Historical Fantasy – Blackbirds Sing

Blackbirds SingBlackbirds Sing
By Aiki Flinthart
Publisher: CAT Press
Published: December 2019
ISBN: 978-0994592866
ASIN: B07Z1BDZKC
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Formats Available For Review: epub, mobi, pdf

Four-and-twenty extraordinary women; one chance to save a kingdom.

What would you sacrifice to save your family, your loved ones, yourself?

In September 1486, the reign of King Henry VII of England is again threatened by York loyalists. The only thing standing in the way is a four-hundred-year-old sidhe with a promise to keep, and a group of London women with a lot to lose if England is plunged back into war.

But, in 1486, women have no power. Only the ability to make difficult choices and sometimes-heartbreaking sacrifices.

Become immersed in the fascinating, perilous lives of these women, as told through the medium of 25 interwoven short stories. A prostitute selling her daughter’s virginity to pay her debts; a nun returning to the world after 30 years; laundress whose son is murdered; a lady’s maid hiding her Jewish culture; a blind musician running from a forced marriage; and more.

Each story is a piece in the puzzle. Each woman faces her own trials as she plays her small part in the desperate attempt to protect King Henry and his wife, Elizabeth of York.

Because if they fail, England will once again be thrust into civil war between the Yorks and Lancasters. And these four-and-twenty women have already sacrificed too much.

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Urban Fantasy – Requiem, Changing Times

Requiem, Changing TimesRequiem, Changing Times
By RJ Parker
Publisher: Olympia Publishers
Published: September 2019
ISBN: 978-1788304429
ASIN: B07XY439NX
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Formats Available For Review: pdf, mobi, kindle

Sackson, is hired to steal top secret information from John Holden’s new science that will change the world but is caught attempting to escape from the military base.

In another time and place; Banks, a knight of the Salvations Alliance, escapes from deep incursion behind enemy lines with the help of a Dwarf named O’Neil. After they are pursued, they escape by mysterious circumstances. The troll commanded to capture Banks, Voscass, is recruited by a Spellbinder to fallow Banks on a mission to retrieve a sacred object known as the Requiem and Clint Holden. After reaching Karmaridon, Banks is entrusted with a secret to the command group of chosen travel through a portal to retrieve the Requiem and Clint.

Clint Holden, a young man who is just starting junior high at ends with his stepfather John before his parents leave.

Clint’s family and friends, Cody, Tamara, Grant, Kayla, Grandmother, Jamie, Carbon are all caught between sides of good and evil while striving to keep the appearance that things are normal. While Banks, O’Neil, Tremayne, Ohlwiler, Ravin Hobb, Chiowood work to save Clint and friends while searching for the Requiem.

They are attacked by an Imps, wolves, zombies, vampires, orcs, ogres, that destroy a gas station, woods, hospitals, stores, and even the High School dance where O’Neil creates a distraction by singing.

Their lives are turned upside down while trying to keep a low profile because Clint knows nothing of the Requiem. They endeavor to hide the magic which occurs around them from there once-neglected yard to become a landscaper’s paradise, a tree growing behind the front door, to the changes as two families become one and love each other.

Between the conflict when nothing could be found in the end, Banks and his team must return home. Before they can one of the family is taken and once rescued her life hangs in the balance and all the forces of evil march against their home.

Clint and family abandon their house and flee for their lives when Banks uses his last weapon from his team, saving them all. They gather at the portal when the spellbinder defies death and makes one last desperate attempt to win. Banks faces the Spellbinder alone with Clint watching.

They are saved by O’Neil crashing into the Spellbinder. Banks then shares his secret of what he has been hiding about the Requiem.

In the end, Banks learns there was something more behind everything and Clint’s life has been changed forever as well as all of ours.

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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
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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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