A woman with autoimmune disorders and a "no dating policy." A mysterious, cocky British stranger. A dream trip to Paris. What could go wrong?
Reeling from the reality of turning 30 soon, Christine decides to take her bucket list trip. She has always dreamed of going back to Paris, but since being diagnosed with several rare autoimmune disorders, she never imagined she would get the chance to return.
Now she finds herself on her way to the city of love with an unexpected surprise. An extremely handsome British stranger seems to have mysteriously fallen onto her path.
Is it just a coincidence they are both traveling to the city of love at the same time? It all seems too good to be true.
If you like clean romance novels, feel-good novels, and romantic comedy books for women, then you'll love The Paris Soulmate.
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The Paris Soulmate is a sweet romance for clean and wholesome romance readers in a charming debut from author Brooke Gilbert. This romantic comedy is the perfect way to travel to Paris while staying in your pjs. You will laugh, cry, and fall in love with the characters. It's a beautiful literary ride.
The Paris Soulmate features owns voices Crohn's, Lupus, & Mast Cell Activation Syndrome representation. This disability representation is written by an author who also battles these disorders herself. This is a clean novel. Descriptive kissing only. No cursing. Trigger warnings: mild medical episodes and medical discussions.
What everyone is saying about The Paris Soulmate:
“The twists and turns, the laugh out loud moments, the heart warming story, I could not put this down once I started reading it!” -Goodreads Reviewer
“I absolutely loved this book!! I’m obsessed !! This probably just became my favourite, sweet as cake, romantic, gentle love story I’ve ever read !!!”- NetGalley Reviewer
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“A lovely gem of a book." -NetGalley Reviewer
"A romantic novel that gave a voice to those that struggle with illness and insecurity, while truly fulfilling the “when you know, you know” aspect of a romance. What I liked the most: The author's overall writing, heartfelt message, disability representation, and Collin, always Collin…And the PLOT TWIST? I gasped.” -NetGalley Reviewer
"I loved this book. I am a sucker for a good romance story, but The Paris Soulmate went to far beyond a story based on a trope.” -Booksprout Reviewer
“The Paris Soulmate is a wonderful romance novel - sweet and lighthearted and I loved the feature of a main character with an autoimmune disorder. I highly recommend.” -NetGalley Reviewer, Librarian
“If you’ve ever wanted to believe that soulmates exist then this book is for you.” -BookSirens Reviewer
“The Paris setting was brilliant, and the extra side characters each added lovely elements. This was a well written story with sweet characters and a lovely setting.” -NetGalley Reviewer
"Reading a narrative with such amazing portrayal and no labels for infirmities was like a sigh of relief." -BookSirens Reviewer
"It's a clean romance and done so right...I will now pick up any and everything this author writes, she is going on my auto buy list." -NetGalley Reviewer
"I absolutely loved this romance novel. Christine was so low on her self esteem and confidence that I could relate to her, also with her immune disorders…Will look out more from this author." -NetGalley Reviewer
"I can't wait to read and see what else this author produces because it is now a must buy!" -Netgalley
Navy SEAL Caleb Rowe has a second chance with his first love. Livi stole his heart long ago, but Caleb lost her and is filled with regret. Just as they find each other again, foreign enemies close in and Livi faces a personal reign of terror.
Livi Cameron fell for Caleb the day she met him, yet she has a secret that keeps them apart. As a former ballerina, her passion is to wipe out oppression and abuses of dancers. One day she is a dancer committed to reform, and the next day she’s the target of terrorists. She might not live to make her dreams come true, or to have a second chance with Caleb.
A collection of nineteen short stories from the Nebula and Hugo Award–winning author of The Iron Dragon’s Daughter and Stations of the Tide
Written over the course of a decade, Tales from Old Earth contains nineteen masterful pieces of short fiction—including the Hugo Award–winning stories “The Very Pulse of the Machine” and “Scherzo with Tyrannosaur;” the World Fantasy Award–winning novella “Radio Waves;” Hugo Award finalists “The Dead,” “Radiant Doors,” and “Wild Minds;” and World Fantasy Award finalist “The Changeling’s Tale”—as well as an introduction by Bruce Sterling.
From pure fantasy to hard science fiction, this finely crafted collection from one of the greatest science fiction writers of his generation promises to stretch readers’ minds far beyond ordinary limits. These tales are guaranteed to delight and are an excellent introduction to this highly praised author.
