#SPFBO5 My third batch of books

Posted On 2 September 2019

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Today is the third month of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.  As with last year I have divided my 30 books into five batches of six books (selected using a random sequence generator).  Each month I will highlight that month’s selection at the start of the month, providing details about the books and the authors.  As the month progresses I hope to have a clear favourite out of each batch – although things don’t always go to plan of course – I will provide mini reviews for each book and hopefully a full review for each book that I read fully or choose to be a semi finalist – which I’m thinking should be five books in total although it could be less.  The aim being to then choose a finalist from those semi finalists.

This month, all going well, I’m hoping to write a post in the middle of the month and select any semi finalists up to that point (midway through the competition).  So, I will hopefully read the first 30% of the first three books below and include them in that midway feedback.

I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck and I hope you all enjoy the competition.

Without further ado here are my six books for September:


Shadowof.jpgFrom the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court by Benedict Patrick

If you value your life, stay out of the forest.

As a captive of the Owl Queen’s Court, Nascha’s life has always been one knife’s edge away from disaster. But when she is threatened for nothing more than the colour of her hair, Nascha attempts the unthinkable: escape through the dreaded Magpie King’s forest.

Hunted by sharp toothed and sharper witted foxfolk, and hated by all for being a witch, Nascha fears herself doomed until she joins forces with a mysterious young man. With him she finds a glimmer of hope, even as her own unpredictable powers flicker into existence.

But hope is fleeting.

The forces arrayed against her are insurmountable, and Nascha soon comes to realise that pursuit of her own freedom will come at a greater cost to the forest. As the darkness closes in around them, Nascha is forced to ask:

At what price is she willing to purchase her life?

How dearly is she willing to sell it?

From the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court is the fourth standalone book in Benedict Patrick’s Yarnsworld series, returning for the first time to the setting of the #1 bestseller They Mostly Come Out At Night.

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Living in.jpgLiving in Times of Dragons by John A Pretorius

“…as with everything in my life all this began with dreams…”

American ex-pat, father and widower, Roger Rommel, did not believe in dragons. Unfortunately they did not return the sentiment.

After returning from a self-imposed exile to his adopted country of South Africa, Roger is confronted by these legendary fire-breathing reptiles who risked exposing their hidden world simply to hunt him. Gifted with the ability to create and enter dreams, as well as to see the future, he tries to survive and protect his son from enemies he does not understand.

But the past is alive, and he finds himself linked to a conflict thousands of years old. The world he knew is now stranger, more fantastic and terrifying than he truly knew, especially when everyone is out to get you.

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TheShadow.jpgThe Shadow Watch by S.A Klopfenstein

For centuries, the Oshan Empire has ruled the New World with terror and blood. The Watchers have been eradicated, and their sorcery is but a whispered myth. But the heart of magic beats on, and as it surges back to life, three young people will determine the fate of the world…

Tori Burodai, a strong-willed slave girl. Her magic could ignite a revolution, but only if she resists the ruler who wants to use her powers to restore the empire to its former glory.

Darien Redvar, the idealistic soldier she loves. His rage leads him down a dark path to power that could turn him against the one person he cares for.

Kale Andovier, a lordling rebel with a torturous past. His quest for a weapon of dark sorcery will thrust him into a twisted game of power that could change the world forever.

Will the return of magic transform the New World, or bring it to ruin?

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Earthcore.jpgEarthcore by Grace Bridges

Superpowers from hot springs? Who knew? 

Anira thinks her family’s trip to Rotorua, New Zealand, will be a week of grudging participation as she fights off a latent phobia of volcanoes.

But this place has ancient secrets she could never have imagined. For its natural geology and untamed thermal forces hold a hidden power–one that transforms those gifted by the spirits of the land.

Now Anira finds herself possessing abilities she has never known. There are others like her–young and old, both good and evil…And the legendary guardians have a job for them to do. Together they are caught up in a race against the developer intent on destroying the natural springs that are the home of the ancients and the source of their powers.

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SirThomas.jpgSir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of the Less Valued Knights by Liam Perrin

Whimsical and poignant, Sir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of Less Valued Knights tells the story of Thomas Farmer who dreams of becoming a knight, sets out to save his brother from the hands of an evil Baron, and uncovers a plot that threatens Camelot itself. Along the way, he befriends a series of misfits including an allegedly reformed evil wizard, a shrinking giantess with a latent gift, a veteran knight with a dark secret, and his best friend Philip the Exceptionally Unlucky.

In the end, his friends must all join forces and Thomas must come to grips with what it means to be a true hero if they are to outwit the evil Baron. At its heart, Sir Thomas’s tale is the story of a young man growing up and learning what it means to be a hero in a world that doesn’t always make sense.

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Strings of.jpgStrings of Chance by Jeff Pryor

Life is a song, sing it well!

Edson Pye is the greatest bard in all of Elraon. Unfortunately, nobody else has figured this out yet. An annual competition in the city of Vonst provides an opportunity to validate his claims, while a chance encounter springs him toward the fame he so desperately covets…though at what cost?

Wanting only wine, women, and an audience for his music, Edson instead finds himself drawn into an increasingly tangled web of schemes centered around a mysterious murder. His growing fame, coupled with an aggressive manager, puts him in front of crowds larger than he ever imagined…can he live up to his own hype?

Edson’s trio of desires continuously spark misadventures, compelling him to confront his own flaws and decide what kind of person he wants to be, all while moving on an unavoidable path toward a confrontation with his greatest rival.

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16 Responses to “#SPFBO5 My third batch of books”

  1. Tammy

    This looks like a fun batch, Lynn. Especially the first one. That cover really grabs my attention!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, BP has some excellent covers for all his books.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Paul's Picks

    Sir Thomas!!! So much fun, Enjoy!

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I love the idea of the Less Valued Knights! 😀

  4. sjhigbee

    All of these look enjoyable and quirky, with a great premise – the first cover has me drooling and I love the idea of the Less Valued Knights, not to mention the chap who doesn’t believe in dragons finding it a problem that they believe in him instead… I hope you have a lovely time reading these, Lynn. Glad you’re the judge and not me!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I must say that I love being the judge – even though the decisions are tough I wouldn’t miss the opportunity of reading some of these.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Good luck on this new batch! A couple of these look very promising!

  6. Lashaan Balasingam @ Bookidote

    These sound fun! I do hope you enjoy them when you get around to picking them up. Benedict Patrick’s book intrigued me the most!

    • @lynnsbooks

      All the covers for BP’s books have been great and they all sound fascinating – it’s a book I’m definitely looking fowrard to.
      Lynn 😀

  7. waytoofantasy

    This looks like a pretty good batch. Looking forward to your thoughts on them, especially the Benedict Patrick book. 🙂

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