Here at Tellest, we’re committed to bringing you the best fantasy stories and fantasy promos 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 hundreds 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!
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Wolf in my Beard – Season 1 (Kindle Vella Series)
Authors Adam Stemple and Chris Wallace make up Troll Stew, a pair of talented storytellers who are set to be very well-known Vella authors indeed. Their first Vella is the humorous and captivating Wolf in my Beard, which has its first season up on Amazon at this time. Stemple and Wallace do a wonderful job at creating characters that readers will love to keep up with, and the story is written in such a way that endears the audience to their circumstance, and keeps them coming back for more. Though the episodes of Wolf in my Beard are short chapters, that never precludes Troll Stew from delivering excellent prose and witticisms.
Between its two heroes’ voices and its funny concepts, there is a lot to love about this Vella series. And even with the first two episodes introducing such compelling characters, once you hit the third episode, you reach a point of no return where you won’t be able to put it down. Great humor and characters begin to mix with intrigue and surprises in a snap. Season 1 has 22 episodes out, and each of them is just as charming and well-written as the last. If that sounds like it’s up your alley, what are you waiting for? Check out the first season of Wolf in my Beard on Amazon Vella today!
Timeless Fate: Love Adventure Through the Ages
Author Nenad Almaj could have told just any love story, but he does it in a sort of pseudo portal fantasy, time traveling tale that will captivate readers. Timeless Fate: Love Adventure Through the Ages has a bit of a philosophical undertone to its telling, and for good reason: readers spend time with the famous Plato. Along the way, Almaj explores Greek mythology in interesting ways, though each of them entertaining as the next. There are little twists and turns to the stories we know, and Timeless Fate does a wonderful job of diving into them.
Almaj’s tale rips forth at a frenetic pace, aided by the awesome chemistry of Plato and Narada. His interpretation of these two could work anywhere, but against the breathtaking backdrop of the ancient world, everything just sings. If you’re looking for some clever twists to characters you know, and mythology that you might be familiar with, this book will not let you down. Check out Timeless Fate: Love Adventure Through the Ages on Amazon today!
A Druid’s Tale: The Rise of Balor
Author A. J. Thornton’s heart is held by Ireland, so it makes sense that his debut book, A Druid’s Tale: The Rise of Balor, has so much thematically in tune with old Irish folklore and mythology. Thornton puts into motion a powerful evil, a fellowship of likeable heroes who might be able to stand against the rising tide, and enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing. But at the forefront of the writing is the author’s love for the world that’s been created, as Averion has so much rich backstory to lean on that you can’t help but get lost in all the spectacle.
A Druid’s Tale is a lovely first visit to a new world. Averion is the kind of place that you can’t help wanting to explore further. The characters introduce the reader to many insights, myths and legends, but you can tell there’s more to be seen beyond the veil. Strengthened by dynamic and realistic characters, as well as shocking surprises, this is the kind of book that fantasy readers hunger for. And with Thornton already working on the second book, there’s no better time to pick up the first in the series. Check out A Druid’s Tale: The Rise of Balor on Amazon today!
Aurelia and the Enemies of Pity
Feeling at once like a careful mesh of traditional fantasy, fairytale and even a bit like a contemporary fantasy, Levine’s story will have you unable to keep yourself from flipping from page to page. Whether you’re interested in the spectacle of innate powers like elemental manipulation or shape-changing, or the intrigue of an uprising and a revolution, there’s something for everyone in this book. Check out Aurelia and the Enemies of Pity on Amazon today!
By the Sea: A tale of Liamec
Steven Lamperti’s literary universe of Liamec is a constant joy to wade through, as each tale is so different, yet they’re all connected by a clear passion for writing and storytelling. Lamperti’s latest, By the Sea: A tale of Liamec, shares in these qualities, and is sure to soon be one of your favorite coming-of-age fantasies. It explores a charming heroine’s experience growing up in a world where the unexpected can happen. Lamperti develops her expertly, as well as the world in which she lives. He also delivers it in a kind of whimsy that you won’t forget, and it helps to urge you on from one chapter to the next like lightning.
J. Steven Lamperti is fast becoming an Otherworld favorite here at Tellest. His enchanting tales stick with you for a long time, exploring farther reaches of fantasy than you might expect. The latest Liamec story is another breath of fresh air, and a great release from Lamperti. If you’re looking for something charming that you’ll want to read through in one sitting, this is the book for you. Check out By the Sea: A tale of Liamec on Amazon today!
The Wolf’s Tooth: A tale of Liamec
The Wolf’s Tooth takes place in the same kingdom as Moon & Shadow, but it’s hero, Twee, is introduced earlier than you might expect, and to amusing effect. Truly, the book has the sort of mirthful presence that makes it feel like Gaiman’s Stardust, perhaps even embracing whimsy a bit more wholeheartedly. Still, it’s fantasy, which means there’s some real stakes that begin to unfold, and Lamperti has mastered the art of keeping his readers enthralled throughout.
The deeper you dive into The Wolf’s Tooth, the more compelling it grows. This book certainly feels a mite different than Lamperti’s previous fare, but it’s interesting following along from the perspective of such a young protagonist, and watching him grow into something that could have more serious implications in the kingdom of Liamec. And of course, there’s the matter of Twee’s past… Check out The Wolf’s Tooth on Amazon today!
J. Steven Lamperti’s Moon & Shadow is a clever and delightful read, and it goes down incredibly smooth. The author has a way with words that isn’t mechanical or academic, but instead carries on with an air of whimsy and playfulness. In fact, this is the kind of fun fantasy that someone who enjoyed The Princess Bride or Stardust would very much enjoy. It almost feels like a yarn being told as a bedtime story, and it’s because of that, perhaps, that you’re always eager to know more about the world being built.
Lamperti delivers a charming tale in Moon & Shadow that will stick with you for some time. This enchanting story blends amusing storytelling with catching world-building and clever dialog, and it all comes together to make a truly memorable coming of age fantasy. You’ll race through the story before you know it, and you’ll curse the fantasy gods for letting so entertaining a tale end so quickly, but you’ll be happier for having experienced it. Check out Moon & Shadow on Amazon today!
Though S.C. Monson is an indie author, her debut, Badgerblood: Awakening, has the pedigree of a story with a huge publishing team behind it. Monson and her husband are a dynamic writing and artist duo who lead readers into the world of Caderia, a fully-realized place filled with low-key magic and mighty majesty. The lands that Monson invites her audience to explore are vibrant, expansive and expressive—it feels lived in, and not just a formless extension where the story takes place. It has all the components necessary to make the next great fantasy adventure, and Monson executes wonderfully.
Badgerblood: Awakening nails all the marks it sets for itself. Stellar worldbuilding and lore, twists and turns in the story, incredibly likeable characters and wonderfully-written prose assure that those who pick up the book will not be disappointed. It’s a great introduction to the world, and it is a hit with readers of all ages. It was written with adults in mind, but young adults and older kids will love it too. So what are you waiting for? Dive into Caderia before the second book in the Badgerblood series is out. Check out Badgerblood: Awakening on Amazon today!
The Darkest Dawn, Rings of War: Book 1
Author Marc Mulero wears his passion for fantasy on his sleeve, whether its with post-apocalyptic fare, or the kind of fantasy that fans love to lose themselves in for weeks and months. In Mulero’s epic fantasy, The Darkest Dawn, Rings of War: Book 1, a careful balance exists between worldbuilding, character development and an interesting notion of self-identity, as well as the unveiling of mysteries that move readers from one intriguing event to the next. The Darkest Dawn sets a lot in motion, with a realm ripe for exploration—and the author gives readers plenty of room to do so within the pages of this first massive volume.
This incredible epic fantasy has the benefit of having a zealous and eager author at its helm. Heralding the start of a no-doubt legendary series, the tome could just as easily stand on its own. Some storytellers would have to complete an entire trilogy to develop the kind of fulfilling plotlines and surprises that Mulero sets in place. The characters within the pages of this first volume perform a great deal of heavy lifting, and present an interesting tapestry of a world filled with curiosities, promise and lived-in stories that have more to tell. Check out The Darkest Dawn, Rings of War: Book 1 on Amazon today!
Ranger of Kings (William of Alamore Series Book 1)
A saga nearly a decade-and-a-half in the making, the William of Alamore series has been a passion of author C. J. R. Isely that offers plenty to the intrepid fantasy reader. Ranger of Kings, the debut of the series, introduces you to the world of Alamore, where the author will prop up her tent for the next several books. This labor of love is given gratification at once, as everything that Isely writes seems carefully crafted, precise in its entry into the world. Isley develops a strong and interesting world, and layers it with delightful characters who you want to know more about. It’s a wonderful read for budding fantasy lovers.
Page after page, readers will be rushing forth as they try to learn the next clue as the story unravels. Though it is a substantial offering, it will still feel as though it’s over too quick, with fans hungering for the next in the series—though it marks its end in a satisfying way. Luckily, the second book in the William of Alamore series is nearly upon us, releasing at the end of July 2021, so there’s no better time than now to introduce yourself to the Isely’s impressive fantasy world. Check out Ranger of Kings (William of Alamore Series Book 1) on Amazon today! Also, don’t hesitate to head over to the author’s website, where you can sign up for her newsletter to get a free story, The Falcon and the Stag, set in Alamore.
Law of Dark (Killer of Evil Book 1)
Author Dmitry Ignatov is a lover of superhero fantasies, but he’s taken the passion for the genre and flipped it on its head, leaning more into gritty realism and many more layers of depth than you would typically see of those champions. He brings to life a new set of tenebrous heroes and villains—with all the shades between—in his debut urban fantasy, Law of Dark (Killer of Evil Book 1). Ignatov, a native of Russia, has a cunning poetry to his prose, and he wraps his interesting characters with layers and layers of his story. Around every darkened corner there is more to learn and discover, and those uncovered secrets will have readers furiously flipping through pages.
Ignatov explores a world here that has more shadow than light, with all the dreariness of a contemporary fantasy set in a darkened cityscape. Yet, beyond the torchlight, he sets to life a world full of possibility, just waiting to be further explored. Readers will no doubt be intrigued by not just the revelations of one unearthed secret or the next, but the mentions of what else this world has to offer, and what is left to be explored. With another book in the two-part series still on the way, there’s no better time than now to pick up Ignatov’s debut. Check out Law of Dark (Killer of Evil Book 1) on Amazon today!
Compelling characters and captivating happenings await readers in author Anita Seabright’s latest fantasy. In Hired Blades, Seabright blends mischievous, dark humor into her story, along with masterful work in dialog and inner monologs. The author also has a great grasp on observational cues and builds that into her prose, which readers certainly won’t be able to get enough of. It all assembles into a rip-roaring good time that delightfully speeds along.
Hired Blades is wonderfully irreverent, and it’s obvious that as talented as Seabright is with her storytelling, she’s perhaps even better at infusing her work with pure fun. It is a joy to spend time with Wildcat, Bear, Dancer and Blade, and before long, readers will feel like they know them. This adventure is one that isn’t meant to be missed, and with luck, we’ll see more from Seabright with time. For now, go on and let your imagination feast on this great read. Check out Hired Blades on Amazon today.
Open Your Eyes: 5 Stories of Original Fantasy & Science Fiction
Author Frank Dunne has a vast imagination, and his stories have an air of authenticity and originality. In Open Your Eyes: 5 Stories of Original Fantasy & Science Fiction, Dunne entertains readers with tales the likes of which will feel fresh and captivating. The prose within the stories are poetic without being flowery, and the pace is consistent and deliberate in its cadence. Dunne is an adept wordsmith. His worlds and tales are varied as well, demonstrating his strong craft across the board.
At the end of this quintet of stories, you’ll no doubt be itching for more. Varied and distinct enough, each of them is catching and compelling. And though they end precisely when they mean to, you’ll no doubt have zipped through them. If these short stories sound appealing to you, there’s no better time than now to pick up Dunne’s wonderful little anthology. Check out Open Your Eyes: 5 Stories of Original Fantasy & Science Fiction on Amazon today!
Strands of Existence 1: Island Girl
Flip through the first few pages of author Aino Lahteva’s debut fantasy, Strands of Existence: Island Girl, and you’ll find a story that has all the makings of a great epic. Lahteva has developed great characters that feel as though they fulfill a purpose, and aren’t just existing for the sake of fulfilling the need to push a plot forward. Island Girl also introduces an interesting magic system that is tied to the culture of its island, leaving the world feeling fully realized by its creator.
Strands of Existence: Island Girl is filled with poetic prose. Lahteva is Finnish, but it feels as though her words are carefully chosen in English for flow and elegance. It props up the rest of the strong plot as well, as readers will become emotionally attached to the characters as they read along. Lahteva’s talent at worldbuilding is impressive too, as Kerth has potential, and it will be great to explore further in the upcoming book. Now is a great time to pick up the first one as well, because the sequel will be out later this year. Check out Strands of Existence 1: Island Girl on Amazon today!
Heroes of MidAria: Heaven’s Demons
Author Felix Cipher is a passionate worldbuilder who has taken his book through the wringer in order to put a lot more love into it in order to make it truly pop. The first book in his epic fantasy series is Heroes of MidAria: Heaven’s Demons, and it is a spectacle. Cipher crafts with wonderful worldbuilding, ensuring that MidAria has a personality all its own. His characters are interesting and thought-provoking as well, and they always keep you guessing. It doesn’t stop with Cipher’s writing, either. The world he sets into motion here is livelier due to his art, and the language he’s built which leaves MidAria feeling distinct and lived-in.
More than just frenetic, epic fantasy, you see characters and races through a lens of judgment in a way. The story has themes of morality and growing self-awareness that are great for young adults, and it certainly stirs the imagination. Fantasy readers who are looking for something magical and unexpected are in for a treat with this book. Check out Heroes of MidAria: Heaven’s Demons on Amazon today!
The Eighth Stone (Lands of the Faith Book 1)
Author Bruce Pedersen arrives on the scene with a captivating new fantasy that young adults will truly enjoy. In The Eighth Stone (Lands of the Faith Book 1), readers will feel the familiar pull toward the paths that fantasy has gone down before, but Pedersen always keeps the scenery fresh, breathing new life into it. The part of the world the author developed is the focus, and you can tell that he has taken care to bring a lens to it. Though there are shadows of the greater world left to be explored, the author ensures the reader is never too overwhelmed by the details, instead looking toward the excellent characters and their relationship.
The Eighth Stone moves along at a nice, brisk pace. Readers won’t feel as though they are lingering in any place along the story for too long, and there are more than enough suspenseful moments that launch them forward into the next fun reveal. If you’re interested in starting a new journey with some charming characters that you’ll be thinking about long after you turn the last page, this is the series for you. Check out The Eighth Stone (Lands of the Faith Book 1) on Amazon today!
The Destroyer of Worlds: “An Answer to Every Question”
Spend a few moments in author Steven Seril’s world, and you’ll see that he gets right to business, right away. In The Destroyer of Worlds: “An Answer to Every Question”, you’ll find there is no waiting to get to the thick of the story. Once you cross an early threshold in his book, you’re in it. Seril doesn’t hold back, assuming you know enough about the many established characters in Destroyer, allowing the book to race toward the more surprising plot elements. Angels and demons, titans and gods of old, and more await the reader.
Despite the characters being ones that readers will be familiar with from mythology, or more recent pop culture, Seril shapes them in his own way, making them fun to spend time with. The dialog is great, and as grand as the plot and the action are, the story retains its humor as well. If there was one word readers would no doubt use to describe this book after reading, it would be epic. Check out The Destroyer of Worlds: “An Answer to Every Question” on Amazon today!
Bellator the Dragonslayer (Tales of Crescite Book 1)
Author Ember Rayne comes flying out of the gates with a very impressive debut fantasy that explores characters in some of their deeper more personal moments. Bellator the Dragonslayer (Tales of Crescite Book 1) isn’t afraid of some deeper moments, and readers are drawn into the journey. Rayne is also talented at keeping the characters grounded and relatable. Though the plot revolves around fantastic elements, you can’t help but feel connected to the events that transpire.
As dark as the story can be, there are some whimsical, humorous moments in Rayne’s debut. And while it follows its main character closely, it is apparent that Rayne has put a lot of thought into the world that surrounds him. It really is a wonderful blend of magic and mystery, and its story will captivate fantasy lovers. Bellator’s journey is one worth following, so what are you waiting for? Check out Bellator the Dragonslayer (Tales of Crescite Book 1) on Amazon today!
Author Ron Foster’s original fantasy tale, The Water Witch, is a delight. This tale is certainly unlike anything readers will have seen before, and it has such personality that they won’t be able to pry themselves away from it. The characters are incredible, and though they’re so vastly different from what people come to expect in their day to day lives, they’re also relatable, and it’s easy to be captivated by them.
