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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Juvenile Tribulations: An Epic Fantasy Adventure! (Isthariun’s Dreams)
Juvenile Tribulations, the first book in Nathan D. Latrev’s Isthariun’s Dreams series, has been out stateside for about a month-and-a-half now, and it is beginning to build traction. The talented Latrev has earned himself much praise in his native France, with fans heralding his work as absorbing and captivating, and filled with suspense. Juvenile Tribulations is a powerful debut, and it shows how deft Latrev can be when it comes to building his world. Isthariun is vast and rich—the perfect backdrop for the stories that he tells within it, and the characters that he develops. While it certainly holds an appeal for all sorts of fantasy fans, those who like to see some subverted expectations are in for a treat here.
Latrev is known to delight his audience by giving them great characters who they want to spend time with. His debut feature fantasy is a well-paced breath of fresh air that demonstrates his hold over the world he’s created, with a promise of much more potential. This first book is an enthralling adventure that demonstrates some interesting twists and turns that will have readers hungry for more. Best of all, it’s absolutely free if you’ve got Kindle Unlimited. So what are you waiting for? Get your hands on what just may be your new favorite fantasy universe. Check out Juvenile Tribulations: An Epic Fantasy Adventure! (Isthariun’s Dreams) on Amazon today!
Confrontation of Nuxvar
Already an established science fiction writer, author Judith Moffitt turns her considerable skills toward fantasy, and her debut is no joke, even though it’s wildly entertaining. Confrontation at Nuxvar, the first book in Moffitt’s Chronicles of Edrisia, knows exactly what it wants to be, and delivers just what fantasy lovers ought to love: dogs and dragons. The author is clever with her writing, ensuring that across each chapter, there’s something enticing to bring you through to the next. Moffitt also eschews some of the typical expectations of the fantasy genre, letting someone besides a teen just coming into their powers save the world. It’s the author’s willingness to find new pathways that give Confrontation at Nuxvar a breath of fresh air that makes it so enjoyable.
Just like with her earlier sci-fi books, Moffitt’s latest doesn’t shy away from a lot of moving parts. There is a vast and vibrant cast of characters that all work well together, and the events of the story bounce around at a nice pace, promising new surprises and sequences that will catch the attention of fantasy fans. The story wraps things up nicely, but there’s still the potential of more from the world of Edrisia, and Moffitt has certainly shown that she can breathe powerful life into it. For now though, it’s best to start at the beginning. Check out Confrontation at Nuxvar on Amazon today!
Cycled – Rebirth
Alekz Wokal knows how to deliver a story at a decent pace to his readership. His debut epic fantasy, Cycled – Rebirth, is featured on Wattpad, where he’s wrapped up chapters with a steady cadence. The tale doesn’t suffer from its quick turnaround either. Wokal’s work features witty dialog that’s paced as well as his release structure, a rich world with certain elements that make it feel alive, and characters that readers will love to root for. It also features the darker, more villainous type, which help to move the tale along, from this book into the next, and there’s a good chance that readers will enjoy spending time with them as well. There are shades of grey to everyone in Wokal’s debut, and he captures it all to great effect.
From chapter to chapter, Wokal keeps things consistent. Fans of his work will no doubt enjoy how his characters speak, as it helps to immerse readers in this fantasy realm. Carrying the story along are would-be heroes who could easily have their faith and their spirit broken amidst all the pain and torment that they endure. Instead, Wokal sees them as indomitable bearers of hope and justice, made tangible when magic comes to the forefront of the story. With the entire story complete now, and another book on the way, there’s never been a better time to read the author’s wonderful debut. Check out Cycled – Rebirth on Wattpad today.
DragonSin, Descendants of Twilight, Book 1
If readers are looking for a substantial world with a familiar enough structure at first glance, they might be tempted by the debut work of author C.M. Surowiec Jr, DragonSin, Descendants of Twilight, Book 1. After spending some time in his world, though, they’ll soon find that there’s a huge break from tried-and-true traditions however. Surowiec has been working on this literary universe for a very long time, and it shows with his meticulous grasp over everything in the well-balanced first tome he unleashes upon fans of the genre. Between his vast, far-reaching history, and his take on the nearby cosmic portion of his world, everything leaps out at the reader and assures there’s much more here than meets the eye, though some of it is understandably still wrapped up in its mysteries.
Erogoth is a diverse, complex world that never seems overbearing or underserving. Rather the planet and the books that take place on it have a beauty and a brilliance that feels refined and deliberate. The worldbuilding doesn’t ever seem as though its being force-fed to the reader. Rather, everything feels earned and rewarding. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that the author has more planned beyond this debut. There’s never a better place to begin than the start though. Preorder DragonSin – Descendants of Twlight, Book 1, on Amazon today!
A Child of Ashes: Volume 1: The False King
Author Victor A. Acnam II wears his passion for his world proudly, ensuring that everyone gets a sense of the quality of work that they’ll experience with just a glance at his work. For those who take a deeper dive into A Child of Ashes: Volume 1: The False King, they’ll find a deep, rich world filled with all sorts of granular details that show that Acnam was not just attentive to his characters, but also to the lore and history of his universe. That’s not to say that he leaves anything off the table though. Those characters shine, notably the villains, who readers will love to loathe.
Readers who chomp at the bit to read black and white fantasy with colorful details smoothing out the edges will be in for a treat here. While there’s certainly room to explore more of the Arlax Realm, with more of Acnam’s story on the way, they’ve got plenty of time to dive deep into the first book in his series, to join the heroes, and face great villains. It’s an impressive debut, worthy of their attention if they’re into traditional fantasies with fresh twists and turns. Check out A Child of Ashes: Volume 1: The False King on Amazon today!
Tempest: Epic of Faölan Book 1
Author Nicholas Redmon has been dreaming of unleashing his fantasy on the world for years. Thus, when Tempest: Epic of Faölan Book 1 released today, readers are set to witness the breadth of his craftsmanship. Redmon writes with colorful, flowing prose that is rich and immersive. Faölan is marked with excellent worldbuilding that comes from over a decade of preparation. In Redmon’s world even the weather is fantastic and incredible. And the characters are wonderful too. It’s a tremendous coming-of-age fantasy that readers will love to sink their teeth into. Along the way there are mysteries to be unveiled and unraveled, and majestic spectacle to enjoy.
From the first page to the last, fans of the genre will be rapt by new revelations and well-written content. Redmon is working on a great number of stories, explaining his craftsmanship in worldbuilding. The first book in his coming-of-age fantasy series is just the beginning. With promises to come, readers are in luck and set for more incredible happenings in a mystical land worth exploring to its fullest. But while you wait for the inevitable sequels, it’s a great time to pick up the first in the series. Check out Tempest: Epic of Faölan Book 1 on Amazon today!
The Wind Walker (Children of the Sky Book 1)
Author Simon Shugar has a passion for worlds that have their own rules, and for mechanics that are well-conceived and enjoyable to the reader. Thus, in his stellar debut, The Wind Walker (Children of the Sky Book 1), we see his literary universe take shape. It’s lofty and you can certainly see many components of the world, as Shugar hasn’t left any stone unturned when it comes to creating rich histories and backstories. But his tale is also a bit more focused in some places. It’s character-driven, with excellent dialog, and interactions that are easy to imagine played out. Even if you were just interested in either the characters or the stories, you’d have a good time here. Shugar, however, leads both to great effect.
Those who like their stories not to linger or prattle on are in luck. The Wind Walker is a tale well-spun with entertaining prose that moves the reader forward at an even pace. It’s a story with real momentum and gusto, and its praises will no doubt feel earned. While a sequel is on the horizon, this story is powerful enough on its own to be self-contained and thoroughly enjoyable. For those who are into fantasy adventures with a bit of swashbuckling, there’s no need to wait. Check out The Wind Walker (Children of the Sky Book 1) on Amazon today!
The Last Sane Awoken I: Freedom
Author Stephany Barcomb-Rodriguez unleashes her debut on the world with The Last Sane Awoken I: Freedom. In this darker fantasy, readers are at once introduced to a great evil force, and understand the great risks of letting it run free across the land. But as much as the author’s story focuses on the horror elements, it also focuses on the psychology of its characters. There are deep emotions at play here in this fantasy, and they’re presented in raw, real richness. It’s because of that, perhaps, that her characters feel so lifelike, and why the story has the power to immerse readers, despite the fantastic elements at play.
The reader who picks up The Last Sane Awoken is likely to feel emotions themselves as well. With great evil persisting across the world that Barcomb-Rodriguez developed, there’s a sense of dread and darkness that washes over the writing, and fans will no doubt feel they must persevere through to see what light exists on the other side. The author finds a nice balance there, giving her readers and her characters hope to go on and fight for a better day. While another book is in the works, you’ve still got some time to catch up with this first in the series. Dive into a world that is deep and rich and full of secrets and revelations. Check out The Last Sane Awoken I: Freedom on Amazon today!
Twinborn Chronicles: Awakening Collection
Twinborn Chronicles is the epitome of a fan-generating series, and it is a wonderful introduction to the wildly talented J.S. Morin. We’ve featured the prolific storyteller on Tellest several times now, and each time something new comes our way, we continue to be blown away by the workmanship and spectacle that comes from the mighty talespinner. Twinborn Chronicles: Awakening Collection, is a worthy set of the first three books in the incredible saga, explosive battles, intriguing subterfuge, and characters that you’ll fall in love with. All of it is wrapped into a rich and engrossing world filled to the brim with details that will stick in readers’ minds well after they’ve turned the last page.
Readers who pick up this collection looking for something substantive will be in for a treat, as it gives them something meaty to sink their teeth into. So much unfolds in Morin’s work that they’ll feel satiated, but the tremendous quality in which he tells his tales will leave them hungry for more. This first trio of books lays the foundation for not just another few books, but an entire universe that has been meticulously crafted, honed, and delivered. If you enjoy getting lost in fantasy worlds, J.S. Morin is the author of your dreams, and this set of books is the one that you’ve been waiting for. Check out Twinborn Chronicles: Awakening Collection on Amazon today. If you move quickly, you’ll get the set for a massive nine dollars off!
CHRONICLES OF THE ROSE
Author Michael Sauls recently released the second book in his fantasy saga, and it continues with all the great qualities of the first, while also expanding on the world in all the best ways. His debut fantasy is CHRONICLES OF THE ROSE, which lays an impressive foundation. Readers will be swept up by the storytelling, and will grow to enjoy spending time with the characters as they grow and change throughout the tale. Sauls also does a great job crafting his world to feel like a real place that exists beyond the pages of a book. The author does a great job with his dialog. His characters are verbose, even loquacious at some points, but they’re a delight to listen to, and they help to fill in the gaps of some of the lore and history.
It’s clear from the first page that Sauls takes his tasks, at building a fully realized world filled with rich history, interesting characters, and entertaining realism, quite seriously. Readers will enjoy the pace at which they watch revelations unfold, and they’ll have a great time with the characters as they pursue their adventures. Before the final page is turned, you’ll no doubt be hungry for more. While there is more in the catalog of this saga, the best place to start, of course, is the beginning. Check out CHRONICLES OF THE ROSE on Amazon today!
Little Accident: Adult Fantasy Humour (Season’s War)
Olena Nikitin has an entire world at their disposal, with the first feature length story in the series, Autumn Chaos, nearly upon us. Tiding us over is the entertaining short, A Little Accident: Adult Fantasy Humour (Season’s War), which is playful in its lechery and witty dialog. If nothing else, Nikitin had a good time writing this tale, and it transfers over to their readers as well, as there’s no doubt a good time to be had with this bite-sized story. It’s a fun story about different magic, and how it comes to be in the world that is being built here. And though we only spend a brief amount of time with Ina, it’s certainly enough to grow to like her, and to want to find more about her.
All in all, this first release from Nikitin demonstrates fun, mischievous writing with a dash of humor in all the right places, and hints at their great stories yet to come. Although it’s self-contained enough and painted with wonderful little brushstrokes that show all the detail that a good tale should, it’s part of a grander masterpiece, and you can see little bits of the broader world shining through. While you’re waiting for Autumn Chaos, it is a great time to pick up this little prequel. Check out A Little Accident: Adult Fantasy Humour (Season’s War) on Amazon today!
Knightmare Arcanist (Frith Chronicles Book 1)
If you don’t yet know author Shami Stovall, you were likely to do so even before reading this promo. She’s got a tremendous catalog, and many a great series, including an incredible fantasy saga you won’t want to miss. Knightmare Arcanist (Frith Chronicles Book 1) starts things off. In it, you’ll find relatable characters, who are very enjoyable to spend your time with. Their interactions feel real and rich, helped by the history that lies as the foundation there. You’re not just thrown into a story that’s finding its feet, but living in a world that is deep and well-founded. Stovall’s tale subverts expectations in satisfying ways, and builds on mythology and legends of old. And possibly one of the most catching parts of the story is Stovall’s captivating magic system, which sees arcanists bonding with eldrin: magical creatures that bestow enchanting gifts.
Readers will find that Knightmare Arcanist flies by, but it also flows smoothly, with great, easy to follow fight scenes, and well-paced story beats. It takes place in an awesome world that is just begging to be explored further. Stovall gives monsters and mystical creatures their chance to shine in ways that make them feel like more than just moving set pieces, and with each new book in the series, it’s that much more exciting to head back and spend time amongst that magic. Next week the seventh book in the series will arrive, so readers have a huge world that they can dive into at their fingertips. But it all starts here, with book one, which sets the stage for so much more. Check out Knightmare Arcanist (Frith Chronicles Book 1) on Amazon today!
The Fallen Heir (William of Alamore Series Book 3)
It’s been just over two years since author C. J. R. Isely began her William of Alamore series, and for some, these past years couldn’t speed by soon enough. The third book in her series, The Fallen Heir, is finally on its way, and it is as captivating as the first two. This coming of age series is coming to a point where William is no longer a lad. He’s dealing with more important and weightier decisions, and can’t lean on others to make the right call for him and his friends any longer. In that way, since it’s right on the cusp of young adult, it’s really a book that is ideal for many ages. Younger fantasy fans will enjoy the first two books, but the series is written in such a way that it can be picked up by anyone, and it will entice and enthrall regardless.
