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A menagerie of deadly monsters for the world s greatest roleplaying game The Monster Manual presents a horde of classic Dungeons Dragons creatures including dragons giants mind flayers and beholders a monstrous feast for Dungeon Masters ready to challenge their players and populate their adventures The monsters contained herein are culled from the D D game s illustrious history with easy-to-use game statistics and thrilling stories to feed your imagination The leader in providing contemporary fantasy entertainment Dungeons Dragons is the wellspring for the entire modern game industry digital as well as analog This newest edition draws from every prior edition to create a universally compelling play experience and exemplifies the true spirit of a game that holds captive the hearts and minds of millions of players worldwide The second of three core rulebooks this book details all manner of creatures that characters might encounter over the course of their adventures An essential resource for Dungeon Masters to use in populating any type of challenge they might contrive for their players Created as part of a massive public playtest involving more than 170 000 fans of the game
Everything a player needs to create heroic characters for the world s greatest roleplaying game The Player s Handbook is the essential reference for every Dungeons Dragons roleplayer It contains rules for character creation and advancement backgrounds and skills exploration and combat equipment spells and much more Use this book to create exciting characters from among the most iconic D D races and classes Dungeons Dragons immerses you in a world of adventure Explore ancient ruins and deadly dungeons Battle monsters while searching for legendary treasures Gain experience and power as you trek across uncharted lands with your companions The world needs heroes Will you answer the call
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES Unrivaled storytelling Unforgettable characters Rich historical detail These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon s work Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans Here is the story that started it all introducing two remarkable characters Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages OUTLANDER The year is 1945 Claire Randall a former combat nurse is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles Suddenly she is a Sassenach an outlander in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord 1743 Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life and shatter her heart For here James Fraser a gallant young Scots warrior shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable... lives Praise for Diana Gabaldon s Outlander novels Marvelous and fantastic adventures romance sex perfect escape reading San Francisco Chronicle on Outlander History comes deliciously alive on the page New York Daily News on Outlander Gabaldon is a born storyteller The pages practically turn themselves The Arizona Republic on Dragonfly in Amber Triumphant Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer Publishers Weekly on Voyager Unforgettable characters richly embroidered with historical detail The Cincinnati Post on Drums of Autumn A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across centuries CNN on The Fiery Cross The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters Booklist on A Breath of Snow and Ashes Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect People on Written in My Own Heart s BloodFrom the Hardcover edition more
Deep below the University there is a dark place Few people know of it a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms A young woman lives there tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing snug in the heart of this forgotten place Her name is Auri and she is full of mysteries The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief bittersweet glimpse of Auri s life a small adventure all her own At once joyous and haunting this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri s eyes And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows In this book Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle s most enigmatic characters Full of secrets and mysteries The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world
For the first time all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO s Game of Thrones are together in one boxed set An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R R Martin dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine international acclaim and millions of loyal readers Now here is the entire monumental cycle A GAME OF THRONES A CLASH OF KINGS A STORM OF SWORDS A FEAST OF CROWS A DANCE WITH DRAGONS One of the best series in the history of fantasy Los Angeles Times Winter is coming Such is the stern motto of House Stark the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King s Landing There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert s name There his family dwells in peace and comfort his proud wife Catelyn his sons Robb Brandon and Rickon his daughters Sansa and Arya and his bastard son Jon Snow Far to the north behind the towering Wall lie savage Wildings and worse unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south where Jon Arryn the Hand of the King has died under mysterious circumstances Now... Robert is riding north to Winterfell bringing his queen the lovely but cold Cersei his son the cruel vainglorious Prince Joffrey and the queen s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister the first a swordsman without equal the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms Meanwhile across the Narrow Sea Prince Viserys heir of the fallen House Targaryen which once ruled all of Westeros schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him his beautiful yet innocent sister Daenerys Long live George Martin a literary dervish enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers The New York Timesmore
From the author of Outlander a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland s majestic mist-shrouded hills Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones about a love that transcends the boundaries of time and about James Fraser a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter Brianna as Claire s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves
A stunning departure a surprising and compelling return From Anne Rice perennial best seller single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology--a new exhilarating novel a deepening of her vampire mythology and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller What can we do but reach for the embrace that must nowcontain both heaven and hell our doom again and again andagain --from The Vampire LestatRice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned mesmerizing --San Francisco Chronicle a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat brilliant its undead characters are utterly alive --New York Times left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces--the characters legend and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis vampires have been proliferating out of control burnings have commenced all over the world huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of... the Damned Old vampires roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong Kyoto and San Francisco As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt fourth century Carthage 14th-century Rome the Venice of the Renaissance the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles-Louis de Pointe du Lac the eternally young Armand whose face is that of a Boticelli angel Mekare and Maharet Pandora and Flavius David Talbot vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca and Marius the true Child of the Millennia along with all the other new seductive supernatural creatures-come together in this large luxuriant fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who-or what-the Voice is and to discover the secret of what it desires and why And at the book s center the seemingly absent curiously missing hero-wanderer the dazzling dangerous rebel-outlaw--the great hope of the Undead the dazzling Prince Lestat more
Everything a Dungeon Master needs to weave legendary stories for the world s greatest roleplaying game The Dungeon Master s Guide provides the inspiration and the guidance you need to spark your imagination and create worlds of adventure for your players to explore and enjoy Inside you ll find world-building tools tips and tricks for creating memorable dungeons and adventures optional game rules hundreds of classic D D magic items and much more The third of three core rulebooks this book contains tools a Dungeon Master needs to provide captivating stories and game play An excellent resource for new and existing Dungeons Masters to engage in both adventure and world creation with rules guidelines and sage advice from the game s experts Created as part of a massive public playtest involving more than 170 000 fans of the game
From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber the extraordinary saga continues Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took Two decades before she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser Then she returned to her own century to bear his child believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her and her body still cries out for him in her dreams Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era Claire must choose her destiny And as time and space come full circle she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love
The New York Times bestseller by the author of Cloud Atlas Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize With The Bone Clocks David Mitchell rises to meet and match the legacy of Cloud Atlas Los Angeles TimesFollowing a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life But Holly is no typical teenage runaway A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as the radio people Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena Now as she wanders deeper into the English countryside visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics and their enemies But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly s life affecting all the people Holly loves even the ones who are not yet born A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting on the war in Iraq a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list all have a part to play in this surreal... invisible war on the margins of our world From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder Rich with character and realms of possibility The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together by a writer The Washington Post calls the novelist who s been showing us the future of fiction An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales a genre-bending daredevil and a master prose stylist David Mitchell has become one of the leading literary voices of his generation His hypnotic new novel The Bone Clocks crackles with invention and wit and sheer storytelling pleasure it is fiction at its most spellbinding Praise for The Bone Clocks Astonishing Mitchell s brought together the time-capsule density of his eyes-wide-open adventure in traditional realism with the death-defying ambitions of Cloud Atlas The New York Times Book Review Editor s Choice One of the most entertaining and thrilling novels I ve read in a long time Meg Wolitzer NPR Magical perfectly illustrates the idea that we re all the heroes of our own lives as well as single cogs in a much larger and more beautiful mechanism Grade A Entertainment Weekly Rich in detail and incident funny rueful and terrifying by turns The Bone Clocks is a tour de force San Francisco Chronicle Mitchell is one of the most electric writers alive The Bone Clocks is his most far-flung tale yet The Boston Globe A slipstream masterpiece Mitchell is a genre-bending time-leaping world-traveling puzzle-making literary magician Esquire A rich selection of domestic realism gothic fantasy and apocalyptic speculation another example of Mitchell s boundless dexterity The Washington Postmore