Set in the Iron Mountain region of Colorado, the story centers on a young boy who loves to play his hunting video game and an Alpha wolf named who isSet in the Iron Mountain region of Colorado, the story centers on a young boy who loves to play his hunting video game and an Alpha wolf named who is getting too old to lead his pack.
When Nashoba can't find food for his hungry pack, a raven named Merla intervenes and directs him to a food source. But things go wrong and Nashoba gets hurt. Meanwhile, young thirteen year old Cassie is excited about his birthday present of a real bow and arrow. He has dreamed of becoming a great hunter and now is his chance. But when Cassie fires his first arrow and unintentionally hurting a living creature, he quickly changes his mind about his dream of becoming a great hunter and instead finds himself a rescuer and caregiver.
A fable of nature, nurture and friendship, this is a lovely tale of the delicately balance of nature and life itself. ...more
When a man goes blind while sitting inside his car, people assume his is an isolated case. The blind man's wife takes him to see an eye doctor to presWhen a man goes blind while sitting inside his car, people assume his is an isolated case. The blind man's wife takes him to see an eye doctor to prescribe a prescription to cure his ailment. But when the wife becomes blind as well as the eye doctor and everyone in the waiting room, it soon becomes clear that this is not an isolated case and soon an epidemic of 'blindness' is sweeping the country. To help contain the spread of the disease, the ones who are suffering are placed in an abandoned metal asylum, hoping that a cure can be found. Instead, the epidemic moves to the guards and no one is left to maintain order in the facility. The bad ones soon take over and rule by terror to gain what they want. Yet a small band of people stick together and eventually they escape and try to navigate their way around the city where they once moved so freely but are now having to relearn how to 'see' things in a totally different way. ...more
Thorne Blackburn was a celebrated occultist who created an enigma when he vanished one night during one of his ceremonies. His sudden disappearance haThorne Blackburn was a celebrated occultist who created an enigma when he vanished one night during one of his ceremonies. His sudden disappearance haunted his daughter, Truth Jourdemayne, and become an issue of shame for her. She wanted nothing to do with him. But when Truth's aunt leaves some cryptic clues as to a different side of Blackburn, Truth decides to visit the house where they were living when the disappearance took place. She is hoping to uncover material that will help her write a biography of Blackburn and dispell that idea that he was a gifted spiritualist and instead a hoax.
When Truth arrives at Shadow Gate, she was surprised to find a melange of characters already there, lead by Julian Pilgrim, who invites Truth to join them. He offers to share his vast library of Blackburn material to Truth to help her write her book. But as time goes by, Truth uncovers more and more mysteries until she is so caught up in the tangled web, she doesn't know who to escape.
I absolutely loved 'Mist of Avalon' and was very excited to read something else by the same author. But there were numerous time that I failed to see any similarities between the writing styles. And then I discovered that this was a collaboration with a Rosemary Edghill. Sadly, she didn't quite make the cut for me. I never liked the main character, thought the events were unforgettable, and overall, not a book I would recommend to anyone. ...more
I happened upon this one at the local library and since I have become curious about different types of witchcraft, I thought this might help clear upI happened upon this one at the local library and since I have become curious about different types of witchcraft, I thought this might help clear up some issues. But it did not. More a personal journey than an actual account of the different types. And the journey isn't a very interesting one. Mar's account of her journey across American was jumbled and sometimes I would have to look book to see who and where she was. And the one person in a group that she seemed to follow the most, I felt like it was more of an infatuation with the person than the actual belief.
This book took me way too long to finish, should have probably ditched it but I'm funny that way, carry on until the end. Not a book I would recommend for pretty much anyone. ...more
Having been commissioned to restore a cemetery in South Carolina, Amelia boards a ferry to reach her destination of Asher Falls. While on board, she eHaving been commissioned to restore a cemetery in South Carolina, Amelia boards a ferry to reach her destination of Asher Falls. While on board, she encounters a young man who fills her in on the history of the town and the unfortunate incident of an older cemetery being flooded when a dam was built. Thinking the young man a little shallow and arrogant, she soon learns he is the grandson of the man who caused the town of Asher Falls to spiral into a literal ghost town.
As she meets other town residents, she becomes increasingly worried that she was brought to the town for reasons other than a restoration job. But she does find a few gems, one being an abandoned bait dog that she rescues and names Angus who turns out to be a faithful friend to Amelia.
While this second book stayed with the Southern atmosphere, AS manages to also create a deep, oppressive feel to the mountain town and adds in a few truly creepy characters. ...more
Jorg has accomplished a lot so far - he is King of seven nations, feared by some and worshiped by most. Yet there is one final step to his master planJorg has accomplished a lot so far - he is King of seven nations, feared by some and worshiped by most. Yet there is one final step to his master plan - to gain the most votes and be crowned Emperor. In his quest for this he has made friends, alliances and also enemies - the greatest being the Dead Kind. And now at the final moments, the enemies are converging to stop Jorg before he makes his final step.