Foster manages to take this story and really make it pop. It’s full of whimsy and humor, but also some more deeply emotional sections that will resonate a little differently. It’s great to see the characters develop and grow, and by the last pages, you’ll be ready to jump onboard for more adventures yet to come. Check out The Water Witch on Amazon today!
Author Ron Foster has a tremendous author backlog that you would not believe. His latest, Water Wizard, the first book in his Sea of Change series, is the first fantasy he’s written in a while, but you’d be hard-pressed to realize it, as it is lovingly crafted and shared. With characters that are a joy to spend time with, and a series of events that will keep readers guessing, this is a wildly entertaining book for young adults. Foster also includes pictures in his tale, which help to set the tone and spark the imagination.
Water Wizard balances a great deal within its pages: humor, magic, academics, talking rodents. It’s the perfect escape if you’re in need of one. Foster has a very interesting and captivating tale here, and it will no doubt be a quick read for anyone who is in the mood for lighthearted fantasy. If you’re looking for a whimsical fantasy that won’t let you down, you need look no further. Check out Water Wizard on Amazon today!
The War of Brothers: Blood and Steel
Author Andrew N. B. Willard comes forth with an excellent debut in The War of Brothers: Blood and Steel. There is a vague sense of a more traditional fantasy here, but Willard pushes forth with enough twists and turns that it has a breath of fresh air to it. It’s a somewhat grittier story with real stakes, and Willard doesn’t shy away from them. Blood and Steel also explores relationships between its characters in some interesting ways as well; you certainly don’t see this too often in most fantasies. These characters, at the forefront of the story, are easy to want to know more of, but also always near to being torn from the pages of the book.
With real stakes and lasting changes that can occur on any page of the book, Blood and Steel is exciting indeed. And there’s more to the story, of course, than just what you see on the surface. In the shadows of the kingdom of Thalgrea, there is something more sinister at play. The sequel to Willard’s awesome debut is set to come out later this year. But while you’re waiting on For King and Country, why not dive into the first book in the series? Check out The War of Brothers Part 1: Blood and Steel on Amazon today!
Author Macee Carson delivers an interesting tale that dives into elvish culture in the world of Annwn. Autumn’s Fire is the first book in her fantasy saga, and she explores a great deal about the personal life of her lead, the titular Autumn. Carson reaches a granular level with Autumn’s development, looking deep into her psyche and showing much more for her than we see in most fantasy characters. It is captivating seeing how Autumn and other characters grow and evolve over time, and it leaves this elf feeling incredibly relatable.
Fans of atypical fantasy romances will love Autumn’s Fire. It grips you and it shows you something magical, opening up a lens to life and love that you might not expect. The world continues to grow, and in the author’s talented hands, there are so many more interesting avenues to explore. Carson is working on a second book, so there’s no better time than now to get accustomed to the world of Annwn. Check out Autumn’s Fire on Amazon today!
Desert Outcast (Sovereign Prequel 1.0)
Fans of ever-growing fantasy worlds—especially those who like to experience parts of the world again and again—will no doubt fall in love with the spectacle and the splendor of Punzalan’s Serestia. The Sovereign series has grown tremendously over the last three months, and it shows so much promise to do more, as there are nine more mainline books in the works, in addition to these prequel books that add new layers to the world’s tapestry. Readers who are looking for a creator with an unrivaled passion for his work need look no further than Juddy Anderson C. Punzalan. Check out Desert Outcast (Sovereign Prequel 1.0) on Amazon today!
The Archon of Peace (Sovereign Book One)
Juddy Anderson C. Punzalan is a writing phenom, and he holds many other talents. That is perhaps why the Sovereign series feels so vibrant and vast. The Archon of Peace (Sovereign Book One) throws readers into Serestia, a land of magic and mystery that has been fully realized by Punzalan. It’s thorough and expansive, and it has the capacity to lead its readers into pathways along its massive worldbuilding that you’ll have to see to believe. Readers will find themselves lost in the grand tapestry that encompasses history, religion and mythology. Just as appealing, however, are the characters that Punzalan presents, and the stories of their quickly changing lives, and the realization that they may not be as strong as they seem.
If you’re a reader of epic fantasy of the highest order, who likes to indulge in far-reaching stories that spread across an entire world, The Archon of Peace and the Sovereign series are for you. This is one of those books that has a glossary at the end. Punzalan has his work cut out for him, as he’s committed to nine more books in this humongous series. Even if those books only scratched the surface of what the series opener does, readers are in for a great time, and bound to become fans. Check out The Archon of Peace (Sovereign Book One) on Amazon today!
The Arbalest of Gamaliel: The Rystarr Saga The Weapons of Power Book One
Sibling authors J.R. and J.R. Thorpe love their fantasy, and it’s clear as anything to see in their first book, The Arbalest of Gamaliel: The Rystarr Saga The Weapons of Power Book One. Rystarr is an intriguing world, filled with a breadth of lore and mythology that could take the writers Thorpe well beyond their planned three book series. As much as depth as the world has, the authors have also ensured that their characters receive their due, with each of them fully realized and dynamic. And the rest of the story blends so well together with prophecies, strange magic and growing tension.
If you like your epic fantasies to have scheming deities, empowered demigods, deep and rich mythology and a storyline that wraps everything up with a nice bow, you’ll love the world that the Thorpe siblings craft here. Rystarr has amazing potential, and it’s the kind of place that you’ll love to spend time in. With two other books on the way, this series is bound to soar to even greater heights, but it all starts here. Check out The Arbalest of Gamaliel: The Rystarr Saga The Weapons of Power Book One on Amazon today!
Chase the Wild Hunt (A Lynx’s Journey Book 1)
Author Jason Alexander delivers a wonderful Viking-themed fantasy in Chase the Wild Hunt (A Lynx’s Journey Book 1). At the forefront of his story are his wonderful characters. Astrid is an empowering heroine, and she demonstrates a good deal of courage, determination and resilience, and readers can’t help but root for her. Alexander also does a great job of mixing mystery into his story, and by the end of Chase the Wild Hunt, everything clicks into place in a stunningly satisfying way. And then of course there’s the magical elements of the tale that just makes it sing.
Chase the Wild Hunt spends a perfectly balanced amount of time exploring all the things that drive the story: a great character who develops from page to page; a ton of lore from the world that is being built; and plenty of action and unraveling mystery. Readers who want a more magical take on tales like Vikings and The Last Kingdom will absolutely love Alexander’s new release, and there is much to come on the horizon. For now, dive into this wonderful debut. Check out Chase the Wild Hunt (A Lynx’s Journey Book 1) on Amazon today!
Summoner: Tales from the LegendNomad
Dalton A. Carmon delivers a spectacularly intricate story with rich lore and interesting characters in Summoner: Tales from the LegendNomad. With storyline elements that seem inspired by eastern Asian mythology, this fantasy has an exotic feel to it. But make no mistake, Carmon makes it his own, and elevates it with his creativity and great care in developing the relationship with the characters. And the world he builds seems lived-in, ready to be explored, and ripe for the unfolding of legends that you wouldn’t expect.
Carmon’s mythological fantasy is exceptionally enjoyable, and readers will no doubt love the passion and care that the author has placed upon the world. Summoner proceeds along at a pleasant pace, and has a satisfying ending. With characters you don’t want to part from, and a plot with creative twists and turns, his debut fantasy is one you won’t want to miss. Check out Summoner: Tales from the LegendNomad on Amazon today!
Embrace of the Shade: Part 1 of The Berylian Key Trilogy (Pantracia Chronicles)
Authors Amanda Muratoff and Kayla Mansur have set in motion an incredible saga that spans multiple subseries of books, and it all starts with Embrace of the Shade: Part 1 of The Berylian Key Trilogy (Pantracia Chronicles). Muratoff and Mansur create a story that feels fully realized, and moves forth at a pace that is natural and lends to the enticing plot and the captivating character development. Embrace the Shade sets the lofty goal of introducing an amazing series founded on rich lore and backstories waiting to be explored, while pushing toward the new events that unlock even greater tales within the Pantracia legacy, and it achieves it.
Muratoff and Mansur put into motion an intriguing saga with Embrace the Shade, a fresh and vast journey into a world that leaves plenty of room left to investigate and search through. Kin and Amarie are great to follow along with on their quests as well, and the romantic chemistry is earned and paced just right. It’s an unforgettable start of a great series, and readers are going to love returning to Pantracia again and again. This is the best place to start, so get moving. Check out Embrace of the Shade: Part 1 of The Berylian Key Trilogy (Pantracia Chronicles) on Amazon today!
The Banner of the Broken Orc: The Call of the Darkness Saga: Book One
It’s clear that author Aiden L. Turner has a great love for the fantasy genre. He delivers a wonderful entry in The Banner of the Broken Orc: The Call of the Darkness Saga: Book One, which doesn’t shy away from the darkness that can be found in the genre. Yet there is also light and hope in place, as Turner has created a rich world here that touches on everything from religion to ancient lore. He also turns some of the conventions of fantasy on its head, exploring biomes that we don’t often see, and discovering familiar races there in spectacular new ways.
On top of building a world that you’ll not soon forget, Turner also develops characters that you can’t help but cheer on and worry for. With danger around every corner, you’ll be anxious to see what comes next, and the story surprises throughout. If you’re looking for a fantasy that feels fresh and exciting, and leaves plenty of room for exploration for future releases, you’ll love Turner’s debut. Check out The Banner of the Broken Orc: The Call of the Darkness Saga: Book One on Amazon today!
Path of the Guardian (Portal Wars Book 1)
Paolo Danese writes his stories so that they are filled with mystery and intrigue, with secrets unveiled the further along you travel with his characters. So it is with Path of the Guardian (Portal Wars Book 1), which sees the young Boren completely mystified by circumstances beyond his wildest imagination. Danese also does a wonderful job of filling the kingdom of Siskail with storied events and rich history, and it is clear that he has great plans in store for the world he is building.
The Portal Wars series is set to be rich and robust, with plenty of opportunity to explore and expand. Readers who are interested in diving into a story with compelling characters, unravelling mysteries and dire stakes will love Danese’s fantasy debut. With a second and third book on the way in the very near future, now is a great time to jump into the series. Check out Path of the Guardian (Portal Wars Book 1) on Amazon today!
Sanctum: Sands of Setesh
Authors C.S. Kading and Tony Fuentes collaborate to bring about an incredible and compelling new world in Sanctum: Sands of Setesh. This pair of talented talespinners built upon the foundations of a mutual friend’s work in grand, sweeping ways. There is life in Sanctum, as though it was ready to be explored, and Kading and Fuentes let it breathe in interesting and complex fashion. With such rich history and mythology, it is easy to visualize this foreign world. The ways that it twists traditional fantasy is intriguing and clever, and readers will be drawn to all that Sanctum has to offer.
Kading and Fuentes clearly have a passion for writing and storytelling. It shines in their characters, and in the elements of the plot that they’ve woven for them. Sanctum has tremendous potential, and the heroes they’ve unleashed upon its lands. Readers who are interested in rich, elaborate worlds are in for a treat when it comes to Sanctum. There is plenty more to explore, but it all starts with this first book. Check out Sanctum: Sands of Setesh on Amazon today! Or you can support the authors directly on their site, SandDancer.
Call Me Dragon
Marc Secchia is a tried and true fantasy scholar. Across his many books, he has honed his considerable talents, and that’s put on full display in his latest, Call Me Dragon, which is as wonderfully written as it is quirky and humorous. Make no mistake, this novel is a spectacular fantasy, but Secchia seamlessly adds layers of wit upon it that makes it stand out as more than just another tale of a bloodthirsty dragon tyrant.
Readers who are looking for a little bit more from their stories will find that Secchia’s latest rises to the challenge. His characters are charming and captivating, and the story he weaves around them will keep you guessing, and before long, you’ll be itching for the sequel. With the furious pace that Secchia writes his stories, you won’t have to wait long—I Am Dragon will be out in March of 2021. For now, you should check out Call Me Dragon on Amazon today!
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!
Marc Secchia’s Shadow Dragon is one of the most popular fantasy books on Amazon, and it is easy to see why. The author has written excellent characters, weaves intricate story elements, and crafts wonderful sequences of events. Oh, and he also has a penchant for creating awesome, dynamic dragons.
Shadow Dragon is a part of the Shapeshifter Dragons series, which has been completed and can be purchased on Amazon at an affordable price. Aranya is a heroine worth rooting for, and one you’ll love to journey alongside. You can read Marc Secchia’s sprawling epic right now. Check out Shadow Dragon on Amazon today!
The Tainted Hive: Book One: The Cobblestone Druid
Alan Salt is a witty writer with a sardonic spell to him, and he delivers an irreverent spin on fantasy with The Tainted Hive: Book One: The Cobblestone Druid. Certainly, this book would stand as wonderful fantasy on its own, for the world that Salt has crafted is lively and lived-in. But the humor that is draped around the town of Pawkett is sure to stick with readers, and compel them to tear through the story in record time. Salt also benefits from developing characters that readers enjoy following about, as seeing them in their quirky scenarios is sure to delight.
Salt creates a vibrant world that you won’t soon want to leave, and before you’re done thumbing through the pages of this tale, you’ll be eager for the next. Its magic and whimsy has true staying power, and we can only hope that Salt is hard at work on the sequel. If you’re looking for a lighthearted fantasy with a touch of darker humor, this is the book for you. Check out The Tainted Hive: Book One: The Cobblestone Druid on Amazon today!
Dark Retribution (The Chronicles of Darius Book 19)
Jess Thomas is a writing phenom, and she’s delivered a lengthy and well-liked series that follows the life of the interesting and unique Darius. Dark Retribution (The Chronicles of Darius, Book 19) demonstrates that even this many books in, Thomas shows no signs of stopping, no indication of fatigue, and certainly no lack of clever ideas. There are always new twists and turns that are explored, and it always feels like a fresh take, and not a retread. And of course the most catching part of this series are Thomas’s wonderful characters, who you’ll fall in love with.
While Dark Retribution is the nineteenth installment of this storied series, it can be read as a standalone. There is plenty of backstory that the author hints at, and of course you would do yourself a disservice by ignoring the earlier works, but both the series and this book are great fun for older readers. Thomas makes easy work of mixing elements of mystery and romance, thrills and chills, and she makes it look easy. If you’re interested in a great book that’s a part of an awesome series, this is a great fit. Check out Dark Retribution (The Chronicles of Darius Book 19) on Amazon today!
Winter’s Crossing: A Golden Fates Novel
Katie Macey, the author of Winter’s Crossing: A Golden Fates Novel, loves all things flowery and sparkly. It’s fitting, because there is certainly a distinctive shine and beauty here in her first feature length fantasy. Her characters are the main focus here, with dynamic personalities, delightful senses of humor and a yearning for adventure. Just as impressive, however, is the world that Macey is building, as this first Golden Fates novel shows a willingness to explore fascinating locales and hidden nooks and crannies.
Winter’s Crossing is a lovely blend of sparkle and surprise. It’s a journey that readers won’t soon forget. If you’re looking for the start of a great fantasy series, this is the book for you. It’s got majesty and spectacle, mystery and thrills. Macey’s work is sure to be something you’ll enjoy. Check out Winter’s Crossing: A Golden Fates Novel on Amazon today!
The Fifth Kingdom (Full Series)
Lisa M. James has completed her four-book fantasy series, The Fifth Kingdom, and bundled it into one spectacular adventure. Now an easy binge, this compilation is one that readers will pick up and won’t put down until the very end. James hooks her audience from the very first pages, and the excitement, intrigue and gratification doesn’t end until the end of the fourth and final story. This is due in no small part to the wonderful characters that the author crafts, and the interesting scenarios that she paints them into.
If you’re a reader who tends not to get too close to a fantasy series until its done, your long wait is over, as this one begins and ends on entertaining high notes. James takes her characters across incredible journeys, and builds out an amazing world that is fun to explore. With James writing other delightful fantasies, there’s never been a better time to enjoy this quartet of great books. Check out the complete series, The Fifth Kingdom, on Amazon today!
The Mercenary Code (The Shattering of Kingdoms Book 1)
Emmet Moss is writing a love letter to some of the champions of fantasy with his powerful debut, The Mercenary Code (The Shattering of Kingdoms Book 1). His sweeping epic may have some familiarity, but it’s the edges of the tapestry that are filled with interesting events, attractive locales, lore that readers will love investigating, and of course, compelling characters with great interactions. The world of Kal Maran is expansive, and worth exploring, and Moss shows off many intriguing parts of it in this substantial book.
Those who enjoy returning to the same fantasy world again and again are in luck. Moss has just released the third book in the series, with the fourth on the way in 2021. Better yet, the author has further plans to write more adventures in the world of Kal Maran. Readers who are fans of persistent fantasy worlds will have much to look forward to. In the meantime, gather up this first book before you pick up its sequels. Check out The Mercenary Code (The Shattering of Kingdoms Book 1) on Amazon today!
