Tosca and Rinaldo are orphans. Ever since their parents died, they have been living hidden in the forest. Lucilla is the only daughter of the Duc di Castelguelfo, famous for his exploits defending the Republic of Siena. Lucilla's parents are too busy to pay much attention to their daughter, who still feels lonely despite being surrounded by an army of maids and servants.
But everything changes when she meets Tosca - a mini Robin Hood living a life so different from her own - and their adventures through 14th-century Tuscany begin. In this first volume in the series, they will have to save Lucilla from a fate worse than death: marriage to a man she doesn't want.
After an epic dual with the Emperor, Wismerhill comes through as victor... and his reward from the Black Moon is more than he ever imagined. He rises to the challenge and begins constructing a new life and a new empire. It is written, after all. But the real question is: what else is written that Wismerhill is yet to discover?
Emma and Violette are sisters who share the same dream of attending Paris's most prestigious dance school. Violette passes the first audition with flying colors, but Emma doesn't, and their world comes crashing down. But there may be more than one way to dance through life... This is the revelation at the heart of the first volume of this lively and graceful narrative.
With his terrifying new powers as High Lord of Negation, Wismerhill and his master, Haazheel Thorn, are finally ready to do battle with the empire. And what a fierce battle it is! Dragons crowd the sky, pouring fire and blood onto the trolls, ogres, elves, and humans engaged in the grueling battle below. They fight long and hard, but all must come to an end at some point. The question is: who will be victorious... and at what price?
Things aren't looking so good for the Geezers... one of them's in the hospital, the other's been arrested, and the third one is dealing with leaky roofs, drowning sheep, and eggs he doesn't approve of. Two new characters make their appearance in this book, and through their stories we are taken to shark-infested waters and treasure-hunting in the Pacific, to village fairs, rugby matches, broken hearts, and behavior unbefitting neighbors--which continues to this day. Thank goodness young Sophie and her puppets are around to keep these old men in check.
Fate seems to have it in for Yann Calec, unjustly sentenced and harassed by guards in a godforsaken Colombian prison camp. He is saved from execution by when Ocaña shows up, a rebel intellectual tasked with smuggling him across the country to the mysterious Professor Condé. But the harrowing, perilous journey is nothing next to what awaits: a fortuitous return to the Belle Hélène, the doomed tramp steamer Calec once captained, still bound for its fateful date with a U-boat torpedo. Will Calec manage to save the ship and his new friends with their precious archeological cargo?
The noble Prince Parsifal has taken things in hand, and all are at peace in the empire. But this is just the calm before the storm. Behind a veil of shadows, Wismerhill and his master Haazheel Thorn are gathering the most terrifying army the world has ever seen. The Black Moon wants Wismerhill to take his power to the next level, but will Wismerhill be prepared to sacrifice his humanity for the sake of such a tempting promotion?
The Old Geezers and friends are back with a vengeance, protesting, detonating all manner of homemade bombs, shutting down trendy hipster bars, challenging the bread manufacturing industry, and planning fun mayhem. But Pierrot, our favorite anarchist, is heart-broken and depressed over the sudden reappearance of his long-lost love, and has vowed to find her at all costs after receiving a mysterious package in the mail containing a fortune in euros and her coded signature. It's going to take clever scheming on the part of a young new activist to set things right again and restore him to the wisecracking, crotchety old geezer his friends all know and love.
With his ship newly repaired and his journey underway, first-time captain Yann Calec is plying the tramp routes from South Africa to South America. Still reeling from his lover Esther's violent death, he is plagued by nightmares and the sneering insubordination of his second-in-command, René Floss. But remembered clues, strange events, and some vital information from a beautiful stowaway-a political refugee-will lead him down a trail revealing the full extent of De Trichère's sinister plans to scuttle the Belle Hélène. Will Calec manage to escape the shipowner's global web of co-conspirators?
A real dive into the heart of 17th-century Paris, this story takes us into the daily life of Vincent de Paul, a devoted churchman, in search of the truth. Accompanied by young Antoine, Father Vincent travels the neighborhoods of the city, pleading his case with the richest of the rich and helping the poor. He takes in Manon, a 15-year-old orphan who is a victim of prostitution. Manon's story is connected to the disappearance of Jérôme, another person protected by the priest. Father Vincent takes it upon himself to shed some light on a cruel assassination and to reveal the truth behind a series of mysteries.
Parlay is the French king of a dying island tribe and the father of the sublime Armande. He's selling his pearls, a fortune collected from his island's lagoon. The wealthiest traders in the Solomon Islands have been invited to the auction, except for David Grief, the Englishman the natives call the Son of the Sun. Come hell or high water-probably both-Grief will be there. And he isn't coming for the pearls. This is a thrilling adaptation of two Jack London novellas, "A Son of the Sun" and "The Pearls of Parlay."
It's a close shave for Wismerhill and his troops when they venture into the eerie Der Hem Shelbem, land of the living-dead. Luckily, Wismerhill has the powerful Black Moon to help him out of tight spots. Meanwhile, the heroic Prince Parsifal decides that it is time for the Order of Justice to make a stand against the corruption plaguing the Order of Light. But how will he do it without too much bloodshed? All he can do is hope and pray for some kind of divine intervention...
