Lord of the Shadows

Book 3 of The Second Sons Trilogy

Lord of the Shadows

Darkness threatens Ranadon again in the form of an eclipse. The Goddess wants to give the people of Ranadon a sign—and only Dirk Provin can interpret it. To do so, Dirk has systematically betrayed his one-time allies to join his most hated enemies. Now, with neither side trusting him, Dirk sets his own devious plot in motion Senet’s Crippled Prince, Misha, has found unexpected and tenuous sanctuary among the Baenlanders of Mil. To secure their trust, he offers them the one thing they cannot refuse. Meanwhile, Alenor, Queen of Dhevyn, betrayed by her husband, Kirsh, and Tia Veran, deceived by Dirk, set out for revenge and to finally free their people at any cost. As the second sons and the rest of their generation pursue different paths to survival and freedom, they discover that the will of the Goddess—and of men—works in mysterious ways. And as Dirk’s old enemies join with new ones, his attempt to save Ranadon may cost him his friends, his love...and his life.

King Ahasuerus: A Shadow or Type of the Lord Jesus Christ

From the Book of Esther

King Ahasuerus: A Shadow or Type of the Lord Jesus Christ

Many books have been written about Queen Esther, extolling her excellent character, but who is King Ahasuerus, or Xerxes, as he is known in the Greek? Is he the larger-than-life tyrant as portrayed in the movie 300, or is he the compassionate, merciful king as depicted in the movie One Night with the King? Perhaps, King Ahasuerus is someone else altogether. By the Spirit of the Lord, this book will present an extraordinary, new perspective of King Ahasuerus.

The Balance

The Balance

An epic spiritual journey of free-will! Set in modern day Galveston, Texas; two strangers Lilith Nolan and Sophia Moore each shockingly discover they are the lineage of ancient twin goddesses. The Time Keepers of their families have written that the Goddess of Light and the Goddess of Shadows will incarnate somewhere down the lineage when the balance of Gaia is threatened. One must save her sister; the other must choose a side! As they are awakened to battle the Lord of the Demons for "The Balance" of light and dark!

The Last Field of Honor

The Last Field of Honor

Book One of the Elf Wars Trilogy... TWO THOUSAND YEARS the Elf Wars have raged. How long can two nations go on avenging the fallen? Both the Elven kingdoms lay ravaged and destitute. Only the Manarian Codes of War have kept the two societies from the brink of total annihilation. General Ka-ling leads the Elves of Jui-Rae in their struggle against the widely feared Dark Elves of Jui-Sae. His adversary, General Sien, faces him on the last field of honor. Yet secret circles of assassins meddle in the northern affairs, leaving behind brutal murders in the deeps woods which threaten to usher in a new age of cold-blooded genocide. In the south under the twisted warped trees of the Ashwood, a far blacker war rages. Sadora, Shadowlord over all Unseen, makes a brutal advance into Jui-Rae burning villages and slaughtering thousands of innocents. The fabled Fata'morgana, the legendary Elven assassins of old return, taking the faces of their enemies and throwing the battles into further bloody turmoil. Secret allegiances are formed and the dirtiest of units are called up, from the scoundrels of the Unseen City of Kadosha, to the Horsearchers of Glorindel, from the fiendish Ogre King, to immoral human mercenaries from the west. This is a tale of blood and bitter endless war. It is a downward spiral of vengeance of generations upon generations tired of burying their sons. It is civilization teetering on its sharpest edge and the flames of unending anger that threaten to wipe Elves, both light and dark, off the face of Covent forever...

