Jean Dufaux

  • Blanche faces an overwhelming defeat on the battlefield due to the treachery of those she thought closest to her, driving her into exile. She storms onto the scene with vengeance in her heart and a new hardiness born of her disappointments. But her first priority is to save Maldoror from the clutches of the venomous Miranda. This cunning sorceress is cultivating a dangerous collaboration with Maldoror's pernicious little sister, who is desperately trying to keep her brother away from the World Below so that she can maintain her throne. Things are looking pretty dire for the outcast lovers, in fact, so dire, that Blanche ends up doing the unthinkable...

  • The queen is dead. Killed by Blanche, her own daughter, driven to extreme measures by the bitterness of treachery. The devious sorceress Miranda is still fiercely lusting after Blanche's lover, Prince Maldoror of the World Below. The sly prince uses the witch's desire to his advantage, striking a sordid deal with her to help Blanche in her campaign to win back the throne of Middleland that is rightfully hers. Between them, they manage to summon a formidable fighting force unlike any other...

  • We're in Rome, three days before the ides of October. The Emperor Cladius is dead, poisoned by his wife, Agrippina, who'd discovered his plans to renounce her so as to marry Lollia Paulina, Murena's mother. Thus Nero, Agrippine's son, becomes emperor. His mother, having bought the favor of the army and the Senate, believes that she'll be able to govern in her son's name. But, at 17-years-old, Nero is no longer a child, which she'll soon learn at her own expense...

  • There's a treasure, long hidden, deep in the heart of the Turkish desert. All those who have tried to obtain it have never returned. But Kim Nelson, a young Englishwoman, has inherited the powers invested in her smoldering ancestor, Jade, the favorite of the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. These powers hold the key to a treasure that no one has ever laid eyes on. Following her escape from Turkey's last ever harem, Kim is finally ready to unlock the secret... but what's waiting for her in the depths of the desert cave isn't exactly what she was expecting...

  • This first volume of the ongoing Spellbound series initiates us into Dufaux and Munuera's Medieval-style fantasy land, a land brimming with witchcraft, demons, enchantments and foul-play. The whole of Middleland has been thrown into turmoil by the sudden and brutal murder of the king. The unfortunate victim's dying wish was that his daughter, Blanche, should take the throne, rather than her weak-spirited brother. Thus Blanche finds herself catapulted into a position of power that she never expected, or even wished for. The grief-stricken young woman is forced to renounce her lover, and on top of that, the enemy's army is assembled at the country's border, poising to strike. Blanche looks like she's off to a promising start as queen of the land, but unfortunately she's no match for the various plots to topple her... at least, not yet...

  • Two women, in two different times, and for two very different reasons, choose to be initiated into the harem. One is the harem of the Black Sultan in 20th century Istanbul, dominated by the captivating Jade. The other is the only remaining one of its kind, an echo of a bygone era, hidden away in the middle of the Turkish desert, far from prying eyes. Both women must carry out certain rites of passage before they can truly attain the heart of the harem. Both women are doing it for Jade. Plots and manipulation abound within those dark and sensual spaces behind the walls of the harem...

  • What exactly is a harem for? For the pleasure of a sovereign, of course. But he would be foolish to limit it to this sole purpose. They say that if you can satisfy a man, he'll give you all the treasures of the earth. Including the spoils of war. Sultan Murati's harem is a far more powerful weapon than the British and German armies, both of which are seeking his alliance. The flower of all flowers, the weapon of all weapons, Jade, the Sultan's new favorite, is entrusted with the Sultan's scheme to launch an assault on an English diplomat. A model of British calm and impregnability, like all men, Lord Nelson has his Achilles' heel: his wife... 50 years later, Jade's granddaughter, Kim, is trying to trace the footsteps of her fascinating ancestor in a modern Istanbul, where the harems have all but disappeared. But not the brothels, as Kim discovers at her own expense. But Kim's not just trying to find her roots. Legend has it that Jade, and Jade alone, knew where the Black Sultan hid his treasure, a treasure that no one has ever managed to unearth...

