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A Feast for Crows
George R. R. Martin
0553801503
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Long-awaited doesn't begin to describe this fourth installment in bestseller Martin's staggeringly epic Song of Ice and Fire. Speculation has run rampant since the previous entry, A Storm of Swords, appeared in 2000, and Feast teases at the important questions but offers few solid answers. As the book begins, Brienne of Tarth is looking for Lady Catelyn's daughters, Queen Cersei is losing her mind and Arya Stark is training with the Faceless Men of Braavos; all three wind up in cliffhangers that would do justice to any soap opera. Meanwhile, other familiar faces—notably Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen—are glaringly absent though promised to return in book five. Martin's Web site explains that Feast and the forthcoming A Dance of Dragons were written as one book and split after they grew too big for...


Phantom (Sword Of Truth)

0765305240


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Review
"Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring."
--Kirkus Reviews on Wizard's First Rule

"Wonderful."
--Kliatt on Stone of Tears

"Each volume of the Sword of Truth... proves more difficult to review than the last. There are only so many ways of heaping praise on a series that gets better and better."
--SFX on Blood of the Fold

"...outstanding work...adrenaline and characters who actually behave like adults. Highly recommended."
--San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds

"...thoroughly enjoyable."
--VOYA on Soul of the Fire

"Mr. Goodkind's compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers."
--Romantic Times Bookclub on Faith of the Fallen

"Near-perfect pacing,...


The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower Series, VII)
Stephen King
0743254562
November 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
At one point in this final book of the Dark Tower series, the character Stephen King (added to the plot in Song of Susannah) looks back at the preceding pages and says "when this last book is published, the readers are going to be just wild." And he's not kidding.

After a journey through seven books and over 20 years, King's Constant Readers finally have the conclusion they've been both eagerly awaiting and silently dreading. The tension in the Dark Tower series has built steadily from the beginning and, like in the best of King's novels, explodes into a violent, heart-tugging climax as Roland and his ka-tet finally near their goal. The body count in The Dark Tower is high. The gunslingers come out shooting and face a host of enemies, including low men, mutants, vampires, Roland's hideous quasi-offspring Mordred, and...



Silverthorn (Riftwar Saga)

0553270540


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Review
"I  found Silverthorn to be as  exciting and absorbing as Magician  in every way. The excellent characterization  wedded to a tight and well-tumed plot makes it one of  the outstanding fantasy offerings of the season."  --Andre Norton

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"I  found Silverthorn to be as  exciting and absorbing as Magician  in every way. The excellent characterization  wedded to a tight and well-tumed plot makes it one of  the outstanding fantasy offerings of the season."  --Andre Norton

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Knife of Dreams
Robert Jordan
0312873077
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
About the Author
Robert Jordan lives in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a graduate of the Citadel.

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Book Review's Significant Seven
Robert Jordan kindly agreed to take the life quiz we like to give to all our authors: the Book Review Significant Seven.

Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
A: The King James version of the Bible. That seems a cliche, but I can't think of any other book that has had as large an impact in shaping who I am.

Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they?
A: The one book would be whatever book I was currently writing. I mean, I hate falling behind in the work. The one CD would contain the best encyclopedia I could find on desert island survival. The DVD...



Flight of the Nighthawks: Book One of the Darkwar Saga
Raymond E. Feist
0060792787
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This first of a new fantasy trilogy from bestseller Feist (Exile's Return) reintroduces a now ancient but well-preserved Pug (the juvenile hero of Magician) plus numerous generic situations, not the least of which is the return of Pug's old nemesis, the evil wizard Sidi, and a further menace that threatens the land of Midkemia. All the characters talk in completely 21st-century vocabulary, and while some of the inhabitants of the imaginary setting have unusual names suggestive of alien language and culture, we also meet folks named Miranda, Tomas, Magnus, Caleb and Zane. The result does not add up to any sense of a real, other place like Middle Earth or Earthsea, in which mythic events might plausibly occur. Those looking for the numinous wonder of Tolkien or the beautiful language of Ursula Le Guin will have to...


