#SPFBO – down to the last four.

Posted On 12 December 2017

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I’m down to the final stage of round 1 of the SPFBO with 7 books chosen.  Having given each of these entries a good deal of thought I’ve now eliminated three more books from the final seven.  I’ve enjoyed all of the books that I selected and I confess it makes me feel bad having to choose between them but that’s the nature of a competition.  The first three books that I have now removed from my possibilities are reviewed below.  What I can say is that I enjoyed all of the books I chose as my first stage finalists:

dirtandThe Saga of Dirt and Poncho by Clayton Baker, Michael Kuecker

The write up on Goodreads is as follows:

Frank sucks. Or at least his life does, not that he’d know. When he meets Dirt and Poncho his life changes from sucks to really sucks. But hey, at least it’s interesting now. Now he gets to almost die on a daily basis and generally have no idea what it going on around him. His new friends make it a point to put him in harms way all while telling him how important he is. Murder doesn’t seem important to Frank but he ends up trapped by his own indecision and possibly idiocy in an insane plot to end the world, or save it. It’s pretty hard to tell.

Frank thinks it’s all B.S.

If you can’t guess from the write up I’ll clarify for you – this is actually a fun and entertaining read.  It reads as though the two authors didn’t really have a sense of direction, they just set out and waited to see where the story took them and along the way it feels like they definitely had some fun coming up with the various plot elements.

At the start of the story we make the acquaintance of Frank.  Frank is a PI, living alone following a divorce and with a slightly ambivalent attitude towards life until he meets two blokes in a bar who apparently want to hire him.  Could be for his detecting skills or perhaps he has some other innate ability that they have been able to spot.  Anyway, Frank takes the first job that they offer, the remuneration being rather attractive, and finds himself on a stakeout waiting to take pictures of a vampire.  Even though he doesn’t believe vampires exist he goes along with the job and from there Dirt and Poncho become a firm part of his life.  I won’t really elaborate further other than to say Frank’s new friends send him on a couple of further jobs involving werewolves and the fae before going to Frankenstein town.

So, this reads like an urban fantasy story with a difference.  Basically, Frank doesn’t really have any idea what’s going on, he keeps taking part in these insane plots because there seems almost no alternative, like the reader he’s gripped by the mystery and he’s just going with the flow and waiting to see what happens.

What I enjoyed about this story was the sense of mystery and the fun way it’s written.  Dirt and Poncho are an oddball double act, I couldn’t help picturing them as Jay and Silent Bob although I’m not going to try and pin down why that is.  Frank – well, he could have pressed the point a little more at times and in that way he’s a little bit irritating.  He never really tries to get any answers about what’s going on and part of me wonders if that’s because the authors didn’t have the answers either.  The whole story has a slightly tongue in cheek feel to it and the story seems to grow and gather momentum in an almost sporadic but amusing fashion.

In terms of criticisms.  I think the way the dialogue is written is a bit chaotic until you get used to it and perhaps a little bit of polishing and refining could help with that aspect.  The ending has a rushed feeling and is a bit of a let down in some respects – at the same time I couldn’t help wondering if the ending was a playful take on the SPFBO competition itself – I don’t want to spoil things other than to say ‘there can be only one’.  There are still no answers and part of me is still left wondering if that’s because there’s no real plan here – and perhaps there simply isn’t going to be a resolution, maybe there’ll just be more chaotically crazy adventures.

On the whole this was a fast paced read, it led me on a bit of a journey through the tropes of fantasy and I can’t deny that I had some fun whilst reading.  A book that doesn’t take itself too seriously and although humour can sometimes be difficult to pull off I think the comedy elements here work well.

warwitchWar Witch by Layla Nash

War Witch is a story full of creative world building and fantasy creatures such as witches, shifters and demons .  The world here is one in which an Alliance between humans and Others exist.  The Alliance was formed after a long and bloody war between humans and the Other’s and as part of the pact there are strict rules in place to keep the, albeit tentative, peace.  The witches agreed to answer to the wolf pack alpha and as such are now required to wear rings of identify to allow others to easily establish their ranking.  Externals are the human task force that monitor the supernaturals.  I hope I’ve not overly complicated that description – all this is delivered as part of the story and in an easy to understand fashion.

