I grew up on fantasy novels like L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Just a few weeks ago, I cozied up with Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (amazing!). This post reminds me that it might be time for me to delve into some grown-up fantasy novels. Whether you’re getting ready for Halloween or just interested in some good old storytelling, today’s guest post by S.M. Boyce should thrill you! And don’t forget to enter the contest to win a set of ebooks including Lichgates, Treason, and Heritage. Enjoy! Rochelle, the Write Now! Coach
Writers Read: 5 Best Indie Fantasy Books
by S.M. Boyce
Thanks for having me today. I wanted to share some of the best self-published fantasy novels I’ve found. The indie talent out there is exceptional, and this is only scraping the tip of the iceberg. All of these novels have hit bestseller lists at some point, mostly in their genre on Amazon, so they already have quite a following. Let’s get to it, shall we?
#5—Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown
This one is fun. It has fae, demons, half-breeds, magic, sexy leads, a love triangle, and a powerful heroine. The main character is funny, sarcastic, and hot-tempered, and I laughed out loud more than I expected to. It’s new adult, and the book does get some steam in the sequel, if you know what I mean. The second novel is due out any day now, so this is a series you can sink your teeth into.
#4—Silent Orchids by Morgan Wylie
Wylie’s narrative style is rich, vivid, and vibrant. Her descriptions pull in all the senses, giving the story a very rich level of detail. The story itself offers a taste of epic fantasy mixed in with a contemporary flare, so it’s refreshing even as it pleases epic fantasy nerds like me. Her sequel is due out soon, so we should see more of this author in the near future. Besides, look at that cover! Beautiful.
#3—What Kills Me by Wynne Channing
This is a vampire novel gone right. Though it took me until about chapter 4 to really get hooked, I couldn’t put it down after that. The vampire world Channing creates in this series is ruthless and cruel, and it was delightfully dark to see its contrast to the more good-natured heroine. This is a series filled with action, blood, self-discovery, and a little love. Great read.
#2—Inception (The Reaping Chronicles) by Teal Haviland
This is an award winner—this won best breakout novel during the UtopYACon 2013 conference. Besides a beautiful cover and sweet author, this book has a lot going for it. The premise is about reapers—its tagline is “read it and reap.” It’s clever, unique, fresh, and exciting. It’s caused many a book hangover, so this one is definitely worth a look.
#1—Aurora Sky, Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford
Before you shake your head because I’ve managed to list another vamp novel, check this one out. It’s an urban fantasy with a twinge of horror, and there’s plenty of blood. It’s a new adult novel, so it’s on the upper end of the risqué side. Jefford has a beautiful and clean voice, which makes reading a breeze. I’m a huge fan of Jefford, but this is by far my favorite of her series.
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S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.
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Grimoire Saga #1
Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea.
Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea’s royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict—a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.
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