ICYMI: Recent Releases in Fantasy April 2015 Edition


Since fantasy is my favorite genre to read, I am always on the lookout for new fantasy books that look interesting. Fortunately, there seems to be a lot of indie authors out there writing fantasy and releasing new books regularly. Sadly, I don’t have time to read them all, but quite a few of them caught my eye over the past month.  If you’re looking for something new to try in fantasy, check out some of the new fantasy books released in the past month or so that I’ve listed below. Just keep in mind that this is by no means a comprehensive list of new releases – it’s just the ones that made an impression on me.

Hunted (The Warrior Chronicles, 2) – K.F. Breene

Hunted (The Warrior Chronicles, 2) This is the second book in a series and a good choice for anyone looking for an adventure fantasy. It’s got a lot of action and suspense to keep you engaged for a fun, lazy day of reading.

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Synopsis: With a new Chosen coming forward, Shanti has lost sight of her duty. With her plans unraveling, she does the only thing she can think of– frees her brother and a mysterious stranger from a Graygual camp before heading back to beg for Cayan’s aid.

Unfortunately, that stranger was precious to the enemy, guarded by one of the elite. A Superior Officer known as the Hunter, this man always catches his prey, and his focus is now on the elusive, violet-eyed girl and the man she ripped from the his hands.

With danger mounting, and one of the best constantly on her heels, Shanti will learn that running will never be enough.

She will unite them with her suffering, and lead them with her love.

Download a copy to your Kindle from Amazon today. And look for the author on Twitter.

The Shard: Chronicles of Xax – Ted Cross

the shard: chronicles of xaxI came across this book on the Reddit Fantasy subreddit – someone was asking for a specific type of book recommendation and the author mentioned his book at fitting and was immediately downvoted (oh, Redditors!). The books seems like a classic epic fantasy though.

Synopsis: A dying king. A mysterious invader. The seer’s vision was clear: find the lost shard from the Spire of Peace or the realm would drown in blood.

The problem: eight hundred years ago the elven hero Kathkalan took the shard with him into the lair of the most vicious dragon ever known to mankind…and he never returned.

Reluctantly drafted to lead the quest is the minor noble Midas, torn between his duty to the realm and the desire to protect his sons. With an unlikely band of heroes, including two elderly rangers and a young tinker’s son, Midas must risk losing everything he loves if he is to locate the shard and save the Known Lands.

If I recall correctly, this is the first book of a series (but no other books are available yet.

Get a copy now for your Kindle or in paperback. And if you’re on Twitter, you can find the author there.

Heart of the Kraken (Tales from Darjee) – AW Exley

heart of the krakenThe cover of this book is what immediately caught my attention. And after reading the synopsis for it, I was even more intrigued – mermaids and pirates?!? Um, yes!

Synopsis: Legend says if you consume the heart of a mermaid, you will know all of a man’s secrets

Ailin doesn’t care if the legend is true or not – she’s stuck in a crate on her way to feature as the main course at a lavish banquet. Her heart to be served while still beating for a cruel noble while the rest of her is sliced into sashimi. Unless she can escape.

Across the ocean, Fenton longs for a different release. Sold as a child by men who labelled him a mistake, a failed experiment. Except he has one valuable skill, he can summon the dreaded kraken. Bought by a pirate, he has only known life at sea, wielded as a tool by the captain.

Two lives collide when the pirates capture the vessel holding Ailin. The kraken holds the key to Ailin’s freedom but in summoning the beast one last time, Fenton must choose between losing his life or his heart…

Reviews of this book lead me to believe that you’ll find some steampunk elements as well as a bit of romance. I don’t know for certain though as I haven’t had a chance to read it.

You can buy this book from Amazon in Kindle format or paperback. You can also follow the author on Twitter.

