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Windward Reviewed by đź“– rainanightingale author / book blogger

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

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The Crew Reviewed by đź“– jamedi book blogger

Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

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Starkiller: The Merry Maids Book Three Reviewed by đź“– SKaeth author

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

Piecefinder: The Merry Maids Book Two Reviewed by đź“– SKaeth author

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

The Merry Maids Reviewed by đź“– SKaeth author

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

New Stories

Adventures of the Miso Mice by Annette Czech Kopp

Discover five very curious fantastical Miso Mice on their quest to find The Answer Book, given to them by a magical button found floating out of a treasure chest! Their travels take them on exciting galactic adventures with Kaame, the sea horse riding sprite, and the Zodiac Girls who help starfish go skyward, but beware, as they cross paths with the devious Lobsta Clamdestino!

The Crew by Sadir S. Samir

Kings of the Wyld meets Deadpool in this action-packed fantasy adventure set in an Arab-inspired landscape. Varcade fled to the deserts of Harrah to escape his past as an Educator, a member of an order of zealot warrior-monks that aims to shape the world according to their sacred Teachings by force. Varcade makes his living as a reckless sword-for-hire, caring only about himself, until his self-centered lifestyle is turned on its head when he is contracted to recruit a misfit team of unruly assassins and take out the mighty Bone Lord of Akrab. But the Bone Lord is aware of the plot and sends her band of Dusters to stop them; individuals who have gained bizarre and lethal magical powers by snorting the pulverised bones of dead gods. Hunted by Educators and Dusters in a city-state where an escalating conflict between the human and demon population threatens to boil over in a civil war, will Varcade and his ragtag crew save Akrab from the cruel Bone Lord, or will they make things even worse?

Stellar Instinct by Jonathan Nevair

A secret agent. A gaming mastermind. Two players in a dangerous competition blurring the boundaries of entertainment and reality. Mysterious signals pulse from an icy planet in a remote star system. GAM-OPs wants answers. Enter Lilline Renault, secret agent extraordinaire. To ordinary citizens she’s Keely Larkin, an adventure company guide with a flair for the daring and a penchant for writing trite poetry. Lilline’s at the top of the spy game, but publishing her literary work is proving harder than saving the galaxy. When the mission uncovers a dastardly plan threatening billions of lives, Lilline leaps into action. Verses flow as she rockets through space, dons cunning disguises, and infiltrates enemy territory with an arsenal of secret gadgets. But to prevent the whims of a self-obsessed entrepreneur from turning the galaxy into a deadly playground means beating him at his own game. Lilline will need her best weapon to stand a fighting chance: her instinct. STELLAR INSTINCT: A spy-fi thriller set in space.

Under an Azure Sky - Elysia Dayne: Book One by Wil Chan

Elysia Dayne: Hero. Mercenary. Dragon slayer. At least that's how the bards tell it. But that wasn't always the case. There was a time when she thought that dragons were beautiful. When she was a child, she believed that she was friends with a dragon. Except, the dragon knew of no such friendship. Soldiers arrived to slay the creature so that a feudal lord could make his name amongst the Nine Kingdoms. It ended in abject failure. They were left to soak in a bloodbath of their own making. In a rage, the dragon destroyed the place that she called home, and killed the people that she called family, also dismantling a thing called love. Reborn under a mound of ashen corpses, her empty shell vowed vengeance, forging a fiery path of retribution that could not be undone. Not by her own design, she becomes a slayer of dragons. Curiously, dragon slaying isn’t her next job. A princess is being held for ransom at a goblin fort. Wearing the stolen armour of a goblin knight, she attempts to rescue the princess to claim her bounty. Her plans are somewhat botched by the uncooperative royal, and the two of them end up wandering through the wilderness towards civilisation. What they don't realise is they are being tracked by Niemirian raiders who are intent on killing them both. An epic tale interwoven between the tragedies of Elysia's past and the precarious nature of her present, all the time exploring the nature of the human condition.

The Flying Tiger: Ready by Henry Spencer M

Aaron Melisandré, an autistic, African American transgender man in his thirties, nearly lost everything he held dear years ago. The only thing keeping him sane and alive is his trans nephew, Mico. Little does Aaron know, the tragedy that ripped his brother away is part of something far bigger than he could ever imagine. There is a very real multiverse, and not only that but Aaron along with being human, is part of an ancient multiversal species known as the Katians. Aaron must embrace and wield his true power, face trauma new and old, and be ready to do what he must in order to save the Katians and infinite other lives from Circuit-Breaker and the fabled Mortal Engine, a machine that is said to grant one the power of a god using mortal souls.

Spectrum Blade (Spectrum Legacy) by Beth Alvarez

On the day of the Spring Choosing, when the king’s army selects its new recruits, Zaide stood ready to answer the call to arms. Instead, he was pulled from the ranks to become a mage’s apprentice, despite bearing no magic in his blood. One year later, with Zaide past the age of selection, the scholar’s life he never wanted is shattered when his village is razed by the monsters magic should have held at bay. As the Elder’s apprentice, his task is clear. He must seek an artifact in the forest’s temple and restore the power that protects his home—a power he can never touch alone. But the temple is not what it seems, and his mission is complicated when he encounters a mysterious girl in the forest who bears a quest of her own: claim the same artifact, and destroy the dark forces that threaten her homeland once and for all. Spectrum Blade is the first book in an all-new epic fantasy series filled with quest-driven adventure, intense action, and ancient mysteries that leave you wanting more.

Ace in the Hole (The Dawson Sisters Trilogy) by Dallas Tillman

Evan's potential with dark magic but lack of ambition and drive leads him to an apprenticeship with the newest Master-class magician: Austin "Ace" Honoran. Ace is also a stage magician, and after a compulsion to obey his new teacher is installed with magic, Evan is whisked away into a world of dazzling lights and entrancing performances with his charismatic but taciturn companion. When an old friend contacts Ace, Evan assumes it's just going to be business as usual, but the old friend has something more in mind for the magician's dark magic talents, an offer that puts both of them in more danger than Evan expected to find. Evan must face choices of loyalty and compulsion, desire and reason, and complacency or mastery if he plans to get himself out alive and in touch with his sanity, for he has to help himself before he can help the one person he might actually consider his closest friend.

