Tag Archives: Urban Fantasy

Fantasy Promo – Sirenhawk Book 1 : Misborn of the Snowy Reaches

Hello there all you fans of fantasy.  We have been on a roll these past few weeks, bringing you non-stop action across a lot of different sub-genres.  July is a huge month for us, and we’re so excited to have some other fantastic authors along for the ride with us.

L.E.Parr is arguably the most prolific author that we ever have on our site, and it seems she’s not content to just raise the bar.  As it turns out, she wants to send it into orbit.

While you might be familiar with Parr’s Fariidinus series—we’ve shown it off a lot here on Tellest, and we’re always excited for more—there’s a new urban fantasy in town, and it’s already well underway.  The 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.

Iceria, Ice, is a hawk-human shapeshiifter. It’s Ice’s job to protect the Northern Corridor from the hereditary enemy of the sirenhawks, the deadly she’ravens. Iceria’s sisters consider her a little odd. She is a literal thinker, she loves shiny baubles and jewelry and her favorite book is an old English dictionary. In human form, Ice and all her kind are sirens of myth and legend. As the battle against the deadly she’ravens escalates, Ice discovers two things about herself. The first, she has a warrior’s heart and the second, she’s capable of falling in love in a very human way.

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. Best of all, Sirenhawk‘s second book will be out in September!

While I eagerly wait for the follow-up, I submit to you this stellar debut in the series.  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!

Urban Fantasy Promo – The Vampire Keeper

Hey there folks!  Tellest has had a busy time behind the scenes in recent weeks.  We’re preparing to exhibit for the first time ever at a convention, which is cooler than words can say.  I doubt I’ll make my money back on all of this, but if I meet some cool folks and make a fan or two, I feel like it will all be worth it.

On the front end of things, we’ve been a bit quieter, but we’re changing that today!  If you’ve been hungry for a good urban fantasy novel, you need look no further than Sabrina Street’s The Vampire Keeper.  It takes the traditional vampire lore and twists and tweaks it in ways that make the story really pop.  Beyond that, there are surprises around every corner, and you’ll be itching for more by the end.

Wyler and Ana lead ordinary lives with one exception: they serve as Keepers to Larkin Drythe, a centuries old Vampire, who lives in shrouded discontentment. That is until Larkin accidently consumes the blood of a beautiful young innocent, creating an unseverable link, a bond that threatens to unravel Wyler and Ana’s lives. The ill-fated connection awakens a vengeful enemy. Wyler and Ana become embroiled in tragedy when an age old feud, dating back to the War of the Roses, is resurrected.

A rogue vampire. A bitter rivalry. Together, they create chaos. Can the Keepers serve their centuries old Immortal without paying the ultimate price? Who will survive this raging vendetta?

Street does an excellent job sewing together all the various elements of this wildly entertaining book.  The world is built to be as charming as it is mysterious, and you want the characters you learn about to succeed above all else.  The author’s only crime is not having her second book in this series available yet.  But that’s good news for you. You can really sink your teeth into The Vampire Keeper, right now.  Check it out on Amazon today!

Urban Fantasy Promo – The Kingdom of Scaba

Hello ladies and gents, and welcome back to the Otherworld.  We’ve been so caught up in one or two series lately, that it’s nice to break out and see what else is available for your perusal.

Today, we get an opportunity to experience just that.  M.K. Alsulaimani’s Kingdom of Scaba is a different kind of Urban Fantasy than the one we’ve been playing in lately.  It’s just as dark, if not more so, but it focuses on abducted children instead of winged beings from another world.

Another interesting thing about this book is where it’s available. I’m always excited to see new styles and subgenres of writing, but I’m just as taken by the platforms they’re sold on.  You’ll recall I had no idea about inkshares until I had the privilege of promoting a few of the books that were gaining traction there.

Kingdom of Scaba is another book with a mysterious new platform: Payloadz.  Essentially a site that’s dedicated to all things digital, Alsulaimani has both his audiobook and his ebook available there.