Katie Maddison never wanted to learn how to kick a demon's ass, all she was doing was helping a fellow university student with his Chem homework.
She just trusted people too much.
Now, she will be the new weapon in a war she had no idea existed with warriors wielding both weapons and supernatural abilities.
Demon Hunters, Demon Fighters ... Known as The Damned.
Join Katie in this complete series boxed set which contains new short stories at the end of each book.
** AMAZON Top 100 Bestselling Author **
One of the most powerful Demon's in Hell can't defeat his sister, so he sets her up to be sacrificed and killed.
The only problem? The human she possesses retained her sanity and together they might be a catalyst to change the future of the war.
This complete series includes:
NOTE: This book contains cursing. Perhaps humorous cursing, but cursing nonetheless. If this offends you, I suggest you don’t read this book.
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Ancient evils stir. Deals must be brokered. But who can be trusted?
On the fringes of civilization, the town of Sanctuary embarks on a mission to legitimize its existence and that of its half-breed inhabitants.
Tasked with helping secure the future of the town, four young adventurers soon discover that armies of orcs and hobgoblins are far from the only threats to peace on the frontier.
Dragons are rumored to once again fly, and an imprisoned god returns to plague the world.
What hopes do they have in the face of such foes?
Unlikely alliances must be forged and rivalries put aside. But not all friends are what they seem …
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Gritty, eloquent, and teaming with plot twists!
Saristavros’ debut to The Fateful Force series is an unrivaled combination of immersive worldbuilding, gripping action sequences, haunting necromancy, and diverse fantasy races that will enthrall even the pickiest fantasy readers!
The Fierce Force consists of:
Zom, a half-orc fighter who hunts full-blooded orcs for vengeance
Akke, a deceptive and cunning half-elf female bard, skilled in illusion spells
Ailuros, an adventure-junkie panthor (Catman) ranger, skilled in tracking and hunting
Osho, a human monk serving the God of the Dead, skilled in hand-to-hand martial arts
Lady Marie O’Shea lives life by her own rules…
But her days of running free end when her brother, Lord Fergus O’Shea, returns from England, intent on marrying his sisters off to keep them from being the scourge of the county. And when Marie lands herself in a scandalous amount of trouble, she ends up as the first sister doomed to whatever marriage of convenience her brother can arrange.
Bad boy Christian Darrow is having too much fun to be tied down…
And as the younger son of an earl, he isn’t expected to amount to much. Which is why playing pranks and getting into trouble with Marie the moment they meet is his idea of a good time. Sparks fly between him and Marie and the scandal is totally worth the risk…
…until one prank goes too far.
Can Marie save Christian from the consequences of what was supposed to be a bit of fun? Or will a twist of fate prove that life is more serious than either Marie or Christian ever expected?
A friends to lovers romance that will make you laugh and cry.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: Steam level – very spicy!
THAT WICKED O’SHEA FAMILY series is a spin-off of THE MAY FLOWERS series. It consists of:
I KISSED AN EARL (AND I LIKED IT)
IF YOU WANNABE MY MARQUESS
ALL ABOUT THAT DUKE
EARLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
ALL THE SINGLE VISCOUNTS
GIVE YOUR HEART A RAKE
NAUGHTY EARLS NEED LOVE TOO
On the cusp of sixty, after a lifetime of supporting the aspirations of others, would-be artist Tina Gabler is feeling a sense of urgency to take her own ambitions seriously and put her creative talents to the test. Temporarily unattached, Tina takes a position with former prime-time news anchor, Peter Bright at his home in the Thousand Islands. Aging and frail, Peter is trying to finish a book about the decline of objectivity in photojournalism—a meticulously documented exposé of iconic but staged photographs that defined “reality” for an increasingly lazy and credulous public that, Peter believes, demands stories more than facts.
As Peter’s research assistant, Tina tracks down not just the provenance of his photos, but also the unidentified child in a Roman Vishniac photograph and Peter’s estranged daughter, a Cree girl he adopted during the notorious “Sixties Scoop” in Canada. But in trying to create happy endings for other people’s children, she must reexamine her relationship with her own father, and the quest for collective versus personal achievement that has brought her to this unsettled moment.
Funny, searching, and gorgeously written, Burning and Dodging entertains as it reveals how the stories we construct about others support the stories we tell about ourselves.
Self-driving vehicles finally arrive. But so do the terrorists. A thought-provoking thriller about artificial intelligence and the self-driving revolution.