Sasha of the Feral Sons: Adolescence by V.L Kinnaman

The young vampiress Sasha, Daughter of Hal, is sent away from her home to protect her from both herself and her brother, Tekor. Though she believes herself to be better and stronger than him, there are cultural norms which must be maintained. Now a new member of a new household, she must come to terms with her changed status in life. Her new father Vidar, an intelligent Lord Protector, sees the potential that Sasha could play in the wider political landscape that is going on all around them. Though he knows that the people may not yet be ready for one such as her, he will seek to give her the greatest amount of preparation for her possible larger role to come. With help from her new brother Belor, as well as the townsfolk, Sasha strives to truly learn the way the world really works beyond the manor walls she was born behind.

IronBlood: Magic and Iron don’t mix. by C.H Knyght

Magic and iron don’t mix. The balance is tentative, but in an era of peace comes progress. Progress, success, is what Hezekiel strives for. Human through and through, his magic is that of heated steel, the solid strike of his hammer, the rumble of a new engine. Hezekiel aims to claim first prize at the expo with his revolutionary machine, the Crawler, and build a forge and a name for himself; a name worthy of renown, and courting Ms. Baba. But, an insidious darkness creeps through the night, leaving death in its wake. When his neighbor dies, Hezekiel gets snared in the mystery as he tries desperately to protect his family, even from themselves, and find the source of the strange deaths before the city is crippled.

The Messenger from Myris Dar: Book 1 of The Stone Guardians by Kindrie Grove

A mysterious warrior stalked by evil. The message she carries will save their world. Can a band of heroes help her survive to deliver it? In a land fallen to chaos and tyrants, would you lend your sword? For an elite swords-woman the choice is clear. The Message is only the beginning… Rowan Mor Lanyar is a swords-woman of extraordinary skill, trained from a young age to become an elite guardian of her remote island home. But when prophesy and fate call upon her to carry a message to a land beyond the horizon, an adventure of epic scale begins. Confronted by savage beasts, political intrigue and a vile soul-stealer, Rowan joins forces with a group of restless mercenaries to navigate a treacherous and dangerous land. The Messenger from Myris Dar is a fast-paced, page-turning high fantasy adventure filled with fantastic characters, epic landscapes, fierce battles, swords, sorcery, magic, romance and intrigue. Start reading this page-turner today! Join Rowan and her Companions as she fights for survival to fulfill her desperate mission while discovering friendship, love and a greater purpose connected to the ancient past.

Deadly by Design (A Sara Ricci Scientific Thriller Series) by Rod Cousler

All Sara Ricci wanted was some time away from writing her PhD dissertation, but it turned out to be anything but relaxing. If fact, it turned out to be deadly… Deadly by Design. Italian scientist Sara Ricci returns to Italy to finish her PhD after the disastrous events of the previous year, and finds that writing a dissertation differs greatly from doing research. Just months before her completion, she needs a break and returns to America to help a friend with a project in nanotechnology. Although her troubles from the past seem very much behind her, Sara soon discovers they never really went away. From the boardroom of large business to the conference rooms of small business, what starts off as an investment becomes a deadly game of revenge involving company takeovers, blackmail, extortion, and at least one person who thinks Sara Ricci must die. It is only fair. Deadly by Design is a scientific thriller that takes the reader on a journey into the science and medical opportunities for nanobots. Sara will be tested like never before, but she has gained some powerful friends along the way. Can she survive? Can those trying to save her? Find out in this fast-paced second installment of the Sara Ricci suspense book series.

The Polar Bear and the Dragon: Dawn of an Alliance (A Middle Grade Coming of Age Fantasy Adventure) by Debbie Watson

Whitney’s thirteenth summer is being hijacked. Plagued with terrifying nightmares and confused by strange new abilities, her life is spiraling out of control. Joining forces with a mysterious and powerful ally may be her only solution. Whitney, her mom, and their unique cat live high on a sandy bluff overlooking Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Whitney has spent her entire life unaware of the unique gifts lying dormant deep inside her. But the summer of her thirteenth birthday changes everything! Strange new talents surface that can’t be ignored, and nightmares terrify her. On top of all that, she suddenly misses a father she never knew. A Chicago fireman, her father died tragically on the night she was born. Whitney’s tired of losing sleep over frequent and frightening nightmares, and these disturbing new skills are baffling her. She knows she needs help, and her mom, Susan, seems like the perfect choice. They’re very close, and never keep secrets from each other. Confiding in Susan should be so easy. But an instinct, both puzzling and believable, surfaces and stops Whitney in her tracks. It warns her not to tell Susan, because doing so might put her in grave danger. Realizing she must find a way to deal with everything by herself, Whitney feels lost and alone. Powerful and strange new allies arrive without warning, and just in time. These new friends, and a series of unbelievable events, help Whitney cope with her nightmares and guide her toward understanding and welcoming her unique abilities.

