings of Power and sets the stage for the events told in the Lord of the Rings. This is epic fantasy at its finest, thrillingly read and gloriously unabridged. (Running time: 14 hours, 6 CDs)

The Dragon of Lonely Island


Rebecca Rupp - 1998
    There, in a cave hidden high above the ocean, they discover a fabulous creature: a glittering three-headed golden dragon with a kind heart, an unpredictable temper, and a memory that spans 20,000 years. Transported by the magic of the dragon's stories, the children meet Mei-lan, a young girl in ancient China; nineteenth-century cabin boy Jamie Pritchett; and, in more recent times, Hitty and her brother, Will, who survive a frightening plane crash on a desert island. In this fluidly written novel, Rebecca Rupp explores what three children from the present learn from the past - and from an unlikely but wise and generous friend.

Bestiary: An Illuminated Alphabet of Medieval Beasts


Jonathan Hunt - 1998
    A single glance from a basilisk is fatal. Wyverns -- two-legged dragons with wings -- attack castles and villages from the air. Hundreds of years ago, medieval scholars believed the world was filled with strange and terrifying creatures. They wrote about them in bestiaries -- collections of facts, myths, and stories about animals. Here are twenty-six creatures from those medieval legends, from the two-headed amphisbaena to the fierce ziphius, a water-owl that preys on ships and sailors. Detailed, dramatic paintings based on illuminated manuscripts will transport you to the Middle Ages -- when much of the world was still unknown and mysterious terrors haunted the night.

The Book of Sea Monsters


Bob Eggleton - 1998
    Now, in "The Book of Sea Monsters," these unnatural creatures of the elements are brought to unnerving reality by award-winning artist Bob Eggleton. Exploring the myth, legend, scientific documentation and ficiton inspired by these strange beasts at the edge of imagination, "The Book of Sea Monsters" will thrill and fascinate all lovers of mythology, legend, and the many secrets of the sea.

The Whole Horse Catalog: The Complete Guide to Buying, Stabling and Stable Management, Equine Health, Tack, Rider Apparel, Equestrian Activities and Organizations...and Everything Else a Horse Owner and Rider Will Ever Need


Steven D. Price - 1998
    The Whole Horse Catalog, the definitive horse guide, is now completely revised and updated to include everything from advances in nutritional thinking to sources on the World Wide Web. With hundreds of illustrations and a detailed, easy-to-understand text, this new edition of The Whole Horse Catalog is the one-stop book for all your equestrian needs. Where to look for a horseHow to select a horseHow to choose stable construction and furnishingsHorse health care, feeding, and groomingTack: from bits, bridles, and saddles to halters and harnessesApparel and new equipment advances for ridersEquestrian sports for participants and spectators alike, including ideas for "holidays on horseback"Equestrian magazines, organizations, and Web locations Filled with advice and contacts, The Whole Horse Catalog is a complete resource guide for the novice and experienced equestrian alike.

Song for the Basilisk


Patricia A. McKillip - 1998
    Of his past he knew nothing -- except faint memories of fire and death that he'd do anything to forget. But nightmares, and a new threat to the island that had become his own, would not let him escape the dreaded fate of his true family. Haunted by the music of the bards, he left the only home he knew to wander the land of the power-hungry basilisk who had destroyed his family. And perhaps, finally, to find a future in the fulfillment of his forgotten destiny.(

Tell Me I'm Dreamin'


Eboni Snoe - 1998
    So she tossed out her frumpy clothes, let down her hair, and took off for an island paradise. Who knew? Maybe she'd meet a handsome, mysterious stranger. . .like Ulysses Deane.Ulysses claimed he wasn't looking for love. He said that he'd been burned before, and that the last thing he wanted was to become some tourist's island fling. But his searing kisses and passionate embraces told Nadine a different story. He was hiding something. . .and suddenly Nadine realized that maybe she was getting far more adventure than she'd bargained for.