You’ll be forced to consider how you’d react if you were cornered and trapped in a terrifying life-threatening situation.
Fed up with slogging through the treacherous LA traffic to get to work, Jake Bendel and a cunning team of experts create a roadway system for self-driving cars -- preventing thousands of traffic deaths and reducing commute times from hours to minutes. For three months, no traffic congestion. No accidents. No fatalities. People finally feel safe in their cars. But should they?
Especially when the dark side of humanity sees this as a chance to destroy the United States. A Syrian terrorist group weaponizes the system and devises a scheme to kill more Americans in one day than the 407,000 + U.S. soldiers killed in World War II.
Viktor, a tormented psychopath and the mastermind behind this ruthless attack, is driven by the voices in his head who guide his every move. While he and his brothers mercilessly annihilate Americans, Viktor plants evidence that convinces the public Jake is the architect behind the most heinous terrorist attack in U.S. history.
But one rogue FBI agent believes Jake is innocent. Together they unearth a mole deep inside the FBI, go off the grid, and hash through a trail of hidden clues to stop Viktor from slaughtering millions of unsuspecting American drivers in a matter of minutes.
The clock is ticking. Can they stop him in time to prevent another savage bloodbath?
Civil Terror: Gridlock will grab you by the throat and pull you into a vicious struggle that will define the fate of the world for generations to come. If you like Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, or Jon Grisham, you’ll love J. Luke Bennecke.
One of NPR’s 50 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Decade: A fifteenth-century palace mapmaker must hide his powers in the time of the Inquisition . . .
Award-winning author G. Willow Wilson’s debut novel Alif the Unseen was an NPR and Washington Post Best Book of the Year and established her as a vital American Muslim literary voice. Now she delivers The Bird King, an epic journey set during the reign of the last sultan in the Iberian peninsula at the height of the Spanish Inquisition.
Fatima is a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain. Her dearest friend, Hassan, the palace mapmaker and the one man who doesn’t leer at her with desire, has a secret—he can draw maps of places he’s never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan’s surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan’s gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls? As the two traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety, The Bird King asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.
“Wilson has a deft hand with myth and with magic, and the kind of smart, honest writing mind that knits together and bridges cultures and people.” —Neil Gaiman, author of Norse Mythology
“A triumph . . . one of the best fantasy writers working today.” —BookPage
“A treasure-house of a novel, thrilling, tender, funny, and achingly gorgeous. I loved it.” —Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians trilogy
When Gavin comes to in a hospital with no memory of how he got there, he soon finds himself being escorted into an RPG psychotherapeutic marvel to heal his immuno-compromised body as well as to treat emotional traumas preventing him from becoming a truly powerful and effective person.
That RPG marvel takes place in a quantum-created alternate reality called Xenxu, a lush, immersive utopia with its own AI citizens, laws, and culture, where humans are the guests. Along his journey, he will be assisted by several mentors, both AI and human, and even future versions of himself. A powerful feminine alien presence also takes a primary role in his unfolding.
As Gavin earns both mental and physical upgrades, he undergoes superhero-like exercises, earning many achievements in the game world and unlocking new abilities in the real world. But he soon realizes something dark is happening in the background when a shadowy military organization begins stalking him.
Gavin finds himself at the center of a mystery bigger than he could have ever imagined. One thing is for certain: he’s being groomed for something big, and when alternate realities begin bleeding into the real world, he alone may hold the key to saving humanity.
Armed with incredible, mind-bending powers, his destiny will culminate in a final mission that is out of this world.
A new age science fiction book with an epic storyline, Mythion blends multiple genres. It’s near future social fiction, a mystery, a thriller, and it also has an epic love story. With many layers to it, this is a thinking person’s scifi but also a tale that action cravers will enjoy.
First place winner of the 2021 North Street Book Award for Genre Fiction
A mixed-race patrolman at the bottom ranks of Harbin's Special District police force. A dismembered body. A raging Red Terror campaign. A brewing war with the Soviet Union…
1929: Borya is at the bottom ranks of Harbin's Special District police force. His meager salary is the only thing that keeps his widowed mother and sisters fed. When fate takes him from chasing pickpockets to pairing him with one of the force's premier detectives, his life changes forever. They are assigned to investigate the dismembered body of one the city's foreign businessmen uncovered in the nearby Japanese zone.