The Elf and the Larp
Kipjo K. Ewers has made a name of himself writing sci-fi and superhero stories, but with The Elf and The Larp, he shifts to whimsical fantasy. Ewers develops delightful characters, and the dialog that they share will make you laugh and smile, as their interactions are at the heart of this tale. The denizens of the realm talk about things that would fit right in with contemporary culture, which makes things a little easier when someone from our world ends up in the mystical land of Ferrin, to hilarious effect nonetheless.
With snappy chats between characters, and a barrel of funny situations, this tale will go by in a breeze. The author’s first fantasy is a charming one, and not one you’ll soon forget. If you’re looking for a quirky, fun fantasy that has its fair share of secrets and mysteries, including an interesting cliffhanger, Ewers has got you covered. Check out The Elf and The Larp on Amazon today!
Tempest of Bravoure: Kingdom Ascent
Valena D’Angelis is as passionate about fantasy as you can get, and her work on her debut, Tempest of Bravoure: Kingdom Ascent, shows it. The story is vast, with its characters wrapped up in it. D’Angelis makes easy work of balancing the history of Bravoure with the heroes, new and old, who are fighting for it. Those characters are compelling and varied as well, and readers will no doubt grow to feel protective and worried for them as they press against the darkness that mars the land.
Unleashing deep, rich storylines, enjoyable character interactions, and compelling surprises upon her readers, D’Angelis is a storytelling force to watch out for. As spectacular as this first book is, it’s clear that Kingdom Ascent is setting the stage for something even greater. Before D’Angelis releases the second book, it’s a great time to pick up the first installment. Who knows? You might even want to reread it when you’re done. Check out Tempest of Bravoure: Kingdom Ascent on Amazon today!
Spark (The Rebirth Series Book 1)
Anthony Wilde’s debut, Spark (The Rebirth Series Book 1) introduces readers to a harsh and unforgiving world filled with magic and secrets waiting to be uncovered. Wilde does an excellent job with his cast of characters, giving readers just enough information to draw out the intriguing storylines as they overlap. There’s also a certain poetry to the prose, as the story moves forward in a measured, enjoyable pace.
Wilde effortlessly balances great character interactions, mysterious circumstances and chilling cliffhangers. Spark explores some concepts that you don’t often see in a fantasy, and even though Rebirth is a strange and exciting land to poke around in, the heroes steal the show. If you enjoy character-driven epic fantasy in an unexplored world, this is the series starter for you. It’s sure to be a story you tear through in a single sitting. Check out Spark (The Rebirth Series Book 1) on Amazon today!
Make it Out Alive
Emma Ellis writes stories that appeal to fans of romance who also want a bit of light fantasy added in for flavor. Her new book, Make it Out Alive, delivers all that and more. At its heart, the story tackles complicated elements of character development. Survival, greed, redemption and love are all on display here, and Ellis does a fantastic job of tying it all together in a satisfying package. The heroes are ones you love to root for as well. Violet and Ryland will stick with you long after the final page.
Ellis excels at putting together material that shines a light on some of the harder times people can suffer through—but that same light overpowers as well, eventually winning out against the darkness. She shows the flaws we all have, but the capacity to be greater. If you like your stories to have a few touches of greys, with a message of hope and betterment, you’ll find a great one here. There’s never been a better time to cuddle up to a good book, and Ellis’s is a great one to add to your list. Check out Make it Out Alive on Amazon today!
Simon Carr is absolutely bonkers when it comes to his sense of humor, but his storytelling comes together in ways you’ll appreciate. Goblin Queen, his latest, is filled with satire, jest, and language that would make the queen blush. In true Simon Carr fashion, the tale with have you in hysterics page after page—you’ll be convinced that Carr is a long lost Monty Python member. You’ll also cheer for Ran and her goblin friends as she sets off to put her despicable father in his place.
Simon Carr excels at outlandish scenarios and laugh-out-loud prose. It wouldn’t be a far throw to believe we might see some of this humor on TV or set up as a radio play. For now though, it’s a great time to pick up a book you can have a lot of fun with—one you might have a hard time putting down. After all, Ran and her buddies are going to bash their way into your heart. Check out Goblin Queen on Amazon today!
A Master is Born
A Master is Born tells the tale of a world thrust into darkness, and what must be done to save it. And of course, with Evan Bollinger, a prolific author of darker and moodier tales, at the helm, there are still some more mature and frightening horror elements to the story. In fact, the way that Bollinger captures the prose in some places is probably unlike what you’re used to, but it informs the story and carries it in a way that is both impressive and apt to what transpires. It’s like dark poetry in some cases.
Bollinger has crafted a tale that is too good to pass up for those who like darker stories. More importantly, he’s managed to build a story that you can’t pull yourself away from, each page growing with more intrigue than the last. And if you’re looking for a story of this style and quality, there’s perhaps no better to time to jump on it than now. You can pick up A Master is Born for free on BookFunnel, but you’ll have to move fast. The book’s release date will be here next week!
I HATE Your Prophecy
Jeff Mach has been writing for three decades, and his tales are always delightfully wicked. Whether he’s looking at science fiction, fantasy, or just pure villainy, he knows his stuff, and he lines his stories with it. I HATE Your Prophecy looks at what it looks like to be the dark lord, and how things like chosen ones and prophecies and so-called destiny can make life miserable. Written with the same kind of panache as Neil Gaiman or Douglas Adams novels, this book will have you in stitches, even while it raises some interesting questions.
If you’re looking for a book that is very aware of itself, this could be the one for you. It breaks down walls, not the least is which the fourth wall where the book seems to talk directly to the reader. Mach expertly crafts an experience for his audience that explores issues in the genre and examines what happens when those issues are torn out and thrown in the rubbish bin. It’s exciting to take something tried and true and step outside of the formula. If that’s the kind of thing that grips you, look no further. Check out I HATE Your Prophecy on Amazon today!
Assault on Devil’s Den: Champion of Valor Book 1
The first book in what is sure to be a great series by Eric Balch, Assault on Devil’s Den is epic fantasy at its finest. You’d be forgiven for not realizing that this is a debut, as Balch has everything lined up succinctly: a beautiful cover, a map that’s fully-realized, and of course writing that will keep you turning pages. The world of Sarcasca is some serious high fantasy, with a smattering of varied and interesting races. Readers will feel transported to Balch’s world, and will no doubt wish to stay in it as long as possible.
Those looking to take their first steps into a land of many kingdoms—filled with myths and monsters and lore like you wouldn’t believe—need to look no further than Assault on Devil’s Den. Balch has created a world that is expansive and interesting, and that world informs a story that readers will love to dive into. Readers will also love this new fellowship, a party of atypical construct, which makes the journey all the more fascinating. Check out Assault on Devil’s Den: Champion of Valor Book 1 (The Sarcasca Chronicles) on Amazon today!
Blair James Steward has been writing and publishing books for a while now, but Miracle Uprising was the first he published on Amazon back in 2017. He’s well-reviewed, with people loving his work, and for good reason. Steward captures some interesting notions in Miracle Uprising, as not all of his characters are mentally sound. The characters are fraught with tragedy and trauma, and their reactions are spilled to the page instead of hidden behind the curtain.
As of this writing, Miracle Uprising is available in paperback only, but as Steward moves toward work on the sequel, perhaps an eBook version will be quick to follow. If you’re interested in a fantasy that plays with the psyche and presents with some abstract concepts, take a peek at this book. Check out Miracle Uprising on Amazon today!
The Avant Champion: Rising
C.B. Samet has made a name for herself across nearly thirty books in the last several years, and she’s earned plenty of awards for her diligence, her craftsmanship, and her imagination. The first book we were introduced to was the compelling first in a series, The Avant Champion: Rising. She’s since followed up with three books in the main series (with another coming on the way), as well as some spin-off material. Samet effortlessly blends together great world-building, tremendous character development and an adventure you won’t want to let go of.
Samet writes strong, satisfying characters who show dynamic growth across her books. Employing a mix of adventure, intrigue and romance, the author puts together tales that are fun and inspiring. Readers will no doubt tear through the story, eager to get to the next one. If you’re looking for a great epic fantasy series to get started on, this one’s for you. Check out The Avant Champion: Rising on Amazon today!
War Academy: Teen Recruits
Brought to you from the enigmatically-named Zifflin, this low-fantasy novel will capture your attention as the story jumps between its three interesting protagonists. Zifflin tackles some deep and dark concepts in this coming-of-age tale, not the least being the price a country must pay (and could pay) when all eligible soldiers have been slaughtered. There’s still moments of reprieve, and the story has heartwarming elements as well. It’s all blended together rather craftily.
Zifflin has mastered elements of intrigue, as you’ll be furiously turning the pages, eager to learn what happens to the characters next. Each of them molded from their earlier experiences, it’s interesting to watch them evolve, and by the end of the tale, you’ll be itching for more. Zifflin’s wordplay helps to keep things moving from one curious scenario to the next, ensuring that you’ll be ready for the sequel before you know it. In the meantime, check out War Academy: Teen Recruits on Amazon today!
The Price of Creation (The Historian Tales Book 1)
Lance Conrad, whose been publishing his great fantasies for seven years, started it all with The Price of Creation, the first book in his Historian Tales series. Conrad puts together an interesting magic system, and develops characters and writes a story around it that is compelling and addicting. It’s great fun for young adults and older readers alike, as it’s entertaining but also thought-provoking at times.
Conrad is clearly involved and invested in both the fantasy genre, and young readership. He writes stories that will astonish, and ignite the spark of literary intrigue, setting them off on creative journeys. And this series has worthy follow-ups as well, so those excited readers can feed into their new addiction at once. If you’re looking for a story that is imaginative and immersive, you’ve found it. Check out The Price of Creation (The Historian Tales Book 1) on Amazon today!
True Privilege Presents: The Unholy Realm
Dr. Karyn Darnell’s True Privilege series isn’t afraid to tackle darker subjects. Her upcoming book, The Unholy Realm, is beautiful and interesting, with a likable lead who evolves along the way. Purity is a vortex of drama, who sees suffering and dreams of something more—and subsequently receives the power to do something about those desires. Darnell does a wonderful job of blending romance and fantasy, and she captures magic in this series.
The Unholy Realm is an empowering adventure that you’ve likely been missing without knowing it. Darnell delivers something great with the True Privilege series. Once you get your hands on it, you aren’t going to want to put it down. For all those looking for a faith-based fantasy with charm, intrigue, romance and message of justice and redemption, stay tuned: The Unholy Realm is coming soon! Learn more about the True Privilege series here.
A Tale of a Human Dragon Hybrid: Dawn of a Hybrid
Ryan Johnson’s complete trilogy, A Tale of a Human Dragon Hybrid, has been released. We’ll be talking about his addictive first entry in the series in this post. Dawn of a Hybrid is a book that can be enjoyed by a fantasy-lover of any age, but it is especially suited for kids and young adults. Though Johnson isn’t afraid to dive into darker territory, it has its fair share of playful whimsy as well. It shines a lens on people who may be finding themselves, gripping with the idea that they could be different than other people. It’s an especially relevant coming-of-age story.
Johnson’s tale will no doubt catch readers’ attentions, and won’t soon let go. Even before you meeting Valudar, you know you’re in for something special, but when you meet the hybrid, things kick into gear. With two other books waiting in the wings, this is a trilogy you can’t pass up on. With great characters, an enchanting story, and plenty of heart, this book and its sequels has everything you need to make it one of your new favorites. Check out A Tale of a Human Dragon Hybrid: Dawn of a Hybrid on Amazon today!
The Quest for the Wizard’s Ring
Robert A. Valle is a renaissance man with a keen eye on bringing his multitude of talents to the literary world. His latest and greatest is The Quest for the Wizard’s Ring, a traditional fantasy with wonderfully developed characters, and an interesting adventure that you can’t help but want to be a part of. It’s a story in which you hit the ground running, and Valle keeps up the pace and keeps things interesting throughout.
Valle succeeds here with The Quest for Wizard’s Ring where many storytellers have struggled: it’s both a book with a satisfying conclusion, and one that will leave you itching for more. Readers will want to know what’s next for the brothers, and the world that they live in. As addicting as the tale is, readers will reach the end in no time. Check out The Quest for the Wizard’s Ring on Amazon today!
Artésque: The Fragment of Stoná Book 1
T. Cannon’s Artésque is a pretty massive undertaking. With a language all its own, and a deep and rich lore that will astound and amaze, it’s clear that the story is only just setting the stage for even greater things to come. Cannon also has a way of writing situations that you need to see to their end, so you’ll be thumbing through pages quickly to see what’s next in store for the characters he introduces.
If you’re into fantasy stories where those of our world visit a strange and exotic place, Artésque is for you. Cannon blends contemporary characters into a world filled with wild imagination, and it pays off. And now is the best time to dive in, as there are certain to be more books in this series that will catch your attention. Check out Artésque: The Fragment of Stoná Book 1 on Amazon today!
The Prison Stone
The Prison Stone starts akin to many other fantasy stories you might have read before. But this tale is different. Besides the two talespinners’ beautifully crafted prose, their interestingly developed characters, and their lavishly devised lore, there are twists and turns that you couldn’t begin to expect. Mixing elements of high fantasy, steampunk, eldritch horror and space opera, The Red Horn Saga is unlike anything you’ve experienced before, and it is definitely something you’ll tear through at breakneck speed.
Mabry and Asteriou have struck gold, nay platinum, with this incredible and delightful read. They turn every idea of a stellar fantasy read on its head, and it wouldn’t be surprising if this is the bar with which you hold other epics in the future. With more books on the horizon, now is the best time to dive in and enjoy The Red Horn Saga. Check out The Prison Stone: The Red Horn Saga Book 1 on Amazon today!
The Land of the Purple Ring
Deborah J. Natelson has been writing forever, so it’s almost criminal that her amazing The Land of the Purple Ring is the first we’re seeing of her awesome fantasy style. It has a fairy-tale vibe, with whimsical prose steeped in clever ideas. You’ll feel pleasant familiarity here—it isn’t a story quite like you’ve heard before, but it plays with notes of nostalgia. Make no mistake though, this story takes its own road, and you’ll want to be along for every stretch of it.
The Land of the Purple Ring chimes with two voices: that of the bard, with their romantic verses, and that of the scholar, careful and calculating with every word. Natelson’s deep appreciation of the written word elevates this tale to new heights. If you’re looking for something that’s strange and magical, you need look no further. Check out The Land of the Purple Ring on Amazon today!
Heirs of Masaha: (Aethons of Malurk – Book One)
Sachit Handa has a lovely poetry to his work, on display in spades in Heirs of Masaha, the first book in his Aethons of Malurk saga. Indeed, almost seeming like handed down mythology or even philosophy of some sort, the reader can’t help but feel like they’re being told an important story of old as they flick through the pages. Have no fear here, however, for it rings true of fantasy as well, and everything meshes well and urges the reader on.
Malurk is an interesting kingdom, and there is a great deal of lore built into its foundations. Handa does a great job developing his characters as well—though there is a handful, none seem to outshine one another, even though the Aether gives them interesting powers. Handa finds balance in his work, and delivers a strong series starter here. You’ll no doubt be eager for the follow-up. For now, check out Heirs of Masaha: (Aethons of Malurk – Book One) on Amazon today!
The Vine Witch
Luanne G. Smith has earned heaps of praise for her book, The Vine Witch. The first in its series, it reads as a complete book all on its own—you’d be forgiven for not knowing that follow-ups were on the way. As of this writing, The Vine Witch has over 4600 ratings on Amazon. It’s an impressive feat by any means. The book is a #1 best seller on Amazon, with a whopping 94% positive rate. Stats are one thing, but Smith’s writing is on a whole other level. It grips you from the very first moment—primal, dirty and mysterious—and doesn’t let you go.
Smith’s debut story in The Vine Witch series is a strong one. The author knows her craft as well as her witches do, and there’s always some new curiosity gnawing at the reader, urging them to keep turning pages. The characters feel real and visceral, flawed where they need to be, and interesting throughout. By the end of the tale, you’ll be satisfied, but you’ll also be forgiven for wanting to take another dip in the waters of the world Smith builds. Lo and behold, you won’t have to wait long, as the second book in the series, The Glamourist, is hot on the heels of this dastardly entertaining story. For now, dive in and check out The Vine Witch on Amazon today!
EMPIRE OF ONE: Volume One of the Wandering Invader Series
Thaine Chase delivers a beautiful, haunting and poetic story with EMPIRE OF ONE, the first volume of his Wandering Invader Series. With a plot that seems both familiar and surreal, telling of ancient Celtic fairy tales and myths, but framed from a more contemporary place. This is the kind of fantasy that you can easily lose yourself in, for the journey itself is an addicting adventure.