Dune

044100590X


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Book Review
This Hugo and Nebula Award winner tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the "spice of spices." Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence.

The troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides. The Harkonnens don't want to give up their privilege, though, and through sabotage and treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet's harsh environment to die. There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what's rightfully his. Paul...



The Hobbit or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien
0345339681
January 1992
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."

The hobbit-hole in question belongs to one Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of a "little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves." He is, like most of his kind, well off, well fed, and best pleased when sitting by his own fire with a pipe, a glass of good beer, and a meal to look forward to. Certainly this particular hobbit is the last person one would expect to see set off on a hazardous journey; indeed, when Gandalf the Grey stops by one morning, "looking for someone to share in an adventure," Baggins fervently wishes the wizard...



The Chronicles of Narnia
C. S. Lewis
0066238501
Oct 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, is one of the very few sets of books that should be read three times: in childhood, early adulthood, and late in life. In brief, four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told, populated with fascinating characters, perfectly realized in detail of world and pacing of plot, and profoundly allegorical, the story is infused throughout with the timeless issues of good and evil, faith and hope. This boxed set edition includes all seven volumes. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
Beloved by generations for more than 50 years, this classic children's series is now available in a special adult edition.


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The Chronicles of Narnia (Adult)
C. S. Lewis
0060598247
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
A hardcover adult edition of this seven-book classic series by C. S. Lewis.

Since its release in the middle of the last century, the Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted over sixty million readers—children, as well as adults. This new hardcover edition for adults includes all seven books, plus C. S. Lewis’s essay, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children.”

From the Back Cover
A hardcover adult edition of this seven-book classic series by C. S. Lewis Since its release in the middle of the last century, the Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted over sixty million readers—children, as well as adults. This new hardcover edition for adults includes all seven books, plus C. S. Lewis’s essay, "On Three Ways of Writing for Children."

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Throne of Jade
Naomi Novik
0345481291
April 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* Captain Laurence had commanded a ship in the Royal Navy (see His Majesty's Dragon, 2006) but was relegated to the aviator corps after bonding with the hatchling from the dragon egg his ship found aboard a French prize his ship had seized. He and Temeraire, the hatchling, are a team now, and at the opening of Throne of Jade, he won't accept that the admiralty wants to send Temeraire back to China and him, Laurence, to trick the dragon into going. But Temeraire, it turns out, is a Celestial, hence among the very finest of dragons, and the Chinese ambassador insists he be returned. Temeraire agrees to go only if Laurence does, too, and after an adventurous transit--transporting dragons by sea from England to China with eighteenth-century sailing technology is no picnic--the English party...


Stone of Tears
Terry Goodkind
0812548094
August 1996
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This satisfying sequel to Goodkind's powerful debut novel, Wizard's First Rule, has everything one could ask for in an epic fantasy. In the earlier book, Seeker of Truth Richard Cypher tricked the sorcerer Darken Rahl by using Wizard's First Rule (that people are stupid and can be easily misled) into opening the wrong Box of Orden. Though this saved humanity from the evil mage's tyrannies, it also tore the veil between worlds, so the diabolical Keeper of the Underworld can now reach through and seize permanent control of the living. To stop this from happening, Richard must now learn how to be a wizard. The Sisters of the Light promise they will teach him to wield his powers, but they require that he wear a collar of obedience, something he has sworn he would rather die than do. Events sweep Richard and his...


A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)
George R. R. Martin
055357342X
March 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Is George R.R. Martin for real? Can a fantasy epic actually get better with each new installment? Fans of the genre have glumly come to expect go-nowhere sequels from other authors, so we're entitled to pinch ourselves over Martin's tightly crafted Song of Ice and Fire series. The reports are all true: this series is the real deal, and Martin deserves his crown as the rightful king of the epic. A Game of Thrones got things off to a rock-solid start, A Clash of Kings only exceeded expectations, but it's the Storm of Swords hat trick that cements Martin's rep as the most praiseworthy fantasy author to come along since that other R.R.