The trail takes them from the upscale boulevards of Harbin’s New Town, to the seediest neighborhoods of the lower city, and beyond to the frontiers of Manchuria. Slowly they are drawn into a potential war with the Soviet Union that could tear apart the whole balance of life as they know it…
Can Borya and Inspector Chinn stay alive long enough to solve the crime?
Special District: Harbin, Drawing the Tiger’s Bones is an International Mystery & Crime police detective novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you like fast-paced mystery thriller suspense and thriller crime novels that keep you surprised with every turn of the page, then you will definitely love this book by author Tim Stickel
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A must-read for every CEO and high-level executive, ALL enables executives to become active participants in the dialogue around diversity, equity and inclusion.
ALL may be the first book to document how diversity in the workplace is broken and why. Its insights extend across a diverse group, including white, black, Latinx, & Asian men and women, as well as LGBTQ+ and disabled individuals.
Author and CEO of Purpose Brand, Diane Primo, is an entrepreneur and visionary thought leader on diversity and purpose with two decades of experience in Fortune 500 C-suite roles.
Encounter Jesus through the eyes of a first century twelve-year-old Jewish boy.
Consider what your response would have been if you had lived in the days of Jesus’ ministry on earth. Imagine witnessing Him performing His miracles. How would you have reacted? In listening to Him teach, would you have believed Him? Would you have believed He could be the Messiah? Or would you have rejected Him?
Immerse yourself in the culture, customs, and traditions of the ancient Jewish people and imagine what it might have been like to encounter Jesus.
In a predictable Jewish life, something un-predictable happens to twelve-year-old Azan. See how the events in his life change him forever. Experience Jesus through the eyes of this impressionable young boy.
What will you do with Jesus? Will you seek after Jesus? Or will you deny Him? He will not force Himself on you. It’s completely your choice. Choose wisely.
‘God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world. He sent his Son to save the world through Him.’ - NASB John 3:17
It cost Jesus his very life to save yours. He went to the cross willingly because He loves YOU that much!
‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ - NIV Matthew 19:14
‘See how great a love the Father has given us, that we would be called children of God; and in fact, we are.’ - 1 John 3:1
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.
Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.
It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.
One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.
Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.
Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.
The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.
Speak again the ancient oaths:
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.
and return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.
Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages
Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning
Other Cosmere novels
The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent
The Rithmatist series
Other books by Brandon Sanderson
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The roadmap for finding purpose, meaning, and success as we age, from bestselling author, Harvard professor, and the Atlantic's happiness columnist Arthur Brooks.
Many of us assume that the more successful we are, the less susceptible we become to the sense of professional and social irrelevance that often accompanies aging. But the truth is, the greater our achievements and our attachment to them, the more we notice our decline, and the more painful it is when it occurs.
What can we do, starting now, to make our older years a time of happiness, purpose, and yes, success?
At the height of his career at the age of 50, Arthur Brooks embarked on a seven-year journey to discover how to transform his future from one of disappointment over waning abilities into an opportunity for progress. From Strength to Strength is the result, a practical roadmap for the rest of your life.
Drawing on social science, philosophy, biography, theology, and eastern wisdom, as well as dozens of interviews with everyday men and women, Brooks shows us that true life success is well within our reach. By refocusing on certain priorities and habits that anyone can learn, such as deep wisdom, detachment from empty rewards, connection and service to others, and spiritual progress, we can set ourselves up for increased happiness.
Read this book and you, too, can go from strength to strength.
Have you ever watched your horse do something that defies human logic and wondered, “Why does my horse act this way?”
If so, you’re not alone. Horses are designed to survive in the wild, yet occasionally the wires between domestication and instinct get crossed. Meredith Hill is back with her equine expertise to explain:
✓ How horses act in the wild
✓ How some of these behaviors manifest in the stable
✓ And what you can do about it!
Have you ever wished your horse had the power of speech for just a few minutes, so they could explain why they’re acting crazy? Horses can be complicated and mysterious creatures, but often, their behavior is the direct result of
✓ Pain and discomfort
✓ Prior training flaws
✓ Abuse or neglect in a former home
In many cases, behavioral issues can be addressed with empathy and training. In Why Does My Horse Act Like This? Understanding Equine Behavior in your New Horse, Meredith Hill will explain the whys and hows of problem horses, including issues like
✓ And acting politely when being handled by humans
Ms. Hill also addresses when to call a professional, and how to gauge whether a particular professional is going to be beneficial for you and your horse.
