stories in and

Echoes of Avalon by Adam Copeland

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Patrick Gawain knows monsters. He's seen plenty of the human sort in the Holy Lands, and as he sails home from The First Crusade, a hooded apparition begins to stalk him. Convinced that he's lost his mind, he holes up in a monastery to convalesce and, if recovery proves impossible, to hide his demons from the world. But a stranger comes to find him and presents a barely credible invitation: travel to Avalon and serve with the Avangarde, an order of knights sworn to protect young scholars from around the world. Thinking it will be a fresh start, Patrick agrees, and soon discovers that Avalon is more than a myth; it is the site of a vibrant secret academy - and it's also full of ghosts, goblins, and talking wolves. He can capably protect the castle from the island's supernatural beasts, but in the relative peace of the academy life, his hooded demon returns and his troubled heart causes him to sabotage the love of a young woman, Katherina. When an ancient being with sinister designs for the island infiltrates the academy, Patrick is the first to suspect its true nature when it begins its quest by seducing Katherina. Patrick soon learns that before he can defeat monsters, he must first defeat his personal demons.


Lady of Ravensmere by Mary McKenna

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In a richly-imagined fantasy world, against a backdrop of alliances and betrayals, a young girl grows to a woman.  Jenevra Louvet, the thirteen year old daughter of the Earl of Allandale, travels to the north to be betrothed. Well-born, well-bred and well-trained, she would not embarrass a king. But no king awaits her. Instead she will marry the new made lord of a dilapidated castle threatened by war. Far from her family and the life she knows, with little support, she must find a way to grow into the woman and lady her new land and husband need. Brilliantly imagined fantasy, Lady of Ravensmere chronicles the beginning of Jenevra's journey, a journey that will change her and the world around her.


A Thing Immortal by Barry K Gregory

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Someday the mountain man will kill her and then she'll be free. That's what the girl without a name believes. Right up until the day the old gunfighter with eyes the color of wildflowers and skin as white as his long, scraggly hair comes riding up on a painted horse. Riding right past the wards carved into the trees and all the way to the door of the mountain man's shack... An immortal gunslinger, a wolf made of shadows, a manhunter cursed by a ghost, a warrior who flies on stolen wings, and a mysterious girl without a name, battle ancient gods and monsters from the void in an American West that never was.


Liath Luachra: The Raiders by Brian O'Sullivan

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A gripping adventure in Ancient Ireland! As winter draws to a close, a troubled woman warrior's cold seclusion is disrupted by a desperate plea for help. Raising a warband to liberate a comrade’s kidnapped sister however, she quickly discovers this ‘simple’ rescue is far more perilous than she could have imagined. Traversing the wilderness of ancient Ireland, in pursuit of an enigmatic raiding party, she encounters old enemies who seek to undermine her, new allies who cannot be trusted, and harrowing secrets relating to her own past that threaten to undermine her leadership. Confronted by horrors she’d thought long forgotten, Liath Luachra must revert to the very worst part of herself to survive. But in the wilderness of the ‘Great Wild’, even the best laid schemes rarely go as planned. And the southern forests hide threats far more lethal than raiders. This book includes the complete adventure contained in Liath Luachra: The Seeking and Liath Luachra: The Metal Men.


The Fey of Castle Garden by Naomi P. Cohen

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New York City, 1859: On Samhain night, a mage pledged to the Wild Hunt is violently murdered. Tensions between the Hunt and Triona, Fey Queen of Central Park, heat up and threaten to boil over into a full-scale conflict. Sofia De Benedetti, mage and musician in Triona’s court, has her hands full making enough money to support herself and help women who are down on their luck in the rough corners of the city. Now a fey war looms and a mage killer is on the prowl. Everything Sofia has built since immigrating, and her life itself, is at risk. With the help of a cait sidhe and a tempestuous storm fey, Sofia must find the murderer before the streets of the city erupt into a magical battleground.


Shadow of the Winter Mood by Cam Sinclair

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Drunk … Scoundrel … Thief … Vagabond … Fool … Reelum Hangs has been called many things, and at one time or other has resembled them all. Reelum, however, knows a dark and terrible secret—one that delves right to the heart of Kraven city. Sharrock is a grisly veteran from the harsh lands north of the Riven Expense—a brutish man with a hard temper and harder reputation. When a business opportunity presents the seemingly simple task of locating Reelum Hangs and providing a solution to his money woes, Sharrock is set on a course that will forever alter his life. Foul conspiracies that may threaten the very fabric of society will be uncovered. Scores will be settled, violence and mayhem unleashed, and bestial lusts unfettered to rampage without restraint. The notion of right and wrong, hero and villain, action and consequences will forever be skewed and tainted. Welcome to the Kraven Kronicles …


Danu's Curse by Nicole Pierman

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She endured an arranged marriage to help preserve peace in her country. But faced with familial betrayal, can a courageous young woman stop a brewing war between the Irish clans? Neas is no ordinary woman. Born with Fae magic in her veins, she is the only mortal with immortal abilities in Ireland. Due to her powers, she has always been protected by her uncle, a leader of a powerful Irish clan. But war continues to hang in the air, and Neas agrees to marry a prized warrior from another village in a desperate bid to strengthen peace between clans, even though she loves another man. When Fomorians rise from the Underworld and begin to attack, Neas begins to question her uncle's motives. Her uncle keeps her hidden behind the walls of his stronghold, away from the outside world as her people are slaughtered. Even though her magical abilities could easily end the bloodshed, she is pushed to the side until Neas uncovers the truth of his plan. Can Neas stop her uncle's bid for ultimate power without losing those she loves? Danu's Curse is a sweeping standalone Irish fantasy novel. If you enjoy independent female heroines, Irish mythology, and a thrilling magic-fueled story, then you will love Nicole Pierman's epic story. Buy Danu's Curse to join the ancient Irish rebels today!


