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Gates The Hours Keep

Gates the Hours Keep

"When I wake in the witching hour, I see myself more clearly than in the sunlight. Fears that hide by day in my mind's vaults rise in the moonlight and stare at me with gorgon-mask faces."

As an apprentice priest to the god Aplu, Leures Vethna has learned to read omens in myriad objects and events. The moment he sees Diomedes of Thebes, he knows the Greek mercenary has been sent to take him from his Etruscan homeland to a greater destiny. He does not foresee that fate will lead him to the farthermost regions of the known world, where he and Diomedes will sell their services to Darius III against Alexander the Great. But, no matter how far he travels, Leures cannot escape the curse he has carried from his youth, and he is constantly aware of death dogging his heels. Broken in battle and dwelling in a camp where men are dying nightly, he feels life's joy seeping away until a strange, willful woman resurrects him. When Diomedes senses she is not what she seems, Leures must choose between his beloved friend and the woman who holds his future.

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The Taking

The Taking

"Take and hold and nothing ends. I didn't think of those words as I fell asleep, I felt them--a grasping, clutching, clawing sense of power that seemed peace."

A girl on the cusp of womanhood, Amarys of Rensweald wants to live without limits. Three generations have passed since the knight LeMerle carved out his realm, but legends of his atrocities during the Norman Conquest have only grown in the years between. When the castle he built becomes her home, Amarys is terrorized by increasingly violent dreams and begins to sense she is changing. Her guardian, Leoric, encourages her to pursue her emerging desires while her tutor, Treowyn, instructs her to follow the rigid moral code he has set for himself. Amarys struggles to make the right choices, but when love gnashes her, she only wants revenge. Now she must face the monster she has released.

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Tangled

Tangled

"Always keep your thoughts at heart on these three things true: Where you come from, what you are, and what will come of you. Lullay lullay little Quin, son, lullay lullay lo. With sorrow you came to this world, with sorrow you will go."

A runaway in twelfth century York, Quin scraps together a life from stolen trinkets and constant hope. His knack for survival keeps him breathing after he's nabbed by Leoric of Rensweald, a nobleman with generous intentions and dangerous needs. Quin alone knows Leoric's savage hunger and guards his secret with loyalty born of fear, ambition, and a strangled sense of brotherhood. Richly rewarded for his silence, Quin is content until Leoric adopts a girl named Amarys as his ward. As Quin falls in love with her, his precariously balanced life comes undone.

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