Like the first two books, A Storm of Swords could coast on the fundamentals: deftly detailed characters, convincing voices and dialogue, a robust back-story, and a satisfyingly...



The Once and Future King
T. H. White
0441627404
July 1987
Paperback
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The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Quartet of novels by T.H. White, published in a single volume in 1958. The quartet comprises The Sword in the Stone (1938), The Queen of Air and Darkness--first published as The Witch in the Wood (1939)--The Ill-Made Knight (1940), and The Candle in the Wind (published in the composite volume, 1958). The series is a retelling of the Arthurian legend, from Arthur's birth to the end of his reign, and is based largely on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur. After White's death, a conclusion to The Once and Future King was found among his papers; it was published in 1977 as The Book of Merlyn. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower IV)
Stephen King
0451210875
October 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review Books
Wizard and Glass, the fourth episode in King's white-hot Dark Tower series, is a sci-fi/fantasy novel that contains a post-apocalyptic Western love story twice as long. It begins with the series' star, world-weary Roland, and his world-hopping posse (an ex-junkie, a child, a plucky woman in a wheelchair, and a talking dog-like pet named Oy the Bumbler) trapped aboard a runaway train. The train is a psychotic multiple personality that intends to commit suicide with them at 800 m.p.h.--unless Roland and pals can outwit it in a riddling contest. It's a great race, for the mind and pulse. Movies should be this good. Then comes a 567-page flashback about Roland at age 14. It's a well-marbled but meaty tale. Roland and two teen homies must rescue his first love from the dirty old drooling mayor of a post-apocalyptic cowboy...


His Dark Materials Box Set
Philip Pullman
0375823360
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
In the epic trilogy His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman unlocks the door to worlds parallel to our own. Dæmons and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes--if it isn't destroyed first. The three books in Pullman's heroic fantasy series, published as trade paperbacks, are united here in one dazzling boxed set that includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. In these new editions, each chapter opens with artwork by Pullman himself, along with chapter quotations from the likes of Milton, Donne, Black, Byron, and the Bible that did not appear in earlier editions. Join Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will, and the rest as they embark on the most breathtaking, heartbreaking adventure of their lives. The fate of...


The Two Swords
R. A. Salvatore
0786937904
Aug 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Paperback version of the #4 New York Times best-selling hardcover.
 

This title is the third and final book in the latest trilogy from R.A. Salvatore, which once again features his popular dark elf character Drizzt Do’Urden™. The hardcover release of this title had the highest debut ever on The New York Times best seller list for a Salvatore title with Wizards of the Coast at #4. The title stayed in the top twenty for five weeks. Both of the previous titles in the series were also New York Times best sellers upon hardcover release, and the first title, The Thousand Orcs, hit the list upon mass-market release as well.


Eldest: Inheritance, Book II
Christopher Paolini
037582670X
August 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Surpassing its popular prequel Eragon, this second volume in the Inheritance trilogy shows growing maturity and skill on the part of its very young author, who was only seventeen when the first volume was published in 2003. The story is solidly in the tradition (some might say derivative) of the classic heroic quest fantasy, with the predictable cast of dwarves, elves, and dragons--but also including some imaginatively creepy creatures of evil.

The land of Alagaesia is suffering under the Empire of the wicked Galbatorix, and Eragon and his dragon Saphira, last of the Riders, are the only hope. But Eragon is young and has much to learn, and so he is sent off to the elven forest city of Ellesmera, where he and Saphira are tutored in magic, battle skills, and the ancient language by the wise former Rider Oromis and his elderly dragon...



Debt of Bones
Terry Goodkind
0765351544
Nov 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Terry Goodkind (Faith of the Fallen) presents Debt of Bones, a prequel to his Sword of Truth series that involves series character First Wizard Zedd in the time before the Boundaries were drawn. Abby, a poor peasant who has an ancient claim on Zedd, asks the impossible of him to save her community, including her husband, child and father at the possible price of countless other lives. Illus. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
As the armies of Panis Rahl spread across the land, a young woman from a beleaguered town begs a boon from First Wizard Zedd, ignorant of the consequences of her request. This revised version of a novella that first appeared in the fantasy anthology...


