#SPFBO Spotlight : the fifth set of books..


This is my fifth batch of books for the SPFBO.  I’ve listed below my links to updates and reviews for the first/second/third and fourth batch of books.

The book choices are being randomly chosen. I’m aiming to read about 20% of each book or five chapters (which I think should be enough to give me a fair idea of whether or not the book could be my potential final choice).  Basically, if one of the books is standing out above the other four then that will be the clear choice from that section.

My next set of five are below.  I’ve added underneath each a synopsis (taken from Goodreads) and also linked up the titles so they’re easy to check out.j

  1. Outpost by F.T. McKinstry

outpost.jpgIn a war-torn realm occupied by a race of unseen immortal warlords called the Fylking, trouble comes with a price. Using the realm as a backwater outpost from which to fight an ancient war, the Fylking taught human seers to build and ward over an interdimensional portal called the Gate. The Fylking’s enemies, who think nothing of annihilating a world to gain even a small advantage, are bent on destroying it.

After two centuries of peace, the realm is at war. Seers are disappearing and their immortal guardians are blind, deceived by their own kind. A Gate warden with a tormented past discovers a warlock using Fylking magic to gather an army of warriors that cannot die. A King’s ranger who defends the wilds of the realm is snared in a political trap that forces him to choose between love and honor. And a knitter touched by the gods catches the eye of a dark immortal with the power to summon storms.

Forced to find allies in unlikely places, these three mortals are caught in a maelstrom of murder, treachery, sorcery and war. When they uncover the source of the rising darkness, they must rally to protect the Gate against a plot that will violate the balance of cosmos, destroy the Fylking and leave the world in ruins.

2. Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent by Kristy Tate

fortuneWhen Petra Baron goes into the fortuneteller’s tent at a Renaissance fair, she expects to leave with a date to prom. Instead, she walks out into Elizabethan England, where she meets gypsies, a demon dog and a kindred spirit in Emory Ravenswood.

Emory must thwart the plans of religious zealots. His mission is dangerous, his enemies are fanatical, and Petra Baron is a complication that Heaven only knows he does not need. Or does he? Although Emory is on Heaven’s errand, he learned long ago that Heaven does not always play fair.

As Petra slowly falls for Emory, she wonders if he really is who he seems, or if he is just as lost as she is. How can they have a future while trapped in the past? Or is anything possible Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent?

3. Mechanical Dragons: Fire & Water by Bobbi Schemerhorn

mechKhaly has only attended Pifianka Academy of Polytechnics School for a short time since moving to Vlarlee, but already she knows that she doesn’t fit in. She is relieved when the new kid, Bancroft, proves to be competent, even pleasant, when they begin work on a mechanical dragon for their school project. He even stands up to her nemesis, Jahallah. But when she discovers that she is capable of magic, a whole new world opens up to her and she sees that she is not alone. Her world is torn apart, however, when she is thrust into a battle that she was not even aware existed around her. Suddenly, she and Bancroft are forced to flee for their lives and must now learn how to control and develop their magic. The Guild is fighting to create a new world order … one without magic. Khaly and her group cannot let this happen, but are they ready for the war to come.


4. Evermage by Trip Ellington

evermage.jpgAs a wizard’s apprentice, Mithris always seemed to feel like a duck out of water. Clumsy, awkward, naive, and frequently a nuisance to his mentor wizard, it was hard for Mithris to believe he’d ever become a great and powerful wielder of magic…

But everything changed for the young apprentice one day when vicious and foul creatures attacked his master’s tower, killing his mentor, and driving Mithris into exile in the wild world outside.

Alone and left to care for himself for the first time in his life, Mithris must find the strength and courage to become the very thing he never expected he could be…A powerful wizard…

And he must do it in time to stop the monsters, avenge his master’s death, and save the world from the clutches of a power-hungry wizard.

5. A Darker Shade of Sorcery by Will Collins

adarkerThe lonely and grieving Evan Umbra is the newest Venator to enter Veneseron, the school for demon hunters.

A Venator is a wizard, a spy and a demon hunter rolled into one. They’re taught how to wield their sorcery and enchanted weaponry by orcs, elfpires and aliens alike.
Their missions range from battling monsters and saving countless lives in the multiple worlds, to the more peculiar, like wrangling killer unicorns and calming down drunken yetis.
In their free time Venators enjoy goblin soap-opera’s and underwater bubble travel, but they also understand that every new mission they’re given could be their last.
Whilst learning how to manipulate the elements, summon magical creatures and shoot Spellzookas, Evan meets a girl who makes him feel nauseous; but in a good way.

He makes the first friends he’s ever had in the carefree Jed and the reckless Brooke. Whilst Jed gets on the wrong side of a rival Venator, Brooke finds herself falling for the enigmatic demon hunter who brought her to Veneseron, not knowing he isn’t quite human. But it soon becomes apparent that Evan is more than just a Venator. Everyone wants to kill or capture him, from demons to Dark-Venators and even people he’s supposed to be able to trust.

Evan reckons he probably won’t survive his first year at Veneseron.

SPFBO Posts:

  1. Cover Lover
  2. 1st Batch of books + update + book review
  3. 2nd batch of books + update
  4. 3rd batch of books + update
  5. 4th batch of book + update + book review

10 Responses to “#SPFBO Spotlight : the fifth set of books..”

  1. cali

    Oh, what an endeavour! I’m curious about the result already. 🙂 I didn’t know anything about this competition/challenge. So interesting, and such a commitment, too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is a large commitment but it’s also really good to take part in so it balances out.
      Lynn 😀

  2. jessicabookworm

    I hope you enjoy your next batch of books – I like the sound of Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent.

  3. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Hopefully the books are better than their covers 🙂 Well, some of them are OK, I might sorta like the first one. But that last one has way too much trying to go on in one cover. And I know … don’t judge a book by its cover. And professional looking covers are an investment not every self published author can make. Anyway … That was a tangent. 🙂 Hope you find some winners in this round. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, these covers aren’t the best of the batch – hopefully the contents will be excellent!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Getting down to the final handful of books! A couple of these look promising. The author of Evermage also had a book in our batch.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, interesting – I’m actually reading that one now and quite enjoying it – I’ll have to check out which book you had.
      Lynn 😀

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