The main protagonist is Lily.  Lily is trying her best to live anonymously.  For her own reasons she refuses to be aligned and has no ring of identification which puts her at constant risk of being questioned and detained by the Externals.  Lily was a war witch and, although her actions were at the time considered heroic and fundamental in deciding the course of the war and the eventual alliance, she now suffers from her own terrible sense of guilt and also the fear and mistrust of others due to her actions at the time.

At the start of the story Lily intervenes in a dark magic attack that could leave her vulnerable to suspicion.  An investigation begins with Lily sitting as the prime suspect.  Of course this serves to highlight a number of other political issues and feelings of unrest.  A number of witches die in suspicious circumstances, dark magic has been detected and the wolf pack alpha wants to talk to Lily.  Underneath it all a sinister plot simmers.

I must say this was a fast paced and enjoyable read.  The world building is well developed and the plot keeps you on your toes.

The characters – whilst they don’t particularly break any moulds they’re easy to get on with.  There is a simmering romance bubbling under the surface but this in no way dominates the story.

In terms of criticisms.  I think my main issue was with Lily, she definitely had trust issues and whilst part of that is understandable in some respects in others she seemed to cause a lot of additional trouble for herself because she wouldn’t ask for help.  Sometimes I just wanted to shake her a little – I do appreciate a strong lead character and Lily came across like that in some ways but part of being a strong lead sometimes involves playing to your own strengths and also involving others where necessary and in that respect Lily definitely falters.  I also didn’t really get a feeling of her being all powerful as a war witch but I think that’s just my own lack of understanding more than anything else at this point.

Criticisms aside the conclusion ends on a note that promises more to follow and at this point this is a series that I would be interested in continuing to read.

everwinterEverwinter (The Wrath of the Northmen #1) by Elizabeth Baxter

Set in the land of Thanderlay Everwinter is a story about Old Gods breaking free from imprisonment and bringing a harsh winter to the world.  A winter that threatens to devour all.  Variss appears to have already fallen and it now seems to fall to the citizens of Ral Tora and Chellin to join together to try and save themselves from the winter that is coming their way.  The real issue here however is the nature of the cities and whether they can even agree to agree.  Ral Tora is a City based on invention, a city of engineers who are attempting to fight off the cold of winter by creating an underground heating system to keep it’s citizens alive.  The City of Chellin is heavily religious, it’s citizens believe their God will rescue them from the throes of the ever winter.  Added to this we have the main protagonist, Bram – who there appears to be more to than originally meets the eye.

Everwinter has the makings of a very good epic read.  It gets off to a good start and introduces us to interesting characters and fantasy creatures along the way.  I enjoyed the read but with a few reservations.

The prologue is very intriguing as we follow a battalion of soldiers accompanying their king into the hills on what turns out to be a deadly mission.  From there we meet up with Bram and get a feel for his life as an engineer.  As the story unfolds the City receives a delegation of visitors from Chellin, led by their Regal, Astrid.  Astrid is on a mission.  She is determined to get to Variss and has an idea of exactly who she wishes to accompany her.  As you may imagine Bram is one of these characters, the other being Falen Godwinsson, a native of Variss – who is also keen to return to her homeland and search for possible survivors.  Now obviously, everything isn’t going to be as easy as it seems, the two cities are far from seeing eye to eye, it seems both have secrets that will eventually be revealed and politics and back stabbing are taking the upper hand in the city of Chellin, particularly whilst the Regal is away.

In terms of criticisms.  I think this is a novel that maybe needs some paring down, or at least for me it lacked information in some areas but had a surfeit in others.  This led to the story dragging a little as the first half progressed.  It’s not unusual for first instalments to go a little overboard in setting up the story and this is definitely true for Everwinter, that being said I like the author’s style of writing, I just feel that the first half could have moved along a little quicker.  Bram felt like a good character, he feels young and a little naive and I liked that although he had obvious intelligence he didn’t jump to ridiculous conclusions about his future role in this story.  I wasn’t overly keen on the character Astrid and I’m not sure if that was the author’s intention or not.  The City of Chellin seems to be in the throes of political manoeuvring with devious characters plotting to take over – but I’m not sure those devious characters were any more sneaky than Astrid.

I thought this made a good start.  It has the promise of more goodness to come and in spite of a slow start it definitely picks up the pace during the last third of the book.