Naked Empire
Terry Goodkind
0765344300
June 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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From AudioFile
Although it is book eight of Terry Goodkind's bestselling Sword of Truth fantasy series, NAKED EMPIRE stands alone and welcomes new listeners. Jim Bond's narration imparts a mythical quality while transporting the listener to a world of wizards, soul-stealers, potions, and magic. The magical Lord Richard Rahl and Kahlan, the last Mother Confessor, are but two of the many characters in this intricate story. Jim Bond's strong, melodic storytelling talent brings rich detail to Terry Goodkind's world while blending the lessons in ethics reflected in the many subplots and surprises of this wonderful, imaginative book. M.F.D. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Straken
Terry Brooks
0345451120
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Brooks's satisfactory conclusion to his High Druid of Shannara trilogy (after 2004's Tanequil), young Pen Ohmsford retrieves the "darkwand," whose magic will allow him to enter the Forbidding and find his aunt Grianne Ohmsford, the Ard Rhys of the lawful Druids and the Straken queen. Meanwhile, though the elven army has been defeated, Pied Sanderling leads a desperate (and well-depicted) commando-style operation to destroy a secret superweapon of the Federation. Pen's parents are simply trying to find their son. While the author may not equal the wit of his earlier Magic Kingdom of Landover series, his characterization has grown substantially more sophisticated over the years, and both his optimism about the triumph of virtue and his avoidance of graphic sex and slaughter make this series an...


The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set (adult) (Narnia)
C. S. Lewis
0060847131
November 1, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The adult trade paperback editions of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA are now available in two new box sets. This box will feature Cliff Nielsen’s illustrations picked up from the cover art on the books inside.




From the Back Cover
The adult trade paperback editions of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA are now available in two new box sets. This box will feature Cliff Nielsen’s illustrations picked up from the cover art on the books inside.




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His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, Book 1)
Naomi Novik
0345481283
March 28, 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this delightful first novel, the opening salvo of a trilogy, Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars. Here be dragons, beasts that can speak and reason, bred for strength and speed and used for aerial support in battle. Each nation has its own breeds, but none are so jealously guarded as the mysterious dragons of China. Veteran Capt. Will Laurence of the British Navy is therefore taken aback after his crew captures an egg from a French ship and it hatches a Chinese dragon, which Laurence names Temeraire. When Temeraire bonds with the captain, the two leave the navy to sign on with His Majesty's sadly understaffed Aerial Corps, which takes on the French in sprawling, detailed battles that Novik renders with admirable attention to 19th-century military tactics. Though the dragons...


His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass) [BOX SET]
Philip Pullman
0440238609
September 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
In the epic trilogy His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman unlocks the door to worlds parallel to our own. Dæmons and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes--if it isn't destroyed first. The three books in Pullman's heroic fantasy series, published as mass-market paperbacks with new covers, are united here in one boxed set that includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. Join Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will, and the rest as they embark on the most breathtaking, heartbreaking adventure of their lives. The fate of the universe is in their hands. (Ages 13 and older)

Book Description
Now, for the first time, the HIS DARK MATERIALS Trilogy is available in a trade paperback...


The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time, Book 5) [UNABRIDGED]
Robert Jordan, et al
1593976062
April 2, 2005
Audio CD
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From Publishers Weekly
Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, continues his effort to unify the diverse people of a discordant world against the Dark One in this fifth tome of the Wheel of Time series (begun with The Eye of the World ). While the Aes Sedai, women who channel the One Power, and the Forsaken, ancient disciples of the Dark One, strive to bend him to their purposes, Rand leads the clans of the Aiel in a war of unification. Rand must try to master his powers as a man who can channel, while eluding the concomitant madness, as two groups of women attempt to come to his aid. His love, Elayne, Daughter-Heir of Andor, and Nynaeve, both Aes Sedai in training, join a circus to evade an angry sisterhood, and Siuan Sanche, former leader of the Aes Sedai now stripped of her powers, and two companions seek other rebels in an attempt to...

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