As action packed and fast moving as the rest of the series, this final book in this series was everything I had hoped for. Well, maybe for there to be more, but at least we have other characters to explore. ...more
It's been a long time since I have read a Stephen King novel. As much as I love horror, I had never read 'Misery' and can't give you a good reason whyIt's been a long time since I have read a Stephen King novel. As much as I love horror, I had never read 'Misery' and can't give you a good reason why. But now I can say that I have and I loved it! Talk about a story giving you nightmares. Nothing is more creepy than a normal (or seemingly normal) human being going over the deep end and turning bat guano crazy.
This is the story of bestselling writer Paul Sheldon and his number one fan Annie Wilkes. It's a story about deep personal issues found in both characters that manifest themselves in wholly different ways. How each person deals with their personal demons.
I will say that I was surprised at the depth of the characters involved and the way in which King could create a truly horrific atmosphere within the confines of four walls. ...more
Amelia Gray has been haunted by ghost her whole life. Growing up as the only child of a cemetery keeper, her father taught her the rules - Never acknoAmelia Gray has been haunted by ghost her whole life. Growing up as the only child of a cemetery keeper, her father taught her the rules - Never acknowledge the dead, never stray from hallowed ground, keep your distance from those that are haunted. Yet when a dashing detective approaches Amelia about a murder at a graveyard she is restoring, all the rules fly out the window and she finds herself on treading on unfamiliar ground, not know which way she should go.
Setting in the Gothic Southern city of Charleston, Amanda Stevens was able to create a hauntingly magical tale full of mystery and suspense. The first of a trilogy, she managed to keep you well-enough involved to quickly reach for the next in the series. ...more
This is the second book in the Broken Empire trilogy. The story is set four years after the first book, Jorg is now King of Renar. The book follows thThis is the second book in the Broken Empire trilogy. The story is set four years after the first book, Jorg is now King of Renar. The book follows three story lines - two from Jorg's POV - the main one being present day which also happens to be his wedding day, a flashback of four years ago and the third story line follows journal entries from Katherine, which help give a well-roundness to the whole story.
As most would agree, Jorg is a hard person to like but somehow you find yourself rooting for him and hoping he makes the right decision when faced with an obstacle. He shows signs of maturing in this book but still has is far from being a 'perfect' person or leader. Yet his unfailing desire to face all obstacles head on has inspired many of his followers who will defend him no matter the consequences.
This being my second time to read Lawrence, I am happy to say that I was not disappointed in his writing style. I loved it in the first book and loved it even more this time. He has quickly made himself one of my favorite authors and looking forward to reading more by him. ...more
We first met Samuel and his faithful dog Boswell in The Gates, where we learned that the two of them, along with a demon named Nurd, defeated the evilWe first met Samuel and his faithful dog Boswell in The Gates, where we learned that the two of them, along with a demon named Nurd, defeated the evil plot of the Great Malevolence and his lieutenant Ba'al, who now prefers to be called Mrs. Abernathy. But demons have very tender feelings and Mrs. Abernathy isn't forgetting Samuel anytime soon, so she snatches him and Bowell back into Hell to finish what she started. But her plan backfires as a few other humans are sucked back also, and together they throw a monkey wrench (along with a few bottles of Spiggit's Old Peculiar into the works.
Very entertaining read, with lots of dark humor. And the footnotes, oh the footnotes. I'm pretty sure I was reading them out loud to anyone who would listen. Quick, fun read. ...more
Adelia is happy living in her little cottage by the river, helping the local people with their daily illnesses and injuries. But King Henry has summonAdelia is happy living in her little cottage by the river, helping the local people with their daily illnesses and injuries. But King Henry has summoned her to help identify a set of skeletons who are rumored to be those of the legendary King Arthur and Guinevere at Glastonbury Abbey.
Adelia and her entourage - Mansur, Gyltha and Adelia's daughter Allie, arrive at a local inn for their stay while investigating the area where the bodies where found. The inn keeper and his wife must scramble to get beds and meals ready for the group since no visitors where expected but otherwise, all seems normal. However, the next day when Adelia and Mansur are viewing the graves where the bodies were found, an avalanche almost buries them alive. Upon inspection, Adelia is certain that it was no accident and so begins her adventure of trying to stay one step ahead of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep her from discovering the truth of King Arthur. ...more
Jorg of Ancrath is not your normal teenager. No, no, no. At the age of thirteen, he is the leader of a motley crew of bandits who terrorize the land bJorg of Ancrath is not your normal teenager. No, no, no. At the age of thirteen, he is the leader of a motley crew of bandits who terrorize the land burning villages, killing the men and raping women. Yes, he is most definitely not your average youth. But once you can get past the bloody mess, there is a story there. Of how at an even younger age, he witnessed part of his family brutally murdered. Of having a father who is king and a dangerous and violent man himself, you start to piece together a story of how this young man came to be. Oh, and the wizards, did I mention them? See, there is magic in the story and everyone wants to be King of All the land, so they will resort to all kinds of trickery to gain the upper hand.
Let me say here and now, this is NOT a story for everyone! Personally, I loved it and will be reading the rest of the series. Fantasy is not a genre that I would normally gravitate to but this one quickly pulled me in and I loved it....more
A nice guide to understanding Native American beliefs and their use of Nature to guide them through life. Very easy to read and understand, the main tA nice guide to understanding Native American beliefs and their use of Nature to guide them through life. Very easy to read and understand, the main theme being that Nature can and does communicate with us, if we would only open our eyes and ears and listen. ...more