The King of the Trees


William D. Burt - 1998
    With the help of some grumpy griffins and a long-lost prophecy, Rolin and his friends battle a fiendish foe and his underworld army; deadly snake-trees; a dragon, and other mythological creatures. On their perilous quest for the fabled Isle of Luralin and the Tree of Life, they must trust the King with their very lives. In the end, they learn that "The greatest help oft comes in harm's disguise to those with trusting hearts and open eyes."

Black Feathers


Cecilia Tan - 1998
    She delves deep into the world of dark fantasy in a powerful collection of stories that interweave the supernatural and science fiction with the fantasy of daydream; she combines noir erotica at its most potent with startling sensuality to shatter the physical and emotional boundaries of sex. From the critically acclaimed, otherworldly "Pearl Diver" to "The Game, " all of Tan's stories celebrate the body and sex, revealing the positive emotions behind even the darkest desires.

Highlander


Garry Kilworth - 1998
    And only one Immortal can survive.MacLeod is the Highlander. A Scottish clan warrior from the 16th century, he was taught the deadly arts by an ancient mentor, who then suffered the only wound that can end an Immortal's life: decapitation.Now, seven lifetimes later, MacLeod faces the final test. The Kurgan, his ancient adversary, has tracked him all the way to the streets of New York City.The fight will be the same: blade to blade. Only the outcome is in doubt. Will the Highlander win? Or will the Kurgan's scimitar stop him with a blow that will plunge the earth itself into an era of darkness and chaos?Based on the cult film classic, the original novel.

Codex Derynianus: Being a Comprehensive Guide to the Peoples, Places & Things of the Derynye & the Human Worlds of the XI Kingdoms


Katherine Kurtz - 1998
    Now fans can have the entire text of that edition along with extensive new material. This encyclopedic overview details Katherine Kurtz's Deryni world and reveals many never-before-told details of the people, places, and objects of importance to the world of the magic-wielding Deryni. The book is packed with chronologies of events, genealogies of the peoples, and colorful maps of the Deryni world, exploring every aspect of the Eleven Kingdoms. In addition to being an authoritative reference, Codex Derynianus is also an ambitious work of creative fiction as penned by Brother Theophilus from within the setting of the Eleven Kingdoms, providing original stories, vignettes, humorous pieces, serials, and poems that expand and enrich the Deryni universe.

Discworld's Ankh Morpork City Watch Diary 1999


Terry Pratchett - 1998
    It is a fully-functioning diary with dates, holidays (including pagan holidays), notes and year planner. It also includes "Octedays", the "8th Discworld Day".

The Witch's Dog


Frank Rodgers - 1998
    His friends don't think he can as witches don't usually have dogs as pets - they have cats, spiders and bats. But when Wilf sees an advertisement for a witch's pet he decides to apply. He disguises himself as a cat which nearly works until his disguise falls apart. But Weenie the witch hasn't had any other applicants and so decides to give Wilf a try. He helps Weenie with her flying and her spells and ends up as Witch's Pet of the Year at the Annual Show.

The Collected Martin Millar


Martin Millar - 1998
    "A rising cult star of Britains literary underground.Millars punk-comic vision sets off sparks." Kirkus Reviews

The Care and Feeding of Dragons


Brenda Seabrooke - 1998
    Now it was time to start back to school and Alastair was faced with entering the fourth grade with the dreaded Ms. Cassowary as his teacher. All his lucky clothes on the first day didn't help and things got worse as the weeks went on.On top of his school troubles, his pet dragon was depressed because Alastair was gone all day. Then there was the mysterious face peering in the window. And why was Alastair being followed when he took Spike for a walk?He seeks help from his best friend, Josh, and his Uncle George, a research scientist. Together they struggle to keep the dragonnappers away.

The Hanson-Roberts Tarot Companion Book


Susan Hansson - 1998
    Readers will discover an easy-to-follow, yet comprehensive interpretation of the rich and fascinating world of symbolism and divination.

