#SPFBO – Finalists No.8 and No.9

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Today I’m highlighting the final two books that I will be reading this month for the SPFBO Competition (more details here).  The reviews for the finalists I’ve read to date are below.  My review for Gods of Men by Barbara Kloss will follow shortly.  The purpose of this post is to shine a spotlight on the finalists and give readers a chance to see what they’re all about.  As already mentioned all my books are randomly selected and my final two books will be:

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

WeRideWar built the Kisian Empire and war will tear it down. And as an empire falls, three warriors rise.

Caught in a foreign war, Captain Rah e’Torin and his exiled warriors will have to fight or die. Their honour code is all they have left until orders from within stress them to breaking point, and the very bonds that hold them together will be ripped apart.

Cassandra wants the voice in her head to go away. Willing to do anything for peace, the ageing whore takes an assassination contract that promises answers, only the true price may be everyone and everything she knows.

A prisoner in her own castle, Princess Miko doesn’t dream of freedom but of the power to fight for her empire. As the daughter of a traitor the path to redemption could as easily tear it, and her family, asunder.

As an empire dies they will have to ride the storm or drown in its blood.

Orconomics by J Zachary Pike

Orconomics.jpgBrimming with swords, sorcery, and wit, Orconomics: A Satire introduces Arth, a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels. For the licensed wizards and warriors of Arth, slaying and looting the forces of evil is just a job. The Heroes’ Guild has turned adventuring into a career, selling the rights to monsters’ hoards of treasure as investment opportunities. Corporations spend immense sums sponsoring heroes to undertake quests, betting they’ll reap the profits in plunder funds when the loot is divvied up.

Questing was all business for famous Dwarven berserker Gorm Ingerson, until a botched expedition wiped out his party, disgraced his name, and reduced him to a thieving vagabond. Twenty years later, a chance encounter sees Gorm forcibly recruited by a priest of a mad goddess to undertake a quest that has a reputation for getting heroes killed. But there’s more to Gorm’s new job than an insane prophecy; powerful corporations and governments have shown an unusual interest in the job. Gorm might be able to turn a bad deal into a golden opportunity and win back the fame and fortune he lost so long ago.

Promising fun, fantasy, and financial calamity, Orconomics: A Satire is the first book in The Dark Profit Saga, an economically epic trilogy.

 

The finalists I’ve read so far and reviewed:

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11 Responses to “#SPFBO – Finalists No.8 and No.9”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    “”a world much like our own but with more magic and fewer vowels””
    This sentence is enough to pique my curiosity, and it’s delightfully fun as well… 🙂

  2. Tammy

    These two books sound completely opposite of each other, should be interesting!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m really looking forward to them. It’s quite by chance that they’ve ended up being the last two books and they’re very well rated so it’s exciting.
      Lynn 😀

  3. devouringbooks2017

    I love this contest! I really enjoyed Ruthless Magic, but will be interested to see the winner!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I will be interested to see who wins too – it’s very close now for the top 3 or 4 spots.
      Lynn 😀

  4. amjusticewrites

    I have just started reading We Ride the Storm and I think you’re in for a real treat with it!

  5. waytoofantasy

    I really want to check out We Ride the Storm!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s my next book. I’m reading Poison Song – third in – then picking it up followed by Orconomics.
      Lynn 😀

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