Dark Ranger (The Many Kingdoms, Book 1) by Dawn Napier

By Dawn Napier

Darkish Ranger is the 1st e-book within the Many Kingdoms trilogy, a well-known fairytale global of monsters and wizards, evil and magic. Garrett is a Ranger of the sunshine, a sworn dad or mum of the wildlife and its population. His accountability is to root out evil and ruin it prior to it might probably damage the land he cherishes, yet he unearths it tough to spot that evil in himself. His center is damaged via the brutal homicide of his loved, and his thirst for revenge leaves him at risk of the manipulation of the blood-wizard, Scythe. Fellow rangers Wren and Nolan are made up our minds to reclaim their friend's soul and convey him again to the sunshine. they're aided by means of a wandering dwarf and a wild fairy who longs for humanity. yet because the partners realize, even magic can't keep an individual who doesn't are looking to be stored.

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History: A Novel by Elsa Morante

By Elsa Morante

Translated through William Weaver

History was once written approximately thirty years after Elsa Morante and Alberto Moravia spent a yr in hiding between distant farming villages within the mountains south of Rome. There she witnessed the whole effect of the battle and primary shaped the ambition to put in writing an account of what historical past - the good political occasions pushed via males of energy, wealth, and ambition - does whilst it reaches the area of normal humans suffering for all times and bread.

The vital personality during this robust and unforgiving novel is Ida Mancuso, a schoolteacher whose husband has died and whose feckless teenage son treats the warfare as his playground. A German soldier on his solution to North Africa rapes her, falls in love together with her, and leaves her pregnant with a boy whose survival turns into Ida's ardour.

round those different characters come and cross, each one stuck up through the battle that is like a river in flood. We seize glimpses of bombing raids, highway crimes, a farm animals motor vehicle from which human cries emerge, an Italian soldier succumbing to frostbite at the Russian entrance, the dumb patience of peasants who've lived their entire lives with not anything and now needs to get by way of with lower than not anything.

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Redesigning Achilles: 'Recycling' the Epic Cycle in the by Sophia Papaioannou

By Sophia Papaioannou

The e-book is an in depth research at the constitution and the themes of Ovids compedium of the Trojan Saga in Metamorphoses 12.1-13.622, the part often known as the Little Iliad. It explores the factors and the targets in the back of the chosen narrative moments from the Epic Cycle that stumbled on their manner into the Ovidian model of the Trojan warfare. by means of completely learning and inspiringly refashioning an enormous volume of literary fabric, Ovid generates a scientific reconstruction of the archetypal hero, Achilles. therefore, he tasks himself as a helpful successor of Homer within the epic culture, a grasp epicist, and a par to his nice Latin predecessor, Vergil.

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Cultural World in Beowulf (Anthropological Horizons) by John M Hill

By John M Hill

Beowulf is likely one of the most crucial poems in previous English and the 1st significant poem in eu vernacular language. It dramatizes habit in a posh social world—a martial, aristocratic international that we regularly distort by way of enforcing on it our personal biases and values. during this cross-disciplinary examine, John Hill seems to be at Beowulf from a comparative ethnological standpoint. He presents a radical exam of the socio-cultural dimensions of the textual content and compares the social milieu of Beowulf to that of equally geared up cultures. via exam of old analogs in northern Europe and France, in addition to previous and current societies at the Pacific rim in Southeast Asia, a fancy and prolonged society is exposed and an astonishingly diversified Beowulf is illuminated.

The learn is split into 5 significant essays: on ethnology and social drama, the temporal international, the criminal global, the economic climate of honour, and the mental global. Hill offers a realm the place genealogies include social and political statements: during this global present giving has sophisticated and manipulative dimensions, either violent and peaceable trade shape a political financial system, acts of revenge may be baleful or have jural strength, and kinship is as a lot a constructible truth as a ordinary one. relatives and kinship kin, revenge topics, heroic poetry, fable, legality, and political discussions all carry the significance of the social associations in Beowulf to the foreground, taking into account a fuller knowing of the poems and its implications for Anglo-Saxon society. 

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The Gate of Gods: Book Three of The Fall of Ile-Rien by Martha Wells

By Martha Wells

Tremaine Valiarde and a small, courageous band of heroes ventured right into a wondrous new realm on their determined venture to avoid wasting Ile-Rien from the conquering Gardier. Now, as a continuing enemy creates chaos and destruction -- with the destiny of the mystical urban of Lodun putting within the stability -- the final desire of a land besieged may well leisure at the a ways aspect of a mystery portal. however the doorway results in a mysterious spoil hidden in the back of the impressive Gate of Gods -- and to perils that dwarf whatever Tremaine and her allies can have in all likelihood imagined. . . .

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Spirit Gate (Crossroads, Book 1) by Kate Elliott

By Kate Elliott

Global delusion and Nebula Award finalist Kate Elliott breaks new floor in a brilliantly unique new fable set in a different global of fabled towns, mysterious gods, and poor risks. From the 1st web page readers could be swept up within the tale of Mai and Captain Anji, as they develop into unwitting gamers in a clash that all started decades previous, and to be able to shake the principles in their land.For 1000s of years the Guardians have governed the realm of the Hundred, yet those robust gods not exert their will at the global. in simple terms the reeves, who patrol on huge, immense eagles, nonetheless characterize the Guardians' energy. And the reeves are wasting their authority; for there's a darkish shadow around the land that now not even the reeves can stop.A staff of enthusiasts has risen to eat villages, cities, and towns of their force to annihilate all who oppose them. nobody is aware who leads them; they appear inhumanly merciless and strong. Mai and Anji, using with a firm of committed warriors and a unmarried reeve who may perhaps carry a key to preventing the lethal increase of the devouring horde, needs to attempt, or the realm should be misplaced to the carnage. yet a tender lady sworn to the Goddess may possibly turn out extra vital than all of them . . . in the event that they usually are not too late.A haunting story of individuals swept up by way of the chaos of conflict, this is often superlative fable event, wealthy in texture, choked with colour and pleasure, masterfully crafted through a brilliantly talented storyteller.

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Bridge of the Separator by Harry Turtledove

By Harry Turtledove

Rhavas was once an outstanding, holy, and pious guy - and the cousin of the Avtokrator. He might most likely became ecumenical patriarch of the Empire within the capital, Videssos the city...if his international had no longer without warning and tragically fallen aside whilst the Empire of Videssos erupted into civil conflict and the Khamonh barbarians swarmed over the borders. because the domestic he enjoyed was once brutally sacked, Rhavas needed to flee for his lifestyles, then make his approach via lands swarming with fierce nomads and with squaddies unswerving either to his cousin and to the insurgent. He may well by no means see Videssos town back, not to mention preside in its excessive Temple. He has constantly Phos, the god of sunshine and goodness, Videssos' god, and despised evil rival Skotos. those that fall off the Bridge of the Separator in the course of judgment within the afterlife tumble right down to Skotos' ice forevermore. but if evil turns out to have swallowed the complete international, what's a cleric who reverences common sense in addition to goodness sup- posed to think? it is a tougher query than Rhavas needs it have been.

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