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More Than A Vampire: A More Than Human Novel (More Than Human Universe) by J. R. Carrel

In the shadows of a hidden world… …the turned live forever. Was the peace between the four clans in danger? His job for 200-years was to hunt rogue vampires. Simon did it well. His clan depended upon him and keeping things in balance suited Simon. Everything changed in 1639. That’s when he met Lina. Lina was born to a traveling Merchant family. As a teenager in Alexandria, Egypt, she stopped a shoplifter. The shop owner offered to pay for her education. That’s how she became part of the world of vampires. She rose to political liaison. For her, Simon was a double-edged sword. Would they have to choose between love and loyalty? You’ll adore this story of forbidden love, because this hero’s journey just might last an eternity.

Blood & Magic Eternal by Jessaca Willis

She’s fought hard to survive their reign of terror. But can she stop them from devouring humanity? Charlotte Thorne won’t rest until she’s had revenge. Counting down to the day she can kill the vampire king who murdered her family, she stalks his minions picking them off one by one with her deadly crossbow. But a potentially fatal misstep while checking her traps throws the talented huntress into the depths of the bloodsucker’s royal dungeons. Discovering she and her cellmates are to be released as prey for the vicious predator’s sport, Charlotte vows to extract them all before the brutal games begin. But when tensions rise and other humans fall into the tyrant’s grasp, she fears she’s about to watch everyone she cares for be sacrificed to a grisly hunt… Can she fire off a last lethal bolt before demons and beasts erase her kind forever? Blood & Magic Eternal is the gripping first book in the Blood & Magic Eternal dark gothic fantasy series. If you like vengeful heroines, grim dystopias, and slow-burn romance, then you’ll love Jessaca Willis’s epic adventure.

Zhuulton of Zhuul and the Feast of the Centipede (Aeon of Chaos) by B. J. Swann

Zhuulton of Zhuul has been given a quest. Unfortunately for her, it looks more like a creative suicide plan than a realistic goal. Before three days are up, she must travel to the heart of an inhospitable empire, infiltrate an impregnable palace, slaughter fifteen kings as they sit down to lunch, and defeat the great demon centipede before he ascends to the fourth dimension. If she doesn’t, her best friend in the whole world will be eaten alive - with a side of mustard. Luckily Zhuulton has the help of four shape-shifting demons, each with their own special power. One of them can sing. One of them can eat. One of them can smash things. And the fourth is filled with the dread essence of death itself. Join Zhuulton and her magnificent companions for a madcap adventure crammed with sex, violence, and outright strangeness. Enter the Aeon of Chaos, where fantasy, horror, and humour collide!

To Bleed a Crystal Bloom by Sarah A Parker

"What a pretty flower to keep locked in a big, rocky tower." Nineteen years ago, I was plucked from the heart of a bloody massacre that spared nobody else. Small. Fragile. An enigma. Now ward to a powerful High Master who knows too much and says too little, I lead a simple life, never straying from the confines of an imaginary line I've drawn around the castle grounds. Stay within. Never leave. Out there, the monsters lurk. Inside, I'm safe ... though at a cost far greater than the blood I drip into a goblet daily. Toxic, unreciprocated love for a man who's utterly unavailable. My savior. My protector. My almost executioner. I can't help but be enamored with the arcane man who holds the power to pull my roots from the ground. When voracious beasts spill across the land and threaten to fray the fabric of my tailored existence, the petals of reality will peel back to reveal an ugly truth. But in a castle puddled with secrets, none are greater than the one I've kept from myself. No tower is tall enough to protect me from the horror that tore my life to shreds.

The Dust of Rhll by J. F. Meskimen

A dark sword-and-sorcery adventure for adults featuring cover artwork by the legendary Erol Otus, The Dust of Rhll is J. F. Meskimen's first novel. Told from the perspectives of an ensemble of sinister and desperate characters -- an assassin returning from his retirement as a medical college instructor; a young outlaw who fancies himself a lord; a master breeder and smuggler of narcotic beetles; a jaded mercenary captain; and more -- it is the story of an expedition to a destroyed city to retrieve a relic on behalf of a mad emperor.

Tears of Prophecy: Book I of the World of Prophecy by Marios Genethliou

A young man who has known nothing but abuse and rejection all his life finds himself to be the scion of prophecy with powers beyond his imagination. Virtuous sorcerers and malevolent warlocks are locked in a race against time, fiercely competing for influence over the one prophesied to either save the world or destroy it. Aldo is at the mercy of deeply flawed human beings, his very soul the prize and his newly-discovered powers both a blessing and a curse. Which path will he choose? Will he remain manipulated and used or will he take charge of his own fate? How will his actions determine the course of history? A journey in search of destiny, from the frozen reaches of the world, through stormy seas, impassable jungles, scorching deserts, unscalable mountains and countries ravaged by war, forever in the thralls of prophecy.

