The Crown of Thorns

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Publisher:WestBow Press

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Total Pages:332

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This historical novel is about transformative changes in a fictional family in first-century Judaea. It is set against the backdrop of the controversial ministry of an itinerant preacher and healer from Galilee, of an ambitious and opportunistic politician who will do anything to satisfy his own selfish desires, of a powerful occupation army that is determined to maintain peace on its own terms, and of the hopes and dreams of ordinary people in an ever-changing world. This is not a story about Jesus, as such, but it is about the everyday life of some of the hard-working people who could have been his neighbors, and about their struggle to understand the exciting, new teacher. The story contains elements of faith, love, community, conflict, justice, hope, and personal growth.

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Thine is the Kingdom: A Novel

Author:Abilio Estevez

Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

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Total Pages:999

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Reading Abilio Estevez's Thine Is the Kingdom is a little like attending a cocktail party blindfolded: a million conversations are all happening at the same time and you have to work to figure out just who's talking. But this remarkable novel out of Cuba is worth the extra effort. Set in a run-down enclave of pre-Castro Havana known as the Island, the story follows the fortunes of its residents through a magical realist dreamscape of fantasy, history, life, death, love, and the weather. There is the crazy Barefoot Countess; the pastry vendor, Merengue; and the bookstore owner Rolo. There is Miss Berta who lives with her always sleeping 90-year-old mother, Dona Juana, and Irene who lives with her not-yet-out-of-the-closet gay son, Lucio. Professor Kingston, the Jamaican English teacher; Casta Diva, a would-be opera singer; Chavito, the carver of poor imitations of classical statues; Vido, the adolescent voyeur; Mercedes and her blind sister Marta who dreams of Florence--the cast is enormous and cacophonous. The book hopscotches among characters, tenses, first-, second-, and third-person narratives--often within the same paragraph--as Estevez plunges us headlong into the inner thoughts, dreams, and fears of his multitude of dramatis personae:On this page it is best to use the future tense, a generally inadvisable practice. It has already been written that Chacho had gotten back from Headquarters just past four in the afternoon, and that he was the first to notice the coming storm.... The following day, after the events that will soon be narrated had taken place, Chacho will begin to talk less, and less, and less, until he decides to take to bed.... And, as it is best not to abuse this generally inadvisable tense, it is just and proper that we leave Chacho to his silence until such a time as he should reappear, as God wills it, in this narration.In less accomplished hands this hodgepodge of voices, narrative threads, and personalities might have added up to literary bedlam. But there is method in Estevez's madness as the story gradually emerges; in the meantime the sheer force of his prose and sly commentary on his own inventions carry the reader through this brilliant debut by one of Cuba's best and brightest new voices. --Alix Wilber

OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM, PART III, POWER AND PERSECUTION, A Novel of the Early Church and the Roman Empire

Author:James M. Becher

Publisher:America Star Books

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Total Pages:153

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This novel is the sequel to Of Such Is The Kingdom Parts I & II: A Novel of the Christ and the Roman Empire. It employs those characters who were still alive at the end of Part II and adds some new ones. Did Claressa embrace Manaheem's new-found faith? What happened to the bereaved family of Benjamin? Did Joseph, the oldest son get to go to Rabbi school? Did Barabbas continue to follow the master and did his wife and children join him? Was Pontius Pilate able to forget about his decision to crucify Jesus and did he become the strong ruler his wife wanted him to be? These and other questions are answered in this volume. The new characters added include Saul, who becomes Paul, Herod Agrippa, the nephew of Herod Antipas, who wants to take over the latter's territory, and Caligula, the crazy son of Emperor Tiberius and friend of Agrippa. Against the background of suspicion and treachery within the empire and disdain for and persecution of the new faith, the Church continues to grow and flourish. Follow the travels of Manaheem as he tries in vain to convert the two Herods. Follow the machinations of Herod Agrippa in his aim to take over his uncle's territory. Follow the foibles of Pilate as he seeks to become a stronger ruler, while still regretting his decision to crucify Jesus. Follow the new life of Barabbas and his family. Follow the lives of Benjamin's family as they cope and deal with their loss and the now seeming impossibility of Joseph's schooling. Will he get to go to Rabbi school and what will it mean for their future? But mainly follow the early church as it grows in spite of persecution.

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Light Novel) Vol. 4

Author:Dojyomaru

Publisher:Seven Seas

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Total Pages:473

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ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR

When the Principality of Amidonia sends a desperate call for help defending itself against civil war and enemy invasion, Souma agrees to aid their former enemy. But the Principality’s plea comes with strings, or perhaps rewards, attached—including a marriage proposal from their princess!

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Light Novel) Vol. 7

Author:Dojyomaru

Publisher:Seven Seas

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Total Pages:192

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HAMMER AND TONGS

Visiting the neighboring Republic of Turgis on a diplomatic mission, Souma’s eye is caught by the skill of the local blacksmiths—and an idea occurs to him. Sensing that he’ll need the cooperation of Turgis’s head of state to make this scheme a reality, Souma prepares for a dual display: show the republic both what they could gain from working with him—and what wrath they might incur if they refuse. Will this bold move work, or backfire on him?!

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Light Novel) Vol. 14

Author:Dojyomaru

Publisher:Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC

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Total Pages:345

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Summoned to another world to slay the mighty beast...of governance! (Now with an anime!)

