How was once magic practised in medieval occasions? How did it relate to the varied ideals and practices that characterized this attention-grabbing interval? In Magic within the center a while Richard Kieckhefer surveys the expansion and improvement of magic in medieval instances. He examines its relation to faith, technology, philosophy, paintings, literature and politics prior to introducing us to the differing kinds of magic that have been used, the categories of people that practised magic and the reasoning at the back of their ideals. furthermore, he exhibits how magic served as some extent of touch among the preferred and elite periods, how the truth of magical ideals is mirrored within the fiction of medieval literature and the way the persecution of magic and witchcraft ended in alterations within the legislation. This e-book areas magic on the crossroads of medieval tradition, laying off gentle on many different facets of lifestyles within the center a while.
By Jim Butcher
In Furies of Calderon, number one New York Times bestselling writer Jim Butcher brought readers to an international the place the forces of nature take actual shape. yet now, it really is human nature that threatens to throw the area into chaos…
For centuries, the folks of Alera have harnessed the furies—elementals of earth, air, fireplace, water, wooden, and metal—to guard their land from aggressors. yet no fury can shop them from the risks they face inside. A mysterious assault from around the sea has weakened the 1st Lord. should still he fall, a bloody civil warfare is inevitable. The accountability of heading off assassination makes an attempt and treachery in the First Lord’s circle of spies falls on Tavi, the only guy without fury to name…
By Angie Sage
There's difficulty on the fortress, and it's all simply because Merrin Meredith has lower back with Darke plans for Septimus. extra hassle awaits Septimus and Jenna within the kind of Tertius Fume, the ghost of the first actual leader airtight Scribe, who's made up our minds to ship Septimus on a perilous Queste. yet Septimus and Jenna produce other plans—they are headed for the mysterious condo of Foryx, a spot the place all Time meets and where the place they fervently desire they are going to be capable of finding Nicko and Snorri, who have been trapped again in time in physik. yet how will Septimus get away the Queste?
Queste, like every the books within the Septimus Heap sequence, is stuffed with nonstop motion, humor, and fantastical event as Septimus keeps his trip of Magykal self-discovery.
By Leah Gordon
Vodou is magic. yet it is also even more! it is a faith of charms and rituals meant to empower existence and convey success to people who perform it. Vodou is a deeply non secular and visually outstanding faith encompassing rituals, songs, and dances evoking spirits that believers realize as a part of nature. This engrossing account strains its origins in Africa to its complete improvement within the West Indies island of Haiti. It additionally provides methods readers can use Vodou to complement their very own lives when it comes to love, good fortune, and prosperity. The publication of Vodou covers all-important elements of its exciting topic, and brings many Vodou spirits totally alive with vibrant, frequently funny descriptions. Readers methods to construct their very own magic altar and invoke Vodou spirits, the right way to make charms and amulets, and the way to paintings spells and browse symptoms of divination. greater than one hundred twenty full-color illustrations.
By Margaret Weis, Robert Krammes
In an international the place magic is intrinsic to the material of lifestyle, kingdoms, centuries-long enemies, have lengthy sought a robust magical weapon that might win them lasting dominance. yet neither realm is prepared once they are either attacked by way of the Bottom-Dwellers, a sour humans whose personal land was once destroyed, and who now dwell in basic terms to take vengeance on these they blame for a wretched existence within the storm-tossed abyss they inhabit. utilizing contramagic reinforced by means of blood sacrifice to assault the area above, they threaten to carry down complete towns, or maybe the island kingdoms themselves. Freya and Rosia are pressured to place apart their age-old clash to safeguard themselves, or threat wasting everything.