Phantoms of Ruthaer: Chronicles of Damage, Inc. by Jason Macdonald

With their immortal souls threatened, a small town's only hope lies in trusting bounty hunters with a reputation almost as dark as the evil stalking the night. In the countries east of the White River, some call Damage, Inc. heroes. Others call them criminals. The truth lies somewhere in between. Hector de los Santos, the team's leader, has only two rules about bounties: finish every job, no matter what it takes, and no charity cases. Aislinn Yves, the team's half-elven tracker, thought she'd never see the tiny village of Ruthaer again. That is, until a plea for help from her father's old friend, Tallinn, arrives. The job sounds simple: track down a few missing people, perhaps a killer. The trick is convincing Hector to put their current job on hold. Unfortunately, things are worse than Tallinn implied. Unnatural weather, restless dead, and gruesome murders are just the beginning, for the town harbors a terrible secret that could spell the end of Damage, Inc. and drag Ruthaer straight to Hell. ********** Phantoms of Ruthaer is a paranormal thriller set in the near-Earth fantasy world of the Cayn Trilogy. If you enjoy tales of gritty heroes willing to do whatever it takes to get a job done, then this is the story for you!

Vile Artistry (The Nightling Grimoire Book 1) by June Chevalier

Lilya, a girl with the ability to transform into shadow is banished from her tribe and finds herself a new home under the foster care of a lord. Her recklessness soon causes her to make a mistake which results in her tribe’s safety being compromised. Her lord father is then tasked with locating her tribe under the pressure of the Inquisition. Lilya is thus torn between two choices, redeeming herself by saving her tribe from destruction or saving her stepfather who has taken her and loved her as his own; for if he refuses to take up the task, he would be accused of protecting outlaws and is thus liable to death by hanging.

The Blackened Yonder: Planar Lost: Book One (Planar Lost [Special Edition]) by J. Gibson

“That day, he dreamt of blood. An ichor which threatened to swallow the world.” As the government strangles magic across the Empire, the dead rise, ravenous and wild. At the center of this simmering conflict are two: one a priest, one a terrorist. Haunting visions and horrifying forces torment Father Latimer and challenge his convictions after a dark power sweeps through his village, leaving hovels and streets empty, save the undead. Meanwhile, Athenne joins a radical faction led by a powerful renegade wielding illegal magic, aimed at toppling the mightiest institution in the world, the Church. Embark on a journey in the land of the Lost. As fates converge, who will prevail?

Orluvoq by Benny Hinrichs

The young shaman Orluvoq finds herself clanless and addicted. Her last hope at survival, a talisman, lies buried with her mother. At the end of the world, an ice cliff reaches down forever. Its frozen face holds all the dead who have ever died. Shamans burn narwhal tusk to work magic for the clan. Every shaman is taught not to eat the tusk. The high is too great to resist, and their clan will perish from neglect. But not every shaman does as they're told. So, Orluvoq must climb down the ice cliff at the end of the world and find her dead parents. Otherwise, she'll soon join them in the ice. Should she succeed, she can finally move to her real plan. Seduce a king.

The Black Door (Elwood : A New Adult Fantasy Series Book 1) by Holly Michele

Knowing you’re going to die has its drawbacks. Knowing all your friends are going to die is the pits. But knowing you could have saved them all is worse than back-to-back finals while performing the chicken dance through an obstacle course of fire. Life can be cruel, and Topher Belmont finds out just how cruel life can be when he travels through the Black Door to a world of magic. Things are not what they seem and even the animals are snarky. The King wants to suck the life and magic out of Topher and his new friends. If only he had known he had magic. If only he knew how to use it. If only there was an easy way back to reality.

The Silent Prophecy (The Epic of Claire St. Claire) by Sephine Frances

Claire St. Claire is a rich, successful socialite who finds love in the young, attractive attorney Xavier. He doesn't seem to mind-or even notice-her physical deformity. She is tormented by the distrust of her own mind as she experiences unspeakable horrors. Everything she perceives to be true begins to unravel-her beliefs about good and evil, the supernatural, angels and demons, and the Nephilim. Her only true comfort comes from her love affair with Xavier. That is, until Michael shows up.

The Dying Sun (The Gods Chronicle) by L.J Stanton

Shai'Khal is changing. The impenetrable mists that hug its coastline are waning for the first time in nine hundred years. From those mists, two women emerge: Ruya, the high priestess of death, and Sarka, the champion of war. They claim they come in peace but unrest follows wherever they travel. The Akhenic Temple, the backbone of Shai'Khal, calls them cultists and heretics. The high priest begs the shah's permission for an inquisition. The women request an audience. Merikh Madiaran, shah of Shai'Khal, has never been a man of much faith. The only son of a tyrannical and faithful man, Merikh has seen the worst religion has to offer. Since taking the throne, Merikh has fought the legacy of hypocrisy and corruption left in his father's wake. A religious inquisition is the last problem Merikh wants in the early years of his reign. But when a would-be assassin admits to being a cultist, it seems that peace may not be an option.