Ella Enchanted


Gail Carson Levine - 1998
    Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally." When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella's life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you'll ever read.Gail Carson Levine's examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales takes some satisfying twists and deviations from the original. Ella is bound by obedience against her will, and takes matters in her own hands with ambition and verve. Her relationship with the prince is balanced and based on humor and mutual respect; in fact, it is she who ultimately rescues him. Ella Enchanted has won many well-deserved awards, including a Newbery Honor.

Demihuman Deities (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons/Forgotten Realms)


Eric L. Boyd - 1998
    Demihuman Deities describes the demihuman religions and powers of the Realms: those of the elves (including the drow), the dwarves, the gnomes and the halflings. Each entry includes information about the deity's appearance, personality, worshipers, portfolio, aliases, domain name, superior, allies, foes, symbol, worshipers' alignments, avatar, manifestations, church and specialty priests. The information on each religion includes its core dogma, day-to-day activities of priests, holy days and important ceremonies, major centers of worship, affiliated orders, and the priestly vestments and adventuring garb of members of the clergy. Finally, each entry contains spells specific to each of the faiths. Demihuman Deities includes: • The powers of the drow and elven pantheons, including Lolth, Ghaunadaur, Vhaeraun, Eilistraee, Corellon Larethian, Hanali Celanil, Rillifane Rallathil, Labelas Enoreth, and others. • The mysterious Triune Goddess, Angharradh, who is a combined form of Sehanine Moonbow, Hanali Celanil and Aerdrie Faenya. • The powers of the dwarf, gnome and halfling pantheons, including Moradin, Clangeddin Silverbeard, Haela Brightaxe, Garl Glittergold, Baervan Wildwanderer, Flandal Steelskin, Yondalla, Arvoreen, Cyrrollalee and others. • Expanded and clarified specialty priest classes for all religions with priesthoods. • Religion-specific spells for all faiths with priesthoods. • Color illustrations of priests from nearly every faith in ceremonial dress.

The Squire's Tale


Gerald Morris - 1998
    That is, until the day a strange green sprite leads him to Gawain, King Arthur's nephew, who is on his way to Camelot hoping to be knighted. Trevisant can see the future and knows that Terence must leave to serve as Gawain's squire. From that moment on, Terence's life is filled with heart-stopping adventure as he helps damsels-in-distress, fights battles with devious men, and protects King Arthur from his many enemies. Along the way, Terence is amazed at his skills and new-found magical abilities. Were these a gift from his unknown parents? As Gawain continues his quest for knighthood, Terence searches for answers to the riddles in his own past.

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eleventh Annual Collection


Ellen Datlow - 1998
    Culled from the best of a wide variety of sources, this eleventh annual collection of fantasy fiction features contributions by Kim Newman, Joyce Carol Oates, Ellen Kushner, Jack Womack, Karen Joy Fowler, and others.

A Matter of Magic


Patricia C. Wrede - 1998
    Having grown up a waif in the dirty streets of London, Kim isn’t above a bit of breaking-and-entering. A hard life and lean times have schooled her in one lesson: steal from them before they steal from you. But when the magician catches her in the act, Kim thinks she’s done for. Until he suggests she become his apprentice; then the real trouble begins.Kim soon finds herself entangled with murderers, thieves, and cloak-and-dagger politics, all while trying to learn how to become both a proper lady and a magician in her own right. Magic and intrigue go hand in hand in Mairelon the Magician and The Magician’s Ward, two fast-paced novels filled with mystery and romance, set against the intricate backdrop of Regency England.

