[Free eBook] The Lady of the Snowmist by Andrew J. Offutt [Sword & Sorcery Fantasy]

The Lady of the Snowmist by the late Andrew J. Offutt is the 3rd novel in his War of the Gods on Earth trilogy of classically epic sword & sorcery fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Ace Books. The trilogy stars a tragically orphaned former village boy originally out on the obligatory quest for revenge against the forces which destroyed said village.

This final book concludes his adventures as he has now become a champion with a great weapon and also a warrior-woman companion, and must choose sides in a conflict between a powerful sorceress of ill repute who has done him a favour and may not be as evil as the group wishing to destroy her claims she is.

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[Free eBook] The Demon Lord by Peter Morwood [Epic Feudal Adventure Fantasy]

The Demon Lord by Irish author Peter Morwood is the 2nd novel in his The Book of Years quartet of epic feudal adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1984 by Century. The quartet is an epic adventure subseries in the feudal fantasy world of the Alban Saga universe, structured around competing clans which sometimes ally and other times scheme against each other.

This story stars a young clan lord, who has lost his purpose after gaining revenge upon those who killed his family and stole his birthright, finding it again upon a quest to help restore another displaced heir to her lost citadel, which is currently possessed by the demon representative of a greater evil they must work together to banish.

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[Free eBook] Fire and Fog by Robert E. Vardeman [Sci-Fantasy Multiverse Adventure]

Fire and Fog by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer, in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 5th novel in his Cenotaph Road series of sci-fantasy hybrid pulp adventure novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1984 by Ace Books. The series takes place in a hybrid science fiction/fantasy world with demonpunk “technology”, amidst a multiverse accessed by travelling the road between the worlds.

This installment continues the plot arc from the 3rd & 4th books (also previously offered free) as the companions make progress on the quest to thwart the reassembling bodiless evil wizard trying to take over all the worlds, confronting his minions and gaining new friends along the way.

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[Free eBook] Iron Tongue by Robert E. Vardeman [Sci-Fantasy Multiverse Adventure]

Iron Tongue by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer, in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 4th novel in his Cenotaph Road series of sci-fantasy hybrid pulp adventure novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1984 by Ace Books. The series takes place in a hybrid science fiction/fantasy world with demonpunk “technology”, amidst a multiverse accessed by travelling the road between the worlds.

This installment follows after the events of the 3rd novel (previously also offered free), seeing the hero, his arachnid sidekick, and a new traveling companion take to the road again to prevent a bodiless evil wizard from obtaining the titular magical MacGuffin which wil allow him to recorporate and resume his presumable reign of terror.

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[Free eBook] Island of Shadows by Peter Tremayne [Irish Mythological Fantasy]

Island of Shadows by British author Peter Tremayne, perhaps best known as the author of the popular Sister Fidelma historical mystery series, is his standalone mythological historical fantasy novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1991 by Mandarin. The story is set in ancient Ireland, and loosely based upon a portion of the Ulster Cycle of classic Irish mythology.

This tells a tale about the early life of Scottish warrior woman Scáthach, who was teacher to the Irish hero Cú Chulainn, as she journeys to discover her mysterious past and also obtain revenge, after the adoptive father who raised her from a foundling babe is murdered by distinctively-marked strangers.

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[Free eBook] World of Mazes by Robert E. Vardeman [Sci-Fantasy Hybrid Adventure]

World of Mazes by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer, in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 3rd novel in his Cenotaph Road sci-fantasy hybrid pulp adventure novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Ace Books. The series starts in a hybrid fantasy world which has demonpunk “technology” (like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld), contained within a multiverse accessed by travelling the road between the worlds.

This installment continues the adventures of the protagonist and his friendly neighbourhood arachnid companion, as they find themselves travelling the road between worlds on a dual quest to thwart the scheme of a disassembled evil wizard looking to re-corporate, and free a woman from the nefarious enchantments of a master illusionist.

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[Free eBook] Vulnerable by Amy Lane [Urban Fantasy with LGBT Romance]

Vulnerable by Amy Lane is the 1st novel in her Little Goddess series of urban fantasy adventures with strong f/m, m/m, and f/m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ DSP Publications imprint for plot-centric other-genre works where any romance is secondary.

This was originally self-published in 2005 via self-publishing repackager iUniverse and and later revised and picked up by DSP. The series stars a young woman in a seemingly mundane small town who discovers a neighbouring hidden magical world of vampires and elves and werewolves and potential polyamory.