Forgotten Ones: Drabbles of Myth and Legend (Eerie Drabbles of Fantasy and Horror) by Various

The battle is upon us, and the old gods are waking. Tremble as you rediscover the darkness that came before, the darkness that could eat the world. Within these pages gods of fable, creatures of lore, and ancient rituals have been brought back to life in over two hundred drabbles of exactly one hundred words each. Delve into the madness created by award-winning horror and fiction authors from around the world. We dare you to remember the fear of the unknown, and to dive headfirst into ancient mysteries. The old gods have awoken, and with them lose chaos will reign again. Featuring Authors: Abiran Raveenthiran, Al Provance, Al-Hazred, Alanna Robertson-Webb, Alice de Sampaio, Amber M. Simpson, Andra Dill, Andrew Anderson, Andy Leavy, Ann Wycoff, Arnie May, Brian Rosenberger, Bryan Dyke, C. Marry Hultman, Callum Pearce, Charles Reis, Charlotte O’Farrell, Chris Bannor, Chris Hewitt, Clint Foster, David A.F. Brown, DeBickel, Derek Dunn, Dickon Springate, Drew Starling, Elin Olausson, Elizabeth Nettleton, Emma K. Leadley, Faith Pierce, Fred Williamson, Gabriella Balcom, Galina Trefil, Hannah Hulbert, Heidi Ann Willits, Heinrich von Wolfcastle, Henry Herz, Holley Cornetto, Hunter LaCross, Jacek Wilkos, Jaclyn Fulscher, James Bates, Jen Chichester, Jennifer Winters, Jess Rhodes, Joe Scipione, Joel R. Hunt, Josh Herz, Joshua E. Borgmann, K. B. Elijah, K.R. Nox, K.T. Tate, Karen Heslop, Kase Glidewell, Kathleen Halecki, Kerry E.B. Black, Kevin J. Kennedy, Kim Plasket, Kimberly Rei, Laurence Sullivan, LP Hernandez, Mark Anthony Smith, Mark Kodama, Matt Lucas, Matthew A Clarke, Melody Grace, Michael D. Nadeau, Michelle River, N.M. Brown, Nerisha Kemraj, Nick Moore, Noa Covo, Paddy Armstrong, Patricia Elliott, Paul Benkendorfer, Regina Kenney, Robin Braid, Ron Davis, Russell Smeaton, Ryan Rosenberry, S. C. Morgan, Sandy Butchers, Sarah Matthews, Sean P. Chatterton, Sheldon Woodbury, Stacey Jaine McIntosh, Steve Stred, T.J. Lea, Thomas Wake, Timothy Friesenhahn, Tor-Anders Ulven, Wendy Cheairs, Willem V Much, Ximena Escobar, Yvonne Glasgow, Zoey Xolton

Once Upon a Bite: 15 Incisive Faerie Tales (Once Upon Series Book 7) Kindle Edition by by Annie Bellet (Author), Alethea Kontis (Author), Anthea Sharp (Author), Christine Pope

The Blue Fairy Hunters Guild - Phaedra Weldon Joining the Blue Fairy Hunters Guild is just the first step in finding the Nightshade who made him a Puppet all those centuries ago. Revenge is the goal, but lies and truths revealed show his past has a very different tale. Silvereyes and the Three Wolves - Nikki Jefford Werewolf reporter Justin Slinger covers the dramatic court trial of Kingdom v. Silvereyes. Will the vampire Ada Silvereyes be found guilty of first-degree burglary and property damage? River Daughter - Annie Bellet The tale of a woman who is the last in a long line of magical women, and the lengths a mother will go to not only to protect her child, but also her legacy. The Girl Who Cried Vamp - Christine Pope Hedgewitch Selena Marx is usually ready to believe six impossible things before breakfast. But even her credulity is strained when the new kid in town is full of strange stories, each one wilder than the next. The Ugly Daughter - Donna Augustine The Ugly Daughter follows a scarred and ridiculed girl named Winni. All she dreams of is a future where she’s accepted, but her true destiny is more than she could’ve imagined. Spider to the Fly - Kate Danley "'Will you walk into my parlour?' said the Spider to the Fly." The famous poem by Mary Howett gets a lush retelling by USA Today bestselling author Kate Danley. Except there's vampires.

Here be Ghosts by Various

Who are they? What are they? The souls of the long departed, or wicked manifestations of sin? Tales of ghosts and spectres have enthralled us since time began. From ghostly servants, spectral possession, a space-going ghostbuster, to Halloween horrors, wicked toads and missing children these tales bring chills and thrills. Ancient horrors, long-dead rockers, family secrets and helpful murder victims join them in providing the shivers and the quivers. Dare you venture with the dead-walking. 13 tales of spooks, lost souls, and weird adventures. Table of Contents 1. "Communication Breakdown" by Dayle A. Dermatis 2. "Alfred Lets Loose" by Linda Jordan 3. "Seventh" by Debbie Mumford 4. "Crossing the Naiad" by J.M. Ney-Grimm 5. "Full Circle" by Kate MacLeod 6. "Roadside Ghosts: A Collection of Horror and Dark Fantasy" by Steve Vernon 7. "The Palace" by Leah Cutter 8. "A Burning Rainbow Man" by Ann Stratton 9. "The Whole World for Each" by Kate MacLeod 10. "The Queen of Toads" by Joe Bonadonna 11. "Ghosts and Ghoulies" by Deb Logan 12. "The Secret of Blossom Rise: A Ghost Story" by A. L. Butcher 13. "The Popcorn Thief" by Leah Cutter

Shade: A Re-Imagining of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (The Frankenstein Saga) by Merrie Destefano