The Third Crossing by Karim Soliman

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A prequel novel to the SPFBO Semi-finalist Army of the Cursed The drums of war are beating in Koya. By the Light’s will, the Red Cloaks shall cross the sea under His holy banner, the ancient homeland will be restored, the slaughtered ancestors will be avenged, and the damned occupants will all perish. By the Light’s will, the Third Crossing shall happen. Akira will be one of the heroes of the upcoming holy war; that’s the seer’s promise to his mother. He will outshine his fellow mages, don the red cloak, and join the Light’s own soldiers. He will bring victory to his people and honor to his family, clearing its name from his father’s shame. Or that’s what Akira thinks. Because seers can be devious sometimes. From the rural side of Koya enters Natsu as she assumes her late husband’s place and takes the smuggling underworld by storm. Her shocking rise provokes not only the Koyan navy, but also her rivals, and a fierce war ensues on land and sea. A war she can only win if she shakes hands with the smugglers' deadliest enemies; the Red Cloaks themselves. For honor and coin, Akira and Natsu will forge a shaky alliance, both knowing that one of them will eventually have to betray the other. Trust could be a grave mistake in these dark times of war. If you wish to be the last one standing, you must be ready to be the first to stab in the back.


The Bachelor's Valet by Arden Powell

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Alphonse Hollyhock is blessed with wealth, class, and more beauty than brains. Though he hasn't got a lick of wit or magic to his name, he's perfectly content living life as an airheaded bachelor with his valet—the clever, unflappable Jacobi—by his side to ensure everything runs smoothly. All he lacks, according to his mother, is a wife. Despite Alphonse's protests, he's to marry Aaliyah Kaddour: a bright, headstrong young woman who would probably be charming company if she didn't threaten everything about Alphonse's way of life. Marrying means giving up his fashionable flat, his fast car, and, worst of all, it means losing Jacobi. Perhaps most distressingly, this talk of marriage is bringing all sorts of confusing feelings to the forefront. Because rather than falling for the beautiful girl being pushed into his arms, Alphonse seems to be falling for his valet. Except a man can't fall in love with another man. Can he? Meanwhile, Aaliyah has plans of her own. She's as devious as she is pretty, but if Alphonse wants to get through this marriage business in one piece, he'll have to trust her. Her and Jacobi, and, most dangerously, his own feelings. The Bachelor's Valet is a novel in the Flos Magicae series, a collection of queer romances set in an alternate 1920s universe with magic. All the stories are standalones and can be read in any order.


Trial of the Alchemist by Trevor Melanson

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Aurora’s greatest entrepreneur has been murdered, and only the truth will save Alchemist Ortez from the gallows. Facing a heated courtroom of strangers, he must now recall the events that brought him here as a fellow alchemist probes his memory. Such is the job of alchemists: administering elixirs in order to see into the minds of men. Their dreams. Their nightmares. Their secrets. But while everyone believes him guilty, Alchemist Ortez knows what they do not. He was hired by the victim for a job unlike any they could imagine. Nor would they ever guess what other mysteries lie buried beneath the mountain metropolis of Aurora, a cave-enclosed city where countless gas lamps illuminate the endless night. Trial of the Alchemist is a gaslamp mystery rife with twists, adventure, and romance.


The Ring Breaker by Jean Gill

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Shortlisted for the 2022 Chaucer Award. 'A skilfully written, beautifully researched coming-of-age story set in Viking Orkney.’ Lexie Conyngham, the Orkneyinga Murders series Loyalty has a price the children pay In the twilight of the old gods, when the last Vikings rule the seas, two cursed orphans meet on an Orkney beach and their fates collide. Stripped of honour, facing bleak loneliness ahead, Skarfr and Hlif forge an unbreakable bond as they come of age in the savage Viking culture of blood debts and vengeance. To be accepted as adults, Skarfr must prove himself a warrior and Hlif must learn to use women’s weapons. Can they clear their names and choose their destiny? Or are they doomed by their fathers’ acts? The award-winning author of The Troubadours Quartet returns to the 12th century, with skalds instead of troubadours and Viking warriors instead of crusaders. Get ready for authentic medieval adventures steeped in poetry, politics and passion. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell Matthew Harffy and Madeline Miller.


The Bleeding Stone by Joseph John Lee

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The island nation of Ferranda is the jewel of the Acrarian Kingdom, and its Founder, Aritz a Mata, is revered as a god amongst men. But twenty-five years ago, Aritz was merely a man, a colonizer, an Invader seeking glory and fame in the name of his King and Queen, and Ferranda was a nameless union of indigenous Tribes, reverent of the heightened powers and aptitudes granted to them by their Animal Deities, but sundered by the foreigners claiming their lands to the south. In the unconquered north, the Stone Tribe has for fifteen years offered a safe haven for the southern Tribes displaced by Aritz's Invaders, whose occupying march north has been ostensibly halted by a dense forest barrier dividing north and south. Among the Stone people lives Sen, an outcast for the circumstances of her birth, preserved in society only by her status as daughter of her Tribe's Chief. Forever relegated to the fringes of society, she is forced to watch as countless of her kin, including her sister and brother, complete their rites of passage into adulthood and accordingly earn their aptitudes by the Deity to whom they share an affinity - the Bear, the Wolf, or the Owl. Despite this, Sen finds comfort in her life of forced solitude with her close inner circle, but hers is a comfort in days of waning tenuous peace. When Aritz's technologically-advanced forces push north, Sen is thrust into a singular quest to rescue one of her precious few captured in the ensuing struggle. While her goal is earnest - save someone dear to her and prove her worth to her Tribe - her people's goal is far more dire: survival in the face of uncertainty.


