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After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn't think--she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with "the smiling man," a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.
Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she's been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn't have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: "Best get moving. At nightfall they'll come for the rest of you." Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie's previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.
Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver's warning. As the trio head out into the woods--bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them--the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: "Avoid large places. Keep to small."
And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.
Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.
Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie's watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.
With Mr. Voland's help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help--or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.
Dead Voices is a terrifying follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story.
For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic. . .
The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse.
Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior's training, recognises this 'boy' as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical. . .
A spellbinding fairytale full of magic and wonder, perfect for fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.
*Make sure you've read all the books in the Winternight Trilogy*
1. The Bear and the Nightingale
2. The Girl in the Tower
3. The Winter of the Witch
Beware the evil in the woods...
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church.
But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods. . .
Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for readers of Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.
Now with over 100 5* reviews, readers are spellbound by this magical story:
'This book stayed with me, I didn't want it to end'
'A beautifully written story'
'An entrancing story, which swept me up from the very first chapter'
'Full of magic'
Make sure you've read all the books in the acclaimed Winternight Trilogy
1. The Bear and the Nightingale
2. The Girl in the Tower
3. The Winter of the Witch
A magical and captivating coming of age novel set in medieval Russia - perfect for fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.
One girl can make a difference...
Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic.
Then a vengeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya's shoulders.
But she may not be able to save them all.
'heart-stoppingly good...beautifully written, this adventure shimmers and shines with magic of all kinds. Unmissable.' Sunday Express
'If you're a lover of fairytales you are in for an absolute treat. It's truly magical' The Pool
'Katherine Arden’s Winternight Trilogy isn’t just good—it’s hug-to-your-chest, straight-to-the-favourites-shelf, reread-immediately good, and each book just gets better. 'Laini Taylor
Until next time. That was chilling promise made to Ollie, Coco and Brian after they outsmarted the smiling man at Mount Hemlock Resort. And as the trio knows, the smiling man always keeps his promises. So when the lights flicker on and off at Brian's family's inn and a boom sounds at the door, there's just one visitor it could be. Only, there's no one there, just a cryptic note left outside signed simply as --S.
The smiling man loves his games and it seems a new one is under way. But first, the three friends will have to survive a group trip to Lake Champlain where it's said Vermont's very own Loch Ness monster lives. Brian is thrilled. He hasn't sailed since visiting his family in Jamaica and even the looming threat of the smiling man can't put a damper on what is guaranteed to finally be a day of fun--even if it is awkward being stuck on a boat with both his old best friend, Phil and his new best friends, Coco and Ollie. But when a misstep from Phil causes a tragedy onboard and leaves them shipwrecked on an island haunted by a monster on both land and sea, Brian's survival instincts kick in and it's up to him to help everyone work together and find a way to escape.
One thing is for sure, the smiling man is back and he wants a rematch. And this time Brian is ready to play.
Wasja hat es geschafft: Sie hat ihr Zuhause vor dem Untergang bewahrt, indem sie einen Pakt mit Väterchen Frost einging. Doch jeder Pakt hat seinen Preis, und nun muss Wasja bitter für die Hilfe des Winterdämons bezahlen. Als Hexe verschrien, wird sie aus dem Dorf gejagt und durchstreift fortan in Männerkleidung das riesige Zarenreich. Immer an ihrer Seite ist ihr geliebter Hengst Solowej, der schneller ist als der Wind. Als Wasja eines Tages eine berühmt-berüchtigte Räuberbande in die Flucht schlägt, ruft sie der Prinz an den Hof nach Moskau, wo sie als Held gefeiert wird. Schnell wird Wasja – dank der Ratschläge des Winterdämons – zur engsten Vertrauten des Prinzen. Doch niemand am Hof darf je erfahren, dass der tapfere Kämpfer aus dem klirrend kalten Norden eigentlich eine junge Frau ist ...
Pero un despiadado invierno, cuando las ventiscas cubren las casas de escarcha y el miedo se cuela por las cerraduras, las ofrendas dejan de llegar.
Ambientada en un paraje helado de la Rusia medieval, la trilogía que inicia El oso y el ruiseñor teje un tapiz irresistible en el que se entrelazan la magia de los cuentos de hadas y el temor a lo desconocido. Tras su publicación, el libro resultó ganador en la categoría de Mejor Novela Fantástica en Amazon (2017), quedó finalista en los premios de Goodreads, se tradujo a una veintena de idiomas y cosechó un gran éxito de ventas.
«El oso y el ruiseñor es una novela maravillosamente polifacética sobre la familia y los prodigios hostiles de la magia en medio de un invierno crudo». Robin Hobb. «Prepárate para que te roben el corazón, te lo devuelvan rebosante de nieve y de magia, y te lo roben de nuevo». Laini Taylor. «Inolvidable». Terry Brooks. «Fascinante y lleno de encanto». Tamora Pierce. «Espectacular. Hechizará a los lectores desde la primera página». Publishers Weekly. «Cautivador». Booklist. «El debut de Arden tiene la cadencia de un precioso cuento de hadas, pero es más oscuro y poético». The Washington Post
In einem Dorf am Rande der Wildnis, weit im Norden Russlands, wo der Wind kalt bläst und der Schnee viele Monate des Jahres fällt, erzählt die alte Dienerin Dunja den Kindern des Grundbesitzers Pjotr Wladimirowitsch Geschichten über Zauberei, Folklore und den Winterkönig mit den frostblauen Augen. Verbotene Geschichten über eine uralte Magie. Doch für die junge, wilde Wasja sind dies weit mehr als Märchen. Sie allein kann die Geister sehen, die ihr Zuhause beschützen. Und sie allein spürt, dass sich in den Wäldern eine dunkle Magie erhebt ...