 

Those are my thoughts on the first three books to be reviewed.  As I mentioned I’ve now narrowed down my choice to the following four books which I will be reviewing and choosing a finalist from in the next couple of days:

  1. Jack Bloodfist: Fixer by James Jakins
  2. Today is Too Late by Burke Fitzpatrick
  3. The Archbishop’s Amulet by Watson Davis
  4. The Empire of the Dead by Phil Tucker

 

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#SPFBO My sixth batch of books

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I’m on the final stretch of the first round of the SPFBO.  Below is my sixth (and final) round of books listed below in the order I’m going to check them out – five books a month for six months.  The aim is to choose one book out of each of the six batches and then from those 6 potentials choose one to submit for the final stage.

Without further ado here are my books this month (and I’ve already started these so my final thoughts should also follow fairly shortly):

 

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A Gaze of Flint by Sandy Hyatt-James

Elizabeth Blake, a young woman with ‘The Sight’, given to her by people in a parallel universe, becomes entangled in a plot to kidnap a child.

She falls in love with an agent from the parallel universe, but unknown to her, he has fallen in love with a woman from his own land. As events unfold, Elizabeth finds herself and the child captured by a mentally deranged woman. Since the police and her family fail to find her, she has no choice but to use her wits and match her cruel adversary in cunning, in order to survive. Adding to this is her growing belief that the man with whom she placed her trust, has abandoned her.

A Gaze of Flint, has all the ingredients of a tense thriller, which also streams images of romance and a tint of the paranormal into its readers’ imaginations.

 

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The Empire of the Dead by Phil Tucker

Acharsis has always loved long shots. But even with a perfect scheme and a handpicked squad of godsblooded grifters and fighters, breaking into the undead lord’s Akkodaisis’ ziggurat is suicidally impossible. Good thing Archarsis is a fallen demigod with more than one trick up his sleeve…

Unpredictable, fast paced, and packed with memorable characters, The Empire of the Dead is a gripping tale of revenge replete with demons, ancient magic and a high stakes heist.

 

 

 

 

darkmDark Moonlighting by Scott Haworth

Nick Whittier, having been alive for six centuries, has had plenty of time to master three professions. In a typical week he works as a police officer, lawyer and doctor and still finds time to murder someone and drink their blood. He used to feel guilty about the killings, but now he restricts himself to only eating the worst members of society. Few people in Starside, Illinois seem to care about the untimely deaths of spam e-mailers, pushy Jehovah Witnesses and politicians. However, the barriers between Nick’s three secret lives start to crumble when a mysterious man from his past arrives in town seeking revenge. Nick must move quickly to prevent the three women in his life, and the authorities who are hunting him, from discovering his terrible secret.

Dark Moonlighting is the first book in the humorous series. It explores four of the biggest clichés in popular culture, and it pokes fun at a number of popular television shows including Law & Order, Bones and House. It also takes a more realistic and amusing approach to the vampire cliché. For example, the average human has the equivalent of five Big Gulps worth of blood in their body. Nick takes twenty minutes to kill someone and, like the vampire bat, must immediately urinate afterwards.

 

roadtoRoad to Shandara by Ken Lozito

When a mythical world threatens everything, an unlikely hero must join the battle…

College senior Aaron Jace is ready to start life in the real world. After the unexpected death of his grandfather, Aaron finds an unbelievable note that will change his world. The unknowing descendent of an ancient and powerful family, Aaron is thrust into a struggle that began long ago and will reach across worlds to pull him into the fight.

When he learns of the world of Safanar, it seems to be the stuff of legends: dragons, castles, and technologically-advanced cities. But it’s as much a dream as it is a nightmare. Danger lurks in the shadows, and a demon sentinel named Tarimus wants to steal Aaron’s power before he can learn his full potential.

With the help of an imprisoned Safanarion guardian, two mystical swords, and a puzzling family heirloom, Aaron must journey from Earth to find the fabled land of his ancestors. It may be a path that’s impossible to survive.

 

archThe Archbishop’s Amulet by Watson Davis

Caldane was once in training to be a shaman for his clan but now he’s a slave of the Nayen empire, trapped in a monastery, his magic being drained away by horrific human sacrifices. With the rest of his clan murdered by the giantess, General Silverhewer, and her army of orcs and humans, Caldane dreams of freedom and the return to the northern wastes of his childhood.

When a new batch of sacrifices are brought in, he seizes his chance for escape but during his recapture, he learns one of his clan still lives. His mother is a slave in Silverhewer’s fortress in Windhaven.