Isely’s books are well-received and gaining popularity, and it’s easy to see why. After spending some time in this new tale, it is looking more and more like the author will be able to keep up her stunning track record, all while expanding her world and opening up new possibilities. There is still plenty to learn of the author’s rich world, as this takes us as far as we’ve been from the initial tales featuring William of Alamore. It’s perfect for fans who are itching to know more. While you’re reading the first two books in the series, make sure Isely’s latest is delivered right to your e-reader when the book releases on April 12th. Preorder The Fallen Heir (William of Alamore Series Book 3) on Amazon today!
Hero at Home
Author Nikki Flynn is a passionate fantasy fan who has her hand in a lot of content creation, from audio fiction, to video games, and fantasy shorts. Her latest is Hero at Home, a cozy fantasy short story that shows off her skills at character development. Though it’s a quick read, it’s still filled with some unexpected experiences, and gives enough time to become acquainted with the protagonists and want to learn more about them. Nothing is too over the top, and readers will have a pleasant time with the tale.
What you get with Hero at Home is a quick and fun story that introduces you to the author’s writing style, and leaves you hungry for more. Readers will no doubt want to know more about Inva and her friends, and see what other trouble she can get into, and then muscle her way out of. While her latest is a tasty bite-sized story, Flynn has a lot of other tales available in a variety of platforms. This is a great place to start, however, so if you’re ready, it’s time to dive in. Check out Hero at Home on Amazon today!
AZLATAN: The End of Time
Author Susan L. Henderson Alandar might have you believe that she’s a brand new author, wet behind the ears, but she’s been honing her considerable skills for many years now. Her debut, AZLATAN: The End of Time, has therefore had plenty of time to find refinement and improvement over that time. It is an enthralling, rich world, featuring a culture that feels very elaborate and deliberate. Its strong, vivid prose immerses readers in the world, and witty dialog has them interested in the characters in a snap. Alandar also does a great job of capturing her action sequences, which has fans eager to dive into one chapter after the next.
AZLATAN is filled with twists and turns, mysteries and revelations, and some brewing will-they, won’t-they romantic possibilities. Everything falls in its place, and the epic story feels as though it has gone through the paces, finally coming out just when it should have. You can tell that AZLATAN is the culmination of a life’s worth of passion, planning and determination. The author took all of her experiences and distilled it into this heartfelt and immersive world, and it’s because of those traits that it feels so rich and real. It’s really deserving of a sequel, so show Alandar’s explosive new debut some love. Check out AZLATAN: The End of Time on Amazon today!
The Cutthroat Prince (William of Alamore Series Book 2)
Fans of C. J. R. Isely’s first book, Ranger of Kings, didn’t have to wait long for the sequel. In The Cutthroat Prince (William of Alamore Series Book 2), her captivating characters find themselves engrossed in more trouble that you’ll want to follow along with. Once again, Isely excels at crafting a world that seems intricately developed, with a deliberate hand on everything there is to see. The second book focuses its lens on things like the politics of the world that Will lives in, as well as the culture that exists from one country to the next, and even on chivalry and horsemanship. Though it feels scholarly in some regards, the story never loses a step in its prose, which at times feels moving and poetic.
The Cutthroat Prince introduces interesting new characters, elements of intrigue and new hazards. There are new perspectives to look at Alamore with, and new secrets to reveal. It’s a slightly longer story, but readers will still be hungry for more after they turn the last page. And despite the second consecutive close of her books, Isely makes it clear that there is still more to say of Will and his world. Don’t sleep on this book or its predecessor. Check out The Cutthroat Prince (William of Alamore Series Book 2) on Amazon today!
Also, don’t forget, you can still sign up for Isely’s newsletter to get a free copy of her novella, The Falcon and the Stag, also set in Alamore. Furthermore, both books are no available in audio format.
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.
The Sanctus Chronicles: The Plague of Tradium
Author D. P. Leimgruber unveils a new labor of love in his new family friendly fantasy, The Sanctus Chronicles: The Plague of Tradium. The book is light and whimsical where it needs to be, ensuring it appeals to young readers and parents to kids with active imaginations. Leading the story forward are characters that are charming and relatable to kids. Leimgruber’s writing has a lovely, poetic cadence that lends itself even more so to the stories within a story. Leimgruber was able to include short stories and poetry that leave the book feeling richer and livelier, and not a departing from the main book. To top it off, there are lovely illustrations by Rosann A. Portes that make the book pop even more.
The Sanctus Chronicles is so immersive that fans won’t realize they’ve made their way through so much of the story before they near the end. There is plenty of curtain to draw back here, and the author does so deftly, ensuring that the pacing is perfect and that revelations feel earned and enjoyable. This is a tale that is full of entertainment, magic and majesty that will keep readers coming back for more. They’ll need to make a return trip, as well, because the book ends with an exciting promise for a sequel. While Leimgruber works on that, it’s a great time to pick up the first in the series. Check out The Sanctus Chronicles: The Plague of Tradium on Amazon today!
As Thick As Thieves: The Price of Infamy
Author Kieron Holland has a penchant for writing rich and interesting characters that are more than just two-dimensional set dressing. In his fantasy debut, As Thick As Thieves: The Price of Infamy, he ensures that readers are invested in the fates of his excellent cast, and that they’re rewarded for joining the ride. Holland excels at writing entertaining action scenes that grab readers and keep them interested until the next big twist or turn, but he’s just as crafty and witty as his characters. Alongside his delightful use of prose, he also injects a dash of humor in all the right places. Though the book follows thieves, it’s certainly not without its whimsy.
Holland flexes his screenwriting muscles in some great ways to tell his story, so it’s no surprise that it’s so expressive and cinematic in its presentation. Readers will almost feel as thought the action is bursting out of the page. All along the way, the author tells a great tale that you can go back to again and again. It would be downright criminal not to get more out of James and his companions, but for now, this excellent story will more than suffice. Check out As Thick As Thieves: The Price of Infamy on Amazon today!
The Elder Scrolls – Zaneta’s Chronicles: Edge of Oblivion
Talented novelist Adrian Lee Zuniga has delivered the perfect trilogy for fans of the Elder Scrolls, represented best, perhaps, by the stunning sophomore book in the set. In The Elder Scrolls – Zaneta’s Chronicles: Edge of Oblivion, Zuniga continues to set readers on a course with Žaneta, an extraordinarlily unique Khajit that readers want to root for every step of the way. With every passing page, Zuniga shows his talent, expressing one creative revelation after another. The beautiful, exquisitely crafted story is accompanied by gorgeous artwork as well, helping to better immerse fans of the property, and Zuniga’s work.
The Edge of Oblivion continues the previous book’s trend of infusing a cinematic style to Adrian’s writings, taking readers into a realm of enchantment while stressing aspects like geography, food, and wildlife that make the continent of Morrowind appealing and intriguing. And without breaking stride, the dramatic second installment continues into Part Three: The Lost Mane for a spectacular climax. Be sure to pick up all three of Zuniga’s wonderful Elder Scrolls books, including this one. Check out The Elder Scrolls – Zaneta’s Chronicles: Edge of Oblivion on Amazon today!
Under the Double Eclipse
With their first published book, author Avery Dane would have readers believing they had been at it for years if not decades. Such is the skill at which they compose Under the Double Eclipse, a fantasy painted with shades of grey before they’re colored in by clever dialog and entertaining humor. By the time the first chapter ends, readers will already be on a ride that they won’t soon want to get off of, filled with enjoyable characters, delectable descriptions, and all the sorts of twists and turns that are to be expected in a book about wily thieves.
One of the greatest strengths of Dane’s story is its cast of characters. Readers will be addicted to the back and forth between the leads, but the supporting characters and bit players are all fully-realized and entertaining as well. Dane’s bread and butter is with the two thieves at the center of the plot though. Merrill and Annette are too awesome not to see in action again, so here’s hoping that we get more from them soon. In the meantime, show some love for the author, and pick up the first book in what could be a very catching series. Check out Under the Double Eclipse on Amazon today!
The Earth Key (Azure Series Book 1)
Kristin Hilton Callis writes what feels like prescient fantasy that bores its way into readers minds, infecting them with an urge to read more and more of her great work. In The Earth Key (Azure Series Book 1), Callis demonstrates her substantial talents in worldbuilding, creating a place that fantasy fans would eagerly wish to get lost in. With its rules and its lore, the Annix is a curious place, made all the more interesting by the way that Callis writes her characters. Dialog and revelations are presented in a way that almost makes readers feel like they’re leaving through the latest verse of a fairy tale that has shifted into the contemporary, and it urges them ever onward.
The Earth Key is a remarkable tale that endures. It is timeless, and readers would be forgiven for thinking that this was at once a classic that came out long ago, while simultaneously being a tale that lives up to today’s expectations. With endearing characters, a mysterious quest, and a world begging for exploration, Callis had found a wonderful blend to build her series. Maximilian Hilton, her son, has also edited and published his mother’s second book, with a third to follow, meaning now is an awesome time to enjoy this spectacular fantasy which won’t soon be forgotten. Check out The Earth Key (Azure Series Book 1) 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 Illusions of Vaeleren Redsteel
It only takes reading a few pages to realize that this fantasy story by Justin Rhodes is unlike most that fans of the genre will be prepared for. But The Illusions of Vaeleren Redsteel is a tale and an experience not to be missed. First and foremost, right from the get-go, readers will be shocked by the events that set the story in motion. Surrounding these events are a tremendous amount of rich details about the world and the history of its heroes. Rhodes paints between the lines of these details with the emotions of his powerful cast, from delightful humor, to more heartrending stuff. He ties it all together with thrilling scenes involving his characters, who readers will grow close to, always wondering about their dilemmas and hoping for a happy ending.
Between dastardly schemes, captivating magic, and emotional payoff, Justin Rhodes has a story that does it all. It doesn’t take long for Vaeleren and Aldric to hook readers, and have them interested in their tale. Rhodes writes his chapters so that they are developed in a way that makes the reader feel quickly rewarded, and eager to keep going. For his debut fantasy, the author has put together a sizable book that still leaves fans hungry for more in the best way possible. Check out The Illusions of Vaeleren Redsteel on Barnes and Noble today!
The Forest War (War of Erithanor Book 1)
Take a look at the debut fantasy of author Chris Gibson, and you’ll know you’re in for a rip-roaring time. The Forest War (War of Erithanor Book 1) moves along at a brisk pace, with great storytelling filling each page. Gibson’s tale could have just looked at the impending danger coming to the forest, but it looks to the past as well, and hints at the tapestry that the author is working toward. The book shows a little corner of a grander world, and one that ought to be exciting to explore further. Leading readers along the tale are characters that are multidimensional, who feel real, and keep fans immersed in the growing conflict.
If you or a fantasy reader you know are interested in a fantasy tale that feels fresh, even with roots in traditional fare, don’t sleep on this one. It’s perfect for young and new adults who love a good adventure. The Forest War ends satisfyingly enough, but Gibson leaves the promise of at least one more campaign, with hope of returning to the world he’s built and traveling alongside his captivating characters at least one more time. With that in mind, there’s no better time than now to pick up this wonderful fantasy debut. Check out The Forest War (War of Erithanor Book 1) on Amazon today!
The World of Antheric: Rise of the Saviour
Author Marcus J. Anthony has refined his storytelling, crafting not just a book but a deeply rich world that feels more like it’s being discovered than written. In The World of Antheric: Rise of the Saviour, we see the author’s considerable talents put to use, sending readers diving into a portal fantasy that puts new meaning to the word epic. Readers will immediately see that Zuetar and Domainville are not just places that are affected by its off-worlder lead, but that have existed long before his arrival. Indeed, Anthony has developed the tapestry of his world here from broader strokes, all the way down to the tiniest details, capturing everything from his world’s mythology and legends to its prophecies, all which help to enrapture the reader.
The World of Antheric is an easy one to want to get lost in. While Jenin is a formidable protagonist, and one you enjoy spending time with—and looking at this fantastic new world through—you can tell there are also more secrets and revelations around every corner and in the horizon. But beyond that, the story is filled with just the sort of things that fans of the genre hunger for. There’s magic and mysticism, hope and heroism, and it all has you eager to continue along with the journey. Though there are more books set in Antheric yet to come, Anthony’s polished and powerful first-in-a-series is a can’t miss that you shouldn’t wait on. Check out The World of Antheric: Rise of the Saviour on Amazon today!
A Charmer’s Story: The Failed Spell
Authors Ricardo Bermudez and Daniel Martinez tackle a new iteration of the contemporary fantasy in their new release, A Charmer’s Story: The Failed Spell. Readers who like magical lessons and learning about the enchantments that exist beyond the veil of our every day lives will love this tale of a day in the life of a minor mage that goes completely awry. Like a good magical ritual, the two authors spend time studying all the components of a good story: its characters, magical items and components, and the grander scope of magic. The books moves along at a relaxed pace that nonetheless pulls readers down the rabbit hole.
In a way, The Failed Spell almost feels a bit like academia. Bermudez and Martinez seem to be so engrossed in their world that it’s easy to feel immersed in the story. It feels real, and that gives their tale a real strength behind it. It’s easy to spend time with Alben and Ilza as well, as they feel so fully realized, with histories that readers will want to explore, and secrets that they’ll feel they just have to know. Hopefully more of this world is yet to come, because the two authors have done well with this introduction. Check out A Charmer’s Story: The Failed Spell on Amazon today!
Empire of Blood and Darkness
Readers who like their worlds rich in lore, with an expansive, lived-in feel will be right at home with author Travis Yardley, who wears his passion for his world on his sleeve. Indeed, in Empire of Blood and Darkness, Yardley dives deep into races, language, history and legends. Though the book is a sturdy one, and delivers its premise with poise and precision, you can tell that by design you’ve only just barely scratched the surface of what Yardley has created. As much as the story is one that is interesting and keeps you ensnared throughout, you can tell that it is also an engine with which to drive the rest of the world forward, and uncover more of its secrets.