Continue below to see more about what makes Kingdom of Scaba tick.

The story that will blow your imagination to a whole new level…

Two groups of children, the palace kids and the city’s teenagers, have been abducted and enslaved in the Kingdom of Scaba, a realm that lies beneath the human world and is inhabited by bizarre creatures: the Makash and the Shakams , ruled by a vicious king who likes to see the human kids competing with each other in a brutal way. Everywhere in Scaba are human kids from all over the world serving as slaves. Some of them have been there for over ten years, and some even more.

What could they do? Every time they made one move toward their goal to escape from Scaba, they found themselves fallen three steps behind. Would that push them to become one team and work together to solve all the mysteries in Scaba, or fill them with hatred toward each other, exactly as King Bermuda wants?

Kingdom of Scaba definitely has a lot of presence.  It could easily be seen as a reflection of what’s going on in our world today, but with some interesting fantasy elements.  We rarely see fantasy taking shape in the way that Alsulaimani’s tale does, so you’ll likely agree, this is a breath of fresh air.

Once again, as a reminder, this audiobook and the PDF version are hosted on a platform that’s new to me, called Payloadz.  The author has been generous enough to share a link to the audiobook that contains a couple of cool previews.  You can check that out here.

If you’re more interested in the PDF version, you can find that here.

Fantasy Promo – Fariidinus Book 2: Sisters of the Blood

Earlier this week, we looked at the works of L.E.Parr once again. We’ve seen her debut book in the Fariidinus series, Wings of the Exile, a few times.  Over the next couple of days, though, we’re going to be exploring beyond that first book, and delving into the deeper reaches of her tales.

We’ve looked at Sisters of the Blood before as well, but this book is our feature today.  It follows closely behind the original book, and portrays the fairy Kirin as a worthy adversary to the evil Highmother.  It introduces new allies and explores more of the Heartland.

 

Kirin and Stone have returned to the Heartland where she has been given sanctuary by the wyrMaster in the Red Valley. Her unprecedented return from exile has polarized the great Houses and enraged the evil HighMother. A divided Heartland quickly becomes embroiled in a fiery civil war with Stone leading the combined armies with their new ally–the winged telepathic bloodcats. Kirin becomes the deadly weapon she was resurrected from exile to be.

This is still just the beginning of our talks about the Parr’s books and the Fariidinus series.  If you liked Wings of the Exile, you’ll love returning to the Heartland to read Sisters of the Blood.  Check it out on Amazon today!

 

Science Fantasy Promo – Chaos (un)Controlled

Hello there folks, and welcome to another visit from the Otherworld.  It’s been just over a week since our last visit elsewhere, but we’re lucky enough to have the work of an excellent storyteller up here on the site today.

Chaos (un)Controlled is a book filled with gorgeous prose.  The author, Tael, uses words like paint, and this debut novel is a lovely canvas.  If you’re given the opportunity, just read the preview on the book’s Amazon page, and you’ll be hooked.  It’s a sturdy tale, too, with enough content inside that you’ll enjoy the value.  At the same time, though, you’ll wish you were given more time inside the life of protagonist Rixa Storms, as the pages seem to fly by.

Self-contained Rixa Storms can’t wait to escape the pressures of her mother’s religious, controlling thumb. Fleeing to college seems to be her only escape route, until she stumbles upon an opportunity to learn a unique power in a world called University Heights. But this unexpected ‘freedom’ she thinks she’s achieved holds a murky truth below its polished surface, and Rixa uncovers oppressive secrets the school has kept buried for years. As real and surreal worlds collide, and the pressure reaches a dangerous boiling point, Rixa realizes she may need to reassess what is truly shackling her—or risk being consumed by her awakened abilities.

This debut from author Tael is incredible, and well worth your time. If you’re familiar with Lev Grossman’s the Magicians (either from the books or the television show), you’ll likely enjoy Tael’s take on a world just out of reach of our own.  The author is a huge pop culture appreciator as well, and it blends well into her writing.  If you pick up Chaos (un)Controlled, you won’t be disappointed.  Why not check it out on Amazon today?