Nothing will stop him from saving her, not even if he has to release Hell and all its devils and demons.

#SPFBO My fifth batch of books

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I’m getting to the last books now.  Below is my fifth round of books listed below in the order I’m going to check them out – five books a month for six months.  The aim is to choose one book out of each of the six batches and then from those 6 potentials choose one to submit for the final stage.

Without further ado here are my books this month:

faeriefruitFaerie Fruit – by Charlotte E English

When the centuries-barren orchards of Berrie-on-the-Wyn suddenly bear fruit, it is clear that something strange is afoot — and something fey, for this is no ordinary harvest. To partake of the fruits of Faerie is to be changed for good, but not necessarily for the better.

From whence come the golden apples, the moonlit silver pears? Who is the motley piper who walks the streets of Berrie, drawing forth magic and mayhem with his music? And how can half of the town vanish into thin air?

There may be chaos aplenty in Berrie, but all that’s needed to set things straight is a touch of the right light — and maybe just the right pair of Boots…

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Spark of Defiance (Games of Fire #1) by Autumn M. Birt

Six months after a tragic war, the world of Myrrah has found peace. But many of the heroes have not. Wandering to avoid memories of lost friends and past actions, Zhao reluctantly returns home to fulfill a promise to his sister. And to proclaim to the elders of his people that their treatment of Air Elementals is wrong. His homecoming is met with hostility but not for the reason he expects. It is far worse. To protect his gifted niece from a life of hardship and subjugation like the one he endured, Zhao must rescue his sister. Even if she doesn’t wish it. Quickly caught once again in events greater than he can handle alone, Zhao struggles to prevent a personal conflict from erupting into a larger battle. But friends are distant, and more than a few are wrestling with new problems of their own. Welcome BACK to the world of Myrrah full of elemental magic and epic fantasy adventure! A new trilogy begins in Games of Fire with book 1, Spark of Defiance.

 

feylandThe Dark Realm (Feyland #1) by Anthea Sharp

What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

When a game…

Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.

Turns real…

Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her.

Winning is everything…

Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.

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The Rogue King (The Rogue King Saga, #1) by Aldrea Alien

Outside is dangerous.

Such is the warning Koral has heard for twelve years. Born a product of genetic manipulation, he knows little else of the
world beyond the steel walls of his home.

When fate gives him the choice between certain death and the unknown, there’s no question in what he must choose. But he’s about to find out the sands he must brave are full of more than mere monsters.

Providing the desert doesn’t kill him first.

This is a world ruled by instinct, where innocence is drowned in blood. Here, men are offered up to the great Serpent God, Lorric, only to emerge as the most feared killers on the planet: The Rogues.

With the god’s sights set on turning Koral into a legend, he must sacrifice himself to survive and be reborn as… The Rogue King.

everwinterEverwinter (The Wrath of the Northmen #1) by Elizabeth Baxter

The powers of old and new are on a collision course in the land of Thanderley. Ancient gods have broken free of their imprisonment and cursed the lands with a terrible winter, a scourge that is sweeping science and the new ways from the earth. In the city of Ral Tora, Bramwell, a young engineer, battles to save his home from the encroaching ice. But there will be no exceptions. The gods will reclaim what was theirs and destroy any who oppose them.

Once more, the balances are tipped. Magic and science cannot exist in harmony, yet Bramwell must master both to save everything he loves from destruction.

Everwinter is the first novel of the fantasy series, The Wrath of the Northmen.

 

#SPFBO My fourth batch of books

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I’m a little late posting my fourth set of books for the SPFBO, purely down to lack of wi-fi.  Thankfully I’ve already started to read this month’s selection.  They’re listed below in the order I’m going to check them out – five books a month for the next six months.  I will choose one book out of each of the six batches and then from those 6 potentials choose one to submit for the final stage.

Without further ado here are my books:

The Soul Guide by Kelly Stock

When university student Sybil is stung by a bee in the middle of a winter snowstorm, she finds herself chosen as the latest Soul Guide. With only a few days to reach the Veil; the place of souls, and complete the Passing Over ceremony, she begins to question everything she ever believed to be true. But dark forces will stop at nothing to prevent Sybil from fulfilling her destiny. Struggling with such a huge responsibility, and afraid for her life, Sybil has no choice but to put her trust in two complete strangers.

Meet Bertram, the Caretaker. Despite his anguish at losing the love of his life, he has a job to do. Sybil is his responsibility now. He must guide her to the Veil – no matter the cost.