A dangerous holiday. A deadly curse brought to life. When Mary Wollstonecroft Godwin accepted an invitation to Lord Byron’s house party deep in the Swiss Alps, she hoped it would serve as a welcome distraction from her broken heart. Instead, she finds herself surrounded by enigmatic guests with their own dangerous secrets to hide. From the moment of her arrival, the party is more than it seems, as Mary and the others are strictly forbidden from leaving the villa after dark. But tales of feral beasts aren’t the only rumors whispering through the halls. Doctor John Polidori, a handsome and mysterious party guest, fervently pursues local legends that the dead can rise, ruled by their own barbaric king. When the group plays a game of storytelling to pass the time, they weave together tales of nightmarish ghouls and horrible villains inspired by the myths—and Mary soon realizes their harmless stories have the power to conjure. Twisted creatures will come to call. The dead will stalk the villa. And their royal master will stop at nothing to claim Mary as his own…

The Teeth in the Tide (Savage Seas Book 1) by Rebecca F. Kenney

Pitched as Attack on Titan with mermaids, this savage gender-swapped retelling of “The Little Mermaid” is perfect for fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout, Alexandra Christo, and Holly Black. Trapped on a walled island with her people, Kestra aches for vengeance against the swarms of ravenous mermaids that ate her father fifteen years ago. The swarms threaten her town’s last supply ship--and the life of the brave young captain who smiles so charmingly at her whenever he makes port. With the help of her scientist cousin and the handsome captain, Kestra takes her future and her people's fate into her hands, determined to find a way to destroy all the mermaids for good. Abused and miserable, Rake serves in the harem of the three mermaid Queens. When he is given one of his spawn to raise, Rake resolves that his little son will have a better life. With the help of a monstrous creature that deals in memories, he discovers an ancient secret—one that could lead to freedom. This fantasy novel blends a dark, brutal setting with romance and humor. New Adult. (Co

The Shrike and the Shadows: A Dark Retelling of Hansel & Gretel (The Witch of Krume Book 1 by A. M. Wrigh, Chantal Gadoury

The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has. When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night - their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps - the village falls into frenzied madness. Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever. With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home. As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch's past. The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.

Butcher of Banshees by Michael W. Huard

There are 4 dark souls in the realm. The Wicked Banshees of the North, East, West, and South. Yet, there is only one amazing, brave young woman, who must defeat them. This is her tale! Bodana is a young woman beaten down to nothing. Yet soon, she rises from her sorrow; for it is the only way to silence the voices in her head. ___________________________________________ DARK SOULS exist in this world, this she learns firsthand. Those that are responsible for much of her grief. ___________________________________________ It soon becomes her life's mission to seek out these crones, these monster’s that prey on the innocent. Her only salvation is to be a glimmer of hope to those in need. ___________________________________________ She’s a DARK ANGEL who sings her song in the moonlight!*This is her tale, one filled with swords' and sorcery, gothic monsters, love, death, and so much more.*

The Little Morgen by Miranda Grant

SHE KILLS WITHOUT MERCY On her thirteenth birthday, Thalliya watched her entire family get slaughtered. The humans cut off their fins and hung their heads from their Viking ships. Left cradling what few pieces remained of her twin, Thalliya screamed to the gods for vengeance. Answered by the Goddess of Love and War, Thalliya now guards the seas without mercy. HE FIGHTS WITHOUT FEAR Ragnor is hired to take care of the mermaid terrorising the western seas. With seventeen kills under his belt, he thinks little of venturing into the Mouth of Hel. It'll be a quick job with a quick pay… But when his ship is wrecked and the majority of his crew is drowned, Ragnor realises that it's not a mermaid he's hunting. It's a morgen, a dark mermaid, that's hunting him. And there's only one way to kill one of those. You have to get her to fall in love.

Queens of Sword and Silence by Carrow Brown

A banished Valkyrie stripped of her place among the gods, Mythics vanishing left and right along with ancient relics, A sword thirsty for blood and drenched in madness, and now the roof has a leak—where’s the vodka? A literal man eater, Ghost was born . . . damaged. Where do you go when your own creator discards you? The world is bleak, but Ghost couldn’t care less about others woes. She has her own to contend with. A castaway, stripped of her valkyrie title, and enslaved for centuries due to her deformity…how’s that for a sob story? Her love life and bank account are equally empty, her best friend is a bloodthirsty sword, and the roof has a leak . . . but Ghost’s duties ensure very few days are dull. Doing her master’s bidding has some benefits: global travel, meeting interesting people, stealing their priceless artifacts, and doing a little murder if needed. She could be tasked to oversee treasure or execute a magi who foolishly stepped out of line. But the shadows in Ghost’s world are shifting. When Mythics disappear under strange circumstances, Ghost finds herself in a lethal game of supernatural politics. The Gods seek ancient relics that could prove the ticket to Ghost’s acceptance, but how far will she go to take her place within the pantheon? The stakes are high when one mistake could open a hole into Chaos . . .

Graveslinger by Darren Lee Compton

Fiya Pratt Diaz had one job: Making sure the dead stays dead. It used to pay very well. Thomas and his daughter, Liama, escape captivity from a strange cult, finding help in the hands of Fiya Pratt Diaz, a supernatural hunter who specializes in dealing with the undead. Together the three uncover the truth behind the cult members and their release of the deadly plague known as Ghoul Fever in the Seattle area. It seems that the cult has something even bigger up their sleeves though and they’ll do anything to bring Thomas and Liama back, including hiring a pack of werewolves to retrieve the father and daughter. With the stakes growing more dire than ever, can Fiya overcome her own doubts and reservations to survive and do what’s right despite terrible odds?