The Polar Bear and the Dragon: Dream Jumper (A Middle Grade Coming of Age Fantasy Adventure) by Debbie Watson

A malevolent force threatens a small world. Teenagers with magical skills and extraordinary friends must devise a plan clever enough to outwit a cunning enemy. In Book Two of The Polar Bear and the Dragon series, Whitney and Edward, two teenagers with extraordinary talents, must protect Aiden, a young dragon destined to become the ruler of Yagdi. Aiden will mature into a majestic dragon with vast and formidable skills but remains helpless until that transformation takes place. A dangerous enemy is determined to rule Yagdi, but the young dragon stands in his way. Whitney and Edward must put their lives in grave danger to keep Aiden safe. Their strong alliance is weakened when circumstances on Yagdi force the members to split up, leaving Whitney and Edward to prepare for an almost certain confrontation with Aiden’s adversary. The teenagers must learn to use their skills effectively without the help of their powerful allies. Whitney has been given a wizard staff, which could be crucial to their survival, but she must bring forth its powers without the wizard’s skillful guidance. Yagdi teeters on the brink of war and the alliance has critical decisions to make. But in a disastrous turn of events, they’ve lost their ability to communicate. To keep Yagdi from falling into enemy hands, they must find a powerful and elusive wizard known as a Dream Jumper. In their continuing adventure, Whitney, Edward, and friends hone their powers while the threat, both through the portal and in quiet northern Michigan, grows. As our young heroes hold to their promise to stand strong no matter what, it’s apparent that in any world, perseverance, loyalty, and true friendship are the hallmarks of success. Author Debbie Watson paints an amazingly vivid world of good versus evil in a tale that draws you in and holds you until the end. Highly recommended for middle-grade readers, teens, and adults too—fantasy and coming of age in equal measure! —Vicki Shurly, Director, Peninsula Community Library

Unspeakable Secrets: The Alchemist Series Book 1 by Darren Gillingham

The only thing he can’t do is have a peaceful life. Connor Varas just learned that he will one day be able to bestow the strength of giants on anyone he pleases. One day he can create as much gold as he wants. One day he can build an army of metal soldiers that no kingdom could stand against. But, staying alive until then is going to be a challenge. Because, if anyone finds out what he is they’ll do anything to sway him to their cause. Or stop him from joining the enemy. With great power comes even greater enemies. He can’t die of old age, but what good is that when surviving until tomorrow seems like an impossible task? Is this book for me? If you like worlds bursting with magic, desperate sword fights, deadly enemies, and heroes that get increasingly powerful, then you’re going to love Unspeakable Secrets. So, join Connor Varas as he struggles to master his newfound power, uncover the sinister plots that threaten his city, and stay one step ahead of death. His quest will take him through the darkest parts of Vigil’s underworld. Through oceans of blood. And, into the festering heart of a plot that threatens to swallow him whole. All while dodging ice orbs, lightning bolts, and the less than restful dead. So what are you waiting for? Get the book and begin your adventure in the world of Unspeakable Secrets.

Shards in Belial: An Epic Fantasy Saga (The Sword of the Dragon origins) by Scott Appleton

The abbot seeking to protect an orphaned boy, the young woman thrust into the role of High Priestess, and the Swordmaster forced to watch his loved ones die. When the cockatrice appears, it may doom them all. Reverend Ashinah promised to take care of the orphaned Xavion, but events are beyond his control. Ooletta never wanted to become High Priestess, but she's stuck with the responsibility at the expense of her own dreams. Only Olympan the Swordmaster has a clear path, but it is a dangerous and bloody quest.

The Cambirils: Books of Earth (The Thirteenth Essene) by Spencer Norman Lee

An ancient birthright—hidden, dangerous, hunted. In a time when mortal men and the magical, immortal Fay inhabit the world together, Balê, dark god-king of the blighted north, plots to remake the world in His own image. Young Brend is left an orphan when his parents are murdered by a shadowy assassin. Brend is rescued by Hale, a capable but taciturn man in the service of the Bright Lady, Tin’ntiri. Spirited away to the mountain village of Meadow Park, Brend is raised as Hale’s son. In The Park, Brend finds friendship with Aly, Ned, and Tic, but his new, idyllic life is soon upended. Balê’s assassins discover Brend’s hiding place, and he is again forced to flee with the help of Hale, “Aunt Tiri,” and Tiri’s shadowy friend, Cam’ndair—a traitor to Balê and a worrisome ally. Brend’s flight to safety begins an epic adventure that will reveal to him his forgotten heritage and deliver to him his birthright—a magical Cloak of Midnight, a Cambiril. With the birthright will come whispers about the Secret of the Gods—a secret to change the world—if only Brend can survive. The Cambirils, Books of Earth is the first volume of The Thirteenth Essene.

Assault on Devil's Den: Champion of Valor Book 1 (The Sarcasca Chronicles) by Eric Balch

Pelagius, servant of Ender, god of valor, is haunted by his recent and brutal battles. He is tired, battle-weary, and ready to put down the mantle of hero. Seeking a reprieve from the nightmarish memories of his endeavors, he and his companion, Bojan, rest in a small hamlet. However, it seems as though the once-proud hero can never be free from danger. During his stay, he and Bojan witness a terrible magical attack. The mysterious Green-Eyed Man uses dark magic that steals the very souls of its victims. Realizing that the source of the Green-Eyed Man’s power is none other than the soul-devouring Babu, Pelagius knows there is only one thing he can do. He must infiltrate the fortress of Devil’s Den and kill Babu once and for all. But to reach him—let alone stand a chance at defeating him—they must fortify themselves with a company of heroes from all over the kingdom of Waskan and beyond. Will Pelagius and Bojan be able to unite a band of diverse heroes to try and conquer evil? Or will a series of unforeseen obstacles along their way stop them before they can take a stand in Devil’s Den? Trigger Warnings: Graphic Violence and Animal Death

The Flight of The Magician by Mark R Snowe

This story starts unremarkably with the mundanities of life until our hero is startled awake, sweating, from a deep sleep. With his head pounding with each pump of his racing heart he tries to remember what his dream was about. He was falling. Or, dreaming of falling. And something feels wrong in the house. He's sure he heard something, somewhere, possibly. And this hasn't been the first time he's felt this way. What has been a rare occurrence for Matt is lately becoming an all-too-frequent affair. However, forcing to ignore these interruptions he moves forward with his job, his pursuit of life, and love. When events become too intrusive to ignore, he decides with the help of a new love interest, to find the cause. What follows with their discoveries is astonishing and incredible. And will attract the interest of many different parties. This whirlwind of events leads to problems to conquer that he would have never imagined. What was once a curiosity and an annoyance may become an

Impossible Castle (Guardian of the Realm Book 1) by M. Gregg Roe

Protecting an enchanted realm created by a god-like wizard is a responsibility she never wanted. But no one ever said life was fair. Trouble is brewing in Andoran’s Realm. Someone is intent on constructing a stone structure in a desolate area, but not in the usual fashion. Created by powerful magic, oddly shaped stone blocks have begun to appear. And there’s no sign of who or what is responsible. Is it a threat or just a curiosity? Resentful or not, the Guardian knows where her duty lies. She needs to investigate, and she knows she’s not smart enough to do that alone. But that also means an even greater disruption of the normal life she so desperately desires. If you’re tired of the same old tropes and predictable plots, then Impossible Castle may be what you’ve been waiting for.