Chase has achieved a masterful balance here with Empire of One, carefully juggling contemporary and historic fantasy. He delivers a story that surely has its basis in fantasy, but also feels like a true autobiography of someone whose lived a life of experiences. If you want to see what that’s like in this firsthand account, look no further. Check out EMPIRE OF ONE: Volume One of the Wandering Invader Series on Amazon today!
Bring Me The Heart of Your King: The Tale of A King’s Love For His People
Bring Me The Heart of Your King: The Tale of A King’s Love For His People, by A. Allen Jones, is a small introduction to the Kingdom of Unity. At the heart of the story is a royal family faced with an evil uprising. It is the story of a young prince asked to do more than should be expected of him in so short a time. It is also about the prince’s friend, and the pain he feels for his friend when all seems bleakest. Jones’s tale feels like an arthurian classic, though it is not told without a modern flair.
Jones succeeds in weaving a narrative that begs to be continued. In Bring Me The Heart Of Your King, things have unraveled in unexpected ways, and by the end you’ll be aghast at the presence of no more pages to continue the tale. You’ll no doubt be eager to see how the story unfolds. Check out Bring Me The Heart Of Your King on Amazon today!
The Lost Direction
Timothy S. Boucher has what can be described as a one-of-a-kind style. This is seen through the remarkable lens of his storytelling in the catching and quirky The Lost Direction. An anthology of sorts, this volume in the Lost Books of Quatria follows interesting tales of the history of the remarkable world that Boucher has sewn together. It’s a curious and fun balance of weirdness and witticisms, of abstract ideas and magical adventure.
If you’re looking for a set of stories that builds upon a world in a whimsical, “get lost in the magic” kind of way, The Lost Direction is a great opportunity for you. Boucher references The Odyssey in the beginning of this collection, and it’s easy to see why. The tales are poetry, tried and true. Boucher crafts his yarns with what feels like the greatest of ease, and you’d be forgiven for thinking this wasn’t his debut release. If you’re ready to dive in, why not visit the website that the book calls home? Check out The Lost Direction on Lost Books, and from there, pick up the book on lulu.com!
Morten W. Simonsen’s Fire Within is as addicting as it is timely. Speeding out of the gate with a nerve-rattling prison break, the tale doesn’t hesitate to keep you on the edge of your seat. Simonsen isn’t adverse to touching the shadows, but there are some bright spots as well, and he blends them with deft talent. The two coexist in a way that never leaves you feeling overwhelmed with one set of emotions for any long period of time. There’s a broad world built within the pages as well—one that begs to be explored.
Fire Within will steal away all of your free time until you turn the final pages. Though this is Simonsen’s debut fantasy, he has a raw talent for writing scenes that grip and pull you through to their end. His characters feel multi-dimensional, and fully-crafted, leading you to forget you’re reading fiction at times. But before you know it, the tale reaches its conclusion, and you’ll be itching for your next trip to Innhold. Check out Fire Within on Amazon today!
Norman Septimus: The Assassins Circle
Second Era is a multi-talented wordsmith—he’s a poet, a playwright, an actor, and now, a published author. His debut title is Norman Septimus: The Assassins Circle, which leans on all of the author’s aptitude for storytelling to deliver a great tale that you won’t soon forget. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Second Era has been at this for a long while. And the good news is that this is just the beginning.
Norman Septimus has a delightful mix of action, intrigue and humor, and the words flow smoothly from page to page. Second Era’s passion for writing is on full display here, and you can tell that even though the tale is lengthy, the journey for the author must have been an enjoyable one.
Second Era delivers a wonderful debut with Norman Septimus: The Assassins Circle. It’s lighthearted where it needs to be, and that helps to enhance the shadowy bits of the story as well. You’ll fall in love with the characters that Second Era brings to the forefront, and the story will leave you itching for more. No need to wait… check out Norman Septimus: The Assassins Circle on Amazon.
Paul Simmonds brings us an interesting tale set in a magnificent city of Barkow. The titular Bolan is a priest who at first seems ordinary, but is thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Together with other compelling characters, Hogarth and Sterre, they must fight for the survival of the people of Barkow. Before you know it, you’ll feel as though you’re a part of Bolan’s journey, and you’ll feel his struggles as he tries to make sense of his place in his unfamiliar world.
Bolan’s Quest: Legend of the Black Sword is a wonderful tale that begins a series. Simmonds has a decent grasp on tempo in his storytelling, and by the time you reach the climax of this book, you’ll be on the edge of your seat. And by the time you reach the end, you’re itching for a follow-up—perfect, since Simmonds already has Bolan’s next adventure ready to read, with a third on the way. You can even learn more about the series through his author website. For now though, check out Bolan’s Quest: Legend of the Black Sword on Amazon.
The Lost King (Chronicles of the First Gods, Book 1)
Daniel Fansler is a passionate creator, having written The Lost King when he was in his senior year of high school. He studied creative writing in college, using those lessons to strengthen his storytelling, and giving us the version of The Lost King we have today. Fansler is also beautifully descriptive with his writing, bringing you up close to the action without muddying things or making things messy where they shouldn’t be. And some more good news: though the book is an epic debut, it comes at a very affordable price.
Fansler breathes new life into things that we surface dwellers take for granted. He’s also a deft storyteller, tying plot lines together in ways that surprise and excite. He put tremendous work into The Lost King, and I for one am excited to see where he brings his Chronicles of the First Gods series. For now, as I’m sure you’re excited to dive in, check out The Lost King on Amazon.
Creation I – Tales of Goodly Might bundles four of Eric K. Barnum’s novellas. The Healer’s Making, The Temple of the Golden Serpent, The Blue Sun Staff and Everyday Angels are fantastic reads on their own, and they’re even better as part of this collection. Not only are they entertaining reads, but they help you understand the mechanics and lore of Barnum’s impressive world.
We’ve showcased Barnum’s work many times before, including the novellas in this set. There’s good reason for that as well: the author is one of the best and brightest in the genre, and he has a passion for his world that you don’t see to this level too often. His lore is tremendous, his world-building is vast and his prose is perfectly balanced—not too dry and not too flowery. If you want to get a lot of bang for your buck, and you’re interested in seeing what Barnum is capable of, there’s perhaps no better ebook suited for you than Creation I – Tales of Goodly Might. Check it out on Amazon today!
Barnum has a magical touch when it comes to talking about his stories and developing his world. The Forsaken Isles is in such good hands, and it’s an awesome opportunity to go back to it often as a reader. Barnum takes good care of his series, and his fans, making sure that there’s tons of content, with more always on the way. Everyday Angels, the fourth book in the Creation subseries, is like the cherry on top. It brings together a bunch of threads and lore from earlier stories, and wraps it all up with a bow.
Everyday Angels follows a paladin on what seems like any other day of his life. The introduction to the tale seems academic and based heavily in building up the lore of the Forsaken Isles. But the story quickly ramps up into stunning action when a threat of utmost power comes down on his order. Holy power from a celestial companion, as well as some unexpected allies and an insane foe make this a breathtaking entry in Barnum’s Creation series. Don’t take my word for it though. Check out Everyday Angels on Amazon today!
In Eric K. Barnum’s latest work, The Temple of the Golden Serpent, he ventures into a new part of the Forsaken Isles. A new continent takes center stage, and you get to follow along with a battle priest named Jerranic as he deals with various faiths in the world. Barnum is known for subverting expectations and stepping around common tropes, and if that’s the kind of fantasy you’re interesting in reading, he certainly does not disappoint. He also continues along with his generous world-building, using this story to develop the Forsaken Isles further while still delivering a complete package that revolves around new thrills and drama.
There has never been a better time to become an Eric K. Barnum fan. With five full books out, as well as two novellas, and more on the way all the time, this author truly takes care of his world, and his readers. The Temple of the Golden Serpent is striking and eye-opening, delivering the same great content we’ve come to expect from Barnum, while surprising you along those twists and turns he takes you down. You’ll love this book for how rich and deep its content is, and it’ll have you yearning for more before it’s done. Pick up The Temple of the Golden Serpent on Amazon today!
With Creation: The Blue Sun Staff, you get another affordable story from the Forsaken Isles universe, all bundled up with Barnum’s incredible talent. This one tells the tale of Lionel, whose faith compels him to undergo a great quest, and it’s just as gripping as the other Creation novellas. It helps to flesh out the Forsaken Isles, and bolster it with extra lore.
Barnum is a phenomenal writer, and if you haven’t yet had an experience with him yet, these Creation novellas are lovely little bite-sized introductions to his writing style, as well as the Forsaken Isles universe. It wouldn’t be a reach to think that once you’ve tried one, you’ll be anxious to dive into the rest of the series. For now, though, why not start off with this interesting piece? Check out Creation: The Blue Sun Staff on Amazon today!
Eric K. Barnum is back with a bite-sized (but delectable) take on his Forsaken Isles series. Indeed, though it’s smaller fare, The Healer’s Making captures all of the best qualities of Barnum’s writing and storytelling and delivers it like only he can. You’d be hard-pressed to believe you weren’t starting another of his epics, right from the first page. As the author is now known to do, he gives a great look at the world through the eyes of one of the Forsaken Isles inhabitants. The prose is such poetry, you won’t want to put it down.
Even though it’s shorter fare, it’s not lighter by any means. Barnum comes out swinging and delivers a compelling story that you can’t get enough of. The best news is that you don’t necessarily have to. More of these novellas are on their way in the months to come. For now, get started with this first book. Check out The Healer’s Making on Amazon today.
Khalla’s Play takes what he’s done with priests and paladins and extends it to the thieves of the Forsaken Isles. As always, the story is deep and rich with lore, and the author grows his world with ease. You’ll swear you’re in the city streets, watching
the thieves work their craft.
Barnum is an author to watch out for. His writing gets better and better with every book that he writes, and he puts out books like a fiend. His literary work ethic is incredible, and you can feel the passion with which he writes for the Forsaken Isles. He’s already got so many books out, but Khalla’s Play is sure to be your new favorite.
The lead protagonist is endearing and easy to root for. Khalla’s journey will grip you, and you’ll find it hard to put this story down. Pick up Khalla’s Play on Amazon today!
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!
Simon Blackfyre and the Storms of Destiny
Simon Blackfyre and the Storms of Destiny is a carefully balanced mix of beautiful descriptions and prose, smart and stylish dialog uttered by witty characters, and hefty doses of adventure and intrigue. This is a great introduction to what is sure to be a spectacular trilogy. Simon is a interesting character with as much promise as he has flaws, and it’s great to go along with him on his journey.
Storms of Destiny definitely sets the stage for later Simon Blackfyre books. This is the kind of book that you dive into and eagerly await a follow-up for. Fear not, for Callen’s follow-up book, Simon Blackfyre and the Corridor of Shadows, is right around the corner, just over a month away. But if you’re looking to start this new series the right way, it’s best to jump in at the beginning. Check out Simon Blackfyre and the Storms of Destiny on Amazon today!
The InSet: Book 1 of the Carbynarah Chronicles
Jon Franklyn’s The Carbynarah Chronicles is massive, it’s epic, and it’s an incredibly entertaining read. You’ll be hooked right from the beginning, too, because the world seems so distant yet so familiar—you want to read on to discover all its secrets. Franklyn weaves his characters’ stories into the grand tapestry of his world with impressive skill as well, and you’ll find the book hard to put down.
The Carbynarah Chronicles is going to pick up loads of steam and put Jon Franklyn on many a fantasy fan’s radar. And if Franklyn keeps up his incredible writing, we’ll have a new world that we’ll be excited to return to again and again. Check out InSet: Book 1 of the Carbynarah Chronicles on Amazon today!
B.C. Johnson is an eloquent writer with a breadth of knowledge and first-hand experience that many talespinners can only dream of. Johnson’s latest work is Dytin’s Stones: Windrider. Blending elements of action, adventure and sprinklings of romantic conflict, this book is a solid and enjoyable first fantasy endeavor for the writer. Johnson is also a wonderful world-builder, bringing Teva to life in a way that almost makes it feel like its own character. This living, breathing land is full of magic, and with every turn of the page, you want to learn more.
Johnson is certainly going to be a literary force to be reckoned with. He’s a bright author with a lot of talent and an eye for the things that fantasy readers love. The world is fascinating, and Johnson builds set pieces that are enjoyable to watch his characters explore. It won’t be long before the follow up, Dragonfire, is available. For now, check out Dytin’s Stones: Windrider on Amazon!
T.R.Edwards is a storyteller with a ton of talent. His books have a frenetic flow, characters you can’t get enough of, and world-building you want to get lost in. His newest tale, The Sword of Dawn, is deep and engaging, and you won’t be able to put it down once you turn the first few pages.
The Sword of Dawn is definitely worthy of your attention. If you’re a fan of fantasy, this book has what you’re looking for. More importantly, when you pick it up, you’ll have just found not only your new favorite book, but also your new favorite author.
Pick up The Sword of Dawn on Amazon today!
Tiffany Skylark is a multilingual worldspinner who has been working on her craft for over a decade. Spend a little time reading her recently released book, Roquiel and the Phoenix, and you’ll see that passion unfold. Skylark takes special care to build up Kitharion. Her characters are easy to root for, and you’ll always be eager to turn the page.
Roquiel and the Phoenix is a great introduction to Kitharion, but the entertainment certainly won’t end there. Skylark has more books in the saga that will be out soon, and she also has plenty of other stories to tell. Dive into her world, and check out Roquiel and the Phoenix on Amazon today!
In Sivoa: Sunrise, the reader is brought to face a rich, beautiful world filled with interesting characters. Scott’s prose is tight, and her story is compelling. It stands on its own, but it feels at times like a brilliant play on old fairytales and mythology. You’ll look forward to each of the character interactions, and you’ll be hooked right from the beginning (but Dragonira and Pavlova meeting will truly seal the deal).
Sivoa: Sunrise is a work of art and develops a world I’m sure we’ll not see the last of anytime soon. Scott is such a diligent creator across many mediums, and she and Sivoa have such potential. You’ll be eager to where things go next.
Be sure to check out Sivoa: Sunrise 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 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.
VOODOOVILLE Part 1: Hell No To The Unknown!
Author Nova Chimera delivers an amusing debut with VOODOOVILLE Part 1: Hell No To The Unknown! You’d be hard-pressed to think this was his first, however, since he has such a fun grasp on dialog and story structure, and the tale just flows at an entertaining pace. This is in part due to well-crafted prose and humorous takes from page to page. Chimera will have you chortling at some spots, and belly laughing at others, whether it’s from a snappy line a character delivers, or the visual you get when he describes what’s happening.
There’s magic in the pages of VOODOOVILLE, and it will captivate those that come partake in it. Whether you’re signing up for hilarity, peculiarity, or just plain quality, Chimera has got you covered. You’ll find there’s a lot to enjoy within these pages. And with a second book no doubt on the way, there’s never been a better time to dive into this strange and silly story. Check out VOODOOVILLE Part 1: Hell No To The Unknown! on Amazon today!
Angel’s Advocate: A Magical Fantasy
Author Jalen Jasso desires to write for his readers to escape into. Angel’s Advocate: A Magical Fantasy is Jasso’s debut fantasy, and it is a wonderful story for kids and kids at heart. Readers will be swept up in the author’s imagination, and will be glad to be along for the ride, as this portal fantasy is as addicting as it is whimsical and captivating. It also helps that Angel’s Advocate has characters that you feel you can get close to. Jasso is honest with his characters, letting them speak what is on their minds, rather than having them scheme for the sake of pushing the story forward.
With touches of the LitRPG genre, Jasso’s debut is perfect for kids who enjoy letting their imagination run wild in fantasy worlds. It’s fun to follow along with Justin, and to see the new world that opens up to him, and Jasso leaves plenty or room left to explore. That’s perfect, since the end of this book leaves the door open for a sinister sequel. With that in mind, there’s no better time than now to dive in and pick up the first in the series. Check out Angel’s Advocate: A Magical Fantasy on Amazon today!
Agents of Angels: Diamond in the Rough
Author Treena Wynes unleashes her talents with her first urban fantasy, Agents of Angels: Diamond in the Rough. This supernatural adventure combines touches of humor and deeper personal reflections. The titular character learns about the great powers she has inside, and helps to unveil the shocking world that has always existed around her. Despite the unexpected changes to the status quo, the author’s prose feels conversational, as though you’re hearing the story from a friend who is great at spinning yarns.
Raw and gritty where it needs to be, Diamond in the Rough lives up to its namesake, as there is a great tale being spun here without any pretentious, flouncy wordplay. Even though it has fantastic elements, it feels real, current and fun. Wynes’s story has a lot of energy, and before you know it, you’ve torn through page after page until you hit the back cover. Luckily, it ends on a high point and the promise of so much more. But while you’re waiting for the follow-up, now is a great time to check out this fantasy series debut. Check out Agents of Angels: Diamond in the Rough on Amazon today!