The Lady Jewel Diviner by Rosalie Oaks

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Diamonds, Death, and Devonshire tea… in a magical Regency England Miss Elinor Avely's proper upbringing cannot prepare her for the tiny, spinster vampire who crashes into her sitting room and demands to be fed with a sheep. Elinor already has enough troubles without having to catch ruminants. First, her secret gift for divining jewels has landed her in scandal, exiling her from London society. Second, a nobleman of dubious repute wants her to find a cache of smuggled jewels, hidden somewhere along the Devon coastline. Last – and worst – she is invited to cream tea at the local manor. And while the autocratic and magnificent Earl of Beresford might be there (and perhaps the jewels themselves too), Beresford is the last person Elinor wants to meet over cream tea. When a dead body is discovered along the cliffs, of course, such delicate considerations become secondary. Fortunately, Elinor now has a small vampiric chaperone – even if said spinster has a habit of appearing stark naked – and together they are ready to risk the hard questions. Where are the jewels hidden? Who killed the smuggler? And just when is the cream tea being served? The Lady Jewel Diviner is the first book in the Lady Diviner series, set in Regency England with generous servings of magic, manners, and romance.


Herald of the Storm by R.S Ford

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The first novel in Richard Ford's magnificent fantasy series has enough thrills, valour, guts and glory to satisfy any die-hard fan of David Gemmell and Joe Abercrombie. STAND TOGETHER… Under the reign of King Cael the Uniter, the vast cityport of Steelhaven has for years been a symbol of strength, maintaining an uneasy peace throughout the Free States. But now a long shadow hangs over the city, in the form of the dread Elharim warlord, Amon Tugha. ...OR DIE ALONE! When his herald infiltrates Steelhaven, looking to exploit its dangerous criminal underworld, and a terrible dark magick that has long been buried once again begins to rise, it could be the beginning of the end. . . Buy Herald of the Storm to begin the adventure today!


The Camelot Shadow by Sean Gibson

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“A chance to save her. Improbably, impossibly, inconceivably.” Lord Alfred Fitzwilliam spends each day in much the same way: caring for his terminally ill wife and trying to lose himself in the dusty tomes that fill his library. Everything changes when he receives a visit from a man representing a clandestine organization operating with the backing of Queen Victoria herself. The group seeks his aid in finding an Arthurian artifact that, legend holds, can cure its bearer of any wound or disease. Skeptical but desperate to help his wife, Alfred is convinced that the fabled item might actually exist after witnessing a seemingly impossible display of power by the organization's leader, James Nigel. He decides to purse the treasure, accompanied by an eccentric scholar, a deadly druid, and his best friend, a sardonic bookseller who is far more than he seems. As he follows an arcane trail of clues from the gas-lit streets of London to the wilds of Scotland and deep into ancient catacombs in Italy, Alfred becomes enmeshed in a web of hidden agendas, secret societies, and ancient enchantments. Along the way, he learns a dark secret about Nigel’s past—and the true power of the artifact he seeks. Steeped in a compelling mythology and filled with unexpected twists, The Camelot Shadow will leave readers stunned, breathless, and wrestling with an impossible question: what do you do with an object that has the power to both save the world and destroy it?


The Forbidden: A Fantasy Fiction Series (The Ancestors Saga, Book 1) by Lori Holmes

The unforgettable story of one woman’s perilous journey to save, The Forbidden. Begin your adventure 40,000 years into our own dark and forgotten past with The Ancestors Saga. She’s the last hope for a world lost to the depths of time. Alone on the frozen tundra, Rebaa has lost more than most. Behind her lies a trail of bodies, among them her lover, Juran, leader of the mighty Black Wolf Clan. Ahead lies an unforgiving terrain and a secret that could destroy her… With an avalanche of enemies and savage predators on her trail, Rebaa scours the barren landscape for shelter from the unrelenting storm, desperate to stay one step ahead of her brutal adversary, the cruel and ambitious Eldrax. The murderous chieftain will stop at nothing to acquire Rebaa’s mysterious powers for his own. It’s not the first time she’s escaped a fate worse than death. After being separated from her people as a young woman, Rebaa survived amongst her People’s most deadly enemy. It should have cost her life. Instead, it cost her heart. Even if Rebaa finds her way and survives the impossible, is she prepared for the unimaginable, and will The Forbidden be her salvation… or her damnation?


The Queen With No Name (Return of the Ancestors Book 1) by JJ Makenzie

She was born to be a queen, yet she’s nothing more than a political pawn. With no name and no place to call her own, she’s doing her best to hold on to the only thing that belongs to her and her alone—her soul. A difficult task, given that she was kept alive for the sole purpose of being given to the formidable King Rowan of Northrend to fulfill the treaty signed by the three kingdoms of Greatland long before she was born. She must bear his heirs in the hopes of keeping the delicate peace that continually lies on the precipice of collapse. What she doesn’t know is that she’s not just the key to peace—she’s the key to war. King Rowan’s entire life has been spent protecting his beloved kingdom and people. All he wishes for is an unassuming wife to bear his heirs and leave him unaffected. But the princess with no name haunts him with her beauty and unyielding spirit. Torn between breaking her and loving her, he puts his kingdom at risk each passing day he goes without a legitimate heir. But there are more than hearts and souls on the line; danger lurks around every corner. Threats from within and without Northrend make it difficult to know who they can trust. The paramount question is, can they trust each other? Will the king finally name his queen, or will she tear his world apart? Her name comes with a price. Who will pay it? Author JJ Makenzie presents an achingly beautiful coming of age story with a romance that will curl your toes and leave you longing for more.