The Unbinding by Noor Marji

The Southern Prison has been destroyed. The Fallen King has escaped. These are the words Prince Itsuki Oyama, sole heir to Kabelan's throne, had feared for twenty years, ever since his father killed his mother and left him to die in an unnatural inferno. Now that his father escaped, it’s his responsibility to keep the tyrannical king from destroying all of Kabelan… again. Reports from the South are not promising, though. The entire prison has been burned down, and the unholy, sentient fire has traveled to the nearest village, turning any human it touched into a beastly taint. With the reemergence of vibrant colors beyond Itsuki’s greatest imagination, only one conclusion can be drawn: Old Magic is returning, and the Unbinding has begun. Joined by his advisor and an eccentric band of mercenaries, Itsuki travels to the Southern Prison in search for answers. Magic appears at every turn of their journey, bringing life and vivid color back to the desaturated land. Only with the help of the heretical Order Solis will they make it through this adventure alive. The closer they get to finding King Inon, the more Itsuki realizes this is no longer a mission to stop his father from repeating a twenty-year-old tragedy. His escape was only part of a larger plan to make the entire known world burn—and the Fallen King is but a pawn to a much greater master. What Itsuki learns could change his kingdom’s very identity, if he’s willing to be the first person to tell the truth.

On the Trail of the Unseen by Lynee Armstrong-Jones

As a swordsman, Nico has battled many enemies over the years and met formidable challenges, but what good are his warrior skills when it comes to fighting against illness? Like many others, he and his wife and daughter have no choice but to flee the plague, heading north to his homeland. Along the way, they face many dangers and uncertainties, but they also find an old friend who is fleeing with his family. Their sorcerer friends Xyron and Giever, with the Witch, Creda head north as well to avoid the plague after trying in vain to find a way to stop the plague and help the people. Back in the sorcerers' tower, the sorceress Aislin finds a possible solution to stop this terrible threat. However, putting her plan into action could place her entire future in jeopardy.

The Battle of the Bloodswamp: Wandering Blacksmith - the stories by Mark G Gilgam

Kindle Rewards Beta Earn Kindle Points, get Kindle book credit Earn Kindle Points when you buy books. Redeem for Kindle book credit. Learn more. The Kri were a people of born warriors, dangerous cold-hearted mercenaries, threatening to drag down the northern regions into a spiral of war and destruction. The spear of Svalinir was cast to eradicate them all, and King Grimwolf leads the united forces from Nordheim into the Battle of the Bloodswamp, where a generation of warriors perishes. All Kri are killed there, men, women, the old and young and the children, but for one boy. Amid this violence, a woman discovers the baby lying next to a dying warrior. Having recently lost her two children, she decides to keep it for herself despite the death sentence against his people and names the boy Kitt. A blacksmith helps her to preserve the secret. This story was first published in: Hardening the Steel (Wandering Blacksmith 1). Additionally, this book contains documents concerning the Kri in the Imperial Library of Hartberg the Dominant and the Chronicles of Castle Waninge. Each book is prefaced by an introduction into the Wandering Blacksmith series, and can be read as a standalone. All books of this series are in large print. The illustrations in the hardcover edition are in colour, be a nice gift.

Kaldera: Changed by Darkness by Dean Kruger

Dark days shroud the once prosperous and thriving Kingdom of Kaldera. After a series of tragedies fell on the royal household, the king’s clouded judgment caused him to seek out solutions from the darkness of evil forces and use their sorcery to serve his own selfish needs. With his lands falling victim to darkness, King Jovana’s pact with the malevolent Nightwitch cost everyone around him dearly, not least his own children. The once benevolent king and those who serve him, must fight a terrifying battle to end the reign of terror before all is lost forever!

The Last of the Magi: Book I: The Devouring by George S Elli

When a tarot card reading warns of ancient evils and a coming darkness, Mila, an orphaned Gypsy, is forced to confront his true destiny. When he recklessly ignores the prophesy, a sinister twist of fate brings two American teenagers into his world: Mila is instantly infatuated with Casey, a beautiful heiress, whose piercing blue eyes hide an inner pain, but much to his dismay, Jack her clever and resourceful classmate seems to be the object of her affection. The three teens accidentally plunge into a world of dark secrets within Berlin’s abandoned underground tunnels. There, they uncover a magical artifact of immense power once wielded by some of history’s cruelest tyrants. Looking to possess these powers, a sinister cult unleashes a shadow army to hunt for this unholy relic. Mila and his new friends must flee across the German countryside now burdened with unlocking the mysteries of the artifact’s powers and uncovering the lost history of an ancient gypsy tribe and it’s war with the Third Reich.Our heroes’ epic journey takes them through a world of characters straight from the mind of a gypsy mystic: a disgraced ex-Mossad agent, twin boys who bring light and joy to an otherwise bleak gypsy ghetto, A coal miner’s son drawn into a nationalist cult, a priest recklessly meddling in gypsy affairs, a streetwise pickpocket from the slums of Romania, A washed up, arm-wrestling fortune teller, and an elusive hermit who hides forbidden knowledgeThe Last of the Magi weaves action and fantasy together with true history and authentic Gypsy spiritualism leaving the reader to wonder what’s real and what’s not. Read less