A-MUSED: My Big Fat Greek Mythology
Author Glenda Rogers uses a wealth of life experiences to craft a catching and delightful juxtaposition of fantasy and science fiction in her new book, A-MUSED: My Big Fat Greek Mythology. Rogers whips together humor, romance and empowerment in the kind of story that’s meant to be enjoyed with a drink in hand and the sand between your toes. Rogers uses the story to show that life is best appreciated when we slow down and enjoy what’s around us, but she does so with a cast of familiar characters told in a new way that will knock your socks off and have you full-on belly laughing from chapter to chapter.
Witty dialog, clever plot advancements and laugh-out-loud moments ensure that A-MUSED is a great time from beginning to end. It’s a great taste of the author’s literary prowess, with room to grow if that is what fate decides. Glenda Rogers is going to be a force to be reckoned with, and she’s already working on her second book. While we wait for that young adult fantasy to hit bookshelves, why not treat yourself to this highly amusing mix of science fiction and fantasy? Check out A-MUSED: My Big Fat Greek Mythology on Amazon today!
First Light: Call of the Forest Realm, Book 1
Author Beryl Kelland brings poetic prose to an alluring and magical portal fantasy that will keep readers engaged from beginning to end. In First Light: Call of the Forest Realm, Book 1, the author introduces the audience to captivating characters and a world of enchanting majesty. Kelland paints with the weather, the light, the shadows, and it all has a certain beauty to it that will stick with you from chapter to chapter. While some of the fantasy that the author writes is familiar, she turns a great deal of it on its head.
Within the pages of First Light, Kelland sets up pieces for the saga yet to come. Though it is a short story, it carries a lot on its shoulders, and reveals just enough without overdoing it, and keeps readers on the edge of their seat. Think of it as a tasty, bite-sized tale that will leave you hungry for the sequel. Speaking of which, the sequel, Daybreak, is ready to be explored. So what are you waiting for? Check out First Light: Call of the Forest Realm, Book 1 on Amazon today!
The Epistles of Simon Thistle
TR Thomas tells magical fantasy stories with a religious bent. Angels and demons are real, and they walk among humanity, setting in motion a game that holds mortals in the balance. Tipped one way or the other could be catastrophic. So it is in The Epistles of Simon Thistle, Thomas’s sizable adventure. Throw in fallen angels, monsters and spirits, and it touches a bit in the horror subgenre as well. Thomas has a fun, snarky way of writing that will engage readers at once, and then it’s off to unlock one mystery after the next.
Thomas manages to provoke both emotions and thoughts with this story. Simon Thistle starts off a little out of ordinary before it acts like a whirlwind, stealing its audience off the beaten path and delivering them toward something even more incredible. With characters that readers are bound to love (or love to hate), and circumstances that they won’t be able to help but learn more about, this is the kind of tremendous book that fantasy fans crave. Check out The Epistles of Simon Thistle on Amazon today!
Alterni (The Alt-World Chronicles Book 1)
Author Sunshine Somerville loves her contemporary fantasies and it shows in both her extensive catalog of published stories, as well as the quality of her storytelling. Her series opener in her portal fantasy, Alterni (The Alt-World Chronicles Book 1), opens up with charming characters, a perplexing set of events, and the promise of so many twists and turns as readers follow through. It’s unexpected, it’s quirky, and it will keep fans engaged and captivated all the way up to its magical conclusion.
Somerville’s alternate world is rife with potential. It’s familiar enough to our world that you won’t be completely taken out of your element, but it’s different enough that your jaw will often unhinge from your wonderment. Somerville’s characters are the stunners here, but they play in an alternate version of our world that changes everything you’ve come to believe. If you’re looking for a story that breaks the rules of what you expect of a fantasy, and breathes new life into the genre with every turn of the page, you won’t want to miss this one. Check out Alterni (The Alt-World Chronicles Book 1) on Amazon today!
Blessings of the Firebird’s Light: The Firebird’s Blessings Saga: Book 1
Rose S. King is an author who writes with a flair of poetry from the beginning of her story to the very last page. In her debut story, Blessings of the Firebird’s Light: The Firebird’s Blessings Saga: Book 1, the pacing is mesmerizing, and the world almost seems to fall in place around it. Even if that weren’t the case, King develops interesting worlds all on their own. It’s a curious juxtaposition of fantasy and reality that feels both familiar and like a breath of fresh air. Her characters are bound to leave a mark on readers of the story as well, as they both shine.
King is impressive in her work, as she’s not just developing one world for her characters to play in here, but multiple ones in this saga. It’s a grand and entertaining undertaking, and ones that fans of fantasy will no doubt enjoy, with Christian fantasy lovers enjoying it even more so. With the second book already available for purchase, and the third book in the series releasing later this week, there’s never been a better time to pick up this book. Check out Blessings of the Firebird’s Light: The Firebird’s Blessings Saga: Book 1 on Amazon today!
Foresthill: Children of the Night
Author M. Dutchy had the grand task of slowly unveiling the truth to her heroine, Detective Vicky Smithton, in her debut occult fantasy, Foresthill: A New Beginning. Now, with many of the secrets laid out bare for Vicky, she’s learned of her powers and her potential. Still, Foresthill is a dark place, and it demands respect. Her stellar sequel, Foresthill: Children of the Night, embraces the darkness, and pits Vicky against even more sinister forces. Dutchy manages to bundle a whole new set of exciting secrets into this release as well, and it will have readers on the edge of their seats.
Even in the darkness that continues to encroach on Vicky’s town, she learns so much more in this sequel. Dutchy set the pieces in motion in the first book in the franchise, but now she explores the farther reaches of Vicky’s world, and it will keep readers guessing. Fans of mysteries and eerie occult fantasies will not want to miss this follow-up. Check out Foresthill: Children of the Night on Amazon today!
Foresthill: A New Beginning
Netherlands author, M. Dutchy, delivers an occult horror fantasy like you won’t believe. The author claims to be a “hobby writer” but you can definitely tell there’s a lot of passion and enjoyment that went into writing Foresthill. Dutchy writes characters and situations that are as magical as they come, and if you’re into urban fantasy that is weird and eerie, this is the kind of book you’ll no doubt enjoy.
With so much magic and mystery abound, this is one of those stories that you love to explore. There are secrets in every shadow, and the author loves to play with them. This is the only book in the Foresthill series so far, but the characters and the world that Dutchy has built around them have a lot of potential. Don’t expect not to visit Foresthill again! In the meantime, check out Foresthill: A New Beginning on Amazon today! And don’t forget, you can also find out more about Dutchy and her books on her website.
King of the Wicked (The Banished Series Book 1)
Author T.R. Hamby excels at writing characters that you desperately want to know more about, and that you cling to throughout her stories. So it is in King of the Wicked (The Banished Series Book 1), which rolls all those interesting characters into a spectacular story involving angels and a new love story for the ages. Hamby takes fantastic situations and breathes reality into them in a way that feels like they could unfold around us. And most importantly, it’s simply great fun following this angel with a dark streak around Rome.
King of the Wicked flows at the perfect pace, drawing readers in more and more with every new mysterious thread that unravels. The pages keep on turning, and before you know it, you’re at the end of this tale, clambering for more. Luckily, Hamby has readers covered, as book two, Queen of the Immortals, is ready to dive into. Of course, it always helps to start from the beginning. So what are you waiting for? Check out King of the Wicked (The Banished Series Book 1) on Amazon today!
The Guardian of Light
It is clear right from the get go that author Shaun Connaughton has a huge passion for fantasy and storytelling. Now, we may have just passed the holiday season, but it’s always a great time to see what magic we can throw into the world, and Connaughton does that to great effect in the first book in this six book series. The Guardian of Light is not your typical fantasy, mixing contemporary mechanics with that which is a bit more traditional and magical. Connaughton balances everything nicely, creating a concoction that is charming, irreverent and exciting.
Connaughton throws a lot at the wall here, and surprisingly, it all sticks rather well. The combination of everything from holiday magic to a monstrous creature stalking fantastic beings will have readers furiously turning the pages, one after the other. And as mentioned earlier, this story leads into several more—by the end of Connaughton’s first tale, you’ll start to see the pieces begin to fall into place. There’s no better time to pick up this book than right now. Check out The Guardian of Light on Amazon today!
Centaur of the Crime (Fantasy & Forensics 1)
What do you get when you mix crime scene investigation mysteries with good old-fashioned fantasy? Why, Michael Angel’s clever and witty Centaur of the Crime, the first book in the Fantasy & Forensics series. Angel is well-written and has already released dozens of great books, and Centaur of the Crime is one of his most highly regarded tales. Angel’s characters here are engaging and interesting, and his prose catches readers on every word. Before you know it, you’re hooked, even before some of the more fantastic elements of the story unfold.
For readers who enjoy either mysteries or fantasy novels with a touch of humor, Angel has you in good hands. For those who are fans of both, you’re bound to meet a new favorite author. This series is captivating, and the world that Angel builds has plenty of potential. This first tale introduces you to Andeluvia and lays the groundwork for the later stories set in that world. And while you could certainly pick up any book in the Fantasy and Forensics series, it truly is best to start at the beginning, as you’ll see the relationships grow from the onset. With that in mind, this is the book for you if you’re looking to begin down a road of humor and mysteries. Check out Centaur of the Crime (Fantasy & Forensics 1) on Amazon today!
Lisa Hale tackles a broad array of tricky concepts in Aqua Maddas, a tale about the self and the mysteries that surround that concept. In many ways, the story feels like a collection of poetic allegories, as Hale writes with a pleasing tone and cadence. Indeed, in some ways it almost seems as though this could be an underwater trip through the looking glass, as it shines a lens on the way certain people think and relate.
Hale manages to take the distinct and varied pieces of her story, and weave them together into something that finds a beautiful coherence. This is especially impressive since her book untangles such topics as mental health, self-identification and even human nature. If you’re looking for something a bit more different that has a lot of heart and a beautiful message, this tale could be up your alley. Check out Aqua Maddas on Amazon today!
Emmaline Givens has given such love and care to her debut Urban Fantasy, Grace Discovered. Her characters are a delight, and the scenarios that she builds around them are amazing. And though her story is set in a world that is familiar to the reader, she makes much of it her own, twisting and shaping it to reveal strange new mysteries. As the tale unfolds at a steady pace, you’ll be glad to be along for the ride.
Grace Discovered is a fresh take on shapeshifting contemporary fantasy. Givens rises to the task and delivers a captivating tale that sidesteps storyline beats that are tread too often. Readers will enjoy the twists and turns the story takes them on. And with the sequel just around the corner (releasing in June of 2021), there’s never been a better time to check out Givens’s awesome debut. Check out Grace Discovered on Amazon today!
Between Heaven and Hell: Genesis
Brandon Davis has been a writer for as long as he can remember, but Between Heaven and Hell: Genesis is his first published work. You can see that his time honing his considerable talents have impacted this enjoyable debut, as Davis describes everything with a certain poetic flair. His writing is catching and the story he weaves is gripping. Before readers know it, they’re in the thick of a battle between angels and demons, watching as the Earth unravels from their interactions. But Davis doesn’t just tell an epic story. He also develops interesting characters that you want to spend time with.
Davis makes easy work of exploring Christian lore and history, while simultaneously developing his own world and rules as a spectacular jumping-off point. It’s edgy and exhilarating, with well-choreographed and described action sequences. It has intriguing, intelligent characters, and twists that you don’t see coming. Bottom line, if you are looking for a great new urban fantasy, you just found it. Check out Between Heaven and Hell: Genesis on Amazon today. Also available on Dorrance Publishing.
Pearl and Joe 633
Author E. Z. Ben-Asher brings to life a story that effortlessly blends together intrigue and humor with Pearl & Joe 633. It has a religious undertone, built upon the back of Jewish lore, but make no mistake, it serves well as a wonderful contemporary fantasy. Ben-Asher’s work also reads a bit like cloaked academia. You’ll be learning some interesting things along the way, but they’ll be masked underneath the enjoyment of a steadily-moving and gripping story that you won’t want to put down.
You can’t talk about this story without also talking about the eponymous Pearl and the person talking to her on the other end of the chat interface, Yosi, who now goes by Joe 633. Though Ben-Asher’s work shines throughout, his character work is also top-notch. Pearl and Yosi make for an interesting pair of heroes, and their atypical relationship helps to drive the story forward. If you’re looking for a contemporary fantasy that will stick with you, this is a great one to dive into. Check out Pearl & Joe 633 on Amazon today!
Memoirs of the Senator’s Wife
S.M. Ford delivers an exciting light urban fantasy that spans American history. There are brief glimpses of magic here, Memoirs of the Senator’s Wife dabbles in a lot of genres, but it’s main purpose is to rile up its reader’s emotions. Whether it’s anger you feel toward the ghastly Xavier, or sympathy toward Estella, both of which you want to know more about, for different reasons. It’s a thrilling ride you go on, and it ramps up even more when Estella faces the dilemma of choosing love over power.
Memoirs of the Senator’s Wife is at its best when it’s tempting Estella with what is forbidden. Ford touches on some weightier topics here and there, but the real crux of the story falls to Estella, and her decisions when she is faced with the choice between Xavier and his protector, Michael. If you’re interested in a suspenseful story of love gone wrong before it goes right, this book is right up your alley. Check out Memoirs of the Senator’s Wife on Amazon today!
For the Love of a Pirate
Laura Nelson has been writing about pirates for long enough to know what other pirate enthusiasts will like. For the Love of a Pirate started as a short story concept, but Nelson gives it a stellar feature upgrade for this mid-sized novel. Little bits of history call out from the pages of the book, for Nelson has done her homework. She weaves in stories about the Whydah Galley, one of the most infamous ships from the Golden Age of Piracy. But For the Love of a Pirate is more than just a research project—it’s a magical, supernatural tale that helps to put readers in the shoes of those who had some of the most interesting lives hundreds of years ago.
Nelson manages to pull together elements of history and combine them with a touching, caring love story that will stick with you. Her characters feel real and tested, embracing their dents and flaws. The tale also flows at an even pace, even as it enlightens readers to the events that took place three centuries earlier. If you’re looking for a great historical fiction and urban fantasy mash-up, this is going to be a book on your list. Check out For the Love of a Pirate on Amazon today!
Ninja Girl Adventures
MG Wilson has a clear passion for writing, as she’s helped other writers achieve their dreams through coaching and ghostwriting. Now, Wilson has a wonderful young adult urban fantasy that’s just released called Ninja Girl Adventures. It’s charming, it’s sweet, it’ll grip you and won’t let go. Wilson also does a stellar job of creating a world that’s hidden within our own. It’s a young adult fantasy set in our world, but there’s so much to explore. The magical elements of the story kick things up a notch as well, turning an action-packed adventure into can’t-miss fare.
Wilson delivers a story that you’ll love to follow, as it has plenty of playful and dramatic twists and turns, and it ends on a shocker! If you’re ready to read the work of a great, bestselling author, look no further. If you’re looking for a great urban fantasy with a lot of heart, you’ve found it. Readers are lucky to have Wilson working on her own fiction for a change, because she brings it in incredible fashion. Check out Ninja Girl Adventures on Amazon today!
Vindico: I Am Liberation, I Am Punishment, and I Am Judgment
Alex McCann Johnson has been hard at work on the Vindico series for years, and now it has been repackaged in one expansive and amazing book. Vindico: I Am Liberation, I Am Punishment, and I Am Judgment follows the symbol of hope that the world needs, the immortal, titular character, Vindico. It’s a must read for those who want to see mythological fantasy blended together deftly with modern realism.
Johnson’s Vindico collection rebranded is a steal. It’s a massive epic the likes of which readers won’t soon forget, and it’s one that’s hard to put down as well. It’s ambitious and gripping along with being through-provoking and clever. If you want to read an urban fantasy rooted in mythological lore with world-shattering stakes, this is the book for you. Check out Vindico: I Am Liberation, I Am Punishment, and I Am Judgment on Amazon today!
Simon Carr has the wit of a playwright, and his book, Our Fathers, has the content to match some great comedies. As much theater script as it is stream-of-consciousness, the book will likely have you in stitches as two priests battle the denizens of hell as they try to invade our world. Carr certainly doesn’t take things too seriously, and neither do his two protagonists, Fathers O’Malley and O’Riley. It’s a perfect retreat from darker and more dismal tales.
If you’re looking for a delightfully funny read that paints doom and gloom in a brighter light, Simon Carr has got you covered. Just about all the characters are hilariously incompetent, leading to some off-the-walls buffoonery that you won’t soon forget. If you’re looking for some light, satirical fare, this is the book for you. Check out Our Fathers on Amazon today!
