YA Fantasy – Hoods: The Beginning

Hoods The BeginningHoods: The Beginning
By David Niall Wilson
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Release Date: January 15, 2020
ISBN: 978-1950565023
ASIN: B07YF856NP
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Superhero
Formats Available For Review: .pdf, mobi, epub

San Valencez is a city with many levels. Near the barrio, on the south side of town, gangs rule the streets, and those that don’t find a way out tend to be sucked into the shadows and consumed. Not far away, near the border between the bad side of town and civilization, there are those standing up to the shadows. They aren’t superheroes, exactly, but they aren’t regular kids either. They have abilities, intelligence, strength, skill—and a desire to see their city become a better place.

Four teenagers, Weaver, Cami, Shooter and Combo, come together with a mutual desire to make things better, to help those who need it and punish those who deserve it. When Shooter’s old friend Mikey approaches them, concerned over his brother Dale’s connections with a gang called Los Escorpiones, they organize and become something stronger than their separate parts. The city is in danger from a threat it doesn’t even know exists. All that stands in the way of disaster is a group of “Hoods.”

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Fantasy – Ragnekai Winds

Ragnekai WindsRagnekai Winds
Book One of The Old Wounds Trilogy
By Peter Buckmaster
ISBN: 978-1981153367
ASIN: B0792STQZN
Genre: Fantasy
Formats Available For Review: Kindle, pdf, mobi

Ragnekai Winds is the debut novel of a Brit living in Japan who grew up on Tolkien, Fighting Fantasy, Forgotten Realms and Star Wars.

“There are those for whom old wounds run deep. There are those who do not forget the past. A kingdom without a king. A realm without a ruler. There are those who will see this as a sign. A sign to rise and take back what was theirs.”

Ragnekai Winds is the first book in The Old Wounds trilogy. Ragnekai Moons, the sequel, was released last year and Ragnekai Storms, the conclusion, will be out later this year. Fantasy with a strong emotional core that doesn’t follow the usual paths of the genre.

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Sci-fi Fantasy Thriller – Sky Parlor

Sky ParlorSky Parlor
By Stephen Perkins
Publisher: Star Born Publishing
Published: June 2019
ISBN: 978-1684540150 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1684540167 (hc)
ASIN: B07SJC6CQ4
Pages: 375
Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, thriller

From the dawn of mankind…
Through America’s Civil War and into the distant future…
Two ancient gods have made romance and waged war…
After the Great Rapture…
Will Sky Parlor become their final battlefield?

Do we ever really die? Or, do we return to live again with those we knew before? In the future, will man and machine learn to procreate? For generations, the population of Sky Parlor has believed that, long ago, the lands beyond their domed city were made uninhabitable by the “Great Rapture”.

When young Desmond Starr is appointed Alderman for Sky Parlor’s borough of Columbia, he is guided by a benevolent spirit during a dream’s strange vision and learns a hidden truth, exposing a shocking lie that has persisted for centuries. As rumors of a vast deception spread among Sky Parlor’s population, the president and his governing “sustainability” council propose what appears to be the perfect but distracting solution: An inspiring journey to a mysterious and distant world!

But does this grand proposal mask an ulterior agenda? Will a rebellious young man discover his own fate is bound not only to Sky Parlor, but to the survival of humanity?

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YA Fantasy – The Forgotten Dream

The Forgotten DreamThe Forgotten Dream
Obsidian, Book 3
By Emilyann Girdner
Publisher: Luminous Words Press
Published: June 2019
ISBN: 978-1947791008
ASIN: B07T1V4RLT
Genre: YA Fantasy, High Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure, Coming of Age Fantasy
Formats Available For Review: Mobi, ePub, Kindle

The Forgotten Dream is the third book in the Amazon Best-Selling Obsidian Series. The first book in this young adult fantasy series, The Labyrinth Wall, is a Dante Rossetti Award Finalist and is a Reader’s Favorite 5 Star rated book.