The Book of Nevermore (ApĂłcryfa) by Andrew J Pixton

Years ago, a mysterious coven of witchlords was defeated in their attempt to enslave the world of Nevermore. But now a remnant of that old foe is re-emerging at the same time a new one rises. Orphaned by the Razhod, Syago obsesses over following in the footsteps of his legendary ancestral line. A legacy that could lift him out of peasant bondage and rescue his ailing family. However, he gets more than he bargained for when bloody unrest takes the realm. Yearning for the independence and fulfillment few women are allowed, Leyta immerses herself in the traumatizing study of dyne. She becomes a dynast, an authorized user of the mystical power, and faces its cost as a dark revolution begins. Warchief of a woodland Kimoc tribe, Fal’iek seeks to protect his people from strange stirrings in Thornwood while seeking peace with the treacherous and oppressive As amidst their discord. Hiding from the guilt of what he did to his twin sister, the young Unakan warrior Qosku flees his home in the mountain colonies in search of another. Nevermore is a land full of terrifying monsters, haunting undead, dark magic, oppressive colonial societies, twisted people who would upset the delicate peace, and flawed heroes who would stop them. Change is needed, but not the one that is happening.

The Education of Nut and Em (Nut and Em Trilogy) by Daniel Flaspohler

In the early years of the duchy, the Grand Duke realized the danger of noble houses consolidating their control over the Mystery. Lineages formed where wizarding houses held onto their secrets, passing the art only to family. To break this control, the duke issued an edict where any noble being trained in wizardry must also be accompanied by a lowborn trainee. In doing so, the duke inadvertently created a nation spanning empire. The young Lady Emberlina Tilby has been possessed by the Mystery. Her parents want the best for Em but are also budget conscious. Instead of finishing school, they send her to Lord Edwin Derby to learn divination. Owing to the Edict of Mystery, Lord Derby selects the streetwise Nut from the alleys of Palas by virtue of the fact that he is smallest and would eat the least. Edwin is a lazy teacher and his employees run roughshod over his household. Em begins to suspect he is a fraud or at least incompetent. Nut is forced to do housework. When the divinators of Palas begin to get assassinated, everything changes.


A destroyed girl. A disgraced soldier. A disfigured outcast. A death-dealing healer. A dying prophet. A devastated civilization. Fifteen-year-old Rose has always had worse things to worry about than the foretold end of the world. Ever since her father abandoned them, she has struggled to provide for her poor family and shield her younger siblings from their mother’s drunken rages. But when Doomsday begins on a beautiful morning, Rose finally loses everybody she loves. After the grief-stricken girl is reluctantly taken in by an obsessed band of outlaws who believe their shared dreams contain supernatural clues that may help them save what remains of civilization, the outlaws learn they are being hunted by a horde of monstrous assassins that are hellbent on stopping them from deciphering the strange dreams, and Rose realizes there is almost nothing her saviors won’t do (and no one they won’t sacrifice) to ensure the success of their otherworldly mission. Over time, the outlaws become Rose’s flawed new family, one that offers her an opportunity to heal—and a hard choice: Should she dare to care about others again and fight to save humanity from extinction at all costs, or should she embrace her pain and stoke the flames that are reducing everyone in the wicked world to ashes?

War Of Truth (Tales Of The Allyesse) by Colin Farmer

Cyrus Thorne, a recent graduate from the prestigious Alcara Academy, is called upon by the Goddess to save the World. He fights within the Allyesse, a militia that wishes to one day bring peace into their homeland by overthrowing the Empire of East Develior. However, as the war continues to drag on, Cyrus and his allies begin to unravel the mysteries of not only their World, but the other Worlds within their Realm as well. A conspiracy involving the deities of the Realm, Akcel and Ariadne, begins to shake the foundation of reality as hope for a peaceful end to the fighting continues. To make matters worse, Cyrus and the Empress were best friends in the days long passed. The grand journey of the Allyesse begins as the end of the World draws ever near...

Path of Simon: Book One of the Infernal Jest by Thomas Marlowe

Does power ever bow to the human constructs of good and evil or it simply obeys the hand that wields it? Afraid for his niece, gravedigger Tim Stockton goes against everything he believes in to help his brother-in-law settle a debt with the mob by stealing jewelry from a deceased rap star’s grave. But in that coffin Tim finds more than he bargained for. Trapped inside a ruby, an ancient power awakens from its slumber and possesses the gravedigger, leading him straight to the dungeon of the Order of Simon. There, plagued by the constant jabbering of his demonic captor and its cries of innocence echoing off the moldy walls, Tim must decide whether he will undertake the Path of Simon for the salvation of his soul and the future of the world as demonic legions from the pits of Hell seek to stake a claim for the entity within the gravedigger. With the aid of the inquisitors of the Order and unexpected allies from the worlds beyond, will Tim find strength to contain the power within and silence the rising doubts in his quest? Or will he falter and bring doom upon the humankind?

Blood Empire Burning by C. Thomas Lafollette

Revenge is a dish best served explosively. Luke and his werewolves are juggling multiple plots throughout several countries in their quest for vengeance. But after rescuing Roxi, Luke adds one more problem to his slate. The compulsion Mithras placed on them is killing her. Luke must convince the god to show mercy to Roxi, or he’ll add the god to his list of enemies. But with a masquerade ball to plan and several traps to lay, his plans dangle by a fraying thread. The brutal leader of the vampires is on the hunt for the mysterious the man subverting his werewolf minions. In this deadly game of cat and mouse, Luke must ensure he remains the cat if he doesn’t want to wind up in the trap. But one mistake could bring the whole house of cards exploding around his ears…

The Children of Gods and Fighting Men by Shauna Lawless

The first in a gripping new historical fantasy series that intertwines Irish mythology with real-life history, The Children of Gods and Fighting Men is the thrilling debut novel by Shauna Lawless. They think they've killed the last of us... 981 AD. The Viking King of Dublin is dead. His young widow, Gormflaith, has ambitions for her son – and herself – but Ireland is a dangerous place and kings tend not to stay kings for long. Gormflaith also has a secret. She is one of the Fomorians, an immortal race who can do fire-magic. She has kept her powers hidden at all costs, for there are other immortals in this world – like the Tuatha Dé Danann, a race of warriors who are sworn to kill Fomorians. Fódla is one of the Tuatha Dé Danann with the gift of healing. Her kind dwell hidden in a fortress, forbidden to live amongst the mortals. Fódla agrees to help her kin by going to spy on Brian Boru, a powerful man who aims to be High King of Ireland. She finds a land on the brink of war – a war she is desperate to stop. However, preventing the loss of mortal lives is not easy with Ireland in turmoil and the Fomorians now on the rise...