A Curse of Illusions by Vivian Sanders

In the city of flowers, anything is possible, but nothing is real. In Kamali's hometown, everything is made of her magic. Every home, every plant, and even the sun are part of an illusion her family cast a century prior to protect the city from the royal family. As the last illusionist in town, she's entrusted with keeping this magic alive—and keeping it a secret. However, her powers are running out and draining her life energy. She only has a couple years left to live, and King Aleksander is looking for her. When his army searches the streets and attacks innocent civilians to find the source of Kamali's magic, she knows it's time to fight back. If she wants to protect herself and her people, she must kill the king before her powers run out. But the king has secrets too. Though his family has killed magicians over the years, the young king depends on the town's remaining magic to survive. When Princess Saira marries into the royal family, she soon realizes Aleksander is only taking advantage of her and her powers are all he needs. But Saira is running a con game: she's no magician at all—in fact, she's not even a real princess—and before her true identity is exposed, she must uncover the king's secrets and decide whose side she's really on.

Grief by Taea Edwards

How much hope does it really take to pull someone off the edge? Amara Brayleigh has been on her own for seven years, eaten away by the death of her mother and plagued by magically-induced nightly terrors, until the day an entirely infuriating and overly-persistent Sloane Randall shoves his nose into her life. With him, Amara finds herself following down a path that was long suggested for her but that she never intended to follow. When the oncoming civil war that has shaken up her realm ultimately threatens the stable life that Amara has clawed her way to, she must choose between starting completely new elsewhere or following Sloane into the territory of battle. Only, the longer Amara sticks around, the more she learns firsthand the brutal sides of the history she had always read about, the intricacies of war, and whether or not she deserves a place among it. Follow a story where words strike deeper than blade, magic has a mind of its own, and one girl is forced to confront her grief even when life seems to always be two steps ahead of her. Amara will have to make all of the choices she has desperately been avoiding: Isolation or trust, magic or denial, and her great, daunting past or her ever-important future.

The Lost Dawn by Dan Neil

The Lost Dawn is the first book in an epic fantasy adventure series, The Daybreak Saga. It all begins here, in the world of Alea. Magic is everywhere, for better or worse. The Atlos family has served the immortal King Symon Del Gaddeaux for generations. Only three siblings remain of the once-prestigious house: Carter, the eldest, a ranger for the king; Lady Aliya, the second-oldest, a knight reputed for her mind magic; and then there's Keia. Keia Atlos was once a magical prodigy, but a traumatic incident cut her off from Gaea--the source of all magic. The loss leaves Keia heartbroken. Though she now survives as a thief in the slums beneath the king's capital of Genievon, she longs to unlock her magical potential. Given the right opportunity, she'd risk everything for a chance to be a mage. Dark times are coming to Gaddeaux. Keia's ex-employer, a violent outlaw with a fearsome reputation, is on the loose, and he's planning something big; the wild king gathers power north of the kingdom; and ancient whispers speak of a rising Dark Lord. Whether or not Keia knows it, she's at the center of all of it. If she hopes to survive, she'll need her magic back. Time is short. To regain what was lost, Keia must face her greatest fears, armed only with courage and faith that she'll rise to the challenge.

The Ghostlands, Part 1: Erie Energy by CN James, Amy Joy

Landscapes shift. Ghosts whisper. People disappear. A dark secret looms… There’s a hollowness inside of Anastasia, a deep longing to be normal. But that’s not what she is. She can do what no one else can: she can understand the ghosts. There are millions of them. So many, in fact, that every city is now surrounded by an energy barrier designed to protect them from the ghosts. And her boyfriend, the only person who understood her, has disappeared. Desperate to find him, she must make a deal with her duplicitous brother and travel outside the protection of the city, into the haunted wastelands known as the ghostlands. What she will discover there will change her life and her world forever.

The hand that feeds by Frankie Sullivan

The Age of Industrialization launched humans into the modern era with the advent of new technologies. There was, however, an unfortunate side effect. Vampires, long pushed to the edges of myth and legend, obtained a degree of freedom and mobility never dreamt of before. With trains and steamer ships, they could travel the world without ever seeing the sun. Their numbers exploded, and it wasn't long before huge swaths of territory were under their control. One hundred and fifty years later, vampires have built a thriving society in the ruins of the United States. However, it is all about to come crashing down as famine looms on the horizon. A strange new disease has infected the human livestock and the one person with the answers is a lowly thrall, a human taken by vampires to be raised and one day turned, to become part of the new vampiric generation, whether she wants it or not.

The language of the wind by M.R Grand

There aren’t enough bodies to harbor the demons of Olenore Allas. One demon —a nameless and star-skinned creature—is plagued by the search for a perfect body, every day of their wispy life. Guided by nothing but the winds, they know they want nothing more than to be themself: mortal, beautiful, and loved. And who better to grant them that, than Junovere Krauss? A thief, a witch, hungry for a perfect demon to strike a deal with, to create a bond that will grant her the magic she’s longed for all her life. And in exchange, Juno promises her demon everything. A name, a voice, sight, hearing…and, of course, beauty. The vain creature fights their devouring insecurities as Juno guards her secrets: that she needs this completed demon for her aunt, who has threatened to destroy her reputation before it's even started. Complete the demon’s body, and their deal is complete, their bond broken. But Juno loses her magic forever. As Juno’s bond with her demon manifests into something more powerful than magic itself, she has to choose: magic, or freedom? Follow the demon and witch as they adventure over the bewitching Olenore Allas, a land that thrives on the law of balance. As they outsmart mortals, demons, and witches alike, they may slowly understand how willing they are to break the laws of balance for one another. A dark fairytale rich with romance and a diverse cast that dives into the meaning of identity, and the relationship between a body and a soul, THE LANGUAGE OF THE WIND is the first installment of the BROKEN CHIMERA duology.