Fantasy Promo – Fariidinus Book 2: Sisters of the Blood

Welcome back to the Otherworld folks.  Whether you’re interested in far-off worlds, or the places that surround us, we bring you amazing stories and the talespinners that craft them.

Today, we’re happy to bring you back one more time to the hidden world of the Heartland here on Earth.  It’s here that fairies roam and do battle to protect their way of life, all beyond the veil of what we can see.

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.

Kirin and Stone have returned to the Heartland where she has been given sanctuary by the wyrMaster in the Red Valley. Her unprecedented return from exile has polarized the great Houses and enraged the evil HighMother. A divided Heartland quickly becomes embroiled in a fiery civil war with Stone leading the combined armies with their new ally–the winged telepathic bloodcats. Kirin becomes the deadly weapon she was resurrected from exile to be.

We’re so thrilled to be able to talk about another one of Parr’s books.  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!

Also, don’t forget to take a look at our promo for the preceding book. We called Wings of the Exile a debut release that introduces you to a world the author is passionate about—and you’ll end up loving in no time.

Finally, if you want to see just how prolific Parr is at her writing, you can take a jump over to her website where you can see all the released and upcoming books she’s been working on.  Let’s hear it for this hard-working storyteller!

Fantasy Promo – The Carver’s Problem

Add one more stop to the Otherworld train. After a month-long sabbatical to do some Tellest promoting of our own, it’s nice to be visiting other people’s worlds. We’ve been delivering some great promos to you this week, representing a couple different fantasy locales.

This time, we’re visiting a more urban location, courtesy of B. L. Brooklyn and her Carvers series.  This deliciously dark fantasy series is two books in, and we’re taking a look at The Carver’s Problem today. Carvers are a mixture of a selection of dark, occult beings that you’ll know from all the classic horrors and magical tales, but Brooklyn brings it to a point that is  entertaining as it comes.

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Cort’s free after ten years of torture from a psychotic Carver. Now he is trying to put himself and his wolf back together one piece at a time. The only problem is he has no control over his wolf and he fears that one day someone, possibly his unwanted fairy roommate, will trigger a flashback and push him further into a mental abyss.

Trish has a pet that she’s raised for three years, assuming it was a homeless wolf-pup. Today his werewolf brother and a few members of his old pack have come to claim him. . . and that’s only the beginning to her problems.

This second book in the Carvers series is a great follow-up, and proof that the author loves the world and the characters that have been crafted.  It’s only a matter of time before a third book comes out, so it’s a great time to get started.  You can pick up The Carver’s Problem on Amazon here.  Don’t forget to get started with the original book as well!

Fantasy Promo – The Defiled and the Second Son

Well hello there, fans of fantasy.  It has been a tremendously long time since we’ve been able to line up a visit to the Otherworld.  Since we ran the latest Kickstarter, it’s been almost nothing but work, work and more work.  But we were able to step away and get back into other fantasy authors work in a big way.

That “big” isn’t just a randomly chosen word, by the way.  B.J. Leonard’s The Defiled and the Second Son is a huge volume, and her debut novel.  Leonard hits all the right beats as well.  The romance is sure to appeal to fans of the genre, introducing several suitors for Elan without making her appear trashy.  It also perfectly balances the line between fantasy and reality, giving the tale a genuine feel.

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River Jamison is nothing more than Elan Taylor’s new landscaper until he begins showing up in her life…everywhere.

He’s incredibly beautiful, wields shocking powers, and claims she’s in peril.

But she’s ignoring him.

River’s agenda to win her over conflicts with Sky, the handsome new teacher at school, and Bay, an attractive barista at the local coffee shop. Independent and realistic, Elan is suddenly overrun by mesmerizing charm. These men are pictures of perfection, but something isn’t right. The strange coincidences and unexplainable events keep piling up.