Angels Before Man by Rafael Nicolás

A queer retelling of Satan's fall that's part cozy coming of age and part fast-paced tragedy, with a little love story in between – In an eternal paradise, the most beautiful angel, Lucifer, struggles with shame, identity, and timidity, with little more than the desire to worship his creator. It isn't until the strongest angel, Michael, comes into his life that Lucifer learns to love himself. Along the way, their friendship begins to bloom into something else. Maybe the first romance in the history of everything. But this God is a jealous one, and maybe paradise is not paradise.

Three Kings by FreydĂ­s Moon

Ethan Shaw—lighthouse keeper and local witch—lives a charmed life in his chilly, coastal hometown. Blessed with a flourishing garden and a stable livelihood, Ethan can’t complain. But when his husband, Captain Peter Vásquez, brings home a wounded leopard seal after an impromptu storm, Ethan is faced with a curious situation: caring for a lost selkie named Nico Locke. As Ethan struggles with the possibility of being infertile, insecurities surrounding his marriage, and a newly formed magical bond with a hostile, handsome selkie, his comfortable life begins to fracture. But could breakage lead to something better? With autumn at their heels and winter on the horizon, Ethan, Peter, and Nico test the boundaries of a new relationship, shared intimacy, and the chance at a future together.

With A Vengeance by FreydĂ­s Moon

Kye Lovato left their hometown in search of a better future, but when their estranged mother passes away, they return to their parish to settle her affairs. Even though Kye escaped their traumatic past, being back in swampy Madison, Louisiana only worsens their debilitating depression, increases their dissociative episodes, and intensifies the intrusive voice plaguing their every thought. The moment Kye steps foot into their childhood home, they know something is wrong. That night, they come face to face with the shadowy presence driving them mad: the handsome demon duke, Eli, who offers them an irresistible deal. In exchange for their soul, Eli will give them pain, pleasure, and power. Kye set a path for themself—live fast, die young—and Eli seems like the perfect exit route. With nothing to lose, they agree. But after an impromptu visit from a local ICE agent, Kye forms an unlikely friendship with their mother’s bookkeeper and stumbles into an insidious mystery surrounding their family’s homegrown alebrije business. Met with ghosts, displaced employees, and a garage filled with unfinished artwork, Kye can’t help but wonder. . . What was their mother hiding? And why is a rogue officer interested in Lovato Alebrijes? Kye is possessed, unkempt, and chasing death, but as stubborn as they are, they’re the only person left alive who can resurrect the family business and carry the Lovato legacy, and their only ally is the demon possessing them.

Things Unseen by C.J. Brightley

History student Aria Forsyth's studies lead her to dangerous questions about the Empire's origins. A mysterious man named Owen, impervious to the winter cold, further unravels the safety of the world she thought she knew. At first, Aria believes Owen is human. He says he's not. What if they're both wrong? A moment's compassion draws her into a conflict between human and inhuman, natural and supernatural, and she begins to discover the secrets of the Empire, the Fae, and what it means to be human.

Unanimity by Alexandra Almeida

"Great for fans of Becky Chambers's A Closed and Common Orbit and Daniel Suarez's Daemon." Booklife The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Shadow is a reluctant god with a broken mind and a death wish. He used to be Thomas Astley-Byron, an affluent young screenwriter whose creativity and idealism saved a world from the brink of collapse. Together with Henry Nowak, an AI expert, Tom created heaven on earth by inventing a Jungian simulated reality that helps humans confront their dark sides. The benevolent manipulation platform turned the two unelected leaders into beloved gods, but now everything is failing. The worlds suffer as a sentimental Tom descends into his own personal hell, becoming the embodiment of everything he despises and a shadow of his former self. His journey from an optimistic, joyful Tom to a gloomy Shadow is paved with heartache and sinister interference from emerging technology. Humans and bots fight for his heart, but their aims differ: some want to own it, some to dissect it, and others to end its foolish beat. Estranged from the love of his life—the activist poet Nathan Storm—Tom fails to realize the biggest threat comes from within. None of the sticky stories that steer his life end well. Now, a young goddess—Estelle Ngoie—has been appointed to replace him, and unlike Shadow, Stella takes no prisoners, and her heart bleeds for no one. Who’s pulling on Shadow’s heartstrings? Are their intentions malign or benign? It’s all a matter of perspective, and Shadow has none left. The Series Themes An epic tale spanning across six days—one per book—and forty past decades of life lived across ten worlds and two universes. Weaving sci-fi elements with social commentary and queer romantic suspense, Spiral Worlds explores the nature of consciousness and how it's connected to a not-so-secret ingredient—story. As software consumes the world, intelligence is nothing but the appetizer; the human heart is the main course. There is no black or white in this story about a contrast-making machine.

The Search For Synergy by Brett Salter

The Search For Synergy is the first book in The Talisman Series by author Brett Salter. It follows the exploits of two middle-school boys, Rome Lockheed and Julian Rider, as they transition from normal kids into epic warriors fighting for the existence of the Earth realm. Rome is secretly a fire dragon from the Den of Volcana placed under a spell which hides his true form. Julian is an oddball, up-and-coming knight with a case of the “try-hards”. Together, they perform an ancient pact which bonds their lives and souls forever. Under the tutelage and guidance of an eccentric, local librarian, Mr. Jones, the two learn of an impending invasion from an archaic evil desperate to invade from the other side of The Void.