Praise given where it is due, Yardley’s story is a strong one on its own merits. Even if it didn’t have the backing of a new world realized by an expert craftsman, if you had dropped Alexander and his companions into another universe, it still would have been enjoyable to follow him and learn the sort of things that were integral to his character growth. This is thanks to Yardley’s devotion to his writing, and all that grows out of it. If you’re looking for a great coming-of-age fantasy set in a lively world, this should be on your radar. Check out Empire of Blood and Darkness on Amazon today!
Tale Bearer & The Silver Horse (Tale Bearer Series)
Already a trio of short stories under their belt, author W S Miles knows how to deliver sharp, well-paced tales in abbreviated form to great effect. So it is with one of the three tales, the aptly named Tale Bearer & The Silver Horse (Tale Bearer Series). Filled with snappy dialog, imaginative events, and a hint at a greater world that could be explored. Miles manages to create a story here that manages to transcend subgenres in interesting new ways, and it bustles with energy and activity throughout.
This short story is one of the best yet of W S Miles’s wonderful tales, and it shows the promise of the talented author in better ways than ever. If they can tell stories like this with a restricted and refined word count, imagine what they could do with a feature-length fantasy. While we wait for more stories from the author, why not acclimate to the strong prose and interesting stories. Check out Tale Bearer & The Silver Horse (Tale Bearer Series) on Amazon today!
The Kingdoms of Felspar
From the moment you begin reading the latest work of author MJ Spires—her first feature-length fantasy—you can tell how much she loves the genre, and that goes beyond just reading and writing it. You can feel the craftsmanship that has gone into The Kingdoms of Felspar, which is why it may feel like a book much older than its release date implies. It feels like a classic Dragonlance novel, or some equivalent, although it is refined enough to make it fresh and gripping for modern readers. One thing is certain: this book is made with love and passion.
Spires cares about each of her characters deeply. The cast is spectacular, and readers will no doubt fall in love with each of them in their own ways. They have a lot of heart and it is easy to be sympathetic to their plights, and to be captivated by their quests. This first journey into Felspar is filled with page-turning revelations, a world of deep lore, and an epic scope. The book is open-ended enough to warrant a sequel, but it can also be enjoyed as a stellar standalone, so don’t wait on it. Check out The Kingdoms of Felspar on Amazon today!
The Land of Ataraxia: Genesis
New from author S S Merce, comes a fantasy tale that will entrance and delight readers. The Land of Ataraxia: Genesis, takes its readers along on a journey into an expressive world that feels worthy of exploration. Merce manages to make the adventure, entertaining enough in its own right, feel like the best sort of travel brochure to different worlds, with magical weather systems, grotesque creatures, and a renowned academy. Aided deftly by the entertaining crew of the Caelesti Viatrix, the story moves along at a pleasant pace, and shows through their eyes the discovery of new cultures and legends.
Between its charming cast, its dedication to exploring a world filled with culture and a variety of different diplomacies, and the magic inherent in a multitude of ways, this introduction to Ataraxia is a story that fantasy fans should try out. It’s a mystical land that has so much more to offer, with only the surfacing being scratched so far. While Merce promises many more stories in the series to come, this first one is an extraordinary release that you won’t want to miss. Check out The Land of Ataraxia: Genesis on Amazon today!
Valda: The Wandmaker (Elva Book 1)
Author A. S. M. Giri takes an interesting concept, not often explored, and brings it to the forefront in this clever and charming fantasy debut. In Valda: The Wandmaker (Elva Book 1), the wands aren’t the only things being fashioned, however. As much careful thought as Giri puts into the lore and mythology of wandmaking, their passion for worldbuilding also extends to Vingarna, where the story unfolds. And woven through it all, the author also sets into motion a wonderful character study of someone who is not your typical fantasy protagonist, and to great effect.
It is very easy to get lost in the first book in A. S. M. Giri’s Elva series. Between its delectable prose, its captivating characters, and twists and turns that make it a fast-paced ride you don’t want to put down, Valda: The Wandmaker hits all its marks. This is the sort of epic fantasy that you don’t want to miss out on, especially considering Giri’s debut paves the way for such incredible potential. Valda was originally conceived as a part of a short story anthology, so to see him come this far should only have readers that much more excited for what is yet to come. Check out Valda: The Wandmaker (Elva Book 1) on Amazon today!
The Pig Wars: A Tale of the Half-Elven
M.K. Theodoratus is building a persistent fantasy world here in the Far Isles. In The Pig Wars: A Tale of the Half-Elven, Theodoratus further explores what it means to be a half-elf, diving deeper into cultural interactions, forbidden magic, and the wars that may be on the horizon. Just as in her previous tales, the author includes a lot of strong emotion here, and not all of it is healthy emotion. While the care between the main character and her prized pig are adorable, the villain’s lust for both power and the half-elf maiden he covets is frightening, and leads to terrible consequences.
For those looking for a magical world to be explored, Theodoratus has plenty in store for her new fans. All along the way, the author works wonders with her prose, making this an addictive and entertaining read indeed. There are hints at more to come from the Far Isles, and if the author’s previous passion for her work are any indication, we’ll have another book on the way soon enough. With that in mind, there’s no better time to dive into this massive new foray into the Far Isles. Check out The Pig Wars: A Tale of the Half-Elven on Amazon today, and don’t forget that you can read it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited!
Vengeance: A Tale of the Half-Elven
Love is a powerful emotion, and it drives people to do wondrous and terrible things. It can drive people to madness or sullen solitude. It can drive people to anger. Such is the case in author M. K. Theodoratus’s Vengeance, A Tale of the Half-Elven. Its lead, a half-elven named Mariah, has an interesting blend of traits from both her parents. Elves are often cool and collected, and rarely consider their mortality. But humans are ambitious and imaginative, and when things go wrong, they hold grudges…
Theodoratus puts a lot of work into a small package with Vengeance. There is a tremendous amount of worldbuilding set in place in a short introduction to the world, and it sets the tone for what is yet to come. There’s magic, strange creatures, and beings at odds, all with a somewhat ethereal promise of more. Theodoratus is a prolific storyteller with a wide catalog that features some darker works in her Andor series, but the elves are clearly close to her heart as well. Here’s hoping to more from the Half-Elven, and the world the author has brought us. Check out Vengeance on Amazon today!
Thirty Turns of the Sand (The Eldormaar Book 2)
Author David Mackay spends more time in his second book at a frenetic pace, with punchier dialog, energetic chases, and action sequence that drip off the page with exquisite descriptions. Thirty Turns of the Sand (The Eldormaar Book 2) is the kind of sophomore turnaround that readers want out of a good thriller-cum-epic fantasy. After introducing the world and setting up the rules in the series opener, Mackay gets to flex his writing muscles even further in the sequel, and he nails down pacing, whether it’s the pace of each chapter, or the time in which each new puzzle piece falls into place. With new characters revealed in the land of Enntonia, Mackay has a set of playthings that he can continue to unravel, entertaining readers throughout.
Mackay tells a grand tale across many chapters that all feel rewarding in their scope, yet many of them reel you in with their brevity. There’s an addictive quality there that always has eager explorers promising themselves, ‘just one more.’ This return to The Eldormaar is even more epic than the first book in the series, and it holds the promise of so much more as readers continue to explore. Mackay is clearly passionate about the worlds he fashions here, and that should mean we’ll be heading back to this series soon. But this book will definitely sate your appetite for thrilling, fantastic stories in the meantime. Check out Thirty Turns of the Sand (The Eldormaar Book 2) on Amazon today!
The Sea of Lucidity, Book 1 of The Eldormaar
Within a few paragraphs of reading The Sea of Lucidity, Book 1 of The Eldormaar, you suspect that things are not all that they seem. After a few pages, you know for sure. Author David Mackay twists and bends his debut portal fantasy into perfect shape, unleashing strange mysteries and fulfilling revelations. The Sea of Lucidity stuns with its story, but is driven forward on the backs of captivating characters who readers will want to grow closer to as they explore their own philosophical journeys, and contemplate the very nature of their existence.
A book that explores many worlds, The Sea of Lucidity is proof of a storyteller’s passion and devotion to the grand tapestry he fashions. Mackay covers a lot of ground in the first book, but every chapter feels brisk and rewarding, urging readers to continue along and unlock whatever new doors await before them. Though it is an epic undertaking, it might be tackled in a single sitting, as it proves to be difficult to put down. One can only hope that a sequel is not far from release, as the reveals leave much to be further explored. Check out The Sea of Lucidity: Book 1 of The Eldormaar 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!
Endless Sacrifice: Volume 1
The Enigmatically named O.A. H proves that you can do a lot with a little in their wonderful fantasy debut. Endless Sacrifice: Volume 1 is an entertaining and thought-provoking look at the world they are building, set within a novella that moves forth at a quick and consistent pace. The action is mature without being over the top, and it is entertaining to see characters come together as the story progresses. The author blends in wonderfully uncomfortable and worrisome moments that you can’t help but read through to see how it all ends.
The first volume of Endless Sacrifice is a brisk read that will leave you wanting more, as O.A. H shows a lot of promise, and their debut fantasy still has gas in the tank, with plenty left to explore. There’s a whole world here that has only seen its surface scratched, and that could very well lead to an epic future for it and its characters. While readers wait to see what new work the author comes up with next, it’s a great time to pick up the first book in what is bound to become an entertaining series. Check out Endless Sacrifice: Volume 1 on Amazon today!
Black Wings: The Rebellion Begins
Dalton A. Carmon paints his story with inspiration from the real world by the way of theology. Some of his past books have focused on eastern mythology, but his newest, Black Wings: The Rebellion Begins, leans more on biblical folklore and legends. Black Wings stands as a sort of primer for the rest of the stories in the Tales of the LegendNomad series. It’s set in a time before mortals, and it helps to establish the world, and unveil the grand tapestry that Carmon has set into motion in his earlier books. Worldbuilding is one of Carmon’s fortes, and to be able to see a new foundation constructed in his growing literary universe is a real treat.
Exciting and compelling, this new visit into the world surrounding the LegendNomad is a great introduction to a new part of the grand tapestry that Dalton A. Camron has fashioned. Readers will enjoy spending their time learning about the Nameless and the relationships he builds. While Black Wings is a brisk read, it still feels meaty and will keep visitors engaged throughout their time in the world. And, as this story tells one of the more quintessential Tales of the LegendNomad, this is as good a place to start with Carmon’s books than any. Check out Black Wings: The Rebellion Begins 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!
Complex and rich with lore and history, Light’s Shadow is a wonderful start to something that has much potential. The first book has an expansive and interesting cast, messages of perseverence and determination in the quest for the better good, and a captivating world that readers will no doubt want to learn more about. With the author already deep into the sequel, there’s never been a better time to pick up the first in the series. Check out Light’s Shadow on Amazon today.
Tempest of Bravoure: City of the Dead
Since Kingdom Ascent came out, it was clear that Valena D’Angelis was going to be a force to be reckoned with in the fantasy writing field. That she has been able to accomplish so much in so short a time in a testament to her work ethic and her passion for the world she’s building. Readers will delight in a return to Terra, in this book and beyond. But for now, it’s a great time to grab D’Angelis’s first trilogy. It’s one you won’t want to miss. Check out Tempest of Bravoure: City of the Dead 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!
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!
To the End: Marked Book One
Nicole Green, author of the debut fantasy, To the End: Marked Book One, has gone off to a great start indeed. She likes to play with cadence and language, and her story often has a poetic feel to it, which lends to that otherworldly sensation while reading. Green builds a world ripe with attention to detail, and a ton of potential for more to explore. Along with the fantastic, she also tackles real-world issues through a fantasy lens, looking at things like troubled home situations, issues with race, and more.
Though Green set lofty goals for herself, nothing is out of her reach, and she manages to weave together a complex tapestry that entertains without being overbearing, and teaches without being preachy. Her characters are interesting to follow about as they find their way, and easy to sympathize with. And of course, there are incredible surprises along the way. With luck, readers will be surprised with more stories from Green sooner rather than later. Check out To The End, Marked Book One on Amazon today. You can also find it in hardcover, here.
Daylen of Brunhylde: A Tale of FéLorën
Galemine Gremn is an author who knows what he wants in his stories. For Daylen of Brunhylde: A Tale of FéLorën, it’s not just a wonderfully crafted tale—it’s a world that the author can see all the way to its horizon. It’s an epic story that reads swiftly, even while the reader can slow to appreciate the world that Gremn has woven together. The author is devoted to FéLorën, serving as not just its talespinner, but also its illustrator. It is, therefore, fitting that he writes characters who are committed to tasks and virtuous as well, and who are pleasant to follow to boot. Daylen of Brunhylde will appeal to epic fantasy readers who want to escape into a world of imagination and majesty, which is carefully balanced. It’s playful when the time is right, and solemn when it needs to be.
Gremn is developing a world of incredible potential, and this first book will only scratch at the surface of the property. And multitalented as Gremn is, he’s able to visualize the world in the long term, with books, illustrations and games. Those who choose to immerse themselves in all of it are in for a sizable treat. But it all starts here, with this book. It’s a great time to start the ride, so be sure to join Daylen on his quest. Check out Daylen of Brunhylde: A Tale of FéLorën on Amazon today!
The Garden of Lies (The Garden Saga Book 1)
Author Zachary A. Pieper has been hard at work on his stories for a long while, and you can see that his perseverance and patience have paid off. The Garden of Lies (The Garden Saga Book 1) is no mere shapeshifter fantasy. Instead, it’s a tremendous journey into the world he’s created, centered around trials that do more than show off Pieper’s prowess as showing action sequences and delivering conflicts. The author invites readers into the world he’s created, and reveals intricate details about everything from the Garden—the world they live in—to the constellations high above.
Pieper also does not leave the shapeshifting genre to explain itself. There’s more to it, and it too is worthy of exploration, and the author takes his time to show intricate details of shifter biology, history and culture. Pieper finds a wonderful balance in everything he delivers in his first book, from worldbuilding, to mysterious intrigue, to wonderful character development. For those who are interested in reading a fantasy that doesn’t skimp on the details, this robust debut is surely worth a look. And with the second book on its way, there’s never been a better time to head to Garden. Check out The Garden of Lies (The Garden Saga Book 1) on Amazon today!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Exciting and excitable, the tale of Mr. Spectacular is a charming and peculiar first for author Kunegunda Price. Indeed, this story has plenty of heart, and the majority of it is filled with joy and wonder. Price seems to have the time of her life in describing the lives of their main characters, and the amazing things they do. Even as the content of the story shifts to more serious fare, there’s always an underpinning of whimsy. There’s a fine bit of magic and science fantasy to Price’s story, and children or readers who are ready to embrace their inner-child are in for a treat.
