Posts Tagged ‘epic fantasy’

Waki’tani, mythical lords of the wind

Friday, June 16th, 2017
Y’keta
The
Sky Road Trilogy Book 1
by
Sandra Hurst
Genre:
Epic Fantasy
 
Banished.
Cast out. Powerless. Y’keta is exiled to the small village of
Esquialt as his father’s punishment for his rebellious spirit.
Village tradition gives him one Cycle, from spring to spring, to earn
the right to stay. 
The
villagers have a legend about mighty beings called the Waki’tani,
mythical lords of the wind and lightning who can shapeshift into
human form. Y’keta knows the truth behind these stories. Could there
be more to them than just tales shared around the campfire? 
If
Y’keta reveals what he knows to the villagers, it will tear their
history and traditions apart…but sharing his secrets may be their
only hope for survival when Esquialt is threatened by the brutal,
ferociously destructive Utlaak.

 

Loosely
based on the Thunderbird of North American legend, Y’keta is an epic
fantasy set in an ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road
offers a way to the stars.

 

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Hi,
my name is Sandra Hurst, the author of the Sky Road fantasy
series.

 

As a child growing up in England stories and legends
surrounded me, I learned how important imagination was. When I was 8,
we moved to northern Canada and the legends changed. Stories of the
Fae and the little people were replaced by legends of the Thunderbird
and stories of the woodlands. I never stood a chance. What could I be
but a writer?


Growing
up in Northern Alberta gave me a great love and respect for the wild
lands and indigenous cultures which made its way into the worlds I
create.
A
mythmaker at heart, I started writing poetry in middle school and
graduated to epic fantasy.
Myths
give us a way to interpret the world past our normal experience. To
ask questions and explore answers in a larger-than-life game of ‘what
if.’ We need to make room for myths and mythmakers in our fact
driven world. To give space for worlds that are brighter and clearer
than our own. For it is in doing so, that we have room to become more
fully human.
My
first book,
Y’keta,
is loosely
based on the
Thunderbird of North American legend, Y’keta is a Young Adult, high
fantasy set in an ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road
offers a way to the stars.
I
now live in Calgary, Alberta with my husband and son, both of whom I
love dearly, and have put for sale on e-bay when their behaviour
demanded it. My day to day life is a balance between my outside life
as a paralegal counsellor and my inner life as an author/poet. In
between, I work on courses to improve my writing, learning the Cree
Language, book reviews and blogging on my website, and studying
mythologies from around the world.
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The Goddess’s Choice

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
The
Goddess’s Choice
The
Kronicles of Korthlundia Book 1
by
Jamie Marchant
Genre:
Epic Fantasy
 
In
a world where the corrupt church hides the truth about magic, the
fate of the joined kingdom falls on the shoulders of two young people
from opposite ends of the social hierarchy. 

 

 


Crown
Princess Samantha’s life begins to fall apart when she starts
seeing strange colors around her potential suitors. She fears that
she’s going insane–or worse that she’s defying the Goddess’s
will. Robrek is a lowly farm boy with incredible magical powers. He
has been biding his time waiting to get revenge on those who call him
a demon. 


 

Thrown
together by chance, they must overcome their differences to fight
their common enemy Duke Argblutal, who, with dark magic, is slowly
poisoning the king’s mind and turning him against his own daughter.
Time is running out for those chosen by the Goddess to prevent the
power mad duke from usurping the throne and plunging the joined
kingdoms into civil war.

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Jamie
began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and
she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer.
Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D.
in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started
teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the
midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized she’d
put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. The
literary article went in the trash, and she began the book that was
to become The Goddess’s Choice, which was published in April 2012.
Her other novels include The Soul Stone and The Ghost in Exile. In
addition, she has published a novella, Demons in the Big Easy, and a
collection of short stories, Blood Cursed and Other Tales of the
Fantastic. Her short fiction has also appeared in the
anthologies–Urban Fantasy and Of Dragons & Magic: Tales of the
Lost Worlds—and in Bards & Sages, The World of Myth, A Writer’s
Haven, and Short-story.me. She claims she writes about the fantastic
. . . and the tortured soul. Her poor characters have hard lives. She
lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and four cats, which (or
so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She still
teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the
mother of a grown son.
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A Legends of Tivara Story

Monday, May 29th, 2017
Prelude
to Insurrection
A
Legends of Tivara Story
by
JC Kang
Genre:
Epic Fantasy, YA
 
Only
an orphan half-elf spy can avert a rebellion before it starts.

 

 


Jie’s
superior senses have made her the perfect lookout. Now, as the
adopted daughter of the Black Lotus Clanmaster, she wants to prove
her pointed ears aren’t a liability when she’s tasked to
infiltrate a rebel lord’s castle.