The Blameless by E.S. Christison

Briana, Princess of Predonia, has lived a happy and sheltered life. Then, in a single night, her kingdom is overthrown and centuries of peace are abruptly shattered. Fleeing for her life as her kingdom burns, Brie is rescued by Flinton, Derek, and Kove, three powerful protectors who pledge to teach her how to fight and use the powerful magic that has awakened within her. Brie finds sanctuary in the mountain stronghold of the Blameless, people who receive magical gifts from the gods after performing acts of unparalleled selflessness. Among them, Brie’s grieving heart slowly learns to live and laugh again. With the help of her new friends, she strives to master her growing powers so she can avenge her family, take back her place as the rightful heir to the throne, and free her people from the clutches of a tyrant. But can one girl change the tides against an evil that has conquered an entire kingdom?

Kaylen’s Rising by Yves Robichaud

Kaylen has been in the dark for fourteen years – in every sense. His people are hunted, so they must struggle to survive within underground caves. His community despises his family, taunting him constantly. His parents keep him housebound, forbidding him from wielding sword or wand. When he is finally allowed to attend school, the harsh truth reveals he has much to learn – including a unique magical ability. Kaylen can summon and control skeletons! With surface-dwellers threatening war, he will need every friend he can make, and to stay true to himself if he is to survive what is to come.

Talisman of El by Al Stone

WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE? One Planet. Two Worlds. Population: Human … 7 billion. Others … unknown. When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it is happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He’s afraid to tell anyone. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died. Charlie doesn’t know why this is happening. He would give anything to have an ordinary life. The problem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home. He belongs with the others.

Mech Heart & Soul by Ken Deeprose

The people of Cambria are under threat of attack from evil aliens called the Marans. Orin, the genius son of a geeky professor, and his best friend Gigahertz, the most powerful of the planet’s Mechs, will be among those tasked with defending them. Juna, the youngest daughter of the Emperor (but don’t dare call her princess!), worries the Marans are not the only thing the people of Cambria need to fear. Life here simply isn’t fair and she wants to help make things right. Juna hasn’t seen Orin since they were very young, but fate has brought them back together. Now, joined by a diverse group of friends, they must find a way to defeat the Marans, sort the truth from the lies and win back the very heart and soul of the planet.

We Deserve to Exist by Allison Baggett-Rowe, Joris Filipp, Bernardo Villela, Tyler Wittkofsky, Rashmi Agrawal, Daphne Fama, Tessa Hastjarjanto, Marisca Pichette, Emmie Chris

The world is not kind. It never was. Fear, jealousy, and anger fuel the actions of those who wish to assert their power and eliminate those they deem unworthy. There will come a time of reclamation—whether by force or by empathy—when those tides shift, a balance reborn. It must start somewhere. The reclamation of self, of culture, of heritage, and of our world—starts within. No longer will those around us decide if we deserve to exist.

Black Licorice by Elaina Battista-Parsons

Freddi’s life is over. Her best—and only—friend needed her and she failed. After a series of bad decisions, Freddi is pulled out of music school and forced to prove herself, but a new school and volunteer work only add to her overwhelming anxiety. Freddi finds a potential new friend in Lorna, who forces her to face her insecurities head on, but Freddi isn’t ready to let go. When Freddi learns Lorna is keeping something from her, their friendship starts to crumble. Now Freddi must choose between chasing her past or rebuilding her future.

Blue Shadow Falls by Lenore Sutznegger

Shadow and Bone meets A Quiet Place in this atmospheric and chilling dark fantasy debut. "They wear the faces of your loved ones, but are more beautiful than you could ever imagine. Lovely things shouldn't draw you in and kill you. You almost want them to." Seventeen-year-old Blue Haven, gifted with superhuman sight since birth, dreams of becoming a warrior—not that anything's happened near the wall since Old Man Amos was attacked by that beaver. The Shadow Elves—humans infected by a zombie apocalypse-like plague—have died out over the past 150 years, leaving life altogether boring. In her quiet farming village nestled in the shadows of the Smoky Mountains, warriors are no more than a formality. But Blue's unique sight is beginning to show her some troubling things. A suspicious green-eyed outsider. A strikingly beautiful Shadow Elf. These visions can't be real—because if they are, that means everyone's been wrong. Dead wrong. They are not the last survivors in the world. And they aren't prepared for the reality Blue's eyes are showing her. Set in a small, idyllic post-apocalyptic town, this slow-burn romance features first love, super senses, and monsters that lurk in the dark shadows of the blue mountains. "Blue Shadows Fall is fast-paced, intriguing, and the perfect escape for fantasy fans with beautifully woven plot threads." -Indies Today Editorial, 5 Star Review "A completely original mashup: dystopian, dark fantasy, fairy tale, and folklore" -Sarah Goethem, author of Wind Song "Small town secrets, Southern gothic atmosphere, and a certain pair of eyes that see disturbing things create a spellbinding read." -Autumn Krause, author of A Dress For The Wicked "Stutznegger creates an idyllic spot amid a frightening unknown outside world in Haven, one of those rare post-apocalypse communities you'd really want to live in." -J. Trevor Robinson, author of The Mummy of Monte Cristo

The Cinderella Hour: An Epic Fallen Angel Fantasy Series (A Game of Lost Souls Book 1) by Lisa Silverthorne

An Epic Fallen Angel Fantasy Series A bitter angel of death. A broken Hollywood star. A wager with Lucifer. A TV matchmaking show. Add a little magic, a whole lotta demons, and a dash of true love— For a match made in Heaven. Talia’s hatred for humans forcesAzrael,Archangel of Death, to accept a wager with Lucifer: save two lost souls on a TV matchmaking show without her wings and halo or fall from Heaven. Jack Casey is a broken Hollywood star on the fast track to oblivion.Desperate to save his failing career, he joins a low-budget reality TV show as one of three princes vying for a Hollywood princess match. Winning back to fame. Can she get her wings back…without falling in love with him? Will her love be enough to save them both? The Cinderella Hour is the first book in the enchanting romantic fallen angel fantasy series, A Game of Lost Souls.