  • Their reign is coming to an end. They had the power, they dominated the town, the whole world. Order prevailed. Their order. But then a certain pair of siblings came along -- the Raptors. United by blood, decked out in skin-tight leather, slipping through the night, sowing disorder. The head of the town is worried, and not without reason. The immortal race to which he belongs is starting to discover what it means to die...

  • It's stinking hot, and the crowd is beginning to lose interest in the last few gladiators still fighting for survival in the arena. Only the Emperor Claudius is still riveted, determined to stick it out until the death rattle of the last fighter announces the end of the day's frivolities. Life is just as ferocious outside the arena. Everyone wants the power; everyone is willing to kill to get it... For Agrippina, Claudius' second wife, her dear husband has served his purpose. Now that he has acknowledged her son, Nero, as his heir, it's high time he disappeared. But Agrippina has time against her: there's talk of Claudius wanting to renounce her in favor of the woman he loves, Lolia Paulina. Needless to say, it doesn't end well for poor Lolia...

  • In present day Turkey, Kim Nelson continues her quest to recover the long-lost treasure of the Black Sultan to which only her captivating ancestor, Jade, the Sultan's favorite, had the key. Meanwhile, we're flung back in time to the sumptuous era of the Ottoman Empire, where Jade has been kidnapped by a certain Lord Nelson in his efforts to retrieve his wife from the depths of the Sultan's harem. It's not long before the captive falls in love with the captor, and the pair experience an unprecedented passion. Nelson's name sinks into the djinn's skin, and, for the first time, the djinn's heart begins to beat...

  • The young Britannicus is dead. Poisoned, just like his father, the Emperor Claudius. The will that could have put an end the Nero's ever-growing ambitions has been reduced to ashes. Nero remains alone on Rome's throne. Well, almost alone. Somewhere in the shadows lurks his mother, Agrippina, and she's willing to do whatever it takes to get a bite of that rotten fruit we call 'power.'

  • Lord Nelson, Lady Nelson and Jade continue to enjoy their ménage à trois as they travel to Africa. Their boat is savagely attacked by the natives as they go up river, deeper into the heart of this vibrant but mysterious continent. But is this just an act of pure brutality? Or is there another reason, perhaps one connected to that black pearl that Jade wears in her ear, a pearl that exactly matches that of their goddess? This is the beginning of a second cycle of the grippingly exotic adventures of Jade, the mistress of the eminent Lord and Lady Nelson.

  • There is celebration throughout the realm of Middleland! The people have everything they could possibly need to be happy: Blanche, their queen, is back, the invader is vanquished and there is peace throughout the land. But this idyllic epoch won't last. Power, that indefinable poison, begins little by little to corrupt Blanche's soul. What's more, her feelings for Maldoror, the Lord of the World Below, will soon give way to an indifference he'd never have thought her capable of... Because love is no match for the ever powerful grip of power...

  • The shadows of the crucified stretch over the empire, while rumors spread like wildfire throughout all Rome. It looks like Nero, the new emperor, did indeed poison his half-brother, Britannicus. Agrippina, in order to win the favor of her own son, is willing to open her bed to him. But Nero has eyes only for Acte, the beautiful prostitute whom he freed from the clutches of Pallas, the freed slave. Nero asks Acte to give word to Murena that he is pardoned, and that there is nothing stopping him from returning to Rome. But that's not all Murena wants... he also asks of his sovereign to give him Draxus' head... Draxus, who killed his mother... Draxus, who was acting on Agrippina's orders...

  • Kim Nelson, the beautiful English granddaughter of the Sultan of Istanbul's favorite courtesan, gets ever more wrapped up in the mysteries of Africa in her quest to reclaim the black pearl that is the key to her ancestor's long-hidden treasure. Like her grandmother before her, she must go through initiations of fire and flesh to prove her worth, as she gets ever nearer the coveted and powerful jewel. The problem is she's not the only one who's after it...