Though it’s a shorter story, Mr. Spectacular does a lot with the brief page count it has. It sets the tone, and then sets the characters off on their adventure, and sends them on their way into the greater world that’s being built. The pace is electric, and that is perhaps why readers who enjoy the story will be hungry for more by the time it ends. Price looks to be aiming to continue the story, meaning if a quirky, whimsical series is something a reader is interested in, this could be right up their alley. Check out Mr. Spectacular on Amazon today!
Realms Apart: The Portal and Key Chronicles, Volume II
Author Jonathan T. Salisbury has already delivered one wonderful fantasy with the first book in his Portal and Key Chronicles book. Now, the sequel to Blood Bonded is here, and it is just as magical as the first. Realms Apart is instantly catching, as it has interesting and prose that is written very well and will keep readers engaged. Salisbury doesn’t just write flowery description. His action sequences are exciting, and there is a flair of adventure present throughout. It helps that he has a strong female lead that impresses in one chapter after another, but the author also has antagonists that are fiendish, and readers will love to hate them.
Realms Apart takes place in such a rich realm that just combing through the author’s handy glossary in the back of his book can be exciting. There’s a whole world that exists here, and it feels alive and filled with history. It is certainly recommended that you pick up the first book in Salisbury’s series, but you can actually read book two and go back to fill in some blanks later if you so choose. Salisbury delivers a solid enough book that it could stand alone and reference back to the original book even without someone needing to read it. If that piques your interest, don’t sleep on this sophomore title in the author’s series. Check out Realms Apart: The Portal and Key Chronicles, Volume II on Amazon today!
Sky of Shadows
Just spend a few moments in Tyler Craig Nixon’s debut fantasy, and you’ll see how much he loves the world and the characters that he’s created. In Sky of Shadows, he takes his lead character on a captivating journey that is akin to Japanese Isekai. It’s therefore very interesting to see the author’s view on throwing a character into another world at the time of their death. Readers will want to learn more about what happened to the main character, and see how he is going to react to his new environment, and to the people he encounters. There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep readers enticed, and some big revelations that make the journey worth it.
Nixon has been writing this tale since he was seventeen, and has been refining it ever since. Because of his passion for this project, Sky of Shadows is gripping in some places, and mysterious in others, and it encourages readers to race through the story and find all the last revelations that can be found by the last page. The story could satisfy well enough as self-contained, but Nixon leaves the door open for more, with a sequel planned for next year. With that in mind, there’s no better time than now to familiarize yourself with this tale. Check out Sky of Shadows on Amazon today!
The Fire Inside My Soul
Author Julia Baeten would have you believing that she’s been at work as a storyteller for the better part of her life, as she has crafted a winning love story with her debut, that amounts to so much more. In The Fire Inside My Soul, readers will be faced with deep and complex characters that grow in many ways. At its core, Baeten’s tale centers around powerful, deep feelings. The book contains profound subject matter that is handled remarkably well, and readers can feel the passion and the emotion apparent within the pages. Though it’s exciting, and moves at a wonderful pace as it mixes heart-racing action and vengeance in some places, it also takes the time it needs to show poise and tenderness, and it feels properly balanced throughout.
With twists and turns in all the right places, and defying other expectations as well, Baeten’s debut sizzles. It’s heartfelt and captivating, capturing its reader’s attention and not letting go until the last page. It helps that the characters let the audience in, never shying away from any vulnerabilities, and embracing any flaws that might shine through their lives. Those who read this tale will no doubt want to keep eyes on Baeten’s catalog, and she already has another one-off book that will earn its own praise. But it’s always great to start at the beginning, and her first is a winner. Check out The Fire Inside My Soul on Amazon today!
The Deep: A tale beyond the waves
Author Mariam Sheriff steps into the writer’s ring with a magical tale about a world that exists beyond the veil of our own. In her debut, The Deep: A tale beyond the waves, readers step into the mind of narrator Stanley, who works as a sort of vehicle for the story to follow. In a lot of ways, any reader can sort of imagine themselves in Stanley’s shoes, as he’s not so imposing a character that he overbears his personality on anything. Instead, he acts as a guide to the magic that Sheriff injects into her story. The fantasy elements of the story are realistic and rich, and never take fans out of the action.
A reader can move through a few pages of Sheriff’s tale, and easily keep to the pace, tearing through the story. Images in the book and snappy dialog help to further immerse readers, and keep them invested in the magical places apparent throughout. The author paints seascapes with wonderful detail, and an often lyrical cadence. Sheriff’s work can be flowery, but it’s because a focus of the world beneath the surface of our own has to be described in such beauty. The story ends solidly, but you can still see sparks of magic on the periphery, whether it’s another story still to be written in this part of Sheriff’s universe, or something new scribbled into existence altogether. Now’s your chance to see the author’s debut and say you were there when it all started. Check out The Deep: A tale beyond the waves on Amazon today!
Author Ann Ornie has cracked the code to developing a honed, balanced urban fantasy that’s got touches of magical realism and whodunnit mysterious overtones. In her first feature-length tale, Summoning Spruce, readers will soon learn that the author has a tremendous talent with her attention to detail and descriptions. Ornie makes you feel like you’re a part of the journey just by immersing you into the world. The characters and the places that she writes about feel fully-realized, almost as if they existed before the author committed them to page. Their lives seem full and established, and you get a sense that they’ve got their own unwritten backstories, secrets, wants and desires, and it helps to breathe so much life into the tale.
While there’s certainly some darkness amidst the mystery surrounding the events of the story, it’s the beauty that shines through more often than not. Summoning Spruce goes beyond just the pages of the book as well, showing readers that there is a possibility to see the magic all around them as well. The book will have readers excitedly flipping through pages until the very end, and then hungry for more from Ornie once everything is wrapped up. Time will tell whether or not Ornie has more in store for Josephine, but you can thoroughly enjoy this tale on its own again and again. Check out Summoning Spruce on Amazon today!
The Killer Hunters: Book One Lexi
Author Damon Peel has the sort of imagination that lets him craft darker stories that have some quirkiness to them, humor in all the right places, and the means to pull readers along with every flip of a page. His debut, The Killer Hunters: Book One Lexi, is so vastly different than what you’re likely to expect when you’re thinking of a dark fantasy or contemporary horror. There are some fantasy elements, but in a lot of ways it’s like an inverse to the most common horror stories fans have read or watched. The Killer Hunters benefits from being very well-choreographed, as Peel is able to put together some interesting action sequences that almost feels like second nature.
The Killer Hunters pulls you in with how interesting and at times insane it is, and doesn’t let go. But that’s great, because you want something as strange and eerie as this to be engaging, keeping you on the edge of your seat. Peel sets the stage with his debut, but there is certainly more to come, and you can tell that the author is eager to return to this strange variation of the world he’s built. While you’re waiting for the sequel, now is a great time to pick up the first book in the series. Check out The Killer Hunters: Book One Lexi on Amazon today!
Incandescent: Magic Unknown
Author Sarah Chayer has been hard at work developing her book for a long while, and because of that, it shines. Incandescent: Magic Unknown is a wonderful debut that has had time grow and evolve into a flagship for the storyteller that readers won’t soon forget. First and foremost is a great focus on characters, their development, and their relationships. Readers will feel driven to learn more about them, and to join them on their personal journeys. It also features well-crafted prose which is very descriptive. Chayer paints with broad strokes when she needs to, but she excels at even-paced, deliberate passages, with a lot of focus on touch and feel. And the author’s take on the world is worthy of exploration through every shadow, behind every corner, as well.
Though things move quickly, with chapters wrapping up fast enough to keep readers hungry for more, the story never feels like it is bound to hit anyone with a bout of whiplash. Everything feels seamless, and meticulously executed. Every twist and turn and deception is earned, and it feels rewarding for having reached it. All those qualities of the story coalesce into the strong presentation that fans keyed into Chayer’s work, eager for the next page, the next chapter, and when they’re so lucky, the next book. Hopefully it won’t be a long wait, but it will give you time to enjoy this debut in earnest. Check out Incandescent: Magic Unknown on Amazon today!
An Apology to Lucifer
Father and son authors Wayne E. Haley and Sean P. Haley have teamed up to create an interesting and immersive thriller debut that will certainly earn them an army of fans. In An Apology to Lucifer, they’ve brought together all the aspects of an entertaining and enjoyable supernatural thriller, and wrapped it up in a spectacular package. This relic-hunting adventure is filled with believable, likeable characters, whether you’re talking about the heroes or the villains. It pays attention to history and enlightens readers to it without feeling overly academic or heavy-handed. Instead, it rewards curiousness with great twists and turns.
An Apology to Lucifer is the kind of book that makes you want to keep going back, eager to read again. With fast, sharp chapters, the action and revelations whip by in a frenzy that readers can’t get enough of. It succeeds as a perfect mix of fast and furious page turning and a dread of knowing that a great story is coming to a close. Yet, there’s potentially more on the horizon. The Haleys have left plenty or room to move in a lot of directions with the version of our world they’ve revealed. Show these father and son authors that you’re ready for more. Check out An Apology to Lucifer on Amazon today!
S*W*A*G*G 4: Soulforce
Not merely the culmination of four books, but of nineteen, bringing together heroes from multiple stories, S*W*A*G*G 4: Soulforce, is the perfect book for young adults and older ones alike. Author Jill Marshall has been hard at work for years, developing her incredibly well-received coming-of-age tales that are not to be missed. After nineteen books, the curtains are set to fall one last time, and as such Marshall has given Soulforce her all. The first thing you’ll notice when you read any of the author’s stories is that she has plucky, charming characters. Bringing them all together for the S*W*A*G*G series is a no-brainer, and gives it an Avengers-level quality. The crossovers are as entertaining as they are magical, and this subset of the greater franchise can be read on its own before you read about the origin stories—it’s all entertaining, no matter where you start.
Putting her characters in oddball situations is part of the appeal for Marshall’s stories, and this one takes the cake, elevating the thrills and the action to new levels. As this final chapter comes to a close, there’s never been a better time to check out this amazing franchise that Marshall has created. Fans who move now might even be able to finish the sizable series before it hits the silver screen or smaller ones—Marshall’s universe has been optioned for TV and film! So what are you waiting for? Check out S*W*A*G*G 4: Soulforce on Amazon today!
The Adventures of Mahalia and Malcolm: The Robinsons
Authors Terance L. Shipman and Prudence William have amassed a wonderful catalog of books for middle-grade children, but with their latest, the pair have brought to life their best story yet. In The Adventures of Mahalia and Malcolm: The Robinsons, readers are treated to a family-centric superhero story with wonderful emotional payoff which is all wrapped up in some fantastic magic. With catching prose by the talented authors, and gorgeous illustrations by Yvonne Abuda, the tale is sure to get its hooks into readers of all ages. It’s a family that readers can root for, and they’ll want to see what happens next.
The Adventures of Mahalia and Malcolm is the sort of superhero story that younger fans of the genre will be grateful for. But no matter the reader’s age, they will be hungry for more, as a middle-grade reader, or an adult eager to share the magic with their child. The action within the story isn’t sewn together for thrills, although you certainly get them here regardless. Instead, it’s built on heart, courage, and wide-eyed wonder. Fans of this tale, of which there are bound to be many, can rejoice in the knowledge that there are more to come for the kid heroes of the story and their family. Check out The Adventures of Mahalia and Malcolm: The Robinsons on Amazon today!
Learning Balance (The Balance Series Book 2)
Across both of Amanda April Walsh’s books, she has over twenty five-star ratings, nailing down two flawless scores across both her books. Learning Balance (The Balance Series Book 2) picks up right where the first one, Finding Balance, left off, and this new one takes off running. Walsh knows how to write twists and turns that still surprise in her sophomore title, and they keep readers interested and invested throughout. At the same time, this sequel answers lingering questions from its predecessor, while still letting new mysteries bubble to the surface. Throughout it all, Walsh keeps readers immersed, and close to Devika. It’s easy to care for the character and to worry about what new challenges she’ll face.
Walsh’s latest engages readers in ways that make them feel present in the story. Fantasy fans who enjoy exquisite sensory details will take great pleasure in joining the authors characters in this tale. Learning Balance is a page turner that draws readers in, and moves them along at a wonderful pace. Walsh is already working on more in the series, which already has eager fans waiting to be immersed once more. With a new book just around the corner, it’s a great time to pick up this second-in-a-series (and the first book if you haven’t picked that up yet). Check out Learning Balance (The Balance Series Book 2) on Amazon today!
Finding Balance (The Balance Series Book 1)
Author Amanda April Walsh has a flawless five-star rating on her debut urban fantasy at the time of this writing, and it’s easy to see why. In Finding Balance (The Balance Series Book 1), she delivers on a lofty promise to her readers: that the story would be captivating throughout; that it would blend elements of action, romance and drama effortlessly; and that it would keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end, hungry for more. Finding Balance also finds enough twists and turns to keep it feeling fresh even in a saturated genre. Readers won’t feel as though they’ve tread the same ground here as they have before in other urban fantasies.
You’d be hard pressed to believe that Finding Balance is Walsh’s first book. She has a command over the genre, discovering a way to write to the tropes that people enjoy, while subverting those that readers don’t. And it helps that Walsh has the help of a wonderful cast on her side, who are easy to spend time with, and who you want to know more about—even outside of the enticing and mysterious lead. With a second book already out, and a third on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to pick up Walsh’s debut urban fantasy. Check out Finding Balance (The Balance Series Book 1) on Amazon today!
Pillars (Madeline’s Magic Book 1)
Author Claire Theriot Mestepey has set out to tell a heartfelt story in ways that you’ve never seen before in Pillars (Madeline’s Magic Book 1). Mestepey tells her story through the lens of someone with similar experiences as her protagonist, and it’s one that we don’t often see. Madeline’s journey begins like any other orphaned hero with the potential for magic, but with an interesting twist. She’s been paralyzed from the waist down since birth. It’s refreshing to see a twist on conventions, and a reminder that magic can come from anyone. It’s balanced well, also; Madeline isn’t defined by her wheelchair. It’s just a part of who she is. The author’s focus is on her main character, interesting as she is, but she takes time to explain all about the magic that permeates her vision of our world as well.
