[Free eBook] Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys [Lovecraftian Alternate Historical Fantasy with Spy Mystery]

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys is the 1st novel in her The Innsmouth Legacy series of alternate historical dark fantasy with strong horror, mystery, and espionage thriller elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is a special time-limited promotion, being made free to boost the upcoming 2nd novel, and this edition includes a bonus short story. The series is set in the late H. P. Lovecraft’s popular Cthulhu Mythos, varying it as an alternate hidden history where during the 1920s, the U.S. government secretly rounded up the population of the seaside village of Innsmouth, long since hybridized with the mystical Deep Ones of the oceans, into desert internment camps.

This story takes place a generation later during the late 1940s as the Cold War is getting underway, when an FBI agent believing that Communists spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from the legendary Miskatonic University, calls upon one of the few survivors of the camps for help, who must return to her ruined home and uncover the remaining scraps of her suppressed personal and ancestral history to face the threat.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] 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 again 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] Prince Ivan by Peter Morwood [Russian Folklore Historical Fantasy]

Prince Ivan by Irish author Peter Morwood is the 1st novel in his Tales of Old Russia trilogy of historical adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Arrow’s Legend imprint. The series is set in a fantasy version of historical Russia sometime during the 13th or 14th centuries, starring the popular folkloric hero Ivan Tsarevich, and draws upon Russian folklore and mythology.

This story begins titular mythical prince’s adventures as he is ready to come of age, when an encroaching magical force leads him to undertake a journey to find his own path, eventually putting him into conflict with the malevolent Koshchey the Undying.

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[Free eBook] Dead Blossoms: The Third Geisha by Richard Monaco [Japan Historical Fantasy with Mystery]

Dead Blossoms: The Third Geisha by Richard Monaco, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for his Parsival saga of Arthurian novels, is his apparently standalone historical fantasy novel with strong mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally self-published in 2012 by by the author himself, via Lulu Press. NB: This may have only very mild sfnal elements, since nothing overtly fantastical is mentioned in the blurb or customer reviews, but the publisher has still filed it under several Fantasy categories. YMMV.

The story takes place in 16th century feudal Japan, starring a ronin who also claims to be a ninja, who finds himself being hired by a nobleman to investigate the mysterious disappearance of another’s daughter, undertaking a journey in pursuit of uncovering the terrible truth behind it.

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[Free eBook] Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace [Supernatural Foodie Urban Fantasy]

Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace is the 1st novel in his Sin Du Jour series of satirical urban fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is a special flash giveaway, being made free to promote the upcoming 6th novel in the series, which comes out later this year. The series is centred around the adventures of a supernatural catering company in New York City.

This story involves a foodie challenge to create a dinner with a unique ingredient for a high-stakes diplomatic banquet, under the pressure of defusing a potential war between two rival demon gangs.

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[Free eBook] The Krantin Omnibus by Juanita Coulson [Sword & Sorcery Fantasy]

The Krantin Omnibus: Books 1 & 2 by Juanita Coulson, who is also an award-winning filksinger, comprises her complete Krantin duology of classically epic good vs. evil sword & sorcery fantasy novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The contents were originally published in 1978 & 1980 by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint, as The Web of Wizardry and The Death God’s Citadel. The series is set in an epic fantasy world where ancient enemy nations must now join forces as reluctant allies to combat a greater encroaching force of evil backed by malicious wizardry, who have already overrun the surrounding neighbours with their strangely enchanted hordes.

This duology consists of two apparently linked but separate self-contained stories with different casts: one a twisty domestic political intrigue and f/m romantic elements, the other an evil-thwarting quest adventure in another land to prevent one wizard from ever reaching theirs.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] 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 again 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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[Free eBook REPEAT] Chieftain of Andor by Andrew J. Offutt [Sword & Sorcery Sci-Fantasy]

Chieftain of Andor by the late Andrew J. Offutt is his vintage standalone hybrid science fiction/sword & sorcery fantasy novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1976 by Dell, and was also known as Clansman of Andor in its UK editions.

The story is a mix of science fiction and fantasy, where a misfit man from our Earth gets to live out his adventurous barbarian dreams when he is chosen to have his mind take over the body of a warrior leader whose own mind is dying on a distant sword & sorcery planet, only to have the experience turn out to be far more complicated than he was expecting.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Golden Horde by Peter Morwood [Russian Folklore Historical Fantasy]

The Golden Horde by Irish author Peter Morwood is the 3rd novel in his Tales of Old Russia trilogy of historical adventure fantasy drawing upon Russian folklore, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1993 by Legend. The series is set in a fantasy version of historical Russia sometime during the 13th or 14th centuries, starring the popular folkloric hero Ivan Tsarevich.

This installment sees the various Princes of the land joining forces against the historical Golden Horde of the nomadic Tatars, hoping to hold off the invaders with ancient dark magic which may prove the doom of them all.

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[Free eBook] Beth by Jennifer Stevenson [Urban Fantasy Comedy]

Beth by Jennifer Stevenson is the 1st novel in her Coed Demon Sluts series of satirical chick-lit paranormal urban fantasy, possibly with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via the Book View Café backlist author republishing consortium.

The series stars assorted women in bad life experiences who turn them into humorous ones by signing up to become demonic succubuses for fun and profit.

This installment finds a middle-aged woman in a midlife crisis answering the call. NB: Despite the ostensibly sexy premise of their new profession, apparently these are comedic rather than steamy. There’s also an accompanying series where men are/become incubuses.

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