Then there’s Alec, who’s drawn to Sybil the moment he lays eyes on her. Overcome by the sudden need to protect her, Alec will risk his life to ensure her safety. Or does he have darker designs…?

Can the reluctant Soul Guide, the grieving Caretaker, and the obsessive stranger work together? Only one thing is certain: the future of both Earth and the Veil hang in the balance, and the dark are rising.

This is a story of loss & grief, of friendship & love and the battle of light versus dark.

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The Apotheosis Break by Josh Rhodes and Mike Rutledge

The life of an airshipman is violent and short, but every sailor still breathing in the clouds has a tale of Anton Mikhailovich.

Vasili, his fourteen year old son, never knew the man. The swashbuckling captain died mysteriously when the boy was five, leaving only tall tales and long shadows. His father’s remembrance ever looming, Vasili wants to leave his tiny frontier village and become a skysailing legend of his own accord.

A charismatic traveler arrives on an airship, a bishop with robes as worn as his smile. He comes to convey a funerary Telling of Anton some nine years overdue. Late but still timely, the traveler hints that his vessel may be looking for a new deckhand. He could put in a good word for the son of Anton.

The twinkling lights of home disappear over the horizon and the boy begins his own adventure, starting his own tale as he learns the truth of his father’s.

But the world and its skies are nothing like Vasili’s books. The serendipitous airship is the famed Apotheosis Break, Anton’s old ship, filled with beguiling shard hunters now at the end of their rope. They have already lost good men looking for Vasili. They may still lose everything seeking the forgotten legacy of Captain Mikhailovich.

Vasili will learn that the memories you try to escape are the ones you will always carry with you. And if half of what his crew says is true, his father’s story was one of loss, betrayal, and madness. If Vasili is to survive in the skies he will have to be as clever as his father and twice as lucky. Otherwise a traveler will return home with a Telling of another Mikhailovich boy.

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Darker Things by Rob Cornell

Craig Lockman—no one had called him that in fifteen years.

Not since his days at the Agency. Not since he was trained to kill creatures that were supposed to exist only in nightmares.

Yet the teenage girl on his doorstep not only knows his real name, she claims she’s his daughter.

Before Lockman can learn how the girl found him, he’s attacked by a black-ops team of assassins. But these aren’t ordinary killers—they’re heavily armed vampires sent by his most hated enemy.

Forced on the run, Lockman protects his daughter from an onslaught of horrors while searching for who betrayed him and why. The investigation leads him to Detroit, where he unwittingly sets a plan into motion that could trigger a paranormal apocalypse and cost him his soul.

For fans of Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, and Laurell K. Hamilton… Darker Things is an 82,000-word urban fantasy loaded with double-crosses, thrilling action, and shocking twists.

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Today is Too Late by Burke Fitzpatrick

A Reluctant Villain Starts A Rebellion

Dark armies burn the greatest city in the world. A girl is born who might end their dominion, but only if a fearsome warrior protects her from the demons of the Nine Hells.

An infamous warlord, Tyrus of Kelnor helped demons conquer a continent, but the birth of a princess tests his loyalties. The child is marked for death, and her fate is in his hands. Old memories haunt him, from before the sorcery and monsters, when honor and service had value. Torn between the empress he loves and the emperor he serves, he defies the empire he helped build.

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Cursefell by C V Dreesman

The coastal town of Stonecrest is an isolated haven for nursing wounds and hiding secrets. It can cure a heart or crush it. When one girl’s secret is revealed, a curse she does not even know she carries, the safe haven becomes her monstrous prison.

Seventeen year old Nathera Currey sees her curse as a death sentence, or at the very least a sentence of exile. But Thera has experienced death before and survived it. She has felt alone the last year of her life and endured that too. Accidentally uncovering her secret, she becomes the cold light of hope for some and a monster to be feared by others. If she wants to save herself and those she holds most dear, she will have to balance the scales of who she is against what she must become and life versus love.

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#SPFBO My third batch of books

Posted On 6 September 2017

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The SPFBO is going strong and I’m on to my third batch of books.  They’re listed below in the order I’m going to check them out – five books a month for the next six months.  I will choose one book out of each of the six batches and then from those 6 potentials choose one to submit for the final stage.