Ragnarok: I Bring the Fire Part VI (Loki Vowed Asgard Would Burn) – C. Gockel

Ragnarok: I Bring the Fire Part VIWhenever I see a book from this series, I have the same thought – “Man, I really need to start reading this series!” Have I started it yet? No, but I definitely plan on it. There are a lot of finished books in this series and they seem pretty cool with the mythology bent.

Synopsis: Loki vowed Asgard would burn.

Bohdi Patel, latest incarnation of Chaos, wants nothing to do with Loki’s psychotic oath.
Stranded on the icy world of Jotunheim with Amy Lewis, his friend Steve Rogers, and an unlikely band of civilians, magical beings, and elite military, Bohdi just wants to keep himself and his friends alive … but when you’re Chaos incarnate, even the simplest goals are complicated.

If Jotunheim doesn’t kill them, Odin will, and if Odin doesn’t, the secrets they harbor might.

In the final installment of I Bring the Fire, Bohdi, Amy, Steve, and their companions learn that Chaos cannot be contained, some secrets cannot be kept, and some vows cannot be broken.

Learn more about this book on Amazon.

Nestor deNeffo (Nambroc Sequence Book 2) – R.D. Henderson

Nestor deNeffo (Nambroc Sequence Book 2)How cool does this book cover look, right? That’s what made me stop on this one. It is a bit of a short read – only novella length – and has an equally short description. However, short reads like this are great for bus or train rides and waits at the doctor’s office.

Synopsis: A fantasy novella that is second in a series that follows the exploits of the conniving, calculating, and corrupt black elf intelligence operative as he expands his criminal activities to the surface when he is involved in a scheme to sell weapons up there.

Buy this book on Amazon or get it for free in Kindle Unlimited.

The Pyramids of London (The Trifold Age) – Andrea K Höst

The Pyramids of LondonThis books seems to actually be a mix of fantasy and sci fi elements. It has vampires, some steampunk stuff and a bit of a quest. Those who enjoy reading a series will be interested in knowing that this is the first in a five book series, however it is the only one available for purchase at the moment.

Synopsis: In a world where lightning sustained the Roman Empire, and Egypt’s vampiric god-kings spread their influence through medicine and good weather, tiny Prytennia’s fortunes are rising with the ships that have made her undisputed ruler of the air.

But the peace of recent decades is under threat. Rome’s automaton-driven wealth is waning along with the New Republic’s supply of power crystals, while Sweden uses fear of Rome to add to her Protectorates. And Prytennia is under attack from the wind itself. Relentless daily blasts destroy crops, buildings, and lives, and neither the weather vampires nor Prytennia’s Trifold Goddess have been able to find a way to stop them.

With events so grand scouring the horizon, the deaths of Eiliff and Aedric Tenning raise little interest. The official verdict is accident: two careless automaton makers, killed by their own construct.

The Tenning children and Aedric’s sister, Arianne, know this cannot be true. Nothing will stop their search for what really happened.

Not even if, to follow the first clue, Aunt Arianne must sell herself to a vampire.

Buy for your Kindle or in paperback to get started on this one today.

Lay of Runes: Dwarf’s Ransom – M.L. Larson

Lay of Runes: Dwarf's RansomThis is another short read that will interest people who don’t have a lot of time for reading longer works. It’s basically short story length. And, it is the second book in a series. Probably of interest to readers who enjoy a dwarf in their fantasy books.

Synopsis: Jari, a young dwarf from an isolated kingdom, is sent out to find his trouble-making brothers. After being saved by a stranger from being trampled by a horse, Jari finds himself with a new companion in this strange land. As they search for Jari’s kin, they find more trouble made than either of them had anticipated. Soon, Jari’s missing brothers are implicated in the murder of a god, making their return home all the more urgent. But when they are finally found in a distant land, troubles only seem to get worse for Jari and the companions he’s picked up along the way.

This book can be downloaded for free in Kindle Unlimited or you can buy the Kindle version.

Awakened: Paragons Book One – C. Steven Manley

Awakened: Paragons Book OneThis is a dark fantasy book that includes aliens. It’s not really my typical type of fantasy book, but it does seem interesting….and maybe a little sci fi as well.

