By Chris Goto-Jones
The promise of magic has constantly commanded the human mind's eye, however the tale of commercial modernity is mostly obvious as a means of disenchantment. Drawing at the writings and performances of the so-called 'Golden Age Magicians' from the flip of the 20th century, Chris Goto-Jones unveils the ways that eu and North American encounters with (and representations of) Asia - the fabled Mystic East - labored to re-enchant reviews of the trendy international. starting with a reconceptualization of the that means of 'modern magic' itself - relocating past traditional different types of 'real' and 'fake' magic - Goto-Jones' acclaimed e-book publications us on a mystical secret journey round India, China and Japan, exhibiting us levitations and decapitations, magic duels and bullet catches, goldfish bowls and paper butterflies. after all, this enchanting booklet unearths Orientalism as one of those magic in itself, casting a spell over Western tradition that leaves it remodeled even this present day.
By Michael Buckley
Determining up after the dramatic cliffhanger that ended ebook Six, Sabrina and Daphne’s prayers are eventually responded whilst their mom and dad conscious from their drowsing spell. yet their chuffed reunion is short-lived, as they're stuck in the midst of a struggle among the Scarlet Hand and Prince Charming’s Everafter military. because the relations works to assist the prince’s ragtag team of rebels and guard their pals, Sabrina comes face-to-face with the family’s deadliest enemy—the mysterious Master—who unearths a mystery so surprising it is going to rock the total family members to its core.
By Keith R. A. DeCandido
Twenty-two years in the past, Sam and Dean Winchester misplaced their mom to a mysterious and demonic supernatural strength. within the years after, their father, John, taught them in regards to the paranormal evil that lives at midnight corners and at the again roads of America...and he taught them the way to kill it.
Sam and Dean have hit big apple urban to try a neighborhood rocker's haunted apartment. yet prior to they could work out why a lovesick banshee in an '80s heavy-metal T-shirt is wailing within the bed room, a much more macabre crime catches their realization. now not faraway from the home, college scholars have been crushed to demise via an odd assailant. A homicide that's extraordinary even through manhattan urban criteria, it's the most recent in a line of killings that the brothers quickly suspect are according to the creepy tales of mythical author Edgar Allan Poe.
Their research leads them to the heart of 1 of Poe's horror classics, face-to-face with their such a lot terrifying foe but. And if Sam and Dean don't rewrite the finishing of this chilling story, a grisly serial killer will finish their lives forevermore.
By Stavros Frangoulidis
This can be the 1st in-depth examine of Apuleius?? Metamorphoses to examine the several attitudes characters undertake in the direction of magic as a key to decoding the complicated dynamics of the complete paintings. the range of responses to magic is unveiled within the narrative because the protagonist Lucius encounters an collection of characters, both in embedded stories or in general plot. A contextualized technique illuminates Lucius?? rather success when put next to different characters within the novel - this effects from his involvement with the magic of a sorcerer??s apprentice, instead of that of a true witch, and signs the potential for eventual salvation. A cautious research of Lucius?? angle in the direction of Isis in booklet eleven and his dating with the witch-slave lady Photis prior on means that the novel??s ultimate e-book can be learn as a moment ""Metamorphoses"", consciously rewritten from a favorable standpoint. final yet now not least, the publication additionally breaks new floor by way of interpreting the narrative constitution of the Metamorphoses opposed to the history of the common plotline present in the proper romance. The comparability exhibits how Apuleius either follows and alters this plot, exploiting the style to his personal particular ends, in response to his crucial subject of metamorphosis.
By Catherine Yronwode
Either theorical and sensible concerns are lined during this path, together with natural info, magic spells, conventional recommendations, ancient history, how root medical professionals paintings for consumers, what candle store vendors do, and different within details now not on hand via my different books.
By Patricia Briggs
Centuries in the past, the wizards of Colossae unleashed an incredible strength of destruction: the Stalker. purely the sacrifice in their complete urban may possibly include the threat that they had wrought—but even then, the Stalker was once in basic terms imprisoned, and it may possibly nonetheless locate conduits for its evil power.
Seraph is one of the final of the tourists, those that attempt to spoil the darkish magic published through their ancestors' errors. Seraph attempted to flee her people's responsibility and dwell a quiet existence, until eventually evil came upon her and her family.
