[Free eBook] Thieves’ World: Shadowspawn by Andrew J. Offutt [Adventure Fantasy]

Shadowspawn by the late Andrew J. Offutt is the 4th novel in the highly popular Thieves’ World series of adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Ace Books. The Thieves’ World series created by Robert Asprin is a shared magical universe consisting of stories and novels contributed by many different authors, and was a hit franchise back in the 1980s, with contributors including the late SFWA Grandmaster Poul Anderson and Hugo Award-winning author C. J. Cherryh. This story is a standalone starring two people making their way on a perilous desert journey during which they have many adventures, complicated by the fact that one of them used a magical wish to attract the other to his side, and must come to terms with his guilt in using his powers to illicitly obtain a close companion.

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[Free eBook] The Wells of Ythan Quartet by Marc Alexander [Epic Fantasy Omnibus]

The Wells of Ythan Quartet: Books 1-4 by New Zealand author Marc Alexander comprises all four novels in his Wells of Ythan quartet of epic fairy tale-esque adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This omnibus edition contains Ancient Dreams, Magic Casements, Shadow Realm, and Enchantment’s End, which were originally published by Headline between 1988 and 1992. quartet of epic fairy tale-esque adventure fantasy The story involves an apprentice toymaker’s quest to find a vanished princess who is the key to freeing the land from an evil usurper, and restore her to her rightful throne with the help of his companions.

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[Free eBook] Broken Stone by Richard Monaco [Arthurian Historical Fantasy]

Broken Stone by Richard Monaco, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is the 2nd novel in his Leitus Sixtus duology of Arthurian-inspired historical adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1985 by Ace Books. The duology is set in ancient Rome during the days when Britain was part of the Roman Empire and incorporates elements of Arthurian fantasy lore, starring an exiled Roman warrior and a Briton former slave girl with a special destiny. This volume wraps up their adventures, taking them on a further journey into the world of hidden Druidic magic as well as the farther reaches of the Empire, teaming them up with allies and enemies against a greater evil in a final confrontation.

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[Free eBook] Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente [Russian Folktale Historical Fantasy]

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, a recipient of the Mythopoeic and James Tiptree, Jr. Award, is her standalone historical mythological fantasy novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

The story is a combination of Russian folklore and history, resetting the traditional fairy tale of Koschei the Deathless into the 20th century Russian Revolution.

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[Free eBook] Raven of Destiny by Peter Tremayne [Irish Mythological Fantasy]

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

This was originally published in 1984 by Methuen. The story is set in ancient Ireland and loosely based on the mythology of the Ulster Cycle. This tale stars a young warrior under legendary King Conchobar Mac Nessa (of Deirdre of the Sorrows fame) who finds himself exiled for breaking an oath and embarking on an adventurous quest to regain his honour.

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[Free eBook] 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 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] The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones [YA Urban Portal Fantasy]

The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones, a pseudonym for prolific British YA fantasy author Allan Frewin Jones is the 1st novel in his Faerie Path series of young adult hidden heritage urban portal fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.

The series is split between the modern world of London and the hidden world of Faerie, as the heroine discovers that she is a princess who has been lost for centuries among the mortals. This installment sets up her return to court and the beginning of her many problem-solving adventures as her former fiancée finally locates her, only to find herself torn between two worlds even as she must relearn her old life and face a threat to Faerie. NB: if you don’t want to know exactly what’s behind the threat to Faerie, avoid reading the blurbs for the next few novels in the series, which contain significant spoilers for important plot twists in this one.

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[Free eBook] The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson [Epic Fantasy]

The Way of Kings by bestselling author Brandon Sanderson is the 1st novel in his The Stormlight Archive sub-series of epic high fantasy set in the broader universe of Cosmere, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is a special flash giveaway for just 48 hours, meant to promote the upcoming 3rd-in-series novel which is expected to be released later this year. The premise of the series is that this part of the fantasy world takes place many centuries after the fall of an order of mystic knights whose influence remains in the form of powerful magical artifacts which are still fought over in the local region. The story initially focuses on persons embroiled in yet another war over the artifacts, with hints that the accepted ancient history was not all that it seemed and the truth about the order and the roots of the wars remains yet to be uncovered.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] For Want of a Horse: 23 Tales of Supernatural Stallions, Magical Mares, & Paranormal Ponies [Fantasy & Science Fiction Anthology

For Want of a Horse: Twenty-Three Tales of Supernatural Stallions, Magical Mares, and Paranormal Ponies edited by Evey Brett, is an sfnal anthology collecting equine-themed short stories, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This contains mainly fantasy & horror-oriented (but also a few science fiction) shorts, including international folklore retellings, classic public domain literary tales, and newer stories by living authors who are known in the sf/fantasy field, such as DAW-published Deborah J. Ross.

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[Free eBook] The Powershaper Omnibus by Robert Don Hughes [Fantasy]

The Powershaper Omnibus: Books 1-3 by Robert Don Hughes is an omnibus edition comprising the complete novels in his Pelmen the Powershaper trilogy of traditionally epic high fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This contains The Prophet of Lamath, The Wizard in Waiting, and The Power and the Prophet, all originally published by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint in 1979, 1982, and 1985, respectively. The series is set in a traditional fantasy world where a prophesied two-headed dragon periodically rises to threaten the populace. The story stars titular Powershaper who manages to defeat a legendary beast, only to find himself embroiled in intrigue and war which may defeat him yet.

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