When the aggressively pragmatic Kazuya Souma is summoned to another world as a hero, he\'s not given a quest, he\'s given a kingdom to rule. On top of that, he\'s betrothed to the previous king\'s daughter! To get the country back in order, Souma gathers a group of gifted individuals to his side. Will their impressive talents and his own knack for logistics be enough to get the country on its feet again?

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Light Novel) Vol. 3

Author:Dojyomaru

Publisher:Seven Seas

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Total Pages:402

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NO REST FOR ROYALTY!

The war at an end, Souma launches Project Lorelei: an entertainment program that uses the Jewel Voice Broadcast. He then takes some time to recover in Van, the now-occupied capital of Amidonia—and that’s where he has a run-in with Jeanne Euphoria, the younger sister of the Empress of the Gran Chaos Empire, who wants to negotiate. What does this pragmatic princess want with Souma?

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Light Novel) Vol. 1

Author:Dojyomaru

Publisher:Seven Seas

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Total Pages:268

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Summoned to another world to slay the mighty beast...of governance! (And soon to be an anime!)

When Kazuya Souma is unexpectedly transported to another world, he knows the people expect a hero. But Souma\'s idea of heroism is more practical than most--he wants to rebuild the flagging economy of the new land he\'s found himself in! Betrothed to the princess and abruptly planted on the throne, this realist hero must gather talented people to help him get the country back on its feet--not through war, or adventure, but with administrative reform!

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Light Novel) Vol. 13

Author:Dojyomaru

Publisher:Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC

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Total Pages:211

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Summoned to another world to slay the mighty beast...of governance! (Now with an anime!)

When the aggressively pragmatic Kazuya Souma is summoned to another world as a hero, he\'s not given a quest, he\'s given a kingdom to rule. On top of that, he\'s betrothed to the previous king\'s daughter! To get the country back in order, Souma gathers a group of gifted individuals to his side. Will their impressive talents and his own knack for logistics be enough to get the country on its feet again?

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Light Novel) Vol. 9

Author:Dojyomaru

Publisher:Seven Seas

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Total Pages:387

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ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR

Souma pushes east toward the demon onslaught in the Duchy of Chima, where Duke Chima has been promising to reward those who distinguish themselves in battle by presenting them with one of his six remarkable children. Along the way, he meets Fuuga, king of the nomadic state of Malmkhitan. As they travel together, Souma learns Fuuga is also there to support the Duchy of Chima. The only problem is that Fuuga, who intends to be the decisive factor in turning the tides of battle, now sees Souma as a rival—competing with him for the reward of one of the Duke’s children!

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Light Novel) Vol. 6

Author:Dojyomaru

Publisher:Seven Seas

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Total Pages:181

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A STORM APPROACHES

An invitation from the godbeast, Mother Dragon, takes Souma to the Star Dragon Mountain Range to attend the Contract Ceremony, where contracts between knights and dragons are formed. There, he meets and befriends flightless dragon Naden, who has always been taunted for her inability to fly. But Souma’s attempts to make her realize her own value are rudely interrupted when the Mother Dragon prophesies impending disaster—an unforeseen calamity is about to strike the Star Dragon Mountain Range, and Souma’s caught right in it!

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Light Novel) Vol. 2

Author:Dojyomaru

Publisher:Seven Seas

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Total Pages:136

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THE ART OF WAR!

Now King of Elfrieden, Souma begins to put his economic reforms into motion—only to find himself clashing with the rebellious Duke Georg Carmine, General of the Army. When the neighboring Principality of Amidonia gets involved, Souma’s hopes for peace and diplomacy go right out of the window as the countries wind up embroiled in war! Facing opposition both at home and abroad, can he hold his own in the military arena as well as the political one?

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Light Novel) Vol. 8

Author:Dojyomaru

Publisher:Seven Seas

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Total Pages:399

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MY RETAINERS ARE MY STRENGTH

Beset by an unprecedented wave of monsters, the group of small to medium-sized countries known as the Union of Eastern Nations is in dire straights. Requested to send reinforcements to their aid, Souma dispatches troops to the Kingdom of Lastania—where Julius, former crown prince of the Principality of Amidonia, is currently holding the monsters at bay. And so it comes to be that Souma, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with an old foe, must depend on his retainers’ strength to save Lastania...

Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom: A Graphic Novel (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #3)

Author:Tui T. Sutherland

Publisher:Scholastic Inc.

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Total Pages:653

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The #1 New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series soars to new heights in the third graphic novel adaptation!

Glory knows that the dragon world is wrong about her being \"a lazy RainWing.\" Maybe she wasn\'t meant to be one of the dragonets of destiny, but Glory is sharp and her venom is deadly...even if that\'s still a secret.So when the dragonets seek shelter in the rain forest, Glory is devastated to find that the treetops are full of RainWings that nap all day and know nothing of the rest of Pyrrhia. Worst of all, they don\'t realize -- or care -- that RainWings are going missing from their beautiful forest. But Glory and the dragonets are determined to find the missing dragons, even if it drags the peaceful RainWing kingdom where they never wanted to be -- into the middle of the war.The #1 New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series soars to new heights in this third graphic novel adaptation, with art by Mike Holmes.