 

In
this prequel to Songs of Insurrection, Jie must decide between her
duty to the emperor and her sense of compassion toward the
downtrodden. No matter her choice, it will have explosive
consequences for her, the realm, and the upcoming war.
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Songs
of Insurrection
The
Dragon Songs Saga Book 1
 
Only
the lost magic of Dragon Songs can save the realm. Only a naïve girl
with the perfect voice can rediscover it.

 

 


Blessed
with an unrivaled voice, Kaiya dreams of a time when music could
summon typhoons and rout armies. Maybe then, the imperial court would
see the awkward, gangly princess as more than a singing fool.

 

When
members of the emperor’s elite spy clan uncover a brewing
insurrection, the court hopes to appease the ringleader by offering
Kaiya as a bride.

 

 

Obediently
wedding the depraved rebel lord means giving up her music.
Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.

 

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Orchestra
of Treacheries
The
Dragon Songs Saga Book 2
 
The
mightiest dragon threatens the world, and only the power of a Dragon
Song can vanquish him.

 

 


Two
years have passed since Kaiya rediscovered the lost magic of Dragon
Songs, yet the power of her voice is untrained. Potential suitors see
her as a stepping stone. One ruthless cousin would rather step on her
gravestone. 

 

Not
one to get walked over or buried, Kaiya is holding out for the exiled
foreign prince who inspired her to sing. The only one who appreciates
her abilities more is the world’s last dragon, Avarax, and it’s
not because he enjoys a good song.

 

 

Raw
and unproven, she finds mentors in unlikely places. An elf courtier.
An ancient healer. A martial arts master. And an evil sorcerer.
She’ll need their guidance to survive the final showdown between a
girl finding her voice, and a dragon who has no intention of being
fooled a second time.

 

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Dances
of Deception
The
Dragon Songs Saga Book 3
 
An
invincible empire threatens to invade Cathay, and only a Dragon Song
can ensure peace.

 

 


After
vanquishing the Last Dragon with the power of her voice, all Kaiya
wants is a quiet life of anonymity. Instead, the Emperor sends her to
negotiate peace with the aggressive Teleri Empire.

 

The
critical mission reunites her with her childhood friend Tian, now an
assassin-spy who loathes killing. He is no longer the adorable,
gullible boy from her memories, any more than she is the adventurous,
sweet girl from his. Instead of rekindling nostalgia for a youthful
innocence they both yearn for, their reunion ignites a mutual
hatred.

 

 

When
the Teleri Empire breaks off talks, Tian must help Kaiya escape.
Orcs, Ogres, and enemy soldiers stand between them and home, and
their volatile relationship could get them captured… or killed.

 

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Symphony
of Fates
The
Dragon Songs Saga Book 4
 
Kaiya
escapes her ordeal at the hands of the Teleri Emperor, only to return
to a homeland beset by enemies on all sides, and crumbling from
within.

 

 


As
a teenager, she quelled a rebellion with the Dragon Scale Lute. As a
young adult, she vanquished a dragon with the power of her
voice.

 

Now,
robbed of her magic by grief, Kaiya must navigate a web of court
intrigue to save the realm before it falls. Only she can lay claim to
the Dragon Throne on behalf of her unborn sons—whether the father
is the lover who perished rescuing her, or the hated enemy who killed
him.

 

 

In
the final story in Kaiya’s saga, she must rally a nation, repel
invaders, and prove to the world why her family alone holds the
Mandate of Heaven.

 

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JC
Kang’s unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early
age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, The
Hobbit, Star Trek and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek
roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor,
martial arts instructor and technical writer to pen epic fantasy
stories.
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Haunted by his past, hunted in the present…

Friday, May 12th, 2017
The
Bow of Destiny
The
Bow of Hart Saga: Book 1
by
P.H. Solomon
Genre:
Epic Fantasy
 
Haunted
by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.
Athson
has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being
tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the
wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into
his possession, he’s not sure it’s real. But the trolls that soon
pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what’s worse, these
raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu,
who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson
is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic
Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn’t always sure what’s real and who
his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face
not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons
behind his tragic past.
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The
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Haunted by his past.
Hunted in the present. Buffeted like an arrow in the wind.
The
hunt for the Bow of Hart continues for Athson and his companions.
They have escaped the clutches of Magdronu and Corgren, but they are
still pursued. In need of answers to deep mysteries revealed in
Chokkra, Athson must gain possession of the mythic bow to face both
his enemies and his tragic past. But Magdronu’s reach stretches among
Athson’s companions, endangering Limbreth and even Hastra in schemes
to entrap them all. With each turn of the search for the Bow of Hart,
long hidden secrets surface that threaten to destroy Athson. Will he
falter like an arrow against the wind?
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H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly
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these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as
the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd
as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica
not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports
and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a
wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working
regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first
novel-length title with more soon to come.
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The Light and Shadow Chronicles