The Way of the Scorpion


John Wick - 1998
    To lift the mask of the Scorpion is to look upon the face of truth. If you are ready to learn the darkest secrets of Rokugan, then you are ready to learn the secrets of the Scorpion Clan.* The "history" of the Scorpion Clan, including stories the other Clans don't want you to know* New Character Rules for Bayushi Courtiers, Soshi Shadow Magic, and Shosuro "Actors"* Excerpts from Lies, Bayushi Tangen's ancient treatise on treachery, deceit, and loyalty* New Skills, Techniques, Advantages, and Disadvantages, and Scorpion Ancestors* Information on Traitor's Grove, Bayushi's Mask, Shosuro's Cloak, and Ambition, the third Iuchiban Blade* New poison rules, Treachery 101, a complete Fortunes and Winds set, and the secrets of the niwatori, the ninja of the Scorpion Clan* And more!

The Wild Hunt: Vengeance Moon


Jocelin Foxe - 1998
    They have until the next full moon to fulfill their mission; failure means agonizing death in flame. But if any one of them finds a love great and pure, his curse will be lifted. Called upon to avenge an aristocrat's wrongful death, the Wild Hunt have sworn to destroy a monarch and his family. Aided by divine power, the Huntsmen will ensnare the royals in a web of deceit, death and destruction. And their plot must succeed.

Pokémon Red and Blue Official Nintendo Player's Guide


Nintendo Power - 1998
    One of you. What's a Pokémon trainer to do? Pick up the Official Pokémon (Red & Blue) Player's Guide from the pros at Nintendo! It's a complete Trainer's Manual and Field Guide in one, and it will help you become the World's Greatest Pokémon Trainer. To become the best, learn from the best--and that's Nintendo Power! * Tips on where and how to catch all 150 Pokémon * Detailed maps of every area * Field Guide with complete stats for every Pokémon * Data charts with every machine, items and ability * AND 150 Collectible Pokemon Stickers!

Jrr Tolkien Postcard Book


NOT A BOOK - 1998
    Each title in this beguiling collection contains 20 full-color postcards of paintings inspired by Tolkien¹s magical world ‹ designed so that the cards can either be removed and used or enjoyed as a picture book.

Aslan's Triumph


C.S. Lewis - 1998
    There, they meet Aslan, the Great Lion, and together they set off to rescue Narnia from the evil White Witch, who has cast a spell over the land. But, as the children soon learn, Narnia is a magical place, and this will be no ordinary battle. Deborah Maze's rich, detailed paintings, inspired by the original novels, bring the creatures and land of Narnia to life in this fourth exciting title in the World of Narnia Picture Book series.

True Stories: Monster - Horror - Ghost


Terry Deary - 1998
    Consider the facts and decide for yourself whether or not to believe them. But don't read this book after dark , or your dreams might turn into nightmares.

Angels on Fire


Nancy A. Collins - 1998
    That's when she found a naked man with slimmer wings -- a real-life angel. But Joth is hardly the stereotypical cherub -- no angel from the mind of Nancy Collins could be. Despite her best efforts, Lucy falls in love with the unattainable. Joth must decide whether to return to the heavens or abandon immortality For the joys and pains of earthbound existence. Is the love of a woman strong enough to lure an angel from Heaven, yet save it from the fires of Hell?

Blood + Pearls


Mark E. Rogers - 1998
    Enter Jagutai Jen-Shian, bastard son of the Great Khan Sartac. Sent to ensure the signing of a vital treaty, he's his father's deadliest henchman, a small, steely warrior whose fearsome Urguz bow is more than a match for any spell. Opposing him is the demented High Priest of Tchernobog, Serrator Dessicatorius, who, believing that moisture is the principle of evil, dreams of a new and much drier Khymir. But Dessicatorius's insanity is too much for his heterodox second-in-command, Mancdaman Zancharthus, an engagingly ruthless pragmatist who enlists Jagutai in a plot to overthrow his master. Things are further complicated by the regal and beautiful Torrisanna, a temple prostitute with lethal designs of her own, and her her slinky handmaiden Lilitu, who'll stop at nothing to seduce Jagutai, or at least make him as miserable as possible... Supercharged with sex and bone-crunching action, Blood and Pearls is like nothing you've ever read, a hilarious, hallucinatory jolt of high-speed sword-and-sorcery.

