As the acclaimed Patternist science fiction series begins, two immortals meet in the long-ago past—and mankind’s destiny is changed forever.
For a thousand years, Doro has cultivated a small African village, carefully breeding its people in search of seemingly unattainable perfection. He survives through the centuries by stealing the bodies of others, a technique he has so thoroughly mastered that nothing on Earth can kill him. But when a gang of New World slavers destroys his village, ruining his grand experiment, Doro is forced to go west and begin anew. He meets Anyanwu, a centuries-old woman whose means of immortality are as kind as his are cruel. She is a shapeshifter, capable of healing with a kiss, and she recognizes Doro as a tyrant. Though many humans have tried to kill them, these two demi-gods have never before met a rival. Now they begin a struggle that will last centuries and permanently alter the nature of humanity.
Hugo and Nebula award–winning author Octavia E. Butler’s sweeping cross-century epic places her “among the best of contemporary SF writers” (Houston Chronicle). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.
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With “high-octane levels of emotion” New York Times bestselling author brings us another scandal filled story of friendship and romance (USA Today).
Things are falling apart in the Richardson household. Angry arguments between Celine and her husband, Keith, have become routine. She resents that he’s working long hours and staying out all night, and he accuses her of not giving him the attention he deserves. Their marriage is at a cross-roads and Celine worries how her 10-year-old daughter, Kassie, will be affected.
But the situation turns devastating when Celine is diagnosed with breast cancer. As her relationship with Keith deteriorates, Celine worries that she’ll be left to navigate the difficult process of cancer treatment alone. But comfort and support come in the form of Celine’s best friend, Lauren. They’ve been attached at the hip since they were children and it is Lauren who’s there for Celine in her darkest moments.
Now, Celine will be forced to make tough decisions-about her marriage and otherwise-and for the first time in her life, she wants to give up. Lauren vows to help by any means necessary and makes the kind of sacrifice only a best friend can. But will it be too late.
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King Khoury of Manaf has come across an interesting piece of intel: the Princess of Ashwari has been hidden in America for 25 years. If the story proves true, the King would be able to form alliances with the war-torn nation, not to mention finally secure himself a bride. All he has to do is get the Princess to go along with his plan, which may be a challenge according to his good friend Belkacem Al-Malwali, King of his sister country Ghassan. The King decides to rely on his trusted vizier, educated in the States, to plead the King’s case and vet the young girl to see if she is truly King Otieno’s daughter. Will they be able to convince Princess Asha to leave the only home she’s ever known, and be the Queen of both her country and his? Or will the burgeoning relationship between the Princess and the King’s vizier complicate things even further?