Here at Tellest, we’re committed to bringing you the best fantasy stories that we can. That includes helping you along the way to find other great talents and their works of passion. Over the past year, we’ve managed to work with dozens of authors in our Otherworld segments. These authors might have fantasy tales that closely mimic that what you see in Tellest, or they might be as far beyond as the stars themselves. But what they all have in common is that they were written specifically with fans of the genre in mind. These writers deserve your attention, for if you’re here, you’re looking for your next great read.
Below, you’ll see a list of headings that will lead you directly to each of the sub-genres that we’ve slotted these stories into. Some of them may need refinement as time goes on, but we hope that we’re able to tell you enough about them to pique your interest. Clicking on the covers will bring you to each story’s Amazon page, where you’ll be able to see blurbs for the individual works. We truly hope you find your next favorite story right here!
Dar Tania 2: Set’s Dream
Dar Tania 2: Set’s Dream is a different kind of tale than the first book. It takes place five years following the events of Dar Tania, and the high priestess of Tiamat isn’t the central character in this piece. While she still is present—as the title should indicate—the real focus is on the ranger, Bruce, and his peculiar companion, a medusa named Syliri. It’s rare to see such a character get such high billing, and it makes the story that much more interesting to breeze through. There are a few other characters that join the ranks as well, and they’re all as entertaining as the last.
Barnum excels at breathing life into his world, and his characters, given more room to develop, will garner your attention, if not your affection. This book should definitely be on your radar. Check out Dar Tania 2: Set’s Dream on Amazon today!
Dar Tania is a book by Eric K Barnum which provides a stage for the longer books that follow in his Forsaken Isles series. It’s a short novel, but it has tremendous value. It introduces you to not only the history of the Forsaken Isles, but also to Barnum’s strong writing, interesting characters and powerful plot elements. More importantly, Barnum does an excellent job of weaving each of those individual threads into something magical.
There’s no shortage of great things to say about Dar Tania. It’s a delightful, robust read, and even though it’s around one hundred pages, the writing is clever and concise enough to give you a tremendous amount of details. For Barnum’s entry into fantasy literature, this sure seems fleshed out and strong. Check it out on Amazon today!
The Spectra Unearthed
The Spectra Unearthed, the first book in Christie Valentine Powell’s The Spectra: Keita’s Wings series, is a charming, well-written tale by an author who is growing into her craft, and developing a world that you can’t help but want to visit.
It’s a doozy of a story, with a plucky lead, locales you’ll love to explore, and of course, beautiful prose. Powell is definitely a storyteller to watch out for. The Spectra Unearthed begins with a nice burst of action, and the pace is steady from there out. The author is also a master of dialog—every time a new character is introduced, you’ll be happy to see a new conversation unfold.
Powell has two stories that follow this, and each of them get even better as they go. This is a great place to start though, and you’ll be happy to read about Keita and the royal family, the Nomelands, and the Stygians. Pick up The Spectra Unearthed on Amazon today!
Sapphire Ambition is the spectacular sequel to Diamond Bonds. Everything that made the first book entertaining is cranked up a notch here, and the stakes are ever higher.
The world Kish has built continues to grow, and new characters are introduced while the established ones get a chance to shine even brighter.
It is everything you like to see in a follow-up, and it’s sure to leave you eager for the third book! Check out Sapphire Ambition on Amazon today!
Diamond Bonds has got wonderfully written characters, a cool setting, and the right kind of magic to pique your interest.
It’s young adult fantasy at its finest, and if you get a chance to read it, you’ll join the ranks of those who have enjoyed it.
Check it out on Amazon today!
William Long’s Timecrack is one of those entertaining books that pulls you out of the monotony of day to day life, and thrusts you upon a whole new world. In this first book in his series, we join the Kinross family in a beautiful, humorous, thrilling adventure when a portal opens and pulls them through to a fantastic, new world.
Timecrack is a lovely endeavor by Long, and one that you’ll be happy to know already has a sequel, with a third coming along soon. It has characters that are endearing and easy to relate to, and a world that is fully realized with secrets left to be discovered. If you’re interested in this fun fantasy romp, check out Timecrack on Amazon today!
The False Prophet
The sequel to the award-winning Christian fantasy novel, The Stonegate Sword, this book is incredible. The False Prophet proves without a doubt that Harry James Fox is a storyteller worth following.
Beautiful prose is present throughout the book, and though it takes place in a future version of North America, Fox makes the world his own. He hits all the creative notes you want in a story. This award-winning author will have you turning the pages faster and faster, ever excited to see what happens next.
This is a fantasy series that you definitely do not want to miss. I recommend you drop whatever you’re doing and pick the book up on Amazon today!
The Stonegate Sword
The Stonegate Sword is a lovingly crafted, gorgeous read by Harry James Fox. The perfect juxtaposition of classic fantasy, romance, a smidge of science fiction, and a hearty dash of religion fill these pages. They all coexist beautifully, and come together to tell a story that will appeal to you across every single chapter.
Filled with bouts of historical fiction and brave knights in shining armor, The Stonegate Sword will surely prove to be a difficult book to put down. Check it out on Amazon today!