Khon'Tor's Wrath: An Alternate History Epic Fantasy by Leigh Roberts

If she’d known the consequences, would she have made the same choice? An underground, sophisticated community hidden for thousands of years, ruled by the sacred laws handed down by the Ancients. A young Healer — forbidden to pair and committed to the service of the Great Spirit. A handsome protector — compelling but out of reach. A powerful Chieftain — who demands obedience above all else. 
What if… The People’s existence is thrown into jeopardy when the young Healer, Adia, breaks a sacred law of the Ancients, putting everyone at risk of discovery by an outside world that will only seek to destroy them. When her Chieftain Khon’Tor, discovers what she has done, he sees the Healer’s disobedience as an affront to his authority, and fears her actions will trigger The Age of Shadows — a period of terrible trial foretold by the Ancients. Hated by her Chieftain's mate for reasons she does not understand, Adia faces the biggest battle of her life as she clings to her faith and searches for the strength to endure the consequences of her Chieftain’s anger. She was prepared for him to be angry. She was prepared for him to punish her. But she was not prepared for Khon'Tor's Wrath.


Wedded to the Warlord by Sirena Knighton

The Butcher of Borviel takes a bride… When a princess from the East and a warlord from the West are forced into an arranged marriage to cement an alliance between their kingdoms, they have to learn to get along – or thousands will die. Mallika has been burned by love before. She trusted the wrong man, and now she’s trapped as a pawn in his underhanded political schemes. With her brother’s life on the line, she’s forced to wed a man who stands for everything she hates, win his heart—and then secretly betray him. Tristan knew he would never make a love match. As a general to his king, he sold his loyalty years ago in return for his family’s safety. Now, he’s suddenly the heir to a baronetcy, and his king wants him to take a foreign bride. One that he’s not sure he can trust. With opponents to the alliance in both kingdoms, and their conflicting personalities constantly clashing, their marriage seems doomed to fail. Can these two royal pawns fight their fate and find love? ❤️ Dual POV ❤️ Arranged marriage ❤️ Slow-burn romance ❤️ Opposites attract ❤️ 'Only one bed' ❤️ 'Why can't I hate you?' ❤️ Cinnamon roll hero


Street Witch: The Complete Trilogy: Steamy Fantasy Romance by S. L. Prater

A bold witch. A reluctant ruler. A forbidden love that will challenge an empire. Marnie is a gifted witch—but magic has a mind of its own. Left unrestrained, it will always misbehave. When a demonic curse threatens Lord Bran, a man she’s loved since childhood, Marnie uses her abilities to save him. After years of suppressing their feelings—knowing the relationship is prohibited by the Church of the Cloth—the two succumb to their passion. Her growing power triggers a dangerous political war—and their relationship is doomed before it begins. Now the couple must decide whether to keep their love a secret or face imminent persecution . . . knowing they may not survive.


The Pharaoh's Curse by Kyro Dean

There was a reason the assassins always won in the end. Why her family always died. He was smarter than her, whoever he was. More prepared. A mongoose to her cobra. And it didn’t matter how hard she fought back, how hard she bit. In the end, he’d eat her up. Zarina Nefartari is the last descendant of the ancient queens. As novel and grand as a royal heritage sounds, descending from a line of queens has only ever brought her trouble. She is, after all, a descendant of the sun god who can’t bear to see its light without getting migraines and who needs colored lenses just to stand in its rays. The laughing gods were cruel like that. Not to mention the assassin that has been hunting her family for millennia. The begrudging family of killers has been the end of every one of her female ancestors since the great queen herself--and they're coming for her next. To make matters worse, her god-appointed bodyguard since birth, Farak, does not reciprocate her growing feelings. Too bound to his godly oath, he has committed to forsaking love and protecting her at all costs. Unsatisfied with the lot the fates have dealt her, Zarina wants more than anything to free them both from the curse of an early death. She leaves her life of hiding to solve the mystery that has shaded her family for two-thousand years, hoping that if she takes fate into her own hands and fights back against the assassin, Farak's allegiance will change. The problem? Lord Richard DeClare: an over-excited Brittanian Aegyptologist who finds her absolutely mesmerizing--and who reveals her identity to all of Aegyptus. With the mysterious assassin hot on her newly-announced trail, a street lord who wants her dead so he can steal her family's treasure, and that pesky Britannian who happens to possess the resources she needs, Zarina is thrown into a foray of chaos that threatens to kill her at every turn. Now, she must use her colored lenses to solve the clues in the tunnels and tombs of her family's legacy to figure out who the assassin is and why they've wanted her family dead since Queen Nefertari's reign over two millennia ago. Deep in the heart of an alternate-history Egypt, Zarina must learn what matters more--family or fate--and how much control she has over a life ruled by the gods.


Whispers in the Waters by Sarah Chislon

Ladies don’t shame their families. Ladies don’t confront Otherwordly threats. Ladies certainly don’t admit some taint of the fae has touched their souls—unless they wish to find themselves confined to an Institution. Gently-bred herbalist Jessa Caldwell is trying to be a lady. She conceals her true nature amongst her plants and her sketches—where she can almost shut out the whispers she alone hears. But a threat to her beloved aunt forces her from the comfort of home to a town perilously near an Otherworldly Crossing, with its ever-present risk of fae incursions. To protect her aunt and the townsfolk she comes to care for, she must uncover the individual responsible for a series of increasingly dangerous attacks—but to find this saboteur will require embracing the part of herself she fears most, an act that could cost her dearly. In a world where Vigilists lock up fae-touched mortals, Jessa must decide if she’s willing to risk exposing her true nature to obtain the truth and protect those she loves. Whispers in the Waters, a gaslamp fantasy novella, serves as the prequel to Tattoo of Crimson, the first book in the Blood of the Fae series. If you like quick-minded heroines who solve cases with logic and intuition, beautiful yet deadly fae, and Otherworldly intrigues, then you’ll love this mystery set in a world of manners and mythical monsters.