The House of Lords 1911-2011

A Century of Non-Reform

The House of Lords 1911-2011

House of Lords reform is often characterised as unfinished business: a riddle that has been left unanswered since 1911. But rarely can an unanswered riddle have had so many answers offered, even though few have been accepted; indeed, when Viscount Cave was invited in the mid-1920s to lead a Cabinet committee on Lords reform, he complained of finding 'the ground covered by an embarrassing mass of proposals'.That embarrassing mass increased throughout the twentieth century. Much ink has been spilled on what should be done with the upper House of Parliament; much less ink has been expended on why reform has been so difficult to achieve. This book analyses in detail the principal attempts to reform the House of Lords. Starting with the Parliament Act of 1911 the book examines the century of non-reform that followed, drawing upon substantial archival sources, many of which have been under-utilised until now. These sources challenge many of the existing understandings of the history of House of Lords reform and the reasons for success or failure of reform attempts. The book begins by arguing against the popular idea that the 1911 Act was intended by its supporters to be a temporary measure. 'No one – peers included – should be allowed to pronounce about the future of the House of Lords without reading Chris Ballinger's authoritative, shrewd and readable account about reform attempts over the past century. He punctures several widely-held myths and claims in the current debate.' Rt Hon Peter Riddell CBE Director, Institute for Government and former Hansard Society chair 'This is at once an impeccably researched academic study, and a thoroughly readable account loaded with lessons for today's would-be Lords reformers.' Lord (David) Lipsey

The Dark Lord

H.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic

The Dark Lord

One of the most famous - yet least understood - manifestations of Thelemic thought has been the works of Kenneth Grant, the British occultist and one-time intimate of Aleister Crowley, who discovered a hidden world within the primary source materials of Crowley's Aeon of Horus. Using complementary texts from such disparate authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Jack Parsons, Austin Osman Spare, and Charles Stansfeld Jones ("Frater Achad"), Grant formulated a system of magic that expanded upon that delineated in the rituals of the OTO: a system that included elements of Tantra, of Voudon, and in particular that of the Schlangekraft recension of the Necronomicon, all woven together in a dark tapestry of power and illumination. The Dark Lord follows the themes in the writings of Kenneth Grant, H.P. Lovecraft, and the Necronomicon, uncovering further meanings of the concepts of the famous writers of the Left Hand Path. It is for Thelemites, as well as lovers of the Lovecraft Mythos in all its forms, and for those who find the rituals of classical ceremonial magic inadequate for the New Aeon. Traveling through the worlds of religion, literature, and the occult, Peter Levenda takes his readers on a deeply fascinating exploration on magic, evil, and The Dark Lord as he investigates of one of the most neglected theses in the history of modern occultism: the nature of the Typhonian Current and its relationship to Aleister Crowley's Thelema and H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon.

Valley of the Shadow

Valley of the Shadow

“I found her in the closet; that is how the nightmare began . . .” The nightmare is suicide, teen suicide by overdose. Valley of the Shadow provides a rare and intimate window on one family’s life thrown into a tailspin by their daughter’s suicide attempt. Written with candor, hope, and even some humor, the authors share their story of grief, crisis, recovery and renewal from both the family’s and victim’s perspectives. Walk with Elizabeth and Erin Stone and their family through this valley to find hope and healing.

Lord of the Silent Kingdom

A Novel of the Instrumentalities of the Night

Lord of the Silent Kingdom

It's cold. The wells of power are weakening and the forces of Night grow strong. The gods are real, and still have some power, mostly to do harm. The Instrumentalities of the Night are the worst of these. Piper Hecht, born Else Tage, survived a battle with the Instrumentalities. Now he's Captain-General of the armies fighting a crusade for Patriarch Sublime V. Intrigues swirl around the throne of the Grail Empire, as the imperial family's enemy Anne of Menand raises money to help the perpetually indebted Patriarch finance his crusades. To reduce his own vulnerability, sickly young Emperor Lothar assigns his two half-sisters—his immediate heirs—to their own realms. Now Piper Hecht learns that the legendary sorceror Cloven Februaren, referred to as the Ninth Unknown, is still alive, more than 100 years old, and on Piper's side. As the dynastic politics of the Empire become even more convoluted, it's clear that while the old gods may be fading, they're determined to do everything they can to bend the doings of men to their own advantage. Sieges, explosions, betrayals, Anti-Patriarchs, and suspicious deaths will ensue as the great chess game plays itself out, with Piper Hecht at the center of it all... At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.