Without further ado here are my books:

Faeborne by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Brennon Roarke is cursed. Stolen from his family at the age of sixteen and forced to use his glamour in the service of Eilé’s most malevolent goddess, Brenn has little room for warmth in his heart. For seven long years, he endured hardship and pain, only to escape and find his parents and sister murdered, his nephew left blind and broken. With the stain of dark magic on his soul, Brennon perseveres for the sake of his young ward, always worrying that one day the evil infecting his spirit will destroy him for good.

Seren is an outcast among her own kind, ridiculed and ostracized by all but her mother. Born to the Fahndí tribe of the Weald, Seren’s glamour allows her to transform into a deer, but it also grants her the power to heal grave wounds. When she reveals this gift to her peers, jealousy and hatred drive them to murder, forcing Seren to either flee or fall victim to their malice. Taking on her animal form, Seren leaves her old life behind hoping to find a safe haven in a world that has only ever offered her hardship.

Despite being worlds apart, Seren and Brennon are brought together in a single life-altering moment. When the doe Brenn shoots turns into a young woman before his very eyes, he has no choice but to bring her home with the hope that she’ll recover. What he doesn’t realize, however, is that Seren is quite capable of healing herself with glamour that may be able to cure his wounds as well, and not only the ones that run skin deep.

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The Age of Mages by Ilana Waters

“A mage should be able to handle anything, but really, the circumstances are getting quite ridiculous.”

Joshua’s witch mother has been missing and presumed dead since he was a teen. Years later, when he learns she might be alive, all he can think of is finding her. His antagonistic vampire father agrees to help, but Joshua fears he has ulterior motives. The situation gets even more complicated when they discover why she disappeared: she possessed a mysterious crystal whose powers remain a secret.

Unfortunately, Joshua and his father aren’t the only ones interested in the crystal. As their search leads them from New York to Las Vegas to Rome, they’re pursued by the Paranormal Investigation Agency, the High Council of Witches, and yet more vampires. In the process, they uncover a plot to wake the deadliest vampire who ever lived.

If Joshua can find the crystal, he might find his mother—and stop a massacring blood-seeker from rising. But that means not fighting with his father long enough to hold off adversaries both human and supernatural.

It might just be more than one mage can handle.

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Jack Bloodfist by James Jakins

Jack Bloodfist fixes things. That’s what his card says, anyway…

When the orcs and goblins of Summervale, Virginia need something done they call Jack.
He’s the one who convinces the local PD to ignore any tribal violence. The guy who makes sure the goblins aren’t evicted whenever they do something decidedly goblin.
He does the little things that no one else is willing to do. Like handing keys over whenever a prodigal son returns, or identifying the body of said prodigal.

He’s always believed himself capable of fixing any issue his extended family needs fixed, even those they create for themselves, but when a powerful paladin comes to town and starts killing orcs, Jack may be out of his depth.

With the help of Drow detective, a reporter that is more than she seems, and a wizard with plans of his own, Jack hopes to, if not fix the problem, at least make sure it doesn’t get any worse.

That’s when the paladin’s angry god shows up with a whole army of holy knights.
All in a day’s work.

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The Lost Secret of the Faeries by Tiffany Turner

It’s for REAL! Wanda had always read about adventure. Now she was in the middle of one. The World of Fairies is real, and she is their new Crystal Keeper, human caretaker to the World of Fairies. But the Fairy World is in trouble. The fairies are falling ill from the pollution that ravishes the world above. Wanda has to find the key to their cure, before it’s too late.

But like in all adventures, there are a few unanswered questions to solve. What has happened to the old Keeper? What are Germites? And can Wanda get used to her cat giving her backtalk while trying not to get grounded for helping the fairies? Join Wanda on her adventure, while she finds out that sometimes the best solution to a problem is the one you find within yourself.

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Grace the Mace by Tirzah Duncan

​​Grace has always been there for her mother, ever since she was old enough to bite the legs of those thugs and leeches that called themselves lovers. Ever since she was old enough to understand the world in a way her mother never would.

Now, she comes home every winter with blood money from a year of running with a band of sellswords. No more scrounging in midden heaps and cutting purses for a low court lord to survive the lean months.

But this year, home is as dangerous as the battlefield. Tensions are running through the street courts of her old slums, while a new and daunting lover has confounded her safeguards and gotten at her mum–and now they’re all tangled in a vicious turf war.

Is one lone mercenary enough to protect her own? Can she trust anyone else to do the job?

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