Tattoo of Crimson by Sarah Chislon

Society, suitors, and…serial murders? As much as she desires to please her family, gently-bred herbalist Jessa Caldwell has no intention of making a suitable match—not when she’s seeking the truth about the taint of the fae that lies within her. If she’s to escape the madness brought on by fae-touch, she must devote her energies to seeking a cure. But then mysterious tattoos begin to appear on the citizens of Avons. None recall receiving these harbingers of death, but all die at the hand of an untraceable killer days or weeks after being marked. When the tattoo appears on her beloved mentor, Jessa seeks the Magistry with information on the case—yet they refuse to consider her findings, so she must risk both social censure and her own safety to hunt for the killer herself. Her one possible ally represents her greatest fear—the encroaching Otherworld consuming her mind—and may well undo all her efforts to control her fae-touch. Yet if she forsakes the offered aid, the killer will go free. Something sinister stalks the streets of her city, and she must decide…how far will she go to stop the killing? Tattoo of Crimson, a gaslamp fantasy novel, is the first book in the Blood of the Fae series. If you like quick-minded heroines who solve cases with logic and intuition, beautiful yet deadly fae, and Otherworldly intrigues, then you’ll love this mystery set in a world of manners and mythical monsters.


Aboard the Timeline by Bastian Gregory

Aboard the Timeline It's the story of a bored boy, Pete who doesn't find anything interesting at school. One day he becomes so bored, and time stands still and he escapes to Outermind. Here he befriends various living beings in different worlds, and along the way becomes aware of a constant conflict going on in these different lands. Ultimately, Pete is asked to make a difference, and the question is whether he is up to the task? Anyone who has a passion for words and wordplay will enjoy reading “Aboard the Timeline” In this wonderful children’s book , Bastian takes us on an adventure with his main character Pete, a young boy who at first seems to be lost (in many more ways than one!) but who ultimately finds his way together with the help of his companions, the lovely dinosaur Reginald and the ancient Greek thinker, Philosophocles. Bastian manages to keep the reader engaged page after page, with clever puns and witty plays on words, which makes his story even more entertaining. Here is a quote from a teacher on Amazon: “My 10 year old son and I read this together and we both really enjoyed it. Redolent of Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories/Luka and the Fire of Life plus Walter Moers’ Captain Bluebear series, it’s a consistently chuckleworthy, highly imaginative, multi-layered yarn that carried us wackily along its narrative tracks from start to finish. There’s a great cast of characters - from a doddery old dinosaur to an ebullient Ancient Greek philosopher (“Philosophocles”) to some suitably dastardly demons - and the illustrations, which perfectly complement the text, are great fun too. Highly recommended!”


The Signet Ring: A Trouvères Adventure by Ellis L Knox

Never trust a noble, even if one hires you. The Trouvères are invited to an island to perform at a celebration: a peace treaty between two long-time enemies and a betrothal to seal the deal. Val, the head of the troupe of humans, plus an elf and an ogre, has a plan: give a good show, get good pay, and get out.


Empress and Soldier by Marian L Thorpe

A boy of the night-time streets. A girl of libraries and learning. Druisius, the son of a merchant, is sixteen when his father’s cruel order drives him from home and into the danger and intrigue of the military. Eudekia, a scholar’s daughter, educated and dutiful, is not meant to be a prince’s bride. In an empire at war, and in a city beset by famine and unrest, she must prove herself worthy of its throne. A decade after a first, brief meeting, their lives intersect again. When a delegation arrives from the lost West, Druisius is assigned to guard them. In the span of a few weeks, a young captain will capture the hearts of both Empress and soldier in very different ways, offering a future neither could have foreseen. A stand-alone novel that can also serve as a second entry point into the Empire series. No previous knowledge of my fictional world is needed.


The Doctrines of Fire by CL Jarvis

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Edinburgh, 1779. An academic rivalry turns deadly. George Stephens is a lousy medical student. Lacking the social and financial resources to succeed in Edinburgh’s elite medical school, his dream of becoming a physician appears over before it began. Then George comes to the attention of two famous professors, William Cullen and Joseph Black. Medical students are dying mysteriously - the professors suspect a disgraced former student is to blame - and they need George’s help uncovering the truth. Believing the partnership will bolster his academic standing, George agrees. Their investigation pulls them into the murkiest, most dangerous corners of Enlightenment Edinburgh. The professors are secret wielders of fire magic, but their foes are courting even darker forces. With violence threatening to erupt, and George struggling to navigate this confusing city, getting justice for the dead will be harder than he imagined. Ninth House meets A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians in this thrilling fantasy debut from CL Jarvis.


Panacea by Alex Robins

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At the heart of every legend lies a truth. Twisted and reshaped by the currents of time. For twenty years, strategos Dexios has led the phalanx of Thena against its enemies, pulled from one battleground to another in a relentless cycle of war and bloodshed. Now, finally, he has found the courage to leave that life behind. To relinquish his officer’s sword and return to the verdant slopes of his vineyard with his wife and son. Peace, however, is fragile and capricious. When Thena’s northern allies bring word of an enormous tauran horde gathering on their borders, Dexios has no choice but to answer the call to arms one last time. As humans and tauros collide, another evil wakes. Whispered rumours of a clawed creature that stalks the shadowy streets. Of violent murders committed in the name of deities long thought vanquished. To speak their names is heresy. They are the Exiled. The Banished. The Ruined Gods.


Caesar's Command: an Alternate History in the Roman by R.G Rogers

Caesar Fights for the Republic. History Changes Forever. Caesar is the praetorian governor of Further Spain when war breaks out against a rebel with a familiar name: Quintus Sertorius. The late Roman rebel left a half-Iberian son behind, and now he's determined to win freedom for his people. But there's one problem: Gaius Julius Caesar is in his way. Now Caesar finds himself on the side of the Republic, with Pompey the Great as the threat looming in the shadows. But without the political influence he'll gain later in life - or the great fortune gained from a conquest of Gaul that may now never happen - Caesar is in need of political allies. Can he swallow his pride and ally with the conservatives who dominate the Roman Senate, or must he fight enemies on all fronts? Was Caesar by nature a rebel, destined to rule Rome? Or will history change when Caesar fights for the Republic, with Pompey as the enemy at the gates? For fans of Colleen McCullough and Harry Turtledove, Caesar's Command is a thrilling tale of military and political battles in a world that might have been.