The Queen’s Reflection
Terry Heath writes the Ballad of the White Dragons series of novellas, and his recent debut is The Queen’s Reflection. Well spoken and even better humored, this “goatherd” from Washington has a way with words that will have you ready to sign up for all the novellas before they’ve released. There are three more to follow this one soon.
Why not get started with the first book in the series? You can check it out on Amazon right now.
A gorgeous book of fantasy and poetry, Pansflorawood is written in whimsical iambic pentameter. Adams has a wonderfully quirky attitude and presence, and her work is as delightful as it comes.Pansflorawood really is a treasure—a fantasy book for right brain stimulation to launch the power of your imagination!
If you’re looking for the book in ebook format, you can pick it up on Amazon here.
Heartfelt Sounds is the debut fantasy title of author C. M. Estopare. It’s the first book in her The World of Sorrel series, and it promises to be an incredible read. When fantasy is looked at through a lens that might be a little different than we’re used to, you’re in for an interesting tale—in the case of this novel, that’s exactly what you get.
Naia is a delightful character to read about, and and Estopare is bound to see a huge amount of traction with this debut title.
The Horse Dreamer
The Horse Dreamer is the first book in the Marc and S.J. Secchia’s Equinox Cycle. And just like Shadow Dragon, it’s poised to take virtual bookshelves by storm. With fantastic dialogue, a world built out of a wonderful imagination, and events that are times heartbreaking and uplifting,The Horse Dreamer is a perfect summer read.
Secchia invites you to embark on this unforgettable ride to the world of Equinox with Zaranna, the Horse Dreamer. Filled with courage, magic, evil wizards and crystal dragons, this is a world of wild equinoctial storms and majestic beauty. Explore the fantasy worlds of Amazon bestselling author Marc Secchia. Pick it up on Amazon today!
The Six and the Crystals of Ialana
The Six and the Crystals of Ialana is author Katlynn Brooke’s first foray into the fantasy world that she’s created. Following a handful of younger characters, the story truly opens up and shows you some very interesting twists and turns. It’ll have you racing through every page and chapter. Luckily, there are two more books that follow.
Brooke has already made somewhat of a name for herself because of these books, and you can get in on the action by picking up the first title from Amazon today.
We’re obviously huge fans of fantasy, and there is perhaps no indie author so poised to deliver traditional fantasies than J.S. Morin. We’ve worked with him on several occasions, and he’s been prolific in his work thus far, releasing over two dozen books since 2013.
We had the privelege of promoting Morin’s book, Firehurler, but we also were able to interview the super hard-working storyteller. You can read that interview here. Be on the lookout for more great content from J.S. Morin. We’re sure that we’ll consistently be one of the first places you’ll get news of his newest big projects.
Rune of the Apprentice
Jamison Stone, the author of Rune of the Apprentice has talent, drive and an awesome personality. In what I’d call pre-production, he’s already delivered an awesome amount of supplementary material (the maps of Terra, Vai’kel and Devdan are pretty spectacular). Of course, more importantly, what Stone delivers is a solid story. Some free chapters of Rune of the Apprentice are up on Inkshares already.
With a deftly written story, Stone leads his characters into and out of danger, weaving a thrilling thread that connects things with a lot of poise. His story is clever, too, with ideas that you don’t see too much of these days.
Rune of the Apprentice is currently crowdfunding on Inkshares.
There are folks out there that treat their series like a child, raising them up from nothing to be powerful enough to stand on their own. Alesia and Michael Matson treat their child like she’s the future queen.
They’ve opened up their fantastic series, The Raven and the Iris, with Raven’s Tears. A trip to the world of Menelon opens a window to this vast fantasy that they’ve spent thirty years creating. It’s a true passion the likes of which their characters wouldn’t even see coming. I am truly impressed by their willingness to hammer away at it as hard as they have. In doing so, they’ve forged a world that rivals some of the greatest fantasies you’ve ever seen.
The Undead King
“We don’t really get enough of those fantasy-after-the-world’s-been-destroyed storylines.”
Jared Rinaldi takes that notion and crushes it. He’s already delivered us a great story, The Undead King, which is the first book in the Saga of Jai Lin. He’s a bit of a renaissance man, too, with acting and musical tendencies under his belt. With such a wide skill set, he has a lot to lend to his awesome characters. His protagonist, Mercer Crane, and even Jai Lin, the sword that his father used to slay the imposing threat of a dangerous general, speak volumes of the kind of delightful fantasy that Rinaldi has set out to spin.
Sword Bearer (Return of the Dragons, Book One)
It sometimes seems like you can’t beat free, but that’s not always the case. When you have an excellent book, seeing “free” means so much more. Epic fantasy isn’t usually offered with such a caveat, but when it is, it’s just awesome.
Such is the case with Sword Bearer, the first book in the Return of the Dragons series by Teddy Jacobs. This is a story that is loved by nearly everyone who picks it up, and just a little bit of time with it can show you why.
It’s a story that is well-off enough that the author could fully justify charging at least the typical $2.99 on Amazon, but he’s offering it for free. Don’t forget to pick it up! And when you’re finished with Sword Bearer, don’t forget to check out book two of Return of the Dragons: WIND RIDER.
