#SPFBO5 My fifth/final batch of books

Posted On 29 October 2019

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November is the fifth and final month of stage 1 of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.  I’ve started my November books a little earlier than planned in order to try and press on in selecting my semi finalists.  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.  The aim being to then choose a finalist from those semi finalists.

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 November:


The YoungP.jpgThe Young Practitioner by E.M Neftelberg

Alva only knows of the outside world through books, and none can tell her of the mysterious power she has within herself: the power to change reality. When soldiers from a faraway land march on her town in pursuit of a deserter, she flees the chaos and finds him, a man whose only desire is to reunite with his long lost family. This meeting sparks a journey into a world where magic hides in plain sight, its use granted only to a handful of girls and women called Practitioners. Can Alva find her place in mundane society as a curious little girl or in the unusual as a young Practitioner? Or is there no place left for her to call home?

Author Info:


Achangeofrules.jpgThe Missing Shield by LL Thomsen

A forgotten war. A world of nine realms. Old betrayal, broken magic, new perils and a friendship worth dying for – be prepared to immerse yourself in an epic fantasy series, unlike anything you have read so far!


Here begins the Veil Keepers Quest – the beginning of an end; a journey and a quest to restore the Veils that protect the world of Dallancea from the mad creatures who style themselves ‘Gods’.

Already chaos has claimed a foothold, nothing is as it were. Magic lies broken and twisted: useless; monsters walk the realms; and worst of all… the sacred twins and the ancient artefact needed to protect the future, are nowhere to be found.

Seems that Dallancea needs heroes; seems that destiny must call upon an unlikely group of people, but will they listen? As these things are wont to do, it begins with a bad day. Could it be time to break the rules?

Author Info:


NeverDie.jpgNever Die by Rob J Hayes

Ein is on a mission from God. A God of Death.

Time is up for the Emperor of Ten Kings and it falls to a murdered eight year old boy to render the judgement of a God. Ein knows he can’t do it alone, but the empire is rife with heroes. The only problem; in order to serve, they must first die.

Ein has four legendary heroes in mind, names from story books read to him by his father. Now he must find them and kill them, so he can bring them back to fight the Reaper’s war.

Author Info:

Twitter : RoboftheHayes



Shard & Shield by Laura Vanarendonk Baugh

He can save her life—if he sacrifices himself and those he swore to protect.

King’s bastard Shianan Becknam buries himself in his military career to avoid the family that never wanted him and the dangers of drawing political attention. When the artifact intended to end an interdimensional war is damaged, the mage Ariana is trapped on the other side of the rift with her servant—only the cheery young boy is really one of the monstrous enemy, disguised as a human. Shianan is desperate to rescue Ariana, one of his few friends, but to do so requires committing treason and betraying his duty, leaving his people open to attack.

State mage Ariana struggles to survive as a prisoner of war in a world of deadly magic and unfamiliar customs. Her only ally is her former servant, now a renowned warrior caught up in political machinations. To survive, he’ll have to once again take up the fight against Ariana’s world.

As their people’s wasted armies prepare for fresh battle that will devastate both sides, bastard, mage, and monster must set aside prejudices and rivalries to find an end to centuries of conflict, before they die as traitors.

Author Info;

Twitter : Laura_VAB


Edgehaven.jpgEdgehaven by Steven Smith

Known for its beauty and serenity, this peaceful little seaside town is a hidden paradise on the west coast of the British Isles. Glorious mountains kissed the edges of the sea and encapsulated nearly five kilometres of beach. The town built on an incline up into the mountains, was Edgehaven.
All is not so appealing though! Multiple sightings begin to surface regarding a child on the beach late at night. When there’s no trace of a body and no reports of anyone missing, suspicions begin to arise. Detective Peter Warnford is sent to investigate the mystery behind the sightings, though it soon becomes apparent that the events are more than just a missing child.

Author Info:

Twitter : Dragonsreclaim


Shadows.jpgShadows in the Stone by Diane Lynn McGyver 

Things aren’t always what they seem to be in a small town in the Land of Ath-o’Lea. Magic creeps in the shadows, waiting to pounce…

Corporal Bronwyn Darrow vows he’ll never fall victim to love again after the woman he adored betrays him. He directs his energies to rising in the ranks of Aruam Castle, aspiring to one day command as captain of the guards. Although he treasures his home and family, he is blinded both by his desire to succeed and a mysterious magic lurking in the shadows of the ancient castle.

Alaura of Niamh, a half-breed enchantress with a deadly past, takes refuge in Bronwyn’s hometown. When the two meet, the spell which binds them is stronger than their fears of falling in love. As Alaura’s secrets threaten to separate them forever, outside forces attempt to shatter the security of Aruam Castle and eliminate Bronwyn. When an orphan weaves their lives together, they embark on a journey destined to either destroy or deliver them to the passion living in their hearts.

Author Info :

Twitter : DianeTibert





17 Responses to “#SPFBO5 My fifth/final batch of books”

  1. sjhigbee

    Oh wow… Edgehaven, Shard & Shield and Never Die look absolutely fascinating. Thank you for sharing and I hope the judging is easier than it looks. Good luck, everyone – and best of luck to you, the judge!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha, no the judging is not easy – but I’m enjoying the reads so it’s all good.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Glad you are finding so enjoyable and that the books are so readable:)

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Ooh, Never Die is actually on my TBR list, I didn’t realize it was in SPFBO – or maybe I did, and just forgot! Anyway, I look forward to your thoughts on these!

  3. evelynreads1

    I hope you will enjoy all of them!


  4. Carmen

    I like the blurbs of #1, #4, and #5. I hope they all do well and best luck to the authors involved in this stage of the competition.

  5. Tammy

    Three of these have caught my attention: Never Die, Shard & Shield, and Edgehaven. Good luck to all the authors!

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  8. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I like the sound of Never Die by Rob J Hayes and Edgehaven by Steven Smith – Happy reading! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, as it happens Never Die has been rolled foward and I look forward to reading it fully.
      Lynn 😀

  9. waytoofantasy

    Good batch, looking forward to your thoughts on these, especially the one by Rob Hayes. Hope you love these!

    • @lynnsbooks

      This year’s books have been so good and involved such tough decisions – with more tough decisions yet to come.
      Lynn 😀

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