Bleudark (Other World) Pa by Varnadore Vaughn

"Don't be afraid to look into the eclipse!" -Jee Rune Hartsmund is on the verge of pitching the game of his life and making baseball history when there is an attempt on his life from somewhere behind the stadium lights. Miraculously, he is saved by a young boy who runs onto the field just before the bullet strikes home. He soon finds out that his savior, Jee, is a 600-year-old Japanese deity, reincarnated in the body of a 13-year-old Asian boy. Reluctantly, he is drawn into a magical world where guns are called wands, bullets are curses and Magí use the lifeforce of humans to fuel their magic. Pulled between the loyalty of the only world he has ever known and the Other World that now lays claim to him, he struggles with the ethics of his newfound magical abilities. Together with a rag-tag group of Paladín-Magí and The Alliance, Against, Dark, Arts & Arcane, Magics (A.A.D.A.A.M), he struggles to defend both worlds against the Necromancer, Nubilous. Rune uncovers that nothing was ever what it seemed and learns the malignant mysteries of the Bleudark.


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...


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.


Dream of Death City: A chilling fantasy mystery (Red Kingdom Book 1 by Pj Nwosu

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Chilling, dark fantasy with a heavy dose of Sherlock Holmes in this new series of twisty mysteries in fantasy worlds. Pale moths haunt an icy frontier. Beneath the shadow of a drowned death god, a frozen body is unearthed from the snow. Investigators arrive to a superstitious island to solve a brutal crime. Among them is a lowly slave desperate to prove her worth and a soldier with dark dreams. Neither are prepared for what they find. Death City is a strange and violent frontier, and no one who survives comes back clean. First though, Thora and Diem must survive. Welcome to the Red Kingdom. The Red Kingdom is a new series of dark mysteries in fantasy worlds that delve into a land of vicious crimes, strange lore and Purge House zealots.


Vengeance on a Slow Boil (Murderers, Thieves, and Velvet Book 2) by Chloe Garner

It's been a year since the fight that put Rat King Skite at permanent odds with Lord Palora, and things have changed in Verida. The stone elf threat is gone, yet the city is falling to pieces, and people are hungry. Meanwhile, Skite still has a score to settle with Palora, and Ella's life is in danger if she leaves the Westhauser estate. While Skite works on a plan for dealing with Palora, Sam brings him news of a warehouse where goods always come in, but never seem to come out again. Which leads to the obvious conclusion that this might be just the score that Skite needs to get the Black Docks through the lean times and stronger on the other side. As they get deeper into the heist, Skite discovers that elements of his past that he'd long forgotten are involved, and that there may be more to this warehouse, these goods, than he could have possibly imagined. The city is on edge, threatening to tip into chaos, and Skite and the crew have an opportunity to influence what's going to happen next. And maybe make a tidy little profit on the side. Welcome back to the Black Docks. Skite, Brandyrose, Sly, Sam, Ace, and Tinman are gearing up for another job.


Murderers, Thieves, and Velvet by Chloe Garner

What Skite, one-time assassin and current King of the Rats, needs least in his life is more to do. Newly wed and trying to negotiate the sticky, political waters of the Black Docks - Rat territory - and their relationships throughout the rest of the city of Verida, he's still unable to resist addressing insult to Black Docks commerce when a nobleman refuses to pay for goods ordered and threatens to drive the flourishing local smithing industry out of business. And so the heist is on. He's assembling a crew that isn't much pleased with his decisions, the last year or so, and his new wife isn't about to be left out of the action as Skite flexes his conspiratorial muscles to go after one of the most powerful men in Verida. But Verida isn't a simple place to do business in the best of times, and Skite knows better than anyone that a plan is like as not to blow up somewhere around halfway through and leave everyone scrambling. Verida is a land of elves and pixies and magic, but every Rat knows that that doesn't make it pretty. It's a good thing that Skite's good at winning ugly, because that's where this one is going.


Grace (Three Times Blessed Series Book 1) by Nicole Warner

In Nicole Warner's exciting fantasy debut, "Grace", extraordinary circumstances force two young royals into an unknown destiny. As nobles of their respective kingdoms, their futures are set. A princess promised to a king. A lord burdened by expectation. In this historical fantasy, where the weight of royal duty would deny the desire of one's heart, Lord Eadred and Princess Anais find themselves caught between the two. Eadred, cousin to the King of Tellenel, is tasked with teaching their language and customs to Anais, King Edmund's betrothed. He thinks it a punishment, little wishing to babysit a princess. Both are sent to the coastal town of Arnil Wale where mystical and deadly forces soon intrude upon Eadred's life. With threats all around, exposing those he loves to danger, he faces impossible choices. Worse yet, his growing affinity for the Princess places them both in a different sort of peril. Far from the Tellen court and the man she is to marry, their friendship quickly becomes the greatest risk of all.


La Fee Verte by Samuel Clark

She is the nectar of the poet, the Green Muse. She steals the souls of those who love, turns their lives to despair and feeds her own. She is where love goes when it is destroyed and only hate shall remain. Her name is Green Fairy, and she lives in the absinthe. At the centre of several intertwined stories is Virginie Couvet, who falls in love with a man with ties to the church—a man who cannot afford to associate with her. Virginie and her sisters have invented a drink that their customers love but the church wants outlawed: Absinthe. Haunted by her lost love, and by strange visions of La Gargouille, Virginie desperately searches for release from her torment. Under the influence of a force she does not understand, the lines between this world and the next begin to blur. This gripping tale, pieced together from the translated diary extracts of those who have encountered La Fée Verte in her various forms, takes us on a journey that begins in sixth century France, but spans over a millennium.