Scrapplings: Children of the Dragons
Despite all of the distance between them, every culture in our world has some kind of mythology in place surrounding these magnificent creatures that we assume are naught but a fairy tale. Could it be that we’ve just been led to believe that dinosaur fossils made us believe in winged, fire-breathing beasts?
When someone tells a dragon story that I enjoy, you can be sure that I am beyond pleased. I tried to tell my own, and though I’m proud of it, I know that there are other people out there who are better accustomed to weaving that particular narrative. Such is the case with Amelia Smith, whose Anamat series paints the dragons like gods. Only true believers can see them, and faith gives them strength.
It doesn’t hurt that Darna, the protagonist, is a cheeky little heroine who isn’t afraid of getting her hands a little dirty. Thus begins her adventures in Scrapplings: Children of the Dragons.
The Staff of Tzaddi
Every good writer knows that there is a precarious balance that you need to find the perfect center of to truly capture the attention of your readers. Romance has to be explored in a way that isn’t too sappy. Action has to be reserved enough not be exhausting, but impressive enough to get your blood flowing. Mysteries have to unfold with just the right pace, else you surprise too early or drag on too long.
T. N. Newborn is a tightrope walker who is excellent at her job. With her debut novel, The Staff of Tzaddi, she deftly toes the line between love and vengeance, action and storytelling. It’s the Romeo and Juliet of this genre, spun with such care and clever wordplay that you’d swear the author had been writing for all her life.
Out to Give a Dragon Treasure
Fantasy is capable of so much. It can take you to another place entirely, where things have the possibility of being just as whimsical as they are dangerous. Think of Willow, or The Princess Bride or Stardust. They’re incredible stories set in realms of fantasy, and they’re not nearly as morose or grimdark as what we see these days (not that those are bad things – it’s just nice to have the option for some lighter fare).
If you’re in the market for something a little more airy but just as interesting, think about starting off the warmer months with Out to Give a Dragon Treasure, by Stephen Prescott. In this fantasy tale, things begin with a much warmer, jovial tone. You know right from the get-go that this is the kind of story that won’t bog you down with brooding heroes and psychopathic villains. It’s lighthearted and humorous, and the characters are quirky and fun. It’s a quick read, too – a perfect way to start your summer reading if you haven’t already.
The Fallen (Daoine Maithe, Book 1)
A suggestion, if you’re into epic fantasy with a dash of romance: the Daoine Maithe trilogy (soon to be a quartet) by Dan O’Sullivan.
Almost a fairytale with an epic twist, the series is known for its gripping plot, twists and turns, and of course, O’Sullivan’s fearlessness as a writer. She deftly weaves danger and intrigue into her prose, and the story progresses with real consequences.
Her trilogy is a fast moving, action packed series of fantasy adventure novels based around a legendary, mythical people and their dangerous fallen kindred. Equal parts adventure, well-plotted romance, thrills and fantasy with a foot in mythology, the world draws readers in and keeps them engaged in the characters and the cliff hangers they face as the stories accelerate.
The Seven Stones (Tumblestones Trilogy, Book One)
There’s something about the way that children’s fantasy and coming-of-age stories that really intermingle in the best way with the genre. It’s fantasy – we’re meant to let our minds wander and do incredible things.
C. P. Goy takes that notion and runs with it, with The Seven Stones, the first book in his Tumblestones Trilogy. In it, the protagonist Terry is swept up into a new world where your imagination is free to run a little wild, and where danger lurks around every corner…
Marduk’s Mark (A Wayward Souls Story, Volume 1)
Antonio Rodriguez has an awesome way of tackling his stories, and you should see that with Marduk’s Mark, the first book in the Wayward Souls series that he’s been working on. As he works on the sequel to this story, why not check the entry title out?
Marduk’s Mark is set in a fantasy world where there are three races alongside humans: Junex, Threed, and Deelamn. The Junex are majestic creatures, quite capable in the magical arts but also very physically fit. They help the humans out with their little Deelamn problem. See, the Deelamn can become afflicted with an illness called Marduk’s Mark, in which they may suddenly have the symbol of Marduk appear somewhere on their body. This will begin to take their sanity away, eventually turning them into bloodthirsty killers with a particular nasty interest in human blood. The Threed are enigmatic, holding on to ancient knowledge and unwilling to share it.
The Circles of Light: and the three Realms
A.D.S. Jannece and his new book,The Circles of Light: and the three realms is sure to catch your attention. Jannece has done his part by meticulously honing his craft for the past twelve years. You can see it in the world he’s poured his heart into – The Circles of Light is an interesting literary universe, one that the author has invested himself in fully.
With two more books planned by 2017, there’s never been a better time to invest in the world of The Circles of Light. Jannece has just established some tried and true fans of his work, and with luck, you’ll be in that group as well.
Cycle of Ages Saga: Finders Keepers
Jeremy Hicks and Barry Hayes have managed to create not just a written work, but a living, breathing fantasy world: Faltyr. Not content to let that world go on uninhabited, the two chaps developed a screenplay and a book to introduce it. Finders Keepers is the first book in the Cycle of Ages Saga, and it is a doozy of an entry point.
The team of Hicks and Hayes does a great job making their cast of characters likable right from the start. As the story continues to unfold, it really begins to express this wonderful world that the authors have created.
