The Ravenmaster

Author: Christopher Skaife

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374717133

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 940

The first behind-the-scenes account of life with the legendary ravens at the world’s eeriest monument The ravens at the Tower of London are of mighty importance: rumor has it that if a raven from the Tower should ever leave, the city will fall. The title of Ravenmaster, therefore, is a serious title indeed, and after decades of serving the Queen, Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife took on the added responsibility of caring for the infamous ravens. In The Ravenmaster, he lets us in on his life as he feeds his birds raw meat and biscuits soaked in blood, buys their food at Smithfield Market, and ensures that these unusual, misunderstood, and utterly brilliant corvids are healthy, happy, and ready to captivate the four million tourists who flock to the Tower every year. A rewarding, intimate, and inspiring partnership has developed between the ravens and their charismatic and charming human, the Ravenmaster, who shares the folklore, history, and superstitions surrounding the ravens and the Tower. Shining a light on the behavior of the birds, their pecking order and social structure, and the tricks they play on us, Skaife shows who the Tower’s true guardians really are—and the result is a compelling and irreverent narrative that will surprise and enchant.

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

Author: Christopher Skaife

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008307903

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 3635

'Packed with insight and anecdote, his story brings the Tower ravens to vivid life, each bird with a personality of its own. I've been fortunate enough to tour the Tower and meet the ravens a few times in years past; after reading this book, I cannot wait to go back' George R. R. Martin


Author: Ceinwen Sanderson


ISBN: 1326409557


Page: 202

View: 1093

Young raven Alaan is training to be a healer, and he goes to the great battle of his age. After the battle, the ravens are determined that there should be no more wars, but how do they achieve this? Helped by crows and swallows, a small group of birds fly over the Great Seas to find out what happens there. The ravens at home wait anxiously. When the travellers return, a whole new life opens up for the young ravens, and for older ravens too. The Ravens at the Tower of London are restless, and two of them determine to escape. Will they succeed?

Milly the Bitch

Author: Jennifer D. Wayman

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595261744

Category: Fiction

Page: 170

View: 7748

Ever wanted to own a bulldog? Forget it, for she will end up owning you! This black comedy farce involves a hardhearted bachelor London cabby still struggling to emerge from his midlife crisis. Alfie Horsefly meets Mildred Marshée as she climbs into his cab, discreetly concealing her pet bulldog Milly from his view until it's too late. Alfie soon discovers the stowaway after Mildred has departed. So begins a new life of suffering for Alfie as he discovers that the bitch is the cause of his nightmares. This phantasmagorical farce presents a hilarious madcap search for the missing owner of a jinxed bulldog. The comedy is enhanced by the psychedelic characters-the harassed nightmare-prone East-End cabbie and the loony old French mademoiselle sculptress whose only means of ensnaring a man is by a canine curse!

Death's Dark Valley (Hugh Corbett 20)

Author: Paul Doherty

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472259173

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 7062

1311. Murder and mayhem prowl the highways and coffin paths of Medieval England . . . Hugh Corbett returns in the twentieth gripping mystery in Paul Doherty's ever-popular series. If you love the historical mysteries of C. J. Sansom, E. M. Powell and Bernard Cornwell you will love this. It is four years since the death of King Edward I, but his reign of terror has cast long shadows over the kingdom. At Holyrood Abbey, sheltered in the depths of the Welsh march, the old king's former bodyguards protect his secret relics and watch over a mysterious prisoner who is kept in the abbey's dungeon. But their peaceful existence is shattered when Abbot Henry is poisoned. Summoned to Holyrood, Sir Hugh Corbett, Keeper of the Secret Seal, finds the fortress in chaos. Brothers Anselm and Richard have been brutally slain by nails driven deep into their skulls. No one knows who could be behind the gruesome killings and the news attracts the attention of two unwanted guests: the sinister Marcher Lord Mortimer and King Philip of France's devious envoy De Craon. As more mysterious deaths occur, and a violent snow storm sweeps through the valley, Corbett must act quickly to identify the malevolent demon who has risen from hell to turn the abbey into a house of murder . . . Praise for Paul Doherty's dark and suspenseful novels: 'His fascination for history comes off the page' Daily Express 'An opulent banquet to satisfy the most murderous appetite' Northern Echo 'Deliciously suspenseful, gorgeously written and atmospheric' Historical Novels Review 'Paul Doherty has a lively sense of history . . . evocative and lyrical descriptions' New Statesmen

The Wizard of London

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Publisher: Titan Books

ISBN: 178329390X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 6680

Set in Victorian London-where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth-the fourth novel in this best-selling series tells the story of Lord Alderscroft, Master of the British Elemental Masters Council-the most powerful Fire Master ever to lead the Council. Loosely based on The Snow Queen, The Wizard of London delves into Lord Alderscroft's youth, when he was bespelled by an evil Elemental Master who hoped to use him for political gain.

A Study in Sable

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Publisher: Titan Books

ISBN: 1785653512

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 8706

Latest in the Elemental Masters series where magic and fairytales collide on an alternate Earth of the early 1900s.

Murder by Magic

Author: Rosemary Edghill

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0446510548

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 9795

This anthology features 20 original stories of murder by acclaimed and award-winning science fiction and fantasy writers.

Defender of the Realm: Defender of the Realm

Author: Nick Huckerby

Publisher: Scholastic UK

ISBN: 1407166700

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

View: 2820

Alfie thought he knew his destiny. He didn't know the half of it. Fourteen year old heir to the throne, Alfie, didn't expect to be King so soon. He DEFINITELY did not expect to be ... DEFENDER OF THE REALM. A legendary superhero, fighting a secret, centuries-long, battle to protect the nation from monsters and super-villains.

The Raven Master

Author: Diana Whitney

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 1474026117

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 2531

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