Interesting, catching characters and world-beyond-our-own-building aren’t the only things that the author excels at either. Mestepey’s prose reads like poetry in all the right places, moving things along from one string of interesting events to the next. Pillars is a considerable story that readers will still enjoy at a brisk pace. And even when it’s over, they’ll still be hungry for more from Mestepey. With her talents on full display here, it’s easy to hope that readers won’t be left waiting long for more from Madeline and her friends. Check out Pillars (Madeline’s Magic Book 1) on Amazon today!
The Devil’s Trill
If you’re on the lookout for an urban fantasy filled with catching magic that’s wrapped up in mystery and intrigue, you need look no further than The Devil’s Trill, by N.B. Saltsman. The author also knows how to create a feeling from her writing, sending chills up your spine or giving you goosebumps at just the right times. Saltsman has done her research, and as such, the world she’s built behind the veil of our own feels deep and rich. And is bolstered by characters that begin to feel more like your friends than tour guides showing you the scenery, as they’re multidimensional and dynamic throughout the run of the story.
If you’re a fan of contemporary fantasy who is looking to be not just entertained, but impressed, The Devil’s Trill is the book for you. It’s energetic in all the right places, and enigmatic when it is laying out its mysteries. Though the book ends with great satisfaction, there are still more secrets left to unravel. With luck, Saltsman will have more from her captivating world soon, but you shouldn’t wait to dive into her incredible debut. Check out The Devil’s Trill on Amazon today!
Demon Breathing Down My Neck
Author Nick Mikel delights with their versions of angels and demons with very human qualities. Demon Breathing Down My Neck is Mikel’s debut urban fantasy, and it is irreverent and gritty, but endlessly fun. The book looks at the things that might be happening just in the shadows of the world we know, and it has some interesting explanations for things. Part fantasy, part crime series, this tale has a lot riding on it to successfully entertain, but it does so throughout, and with what feels like ease. This is due, in no small part, thanks to the wit and charm of its lead character, Stella Starwing, who Mikel brings to life in colorful ways.
Readers who like their contemporary fantasies to feel down to Earth even when they’re dealing with the divine will enjoy Demon Breathing Down My Neck. It has a lot of charm and amusement despite the dire and dour events that transpire. Mikel develops interesting characters that you want to spend time with. This is only the first book in the Rainbow Angel Series, but another one will no doubt be here before you know it. With that in mind, there’s no better time than now to dig into Mikel’s debut Urban Fantasy. Check out Demon Breathing Down My Neck on Amazon today!
The Last of the Magi: Book 1: The Devouring
Two authors, G. S. Eli and Patrick Wiley, make magic with their debut fantasy, The Last of the Magi: Book 1: The Devouring. At the forefront of the story are a set of wonderful characters that readers will truly enjoy spending time with, as well as real stakes, and a recognition of important themes and goals. It’s a story that carries a powerful message beyond just being an entertaining urban fantasy tale. Eli and Wiley have managed to craft a story that feels like the best of treasure hunting stories, like Indiana Jones and Goonies, mixed with magical academia stories like Harry Potter and the Magicians.
The Last of the Magi is a difficult book to put down, because it is entertaining throughout. With rich characters, and a world in the shadows of our own that is ripe for exploring, there is a lot to enjoy here. These two storytellers have harnessed their talent to open up a world that readers will thoroughly enjoy. While there seems to be more on the way, this first book is a spectacle all on its own, and perfect for a weekend read. Check out The Last of the Magi: Book I: The Devouring on Amazon today!
Stuart Duffelmeyer and the Masters of Plagues
Author Dewey B. Reynolds has the type of background that makes his descriptions jump off the page. With scriptwriting in his toolbox, he effortlessly provides entertaining and colorful material for his debut Urban Fantasy, Stuart Duffelmeyer and the Masters of Plagues. He also produces witty and wordy dialog which elevates the story, be they dripping with ill will, or part of a vengeful soliloquy. Reynolds is also unabashedly unafraid to poke fun at his protagonist, or to go the extra mile in certain descriptions that take things over the top in delightful ways. If readers want a sort of balance between crude and refined in their urban fantasies, they’ll certainly find it here.
At the foundation of his urban fantasy debut, Reynolds has something that quite often is missing from other stories that take themselves too seriously. Stuart Duffelmeyer is quite simply a fun romp that shows where an imaginative story can take us. It’s quirky and even oddball at times, but it wears those distinctions proudly. While there is endless potential for more stories within this world, this first book is revenge at its best, and an awesome place to start. Check out Stuart Duffelmeyer and the Masters of Plagues on Amazon today!
Silver to the Heart (Light of Adua, Book 1)
There’s not really enough space here to give Brien Feathers the credit she deserves for delivering such a stellar debut. Her urban fantasy, Silver to the Heart (Light of Adua, Book 1), feels as though it’s coming off the writing talent of someone who has been at this their whole life. Feathers knows where her strengths lie, and she plays them up, with her characters being at the forefront. They’re interesting, all of them, and you can’t help but be drawn to them and hope to learn more about them as more of the story unfolds. But the events that transpire in Silver to the Heart are catching as well, with plenty of room to shift in one direction or the other in the future of this series.
There is a ton to appreciate here, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that this wasn’t the first work that Feathers has released. With poetry a previous and ongoing passion of the author, she proves herself a wonderful wordsmith, and delivers a crisp, enjoyable read throughout. Aided with the kind of urban fantasy story that has readers hurrying to find out what comes next, along with a cast of characters that are as charming and interesting as you can get, this debut is one that you won’t want to miss out on. Check out Silver to the Heart (Light of Adua, Book 1) on Amazon today!
Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest
If readers are looking for an exotic flavor to their fantasy, then the talented Wayne Gerard Trotman has the means to satiate that hunger. The author’s new book, Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest, is fantasy that most people don’t often see, and because of it, it’s a lovely breath of fresh air. It’s also a rich look at a world within our own, with folklore and mythology aplenty that makes the book come to life. The magic and the powers on display within Trotman’s latest fantasy release are intriguing, and the prose is colorful, observant, and poetic. It also helps that the eponymous Kaya is entertaining to be around, as we see the majesty and mysteries of the world through his eyes.
Kaya Abaniah is an lovely character to adventure alongside, and it the book that shares his name is an immersive dive into a world not often seen. It’s a sizable yet fast-paced and engaging story that will have readers flipping pages to see what new revelations will come to pass in each chapter. Trotman has earned much well-deserved praise for this release, and he has a dense catalog of other stories that show his expertise. This latest story could stand alone as a powerful experience, but Trotman certainly has the prowess to spin this off into more stories in the same setting should he wish to. Check out Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest on Amazon today! If you’re looking to buy in paperback or hardcover format, consider using Book Depository, as more proceeds will go to the author, and there is free worldwide shipping.
A Beauty of Magic: The Crystal Ball
Author Ronald Guadamuz weaves a whimsical and entertaining debut fantasy in A Beauty of Magic: The Crystal Ball. It’s told from the perspective of Ian, a funny teenage boy who is coming into his hormones, and is a bit overly flirtatious. He’s taught an important lesson by a young woman to whom he will be inexplicably linked throughout the tale, in some interesting ways. There are twists that readers will no doubt be surprised by, and it’s all intriguing enough to need to see what comes next.
By the end of his first fantasy story, Guadamuz’s readers are taken on a quirky and slapstick ride that will certainly bemuse and enchant. It’s a tale that leans into the wacky and the wild, and readers who enjoy seeing their heroes undergo dramatic transformations will likely have a wonderful time with this story. With a sequel on the way, there’s no better time to dive into the first book in this series than right now. Check out A Beauty of Magic: The Crystal Ball on Amazon today!
Siren Rise: A Secret Sirens Paranormal Romance – Book 1
Author Bettina M. Johnson is at the top of her game. She’s a very prolific series writer with two successful series under her belt which have amassed a number of fans and positive reviews. Johnson is ready to enchant again with the release of a new debut series. In Siren Rise: A Secret Sirens Paranormal Romance – Book 1, the author brings a new character to the forefront, with all the captivating charm and magic that her readers have come to expect. Siren Rise might even be Johnson’s most gripping work to date, as it’s also full of steamy scenes and darker intrigues.
If you love spending time with new favorite characters, you’ll definitely want to follow Bettina M. Johnson. She’s already built out two large mystery series, and she knows how to build into more exciting events and revelations with each release. Siren Rise takes all the talent and imagination she’s honed thus far and pulls it in a thrilling new direction. And with two other books in this series on the horizon, there’s no better time than now to pick up the first book in what is bound to be an incredible series. Check out Siren Rise: A Secret Sirens Paranormal Romance – Book 1 on Amazon today!
The Land at the End of the Rainbow
Author Andreas Adam has a fun, colorful, and charming story lined up for coming-of-age fantasy lovers. The Land at the End of the Rainbow is a delightful portal fantasy that is quirky in all the right places. It fully embraces the magic of imagination, and its characters are entertaining to follow. Adam manages to include a bit of charm and whimsy into every facet of the story, and its energy carries the story forward at a lovely pace that young readers will enjoy.
The Land at the End of the Rainbow has a sort of addictive quality to it. It’s broken down into sections, and the stories within feel like three charming parts that work well together. The end of the book wraps up three wonderful stories, but weaves a narrative through all of them. While the first three stories might be wrapped up in this magical land, Adam leaves enough room to explore that more could be seen here. But until that time, this is a great little set of stories, and it will provide lasting appeal to those who enjoy coming-of-age fantasy. Check out The Land at the End of the Rainbow on Amazon today!
When Gods Clash: The Blue Pendant
Rob James is a history buff who still knows he’s got his feet planted in the modern world. He fuses both of these into an electric new series that will take readers on a ride. In When Gods Clash: The Blue Pendant, James introduces his audience to not only a new hero who is easy to root for, but a sense of majesty around historical revelations, and the thrilling events that succeed them. Between ancient artifacts, eerie, otherworldly forces, and a race against time, the first book in James’s series will have readers racing from one chapter to the next to discover how everything can be resolved.
With elements that will be of interest to lovers of Greek and Norse mythology, The Blue Pendant has immensely broad appeal. It truly is a genre-bender, and it does so without being heavy-handed or muddied by its aspirations. As James is passionate about history, and the legends that were bound to those ancient times, his novel translates well into a tale that is enduring. The third book in the series dropped earlier this week—and there’s a spin-off series on the way—so there’s never been a better time to get started with this wonderful, thrilling series. Check out When Gods Clash: The Blue Pendant on Amazon today!
Whitney’s Autumn (The Genesis Chronicles Book 2)
A while back, we took a look at a wonderful urban fantasy by an up-and-coming storyteller. Ms. Tery introduced endearing characters and a thrilling storyline in Samaya’s Summer, but the sequel, Whitney’s Autumn (The Genesis Chronicles Book 2), takes the spotlight in a whole new direction. Ms. Tery still excels at writing characters that captivate readers with everything they do, from the way they talk, to the way they think, to the whiplash tale they’re a part of. It’s a charming, funny, emotional escape that will stick with the reader for quite some time.
Readers who are interested in a fantasy that takes the magic and makes it feel real will love the Genesis Chronicles books. Whitney’s Autumn takes what author Ms. Tery established in the first book, and turns it on its end, opening up new enigmas, witty conversations, and experiences. The third book in the series will be here very soon, with a February release right around the corner. But while you’re waiting for Chloe’s Winter, it’s a great time to pick up the first two books in this series. Check out Whitney’s Autumn (The Genesis Chronicles Book 2) on Amazon today!
Samaya’s Summer: Book One of the Genesis Chronicles
Author Ms. Tery writes endearing characters. In Samaya’s Summer: Book One of the Genesis Chronicles, that is the first thing readers will come to learn. Even without the interesting events unfolding in the region, Samaya and her new friends are a breath of fresh air to spend time with. Even though Samaya can be shy, quiet and even delightfully awkward, her relationships with her family and the people she meets are warm and wholesome, and her inquisitiveness drives the whole of the story.
Ms. Tery’s debut is witty, charming, and captivating, and the more time you spend with Samaya and her friends, the more gripped you’ll be by the tale. Samaya’s Summer is the kind of contemporary fantasy that you can’t get enough of, and because of that, readers will be thumbing through pages with great interest. And with the sequel on its way very soon, there’s never been a better time to pick up the first in this series. Check out Samaya’s Summer: Book One of The Genesis Chronicles on Amazon today!
The Magical Train (Aarthscape Book 1)
If there’s one thing to be said about author Aaron Alberto, it is that he writes at a frenetic pace. When we last saw his work, we were looking at his latest, but since then he’s released another pair of books. Today, we’re looking at the oldest of his tales, called The Magical Train. It’s the one that’s the most beloved as well. That might be because it’s Alberto’s first brush with the expansiveness of his imagination, or because of the idea behind it: the thrill of exploring a world. And in that case, the hero of the story has an opportunity to do more than most, when he is introduced to a brand new one. Throughout it all, Alberto writes with a poetic flair, painting words with abstract colors and feelings of the heart.
Between compelling characters and a lovely and expressive world that’s worth exploring, the author’s first book remains a highlight among his storytelling credentials. There’s plenty to enjoy here, from the quirky way the characters interact, to the mysteries and twists building in the background. It’s the kind of story that is great as an escape for an adult, or a children’s story. Alberto is working on a deeper dive into the same world that The Magical Train takes place in, so it makes sense to dive into the story he’s already introduced. Check out The Magical Train (Aarthscape Book 1) on Amazon today!
Rebirth of Blood: Jessica Dyer Files Book 1
D. A McCormick’s loves for books extends beyond merely reading them. With his enthralling urban fantasy debut, Rebirth of Blood: Jessica Dyer Files Book 1, he weaves his passion into an interesting and provocative story that won’t soon be forgotten. First and foremost, the author’s characters—even the nefarious ones—are ones you want to spend more time with, to learn about, and to watch evolve. Evolution is a key feature in this tale as well, because McCormick manages to do some very interesting things with tried-and-true fantasy fare.
