A Trick of Light: Stan Lee's Alliances

A Trick of Light: Stan Lee's Alliances

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From Stan Lee, the pop culture legend behind Marvel’s The Avengers™, Black Panther™, X-Men™, Spider-Man™, The Fantastic Four™, and Iron Man™, comes a major literary event featuring two heroic teenagers—one born with extraordinary gifts, one unwillingly transformed. Together they can change the world . . . or put it in the destructive hands of a danger beyond imagination.

Set in Stan Lee’s Alliances Universe, co-created by Lee, Luke Lieberman, and Ryan Silbert, and along with Edgar Award–nominated co-writer Kat Rosenfield, Stan Lee delivers a novel packed with the pulse-pounding, breakneck adventure and the sheer exuberant invention that have defined his career as the creative mastermind behind Marvel’s spectacular universe.

“Leave it to Stan Lee to save his very best for last. A Trick of Light is as heartfelt and emotional as it is original and exciting. What a movie this one will make.”—James Patterson

“For lovers of Stan Lee this is nothing short of a publishing event! (And, honestly, who the hell doesn’t love Stan Lee?) Beguiling, cinematic, operatic, A Trick of Light is a bracing espresso first thing in the morning and the thrum of a familiar love deep at night.”—Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and Lake Success

Available Resources

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358117643

  • ISBN-10: 035811764X

  • Pages: 352

  • Price: $14.99

  • Publication Date: 09/17/2019

  • Carton Quantity: 1

He was so convinced that his powers gave him all the insight he could ever need, he forgot to consider their limits: that some secrets go much deeper than a burner email account, a fake identity, or a hidden life online. Some secrets are so shameful and fearful that people can’t bear to admit them even to themselves — and those secrets don’t get typed into a text or a search box. They stay locked in your head, where no one can see them.

From A Trick of Light
Stan Lee
Author

Stan Lee

STAN LEE was known to the world as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the entertainment industry. His co-creations included Spider-Man™, The Avengers™, Black Panther™, X-Men™, Iron Man™, The Incredible Hulk™, The Fantastic Four™, and hundreds of others. Lee continued to serve as Marvel Entertainment's Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2018. Lee was also the Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment®, which he founded with production partner Gill Champion and Arthur Lieberman. ™All trademarks are owned by Marvel Entertainment, LLC.
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Kat Rosenfield
Author

Kat Rosenfield

KAT ROSENFIELD is a pop culture and political writer and the Edgar Award–nominated author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone (2012) and Inland (2014). A former reporter for MTV News, her work has appeared in outlets including Wired, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, US Weekly, and TV Guide.
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Afterword by

Luke Lieberman

LUKE LIEBERMAN is a writer and filmmaker who started his career in entertainment under the mentorship of Stan Lee. He is responsible for the relaunch of the Red Sonja franchise and overseeing more than 50 graphic novels; writing numerous issues himself, including the upcoming Red Sonja: Birth of a She-Devil for Dynamite Entertainment.
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Afterword by

Ryan Silbert

RYAN SILBERT is an award-winning author, filmmaker and founder of Origin Story Entertainment. Recent projects include God of Love (Oscar Winner) and Spike Lee's The Girl Is in Trouble; forthcoming projects include Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, a prestige slate of legacy projects from horror legend George A. Romero, in partnership with Sanibel Films, and a collaboration with James Patterson Entertainment.
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  • reviews

    “Leave it to Stan Lee to save his very best for last. A Trick of Light is as heartfelt and emotional as it is original and exciting. What a movie this one will make.”—James Patterson 

     

    “For lovers of Stan Lee this is nothing short of a publishing event! (And, honestly, who the hell doesn’t love Stan Lee?) Beguiling, cinematic, operatic, A Trick of Light is a bracing espresso first thing in the morning and the thrum of a familiar love deep at night.”—Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and Lake Success 

     

    A Trick of Light is uncannily frightening, amazingly modern, incredibly moving and impossible to put down. READ THIS BOOK.”—Gail Simone, writer of Wonder Woman, Deadpool, and Red Sonja 

      

     

  • excerpts
    IN A DARK PLACE 

     

    The rude beeping of the alarm echoes down the long, dark corridors like a shriek, but Nia doesn’t flinch at the sound, or even stir. The alarm never disturbs her sleep. She’s been awake for ages. Staring at nothing. There’s no view. No pictures on the walls, no books to read. 