In the chilly gray port town of Rouen, De Trichère, a man who's made his fortune in shipping, is dying of cancer. He lost his wife to bombing during the war, and his daughter lost the use of her legs. Now the wheelchair-bound girl is all he has left, and he's willing to go to any lengths to secure her future. Cozying up to a former first mate with a reputation for sadism? Check. Insurance fraud on a massive scale? Check. Sending over fifty sailors to certain doom, sure, but even... murdering his own secretary when she finds out?
As Baron Wismerhill, now lord and master of Moork and Horkher, becomes increasingly tied up in running his fiefdoms, he is invited by the emperor to join the priesthood of the Black Moon. But it's not that simple. First, he must pass the test of earth, fire, and water... a test that many don't survive.
Three old geezers, activists, and lifelong friends reunite at the funeral of the wife of one of them, Antoine, who finds out about a long ago liaison between his dearly departed and the reviled billionaire who owns the factory they all worked in. Livid, Antoine jumps in his car and heads for Italy with revenge on his mind, his two buddies and his pregnant granddaughter following close behind. A chance to reminisce about the past, to fantasize about sticking it to the man, to discuss what's wrong with the world, to bridge the generation gap, to forgive and forget and settle scores. A wickedly funny geriatric road trip!
Dodin-Bouffant is a total food enthusiast. He lives for excellence and spends his time surrounded by a small circle of hand-picked gastronomes. When his beloved cook, Eugénie, dies, it turns Bouffant's world upside down. After a long, hard search he finally finds what he is looking for in Adèle. Not without some complications, Adèle and Dodin-Bouffant form a strong bond and share many a delicious meal. This novel by Marcel Rouff (1887-1936) is a tribute to the famous French gastronome Brillat-Savarin, on whom the character Dodin-Bouffant is loosely based.
Following the Empire's latest military victory, Wismerhill is getting used to his newly allocated role as Baron of Moork. There are plenty of complications, and, of course, many who would defy him, although he is not yet aware of the most dangerous threat...
A great war has been brewing for some time. Now, at last, armies from all sides are marching toward the battlefield. The terrifying Haazheel Thorn is already waiting to meet them, as either friend or foe. Wismerhill and the gang have been wreaking havoc throughout the empire, and the time has come for Wismerhill to choose sides. The Black Moon beckons, Wismerhill complies, and the gates of hell open.
Everything seems to be coming together for the terrifying Haazheel Thorn, the Grand Master of the Black Moon, and arch-enemy of the Empire. As he gathers his forces, he sets a dark and duplicitous plan in motion to develop his greatest weapon: Wismerhill. Wismerhill's powers are growing stronger by the day, especially so under the influence of his smoldering demoness lover. But whether these powers will be used for good or evil all depends on how much tragedy the young man can take...
Haytham al-Aswad is a young boy like any other, growing up in the Syrian town of Deera: he plays soccer, hangs out with his friends, and is studying for an upcoming test. But when the revolution breaks out and people take to the streets to protest the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad, Haytham suddenly goes from kicking the ball to dodging bullets. His activist father is forced into exile, and the rest of the family eventually join him in France, where Haytham's new life as a refugee brings its own set of challenges. An engrossing, first-hand account of one of the most devastating political and humanitarian crises in recent history.
Some wait hours, some wait months before they're summoned by the oracle to hear their destiny. But not Wismerhill. He's barely set foot on the sacred site when he hears the call. It seems the oracle had been waiting for him. But Wismerhill doesn't want to know his destiny; he just wants to know where his father is. With new information in hand, the motley crew sets off once again on their travels through strange lands. Little do they suspect the demons that are on their trail...
Wismerhill, Heads-or-Tails and Fey, the only survivors of the disastrous battle of Kendhrir, set out on the road to the Oracle, for Wismerhill to learn his fate. But it's not easy. Our heroes are surrounded by the forces of evil as the bitter fight for absolute power begins to gather momentum. Somewhere on this giant chessboard, Wismerhill and his companions find themselves in the place where the dragon winds blow... Will they be able to overcome what they find there?
Mia, Gauthier, Louka and Zouzou are inseparable. Like most teenagers, they'd much rather be playing video games or making music than doing their homework. Mia, the only girl in the group, doesn't really seem to click with the other girls in her class. But as they grow up, her tight-knit friendship group will become more and more complicated as girl-boy relationships start to get interesting...
At the center of the empire was the Oracle... The Oracle announced the coming of the one who would change the world. This is his story. One day, when Heads-or-Tails was out roaming the forest, he comes across a nameless man. He christens him Wismerhill, and from that day forth, the pair are inseparable. They start out on the road of adventure, and sooner or later end up joining a gang of amiable war dogs, feared throughout the land. Wismerhill soon proves his worth, and begins to demonstrate some surprising powers. But just as everything is going well, the light comes, bringing darkness in its wake...