With a plot beats that stretch further than are anticipated, Rebirth offers up an exciting premise that’s worthy of further exploration. Readers will find that McCormick’s story covers a lot of ground in a quick and compelling read, setting the stage for the greater revelations yet to come. But there’s no need to wait for the author’s sophomore release, as this first book stands well enough on its own. Check out Rebirth of Blood: Jessica Dyer Files Book 1 on Amazon today!
Silver to the Heart (Light of Adua, Book 1)
There’s not really enough space here to give Brien Feathers the credit she deserves for delivering such a stellar debut. Her urban fantasy, Silver to the Heart (Light of Adua, Book 1), feels as though it’s coming off the writing talent of someone who has been at this their whole life. Feathers knows where her strengths lie, and she plays them up, with her characters being at the forefront. They’re interesting, all of them, and you can’t help but be drawn to them and hope to learn more about them as more of the story unfolds. But the events that transpire in Silver to the Heart are catching as well, with plenty of room to shift in one direction or the other in the future of this series.
There is a ton to appreciate here, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that this wasn’t the first work that Feathers has released. With poetry a previous and ongoing passion of the author, she proves herself a wonderful wordsmith, and delivers a crisp, enjoyable read throughout. Aided with the kind of urban fantasy story that has readers hurrying to find out what comes next, along with a cast of characters that are as charming and interesting as you can get, this debut is one that you won’t want to miss out on. Check out Silver to the Heart (Light of Adua, Book 1) on Amazon today!
Dark Vengeance (Earthly Worlds Series Book Two)
Author Billy Wright is a former professional boxer, so you know he’s got the mentality to conceptualize wonderful choreography and action. But his attention to that detail extends beyond action as well. In Dark Vengeance, the second book in Wright’s Earthly Worlds Series, the author puts his talents to good use, roping in readers with an even greater adventure alongside the Riley family. The characters are endearing to spend time with, the mysteries are intriguing, and as the veil is lifted, those on the journey with Wright and the Rileys will be on the edge of their seats.
The Earthly Worlds books are captivating, and once you get acclimated to the odd happenings and spectacular events that unfold, it is difficult to shake yourself of them. The series is explosive and compelling, and with a third tale on its way, Wright is putting things in order so that this can be an epic trilogy. The first two books are available on Kindle Unlimited, meaning there’s no sense waiting. Dive right into a new urban fantasy series that will grip you tight and not let go. Check out Dark Vengeance (Earthly Worlds Series Book Two) on Amazon today!
The Ghost Dance
Author D.L. Watkins effortlessly blends thrilling action, captivating adventure, and some interesting underlying magic in their debut urban fantasy. That book, The Ghost Dance, can be disarming, surprising you in ways you weren’t expecting. The goal of any great storyteller is to transport their readers, and Watkins succeeds there, creating a world that exists behind the veil of our own, just begging to be explored. The Ghost Dance does an excellent job of searching where the two worlds intersect, ensuring that the tale envelopes those joining its heroes, taking them for one heck of a ride.
The Ghost Dance is the kind of book that readers will hate to put down. It comes with an enjoyable pace, plenty of action and intrigue, and enough surprises that will keep fans of thrillers thumbing through one page after the next. Watkins has made it clear that he wants to spend more time with Logan Hatani, so there’s never been a greater time to be invested in this action adventure with its magical undertones. Check out The Ghost Dance on Amazon today!
Egar Sugimo has been writing for two decades, quietly refining his edge and his wordplay. His craftsmanship comes into shining focus with his debut fantasy series, Omigus Rage, which, as of this writing, has twenty episodes released. Sugimo excels at finding a strong balance in his episodes, ensuring that there’s enough stimulation on all fronts, from frenetic, bombastic action, to clever dialog, to interesting revelations. Omigus Rage is meant to capture readers’ attention, and it certainly succeeds.
Sugimo’s debut leaps off the ground and never really touches back down, delivering the kind of gripping content you’d expect from a manga or an anime. As mentioned earlier, Omigus Rage has a ton of content already released, and it’s among the top rated content you’ll find on Kindle Vella, with each episode leaving you wanting more. A new episode also drops every week, so you can stay attached to Sugimo’s wonderful storytelling quite often as well. So, if you’re looking for post-apocalyptic demonic and divine storytelling goodness, what are you waiting for? Check out Omigus Rage on Amazon Kindle Vella today!
Book 1: Fae or Foe?: The Cracklock Saga
Author C A Deegan has honed his considerable storytelling talents within several dark fantasy anthologies, but he takes the reins of his own story in a magnificent series that just debuted this month. In Book 1: Fae or Foe?: The Cracklock Saga, Deegan introduces us his concepts of the fae, and he wears his passion for his worldbuilding proudly. Faery, the world of the magic folk, is rich with lore and magic, and it is ripe for further exploration. Deegan leaves everything dripping with intrigue, and in every corner of the world, you’re left wanting more.
Filled with dark mysteries, wonderful characters who you want to spend time with and learn more about, and a world that lives and breathes with magic and majesty, Fae or Foe is a triumphant debut. As fully fledged as it is, readers will be eager for the story to continue. Luckily, Deegan is already ripping and roaring toward an immense catalog, with four books already detailed and dated. With that in mind, now is an excellent time to pick up the first book in this incredible series. Check out Book 1: Fae or Foe?: The Cracklock Saga on Amazon today!
The Holy Grail War: The Hedgehog
Author Armanis Ar-feinial has a penchant for telling somewhat darker tales. His latest urban fantasy, The Holy Grail War: The Hedgehog, doesn’t shy away from it, opening up its first scene in the prologue with a massive and bloody toll. Straightaway, you know what you’re getting into—or at least, you think you do. While Ar-feinial certainly works with darker subject matter, he sows his story with passion and meaning. His characters, too, are fully-realized, with deep character traits and development. And tying everything together are insane moments that up the ante, one eye-popping scenario after the next.
The Holy Grail War‘s first book brings forth a interesting and capable franchise lead, a shadowy group that feels like a worthy and frightening opposition, and frenetic action that ties it all together. It’s also a strong introduction to a world in shadows hiding within the world we know, and it has tremendous potential for follow-ups. If that sounds appealing, just know that Ar-feinial plans on taking the series on a long haul, and delivering a sizable saga that readers won’t soon forget. With that in mind, there’s never a better time than now to pick up the series starter. Check out The Holy Grail War: The Hedgehog on Amazon today!
The Devil Pulls the Strings
Author J.W. Zarek opens up his Archivist Series by throwing readers into the deep end. Before you even meet the lead protagonist, Boone Daniels, you’re introduced to interesting characters in wild scenarios. And then when you meet Boone, a flawed but likeable character who only grows as you spend time with him, you’re absolutely hooked. Zarek’s take on the rockstar versus evil motif feels fresh and captivating, and the outlandish reveals feel earned by the time you get to them. The author is deliberate with his prose, giving it all a poetic sheen that elevates the tale.
The Devil Pulls the Strings is a book that you won’t soon forget, written by an author who wears his passion for the words on his sleeve, and delivers something wonderful because of it. Filled with great reference material-turned-quality story, witty dialog, and plenty of surprises, it should feel obvious when readers tear through page after page. The good news is that this is only the first book in the Archivist Series, and there are more books forthcoming. All that said, now is a perfect time to pick up the first in the series. Don’t wait. Check out The Devil Pulls the Strings on Amazon today!
The Witch’s Agenda: A Student Planner & Agenda For Those Who Prefer A Touch of Magic (Non-Fiction)
If you’re methodical and measured, but creativity and magic bring you pleasure, The Witch’s Agenda: A Student Planner & Agenda For Those Who Prefer A Touch of Magic is made for you. It’s a massive planner that will help you track your tasks and your studies, and it is gorgeous to boot. Playful and fun, it makes for a great way of cataloging all the things that you have for the year, and piques the curiosity of people who are interested in wizards, witches and the occult. It helps turn every day into a special day.
With illustrations by Gregory Allen Brown that make the book come to life, this is a book that you’ll want to crack open each and every day. This early in a new school year, it’s a perfect time to pick up this awesome agenda planner, which is perfect for anyone who wants a little magic in their life. Check out The Witch’s Agenda: A Student Planner & Agenda For Those Who Prefer A Touch of Magic on Amazon today!
Journey to Jumbalot
Author Ryan Wakefield is a man with a plan, and the talent to bring it all to life. Not only did he write the wonderfully charming Journey to Jumbalot, he also illustrated it! Wakefield wanted to create a fantasy world that young readers could escape to, and Jumbalot provides that in abundance. From the first page of the story, readers will see that there’s more than meets the eye, as you’re watching things from the perspective of the cat, Alby. And if the first chapter lays some groundwork for the book to explore some peculiar situations, the rest of Journey to Jumbalot builds the world in earnest, and kids and kids at heart will absolutely love it.
Not only has Wakefield developed a lovely story here, he’s also built a compelling world that shows a tremendous amount of promise and potential. Kids will think about Jumbalot when they’re not reading it, and they’ll itch for the opportunity to come back to it. With luck, this is only the first stop in young readers’ adventures in this world. It teaches them compassion, bravery, and imagination, and it wraps it up in a story that kids and parents won’t soon forget. Check out Journey to Jumbalot on Amazon today!
Life in Colors
Author Aaron Alberto has spent the last year or so exploring tons of different stories. Though he’s explored different genres, they’re all unified in his descriptive style. It’s almost as if he took watercolor and extended it to prose. So it is in Life in Colors, a story that reads like a new folk tale crossed with a time traveling portal fantasy, and it has such charm and character it will be hard to cast it from your mind after you’ve completed your time with it. Alberto’s stories feel as though they were written by someone who has a lot of love for the craft, and this fantasy brings readers along for a wonderful ride.
Life in Colors is a delightful bit of escapism. While Alberto doesn’t shy away from the outer edges of a few more mature elements, the story is rooted in its more colorful expressions and playful moments. It’s great for kids and young adults who love whimsical fantasies, and it’s breezy and enjoyable throughout. If that sounds like it would be up your alley, what are you waiting for? Check out Life in Colors in paperback on Amazon today!
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!
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!
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 Wonders of the Peculiar Parasol: A Dragonstone Story
Author Mark M. Even has developed a story that is both family and fantasy friendly and will appeal to a large band of readers. The Wonders of the Peculiar Parasol: A Dragonstone Story gives kids an opportunity to go on a very enjoyable adventure, fueled by their imagination as well as clover prose by the author. Even has crafted his tale in a way that makes it feel immersive to its readers, and bring them into the story. Its one that has all the sorts of fantasy fare that delights fans of the genre, and it practically drips with charm and whimsy.
Even’s book is one that is great for kids of all ages, and is even suitable for parents who are telling the story to children who can’t read yet. In any case, it is an exciting and imaginative story about a loving family that sticks with readers even after they’ve read it, and is bound to become a favorite over time. It’s no wonder that it won a Mom’s Choice Award. While we can hope that there will be more to come, now is a great time to dive into the Even’s first lovely fantasy tale. Check out The Wonders of the Peculiar Parasol: A Dragonstone Story 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!
Dark Fantasy / Horror
Eclipsing the Tide (To be Nameless Book 1)
C.G. Jaquish’s debut dark fantasy series hooks readers early and doesn’t let go. In Eclipsing the Tide (To be Nameless Book 1), the author manages to deftly balance her creativity in a lot of ways. A great talent that Jaquish has is developing sympathy for her main character and driving readers to understand her emotions. While Eclipse takes center stage, each of the characters feels like they’re well represented, diverse, and interesting enough to enjoy peeling back their layers as the story continues along. The To Be Nameless series leans into people’s flaws, and uses them to great effect. The author also develops a rich world that is interesting, and can still be explored further beyond this initial book in the series.
Fans of a little grit and grime are sure to enjoy this tale. Jaquish doesn’t shy away from tougher material or darker fare, and that’s perhaps why it catches hold of readers so early on. Rooting on the main character and seeing her persevere helps to ensure that Eclipsing the Tide is a fast-paced story, but it’s engaging throughout, and by the time readers are done with Eclipse’s first tale, they’ll be hungry for the next. Luckily, Jaquish has four others in the series, ready to entertain. But there’s no better place to start than the beginning, so it’s time to dive in. Check out Eclipsing the Tide (To be Nameless Book 1) on Amazon today.
Final Ruin (The Judas Files Book 5)
Author C.G. Harris has achieved a great success in completing an addictive five-book urban fantasy that grips readers and doesn’t let them go. In Final Ruin (The Judas Files Book 5), Harris continues delivering humorous and snarky characters that rope you in and keep you enthralled with the book and the greater series. Harris excels at creating captivating characters, wonderful dialog, and edgy happenings without being too over the top and delivers on a version of hell that is fun to spend time in, despite all the fire and brimstone you might be prepared for.
Though The Judas Files is a dark fantasy series, it shines a light in some places, ensuring readers will have a smile on their faces, even without the humor that Harris is great at including in stories. Fantasy fans who love worldbuilding will also find a lot to enjoy here, because it is rich and immersive, and full of details they’ll love to read about. With this final book in the quintet now available, there’s never been a better time to enjoy the series. Check out Final Ruin: A Dark Humor Urban Fantasy Supernatural Adventure (The Judas Files Book 5) on Amazon today!
Breachman: A Medieval Fantasy Adventure Story
Right from the opening page, you can tell that author Chris Barker has the means to captivate you. In his dark fantasy debut, Breachman, Barker effortlessly blends rich character moments with wonderfully descriptive action and battle passages. It’s as rich as it is dark, showcasing the horrors of war, and taking readers deep into the psyche of the cast that will occupy their minds long after the last page is read. Barker knows how to do a lot with a little, and tension is built from the moment you first see the harrowing reality of the city of Yrfrite, and the kingdom of Tydrian, and what is at stake.
With plenty to explore, whether it be the world Barker creates, or the mysteries he unfolds, there’s plenty to enjoy here in Breachman. And, thanks to great characters with witty remarks and internal thoughts at hand, readers might also find a new catchphrase or two that they like to use. For a debut, this is a stunner, and it will easily make dark fantasy fans, and fantasy fans in general eager for what could come next. Even though it ends on a solid enough point, there’s room enough to follow this story, to see where the cast goes from here. For now though, take the time to enjoy this solid bit of exquisite fantasy. Check out Breachman: A Medieval Fantasy Adventure Story on Amazon today!