Louisiana Blue / The Flying Angels / Rush for Gold / A Horse for Hannah


Colleen Hubbard - 1998
    Featured are four exciting stories about the special bond between young girls and their horses. Recommended for ages 8 and up

365 Bedtime Stories


Christine Allison - 1998
    There are stories celebrating the New Year, beginnings and second chances, myths about the arrival of spring, foolhardy stories for April, tales of independence for July, spooky tales for October nights, soothing tales for difficult days, tales of gratitude and thanksgiving, and miracles for the year end. Although each story is designed to be read aloud, the charming drawings and sidebars on storytelling that accompany them are likely to inspire both readers and listeners to add their own imaginative embellishments along the way.Designed for children from ages 2 to 10 years old, these entertaining stories are short enough (one-half to one-and-a-half pages long) to make it easy for readers to agree to the "just one more story" their listeners are sure to request.

Darby O'Gill & the Good People


Herminie Templeton Kavanagh - 1998
    The story is set in Ireland and includes the story of Darby O'Gill's sojourn in the mountain home of the fairies, when he wins his freedom (and fairy gold) from King Brian Connors. Other chapters include "How the Fairies Came to Ireland, " "Darby O'Gill and the Leprechaun, " and "The Adventures of King Brian." The final chapter, "The Banshee's Comb, " is a fantastic tale in which Darby must match wits with the banshee and her ghosts, or meet his doom.

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Worlds


Marion Zimmer Bradley - 1998
    She nurtured, encouraged—and nagged—them to produce more. Many of them, much to her delight, went on to successful careers of their own, becoming the "big names" of the next generation. As part of the Fantasy Worlds Festival in 1998, the last convention Marion organized, Marion and Rachel E. Holmen edited MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY'S FANTASY WORLDS, an anthology of stories by "MZB's Writers." It contains stories by Robin Wayne Bailey, Jessie D. Eaker, India Edghill, Rosemary Edghill, Dorothy J. Heydt, Heather Rose Jones, Cynthia McQuillin, Syne Mitchell, Diana L. Paxson, Steven Piziks, Raul S. Reyes, Deborah J. Ross, Dave Smeds, Michael Spence, Laura J. Underwood, Cynthia L. Ward, Elisabeth Waters, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and Paul Edwin Zimmer.

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Hercules)


Rob Weisbrot - 1998
    Now, for the first time, Hercules fans can go behind the scenes and find out exactly what makes this one of the hottest shows on TV. This official series companion includes in-depth interviews you won't find anywhere else - with the producers, writers, special-effects wizards, and stars of the show, including producer Rob Tapert, stars Kevin Sorbo and Michael Hurst, and guest stars like Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor; never-before-seen photos, including sixteen pages in color and more than eighty black-and-whites; a fascinating look at the first five action-packed Hercules made-for-TV movies; a complete and detailed episode-by-episode guide to the series; Intriguing Legendary Facts about the show and its creation; and a look at the real gods and goddesses behind the myths - as well as their TV counterparts.

On Silent Wings


Don Conroy - 1998
    Kos, a young and inexperienced barn owl, is left alone and terrified when his mother is killed by a hunter's trap. As he fights to survive he is helped by animals of the woodland, who know the constant dangers that surround them. But a new evil threatens to destroy them all - the rat Fericul and his monstrous army, who plan to take over the world. Can no-one stand against them? This is a compelling story of suspense, danger and tremendous courage.

Dark Ages


John Pritchard - 1998
    Magic, time travel, King Athelstan, modern Britain, love, sacrifice, blood and horror - a gripping, unputdownable read.

Golden Books Treasury of Elves and Fairies


Jane Werner Watson - 1998
    This timeless classic was first published in 1951 and continues to be a family favorite. New cover. Ages 5-8.