Anais of Brightshire
Anais of Brightshire is the beginning of an excellent coming-of-age story that explores what happens when curiosity and magic mix. Anais is a wonderful character, and she meets up with a small ensemble that you’ll grow to love as well. Best of all, this first story in the volume, while short, is free.
Jamie Wilson shows her stripes as an author with the amount of work that she’s delivered recently. If you’re looking for a story that will introduce you to a great new fantasy series, you need look no further. Check our the first book, Anais of Brightshire.
Shadow Dragon (Shapeshifter Dragons: Book 2)
Shadow Dragon is one of the most popular fantasy books on Amazon, and it is easy to see why. He has excellent characters, intricately woven story elements, and wonderfully crafted sequences of events. Oh, and awesome, dynamic dragons.
There’s never been a better time to pick up Shadow Dragon, especially with vastness of the series. Aranya is a heroine worth rooting for, and you can read this sprawling epic right now.
Riyadad Ullah has set forth with an excellent tale with Phantasia, a future fantasy epic. His writing is exemplary, his storytelling a well-honed craft, and it shows with this journey into the magical world that he found.
His book is a sprawling fantasy epic mixed with science fiction elements, and a fantastic cast of characters. It echoes shades of Dune and Lord of the Rings, but at the same time is its own story with a unique voice, setting, and plot. The author doesn’t try to hide his use of common tropes, and instead, puts a unique twist on each of them.
The Cult of Yex Saga
The Cult of Yex Saga, a highly ambitious epic fantasy has been crafted lovingly by two authors.
At least three novels deep, the series is a must-read for anyone who has grown to love epic fantasy. This is the kind of story that has been brewing since the turn of the century, and that can only mean good things.
In Second Cataclysm, Jason F. Smith and C. Parker Garlitz have launched a revolution in epic high fantasy. Four brave heroes from the desert city of Demon’s Bluff find themselves in a desperate race to foil the reemergence of the ancient Cult of Yex. Cael, Needle, Brynn and Mallet discover that their destinies are inextricably intertwined and the future of their world is in mortal peril. When a massive prophesied earthquake rips their hometown, the heroes are swept into a relentless struggle against the secretive and pernicious Cult.
The Fallen Odyssey
A new fantasy series is on the rise, and it’s well written, interesting and growing in popularity.
The first book in the series is a charming young adult epic called The Fallen Odyssey. Author C.B. McCullough manages to craft a tale that is as elegant as it is vast, and you won’t be disappointed if you choose to take up this story.
There’s often a distinction between a decent author and a great one, and McCullough is definitely a stellar one who is still on the rise. Beyond just these books, he also has seen releases in audiobook, and he is helping other writers to pursue their dreams as well.
The Glacier of Gods & Monsters
he Glacier of Gods and Monsters is the sequel to the highly rated Waking Up Dead by Zabe Truesdell.
This is the kind of fantasy that I really love to read. It’s something that takes you out of the ordinary, and delivers this otherworldly presence – a new set of rules that you get to explore. If you’re interested in discovering more about this series, check it out on Amazon. You won’t be disappointed!
Witch Hunt (Lodestone, Book 1)
From prolific author Wendy Scott comes Lodestone, book one in her fantasy series, Witch Hunt. With all the buzz of what’s hot these days, but with some keen writing talent, this first in the series is well worth looking into.
Scott has already established some fine writing chops, with a plethora of other stories under her belt. Whether you’re interested in children’s books, romance or fantasy, she’s got you covered.
Trapped in Glass
Robert Vincent’s novel is one that you’ll be a very big fan of. That might be because it reminds captures action incredibly well, and it is that talent that leads the beginning of Trapped in Glass to capture you so efficiently.
Robert has been working on Trapped in Glass for a long time. That kind of patient craftsmanship is what makes the book a fun, engaging read. This decade-in-the-making story is well worth a look, and comes from an author who is well-read, and very interesting.
The Spirit: Awakening
Introducing K.M. Riley, and her novel, The Spirit: Awakening.
On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Adele inherited the Kingdom of Iden. Willful, strong, and independent, her life changed when she discovered she’s more than successor—she’s heir to a mysterious power hunted by an evil spirit. Chaos covers her lands, forcing Adele to flee its reach. She journeys to unravel the secrets of her abilities, and defeat the enemy shadowing her.
Adele refuses to let Iden fall—not without a fight.
Riley is a Jane-of-all-trades. She writes, she designs games and she’s an artist. Be on the lookout for many more great things from her.
Sirenhawk Book I: Misborn of the Snowy Reaches
L.E.Parr’s Sirenhawk series does for shapeshifters what Fariidinus did for fairies. The lead character, Ice, takes shelter from the world of man in a hidden place in Sierra Nevada, but she also can’t ignore the pull of the big city. Whereas Parr’s fairy series was brutal beyond the veil of the beautiful creatures, Sirenhawk leans more on whimsy. The author definitely flexes her humor muscles here, to great effect.
Parr has already established herself with one stellar series. With Sirenhawk, though, the author proves that she can let two storylines breathe and grow independent of each other. Ice is an adorable new lead, and she is the perfect way to be introduced to the sirenhawks.