The Unexpected Encounter: Book 1 (Abyss Lord’s Quest)
Serving up surprises one after the other, author Tyler D. Connors has great fun with his debut dark fantasy, a tale that has the reader following an unlikely cast of characters. In The Unexpected Encounter: Book 1 (Abyss Lord’s Quest), Connors explores the events that surround two different groups of characters that will ultimately need to come together, for better or worse. Even for the more familiar-feeling characters, there is enough that keeps them fresh here, thanks to enough of a step inside their psyches, as well as the importance of their quest.
Connors is at his best when he’s being clever with his characters’ well-being. He’ll put them into compromising situations and then find a way to finesse them out of them. Throughout the book, there are enough twists and turns to keep readers on their toes and eager to find out what happens next. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, meaning that there’s bound to be more questing ahead for readers who anticipate the troubles and dangers yet to come. With that in mind, now is a great time to jump into this first book in the series. Check out The Unexpected Encounter: Book 1 (Abyss Lord’s Quest) on Amazon today!
A Tormented King (Epics of Dyijrodell Book 1)
Author Victor V Vierbickas III has a knack for crafting a story that you can know the end of, in some ways, and still be surprised by. So it is in his debut, A Tormented King (Epics of Dyijrodell Book 1). It follows the madness that befalls a king who knows his time is quickly coming to an end, in a world full of magic and mystery. The king’s desperation to make a name for himself and hidden, darker desires make the writings of Vierbickas a truly captivating tale. And it certainly helps that there are different shades of grey that shroud the main characters, as it leaves them all feeling multi-dimensional and interesting.
If darker fantasies are your delight, this debut could certainly be a fun read for you, and a worthy introduction to its author. While the first book in Vierbickas’s fantasy series catalog has the potential to lead to many more stories in the kingdom of Dyijrodell and the surrounding lands, this first journey ends well enough that it could be a standalone. Between all of its revelations, and all of its strong character relationships, readers are sure to find some closure here, with a tantalizing tease of what could come next. Check out A Tormented King (Epics of Dyijrodell Book 1) on Amazon today!
Kilmer’s Ghost: Astar’s Blade
If The Provenance, the first book in Joe Lyon’s series was about establishing the world of Odessa, and all its lore and mythology, than Kilmer’s Ghost: Astar’s Blade, is about exploring the parameters already set in place to an even greater level. Lyon digs a deeper foothold into Odessa through the introductions of a slew of new characters, each with interesting backstories, as well as world lore that shapes their lives. There are great threats that the author unleashes on his world as well, promising chaos in the grand tapestry. And between it all, there is a cohesive connection in Lyon’s poetry and clever prose.
If you’re a sucker for persistent fantasy worlds, Odessa, and the Astar’s Blade series, is one worth keeping your eye on. In just two books, Joe Lyon has managed to put together a world that feels more alive than most, as though you’re seeing it stretch and grow from one generation to the next. And while the events of this book precede The Provenance, they go hand in hand in telling the growing epic. It won’t be long now before the third book in the series, Temple of Valor, releases. With that in mind, there’s no better time than now to pick up these first two books. Check out Kilmer’s Ghost: Astar’s Blade on Amazon today!
The Provenance: Astar’s Blade
If tremendous worldbuilding is at the forefront of your fantasy enjoyment, author Joe Lyon has got you covered. His debut fantasy, The Provenance: Astar’s Blade, and the first book in a planned trilogy, has so much running it under the hood that you could believe Lyon has been working toward this moment all his life. To say the world is lived-in is to short-sight it immensely. Lore and past events aren’t an afterthought, but driving forces in the grand tapestry that Lyon stitches together. There is tremendous forethought here, and yet, the worldbuilding is just one of the strong traits of Astar’s Blade.
Joe Lyon has a penchant for music and poetry in addition to his strength at developing the world. The author is a creative phenom who is just as at home building immense kingdoms in worlds that feel real as he is at carefully choosing his prose to produce the best effect for his readers. With as much care as he’s put in place to craft this epic, it should come as no surprise that he’s already well underway producing the sequels. With that in mind, there’s never been a better time to pick up this book. Check out The Provenance: Astar’s Blade on Amazon today!
Between Worlds: Funambule
Author Aureane Desaysgam has already made a name for herself in her native France, but she has made the decision to try and conquer other nations with her fantasy Between Worlds: Funambule. Her book embraces dark content set in a ruthless world, introducing readers to a main character who is stripped of emotion, never having really found a truly happy experience. With such tough material to work through, you’d be forgiven for thinking the content would be hard to chew through, but Desaysgam’s tale is immersive, and it runs forward at a quick, entertaining pace.
Despite the darker shades that Desaysgam uses to paint her story, everything is coated in a variation of the color grey. There are real layers to the characters, from the ones you immediately feel for and want to see liberated, to the ones you peg as evil at the onset of the story. The author manages to make everything seem compelling in its poetry. It moves with enough fluidity that readers will reach the end quickly, and be hungry for more. The French language version of the second book is already out, so you know it won’t be long before it makes its way stateside. With that in mind, there’s never been a better reason to own the first book in this chilling, entertaining series. Check out Between Worlds: Funambule on Amazon today!
Disciple of Vengeance (Shattered World Book 1)
C.C. Rasmussen knows how to make a compelling story, and a world and brand worth exploring. Their debut dark fantasy, Disciple of Vengeance (Shattered World Book 1) is filled with strong, diverse, and dynamic characters, driven by events that haunt readers as much as the people who have lived through them. It isn’t just the cast of characters who will captivate those who dive into the world of Urias, either. Rasmussen produces incredible visuals and explores things in ways that we don’t often see. This ends up creating not just a single world, but an entire tapestry of ways to conceptualize this dark and delightful creation.
Right from the opening scene, Disciples of Vengeance sets its claws into those who dare to tread the path alongside Janis. Readers will tear through this addictive quickly, hungering for what is bound to come next. After all, it is a fantastic debut that holds infinite promise for the world Rasmussen is building, as well as for the story yet to come. Check out Disciple of Vengeance (Shattered World Book 1) on Amazon today!
Winvar: The Conversion
Author Levi Dwyer unleashes his debut fantasy, Winvar: The Conversion, into the wild—and in his wild, that truly means something. Filled to the brim with shapeshifters of all, well, shapes and sizes, the story delves into the thoughts and emotions of these majestic creatures. Dwyer casts an empathetic lens on the denizens of this strange new world, considering the things that are important to them, and what drives them. It should come to no surprise that readers who enjoy shifter fantasies will love the time spent with the characters in this tale.
Dwyer neatly bundles other great elements into his debut as well. It is mysterious and moody where it needs to be, but the author doesn’t skimp on character development, humor, or wonderful action sequences. For those that want more to their stories, they need not fret. Dwyer leaves the tale wide open for a sequel, and changes the dynamic in some very interesting ways. Fans of shifter fantasies, you’re in for a treat. Check out Winvar: The Conversion on Amazon today!
BUTCHER OF BANSHEES: A Gothic Fantasy Tale (Crones Series Book 1)
Michael W. Huard is making a name for himself as an author who will certainly leave his mark across the fantasy landscape. BUTCHER OF BANSHEES: A Gothic Fantasy Tale (Crones Series Book 1) is the latest in the author’s substantial catalog, and it continues to keep up his track record of delivering top-notch fantasy and sci-fi. Huard writes strong, capable, captivating women in his stories, and the protagonist of his latest, Bodana, is a compelling character at the top of the list.
Huard has mastered pacing, worldbuilding and character development—as awesome as Bo is, there’s still more that she learns, and she continues to grow along the way. Butcher of Banshees also immerses readers further into the tale with great pictures and illustrations that help to convey what characters and creatures Huard unveils. With a second book already out, and a third on the way in January of next year, there’s never been a better time to dive into the Crones series. Check out BUTCHER OF BANSHEES: A Gothic Fantasy Tale (Crones Series Book 1) on Amazon today!
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!
The Emperor Returns (The Emperor’s Return Book 1)
Doctor Clifford Waldman has done an incredible job on his historical fantasy release, The Emperor Returns (The Emperor’s Return Book 1). Anyone who takes a single glance at the book and its sequel will see that Waldman is passionate about his work and his research, and it bleeds into his story in an almost academic way. Fans of ancient China will be glued to each page as they learn more about the mystical return of one of the country’s greatest rulers. The tale also blends well within our own world, giving us a sort of reverse portal fantasy to watch unfold.
Readers have an exceptional adventure ahead of them with The Emperor Returns. The ancient ruler and his army are brought to life in some very interesting ways that fans are going to love. Waldman’s books are massive, but he’s been patient and calculating, and had the foresight to see that people would want to rush out and pick up the second book just as soon as the first one was finished. That’s good news for readers, because the second book is ready and waiting once they turn the final page. Still, the beginning is a great place to start. Check out The Emperor Returns (The Emperor’s Return Book 1) on Amazon today!
A Time of Reckoning: Book One Betrayals
Author Michelle Simpson demonstrates a grasp of poise and preparation with her new release, the wonderful A Time of Reckoning: Book One Betrayals. It’s filled with beautiful prose, as the author captures the era and environment the tale is set within, and transports readers there in her portrayal. Along the way, characters that fans of historical fantasy will enjoy following serve as guides to an unravelling plot that threatens a land always at risk from those with dangerous aspirations in mind. Along the way, readers will learn more about the world during that time. Simpson enjoys old Irish mythology and peppers it into the story, giving it a more lived-in feel than if the story had existed without that foundation.
With only touches of druidic magic flowing between the pages of Betrayals, the fantasy elements might feel distant at times, but in post-classical Ireland, everything seems steeped in magic and wonder anyway. Simpson captures that here in her book, and gives readers something real to sink their teeth into. It pulls no punches, and if readers are looking for something that is gritty and steeped in reality, yet retains its beauty, this could be the book for them. With another book on the way, there’s no better time than now to dive in. Check out A Time of Reckoning: Book One Betrayals on Amazon today!
Archer of the Heathland: Deliverance (Book 1)
If readers are looking for a multi-talented storyteller with a deep back catalog, they’re going to love J.W. Elliot. His fantasy starter, Archer of the Heathland: Deliverance (Book 1) reads like a classic with modern sensibilities. It has great character development, with characters whose motivations are clear. You’ll know who to cheer for and who to jeer right from the get go. Elliot’s prose is vivid and descriptive, and he paints a cinematic picture with his craft, from the scenery to the action. And the author spends enough time giving his world a personality to make readers feel like they’re part of it as well. It’s the sum of these parts that makes the story so engaging and immersive, drawing fans in and not letting them go until the final page.
Archer of the Heathland is an entertaining ride with a wonderful pace and flow. It’s great for young adult readers, and the series that it is a part of ages up with them. Older fantasy fans will enjoy it as well, as it harkens back to some classics, and modern takes on medieval history as well. This first book in the series manages to feel self contained enough to answer some big questions, but it also paves the way for the greater series that follows it. With an additional seven books in the series to enjoy, there’s never been a better time to dive into a good book. Check out Archer of the Heathland: Deliverance (Book 1) on Amazon today!
Lamplight, A Keepers Novel
Author A. David Barrett has debuted his historical fantasy Lamplight, A Keepers Novel, and you’d be forgiven for thinking he’d been doing this for years. If you started this book on a whim, you’d be surprised by how quickly it turns on the spectacle and awe, and sets you down an incredibly entertaining path. It’s a fun twist on various points of history, with plenty of worldbuilding outside of what we know from old myths and legends. Barrett also develops awesome characters that you can’t help but want to learn more about, whether it’s the ones you meet early on, or their ancestors.
Those who pick up this book will quickly find out what a page-turner it is. As the pieces are set in place, it goes on to show just how incredibly well everything comes together. Barrett writes his prose with a cinematic flair, helping to immerse readers who like to see action play out in their mind. As quick as everything falls into place, the story wraps up in what seems like a flash, leaving readers hungering for more. Luckily, Barrett leaves hope for the story to follow. But for now, it is also a wonderful self-contained tale, to which you should give a chance. Check out Lamplight, A Keepers Novel on Amazon today!
The Blood of Outcasts (The Bane Sword Trilogy Book 1)
Author D. A. Smith has been writing and worldbuilding for a long while, and he brings his considerable talents and experience to a head with his official debut of The Blood of Outcasts (The Bane Sword Trilogy Book 1). It’s a gritty enough story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, but doesn’t take you too far into the darkness that you can’t see the light. Its lead character is sometimes hard to empathize with, but she is resolute in her mission, and is ultimately the reason you keep moving along with her and the story. You’re always looking to see what she’ll do next, and, enveloped in Smith’s clever and poetic prose, the ride you take with her is one in which you won’t want to stop.
Written with words that make the story read like an epic anime fantasy set in feudal-era Japan, it’s easy to race through Smith’s debut. And because it is set in a world where magic and monsters are possible around every corner, there are plenty of surprises to get the blood pumping along the way. The story ends with the same excitement it begins with, and it will no doubt leave you hungry for more. While there’s no date yet on Smith’s follow-up, this book will sate the hunger for fans of epic and historical fantasies. Check out The Blood of Outcasts (The Bane Sword Trilogy Book 1) on Amazon today!
The Beckoning Void
Patrick LeClerc is a wily and witty author who crafts superior stories in his urban and historical fantasies. So it is in his latest, a Victorian-themed tale which mashes steampunk and Lovecraftian horror in all the right ways, The Beckoning Void. LeClerc excels at a great many of the things that make a fantasy so enjoyable, but chief among his many talents are creating characters that readers love to follow. In The Beckoning Void, the cast is catching, varied, and so much fun to watch interact with each other as well as the world around them. LeClerc weaves a tapestry around them with witty banter, interesting sets of skills, and interpersonal relationships that keep readers roped in.