This installment is the first of her many adventures levelling up in the local paranormal ranks, as she becomes acquainted with the hidden world and her future place in it, fulfilling a destiny with a new love and his old lover the prince.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers (some DRM-free).

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Fairy Tale, Fantasy]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of fairy tale retellings based on the classic “Beauty and the Beast”, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 8th, are as follows:

  • Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay, a role-reversal fantasy retelling where a mutant beast from the desert becomes the captive in the city of a princess who was raised to be a human sacrifice, who begins to care for him; from Tantor Media, read by Julia Whelan
  • Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, an historical fantasy retelling starring a Persian prince who is cursed to change to a lion, eventually making his way to Europe and a French beauty named Belle; from Recorded Books, read by Robert Ramirez

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 8th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Novice by Taran Matharu [YA Magic School Epic Fantasy]

Novice by British author Taran Matharu is the 1st novel in his Summoner trilogy of YA student adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Hodder’s Children’s Books imprint.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and is being made free to promote the newly released 3rd novel in the trilogy (which is apparently following in the footsteps of the “increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy”, since it looks like there will be a 4th novel next year. The series is set in an Empire populated by humans, elves, and dwarves, where demon-summoning is taught at a prestigious academy for the magically gifted to turn them into battlemages with companion demons, for their war against the orcs.

This installment introduces the series’ hero, a former blacksmith’s apprentice who accidentally discovers his aptitude for demon-summoning and is also incidentally chased from his village for a crime he didn’t commit, seeking refuge and training at the military academy where his fellow students and the machinations of their noble families may prove even more dangerous than staying at home would have been.

Offered in the UK & Europe & South America and selected other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers. Two additional promotional prequel shorts are available in various countries worldwide (including North America).

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Free for a limited time @ Amazon Kobo, Google Play, iTunes (this appeared to only be free in the UK, and also Europe, but not anywhere else that I spot-checked, though YMMV for your own locale at assorted stores)

Two additional prequel stories are offered free as long-term introductory promotions to the series.

Origins is a novella which tells the tale of the first commoner-born student accepted to the exclusive Vocans Academy, who would later become a teacher there. It is available worldwide from both Hodder’s Children’s Books and Macmillan’s Feiwel & Friends imprint (who have the rights to this series in other markets) @ from Macmillan (North & South America & Japan) @ Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Google Play, eBooks.com and can be added to your library @ BookShout (online reading & in-app download) and from Hodder in the UK/Europe/other countries @ Amazon, Kobo, Google Play, iTunes

A Fine Welcome: Othello’s Journey is a short story which gives the backstory of one of the current classmates, who is the first dwarf to attend the school. It is available in selected countries from Macmillan (North & South America & Japan) @ Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Google Play, eBooks.com and can be added to your library @ BookShout (online reading & in-app download)

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Demons, magic and epic adventure – introducing the first book in the New York Times bestselling Summoner series … described as ‘Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings meets Pokemon’.

Fletcher was nothing more than a humble blacksmith’s apprentice, when a chance encounter leads to the discovery that he has the ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, he must travel with his demon to the Vocans Academy, where the gifted are trained in the art of summoning.

The academy will put Fletcher through a gauntlet of gruelling lessons, training him as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against the savage orcs. Rubbing shoulders with the children of the most powerful nobles in the land, Fletcher must tread carefully. The power hungry Forsyth twins lurk in the shadows, plotting to further their family’s interests. Then there is Sylva, an elf who will do anything she can to forge an alliance between her people and Hominum, even if it means betraying her friends. Othello is the first ever dwarf at the academy, and his people have long been oppressed by Hominum’s rulers, which provokes tension amongst those he studies alongside.

Fletcher will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but his demon Ignatius to help him. As the pieces on the board manoeuvre for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands …

[Free eBook] A Symphony of Storms by Robert E. Vardeman [Epic Quest Fantasy]

A Symphony of Storms by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer, in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 3rd novel in his The Demon Crown trilogy of epic adventure quest fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Tor. The trilogy is set in the usual sort of fantasy land where a lost heir must be found and restored to the disputed throne with the aid of a magical artifact.

This story follows the aftermath of two such restoration quests, which have yielded a corrupted king and then his potential replacement twin, who seems to be a suitable queen but whose beginning reign is plagued by treachery and civil war from her ousted brother-king’s faction, leading to the third and final quest for the aid of a legendary wizard to help save the realm.

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