  • Drago and Camilla seek vengeance for the assassination of their father, Don Molina, by exterminating those of their species who choose to enslave the human race rather than feed on them. But mankind has become an endangered species, following the great hunts of the southern continents. Should they be saved from extinction? Yes. Humans are ignorant, greedy and selfish, not to mention that stench they give off, but they have an interesting history... And so it is that a new law comes into play; a law protecting the increasingly small human race.

  • Who are these predators that seem to be infiltrating every aspect of human society? Inspector Lenore wants to take them on, but will she be up to the task? Perhaps not... Unless she allies herself with their worst enemies, back from the beginning of time, hungry for power and for blood...

  • Massam, the slave that Poppaea uses to do her dirty work, is given the order to exterminate Balba the gladiator and his accomplice Evix, the woman who dared better Nero in a chariot race. The pair of them are considered dangerous enemies of the emperor. At the imperial palace, while Nero is making plans for a whole new Rome, Poppaea lounges around with her entourage. Arsilia, one of those closest to her, is secretly summoned to meet Petronius the poet in a rough part of town. There she finds Murena, with whom she was rather enamored in the days when he was close to the emperor. Murena is convinced that Arsilia is implicated in the kidnapping of the only woman he's ever loved, and that she knows where she's been taken. Murena is determined to find his lover, and so decides to leave for Gaul. Balba and Evix say they'll accompany him, but on one condition: when they come back, Murena must help them eliminate Nero, the tyrant who killed Britannicus.

  • Africa is becoming increasingly volatile, with the black population rallying in the wake of the goddess Anaktu, embodied by Jade. But Jade has started to resist Anaktu's hold on her mind and body, finally remembering her past and the ones that she once loved. It's too late now to save them, but she will have her revenge. In the same place, but another time, Kim Nelson pursues her quest for the treasure that is rightfully hers, seeking the rare wisdom of prophets and submitting to ever more haunting visions of a past that is not her own.

  • The ruthlessly ambitious Poppea has usurped the beautiful Acte in Nero's heart. Nero is building up to a chariot race in Rome's Circus Maximus, in which his victory, naturally, is assured. The race kicks off. It's fast, and it's dangerous. And then, against all odds, it's not the emperor who finishes victorious, but a mysterious participant who turns out to be a woman...

  • In the midst of the upheaval of an African revolution, you'll find Jade, day by day casting off the trappings of her former self and allowing the spirit of the Goddess Anaktu to consume her, propelling her into the most cruel and brutal of acts. While she accumulates power and glory as the embodiment of a goddess and the centerpiece of the continent's turmoil, those who she once loved are driven along the paths that will lead them to their downfall.

  • In this second and final installment of the Rain Wolf diptych, Blanche McDell is being held prisoner by the Cody family who are demanding vengeance. They say they'll free the young woman in exchange for Rain Wolf, the Indian who dared to defend himself against a white man, resulting in the white man's death. The McDells have one week to negotiate Blanche's return before all hell breaks loose. As for Rain Wolf, he's on the trail of the legendary White Bison...

  • Here we are again on Planet Earth of the near future, where vampires have reduced humankind to a hunted animal and protected species. Only a rare few still resist. Strange alliances are forming between raptors, humans and vampires with a mutual objective: to resolve the conflicts between life forces and death forces. We hear the groans rise up from the depths. There is a change in the wind. Little by little, fear diminishes, giving way instead to courage and combat. It's carnage. Sons denounce their fathers and betrayal is rife. Get ready for the last act.

  • Rain Wolf, a young native American, is in trouble. He just killed a white man in an act of self-defense. Justifiable in the eyes of the law... when it's a white man who does it. Bruce, the son of influential railway magnate Vincent McDell, springs his friend Rain Wolf from jail and vows to protect him. Rain Wolf has no choice but to go into hiding. Sent along to accompany him by the tribe sages is Little Moon, the woman Bruce's brother Jack is in love with. Little Moon is at the age to marry, but she doesn't yet know who her husband will be. Her mystical grandfather gives her a monocle with strange powers that seems to be guiding her. Meanwhile, the Cody brothers are called upon by the dead man's mother to bring down the man who killed her son. They're hot on the trail of the two runaways, having first kidnapped Blanche McDell. But they're not the only ones...

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