#SPFBO 2018 : Batch 3, Books 1-3

Posted On 3 October 2018

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As mentioned in my post here as part of the SPFBO competition I’ll be randomly choosing six books per month for the next five months, I will then aim to check out at least the first 30% of each book during that month.  I’ll post information about the first three books chosen at the start of the month and then about the remaining three during the mid way point with a conclusion around the end of the month about which books will be going forward or which will be eliminated.  The conclusion for my first and second month’s reading can be found here and here.  Ultimately, the aim is to choose one book from the thirty I’ve been assigned – that chosen one will then be my finalist.

Books 1-3 in my third batch of books are as follows:

Sworn to the Night1. Sworn to the Night (The Wisdom’s Grave Trilogy #1) by Craig Schaefer

Marie Reinhart is an NYPD detective on the trail of a serial killer. When she sleeps, though, she dreams of other lives; she dreams of being a knight, in strange wars and strange worlds. On the other side of the city, Nessa Roth is a college professor trapped in a loveless marriage, an unwilling prop in a political dynasty. She’s also a fledgling witch, weaving poppets and tiny spells behind closed doors.

When Marie’s case draws her into Nessa’s path, sparks fly. What comes next is more than a furtive whirlwind affair; it’s the first pebbles of an avalanche. Nessa and Marie are the victims of a curse that has pursued them across countless lifetimes; a doom designed to trap them in a twisted living fairy tale, with their romance fated to end in misery and death.

They aren’t going out without a fight. As they race to uncover the truth, forces are in motion across the country. In Las Vegas, a professional thief is sent on a deadly heist. In a Detroit back alley, witches gather under the guidance of a mysterious woman in red. Just outside New York, an abandoned zoo becomes the hunting-ground for servants of a savage and alien king. The occult underground is taking sides and forming lines of battle. Time is running out, and Nessa and Marie have one chance to save themselves, break the curse, and demand justice.

This time, they’re writing their own ending.


2. a wizard's forgeA Wizard’s Forge (The Woern Saga, #1) by A.M. Justice

Scholar. Slave. Warrior. Wizard.

Victoria believes she’ll live a scholar’s quiet life until the tyrant Lornk Korng rips away everything she knows and loves. Forging herself into a warrior known as Vic the Blade, she strikes fear into her enemies, but she cannot escape Lornk’s obsession. A legendary power may be her only chance to destroy him, if it doesn’t kill her first.

Fans of dark fantasy will love this gritty tale of empowerment and revenge in a setting that echoes the classic science fiction/fantasy blends of McCaffrey and Herbert.


3. Light Dawning.jpgLight Dawning by Ty Arthur

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia’s walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind’s comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn


20 Responses to “#SPFBO 2018 : Batch 3, Books 1-3”

  1. waytoofantasy

    Interested to see your thoughts on these!

  2. Tammy

    Out of these three, I’m most drawn to Sworn to the Night, the story sounds complex and really interesting:-)

  3. pcochrun

    I don’t read enough urban fantasy… Sworn to the Night looks interesting!

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Sworn to the Night is the title that most intrigues me, especially because of the ties between past and present. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It certainly does have a great premise. I’m really looking forward to picking them all up and think they look great too.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Ty Arthur

    Congrats to all the entrants who have made it so far, and good luck to Amanda and Craig with your entries — looking forward to seeing what Lynn has to say about those.

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  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    You hit the cover jackpot with this batch. The first thing I noticed was how gorgeous they all are. They sound really good too. Looking forward to see how they stack up 🙂

  8. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    These all sound super interesting! I agree with the masses–I love the premise of Sworn to the Night. Also, I’m drawn to that eye!

  9. maxinesobsessions

    Ooh I’ve read one of these and the other two seem right up my alley, I’m looking forward to your thoughts.

  10. @lynnsbooks

    Thanks – which one of these have you read btw?

  11. Carmen

    Sworn to the Night sounds unique. I love its cover as well as The Wizard’s Forge’s. Enjoy these goodies, Lynn. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – Sworn to the Night is a great cover – I put it forward of one of my covers for the competition. It didn’t well but it got a few votes and did quite well.
      Lynn 😀

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