Sirenhawk is fun fantasy at its very best, and you’re sure to love it. Check it out on Amazon to join Ice on her first big adventure!
Fariidinus Book V: Wings of the Sea
Fariidinus Book 5: Wings of the Sea is another bout of worldbuilding at its finest, and this time L.E.Parr brings us to a whole new realm. The Heartland seas become an intriguing place to visit, thanks to newcomer Melody, who holds sway over that domain. The story fits in with the previous book as well, as some focus is left on Kirin, who became this second set’s big hero. Melody gets to shine here, though, and you’ll quickly fall in love with her.
The first trilogy was tremendous entertainment, and these newer books are set to keep up to that same pace while also carving out the world she’s built even further. Melody is an awesome character to add to her already impressive roster. If you want to read her story, check out Fariidinus Book 5: Wings of the Sea on Amazon today.
Fariidinus Book IV: Glissin
The start of a brand new set of books in the Fariidinus series focuses on a new main protagonist. Aramix is a glissin, a half-human, half-fey who can sort through the parts of the queane of the Heartland. She keeps the queane in one piece, in spite of the considerable pain and weakness she lives through. But what would happen if Aramix didn’t use her powers the way people tell her she should?
Returning to the Heartland for this new piece of the Fariidinus series is more refreshing than you’d believe at first glance. Glissin gives Parr a chance to explore the world beyond the veil with greater resources, and indeed, this new set of books looks to pull back the curtain on much more of the Fariidinus lore. Pick up Glissin on Amazon today!
Fariidinus Book III: Battle Queane
The third book in the Fariidinus series, Battle Queane, jumps right into the juiciest bit of the conflict that has been growing since Parr’s first book. Kirin continues to grow stronger, and it becomes clear that she is the key to defeating the villainous Letal. But such power comes with a tremendous price, and Kirin may not be able to bear it.
Nailing the hat trick, Parr delivers a stunning conclusion to the first Fariidinus series. It’s raw, emotional and filled with the drama and conflict you’ll come to enjoy from this lethal fairy universe. Battle Queane wraps up the trilogy in as beautiful and eloquent a manner as could be imagined. Check it out on Amazon today.
Fariidinus Book II: Wings of the Exile
Sisters of the Blood is the continuation of the Fariidinus series, written by L.E.Parr. Where Wings of the Exile saw the heroine of this series finding the strength and confidence to return to the Heartland, this book finds her turning herself into a powerful weapon to use against the evil Highmother.
Fariidinus is a wonderful series, and the second book is just as enjoyable as the first. If you’re in the market for a series that puts a focus on just how deadly something beautiful can be, the Fariidinus books won’t steer you wrong. Check out Sisters of the Blood on Amazon now!
Fariidinus Book I: Wings of the Exile
The Fariidinus series begins with Wings of the Exile. Kirin, who has been stripped of her wings, was banished from the Heartland. But her part in the great battle before her is not over. Beautiful fantasy mixes with the right amount of grit and grime. Parr’s fairies are as lethal as they are beautiful, and it gets your blood pumping for every tension-filled scene.
Wings of the Exile is exactly what an introductory tale should be. Parr crafts a story here that doesn’t feel as though it was a labor at all. Rather, you get a sense that the fairies whispered their secrets to the author, and she was the incredible scribe who was given the gift to share it with the rest of us. The Fariidinus books are massive, and there are more on the way. But if you want to get started, there’s no better time than now to pick up the first book on Amazon.
Kara Richards: Seeking Tallemar
C. S. Eubank is a relatively new storyteller on the block, but what the author brings to the table is fresh and charming. Her heroine, Kara Richards, is the kind of character you just want to root for. It is a perfect tale for the young readers in your family.
Eubank is going to be a storytelling force to be reckoned with – you can mark my words on that. If you’re interested in picking up Kara Richards: Seeking Tallemar, check it out on Amazon. If you purchase the paperback directly from the author’s website, Eubank will sign it for free!
Jessica Tumminello has worked her magic on Soul Mirror, a young adult story about a girl named April who is a pretty flawed individual – more than OK with taking advantage of people to suit her own needs. That’s all changed with one spectacular gift, however.
Tumminello has done a great job with this foray into the genre and into writing. If you’re interested in Soul Mirror, you should check it out on Amazon.
Author M. L. Ryan effortlessly blends urban fantasy with romance and just the right amount of humor in the awesome entry title to her Coursodon Dimension series. Best of all, it presents itself in a fun way to its readers. Maybe you’re hanging on to a possessed kindle and you don’t even know it…
I absolutely love that Ryan and her charming story are aware of its presence. The tongue-in-cheek humor definitely drives this story, and I have no doubts that you’ll enjoy it.
Special Offers, the first book of the Coursodon Dimension Series, combines urban fantasy, a bit of romance and a healthy dose of quirky humor.
The Curse of the Grimms (The Family Grimm)
Allison Kay Burlap delivers eerie fantasy in The Curse of the Grimms, the first in a series that follows this family with a dark history.
When Eleanor received a letter inviting her to the European funeral of an uncle she never knew existed, she knew she had to find out more, even though her mother pleaded with her not to go. Next thing she knew, she was in the family castle in Central Europe, and seemingly warmly welcomed by her long-lost family. Perhaps they weren’t that odd after all.