Bringing Home The Rain: The Redemption of Howard Marsh 1 (The Jubal County Saga) by Bob McGough

Howard Marsh is a lot of things: a liar, a thief, a poor man’s wizard. He’s the product of a miserable county with more dirt roads than paved; where poverty and loss is the order of the day. He’s a man haunted by his past, and has yet to find any reason to try and piece himself back together. Where we find him is at the bottom, eking out a living as a water witch, a copper thief, a finder of lost things. Living in a storage shed and trying to maintain what's left of the frayed relationships of the few family members who will still talk to him. Untrained, he uses the drugs that ravage his body to fuel his magic. Within these pages Marsh will work to unravel two supernatural mysteries as only a redneck wizard can: poorly, and with much cursing. In Bringing Home the Rain he has to piece together just why it hasn’t rained in months within the bounds of a perfect circle just south of town. And in Dancing With Your Demons he’s on the trail of a missing woman whose now infamous son once burned down a church. He is Howard Marsh, the Methgician. He’s a travesty...but he’s the best hope Jubal County has. (Warning: This book contains much cursing and foul language, as befits a tale told by a drug addled white trash wizard.)

The Endless Forest by Ever Hobbes

Freyja's village is on the brink - pushed to the edge of the world by the trees. They grow so fast that if left untended for a week would be sprouting in every nook and cranny of her town. But worse than that is what lives within the cursed growth. Freyja is a nahvel - a knight protector tasked with defending her people from the horrible creatures that spill forth from the woods. She inherits a great treasure, and great burden - her sword, shield, and suit of armour. All of them are relics of the old magic, now long forgotten. So when something attacks from the shadows, being the only one with the means to do so, she is duty-bound to hunt it down. However, she soon finds out the forest holds much more than monsters. It harbours secrets that could change her perception of the world as she knows it. She is poised to discover them all, and more, when she enters... The Endless Forest.

Curse of the Fallen (Fallen Light Book One) by H.C Newell

This Child is not the chosen one. She is a demon to be destroyed. Born of magic, Nerana is labeled a demon and forced into hiding by the Order of Saro. Living with a curse that binds her to their leader, Nerana seeks to free herself from their hold and soon learns that the path to redemption may prove more fatal than the Order itself. But for Nerana, this is more than a quest for survival... It’s a promise of revenge.

Wraith Knight by C.T. Phipps

The King Below, Enemy of the World, is dead. Will his successor save the world...or rule it? Jacob Riverson was once the greatest hero of an age. Cut down during what should have been the final battle against the King Below, he was condemned to centuries of torment as a Wraith Knight in the service of said monster. With the destruction of his master, Jacob finds his free will returning and discovers he is in a world torn by civil war between the King Below's former slaves and the heroes who "saved" them. Joining forces with the overly-idealistic but brilliant warrior Regina Whitetremor, Jacob must determine whether he has any place in the new world and whether his destiny is as a hero or monster. Or both. Wraith Knight is book one of the Three Worlds saga by C.T. Phipps.

Dark Fangs Rising by C. Thomas Lafollette

Born in the forests of Gaul. Forged in the legions of Rome. Hunted on the streets of Portland. For 2,000 years, Luke “The Centurion Immortal” Irontree has protected humanity from bloodthirsty vampires. And watched everyone he’s known and loved die. He’d hoped Portland would be free from painful memories. But when vampires flood the streets with innocent blood, he returns to battle with nothing but his divinely blessed sword. When an easy-going werewolf and a mortal vampire slayer with a vendetta decide they want to join Luke and learn from the master, he refuses. Friends mean pain and loss. But when the vampires kidnap a trusted contact at a homeless camp, Luke must risk everything – including the bonds of newly forged friendship. Even then, three against a sea of murderous vampires might not be enough…

Purgatory: A Tall Tales Story by Tim McLaughlin

A retired police officer takes a bus and finds himself trapped in a recollection of things he wanted to leave behind.

Stake Sauce (Arc 1: The Secret Ingredient Is Love. No, Really) by RoAnna Sylver

Jude used to leap out of helicopters to rescue/protect people from terrifying infernos. Now, by day, he protects the local mall from rowdy teenagers who ride their skateboards inside. By night, he protects the the parking lot, and the rest of Portland, from undead, bloodsucking creatures of the darkness. Or would if he could find them. Pixie refuses to bite anyone. Assault/murder/draining fluids isn’t punk, even if being a vampire really kind of is. He’s very hungry by now, and the much bigger, meaner, deadlier vamps kick him around on the nightly. Jude would love to find and fight some actual undead bullies. And Pixie could use some help staying… ‘alive.’ Time to make a deal. Of course, life still sucks when you’re a vampire who refuses to suck blood. Fortunately, there’s a really interesting new barbecue restaurant in the mall, with an intriguing new recipe. (They say the secret ingredient is… love. No, really.)