The Obsidian Series:

The fantasy charm of Eragon meets the gritty flare of The Hunger Games in the Amazon Best-Selling Obsidian Series books which offer a surprising and fresh magical labyrinth adventure.

The Labyrinth Wall:

Imagine a labyrinth world from the perspective of its native people… Araina’s lonely teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man with supernatural powers emerge through a rippling wall into the dark and deadly labyrinth she calls home. Araina must solve many mysteries surrounding the newcomer and the labyrinth she thought she knew so well. And, as a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s creators have unleashed a series of attacks against the labyrinth inhabitants. She must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to survive.

The Forgotten Dream:

During a dire encounter with magical attackers, an unexpected visitor shows up to save the day. However, suspicions of this unwanted guest arise when people start disappearing in Kasabac. It is difficult to know who can be trusted and harder to ignore the alarming claims about the labyrinth that come to Araina’s attention. Will she be able to locate the missing people? Perhaps more importantly, can she discern the truth from the lies about the labyrinth?

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Epic Fantasy – The Mercenary Code

The Mercenary CodeThe Mercenary Code
The Shattering of Kingdoms, Book 1
By Emmet Moss
Published: May 2019
ISBN: 978-1093861358
ASIN: B07RX84P4B
Pages: 770 ebook, 568 print
Genre: Epic Fantasy

Break the Code. Shatter the World.

Centuries ago, the murder of a beloved king tore apart the Kingdom of Caledun. The land was plunged into chaos and thousands perished in the aftermath. A new order was established in an attempt to return Caledun to its former glory. It failed, but in its place rose the beginnings of the Code.

During this same period, the mystical caretakers of the Great Wood retreated from the world of Kal Maran, their disappearance an ominous harbinger of the suffering that was to follow. The Great Wood now grows out of control. Cities, towns, and villages have fallen before the relentless march of the forest. Without the former guardians to keep her tame, the wood has become a place of peril, and dark creatures of legend now hunt beneath its leaves.

The summer season is now a time of armed conflict. The fall of the old monarchy has brought about a ceaseless cycle of combat. Grievances are settled by the strict tenets of a binding Mercenary Code and the men who would die to preserve its honour.

However, change is in the air. Political rivalries have escalated, and dire rumblings of a revolution abound. Thrust to the forefront of the shattered land’s politics, a mercenary fights for more than just riches. In the north, a borderland soldier wrestles with his own demons and looks to find his true purpose. And in the shadow of the Great Wood, a young man’s chance encounter with a strange visitor gives hope to a land divided.

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Fantasy – Journey To Osm: The Blue Unicorn’s Tale

Journey To OsmJourney To Osm: The Blue Unicorn’s Tale
By Sybrina Durant
Published: December 2018
ISBN: 978-1535455992
ASIN: B07LDKX25N
Genre: Fantasy
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If you enjoyed reading Lord of the Rings, Alice In Wonderland or even Watership Downs, you might just love this book about a tribe of unicorns stranded a universe away from the home world of Unimaise. This is a purely fanciful unicorn fantasy full of magic and science and adventure.

Facing extinction, the Metal-Horned Unicorns of MarBryn are desperate for hope. Any hope. . .So when the Oracle reveals the prophecy promising just that, the remaining members of the tribe pin their future on the birth of a young foal. Hope becomes despair when the baby unicorn is born without metal. . .because without metal there is no magic. And without magic, this little blue newborn has no chance to defeat the evil sorcerer that has imprisoned all of MarBryn. Magh’s rule proves both harsh and brutal and by the time Blue comes of age there are only twelve metal-horns left in all of MarBryn. Eleven can claim some form of metal based magic. . .but one must get by on sheer grit, will, and the desire to avenge his parents untimely deaths. Like most of the metal-horns, Blue disregards the prophecy as nonsense, but driven by his insecurities, he covertly trains for a fight he’s ill-equipped to win. And then hope comes back around. For Blue…For the Metal Horn Unicorns of MarBryn …But can a unicorn with no metal … no magic … answer the call of fate? The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm Illustrated book was a feast for the eyes but the story was short. This novel is the expanded version of that story.

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