Until she saw a terrifying ghost, and learned that she was the heir to untold power . . .
Elementary Virtue: The Savior
Wuthrich has done an excellent job with this story, and she’s doing it for all the right reasons. It’s a beautiful passion for her, and it shows on each page. If you’re interested in Elemental Virtue: The Savior,check it out on Amazon.
The Jaguar Key (Rosamond Eternal)
The Jaguar Key: Rosamond Eternal is a very well put together tale that spans centuries. Author Katherine Starbird has hand plenty of time to work on her craft, and it shows in this stellar first story. Did I mention it won the 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award?
Rather than let that dictate whether or not you’d find it a fun read, let Starbird sell you with her wonderfully chosen words:
“A goddess with man trouble, stalkers and secrets.”
Half Breed Queen (Book 1 of the Skatia Narratives)
Why not reach for your closest e-reader device and boot up Half Breed Queen, by L.A. Hendricks? It’s an entertaining tale of a world beyond ours, where more than what is in your imagination is possible – but it all starts here, on Earth.
Marla Owens was forced to go on the run after the brutal murder of her parents. But that was only the beginning…
Hendricks is an author worthy of your attention, and Half Blood Queen is a dependable read.
Divide and Conquer (Champions of Elonia)
With strong characters and a story that leaves you wanting more, Divide and Conquer, by Carmen Fox, might be your go-to book for a nice spot of reading. It’s certainly worthy of your attention, as many others who are fans of the book can attest to.
Two women. One prophecy. Zero places to hide.
If you want to just get right down to it and pick up her novel, head to the Divide and Conquer Amazon page.
Retention (Saphora, volume 1)
How cool would it be to be a superhero? How amazing would it be to fly from one point on the Earth to another? Saphora by Jaz Johnson entertains these thoughts, but it also goes behind the curtain, and shows the struggles of the person behind the powers. You see, Saphora is not entirely unlike our favorite Kryptonian. Jettisoned from her planet, her true origins are lost to her. She has found peace on Earth, except for the encroachment of Tebias, who seeks to return her to her ancestral home.
Johnson has lovingly crafted a story for Saphora, and one that seems eager to continue being told. She’s even got a second character from her Athena universe who is making waves.
If Saphora sounds like the kind of heroine that you can get behind, check out the first book in the series, Retention, on Amazon.
Chasing Rain (Episode One)
Chasing Rain is a book series that will definitely appeal to fans of the Twilight series, in addition to a lot of the other popular series that have been made into films lately. Beautiful Creatures, City of Bones… it all wraps very nicely into writing like this.
These books are short, but they’re cheap, too. And because each one ends in a cliffhanger, you’re instantly ready to pop down another dollar for the next installment!
Freddy Fumple and the Mind Monsters
Award-winning writer and TV producer Vegard Svingen rises to the challenge with his debut children’s novel, Freddy Fumple and the Mindmonsters. It captures mystery and intrigue in a lot of great ways, and really makes you question what is possible (and not only in the world that Svingen’s created).
If you’ve got a child with a big imagination, or you’ve got an abundant imagination yourself, Freddy’s tale is sure to warm your heart. The characters are enjoyable and easy to relate to. You’ll be begging for more before the book even ends.
The Greenest Valley
If you’ve got a child who likes to read fantasy, this will be their new favorite series. Ross Rosenfeld has delivered a wonderful set of tales with the Stolen Kingdom Stories. He’s well written, weaves an interesting narrative, and knows his audience well. The first story in his series, The Greenest Valley, is a fun step into his world.
Rosenfeld’s work is seeing great acclaim on Amazon. This would make a great read in your child’s summer reading.
Jala and the Wolves
It’s stories like Marti Dumas’ Jala and the Wolves that spring that well of creativity in people when they’re young and take them down this path, where things like Tellest and all the other stories in the Otherworld are possible.
Dumas crafts an excellent story for kids and their parents which takes a girl and throws her into a mysterious world of wolves. Her craft is definitely praised, as you can see by her ratings and reviews.
Anne Hawksmoore: The Time Traveller
Anne Hawksmoor: The Time Traveler, by KC Harry, is first and foremost a fun fantasy read. It’s clever and fluid, and it leads into a heartfelt series. But it’s also got a strong anti-bullying message that could benefit a lot of readers.
In Book One, during a summer vacation, Anne and her cousin Claire travel to visit their aunt Marjorie and cousin John in Greenwich, England. It is during their trip to the Tower of London that Anne and Clair go back in time, to 1548, and embark on an unexpected adventure with the young King Edward and his servant James.
Dark Fantasy / Horror
Immortal Shadow is a bit of a darker tale. It’s plenty of fun, and author Anderson Atlas has some serious writing chops. He’s a prolific storyteller, and as time moves forward, you’re going to see the volume of his books expand to an even more sizable collection than what it is now. Check out Immortal Shadow on Amazon today to get started, and say you read Atlas back when he was just revving his engine!
Immortal Shadow is worthy of your attention, and after reading it, you’ll be itching for your next trip back to Lan Darr—and any other worlds Anderson creates.