The Coldest Grave: Paranormal Romance Series (The Unnaturals Series Book 3)
Tosha Y. Miller wraps up her Unnaturals series with an explosive finale that takes magic and mayhem and let’s it unravel in an anticipated battle for the ages. The Coldest Grave: Paranormal Romance Series (The Unnaturals Series Book 3) is a powerful and violent, certainly not for the faint of heart. Miller developed something raw and engaging with the trilogy, with a world at stake, and interesting characters you enjoy following.
If you’re looking for a more adult urban fantasy, Miller has got you covered with this awesome series about magic and mayhem drawing near to our world. This most recent release is sure to have you glued to your seat. It can be read by itself, but for the highest enjoyment, you should also pick up its two predecessors. Still, there’s no better time than the present to look at Miller’s latest and greatest. Check out The Coldest Grave: Paranormal Romance Series (The Unnaturals Series Book 3) on Amazon today!
The Red Diamond (Iman’s Journal Book 1)
Emily Flowers takes an unconventional approach to her characters, magic, and life. Iman is a bit standoffish at times, but she grows to be delightful to readers. Her relationship with the boy that catches her attention, Troy, becomes endearing indeed. Her grandfather cinches everything together, hinting toward what magic means in the world, how it all comes together, and why it’s important that those who know magic stay far from humans, much to the growing chagrin of Iman.
The Red Diamond is a breezy entry to a fun series about wizardry, magic and finding love. It’s a nice little introduction to the world that the author is developing. Better yet, it’s free as a series starter, with four subsequent books ready to be enjoyed. If you’re looking for a cute little bite-sized fantasy romance, Emily Flowers has got you covered. Check out The Red Diamond (Iman’s Journal Book 1) on Amazon today!
No Peace in Death, Book of the Immortals: Volume I
JD Penley set out to make a book about vampires that eschews the typical constructs of their stories. There is less identifying as a monster, or whining about what they are, and more chasing of mysteries and using the powers given to them in interesting ways. Penley manages to make No Peace in Death, the first volume in his Book of the Immortals series, a thrilling escape into a version of our world that we don’t often see. Penley also succeeds in crafting a vampire with incredible depth, and he brings his readers on an intriguing journey with him.
If readers are looking for a vampire-starring urban fantasy that delivers on both the origins of their vampirism, and the odyssey that has brought them to the present day, they need look no further than Penley’s story. The author has crafted a catching new vampire legend which won’t soon be forgotten by its fans. And with two follow-ups in the wings, there’s no better time than now to dive in. Check out No Peace in Death, Book of the Immortal: Volume I on Amazon today!
Sophia Freeman and the Mysterious Fountain
Kids and kids at heart are going to love Sophia Freeman. She’s adventurous and solves mysteries, learning lessons along the way. Her adventures are unbelievable and her experiences are wild, and writer T.X. Troan captures it exquisitely, delivering a protagonist that people are going to remember for some time. Troan also builds a world out of the story’s mysterious island that readers will want to explore further with each book. In addition to the wonderful prose, the book contains gorgeous artwork as well.
One of the only downsides to this story is that it will be over quicker than you realize as you tear through pages trying to find out the answer to the mysteries. Filled with magic and mystical creatures, there’s always something new to be impressed by, and Troan explores everything with rich detail. Though it is intended for tweens and early teens, everyone can enjoy it, as it captures the childlike adventurer in all of us. Check out Sophia Freeman and the Mysterious Fountain on Amazon today! Also, if you want to find out more about T.X. Troan and the Sophia Freeman books, head over to his website.
Last of Four (War Eternal Book 1)
Lucas Alpay has been writing for several years now, but over the last couple months, he’s been delivering some great fantasy and sci-fi, including Last of Four. He’s got an interesting grip the genres, and effortlessly blends fantasy and metaphysical concepts. Readers will no doubt enjoy the flow of the stories, and will be hooked by the frenetic pace Alpay sets. And they’ll be along the ride with a hero who it is easy to root for.
Just as Alpay’s protagonist has the curtains drawn away to reveal more and more, his audience will have some intriguing revelations unfold. Readers who like to sit down and tear through new stories in a single night will no doubt enjoy this entertaining tale. Close to three hundred pages will disappear in the blink of an eye. With two more books on the way, now is a great time to dive into the first book in the series. Check out Last of Four (War Eternal Book 1) on Amazon today!
A Merric’s Tale
Margs Murray delivers a great contemporary fantasy read for kids and kids at heart with the charming and relatable book, A Merric’s Tale. Steeped in magical presence, budding with inquisitiveness, and run amok with mysteries, the story compels its readers to hurry along, reading page after page. Murray manages to capture and blend whimsical humor and genuine fantasy spectacle in new and exciting ways.
A Merric’s Tale is the kind of book that flips over everything you think you know about what surrounds us. It’s a wonderful trip, made even better by the astounding company you’ll keep while you’re reading, as Murray has created a lovely heroine with Waverly. If a magical world hidden among our own sends your imagination tingling, this is the book for you. Check out A Merric’s Tale on Amazon today!
Heirs and Outlaws
Lester Kavanaugh brings a dark and dreary yet colorful urban fantasy set in the American South. With plenty of history built into this hidden world, you’ll see why Heirs and Outlaws is so intriguing. Monsters and magic have long held their place in the mythology and mysteries of the south, but Kavanaugh brings it to life in interesting new ways, and he sends two characters you truly enjoy to follow out into the swamps.
Heirs and Outlaws feels like the kind of story that needs to be digested in quiet reflection. Kavanaugh’s story is delivered in a way where you can almost see the action unfolding in front of you—Caroline isn’t your typical heroine, and that’s perhaps what makes her feel more real than what you’d normally get in a tale like this. It has a grittiness that lets you know Kavanaugh isn’t afraid to shy away from chewing up parts of the world he’s built, but a sheen that lets you know there was some real passion that went into developing the story. Check out Heirs and Outlaws on Amazon today!
Vanish (The Frosted Realm Series Prequel)
Stephanie Kline is a bit of a writing phenom. She writes best-selling works—not just for herself but for many clients who have difficulty getting their stories into words. Now Kline is setting out with her very first young adult fantasy series, The Frosted Realm Series. Vanish is a prequel to the first book in the series, Discover. Kline deftly weaves a tale that begins with hopeful and adventurous notes, and then twists things toward the mysterious and worrisome. Clara is a character that it’s easy to feel for, and you can’t help but want to know what happens next for her.
Vanish is a great introduction to Kline’s writing and the world she’s building in the Frosted Realms series. It’s easy to see why people are saying that it’s such a quick and addicting read. Kline is a master when it comes to putting together a story, and she has plenty of experience and praise to show for it. With the first book in the series proper, Discover, on the horizon, there’s never a better time to jump into this mysterious and catching urban fantasy. This novella is a great place to start. Check out Vanish (The Frosted Realm Series Prequel) on Amazon today!
The Guardian: Book 1 of the Order of the Slayers Series
K. A. Grant’s The Guardian: Book 1 of the Order of the Slayers Series is an addicting urban fantasy that you will not want to put down once you pick it up. Grant knows how to blend action, intrigue and romance into a very compelling package, and The Guardian is no exception. Set in the real world, you feel like there are real stakes, as though the hidden battles described in the story could be happening in a city like yours. Even though Shaun is an angel, you can feel his humanity, and you know that the danger for these characters can spell an ending before their ready for it.
This supernatural, spiritual tale is one that shouldn’t be missed. Grant is a methodical storyteller who hits all the right beats, and The Guardian is a perfect “first track” to get you settled into a great series. If you’re looking for an electric urban fantasy that will hook you until the last page (and then some), look no further. Check out The Guardian: Book 1 of the Order of the Slayers Series on Amazon today!
The Land of KA-AN: The Prophesy
Cagatay Gulec is a brilliant storyteller from Turkey, whose prose is poetic and thoughtful. In the Land of KA-AN: The Prophesy he takes his character, the introverted Cenk, across realms into a place that’s filled with magic and mystery. Cenk is talented in some regards, but has problems with his family, his school work, his love life… But when he is given the opportunity for a fresh start in the land of KA-AN, he demonstrates that he is someone more important than ever before. The Land of KA-AN: The Prophesy is filled with opportunities for Cenk to prove himself and make more of himself than he was able to back in our world.
Gulec’s imagination knows no bounds, and KA-AN is filled with many strange creatures and amazing magic. Following Cenk and his beloved Ela through this strange, alien world is enjoyable, as it is filled with humor, intrigue and majesty, and Gulec makes the most of it in every page. This is obviously only the first foray into KA-AN, and those who want to discover an exotic new world will no doubt be excited to visit it again. Check out The Land of KA-AN: The Prophesy on Amazon today.
Dulcinea and the Death Code
Here is an amazing Urban Fantasy from an up-and-coming author who is sure to be one you’ll keep on your radar for the foreseeable future. Victoria Ray is a passionate storyteller, whose mind-blowing stories touch on things from sci-fi to satire, from humor to poetry. Her great urban fantasy novel, Dulcinea and the Death Code, which is sure to tickle your fancy if you have a yearning for adventure.
Ray’s novel is intriguing and mysterious, and unfolds in awesome and unexpected ways. There’s a somewhat supernatural feel to what follows Dulcinea, and fans of urban fantasy or science-fiction will likely have a hard time putting this story down once they dive into it. Readers will also likely be eager to see what comes next for the character, and those who surround her. By the end, you’ll be ready to embark on Dulcinea’s next adventure. Now is the best time to get a jump on Ray’s great work. Check out Dulcinea and The Death Code on Amazon today!
Awakening of a Soul Keeper
Brienne Dubh is a meticulous author who knows her way around building a series and a world. Her latest is Awakening of a Soul Keeper, a prequel to her Soul Keeper series. Make no mistake about it though, this has all the makings of a phenomenal read. It’s got dark action with real stakes, smart and interesting characters, as well as electrifying romance.
This prequel develops in all the right ways, leaving the door open for what comes next, although it’s a strong and solid read on its own, as well. Dubh has been writing for a few years now, and has great reviews across the board. This tale is her best received yet, as well as a promise of more great content on the way. It’s time to dive in. Check out Awakening of a Soul Keeper on Amazon today!
Fariidinus Book VI: Lights and Shadows
L.E.Parr is a master of balancing not just multiple storylines that come together, but also moods and elements of storytelling. Fariidinus has always been magical (and the Heartland continues to be in this latest release), but we also see real life sewn into the lines of the tale that make it come to life even more. Parr excels at making you feel for her characters, and for Lights and Shadows, there’s no exception.
Lights and Shadows is a worthy entry in this storied series. It’s rich with storytelling and world-building, as is usual for Parr, but the beating heart of the tale is the emotional journey that Shannon goes on. Parr does an excellent job of taking her readers through a tragedy to see the beautiful outcome. If you enjoyed the Fariidinus series thus far, there’s no reason to delay. Pick up Lights and Shadows on Amazon today!
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.
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!
Sirenhawk Book II: Misborn of the Wilding River
L.E.Parr’s crushes it every chance she gets. She has written more books than I can count on a good day, and every time I check out her site, it seems she has more on the way. If you’re a reader who loves a diligent storyteller, Parr is the right one for you.
Her latest and greatest is the follow-up to her awesome Sirenhawk book. This sequel, Misborn of the Wilding River, puts the focus on another shifter. And the book starts as wildly as you can expect. Once again, Parr delivers a stunning and beautiful look at another way of life, and develops her characters in interesting ways.
This is the eighth book that we’ve had the privilege of showing off for L. E. Parr. And as strong as she started, her stories keep getting bigger and better all the time. The Sirenhawk series is a fun urban fantasy saga, and it has a certain sexiness to it that you’ll understand when you pick it up. So what are you waiting for? Check out Misborn of the Wilding River on Amazon today!
The Uprising of the Pencils
The product of its author’s vivid imagination, The Uprising of the Pencils explores what it is like to see things come alive when we’re not looking. It’s a touch of Toy Story, but with office supplies instead of action figures and dolls, and Nico Pengin observes the hierarchy of pencils and markers and erasers in interesting ways.
The Uprising of the Pencils is a short read, but it’s packed with plot and character development in its few pages. Pengin also has a few clever name gags and playful scenes that would really appeal to its younger audience. Older readers can enjoy it as well, as it is multifaceted, and has a few layers of classic writings and deeper messages sitting atop the playful story. Check out The Uprising of the Pencils on Amazon today!
The strangeness of the unknown
Bryony Storm Dudley brings to life a story about a family that is thrust into an interesting and peculiar world attached to their own in The strangeness of the unknown. This portal fantasy is as mysterious as it is quirky, and following around the younger members of the family is great fun, if a little unnerving. Clem and Affie get themselves into more than enough trouble to keep readers invested and intrigued.
Dudley’s work is fun and peculiar, and her characters act the same in turn. The world that the author builds hidden in our own has plenty of room for laughs and exploration. Young readers who are looking for a quick, breezy read that wraps up nicely will have a good time with Dudley’s latest work. Check out The strangeness of the unknown on Amazon today!
Liam and Emma’s Earth School for Aliens: Spark’s First Day on Earth
Natalie P. Gump has got a great little kid’s book that is quirky, charming, and delivers plenty of great messages. Liam and Emma’s Earth School for Aliens: Spark’s First Day on Earth celebrates cleverness and creativity, and it teaches kids things that they might not know as well. Of course, it’s as much a learning experience for the alien, spark, who has a little bit of a rougher edge that Liam and Emma try to smooth out for him. The book has beautiful illustrations, and readers will be enthusiastic to follow along.
Gump does an excellent job putting together a book with lessons for children. If you have children in your life, Spark’s first adventure on Earth is a good one to show to help explain manners, welcoming and warm behavior, and patience. Don’t wait to pick up this charming new children’s book. Check out Liam and Emma’s Earth School for Aliens: Spark’s First Day on Earth on Amazon today!
Felicia Sanders finds a lot of love in writing and illustrating picture books for children. They carry a message of hope and self-worth, and The Sunflower does just that. While it’s a children’s book, it still speaks to personal growth and believing in oneself. It also demonstrates that it is alright to be sad, and to always know that there are brighter days ahead. Sanders doesn’t just write these books as an afterthought, either. There’s a lot of love and passion that goes into creating them.
This is a great book that parents can share with their kids, filled with whimsy and great messaging of optimism, faith and patience. Sanders is working on a sequel that will be here later this year. In the meantime, there’s never a better time than now to give your kids a warm reminder of hopefulness and excitement for the future. Check out The Sunflower on Amazon today!
Dark Fantasy / Horror
Dark Dreams: The Mym Trilogy Book One
It’s sometimes a delicate balance to mix elements of fantasy and science fiction, yet that is exactly what author Layne Smith does with his debut fantasy, Dark Dreams: The Mym Trilogy Book One. And, true to its name, it also props itself up on occasion darker bits of subject matter, though it never sacrifices quality in doing so. Fittingly, Dark Dreams feels otherworldly, as though it comes forth from everywhere and nowhere, displaced in time in the most interesting of ways. It’s biology by way of magic in some ways, and it is handled deftly by the author.
For those who love their stories to be loaded with plenty of lore, Smith’s Ashfallei introduces you to a city chock full of it, and it feels lived-in and rich. Everything seems as though it was buried under the sands and excavated rather than cast about on the spot. The author also excels at delectable dialog, and colorful language, even if they’re punctuated in darker hues. In any case, readers who are interested in a darker tale that’s swimming in otherworldly beauty would do well not to skip this one! Check out Dark Dreams: The Mym Trilogy Book One, on Kobo today!
The Arrival: The Choice of Life Series
Author Lilli Lehmann brings a new world to life in her debut fantasy, The Arrival: The Choice of Life Series. The first book in this series, part of a planned trilogy that takes place in the Cloud World, is as dark as it is beautiful. Lehmann plays with different races and a world that has its own interesting rules, and a conflict between angels and demons that will be enjoyed by anyone who has an affinity for the divine—or the infernal.
Throughout Lehmann’s dark and twisted tale, she weaves a thread that cinches her many interesting characters together. While the world is ripe with potential, it’s these characters, their relationships, and the mysterious circumstances that connect them that are what will have fantasy readers abuzz. With the second book in the cloud-world saga arriving later this spring, there’s no better time than now to pick up the first book in this series. Check out The Arrival: The Choice of Life Series on Amazon today!
Tales of the Capital: A Collection of Inane Writings
J. I. Gardiner has debuted during a tumultuous time, as the 2020-2021 apocalypse season continues to be. In that time, he’s developed a fun and breezy collection of dark comedy fantasy stories called Tales of the Capital: A Collection of Inane Writings. With a dose of cynicism, some poetic, albeit darker, prose, and some clever slice of life chronicles, this anthology ends up being one that you can’t help but enjoy diving into. Gardiner doesn’t spend ages with his characters, but you end up enjoying your time with them all the same.