Shadow of the Swan (Hidden Empire) by Nicole M Cameron

Few know that beneath the British Empire lies a world of supernatural creatures, dangerous magic, and passionate romance. Enter if you dare… In the golden years of the Victorian era, historian Louisa Wallingford is shocked to learn that an ancestor’s pact has promised her hand in marriage to a sadistic Fae king. Her only chance of escape from an eternity of torment is another marriage—to a vampire. Louisa’s impromptu wedding sweeps her into a hidden world of dangerous magic users and seductive supernatural beings. And her new husband, vampire knight Henry Carstairs, is one of the most deadly creatures in this new domain. But what begins as a marriage of convenience unexpectedly turns into a passionate love affair between the innocent historian and the sensual vampire—until a conflict between the British Empire and the Land of Faerie threatens to tear them apart. Now Louisa and Henry must find a way to outwit their enemies in both realms … or be separated forever.

An Amulet of Stars and Fire (The EĂ­lvarĂĄ Chronicles) by J.L Casten

An ancient Order, a hidden enemy, a dormant Magick awakens. An annual family trip to Scotland becomes a catalyst that shatters everything Lorali thought she knew and sets her life plan ablaze. Magick ran through her veins, and she was born to lead . . . not that anyone bothered to tell her that. The power within her should be enough to deter any threat, if only she knew how to use it. Her family hid the truth in hopes of keeping her and her brother safe, knowing some would do anything to control them – instead they may have made them sitting targets. How much longer can they be kept a secret, and can they learn to wield the power they were born with before the truth is revealed?

Love of the Beast Extended Edition (Heart of the Moon Series Book 1) by Tashina Tradell

Can Love overpower the savage instincts of the beast? How can falling in love be dangerous when it's only our human nature to do so? Brittney Moss is about to find out exactly how dangerous it can be when her fall becomes more of a fast downward spiral into a world that she never thought possible. Alex Carter has been the object of her affection for far too long. Not only is he the most desirable guy in existence, but Britt has an unexplainable craving to be connected to him. When life throws a wrench in the summer preceding her senior year of high school, in the form of the gorgeous Zane, Britt can't decide what is right or wrong anymore. She had barely scratched the surface of the dark secrets Alex held, but can love overpower the savage instincts of the beast? Where forgiveness seems impossible, and loyalty crosses boundaries, this journey will keep you on the edge of your seat, pressing your fingertip to the edge of the page, ready to turn it and dive deeper into the world of the Heart of the Moon Series. This is an extended edition of the previously published Love of the Beast. We get to see more into the lives of our favorite characters with in depth descriptions of main character situations, and different POV’s. If you loved the first edition, you will be pleased to get your hands on the extended edition and lose yourself again to the epic fated love story of Britt and Alex’s relationship as they tread the dark waters of their crossed destinies.

The Voice in All (The Artifex and the Muse) by Audrey Auden

A fast-paced new adult romantic fantasy set in a richly imagined world of myth and mystery ... with a metaphysical twist First Place Winner for Visionary Fiction — Speak Up Talk Radio 2022 Firebird Book Awards Gold Tier — The Review Curmudgeon Best of 2022 List "Wow, this book was phenomenal! A five-star read, for sure! ... The main characters, Dom and Ava, are insightful, utterly human, apologetic, and open to change/expanding and exploring differences in worldview. It was so refreshing to read ... The writing was exquisite ... I deeply enjoyed reading its philosophical and theoretical components ... This book was truly excellent and I commend the author for writing an exceptional book that resists compartmentalization. It was brilliant, show-stopping, and spectacular, as Lady Gaga would say; and it was by far the best book I've read all year." — The N in NYA Sixteen-year-old thief Ava must set sail tonight to escape the life of servitude that awaits every child who comes of age. All that stands between her and a life of freedom is one last job: stealing the pharmaka to pay for her passage. She’s stolen from the temple priestesses countless times before. What could go wrong? On the other side of the temple city, sixteen-year-old field hand Dom bids a final farewell to his childhood home. The priestesses say he’ll find purpose in the life of hard labor that lies ahead. He hopes they’re right. What other choice does he have? When their paths collide in the dark forest, Dom and Ava discover the stolen pharmaka has some unfortunate side effects. Like it or not, they’re stuck with each other now. But what possible future could exist for a girl who’s determined to escape her bondage and a boy who’s never imagined the possibility of freedom? On the eve of their Calling Day, Dom and Ava’s first meeting sets in motion an adventure of mythic proportions, spanning millennia and bridging worlds. The Voice in All is Book One in the fantasy saga The Artifex and the Muse.

Lost Rings and Other Things by Raccio

Travel to the underbelly of a magical school with the daughter of a murderer. Sixteen-year-old Emily can make anything she touches disappear-not a bad skill for a thief. In a realm ruled by magic, her ability should grant her an easy life. However, stuck in the Commons along with those unlucky enough to be born without magic, stealing to survive is anything but easy. But when one of the realm's Masters catches her robbing a supply caravan, Emily is given the rare chance to escape-if she agrees to put her magic to more law-abiding use. Desperate and friendless, she moves to Selwyn castle, where dragons, and the best talents of the realm, are trained to rule. Yet Selwyn's holds secrets of its own. Strange attacks and break-ins turn unwanted suspicion onto Emily, throwing her into a race to find the real criminal before she's sent back to the Commons for good. But the closer she gets to the truth, the quicker her past-and the festering hatred for the non-magical community-catches up to her. And with time running out, she'll have to return to some old tricks to make it out of Selwyn's alive.

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