A crafty new strength for darkness known as the Shadowed stalks the land, feeding on dying, destruction, and the napping Stalker's strength. He plans to wake the Stalker, wreaking untold havoc, yet he wishes those that undergo the Travelers' magic to unencumber the darkish god...and he has his attractions set on Seraph and her family.
Now Seraph needs to use all her crafty and skill as a Raven mage to trace down the Shadowed and strike opposed to him ahead of it really is too late...
By Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Unique book similar 12 months in nice Britain by means of Doubleday.
CONCLUSION TO THE TWIG, QUINT, AND ROOK TRILOGIES!
Nate zone is a lowly lamplighter within the phraxmines of the japanese Woods, till treachery forces him to escape for his existence to the effective urban of serious Glade.
But those are turbulent occasions. In far away Hive, the superb urban based through the goblin tribes, the extended family leaders are getting ready for battle. And out past the dread Nightwoods, within the fabled gardens of Riverrise, a one-eyed waif jealously guards the life-giving waters of the paranormal Riverrise spring. . . .
Swept up within the maelstrom that follows, Nate and a small band of intrepid associates needs to trigger on an epic trip that's to steer them into poor peril. the entire whereas, from over the sting cliff itself, a hurricane in contrast to any ever visible sooner than, is construction. A typhoon that's to roll around the land, bringing either echoes of the prior and grants of a brand new starting. . . .
This is the ultimate story within the facet Chronicles series and it’s a wonderful climax to at least one of the main unique and dramatic delusion sequence being written this present day. Set years sooner or later, this booklet is perfect for brand spanking new readers to find the sequence prior to going again to learn the historical past of Twig, Rook, and Quint.
Illustrated all through with amazing inventiveness by way of Chris Riddell, it is going to not just enthrall current lovers of the sting Chronicles but additionally grip readers new to the sequence.
By J. K. Rowling
Die Ausgangslage im letzten Harry-Potter-Band ist düster wie nie: Voldemorts Anhänger haben inzwischen die zentralen Schaltstellen der Macht übernommen und verbreiten Angst, Schrecken und Tod. Hogwarts steht Harry als Rückzugsmöglichkeit nicht mehr zu Verfügung. Und das Haus der Dursleys wird von seinem siebzehnten Geburtstag an ebenfalls nicht mehr sicher sein. Harrys shipping aus dem Ligusterweg wird lange und ausgeklügelt vorbereitet, gerät aber wegen eines Verräters bereits zu einer mittleren Katastrophe. Und kurz darauf sind Harry, Ron und Hermine ganz auf sich gestellt. Ständig auf der Flucht, müssen sie Voldemorts Horcruxe finden und zerstören. Doch die Suche zieht sich quälend dahin, scheint mehr als einmal sogar gänzlich aussichtslos. Und dann kommt es auch noch zu einem folgenschweren Streit zwischen den drei Freunden ... Doch als Harry bereits überzeugt ist, dass er Dumbledores undertaking nicht wird erfüllen können, erfährt er von den Heiligtümern des Todes. Könnten sie die Wende im Kampf gegen Voldemort bringen? Oder sind diese Wunderwaffen nur die Erfindung eines Märchenerzählers?
Viel wurde spekuliert über das Ende der Geschichte um Harry Potter. Es zeugt eindrucksvoll von Joanne ok. Rowlings schriftstellerischem Können, dass sie es schafft, nicht nur eine, sondern gleich mehrere Überraschungen in das Finale einzubauen, mit denen niemand gerechnet hat. Und wenn auch nicht jede Lösung zu jeder der Hauptfiguren alle LeserInnen gleichermaßen zufrieden stellen wird, so sind sie doch alle im Sinne der Geschichte überzeugend und konsequent.
Nach einer längeren section der quälenden Suche, in der Harry sich vor allem psychologisch auf den unausweichlichen Kampf am Ende einstellt (und auf eine nahezu unmenschliche Anforderung, von der er erst sehr spät erfährt), kommt es zu dem Finale, das unerhört dramatisch und spannend verläuft und einige unglaubliche, aber absolut glaubwürdige Wendungen enthält. Auch die bislang noch offenen Fragen werden beantwortet, vor allem natürlich die zentrale: Kann Harry überleben und Voldemort trotzdem ausschalten? Der Prophezeiung zufolge ist das ja unmöglich ...