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In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante's Inferno .

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante's dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.


In a world of knife-edge glaciers a hideous crime leads two maverick detectives to confront the limits of human evil. A corpse is discovered wedged in an isolated crevice. It has been horribly mutilated. The brilliant but violent ex-commando Pierre Niemans is sent from Paris to the French Alps to lead the investigation. Meanwhile, in a town in south-west France, Karim Abdouf, a young Arab policeman, is trying to find out why the tomb of a young child has been desecrated. When a second baby is found, high up in a glacier, the paths of the two policemen are joined in the search for their killers, a trail that embroils them in the mysterious cult of the blood red rivers.


The 'Golden Prince' is deposed: once the flamboyant chairman of a huge shipping consortium, now the captain of a salvage tug - such is the revolution in the life of Nick Berg.

Then a cruise ship, stranded with six hundred people in the frozen wastes of the Antarctic, could be his chance to fight back. His heroic salvage of the liner in some of the most terrifying weather on this planet sweeps him back to even greater power and an even more deadly conflict with the man who has supplanted him as chairman.

Blazing action is the keynote of this splendid novel of the sea: in the ice-world of Antarctica; in the thundering surf of a South African beach; in the unbearable tension of a hushed courtroom in the City of London; in the subtle conflict between two women, the irrepressible Samantha and Nick's lovely former wife, and finally in the striding devastation of a Caribbean hurricane.


In Book One, "Mistress of Magic" we learn how the Merlin arranges for King Uther to beget Arthur on Igraine, sister of Viviane, who is the high priestess of Avalon. Viviane, brings Igraine's daughter Morgaine to Avalon to be trained as a priestess there. She meets, and falls in love with the young Lancelet, but he has no interest in her. When King Uther dies, Viviane arranges for Morgaine to act as priestess to the hero acclaimed by Avalon as sacred king at the rite of the Running of the Deer, and it is not until they have slept together that she realizes he is her little half-brother, Arthur. Horrified to find she is with child, she quarrels with Viviane, whose machinations got her into this situation, and runs away from Avalon.

Book Two, "The High Queen" tells how Morgaine bears her child and leaves him to be raised by her aunt, Queen Morgause of Orkney. Gwenhwyfar is married to Arthur, but falls in love with Lancelet and he with her. When Morgaine finally does try to return to Avalon, she fails, and ends up instead in faerie, where she spends several years before returning to Arthur's court at Camelot. Desperate for a child, she asks Morgaine for magical help, and ends up sleeping with both Arthur and Lancelet in one bed.

In Book Three, "The King Stag", Viviane takes Mordred to be trained at Avalon. Later, she is killed by a madman. Lancelet is tormented by guilt for his relationship with Gwenhwyfar. Morgaine gives young Elaine a charm to make Lancelet think she is the queen so that he will have to marry her. She bears his son, Galahad, and a daughter, Nimue, who she agrees to send to Avalon. When Gwenhwyfar learns that Arthur begot a son on Morgaine, she blames their sin for her own lack of a child. It is no longer possible for Morgaine to stay at court, and she is married to the old King Uriens of North Wales, though she is attracted to his son, Accolon. As his queen, she begins to practice magic once more and regains the powers of a priestess. Meanwhile Mordred is growing up and beginning to desire his heritage.

Book Four, "The Prisoner in the Oak" brings all these relationships to the inevitable conclusion. Pressured by his own guilt and Gwenhywfar's insistence, Arthur ceases to protect those who follow the Old Religion, breaking the oath he swore when he was given Excalibur. Even the Merlin of Britain believes that the triumph of the new religion is inevitable. Mordred becomes a warrior and achieves an ambiguous status at court. To restore the old ways, Morgaine incites Accolon to challenge Arthur, and when that fails, she takes the scabbard that had protected Arthur from wounds, and estranged now from everyone she once loved, believes her life at an end. But the Merlin persuades her to return to Avalon, where she stays until she learns that he has taken the Grail and other holy things to Camelot, believing that the holy things must be in the world. To prevent the priests from using the Grail in a Christian mass, Morgaine calls down the power of the Goddess. All present feel it, then the holy things are taken out of the human world. Arthur's knights scatter, seeking it. Nimue, now grown to a beautiful maiden, seduces the Merlin and brings him back to Avalon to be punished. Without his wisdom, and without his knights, Arthur comes to depend on Mordred, who engineers the betrayal of Lancelet and Guinevere and at last rebels against his father. To Morgaine these things come as distant rumors until the day the barge brings Arthur to Avalon and he dies in her arms. Morgaine lives on in an Avalon that is almost entirely severed from the world. But she returns once more to the mortal isle of Glastonbury, where she sees that the shape of the Virgin Mary, the Goddess is still worshiped, and will endure.

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