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
The
Shield of Soren
The
Light and Shadow Chronicles Book 2
by
D.M. Cain
Genre:
Epic Fantasy
 
Ten-year-old
Soren Nitaya’s marked talent makes him the youngest soldier ever to
become an apprentice to the legendary warrior, Raven Lennox. As a
prince of Alcherys, he will be expected to fight in the eternal war
against the Brotherhood of Shadow when he reaches sixteen.
But
is the young prince up to the task when he’s more interested in
causing mischief than in mastering weapons?
When
one of Soren’s adventures goes off course, he unwittingly unleashes
a deadly threat. It appears that an age-old prophecy is finally
coming to pass, and Soren and his family must take a perilous journey
deep into their enemy’s land. Does Soren have what it takes to save
his country before the Brotherhood destroys everyone and everything
he loves?
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A
Chronicle of Chaos
The
Light and Shadow Chronicles Book 1
 
In
a world ravaged by war, the paths of two warriors are about to cross
with world-changing consequences.
Chaos
is a soldier of The Children of the Light, and fights in the name of
destiny, honor and glory. Arrogant and headstrong, he believes he is
the strongest warrior in the land, until a fateful coincidence puts
him at the mercy of the demon Anathema.
The
two strike up an intense rivalry, but their obsession to destroy one
another only leads them closer together. When the forces of Light and
Dark collide, where will their loyalties lie?
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D.M.
Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for
Creativia
Publishing
.
The Light and Shadow Chronicles series features a range of books
which can be read in any order. The first of these to be written was
A
Chronicle of Chaos
.
The
Shield of Soren

will be released in March 2017. She is currently working on the next
novel in the Light and Shadow Chronicles series,
The
Sins of Silas
,
as well as two complementary novellas entitled
Genesis
of Light

and
Origin
of Shadow
.
Cain
has released one stand-alone novel:
The
Phoenix Project
,
a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future. The Phoenix
Project was the winner of the 2016 Kindle Book Review Best Sci-Fi
novel Award.
D.M.
Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and one
of the creators and administrators of the online author group
#Awethors. Her short story
The
End

was published in
Awethology
Dark
:
an
anthology by the #Awethors
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Cain
lives in Leicestershire,

UK
with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing
and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal. 
 
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Prisoner to the king

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

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The Order
The Order Book 1
by A.C. Donaubauer
Genre: Epic Fantasy
About the Book

A clumsy step, the wrong branch to hold on to and a bump on the head to leave her unconscious – no more than that causes Eryn’s life to turn upside down and to suddenly find herself in the capital city as a prisoner to the king.
She is determined to keep her magical abilities a secret in a kingdom where magicians have only ever been male as long as anyone knows. That doesn’t work out that well, though. The Order, the governing body for magicians, and the king seem to have their own plans with her, none of them caring in the least that she just wants to leave that blasted city behind and return to the peace and quite of her profession as a healer.
And then there is Enric, a high ranking magician in the Order thanks to his considerable strength, who seems to find watching her struggles an amusing diversion.

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Commitments
The Order Book 2About the Book
Ram’an has, to Enric’s great relief, left Anyueel again to return to his home country – which leaves him to figure out the challenge that Eryn still presents to him in more than one area of his life.
Eryn is restless, unnerved by the Order’s demands and her own urge to do something useful. Thus an expedition into the woods to teach the herb gatherers in the city how to provide her with acceptable goods seems just the thing to do to pass the time until the new healer’s place is ready for use. Ten peaceful days of collecting plants far away from the city. Or at least that’s the plan.

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Schemes
The Order Book 3About the Book
After the delegation’s return not only the Old Kingdom has to face changes as a consequence of the contact with the Western Territories. Eryn and Enric, too, realise that their recently established bond is not without side effects. Eryn centres all her hopes on the healer from Takhan who is supposed to aid her for a few months and who is bound to arrive soon…

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The Forsaken Crown… A desolated Empire Prequel

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

 

The Forsaken Crown:

A Desolate Empire Prequel

by Christina Ochs

Genre: Epic Fantasy

About the Book:

Sonya is a disgraced mercenary with shattered ambitions. Kendryk is a young ruler in danger of being overthrown. An unlikely pair, they must learn to trust each other to survive the turmoil ahead. But with a corrupt regent, a disloyal aristocracy, and an army in their way, the future looks grim.

The Forsaken Crown, a prequel to The Desolate Empire Series, delivers thrilling battles, devious political intrigue and compelling characters. The Forsaken Crown combines the action and excitement of the Three Musketeers with the sweeping imagery of fantasy. Readers are calling this powerful series “an all-ages Game of Thrones.”