Synopsis: Chicago journalist Israel Trent and Erin Simms- a woman with a life she’d rather not have -awake in a modern day dungeon and are thrust into a world of shadowy government agencies, secret societies, and fringe sciences so far beyond understanding they might as well be magic. To survive in this secret world, they must face down a powerful doomsday cult intent on opening a gateway for their alien masters while simultaneously coming to grips with the unearthly power locked deep within their own DNA.

Buy this one for your Kindle or get it for free with Kindle Unlimited. You can also check out the author on Twitter.

Protector (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill Book 5) – Christine Pope

Protector (The Witches of Cleopatra Hill Book 5)If you are a fan of paranormal and urban fantasy, then this new book will likely be of interest. It is actually the fifth book in a series that features witches and (according to reviewers) some sexy time scenes.

Synopsis: Caitlin McAllister has been keeping a secret. While her clan suffers for lack of a seer, she’s been hiding her gift of second sight—hiding and running away from a destiny she does not want and has done her best to escape. Unfortunately, she finds that keeping secrets carries its own price when she and two of her friends end up in the hands of three evil warlocks who seem intent on using the young witches for their own dark purposes.

Far from her clan’s territory, Caitlin turns to Alex Trujillo, whose grandmother is the prima of the de la Paz witch clan and whose own gift is the ability to cast a unique kind of protective spell, to help her with tracking down the warlocks who planned the kidnapping.

As Alex and Caitlin work together to save her friends, they find themselves falling under one another’s spell. But their combined talents may not be enough to save the kidnapped witches…or to stop a murderous conspiracy that threatens the safety of all the Arizona witch clans.

Download a copy to your Kindle today!

Flashpoint (The Guardian Series) – Indigo Wilder

Flashpoint (The Guardian Series)This book is the first in a new series and features some sci fi elements in addition to the fantasy ones. Hope you like a little genetic engineering with your fantasy! It also has some LGBT elements, if you’re specifically looking for something that like.

Synopsis: Caia is a fresh college graduate who has the power to start a fire with the snap of her fingers. She isn’t ready to grow up and settle down in real life. But ready or not, real life is coming for her. When out-of-towner Brandt bumps into her too many times to be coincidence, Caia begins to realize that her parents might not be who they say they are. They have a secret, one they are willing to die to protect.

Ash is a Guardian, genetically enhanced to be stronger, faster, and smarter than an ordinary human. Cool, collected, and highly trained, Ash is one of the Agency’s best. But when a long time missing Guardian draws the attention of the Guild, an organization of powerful rune masters, things get personal for Ash. Very personal.

Caia is swept up into Ash’s world of super soldiers and rune masters and propelled toward an uncertain future. But one thing is always certain when playing with fire – someone is bound to get burned.

You can read this book for free in Kindle Unlimited or buy it cheap from Amazon. Also, look for the author on Twitter.

Recurve (The Elemental Series Book 1) – Shannon Mayer

Recurve (The Elemental Series Book 1)I love a good fantasy book with a female main character, which is what drew my interest to this book. The author is best known for her Rylee Adamson series, but this book is the first in a new series.

Synopsis: My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.

My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father’s side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn’t going to happen.

I’ve been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: banishment, or training to become one of the King’s Elite Guards, an Ender.
Option one will kill me.

Option two is meant to break me, but it’s the only way to survive.

Did I mention I have no power like the rest of the elementals, and my connection to the earth is worth next to nothing?

Could things get any worse? Of course they can. Welcome to being an Elemental.

Add this book to your Kindle or your bookshelf in paperback. The author is also on Twitter.

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  1. Hey, thanks for the mention! Yeah, the Redditors can be sticklers even when a comment really falls within the spirit of what was asked. All of my books fall within the same universe, so as odd as it may sound, my cyberpunk thriller is actually a distant prequel to The Shard and shares a couple of characters.


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