As the Bottom-Dwellers’ contramagic eats away on the magic of the dragons that is helping defend the realm above, a former dragon-riding hero gathers a ragtag workforce to shape a brand new dragon brigade, the only determined wish of the 2 kingdoms to defeat the fiends who threaten their international. because the results of contramagic convey the realm ever towards catastrophe, the hot dragon brigade struggle the vengeful adversary. Their high-flying heroics should be to no avail, even though, except they could by some means discover forbidden wisdom, lengthy hidden through the Church, with no which they'll by no means be capable of hinder the world's destruction.
Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes convey one more fascinating dragon brigade experience in typhoon Riders.
By Katharine Kerr
Book 4 of the prestigious Deverry sequence, an epic fable rooted in Celtic mythology that intricately interweaves human and elven background over numerous hundred years.
Book 4 of the prestigious Deverry sequence, an epic fable rooted in Celtic mythology that intricately interweaves human and elven historical past over a number of hundred years.
By Jane Lindskold
Raised via clever, language-using wolves, introduced again to the human society on the court docket of Hawk Haven, younger Firekeeper needed to discover ways to focus on human society and its complexities . . . and found that, for somebody raised in a wolf pack, the politics of a royal courtroom have been neither complicated nor totally unfamiliar.
But the satisfied finishing of Through Wolf’s Eyes has proved to have results. Hawk Haven and brilliant Bay are unifying, however the energy stability of the neighboring lands is threatened through this prospect. New intrigues abound. The rulers of vivid Bay, it transpires, were hoarding a set of forbidden magical artifacts . . . which Queen Gustin took along with her whilst she abdicated, desiring to use them to revive her strength. Melina guard continues to be scheming to procure them, and she's older, smarter, and extra devious than the Queen. And the even-more-devious civil carrier of neighboring New Kelvin want to get their arms on that magic besides . . . .
Which will make lifestyles very tough for Firekeeper. as the powers of the area have made up our minds who’ll be required to acquire these much-contended-for magical articles. It’ll be her.
By Diane Duane
found that one of many books had a free thread on the best of its backbone. It used to be a type of so that you are looking to Be a . . . books, a chain on careers. So you must Be a Pilot, and a Scientist . . . a author. But his one acknowledged, So you need to Be a Wizard.
I do not belive this, Nina suggestion. She close the e-book and stood there maintaining it in
her hand, pressured, surprised, suspicious--and extremely joyful. If it was once a funny story, it used to be an exceptional one. If it wasn't . . . ?
By J. K. Rowling
Fantastic. minimum shelfwear. No markings. Pages are fresh and vibrant. Binding is tight.
By Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye
Right here it really is! the 1st novel within the fresh delusion Adventures sequence, through the authors of Liscence Invoked! Robert Asprin groups up with Jody Lynn Nye (Applied Mythology and complex Mythology) to convey you a new set of fable Adventures with Skeeve, Aahz, Tanda, and the remainder of the crowd! might be in 2004 through Myth-taken id. "You wish me to do what?" Aahz gasped, spitting a mouthful of beer transparent around the open dance ground. The tuba participant gave him a chiding look and became his software over to drain it. "Ten... Female... PERVECTS!? A measurement jam-packed with Wuhses? The Deveels cheated them out in their final dime, and the Pervects obtained it again for them? And now they wish us to throw the Pervects out? Mmm, mmm." He slammed his mug down. I recoiled a little on the violence of the gesture. His lips twisted. His shoulders began to heave. "Mmm mmm mmm. Ha ha ha ha. HAWHAWHAWHAWHAW! HAWHAWHAWHAWHAW!" He laughed until eventually the development rang with the sound of his voice. the opposite buyers watched him nervously as he slapped me at the again, stood up, slipped to his knees, and slid down the trestle of the desk till he used to be sitting at the flooring guffawing. quickly, he recovered and climbed as much as his toes back. He took my hand in a crushing grip. "Aw, part-Skeeve," he stated, wiping tears from his yellow eyes. "I've overlooked you, child. that's the best jokes i have heard in months. quite did me sturdy. Fraulein!" He held up a hand and snapped his arms. "A around for my friends!" "But i am serious," I said.