Storm of Light Excerpt

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Excerpts, Storm of Light

“Then tell us what insights you have gained from Chalad’ar, Wisdom,” Imperius said, his voice mocking once again. “Tell us what to do with the stone. The Council has been divided on this for too long. Or are the rumors among the angels correct, and you have yet to consult the chalice?” Itherael and Auriel turned to Tyrael, waiting for him to offer a solution. He looked at the soulstone on its perch, imagined he saw a beat of blood-red light at its core. The darkness pervades this holy place, he thought. It creeps in unbidden and corrupts everything it touches. Tyrael had come to his own decision. But he was unsure about how his advice would be taken by the others and hesitated for a moment too long. Imperius turned away. “Malthael would have never been without an answer, yet this one is silent once again. I shall speak for him, then. We break the stone at the Hellforge.” A murmur from Auriel brought a fast response. “We should not risk destroying it,” Itherael said. “It was forged by human magic; its destiny is a mystery to me. Even the Scroll of Fate cannot tell us what might result from such an attempt–” “It must be hidden!” Tyrael said. His words rang out, stronger than he might have intended. The others stopped, their attention returning to him. He cleared his throat again, hating how weak it made him sound. A throat made of flesh and blood was not a trustworthy vessel for such a speech. He tried again. “Itherael is right,” he said. “The Black Soulstone’s power is unknown to us. The Horadric mage Kulle forged it using magic the nephalem alone possess. We cannot risk trying to destroy a thing like this; it may even release the Prime Evil upon us once again.” “Hide it where?” Auriel’s tone had grown cautious, as if she knew what he might say. “We have already discussed shrouding it but could not come to an agreement. It cannot stay in the Council chambers forever.” Tyrael looked at his fellow archangels, sadness washing over him. He imagined that they viewed him with suspicion, perhaps thinly veiled hostility. Even Auriel’s aura had changed, her wings pulsing softly with a light that mirrored the taint he had seen in the gardens among the trees. He was not Justice, nor Wisdom, nor was he a man; he was a mortal angel, and this did not fit with the world they knew, or with any other. His vision of peace with the land of men and a new life ending in eternal sleep was swiftly fading. He had never meant for it to come to this. “In Sanctuary,” he said finally. “We must hide the stone in a place where neither angel nor demon can reach.” Order...

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Diablo III: Storm of Light

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Book Page

The High Heavens are healing after the fall of the Prime Evil. The Angiris Council has recovered the Black Soulstone and now stands vigil over the cursed artifact deep within the glimmering Silver City. Amid these momentous events, Tyrael struggles with his position as the new Aspect of Wisdom, feeling out of place as a mortal among his angelic brethren and doubting his ability to fully embody his role. As he searches within himself and the Heavens for reassurance, he senses the Black Soulstone’s grim influence on his home. Where harmony of light and sound once reigned, a mounting discord is threatening to shroud the realm in darkness. Imperius and the other archangels vehemently oppose moving or destroying the crystal, leading Tyrael to put Heaven’s fate in the hands of humankind…. Drawing powerful humans to his side from the far ends of Sanctuary, Tyrael reforges the ancient Horadrim and charges the order with an impossible task: to steal the soulstone from the heart of Heaven. Among the champions entrusted with this burden are Jacob of Staalbreak, former avatar of Justice and guardian of the angelic blade El’druin; Shanar, a wizard with phenomenal powers; Mikulov, a lithe and reverent monk; Gynvir, a fearless and battle-hardened barbarian; and Zayl, a mysterious necromancer. With time and the forces of both good and evil against them, can these heroes unite as one and complete their perilous mission before the Heavens fall to ruin? Read an Excerpt Buy...

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DARK DUETS Set for January 7, 2014

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in News

DARK DUETS features an extraordinary lineup of collaborative stories, with the authors of each story collaborating for the very first time: TRIP TRAP by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Kevin J. Anderson WELDED by Tom Piccirilli & T.M. Wright DARK WITNESS by Charlaine Harris & Rachel Caine REPLACING MAX by Stuart MacBride & Allan Guthrie T. RHYMER by Gregory Frost & Jonathan Maberry SHE, DOOMED GIRL by Sarah MacLean & Carrie Ryan HAND JOB by Chelsea Cain & Lidia Yuknavitch HOLLOW CHOICES by Robert Jackson Bennett & David Liss AMUSE-BOUCHE by Amber Benson & Jeffrey J. Mariotte BRANCHES, CURVING by Tim Lebbon & Michael Marshall Smith RENASCENCE by Rhodi Hawk and F. Paul Wilson BLIND LOVE by Kasey Lansdale & Joe R. Lansdale TRAPPER BOY by Holly Newstein & Rick Hautala STEWARD OF THE BLOOD by Nate Kenyon & James A. Moore CALCULATING ROUTE by Michael Koryta & Jeffrey David Greene SISTERS BEFORE MISTERS by Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, & Holly Black SINS LIKE SCARLET by Mark Morris & Rio Youers RELEASE DATE: January 7, 2014 Preorder: Amazon Barnes and Noble Books a Million...

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