The Chained Adept: A Lost Wizard's Tale by Karen Myers

Book 1 of The Chained Adept A STRONG WIZARD WITH UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AND A CHAIN AROUND HER NECK Penrys’s past is unknown, but she’s got a better grip on her future: find out where she came from, discover what happened to her, and figure out how the unremovable chain around her neck makes her different from other wizards. What any of this has to do with the renewal of an ugly war between neighboring countries, half a world away, is just something she’ll have to sort out, along with the rumors of wizards where they don’t belong. Assuming, of course, that no one removes her as a threat before she can find her footing. All she wants is a firm foundation for the rest of her life, with a side helping of retribution, and if she has to fix things along the way, well, so be it.


The Seeds of Power (Elan Intrigues) by Jilly Wood

Her unique skills keep her safe. Until her greatest strength becomes her fatal weakness.Princess Christal of Larrochar learned long ago that to marry was to risk her life. At twenty-eight she’s resolutely unwed, trusted assistant to the King’s Cultivator and an expert in rare plants.Then, to her horror, she receives a marriage proposal she can’t refuse. All Prince Daire of Caldermor cares about is elan—the mysterious golden beans that bring his family untold wealth and power. If Daire wants Christal, elan must be at the root of his interest.Christal’s father would sacrifice her to discover elan’s secrets. The Calderrans would kill to keep them secure. To save herself Christal will need every kernel of knowledge she’s ever gleaned. And the support of Kiran Randsen, elite soldier turned Calderran bodyguard, who may be something even rarer than elan—a man she’d trust with her life.The Seeds of Power is the first book in the Elan Intrigues fantasy romance series. If you like strong heroines, chivalrous heroes, natural magic, and life-or-death stakes, then you’ll love this powerful historical fantasy by award-winning author Jilly Wood.Dig in to The Seeds of Power and share Christal’s adventure today!


Children of the Wise Oak by Oliver J Tooley

Blyth, Teague, and Abbon, three brothers of the Durotriges tribe in southern Britain, discover a strange old man, living alone in the forest, who warns them of a coming storm. Soon afterwards, their father returns from travelling in distant lands. But then, terrible events force them to flee from their village; the only home they have ever known. The old man teaches them some magic, before they embark on a journey across the sea to Gaul, guided by the warrior mage Gwenn. Gwenn brings them to train with the mysterious Deru-Weidi, but will their magic be enough when they come face to face with the mighty city of Rome? Set in a historically accurate backdrop of iron age Britain, Gaul, and the Roman Republic; “Children of the Wise Oak” is a historical fantasy featuring magical realism, Celtic culture and religion, the occasional dragon, and more. Age suitability. Recommended minimum age of 11-13 (with parental guidance) for the series. Book 1 contains some moderate violence, including battles, individual combat, Roman games, and a ritual killing. Later books in the series also contain some mild sexual content and some moderately adult themes.


The Secrets of Alaburg (Alaburg University) by Greg Walters

The bestselling epic fantasy book series from Germanys Kindle Storyteller Award Winner Greg Walters is finally available in english!A hideous beast with glowing red eyes ambushes Bryn on his way home through the forest. After a narrow escape, the sixteen-year-old must flee with his foster father Gerald to the only place that promises safety: Âlaburg University, where humans, dwarves, elves, and orcs come together to study the Colors of Magic. Bryn soon discovers he can use all three magical colors, which renders him powerful and dangerous at the same time. Will he learn to channel his powers with the help of his unlikely new friends and secure peace for the land, or will he become the one who spells out doom for the enlightened nations of Razuclan?A university full of magical creatures; what could possibly go wrong? To find out, visit Alaburg yourself!


Rise of the Centurio Immortalis by C. Thomas Lafollette

It’s dangerous business getting mixed up with gods… ...but a centurion always follow orders. When blood sucking monsters attack, can even the gods protect a loyal soldier of Rome? After three years campaigning in Armenia and Mesopotamia and a meteoric rise through the ranks of the legions, Lucius has been promoted to centurion and given a final mission from his dying emperor—go to Armenia to protect a remote temple dedicated to the god Mithras. With a Parthian assassin on their trail and a ferocious Caucasus Mountains winter in front of them, Lucius and his men are running out of time. And with dark demons waiting for them at Mithras’s temple, Lucius may be running out of luck. Enemies—mortal and not—are dogging Lucius’s every movement, and he isn’t sure he’ll be able complete his emperor’s mission…or even make it out alive. You’ll love this blend of historical fantasy and vampires, because history is better with fangs. Get it now! Rise of the Centurio Immortalis is a Luke Irontree Historical Adventure.


Lords of the Black Banner: A Mongolian Epic (Fractured Empire Book 2) by Starr Z Davies

In a nation torn apart by powerful men, one woman rises. Mandukhai faces her toughest challenge yet — carving out her place in a political hierarchy ruled by men. And as the Great Khan’s life hangs on the precipice, the Mongol Lords prepare to raise the black banner of war. Secrets are revealed and dangers lurk in every shadow. Who will survive the treacherous games of the Mongol court? Will this be the end of Genghis Khan’s royal Borjigin line? And who will end up on top when the dust finally settles? Lords of the Black Banner is the second book in the award-winning Fractured Empire Saga, based on the gritty, dark, true story of Lady Mandukhai. The series draws you into a world of brutal Mongol steppe life, deadly political games, and the desperate will to survive. ⚠Please be advised: This book contains adult situations, graphic violence, and assault.