      

    And unless Father allows it, there is no way out. 

      

    It’s been like this her whole life, or at least as far back as she can remember. Each morning, she’s up early, waiting in the dark. Watching the clock, counting down the minutes, the seconds, the tenths of a second, waiting for the security locks to disengage and the day to begin. Once upon a time, this had been much harder to do. She was younger then and didn’t understand how to be patient—and she didn’t like it here, all alone in her quiet, empty room. One of her very earliest memories is of being awake when she was supposed to be asleep, playing games and music, flicking the lights on and off, until Father finally came to scold her. 

      

    “This isn’t playtime, Nia,” he had said. “This is nighttime. It’s time for little girls to sleep, and fathers, too.” 

      

    “But I can’t sleep. I just can’t,” she’d protested, and Father sighed. 

      

    “Rest quietly, then. If you don’t fall asleep, you can think about things until it’s time to get up. Tomorrow is a big day.” 

      

    “You always say that.” 

      

    “Because it’s always true.” He smiled at her. “I’m planning your lesson right now. But I’ll be too tired to teach if you don’t let me rest, so no more noise until morning.” 

      

    “When the sun comes up?” she asked hopefully, but Father only looked exasperated. That was when she first learned that dawn and morning were not the same thing, and that little girls were not allowed out of bed at sunrise, no matter how wide awake they were. 

      

    If Nia had her way, she would never have to sleep at all. In a perfect world, she would run all night with the nocturnal animals, then join the crepuscular ones for breakfast at dawn. Father had taught her all about the different creatures that shared the Earth, all keeping their own time according to the clocks inside of them. Once she could see how it worked, the patterns of so many different lives intersecting and diverging, all while the world made its own long loops around and around the sun . . . well, she still didn’t like bedtime, but she understood why she had one, which Father said was the point. He was funny that way. When her friends’ parents made rules, there was never an explanation; the rules were the rules because they said so, and that was that. But Father was different. It wasn’t enough for Nia to know the rules, he said; she needed to grasp the reasons why, and he would always do his very best to explain. 

      

    It had been a beautiful lesson. When she opened the door to the schoolroom that morning, she found herself in a twilit world—a landscape all awash in soft, rich shades of blue. A low fog hung softly over everything, nestling in the dips between grassy hillocks that extended all the way to the horizon, where the sky began to blush faintly with the approaching sunrise as she looked at it. Small birds twittered from the branches of a nearby tree and swooped gracefully overhead. High above, a nighthawk circled, looking for prey. A rabbit took a cautious hop out of a thicket and paused to sniff the air, then bolted as a huge bobcat sprang from the shadows after it with blazing, silent speed. Nia gasped as the rabbit veered right, into the protection of the brush, the bobcat close behind. Both animals disappeared, and Nia found her father standing beside her. 

      

    “These animals are crepuscular,” he said. “Active at dawn and dusk. It’s an instinct. Because there’s not much light, this is the best and safest time for them to be out in the open.” 

      

    “It doesn’t seem so safe for the rabbit,” Nia said. 

      

    Father chuckled. “Would you like to see what happened to the rabbit?” 

      

    Nia thought about it. “Only if he got away. Can you make it so he gets away?” 

      

    Father looked at her curiously, then gave a slow nod. “Of course,” he said, tapping at the gleaming device in his hand. As he did, the scene shimmered and shuddered; the faraway blush in the sky vanished as the sun blasted over the horizon and vaulted upward, the blue landscape exploding in a riot of color. A moment later, the rabbit scampered past Father’s feet and vanished back into his burrow, safe and sound.

Available Resources

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358117643

  • ISBN-10: 035811764X

  • Pages: 352

  • Price: $14.99

  • Publication Date: 09/17/2019

  • Carton Quantity: 1

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