Red Noon at Helltowne
The Night Skies Over Valhallow world is Dan Osarchuk’s take on dystopian fantasy. He’s been at it for a long while, turning Earth into something darker that echoes the ages long past. Red Noon at Helltowne is his latest fare, and you can see just from the first few pages how robust the world is. A mix of fantasy, humor, action and political intrigue, the works of Osarchuk also serve an allegorical purpose. More than once there’s a few stabs taken at the world we currently live in.
Pick up Red Noon at Helltowne from Amazon and you’ll see right away why Osarchuk keeps plugging away at these books.
The Threat Below
With Jason Latshaw’s The Threat Below, you’ll get a dystopian fantasy that is magical and which will capture your imagination. This book, the first in the Brathius History series, takes place roughly three centuries in the future. Traces of our civilization are still present, but for the most part, things have regressed to a much more primal state. A lot of dystopian tropes are in place, such as the language and a sort of caste system, but they’re all expressed in fairly interesting ways.
Latshaw’s Brathius History series is sure to grow (besides this first book, he also has a short story that focuses on a ten-year-old Adorane). In the meantime, check out The Threat Below on Amazon, especially if you’re into dystopian future fantasies. You won’t be disappointed!
Power of Shadow
If a balanced, darker story is attractive to you, you might want to check out Power of Shadow, the first book in the Earth, Blood and Shadow series, by Dean Chalmers. It’s dark, as the name suggests, and may even tread the line toward grimness, dance that line and then completely cross it. But at its heart is a story that can be enjoyed by anyone. Chalmers has an interesting written voice, and sometimes that can make all the difference.
A brilliantly written first-person story, Power of Shadow is a fun escapist tale. Right from the get-go, Phantist is in over his head, and with every turn of the page, you’re that much more excited to see where the story is bound to go. Before you know it, you’re halfway through the book!
The Fragile Fall at Tallow Bridge
Mark Heath has taken a bunch of perfect ingredients and thrown them together to make his own witch’s brew in the form of The Fragile Fall at Tallow Bridge. The eerie goings-on in the town of Aftlain will become your new favorite thing to read about, no doubt.
Heath has already amassed a following of folks who are interested in his story. Should you like to be added to his list of fans, you can find The Fragile Fall at Tallow Bridge on Amazon.
Awake by Lana Moon treads an awesome path. The talented Moon has been writing for over a decade, and her own personal experience with “forgotten” places in Missouri and Illinois led to her become an incredible force when it comes to horror and fantasy. And Awake in particular just oozes that eerie dark awesomeness.
Lana Moon is an uncanny force in dark fantasy. If that’s up your alley, it really would serve you well to look at her work. Don’t forget to check out Awake on Amazon.
Death of the Spirit (Crossing Death Book Two)
Rick Chiantaretto is on fire. The followup installment in his Crossing Death series, Death of the Spirit continues his well-written path for Edmund, now back in the world of Orenda, where trouble manages to find him once again.
Just as in the first book, this installment has a very tightly tuned look at the world that Chiantaretto has crafted. Edmund’s tale is told through a first-person narrative that draws you in completely – the author is a master of the occult, that much you can be sure of.
Death of the Body (Crossing Death Book One)
Rick Chiantaretto has developed a truly interesting story about a return from death. His Crossing Death series has expanded, with the second book releasing this month, to high appraise already. And with a fan base as fervent as his, you know it’s a story worth paying attention to.
This is the kind of book that speaks to people – it’s magical, intense and mysterious. Rick’s first book in the Crossing Death series, which is currently free, can be found on Amazon.
Hollow (Chronicles of Sarin)
T. L. Wright hass invested a decent amount of time into his world, the dark and gritty Sarin. Hollow: Chronicles of Sarin is a little darker than some of the fantasy that you see these days, but it feel like that’s actually a nice little breath of fresh air.
Wright’s story moves forward at a brisk pace, and before you know it, you’re reaching the end of the story. Luckily, he leaves it open for a follow-up, which you’ll no doubt be looking forward to.
Dark of Night (The Man from the Yard Book One)
Dark of Night is Marios Savva’s first novel in his Man from the Yard series. Sheriff Blakemoore has some history in Scotland Yard, and he brings his expertise to the United States. Of course, things go awry, and he might learn that the town of Whitesands is more than what it first appears.
Though this is Savva’s first time writing fiction, he has plenty of experience with writing, primarily dealing with psychology.
If you’re interested in this great Supernatural title though, take a look at his book on Amazon.
Shieldwolf Dawning, by Selena Nemorin, is the tale of two siblings who are brought to another world that is very unlike their own. What they once thought was home was a planet very much like ours, with high tech weaponry, robotics and other amenities that we take for granted. But that world is tainted, and the new world is so fantastic.
Shieldwolf Dawning definitely goes beyond the traditional fantasy/sci-fi as well. The author has a background in philosophy, and it transcends to her work. Samarra and her brother make hard choices, which aren’t the typical ones you’d see your characters faced with in a tween-friendly novel, but it works in a grand way.