Gardiner spent some of his time working on Tales of the Capital improving on his already keen writing talents. Along the way, he ended up with a great selection of bite-sized, darker fantasy fare that readers are sure to enjoy. For those who are eager to see Gardiner’s first full novel, this set will no doubt endear you to his craft, with all its humor and cleverness. And for readers who want something that jabs quick and to the point, this is worthy fare to find a brief respite within. Check out Tales of the Capital: A Collection of Inane Writings on Amazon today!
Yacht Short Story Mysteries: A Collection of Sailing Horror Stories
Author Christian Stahl is a sailing and seafaring enthusiast, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his latest anthology, Yacht Short Story Mysteries: A Collection of Sailing Horror Stories. Yacht is great deal like Stahl’s other works, blending grit and grime with interesting characters placed into unlikely scenarios. Though you only see snapshots into each of their lives, you can’t help but to be drawn into their predicaments.
The ten stories within this collection are all written with the write pace and flair, leaving each feeling like a delicious morsel—leaving you hungry for the next story, and eager to dive in. Stahl has plenty of other seafaring tales to go around, but these bite-sized tales are a great introduction to his storytelling. If you’re looking to have your scary sailing itch scratched, this is a great anthology to pick up. Check out Yacht Short Story Mysteries: A Collection of Sailing Horror Stories on Amazon today!
A Thread of Darkness (Tales of Redemption Book 1)
B.E. Stefanko delivers a fantasy debut that doesn’t pull any punches with A Thread of Darkness (Tales of Redemption Book 1). This is a tale for those who can stomach seeing the forces of darkness on their rampage—it isn’t a pretty world that Stefanko’s characters live in. Still, the world that he’s crafted is lived-in and deeply complex, and he ties storyline threads together very well. More importantly, he shines a light on his characters, exploring their pasts and giving them a future to look forward to. Readers will grow fond of Stefanko’s main trio of characters, and will be very concerned with where their journeys will take them.
Fans of dark fantasy that have a touch of mystery will gravitate to this story, and will tear through the pages until they reach a quick end and a promise for another adventure. With Stefanko already hard at work on the sequel, A Whisper in the Darkness, there’s no better time than now to pick up his dark fantasy debut. Check out A Thread of Darkness (Tales of Redemption Book One 1) on Amazon today!
What Lies Beneath (The Empty Throne Book 1)
Michael R. Lowe is transparent when it comes to his passion for his craft. Just take a look at his series starter, What Lies Beneath (The Empty Throne Book 1). It’s got plenty of lore, maps, and even a language to decipher. But what’s not transparent are the secrets and shadows that spread across the lands of Xovia. Lowe has done a great job of making this dark epic feel lived-in and ready to be explored.
If you’re ready to engulf yourself in secrets and mystery, the land of Xovia calls out to you. Lowe seamlessly blends great action with wonderful character development, and layers it over the top of an immersive world that is certainly worthy of visits and returns. While you wait for the sequels to arrive, it’s a great time to dive into the first book. Check out What Lies Beneath (The Empty Throne Book 1) on Amazon today!
A Thief’s Lies, Volume One of A Thief’s War
Avery Davis had the challenging task of blending mystery, intrigue and humor, wrapping it in a great, dark bow, and she rose to the occasion. Her story, A Thief’s Lies, starts innocently enough, but things get interesting and take a wrong turn down a road that begs to be followed. It’s an epic tale that you won’t soon forget, as Davis has forged well-developed characters, a deep, appreciated lore for her world, and the kind of plot points that have readers furiously turning the pages, eager to find out what happens next.
A Thief’s Lies is the perfect read for someone who loves deep and rich fantasies with a bit of a political flair. Avery delivers with a stunning debut that will keep you itching for the next reveal. As the veil is pulled back, the story becomes that much more enticing. The book is as enjoyable as it is packed with content, and it will no doubt be among one of your favorite stories while you wait for its sequel. Check out A Thief’s Lies on Amazon today!
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.
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.
Into the Beyond
Ariana August debuts with the wonderful Into The Beyond, the first book in her Legerdemain series. It’s a dystopian fantasy that begins in a world not too unlike our own, but with some huge fundamental shifts. Legerdemain is a domed city that offers safety and security at the cost of a rigid set of rules encompassing everything from a caste system, to who you will marry and mate with, and even how many children you are allowed to have.
August weaves her world with tremendous intrigue. You can tell it isn’t just a passing idea, but something that’s been fermenting in her mind for quite a while. Her characters are well-written, with main character Esme taking the forefront and addressing a lot of the concerns the reader might have with such a strict establishment. As tense and deliberate as life is within Legerdemain, however, that doesn’t prevent steamy romance from unfolding, either.
You won’t want to miss this great read. Check out Into The Beyond on Amazon today!
Historical / Military Fantasy
Traveling with a Deity-to-Be
Author D. D. Kalina delivers a pleasant and comical tale about a poor girl who is way outside of her element in Traveling with a Deity-to-Be. The author isn’t afraid to be disarming at times, though more often than not, the story is painted with optimistic brushstrokes. Speaking of which, while there aren’t many of them, several charming illustrations lend to the story as well. Fans of anime will surely notice that there is a certain impression here of those kind of stories, and Kalina does a wonderful job of embodying it here.
Traveling with a Deity-to-Be mixes budding character development with a touch of mystery, and does so with a style that can’t help but have its readers want to push forth, chapter after chapter. You want to know everything there is to know about Kaja and her new companion. And of course the story ends with a perfect tie-in to whatever story Kalina is ready to unleash next. If you want to dive into a new world and have fun with some endearing characters with interesting secrets, look no further than here. Check out Traveling with a Deity-to-Be on Amazon today!
E. Thomas Joseph takes a new look at a heroic and sordid time in the history of the United States, and he paints his stories with various shades of greys, rather than definitive blacks and whites. In Winter Eternal II: Divided Loyalties, Joseph gets into the heads of his characters in very intriguing ways, giving readers characters that are interesting to follow, even if you’re not always willing to root for them. One thing is for certain: the Winter Eternal series is not afraid to be a dark, moody and gruesome set of tales. Just as with the events that inspired the fantasy elements of these books, there were shadows over everything in those days.
Joseph earns well-deserved praise with his American Revolution-set series. He gets deep into the minds of the characters, and it’s interesting to see the gears turn. If watching conflicted people explore tough or gritty decisions set in a harrowing time sounds like a entertaining journey, you shouldn’t pass this series up. Check out Winter Eternal II: Divided Loyalty (Book 2) on Amazon today! And don’t forget to check out the first book in the series either.
Readers of historical fiction no doubt love to be transported to a time in our world where they can explore what great cities and civilizations were like. Ujjwall Uppuluri took his considerable love of history and recreated a piece of roman history in his great book, Chronicles of the Byzantine Empire, The Phoenix Reborn. Besides being able to whisk readers away into a world of lost mysteries, Uppuluri also tells an interesting story with historical figures, blending more traditional fantasy elements into the tale.
A whirlwind of plotting and backstabbing lines the pages of Uppuluri’s tale, and throughout it all, he keeps things interesting and intriguing. History buffs and traditional fantasy fans alike will enjoy watching political schemes take shape and unravel. And whenever you might think you know what’s coming next, Uppuluri pulls the wool out from under you to deliver even more surprises. If you’re looking for a considerably fun adventure through time, you need look no further. Check out Chronicles of the Byzantine Empire, The Phoenix Reborn on Amazon today!
Step into ancient Arabia, a historic era steeped in myths and legends. It is in this backdrop that A. Ali Hasan Ali’s magnificent story, The Guardians of Erum and the Calamitous Child of Socotra, takes place. Ali tells a great tale that blends a sword and sorcery epic fantasy with something more intimate and close knit. This tale focuses on a father and son, the love of family, and how far we are willing to go to protect those we care about. Ali captures it well, along with a devious and dark form of magic produced by the jinn of the story. It’s all balanced well, together with an almost academic narrator, teaching the reader the ways of the world.
If you’re looking for a historical fantasy that blends dark sorcery, action and intrigue with plenty of heart, this story is right up your alley. Ali takes historical Arabia and runs with it, telling a tale that has the potential to appeal to anyone. With vivid, clever writing, the author has a penchant for flowing prose that will keep readers wanting to continue to turn the next page. Ali is already at work on his next story, so there’s no better time to pick up this one. Check out The Guardians of Erum and the Calamitous Child of Socotra on Amazon today!
Geoff Nelder delivers a historical fantasy like you would believe in Xaghra’s Revenge. He’s done the research, and he’s got the receipts. More importantly, he has the formula down for a captivating read that transcends time. Nelder is an articulate and calculated wordsmith, and while entertaining, Xaghra’s Revenge also feels academic, to the point that you’d be hard-pressed to believe Nelder doesn’t have some window to the past available to him. His characters feel true to life, whether it’s in our time, or a time far in the past.
Nelder had earned a flawless five stars on Amazon, and once you start reading, you’re sure to see why. The set-ups are well-written, and the twists are sure to widen the eyes. History buffs and fans of fantasy alike are sure to enjoy this tale, as it will no doubt stick in their mind long after they turn the last page. Check out Xaghra’s Revenge on Amazon today!
Destiny’s War feels like an Indiana Jones or Uncharted fantasy. The incredibly talented Pyram King sets his book in the middle of World War I in the middle east, so as much fantasy as the tale has, it’s also grounded in reality. There’s something about that which raises the stakes and makes the obstacles that Marion faces feel all the more daunting. Destiny’s War: Part 1: Saladin’s Secret has incredible layers of depth, and teaches you a lot along the way. King has mastered his craft, delivering a story that feels like a classic excavated from long ago.
Pyram King has an absolute hit on his hands with the Destiny’s War series. Yes, another book is just around the corner, and you can learn more at the Destiny’s War website. In the meantime, it’s highly recommended you get your hands on the first book in the series, as it’s sure to be one you’ll enjoy. Join Marion as he embarks on an adventure for the ages. Check out Destiny’s War: Part 1: Saladin’s Secret on Amazon today!
Nefer Blue Phoenix is Micah Patton’s Egyptian-themed historical fantasy anthology, and it’s unlike any you’ve ever read before. In this single volume, the stories intertwine in very cool ways, each little morsel getting you hungrier for the next. Patton builds an interesting world and well-developed characters with every turned page, and it’s great to see a familiar name show up in a later story.
Patton is a worldly author, and that bleeds into his writing as well. Nefer Blue Phoenix is more than just words on a page. It’s a culture—a living, breathing world that you can’t help but want to learn more about. This isn’t Patton’s first collection of stories, and it is sure not to be his last. For now, dive into a world of action, emotion, and intrigue. Check out Nefer Blue Phoenix on Amazon today!
Fae Song is Deonne Williams’s debut story, but you’d be forgiven for believing that was not the case. Williams has an intense command over prose and story, and right from the opening scene of this tale, you’re sure to be hooked. The author wastes no time introducing you to her world, where men are the greatest dangers, but music can soothe even their souls. And in this spellbounding story, the bards are kings (or queens, as it were). Williams’s characters, Gwynn and Shae, are incredibly endearing. It doesn’t take long to enjoy their company, and watching as their friendship blooms is a sweet addiction.
Fae Song does an amazing job of telling a story outside of the crazy high fantasy that permeates the genre recently. There is magic, but it dwells within the words themselves, as well as the wonderful character interactions, and the world-building that Williams leads readers through. This novel is a spectacular debut, and before long, its author is sure to be known far and wide as she, Gwynn and Shae continue their journeys. Check out Fae Song on Amazon today!
Science Fiction (And Academic Science)
Author Harry Wolden debuts with an epic science fiction set in the not-so-distant future. In The Bystander, an unthinkable and awesome event shakes the world, leading to situations that Wolden unfolds on themselves in clever and interesting ways. The story has legs—it’s a massive book—and is told from the perspective of several characters, the main focus of the author’s work. Wolden is indeed a character author. He likes to give his cast interesting backstories and motivations, and he sends them forth into uncharted waters, watching how it all shakes loose. Readers will no doubt enjoy their time spent with them.
After establishing the characters that would monopolize readers minds for the next 500-plus pages, The Bystander takes an abrupt turn and lets the story loose. It begins as a small observation here and there, but there are real, lasting implications that follow. Wolden fills his book with plot twists that surprise, excite, and move the story along, never losing pace. By the end of it all, readers will be happy for the epic tale, and the answer revealed along the way. Check out The Bystander on Amazon today!
The Neophyte’s Tale: A Dystopian Novel (Tales from the Great Island Book 1)
Author A.R. Alexander takes the idea of a future where things have gone terribly wrong, and turns it on its head, delivering interesting concepts and a new world full of lore to be explored and developed. In The Neophyte’s Tale: A Dystopian Novel (Tales from the Great Island Book 1), the author does some very interesting things that tie into old Greek mythology in surprising and entertaining ways, blending history and our future deftly. She also creates endearing characters, a structure for the strange new world, and a premise that will keep you captivated to the last page.
From the very first pages of this story, readers will see that there is great potential here, and a set of rules that are being put in place to explore and delve into. The author does an excellent job of setting things in motion that will keep you thumbing through pages quicker and quicker. Fans of young adult dystopian novels, especially those looking at interesting political upheavals, will thoroughly enjoy Alexander’s book. And with more to come from this version of our world, there’s never been a better time to pick it up. Check out The Neophyte’s Tale: A Dystopian Novel (Tales from the Great Island Book 1) on Amazon today!
The Rings of Hesaurun
Peter Harrett writes his story with vivid prose, and enthralls you in an otherworldly yet familiar setting. In The Rings of Hesaurun, the author takes you on a journey across not only the galaxy, but indeed, even time. Harrett balances prophetic warnings, dastardly villains and a world on the verge of endless turmoil, and all to great effect. Readers won’t be able to pull themselves away from one page or the next.
Harrett’s wonderful debut has been described as a feast for the imagination, and it’s plain to see why. With interesting characters, a premise that feels fresh while checking a lot of interesting pop culture boxes, and enough lore apparent to explore things for many books to come, it’s easy to get lost in what the author has created. If you’re looking for a captivating science fiction that will keep you on the edge of the seat, look no further. Check out The Rings of Hesaurun on Amazon today!
From Molecule to Modern Human: The 4.4-Billion-Year Evolution of Homo Sapiens
Author Frank Dunne delivers wonderful prose in fiction, but he also shows great passion for research and study with his non-fiction work as well. In From Molecule to Modern Human: The 4.4-Billion-Year Evolution of Homo Sapiens, he explores many scientific notions that explore what it means to be alive, and to then understand what it means to truly live. Because to live is to question. There are a good deal of observations within this book, and Dunne keeps things interesting throughout.
This book will appeal to anyone with a scientific curiosity or the gift of wonder: from the science fiction or fantasy enthusiast to the professional scientist; from the steamy jungles of the Carboniferous Period, to the dinosaur extinction, to a fanciful trip to Tau Ceti; this book will educate and entertain. If you’re looking for a great academic read that manages to delight in great ways, you’ll want to pick up this book. Check out From Molecule to Modern Human: The 4.4-Billion-Year Evolution of Homo Sapiens on Amazon today!
The Astral Hacker (Cryptopunk Revolution Book 1)
Author Brian Terenna has brought to life a story that feels a quite a bit different than your run-of-the-mill dystopian fiction. In The Astral Hacker (Cryptopunk Revolution Book 1), he shares an engrossing story that has a tremendous amount of personality. This is achieved in no small part due to the wonderful characters Terenna introduces readers to. They each have interesting developments, and they feel like they have a part to play in the grand tapestry that Terenna works on. None of them feel as though their presence is by coincidence.
With characters that readers will want to spend time with, and adventures that grip and don’t let go, this story is sure to captivate. New America is fun to explore, and has great potential for discoveries. Terenna’s first book in this series is a page-turner that young adults will love, and they’ll no doubt hunger for the next book to come. Check out The Astral Hacker (Cryptopunk Revolution Book 1) on Amazon today!
Scandianov: A Feminist Utopia
How would you react if suddenly and inexplicably, you woke up in a world that was somehow perfect. Would you take it at face value upon a first glance, or would you want to look beneath the surface, to understand what makes it tick, and what could send it irrevocably off balance? Author Lizelle Gutierrez pursues that quest for knowledge in Scandianov: A Feminist Utopia, following the recently awoken Polaris as she comes to terms with everything in her life being changed. Readers will no doubt be interested in the questions that are posed by a supposedly perfect society, and Polaris puts a voice to their thoughts all while learning more secrets as she explores.