As responsible horse owners, we want our equine companions to be healthy and happy. In Why Does My Horse Act Like This? Understanding Equine Behavior in your New Horse, Meredith Hill helps you understand what your horse’s behavior is telling you, and what you can do to make life a little more comfortable for everyone involved.
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Vampires love the taste of human blood and they need it for sustenance. But there is another type of hunger that they love that comes second to them; and that is the indulgence of untethered revelry and raw coition with each other. This type of hunger is all consuming and their lust for each other is unleashed once a year on an event they call “The Spree”.
Eva is a young vampire that has a secret: she is still a virgin even though she's played a deceptive game of pretending to take part in the yearly Spree. This upcoming Spree will be her 7th and so far, her chastity is in tact. For her own personal reasons, she chooses to keep her virginity despite her growing lustful desires from within. However, the roaringly erotic and brutally violent wet dreams and hallucinations have been intensifying each passing year. When she meets a high-value, wealthy and handsome vampire that embodies everything she loves in aggressive males, she realizes just how weak her strength to resist has become over the years. He just may very well be the very thing to send her over the edge.
As her willpower begins to break under the weight of her own lustful desires, will she be able to hold back the all-consuming storm of primal and lascivious instincts that war within her?
All novels in the Josh Kennelly series are standalone thrillers …
Apartment renter and Vietnam veteran Chaz Harmon is being victimized by a greedy New York landlord …
Bruised and bloodied but too proud to ask for help, his future looks grim.
When Medal of Honor awardee, Josh Kennelly, sees a fellow veteran under attack, he decides to even the odds. In doing so, he stumbles across an egregious rental racket.
Up against corrupt police, unconscionable lawyers, and evil landlords, Josh and his faithful dog, Tsar, face the impossible.
After the murder of an associate, Josh fights fire with fire, but one mistake will see him in prison and Tsar dead.
When Josh Kennelly and Tsar take on the impossible, anything is possible …
If you like clean-cut heroes and fearless, heroic dogs, you won’t be able to put down the compulsively addictive Josh Kennelly series.
Ever since a devastating magical war tore apart Ada Fletcher's homeworld, she and her family have lived undercover on the low-magic Earth. Stuck in a dead-end job in London, Ada has spent her life hiding both her true identity and her forbidden magic from the Inter-World Alliance: the organisation that polices the Passages between Earth and its magical neighbours.
At least until a high-ranking Alliance official is murdered, and Ada is arrested as the main suspect.
Kay Walker, grandson of the Inter-World Alliance's late founder, expects to spend his first week as an Alliance employee hunting rogue monsters in the Passages, not solving his supervisor's murder. However, the main suspect is a fierce young woman with dangerous magic from a world that should no longer exist… and the closer Kay gets to uncovering the truth, the higher the body count rises.
The last thing Ada wants to do is help the infuriating Alliance guard who arrested her, but it soon becomes clear that the Alliance knows too much about Ada's homeworld — and her magic. More, in fact, than she knows herself. One thing's certain: she's not the only one keeping secrets, and trusting the wrong person might cost more than her life.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Together in one volume—the first three books in the world’s most beloved science-fiction series!
On a beautiful world called Pern, an ancient way of life is about to come under attack. Lessa is an outcast survivor—her parents murdered, her birthright stolen—a strong young woman who has never stopped dreaming of revenge. But when an ancient threat reemerges, Lessa will rise—upon the back of a great dragon with whom she shares a telepathic bond more intimate than any human connection. Together, dragon and rider will fly, and Pern will be changed forever.
Since Lessa and Ramoth, her golden queen dragon, traveled into the past to bring forward a small army of dragons and riders to save their world from deadly alien spores, fear and desperation have spread across the land. But while the dragonriders struggle with threats both human and otherworldly, a young rider named F’nor and his brown dragon, Canth, hatch a bold plan to destroy the alien scourge at its source—the baleful Red Star that fills the heavens and promises doom to all.
THE WHITE DRAGON
Never in the history of Pern has there been a dragon like Ruth. Mocked by other dragons for his small size and pure white color, Ruth is smart, brave, and loyal—qualities that he shares with his rider, the young Lord Jaxom. Unfortunately, Jaxom is also looked down upon by his fellow lords, and by other riders as well. His dreams of joining the dragonriders in defending Pern are dismissed. What else can Jaxom and Ruth do but strike out on their own, pursuing in secret all they are denied? But in doing so, the two friends will find themselves facing a desperate choice—one that will push their bond to the breaking point . . . and threaten the future of Pern itself.