Check inside to find out how to get a free copy of Rise of the Storm, Book One in the Desolate Empire Series.

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Peace slipped like grains of sand through his fingers

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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Magic Price
The Crown of Stones Series – Book 1
By C.L. Schneider
Genre: Epic FantasyAbout the Book
Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races.
Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their longstanding conflict against the ruthless Langorian invaders. The downfall of Rella imminent, Ian goes against orders and turns to the Crown of Stones, an ancient Shinree relic of untold power. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian uses the crown to end the war, and pays a terrible price.
A decade later, still tortured by the aftermath of that day, Ian lives as a bounty hunter in self-imposed exile. Having renounced his magical heritage, he curbs his obsession with a steady stream of wine and regret. He struggles to put it all behind him, until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin brings Ian’s past crashing into the present.
Targeted by a rogue Shinree, and a ruthless old enemy, Ian is forced to use magic again. His deadly addiction is rekindled and his life of isolation is brought to a swift end. With the land he gave up everything to protect once more in jeopardy, and his people’s future at stake, Ian becomes embroiled in a violent race for control of the Crown of Stones. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the thing he fears most: his own power.

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Magic Scars
The Crown of Stones Series – Book 2About the Book
Magic doesn’t wound the same as a sword.
The story of Ian Troy continues in Magic-Scars, the second installment in C. L. Schneider’s riveting epic fantasy trilogy, The Crown of Stones.
Captured by his old enemy, King Draken of Langor, Shinree magic user Ian Troy was sentenced to prison. Tortured and drugged, robbed of his will, his memories, and his magic, Ian was made to do unspeakable things. Rescued, as his body slowly rids itself of the drug, Ian realizes he has returned to an unfamiliar world gripped with fear. In the wake of his fall, those he cared for were left to their own grim fates. Draken has seized control of the realms and named himself High King. His brutal rein has sparked a desperate rebellion that Ian now finds himself a part of. His one task: recover and repair the Crown of Stones, in hopes it will tip the balance in the revolution that is brewing. In pursuit of the reason behind the artifact’s strange loss of magic, Ian is driven to release an explosion of retribution and power that leaves him irrevocably scarred.
Struggling to reconcile the man he has become with the man he once was, Ian strives to understand the growing number of magic-scars adorning his body. He searches for the truth behind his link to the Crown of Stones and uncovers shocking secrets buried for generations beneath the sand. To become the weapon the resistance needs, he must assume responsibility for his magical inheritance. But can he curb the destructive appetite that comes with it?
The price of Ian’s magic and his addiction have never been higher.

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Magic-Borne
The Crown of Stones Series – Book 3About the Book
No other Shinree has borne as much of magic’s weight, its pleasure, or its guilt.
The fate of Ian Troy is revealed in the final installment of C. L. Schneider’s epic fantasy trilogy, The Crown of Stones.
In one fell swoop, the resistance was shattered. Lives were taken. Hope was lost. Peace slipped like grains of sand through his fingers. So did the Crown of Stones. Now, forced into hiding, Ian Troy grapples for a way to save the realm—and free its people—from the sadistic clutches of Jem Reth; Mirra’kelan’s new self-appointed emperor. Plagued with the knowledge of a tragic future, he strives to influence events and save those he cares for. But his magic has betrayed him, and Fate has other plans.
Marked by the crown, hindered by the transformation spell contained within, each cast brings Ian one step closer to becoming more beast than man. Each move brings the death and destruction foretold in his vision inexplicably nearer. With Langor on the brink of war, and King Malaq’s plan for peace hanging in the balance, Ian returns to the ancient past; seeking an end to the eldring spell and a means to thwart Jem’s growing domination. What he finds there sets off a chain of revelations that leads Ian places he never thought to go.
Entrusted with the future of his race, Ian becomes the linchpin for lasting change. But how much weight can one man carry? And how much is he willing to sacrifice in the name of peace?

Do the Keys of the Ravaron hold the key to their problems?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

S.R. where were you born?

I was born and raised in Sandy, Utah.

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What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

The most difficult thing about being an author is the constant uncertainty. You never know if or when your writing will take your career to new heights, but you keep making your way through the dark tunnel in hopes that the light will appear and you will find yourself in a better place.

Who has made the greatest difference in my writing

The individual who has made the greatest difference in my writing has been my mother. She would use to read to me as a child, and I fell in love with the stories she told me. If it wasn’t for her, then I wouldn’t have had the drive to become an author.

What inspired you to write this book?

“Keys of the Ravaron” was inspired by many things in my life. Growing up I saw much conflict growing in the world, and heard of how millions of people sought (more…)