Gutierrez develops a story that reads like one of the most interesting tour guides you’ve ever seen. Following Polaris about Eartha and Scandianov is interesting, and you can’t help but share in her wonderment, curiosity, and sometimes, frustrations. Scandianov takes readers down peculiar avenues, isn’t afraid of making a statement, and adds to the story with the ideal amount of levity. Check out Scandianov: A Feminist Utopia on Amazon today!
Living Beyond Infinity: Prologue
Naomi Goldsberry delivers a mysterious and catching story that will take you by the arm and rip you through it at a lovely pace in Living Behind Infinity: Prologue. A story that promises it is only scratching the surface, this one carries on with an almost mesmerizing cadence as it brings its readers through a portal to another world. All the while, Goldsberry’s writing shines through, coloring the world in intrigue and humor. And with every turn of the page, it engrosses those looking on more and more.
If you’re looking for a brisk, entertaining read, Goldsberry’s twisted science fiction could be up your alley. It works well enough as its own standalone story, but it leads into a world all its own, with new mysteries to unravel. If the next story is anything like the weird and wonderful prologue, readers are sure to be in for a treat. Check out Living Beyond Infinity: Prologue on Amazon today!
Revenge: The New World Series, Book 2
Stephen Llewelyn picks up right where things ended after Dinosaur, and roars to action in Revenge, the second book in the New World series. While its predecessor took time to set the world, the plot, the characters in motion, this new tale wastes little of it, setting the reader off on an adventure like you’d never believe. And yet, Llewelyn’s exquisite command over prose and description makes everything feel not only possible, but plausible. More than academic, this is a wholly entertaining ride filled with a great ensemble cast, a hopeless situation, and an amazing set piece set in the cretaceous point of our world’s history.
Llewelyn doesn’t miss a step moving from the first book in this series to its sequel. It will get your adrenaline pumping as new action sequences burst to life, and it’ll give you chills when each new surprise comes your way. This series is one you won’t want to miss, and while you’ll certainly want to start with Dinosaur, you’ll no doubt want to stick around for this tale. Check out Revenge: The New World Series Book 2 on Amazon today!
Dinosaur: The New World Series, Book 1
Stephen Llewelyn delivers the science-fiction goods with his exceptional Dinosaur. It already starts off with that “stuff of the future” feeling, and in a lot of ways, you would feel like the story were going in a completely different direction (were it not for the pretty straight-forward title). Llewelyn makes it easy to conceptualize all the goings-on in the story as well—the story flows with ease, even though it has its mysteries. The story carries you along for an entertaining ride, and it keeps you guessing what’s to come next.
Llewelyn accomplishes a great task here of blending together all the right stuff for a great character-driven science-fiction tale. The people on the journey are relatable and likable, the situation is incredible but Llewelyn seals it with believable science. This is the kind of story you’d love to see realized in film or television, but for now, the brilliant writing and your imagination will have to take you there. Check out Dinosaur: The New World Series Book 1 on Amazon today!
Make Me Exist (Lost in Time Book 1)
Brittany Ziegler writes as though she’s been at it for decades, and it almost feels like we’ve been deprived of her great work until this, her debut. She has all the makings of your next favorite storyteller: she develops characters you love to follow and learn about, and she puts them into incredible scenarios and circumstances. It will captivate you. And despite the wild ride it starts off on, there’s a realness that envelops it as well.
Ziegler excels at writing a science fiction with characters you want to root for, epic action, and heartfelt emotional moments that wrap everything together. Readers will definitely want to add this to their list—it will most likely become an instant favorite. And with the second book already well underway, there’s no better time to pick up this amazing debut than now. Check out Make Me Exist (Lost in Time Book 1) on Amazon today!
C.J. Canady excels at writing characters that you will absolutely adore. He also builds them into a universe that feels rich and lively. Most importantly, his writing feels like it’s built out of the utmost passion and devotion. Omega Starlite is an incredibly charming book (and character), and you’ll grow to love the cast. There are laugh out moments and some emotional ones, and through it all, you’ll be glad to be along for the ride.
Canady’s work is heartfelt and entertaining. This is the kind of story that you’ll race through in one or two sessions, visualizing the adventure and all the antics that brought it to life. It’s a big, beautiful universe that is coming together for this series. Canady is hard at work on the sequel, so now’s as good a time as any to get your head start. Check out Omega Starlite on Amazon today!
The Longest Day (The Eden Stories Book 1)
Terry Toler is a well-written, rising star in literary fiction, with his latest and greatest being the sci-fi story, The Longest Day, the first book in his Eden Stories series. As much as it is about the strange journey across the stars, it’s also about people, and it’s about consequences, both of which are captured expertly by Toler. The story is captivating, and you never quite know what you’re going to get as you tear through the pages. Toler puts together a story that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Toler draws his readers in and makes sure that they’re settled in, because he knows it’s going to be a long ride and they aren’t going to want to miss a thing. Best of all, there’s more Eden Stories yet to come. If you enjoy suspenseful, thrilling stories, this series starter is going to stick with you for a while. Check out The Longest Day (The Eden Stories Book 1) on Amazon today!
Zodiac Supreme: Utopia
Terry Wells brings his storytelling talents to bear with his new coming-of-age Science Fiction tale, Zodiac Supreme: Utopia, the first book in this new series. Zodiac Supreme has a pseudo LitRPG feel to it in some ways, with world beyond our own that Wells’s protagonists plug into. Wells also explores some concepts that often get overlooked in other science fictions, and it’s interesting to consider them. What makes his story click the most though is his care of his characters.
Aside from great characters who you want to learn more about, Wells leaves you wondering about several threads that just need answering. There’s also a really interesting power system in the story that is sure to have you thinking about your own powers if you were to find yourself in the world the author has created. If you’re looking for a fun sci-fi read that will leave you itching for a follow-up, look no further. Check out Zodiac Supreme: Utopia on Amazon today!
The New World (The Sun Chronicles Book 1)
Ava Hayward’s new book has got plenty of life in it, despite it carrying some dark undertones. Life in the future isn’t easy, but for her main character, Samuel, it’s all he’s known. The government keeps people uneducated, unaware of what truly exists outside of their authoritarian rule. Hayward effortlessly captures the innocence and naivete of her characters, as well as the fear—but also the hope for something better. That something better and different will have you eager to see what happens next.
Hayward’s world takes place in a frightening version of a world that ours could become. She does a wonderful job of capturing the worried, secretive feeling of needing to avoid the watchful gaze of a regime that is not looking out for the best interest of its people. In a lot of ways, it hits home, especially in these days of riots, lockdowns and unethical facial recognition. Despite it all, Hayward leads forth into a new and hopeful day, assuring the reader will need to know what comes next. Check out The New World (The Sun Chronicles Book 1) on Amazon today!
Redrum on Reba: A Short Story from Dystopity
Adric Laser has considerable storytelling talent. His recently released story, Redrum on Reba, puts his skills on full display right from the get go. Laser has you excited and anxious for bounty hunter Clover the moment you meet her, and things only get better as the plot unfolds. Clearly a passionate fan of the genre, the author delivers on great story beats one after the other, keeping you glued to the page.
Laser is quickly adding to his catalog of sci-fi books in the Dystopity universe. He’s becoming a consistent and reliable force for epic space stories, and readers who enjoy them will be doing themselves a great service by keeping an eye on him and his releases. With tales like this which are intriguing, gripping, and—most importantly—entertaining, Laser is an author worth noting. Check out Redrum on Reba: A Short Story from Dystopity on Amazon today!
The Nairyo and the Beckoning Eroded Stone
Nada Almarri weaves a tale of destiny in The Naiyro and the Beckoning Eroded Stone. The story feels as though it has a complex and exotic poetry to it, almost like an epic metaphysical journey. Almarri dives deep into the mythology of her worlds, and you can tell that the surface has just barely been scratched. The story is ripe for return visits, and readers will no doubt wish to know more about what they’re delving into.
The tale of the Naiyro and his chosen one stretches over a decade, and it will leave readers itching for more. A mix of science fiction and fantasy, you’re never quite sure what you’re going to stumble upon, and it’s perhaps that mysteriousness that will have you flipping the pages again and again to see what comes next. The adventure has a fairy-tale like quality that is both endearing and enduring, and by the turn of the last page, you’ll see that journey can yet continue. Check out The Naiyro and the Beckoning Eroded Stone on Amazon today!
Scorpion: The Rae Wars
Kyle Mata’s first sci-fi book, Scorpion: The Rae Wars, launched this month, and it is a wonderful introduction to the literary universe that he’s crafting. Once you pick up this sci-fi debut, you’ll be certain you’ve found a dependable storyteller, and you’ll be eager to continue exploring the Scorpion Universe. As of this email, Mata has a flawless five-star rating across this book and an earlier military fiction he wrote years ago that also stands the test of time.
Mata has developed an incredible balance in his storytelling. It’s gripping, it’s immersive and it keeps you on your feet. At times, it feels like you’re reading this excellent literature that puts a focus to these heroic characters—each with their own branching plotlines that helps to tell what feels like epic sci-fi fare. Other times, you almost feel like you’re part of the action, watching on the periphery as events unfold.
With a universe that promises to be plenty robust, now is the perfect time to get in on the ground level. Check out Scorpion: The Rae Wars on Amazon today!
Also, get a sneak peek of the audiobook now—you won’t be disappointed!
In Extinction Reversed and the series it is part of, the characters you’ll become attached to are the robots. This book is pure, hard, euphoric science fiction at its best, and J.S. Morin makes short work of showing why he’s among the best suited to write it. The story follows Charlie7 in an unbelievable journey of ethics, exploration and restoration. Humanity has fallen, but perhaps there is a way to bring them back. There’s no storyteller who could tell it better than Morin.
Extinction Reversed is the kind of book that epitomizes the science-fiction genre. It’s a great story, written extremely well, with characters who you yearn to learn more about. You want to join them on their journeys of understanding and personal reflection, amidst all the realizations and dangers that the world throws at them.
What are you waiting for? Pick up Extinction Reversed on Amazon today!
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 False Hero, Volume 1
Michael Plymel’s debut LitRPG is a doozy, with an interesting balance between a traditional portal fantasy and an LitRPG. The False Hero, Volume 1, takes the best parts of both genres, and blends them together efficiently. The characters are varied enough from what you’d typically see in either type of fantasies, and it has you eager to learn more about what paths they’ll ultimately go down. Plymel isn’t afraid to go down some darker avenues, and he toes the line with a character who feels like an interesting anti-hero, with some not-so-heroic tendencies as well. And illustrations by several artists make the plot pop even more.
Plymel’s book rips forward at a roaring pace that will have readers furiously turning the page. Before you know it, you’ll be in the final chapters—looking at bonus content the author has so graciously included—itching for more. If you’re into fantasies with a darker edge, or watching characters grow to incredible strength in LitRPGs, Plymel’s debut will have you eager to go, and excited for an eventual sequel. Check out The False Hero, Volume 1 on Amazon today!
New Lands Online Book 1: Encounters
New Lands Online Book 1: Encounters is a gripping story that has you follow along with Kano as his world is upended and stitched back together, seemingly no worse for wear at first. Author A.O. Storm begins to draw back the curtain though, and you realize that not all is as it seems, and the world expands beyond belief. Storm does a great job of developing characters you enjoy reading about, and he makes you interested in New Lands Online, and seeing where Kano will go.
With four other books on the horizon, book one sets up a lot of the pieces in a fun, engrossing way. Storm is witty and playful with dialog and scenes, and you can tell that he enjoyed the RPG elements of the story. Analytical enough to make sense of the stats and the world logic, yet entertaining in his world-building, Storm makes this first jaunt into New Lands Online a thoroughly entertaining one. Check out New Lands Online Book 1: Encounters on Amazon today!
Dragon Heart: Stone Will (Dragon Heart Book 1)
Kirill Klevanski’s Dragon Heart: Stone Will is a shamelessly addicting read that you will have you on the edge of your seat. Dragon Heart is a mix of LitRPG and Wuxia, something that you may not have seen blended together before, but that Klevanski combines to stunning effect. It doesn’t hurt that the author has a penchant for great character development, witty dialog, and the kind of story and lore that has you flicking through the pages, eagerly awaiting the next big twist. It’s a satisfying balance that has earned Klevanski heaps of reads, praise and accolades since he’s been writing it.
Dragon Heart has been a huge success for Klevanski. With a sixth book coming out this summer, it’s a fantastic time to jump into the first book in the series. If you’re a big fan of LitRPG, or even if you’re new to the genre, you’ll find there’s a lot to enjoy with this awesome saga. The story is compelling, the characters interesting, and the promise for new great content is always on the horizon, as Klevanski is a phenom when it comes to his writing duties. Check out Dragon Heart: Stone Will (Dragon Heart Book 1) on Amazon today!
Resurrection of Adventure (Book 1): Dirty Rotten Magic
Andrew Bardsley is a master of the LitRPG genre, and he knows how to bend its rules and concepts to make things really enjoyable. Chrix, his main character, takes advantage of the real magic system by introducing something the game characters have never seen before in stage magic and sleight of hand, to great effect. With a nice mix of humor, action and intrigue, fans of the genre are sure to rip through this book in no time—which makes it convenient that its sequels have already been released.
Bardsley is a prolific storyteller. He’s been publishing content since December of last year, and he’s already delivered nearly twenty books since then. The Return of the Master’s Quests: Resurrection of the Masters LitRPG series is three books deep by now, and Bardsley has more content coming out all the time. If you want to, you can check out his author website here. But don’t forget to check out Resurrection of Adventure (Book1): Dirty Rotten Magic on Amazon today!
Neverfall: Mark of the Hero
Mark of the Hero is a great introduction to the LitRPG genre, and to C. Wintertide’s writing. It’s fun and airy, but it also packs a punch, and has a deep story to it. There’s some familiarity to it, certainly—some nods and hat tips that people who have grown up enjoying sci-fi and fantasy will love. But there’s also deeper lore and important character development. And it’s all wrapped with a ribbon that requires game logic to unravel properly.
If you’re looking for an entertaining ride in an LitRPG book with some real stakes, Mark of the Hero is up your alley. The danger is real for Luke and his friends, making this more than just a game. C. Wintertide did a phenomenal job putting a balance to the different elements of this book, and you’ll be itching for the followup. You won’t have to wait long, because book two of the Neverfall series is coming out in late January. For now, dive in and check out Neverfall: Mark of the Hero on Amazon!
Manga and Comics
Space Comic Promo – Clan-X : Sherla – Warrior Princess
The Clan-X comics are heralded as being from an advanced universe where a lot of things that we’re not pulling off here on Earth have been figured out. Fitness, food service and technology have reached peak form. The heroes of Clan-X are impressive and revered. Its creator, Raphael Jones, is a renaissance man who does it all, from illustrating to editing—and also with a passion for fitness (which is why you see a mountain of muscles in the Clan-X comics). Readers who sing its praises often talk about the bright and engaging colors and art style.
Jones has said that he has been influenced by some of the biggest comics and sci-fi industry champions, like Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. If you’ve got young comics readers who are just getting into comics, these bite-sized stories of cosmic heroes could be right up their alley, and could inspire them the way Jones’s heroes inspired him. Clan-X : Sherla – Warrior Princess is available on Amazon, and you can check out the rest of the Clan-X comics at http://www.battlecomicsllc.net/
Hunter Black Volume One: Betrayer’s Blood
Justin Peniston and William Orr are prolific creators of comics, television shows and general nerdery. They’re passionate and excited about their creator-born projects, which is how we ended up with the hardboiled fantasy web comic, Hunter Black. Cool style and witty dialog bleeds off the pages. It’s a comic that’s fun and addicting, with tons of content. What better way to commemorate such hard work than with a paperback collection of the first volume?
This is the first comic that we’re seeing from the Otherworld, and it’s an astounding first! Peniston and Orr deliver an incredible story, beautiful art, and the kind of addicting twists and turns that will keep you hooked. This is the kind of badass project that you share with all your friends because it sticks with you, and you want someone to talk to about it. It’s also the kind of work that might see releases in other formats in the future. A Hunter Black animated show anyone? For now, get started on the first chunk of the story with Hunter Black Volume One: Betrayer’s Blood, available at Justin Peniston’s website.
Akai Chapter 0
Storyteller Anfernee “AnimeBae™️” Robinson and artist Apeng collaborate on this visually alluring and exciting adventure. It’s already picking up a lot of steam over on medibang, grabbing people and not seeming to let go! AnimeBae has become respected among the community, and manga fans are itching for follow-ups whenever they’re ready.
If you’re a manga fan, you really owe it to yourself to give this book and its series a shot. AnimeBae delivers a solid story and with some help from Apeng’s gorgeous art, they knock it out of the park. It’s a quick, addicting experience, so go ahead and get to it now. Check out Akai Chapter 0 – How to Become Strong from AnimeBae today!