The Beckoning Void has a lovely cinematic sheen to it, and it’s easy to see it playing out in your mind while you’re reading along. The author has a command over his words that show that he’s as clever with his set pieces and props as he is with his characters, and it leaves the book feeling rich and multidimensional. While LeClerc’s Victorian era Historical Fantasy ends well enough on its own, it also leaves enough in the air, so to speak, for more to come. Before a second entry is officially announced, why not dive in and meet your new favorite heroes, and go on an adventure you won’t soon forget? Check out The Beckoning Void on Amazon today!
The Empire’s Bladesmen: Forbidden Relics
Taking even the briefest of looks at Clay Vagrant’s amazing new historical fantasy, The Empire’s Bladesmen: Forbidden Relics, will show you how passionate he is about not only his prose, but the world that he’s building. While the setting is based on a real time in our world’s history, the author has made it their own, developing something that drips with their own style and poetic wordplay. There is a cadence and flow to the writing that fits remarkably within the setting, leaving readers able to envision feudal China through a lens that is thoroughly enjoyable. Even without the more magical fantasy elements that are deftly woven into the tapestry being crafted here, The Empire’s Bladesmen excels.
With interesting characters, exciting action, and a dark mystery that is unfolding, The Empire’s Bladesmen is bound to be a new favorite for readers of historical fantasy. The story expands far beyond its initial scope as well. In the able hands of Clay Vagrant, this book soars, and it shows the author’s enduring potential. While more books may be in the pipeline, this book is substantial as a standalone, and is the kind of book that you could go back to again and again. Preorder The Empire’s Bladesmen: Forbidden Relics on Amazon today!
Divine Quest: The Lamb and the Bear
Author Patrick Taylor debuts with a stunning historical fantasy in Divine Quest: The Lamb and the Bear. Taylor is clever with his words, and though the crux of the story’s content lies on the different worlds between the Northmen and the Welsh, they are bolstered by strong wordplay by the talespinner. Along the way, there are two sorts of battles taking place, with one of them being a cultural one, and the other dealing with inner faith. It never fears overbearing, and helps to put some context in order. The characters, with their differing views, are great avatars of the struggles, and are interesting to follow as the story progresses.
Taylor explores the lives of the characters he introduces in his debut novel not as though they were under a microscope, but as though he were a scribe alongside them. The language he uses feels carefully chosen, and the events are rough and tumble, but not without a rough elegance that bolsters his prose. And when the mystery and majesty begins to unravel in the world that Taylor builds, it becomes more enjoyable still. There are more books in the Divine Quest series that are forthcoming, but the greatest place to begin an adventure like this is at the start. Check out Divine Quest: The Lamb and the Bear on Amazon today!
The Rock of Achill
Author Jim Sheehan is like a cowboy poet. When he’s not farming and ranching, he’s developing exquisite epics like The Rock of Achill, a trip back to a fantastic Ireland that is filled with myths and legends and creatures beyond your wildest expectations. Sheehan effortlessly blends themes of self-exploration, romance, and a majestic world beyond most of our comprehension, and he paints it all with a balladry that shows his passion to his craft. Join the author and his characters in a journey of magic, grit, and grand revelations.
Sheehan’s debut feels like an incredible blend of Irish folklore and Greek epic myths. This is Donn’s odyssey, and taking the adventure alongside him is something that readers won’t be able to get enough of. It’s a story with amazing set pieces, sequences, and stakes that keeps you coming back for more. Already on his way developing a tale that follows his wonderful debut, Sheehan is a fantasy author to keep your eyes on. In the meantime though, there’s never been a better time to enjoy his stellar first epic. Check out The Rock of Achill on Amazon today!
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!
Science Fiction (And Academic Science)
Author Sam Joe delivers a sort of stream of consciousness story in DREAMS which takes a look at how someone might react if they learned that the end of the world was upon us. Joe has an active imagination, certainly. While the concept feels similar to other apocalyptic stories that we’ve seen in film over the years, the author’s lead character in this story makes some choices that we would rarely see of heroes in those other tales. In a way, it’s a breath of fresh air here, because the character is honest with himself.
DREAMS feels like it comes to a close just as it opens, and it shows plenty of places where the author could expand or revisit if they wanted to. Readers will see the perspective of one character here, but it is clear that there is a whole world that are reacting to the tragic events in the story, and we’ve only just scratched the surface here. It’s a quick read, but it’s a good introduction to Joe’s writing style, and what he’s capable of. If you’re interested in a direct story that gets to the point and makes it firmly, you can check out DREAMS on Amazon today!
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!
Ike’s Adventures on Earth: New Horizons
Author El Wanderer tackles little known revelations and catching philosophy, and wraps it up with interesting packaging in his new science fiction book, Ike’s Adventures on Earth: New Horizons. Wanderer’s book reads like it truly does follow someone from another world that had entered our own, and it’s because of this that readers are immersed into the story so easily. Ike’s Adventures has scholastic and academic appeal, as the author has plenty of facts to share about Earth. This makes the story easily enjoyable by kids and young adults who like science, and want to learn new things about our world.
While a good portion of the story is dedicated to enlightening its readers, the larger underpinning is that Earth is in trouble. Eventually, the tale shifts gears, and things become more personal, roping fans into the events. Once readers reach that point, it becomes a brisk read that will have them itching to find out how the next chapter goes. It taps into some very current philosophies, but it puts a science fiction sheen on it that offers up some interesting twists. While you might be wondering if there’s more adventures in store for Ike and his friends, now is a great time to learn about his first set. Check out Ike’s Adventures On Earth: New Horizons on Amazon today!
INTERFACES: A psy-fi thriller about the future of the mind
INTERFACES: A psy-fi thriller about the future of the mind, is the debut work of tech-savvy writer P. Anilak. The book is described as a thriller, and there are certainly revelations that will stimulate your brain to think about them. At its core, however, INTERFACES tackles deeper philosophical issues, such as what our future has in store for us, and what kind of things we will build, for better or worse. Still, Anilak broaches these subjects with finesse, never allowing the matter to feel preachy or overly academic.
This is a book unlike most—if any—that readers have experienced before, and it’s bound to have a profound effect. While Professor Poto makes for an interesting enough character to bring the information to the reader, it is Anilak’s deep dives into the premise of what is possible in our future that steals the show. Between the author’s imagination and their assumptions of where we could see ourselves advancing in technology, there are a plethora of doors that open up in a reader’s mind that they likely didn’t think of before. Anilak will likely have many more exciting stories to tell, but it all starts here. Check out INTERFACES: A psy-fi thriller about the future of the mind on Amazon today!
Revolt (Era of Darkness Book 3)
Naif Makmi has a five-book plan. In a world where giant robots and killer AI threaten to destroy the world as we know it, it’s hard to believe humanity would be able to survive long enough to see five stories, but the human spirit is indomitable. Revolt (Era of Darkness Book 3) is the middle point of the story, and it shows just how longstanding and vast the scope that Makmi has planned can be. The author writes engaging characters who are always at risk of being on the chopping block, proving that the stakes are high. And what better way is there to build a new world as an author than to burn the old one down?
Makmi has unleashed a world in which humans have created their own worst enemies, but so too do they clamor for hope, and dream of a way to stop the unfolding apocalypse. Though they can be frightening worlds, Makmi does allow his readers to escape with a glimmer of optimism, that the worst of what we do can be remedied, and a better life can be found. And it doesn’t hurt that his set pieces are entertaining despite the horrors they inflict on his characters. With two books already out in the series, and the fourth coming just around the corner (and a fifth on the way), there’s never been a better time to dive into this series. Check out Revolt (Era of Darkness Book 3) on Amazon today!
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!
LitRPG and Choose Your Own Adventure
Book of Forsaken Futures: MAGI (Books of Forsaken Futures 2)
One of the first things you’ll notice about Shawn Nichols is that he has a lot to say. In his newest book, Book of Forsaken Futures: MAGI (Books of Forsaken Futures 2), that’s readily apparent, as the book clocks in at over a thousand pages in Kindle format. None of that is superfluous, mind you. Nichols presents just the right amount of exposition, and dialog, and action, and manages to deliver a book that marches forth at a wonderful pace. Moreover, he does so with a book that hops in many different directions. Choose Your Own Adventure stories have a chance to go off the rails at any point, but Nichols built his tracks sturdy and strong, and they’ll entice readers all the way to the end, no matter which ending they’ll get.
It’s always great when you can return to enjoy a book a second time. With Nichols’s excellent book, readers can come back to it again and again, learning what choices they may have skipped out on, and how things might have been different if they had taken a chance. On top of that, they’ll get a chance to see the author’s gripping, exciting prose executed in other sequences. The best news is that if you enjoy the world that Nichols unleashes here, he’s got more on the way, in a bit more of a linear fashion that explores it in some other ways. But you should start here, as it’s a great introduction to his writing craftsmanship. Check out Book of Forsaken Futures: MAGI (Books of Forsaken Futures 2) on Amazon today!
If you’ve ever dreamed about escaping the troubles of your day to day life and becoming the great hero, author Mitchell Nelson has a story that might have been written just for you. His fantasy debut is Kronos Online, a LitRPG that’s a breath of fresh air for the genre. It presents with a bigger focus on what’s going on in the real world, giving the tale a heartier feel. It’s a timely book, with trends pushing people’s interactions online. Nelson isn’t afraid to show some of the cracks that exist in the foundation between his worlds, or his characters.
Each chapter ends in a way that draws you in more and more. Nelson has fashioned a story that is addicting and immersive, whether it is what’s happening to Theo in game or outside of it. It’s a perfect story for those who want to dream big, and see their passions turn into epic successes, although it certainly shows the struggles that one must endure as well. Though Nelson’s book has a fantasy heartbeat, it takes care to present reality in a compelling way as well, giving this LitRPG a breath of fresh air you might not otherwise find. With more stories from this series undoubtedly on the way, now’s a great time to pick up the debut. Check out Kronos Online on Amazon today! If you pick it up this weekend, between May 6th and May 9th, you’ll get it absolutely free!
Shields of Strathmar: A LitRPG Adventure (The World Over Book 1)
Author Marc Mulero knows how to set a stage. His new LitRPG, Shields of Strathmar: A LitRPG Adventure (The World Over Book 1), starts off with a bang, and has the kind of momentum that can keep readers invested throughout. And Mulero is crafty enough to make some changes to the typical LitRPG formula that leave it feeling fresh and exciting. Imagine a fantasy world where the NPC’s know more about where you come from than you do! And throughout all the revelations and twists and turns, Mulero pulls his audience in, ensuring that they feel like they’re a part of the action, and the unfolding secrets.
Those who already know and enjoy Mulero’s fantasy fare are in for a treat with his latest, even with a genre shift. If it’s got Mulero’s name on it, it’s going to be great. In the case of Shields of Strathmar, he finds a clever balance, tilting the LitRPG conventions just far enough without toppling everything over, and it leaves it as one of the more entertaining releases in the genre of late. It’s funny, all the characters are interesting, and it’s refreshing enough to captivate you the more you dive into it. And that’s great, because it’s got so much more room for expansion, which Mulero would certainly deliver. Check out Shields of Strathmar: A LitRPG Adventure (The World Over Book 1) on Amazon 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!
Manga and Comics
Gifts from the Sacred Warrior
Coming to you from the mind of Iami Breaux, and illustrator Alexander Santer, a native Ukrainian, Gifts from the Sacred Warrior is a beautiful and exciting graphic novel adventure about people taking destiny into their own hands by training the champions meant to bring humanity into the next age. Breaux and Santer bring this project to life in haunting beauty, whether its the artwork, or the wonderful prose layered beneath. This set of one dozen tales will be sure to stoke the imagination of anyone who dreams of seeing life beyond the stars, as well as humanity’s journey toward the future.
On the Kickstarter side, Breaux ensures that there is a plethora of goodies to amass, from copies of the book, to prints of the artwork, and beyond. Even when the project finds its funding, there are also stretch goals planned, which almost every backer level will have access to. This duo and the rest of their team are a force to watch out for, so do be sure to keep an eye open for the campaign as it makes it way forward, collecting one new backer after another on its road to release. Check out the Kickstarter for Gifts from the Sacred Warriors, which goes live on July 7th!
WALDO BEYOND THE WALLS: ADVENTURES IN THE GALAXY
There are few fantasy creators out there who have everything scoped out so well as Bill Shook. With his illustrated novel, WALDO BEYOND THE WALLS: ADVENTURES IN THE GALAXY, he manages to create a new sticking point in a long-running series, which anchors a tremendous universe teeming with potential. Pop culture references are present here and there, most notably in its nods to Kilroy (and mostly on the older books Shook has released). This latest story is delightfully silly, as the author has a witty and clever sense of humor. It feels like it was made for this format, as its full page spreads look gorgeous, and the style elsewhere is similarly spectacular. Waldo features culture-hopping events across our world, and helps readers learn more about our history, so it’s perfect for kids who want to learn in a fun way. An incredible work of imagination for those who love to let theirs run wild.
As Shook mentions in his blurb, we’re seeing not just these expressive, beautiful looks at our world, but the advent of a new and expanding universe starring Waldo and his friends. And it gets bigger than just a sequel. Shook has music inspired by his work, a forthcoming movie, preceding books that helped to set Waldo in place, and more books to come, making this one amazing universe to look out for. But this is a wonderful spot to start, and you can venture off in so many different directions from here. Check out WALDO BEYOND THE WALLS: ADVENTURES IN THE GALAXY on Amazon today!
The Adventures of Ganja Girl
Charles Ahonotu is a storyteller and comic book aficionado who has tapped into his social group and his hobbies to bring a new tale to life. This quirky, humorous, good-natured story is The Adventures of Ganja Girl, a story of ordinary people finding great power within themselves, even if it’s with the help of an external substance. Ahonotu’s advantages stem from his entertaining relationships with his friends, as well as an aim toward making the story enjoyable by anyone.
The Adventures of Ganja Girl is crowdfunding on IndieGoGo at this time, and is trending in the right direction. If you like your stories to be fun and quirky, and you like to see people fight for progress and the good of humanity, all while kicking butt, this is a comic that could be right up your alley. The artist is enjoying this story, and he’s made it clear that he wants to continue the character’s escapades, but you can get it at the onset if you help this comic reach its crowdfunding goal. Check out The Adventures of Ganja Girl on IndieGoGo today!