Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Shannon K Butcher, und andere
Renee Raudman, Joe Barrett, Marc Vietor, und andere
Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 29 Min.
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It was a dark and stormy knight, and nine dark defenders embarked upon a most perilous quest. They're the ultimate defenders of humanity, modern day knights who do dark deeds for all the right reasons. In this all-star collection, nine of today's hottest paranormal authors bring us thrilling, all-new stories of supernatural knights that are brimming with magic mystery and mayhem.
After 25 hundred years as an immortal protector, fate is trying Ajax Petrakos's patience. The lethal, but exquisite Greek warrior has been King Leonidas' right-hand man since ancient Sparta - and before their immortal bargain with the god Ares. The millennia of epic fighting has taken a toll on Ajax, and he's nearly given up on finding his prophesied love. Tasked with a mission in Savannah, Georgia, he hardly expects the tidewater town to shelter his destined mate.
River Kassandros has spent more than 2,000 years as a humble servant, bound to immortal Spartan warrior Ajax for eternity as his captain's weapon of choice. The two complete each other, forming a powerful fighting team against demonic foes. But at the height of an epic battle, River is flung into the depths of the Savannah River by their darkest enemy.
Anna Draekus has harbored a shadowy secret all her life - a secret that she's trained for years to conceal from her king and fellow military officers. Anna belongs to an elite, underground guard charged with protecting the royal family at all costs. This sworn responsibility is one that must never be discovered - not even by King Jared himself. But when her superior officer, Nevin Daniels, uncovers her membership in the circle of protectors thought to be extinct, Anna finds herself in treacherous territory.
When Jake Tierny traveled back in time to stop a traitor, a twist of fate rendered his mission unnecessary. Now, he's stranded in his own past, with a woman who has always been his biggest weakness: FBI linguist Hope Harper. Hope was his wife in the future he left behind - but was murdered before giving birth to their unborn baby girl. Now she's alive, but loves another man: Lieutenant Scott Dillon, a man Jake has far too much in common with for the three of them to comfortably co-exist in this world and time.
Lieutenant Scott Dillon isn't an overly complicated man - he has a rebel military operation to command and alien enemies to battle. But he also must cohabitate with humans in the middle of his unit's temporary home in remote Wyoming- humans who suddenly interest him on a much more personal level than ever before. Well, one human has enticed him, to be more precise: a female FBI linguist who not only speaks his native language, but managed to save his life in one of the worst fire fights he ever experienced - despite also being blind. That she's beautiful and alluringly sensual only arouses his interest even more.
Finding a mate is the farthest thing from alien warrior Jared Bennett's mind. After years of exile on Earth, the king is close to developing a weapon that will alter the fabric of time and hopefully bring peace to his own people. But a chance encounter with scientist Kelsey Wells ignites a scorching desire far more consuming than talks of rebellion. To Kelsey, Jared's heritage is exotic and alarming - nothing like the logical, scientific facts of her own world. But despite her fears, she can't deny the heated response of her body every time the magnetic leader comes near.
Lieutenant Thea Haven is still heartbroken that her king, betrothed to her since their youth, chose a human as his lifemate and queen. As warrior-tough as she is beautiful, Thea is unsure whether any other man will ever awaken her again... until she encounters royal guardian Marco McKinley. With secrets as forbidden as his powerful sensuality, the king's brooding protector quickly takes command of Thea's darkest fantasies and casts a hypnotic spell over her body and heart.
Michael Warner has been drifting in a numb haze since his lover was killed by a drunk driver. As the anniversary of the wreck approaches, Michael’s grief grows more suffocating. Yet he must find a way through the maze of pain and secrets to live for their troubled young daughter who struggles with guilt that she survived the crash. Out of the darkness comes a voice, a lifeline he never expected to find - Rebecca O’Neill, a development executive in the studio where Michael works as an electrician.
Dillon Fox, sightless after a tour of duty in Iraq, is called to Savannah, Georgia, to help the Shades, a powerful group of paranormal hunters. His friend Mason Angel, a leader of the Shades, needs Dillon's help to take down a vampire clan. Once Dillon embarks on the mission, one woman stirs something inside him that he thought long dead. But as Dillon starts to fall for the sexy and charismatic female vampire, will he have to choose between love and duty?
Ares has interfered with the Spartan warriors for centuries, toying with them out of spite and jealousy. Now the vindictive war god has stabbed at their cadre's heart, stripping their beloved King Leonidas of his immortality, and allowing him to age rapidly. As Leonidas faces imminent death, his greatest regret is leaving behind his beloved Daphne, Oracle of Delphi.
Aristos Petrakos has never been one to take anything too seriously, even his immortal position as a protector of humankind. But having recently been dealt the power of a demi-god, granting him control over life and death, his naturally easygoing manner has taken a blow. One that may just prove a knockout punch, when the only woman who ever fully claimed his heart reaches out from beyond the grave. Ari attempts to ignore her messages, but his long-dead lover, Juliana Tiades, has other plans.