Chronicles of Yarrowind: The Age of Change by Iren Adams

THE GODS ARE AWAKENING Marehana is close. The three moons of Yarrowind are ready to eclipse the sun for a whole day. War is coming down on the Allied Kingdoms. A destructive clan leaves only ruins at their passing through the Willinghurst Mountains. The half-elf Alanna and the magician Reese have to leave on a quest to the uncharted lands. An ancient artifact is their only hope to save Yarrowind from the awakening Dark God. Hidden enemies, deceptive plans, and unforeseen dangers await them at every turn. �� �� ��


Kitsune: A Little Mermaid Retelling (Tales of Akatsuki Book 1) by Nicolette Andrews

in is a Kitsune, or at least she was until a witch’s spell turned her human. To regain her powers, Rin must make the lord’s son fall in love with her before the next full moon. She thought it would be easy, her kind have been seducing humans for centuries. But Hikaru is different. He’s handsome, intelligent, and kind –the opposite of everything she’s assumed about humans. The plan is to seduce him and get back her powers, there’s no room for love. Hikaru never believed in the Yokai. In fact, he thought it foolish to believe in monsters. A lifetime of skepticism has guarded him from truths too painful to accept. And Rin’s mysterious arrival in his life challenges all his long held beliefs. She has bewitched him. Though he is drawn to her, he has to keep his distance. His father’s treaty depends on his marriage to another and even an innocence dalliance could ruin everything. While they try to deny their attraction, they are drawn together as if by fate’s design. Falling in love is dangerous. Not only are they from different worlds, but their time together can only end in heartache. To break the spell Rin must betray Hikaru or be turned into a fox. But if they’re willing to risk it all, they may find a love to last lifetimes.


God of Fire: Greek Myths (A New Retelling) by Helen Steadman

He’s a rejected immortal. But can this magical blacksmith fight against fate and overcome the darkness of his past? Hephaestus fears he’ll never be accepted. Cast down from Olympus and raised by a powerful sea witch, he sets out on a quest to discover his unknown father’s true identity. But he struggles to be taken seriously by the other gods who only want him for his ingenious inventions. Convinced that solving his paternity will help him earn the love he seeks, the god of fire traps his mother and refuses to free her until she reveals a name. But when he uncovers a terrifying truth, he finds himself with more enemies than allies amongst the wrathful Olympians. Can Hephaestus unlock buried secrets and prove himself worthy? God of Fire is an imaginative standalone historical fantasy. If you like forgotten legends, fantastic beasts, and dark tales punctuated with humour, then you’ll adore Helen Steadman’s fascinating expedition into mythology. Buy God of Fire to unravel the mysteries of ancient Greece today! Recommended for fans of Mythos, Song of Achilles, Circe and Pandora’s Jar.


Queen of Egypt (The Amarna Age Book 1) by Kylie Quillinan

She knows she's going to kill the man she loves. She just doesn't know why yet. Ankhesenamun needs to produce an heir to the throne -- quickly. Pharaoh Tutankhamun is young and weak. His chief advisors are planning his quiet removal and Ankhesenamun hopes to hold them off by producing an heir who can become a stronger Pharaoh. When Pharaoh's advisors move the court from the desert city of Akhetaten back to ancient Memphis, Ankhesenamun is thrown into a new world of danger, secrets, and old gods. Her dreams warn her of a blond-haired man who she will fall desperately in love with -- and who will die by her own hand. When the man from her dreams suddenly enters her life, she realises just how hard it's going to be to stay away from him. Forgetting the warnings, she throws herself into an affair with him. After all, she's supposed to be producing an heir. As his secrets start to be revealed, she searches for a way to save him. But saving his life might lead him to a fate worse than death. Queen of Egypt is the first book in a series set in 18th Dynasty Egypt in a world where the old gods have been worshipped for thousands of years and magic is a matter of belief. For readers of historical fantasy who enjoy magical realism and an ancient world setting.


Captive and the Cursed: A Fairy Tale Retold (Heartsbane Saga) by E.D Martin

She must choose: follow her head or follow her heart?Nyah's merchant father raised her and her younger sister Payton on tales of treasure and excitement, but after he returns home from his latest trip addle-minded, Nyah must put aside her dreams of adventure and focus on more practical matters, like her betrothal to the illiterate son of the village chief. But when a roving band of barbarians kidnap Payton and the village leaders do nothing to rescue her, Nyah has no choice but to take matters into her own hands. She offers herself in her sister's place, doomed to travel with the barbarian army until their price is paid.The army is led by warrior Brandulfur, a man who suffers from a hideous, painful curse that's been put upon him and his court. Although he's officially in her country to aid his childhood friend in raising an army to support the king, he's on a personal quest for the book that holds the cure for his curse - a book that Nyah soon realizes her father stole from him.Determined to return to her family, she'll need all the allies she can get. But she soon realizes no one is who they seem, including the people closest to her. She'll have to make hard choices if she wants her life to be the same as before - but is that even what she wants anymore?Captive and the Cursed is the first book in a series of fairy tales retold in a world of Vikings. If you like sassy heroines, adventures spanning the medieval world, and a touch of romance, you'll love The Heartsbane Saga, E.D. Martin's new historical fantasy series. Get your copy and start your adventure today!


Ursa Kane by Stacy Bender

On her way to a martial arts convention, Danielle Kane's plane crashes on an island in the Bermuda Triangle with cities trapped in time. She is furious to learn that on this island teetering on the brink of civil war, women are chattel. The sixteenth century Spaniards want to lock her in a tower. The fourteenth century pirates want to enslave her. The Inca Indians would worship her as a god. The World War Two soldiers aren't sure what to make of her. None of them are ready for a modern woman.


Bloom of Beorg: Song of Glædlond by Jess Cippian

A spellbound princess. An enchanted castle. A mysterious stranger. The castle binds her, even protects her. Princess Alikina is sure she is destined to live out her life trapped in this prison of perfect leisure, alone but for the company of one silent being. Until the stranger arrives, mortally wounded, turning her world upside down. Who is this outsider, and where did he come from? What dark tidings does he bear? Alikina discovers the one thing that can save her kingdom. She slips through the flawed enchantment to face a world of pain and sorrow wrought by the hand of an evil queen. Can she find the courage to face her fears and boldness to claim the throne she was born to?


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