Time is running out for Elan to decide what to believe, whom to believe, or if she believes anything at all. If only one wrong turn didn’t bring such devastating consequences…

An urban fantasy romance, this massive book is sure to appeal to fans of sweeping epic fantasies.  Leonard knocks it out of the park with her debut title, and considering its depth, you really don’t find this kind of value that often.

If you love the sound of The Defiled and the Second Son, pick it up on Amazon today.  For more from B. J. Leonard, head over to her website!

Urban Fantasy Promo – Order of Vespers

Hey there folks.  It’s a beautiful Monday… although a bit muggy on the east coast where I am.  Perfect weather for curling up on the couch inside with the air conditioner blasting and a book in my hands.  I’m leaning toward urban fantasy a little more this week.  Still trying to figure out that one magical way to link Tellest with present day Earth.

In the meantime though, all you fans of contemporary fantasy might be interested in Order of Vespers, the new book from author Elyse Reyes.  It’s dark and gritty, moody in just the right way, and it’ll leave you scratching for more.

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Jasper Andrews is in over her head. God and the Devil have disappeared from Earth, leaving humanity without hope. Il Separatio, the Entity of Neutrality, tries to restore peace through the intervention of its children, the Order of Vespers. They are tasked with maintaining the balance between light and dark, ensuring that no faction becomes too powerful. They think Jasper is the key to harnessing the power of Il Separatio, protecting the Vespers and maintaining the balance.

Eighteen-year-old Jasper Andrews finds herself drawn into this superhuman world when a freak explosion exposes her to groups interested in secret abilities. When her family is killed under unbelievable circumstances, Jasper is the only suspect. She flees police custody and heads to New York City to lose herself in the crowds. Jasper wants revenge, but being chased by the police and superhuman bad guys slows her down. While she’s in hiding Jasper becomes more volatile; she begins manifesting traces of her siblings’ abilities and begins to lose control. The Order of Vespers has decided she’s too dangerous and too important to leave unguarded and capture her. Before she can escape, the killers strike again, this time taking children directly connected to the Order. Jasper is forced to choose between her vendetta and the lives of the Vespers and humanity.

If you’re interested in a great urban fantasy thriller, you need look no further than Order of Vespers.  Reyes delivers a great story that stands well enough on its own, but it clearly displays Reyes’ ability to craft a story with a lasting impression—so much so that you want to see it continue.  If you’re ready to jump into Order of Vespers, be sure to pick it up on Amazon!

Urban Fantasy Promo – Hedge Witch

Hello folks, and welcome to another day here where we visit the Otherworld.  We’ve had a great time bringing your attention to other great fantasy stories, and today will be no different.

Simon Kewin presents the first book in his The Cloven Land Trilogy with Hedge Witch. And it immediately becomes a page-turner.  Every step of the way, you’re interested in the drama that surrounds protagonist Cait, who learns more about what she is and what lies in store for her.

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Two worlds, one nightmare…

Fifteen year-old Cait Weerd has no idea the undain are hunting her. She doesn’t know the vile creatures need her blood to survive. She doesn’t even know she’s a witch, descended from a long line of witches. Cait Weerd doesn’t know much, but all that’s about to change.

At Manchester Central Library, she’s caught in the crossfire between the witches and the undain, two worlds fighting for an old book. Cait takes the book and is told to run, hide the book or destroy it. The undain’s secrets are buried in its pages, and they want it almost as much as they want her.

The fate of two worlds is at stake. Along with definitely-not-a-boyfriend Danny, Cait has to decide what to do: run, fight, or hope it all goes away.

But then Cait learns who she really is, along with the terrible truth of what the undain have been doing in our world all this time.

It’s no surprise that Hedge Witch is practically universally loved.  It’s received a fair share of good reviews, and it’s sparked two sequels (and a prequel)—the third book arrives on June 21st!  To celebrate, this second book in the series has a very attractive price right now: it’s just 99 cents through the 26th of June!  If you’re interested in what Kewin has to say, you can check out his website here.  And since there’s no time better than now to do so, pick up Hedge Witch from Amazon today!