The Dreamer and the Marked by Airic Fenn

In the wake of her Mam's death, Krystal Monarain has turned to escapism, throwing herself into the fantastic stories she was told as a child and the strange, recurring dreams she has at night. But she never quite believed her Mam's tales that her birth mother wasn't human-That is until Draqa, a stranger from one of her dreams, appears in her life and tells her she's part fae. So she does the unthinkable and risks following him into Arai, the realm where the fae have lived unbothered for hundreds of years. For Draqa, however, Krystal's arrival in his world could mean his execution, and he must do everything he can to get her off his hands before they're caught. Meanwhile, unrest is growing between the fae and those they deem a threat to the safety of their realm, and when someone from Draqa's past comes to him seeking aid, he and Krystal may have no choice but to get involved.

Faerie Blood by Emma L. Adams

I’m Ivy Lane, and if I never see another faerie again, it’ll be too soon. Twenty years after the faeries came and destroyed the world as we knew it, I use my specialist skills to keep rogue faeries in line and ensure humans and their magically gifted neighbours can coexist (relatively) peacefully. Nobody knows those skills came from the darkest corner of Faerie itself. When a human child disappears, replaced with a faerie changeling, I have to choose between taking the safe road or exposing my own history with the faeries to the seductively dangerous head of the Mage Lords. He’s the exact kind of distraction I don’t need, but it’s work with him or lose my chance to save the victims. It’ll take all my skills to catch the kidnappers and stop Faerie’s dark denizens overrunning the city — but if the faerie lords find out about the magic I stole last time I went into their realm, running won’t save me this time…

The Unraveling of Luna Forester by Marisa Noelle

MATTHEW HAS ALWAYS PROTECTED LUNA’S SECRET. NOW HE MUST PROTECT HER LIFE. When his best friend Luna is found catatonic after a devastating house fire, Matthew begins to fall apart. “Take care of them, Matthew.” “Always.” “Protect my secret.” “Of course.” That’s the promise he made to her only three nights ago. A solemn vow to protect their large found family of humans and supernatural creatures alike. Fated to love her for the rest of his life, and unwilling to break his solemn vow, Matthew knows the only person who can help Luna is her grandmother. Through the woods they must go, just like a fairytale. But the forest is filled with deadly peril: poisonous black moss, chimeras, and worst of all, members of their family who don't want them to continue. As they are picked off one by one, Matthew races to get Luna to safety, all the time doubting everything he thought was true. Can Matthew untangle the twisted threads of Luna’s secret before he himself unravels? A dark fantasy horror with Little Red Ridinghood undertones, perfect for fans of Last House on Needle Street (Catriona Ward), Split (J.B. Salsbury), Legion (Brandon Sanderson), Pretty Girl 13 (Liz Coley), The Quiet at the End of the World (Lauren James), Primal Fear (William Diehl), & Tell me your Dreams (Sydney Sheldon).

The Tale of Nathaniel Cracklock by C A Deegan

The US Cracklocks avoid the Fae. Why? The answers lie in the 17th Century… Fleeing the Witchfinders of England, Nathaniel Cracklock boards a ship bound for the Americas. In Boston, a quieter life beckons. Or that was his intention. However, Nathaniel is not the only stranger to those shores. The New World holds a lost secret, buried deep for aeons. And when misguided others awaken this ancient terror, dark days lie ahead for humanity and the Fae both. Only Nathaniel and a desperate few can stand against it. But the toll they must pay will echo through the ages forever after… This is a tale of love, loss, darkness and light. The present-day Cracklocks should heed it well. Their future depends on it.

Run Like Clockwork: The Ruby Rings by E. C. Hibbs

Powered by clockwork and alchemy, populated by humans and shapeshifters, the City of Forest is not what it seems. Behind its majestic structures of stone and steel, the undesirable are stripped bare, and not even a blade of grass can grow. One winter’s night, young Charlotte Bellamy is left as the only survivor of a brutal massacre. She carves out a new life for herself as a watch mechanic, but even as time passes, Charlotte cannot escape the attention of a dangerous society within the government. A society which will do anything to protect the status quo. An immortal feline with a sharp tongue, a conflicted police officer running from his past, an assassin as vulnerable as she is formidable — all have a part to play in the web of secrets which slowly begins to unravel. United by Charlotte, their stories come together like cogs in a machine. And from above, an all-knowing eye looks on, counting down the seconds in a way no human can...

Path Of War by David Green

The Banished have made their move, now Haltveldt answers back. Reeling from the events at Solitude, Calene Alpenwood embarks on a journey to find meaning in all that she's seen, and discover the answers she so desperately seeks. Finding herself more alone than ever, Calene is trapped between doing what's right, and doing what needs to be done. Meanwhile, Kade Besem continues his search for his son, Arlo, and the strange warrior-monk Tilo. His hunt takes him deep into Banished territory and into the jaws of danger. Revelations are revealed, ancient secrets are uncovered and those who stand in the Empire's way can't hope to win when Haltveldt walks the Path of War.