Historical / Military Fantasy
Rough and bloody, Olaf Tormund’s Swordless Warriors tells the tale of ravagers from the north, and their invasion. More importantly, it goes into darker territory when it introduces the mythical berserkers, with their superhuman strength. Introduced as villains, these vikings become interesting and relatable as the story progresses. With a unique style, Swordless Warriors delivers you into a world that makes you feel as though you’ve traveled somewhere else. It’s historical fiction that’ll get your blood pumping, and before you know it, you’ll have raced through its pages.
The Wonderland Series
Lory La Selva Paduano has constructed a story with a great hook that is definitely not Alice’s Wonderland. Her Wonderland Series has recently released as one collection, with the paperback set coming soon. Eschewing the idea of telling the tale of Alice once again, La Selva Paduano’s Wonderland takes on a life all its own. With an abundance of interesting characters and a vastly built world, this bundle is sure to grab your attention early and keep it in its grasp. It has charmed a lot of people already, and no doubt it’ll grip you as well if you decide to pick it up.
The Chronicles of Lady E
Nicola E. Sheridan, the best selling author, is releasing The Chronicles of Lady E in October. She’s already got a huge following, and she’s hoping to add you to that growing number. This particular book is the introduction to a new series by the prolific storyteller.
Though the book isn’t coming out until October, Sheridan is offering up a pretty great deal leading up to the pre-release.
In Search of Spice
Rex Sumner is a bit of an interesting writer. He’s prolific, for one, but he’s led such an thrilling life that its hard not to want to chronicle some things. And when you spend your time spinning yarns to your children, you’re well on your way to becoming a fantasy storyteller.
In Search of Spice is the first novel (of epic proportions, I might add) in Sumner’s Harrhein series. In it, we follow the adventures of the crew of The Queen Rose. It’s an ensemble piece that flows deftly from page to page, and catches your interest from the very first turn.
Sumner has been working his tail off for some time, and you can tell that In Search of Spice is the fruit of his labor. If you’re interested in a good swashbuckling tale, you could do a lot worse than this gem.
James Malone’s Rainbow Gardens is that kind of story that needs to be told. It’s helps to tell an important part of American history, and it also slides in an appropriate amount of fantasy that gives it just the right flavor. It all stems from a basic thought: After the Japanese Internment, can Harry Shikita ever forgive the trolls who put him there?
James is no stranger to the written word, having experiences in advertising, communications and public affairs. You can download the eloquently crafted Rainbow Gardens from Amazon.
The Curse of the Golden Coins
The Curse of the Golden Coins by Kaye Pascal takes a more contemporary turn in fantasy, and delivers something that feels like a good old fashioned Goonies adventure.
The protagonist Del, is a 23-year-old who had served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He believes a lost treasure that will make him a fortune. His treasure reveals a world of magic that leads him on a fast paced adventure. Del is joined on his adventure by his friend Sawyer who is an ex-slave, as well as a new friend, Willow. Beneath the layer of a fast paced adventure is the story of friendship. As magic and myth unfold, the three friends work together to save Del from the curse of the golden coins. It is not the predictable story of a lost treasure that has been tried over and over again, but a unique historical fantasy adventure that has twists and turns until the end. A good mixture of historical adventure with a dash of supernatural elements and a sprinkle of fantasy makes for an exciting read.
Black Ocean Mission Pack 1: Missions 1-4
The Black Ocean series is as close as you can get to a mashup of Firefly and awesome fantasy. It’s driving force is the characters, which you’ll grow to adore. The crew of the Mobius—and the people they meet up with—will stick with you long after you’ve raced through your first read of each of the stories. And you will rip through these before you realize it!
This Mission Pack is a wonderful selection of Morin’s stories from the Black Ocean series. Morin is as prolific as they come, having written a score of books, with more on the way. If you want to meet a new favorite author, look no further than this. There’s no better time than now for you to get these four stories either, as the author has dropped the price to 99 cents for a limited time. Pick it up on Amazon today!
Black Ocean Mission Pack 2: Missions 5-8
What’s better than one great science fiction story? How about four great ones? J.S. Morin’s Black Ocean Mission Pack 2 is a great entry point into this expansive series. With a score of books under his belt, Morin makes the rest of us writers look like goobers.
Morin is definitely a friend of ours, and we’re happy to see that he’s still cranking out incredible books. Mission 5 is another perfect entry point to the series, even if you haven’t read from mission 1 on. And with the 9th one recently released, Black Ocean is a saga you just can’t miss. Pick up these four great stories today!
The Far Unlit Unknown
John Ploskina crafts an excellent tale with The Far Unlit Unknown, the first book in his Perfecting Reality series. It has the perfect mixture of intrigue and suspense, and it comes together in such a way that you’ll be done reading it before you know it. And I am in love with the cover – it has that awesome old-school science-fiction flavor to it.
If you’re interested in Ploskina’s work (and you should be at this point!), you can check out his work on Amazon. It’s being offered up at a fantastic price, so there’s no better time to buy!
The End of the Computer
At a point in our lives when computers and phones are getting smarter and smarter, the thought of artificial intelligence is giving way to something that can be described as “hyperintelligence.” It would be possible to create an artificial being who could possess all the best traits of both humanity and computers. But at what cost?
The best part is that you can feel the tug of whatever is behind the curtain. Is this book fiction? Is it a premonition? Is it actually cataloging events that have already occurred? You’ll just have to buy the book to find out! You won’t be disappointed.