In Solitude's Shadow by David Green

Named #1 Book of 2021 - Magic Book Corner Review The tides of fate are shifting. The Banished have returned, and they have set their eyes on the walls of Solitude. Zanna Alpenwood, a powerful mage, and two hundred aged and forgotten Sparkers are all that stand between the Banished and the nation of Haltveldt. With time running out and the world at stake, Zanna is forced to reach out to her estranged daughter, Calene, and set her on an impossible quest. Calene quickly learns that enemies make unlikely allies as she teams up with both friend and foe on her journey to save her mother and Haltveldt. Forging their way over land and sea, uncovering dark plots and secret societies, Calene is forced to decide between her masters and her own conscience. Will they arrive in time to save the fortress of Solitude from destruction? Only one thing is certain; Ruin is assured if Solitude falls.

Paper Forests by Tegan Anderson

“While your children and grandchildren are away, I like to think that they’re visiting a fantastic place, somewhere where they aren’t restrained by an illness or held back by their own emotions, a place where there is nothing but health and happiness to greet them.” Once upon a time, Oliver wakes up in a Forest full of magic and monsters, not quite dead, but not quite alive either. He wakes with three other people whose lives have been cut short, each more tragically than the last. Together, they embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the Forest, where they will have to face the ghosts of their pasts and their long-hidden secrets. Secrets that will force Oliver to choose between finding a new life in the trees and finding a way home. Welcome to the Paper Forest. - Please note that this book depicts issues of mental illness, fantasy violence, self-harm ideation, blood, death, and gore.

The Soul's Instruments by Mark Holloway

Kehlem the Butcher. Hero. Villain. A pale ghost that haunts the empire, or righteous revenant of Casere. Titles thrust upon him that he had no desire to bear, charged by the Aspect itself to end the Vin Empire. And yet his only true desire is to get to Mercy before the empire, to salvage his only chance at redemption. But change is coming. He can feel it in the crushing weight of his waking nightmares. See it in the uprisings in the empire. Hear it in the hushed rumours of assassinations. The Aspect demands retribution. Balance. Where there was Order, now comes Chaos.

The Crowman by Gareth Clegg

In a dying world, one lone rider is the only hope for salvation.
 Some say the world is shattered, that our way of life is dying. Our sun fills half the sky and the scorched lands struggle to provide enough to sustain us. Still, there has always been hope. But as that fiery red orb descends below the rocky skyline, then comes the shadow: Dark spirits hell-bent on destroying what’s left of humanity, as if we needed any help. My name is Cheveyo Santiago. I cheated death as a child, but that trauma marked me, and now I sense the evil in others. So here I am, drawn like a moth to the flame. Though I carry a revolver, I’m no gunslinger, there are plenty faster on the draw than me. My real edge is knowledge. Old family recipes passed down through the ages – the secrets to banish the shadow back to the hells that spawned it. Salt, Brimstone, Silver and Tallow shall be my weapons.
 So, hear this, all creatures and spirits of evil. I know you. I see you. Prepare yourself for judgement. The Crowman is the first novella in a Weird West / Supernatural Western Horror series from Amazon best selling author Gareth Clegg.

A Canticle of War by Steven Raaymakers

When the world is threatened with total destruction, can warchildren unite to save it? A grim story of trauma and power with a Sanderson-esque magic system. In this epic conclusion, all bets are off as Raziel and his rag-tag crew must finally come together against the rising dark power. If death doesn’t find them first. The city of Archehan lies in ruins, banshees circle the crumbling towers. Famine and violence spread across the fallen kingdom. An empire marches its armies to war. Ancient magics are stirring, woken by Raziel’s choices. With the fate of the world in their hands, will Raziel and his companions find the way forward through the darkness, or will they be the architects of their own doom? The ‘Aria of Steel Trilogy’ is a heavy-metal power ballad of clashing blades, blood-soaked betrayal, and sweet revenge. Join the fight today!

A Canticle for the Fallen by Steven Raaymakers

How far would you go to change the past? After four years in exile, Raziel is forced to return to his homeland, Renas. Meeting a companion who shares his abilities, he sets off to find the rumoured ‘Lady in White’, an enigmatic woman who promises an end to the persecution of their kind. Raziel is soon faced with a terrible choice over life and death. He bears serious wounds, and the path ahead grows ever more violent. Wracked with indecision, and with his soul in turmoil, he sets off on a bloody mission. Will his pain lead him to the light, or will the shadows claim his scarred soul? Set in a grim world of emotion-based magic and twisted fates, this is the second book in the Aria of Steel trilogy.

The Rarkyn's Familiar by Nikky Lee

An orphan bent on revenge. A monster searching for freedom. A forbidden pact that binds their fates together. Lyss has heard her father’s screams; smelled the iron-tang of his blood. She’s witnessed his execution. And plotted her revenge. Then a violent encounter traps Lyss in a blood-pact with a rarkyn from the otherworld and imbues her with the monster’s forbidden magic. A magic that will erode her sanity. To break the pact, she and the rarkyn must journey to the heart of the Empire. All that stands in their way are the mountains and the Empire’s soldiers—and each other. But horrors await them on the road, horrors even rarkyns fear. The most terrifying monster isn’t the one Lyss travels with... It’s the one that’s awoken inside her. Monsters of a feather flock together...

A Price to Pay by Jason Hubbard

"A great fantasy with everything from magic and war, to vampires and a play for power as one woman fights to make a decision that will influence the very future of the world." - K.J. Simmill, Readers' Favorite "Intriguing time travel elements, well-crafted fight scenes, compelling protagonist, and a dash of romance make this a quick page-turning read." - BooksCoffee, Goodreads

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