[Free eBook] Regnate by R. M. Dorn [Fantasy]

Regnate by R. M. Dorn is a standalone fantasy adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is an epic-style quest fantasy to defeat a tyrannical ruler and save the realm, with the twist that the ruler is the hero’s own brother, who had won the tournament for the crown and intended to change the cruel ways of the regime, only to seemingly become corrupted by some mysterious force behind it, which must be rooted out.

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[Free Audiobooks] Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler & When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon [Young Adult Fantasy & Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults 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 growing after encountering unexpected opportunities and forging new relationships, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, are as follows:

  • Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler, is a tween/YA fantasy novel, starring an orphaned girl who winds up apprenticed to a baker while trying to steal bread to eat, who discovers her own magical talent for creating enchanted food and befriends a princess while thwarting an evil mage and encounters pirates upon her ensuing adventures; read by Tavia Gilbert, from Live Oak Media, available worldwide
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, is a YA romance novel exploring Indian heritage, starring two teens whose traditionally-minded parents wish to arrange a marriage between them, which they have mixed feelings about, who get to meet and know each other during a summer development course; read by Sneha Mathan, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 31st, 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] The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams [Fantasy]

The Ninth Rain by British author Jen Williams, a recent nominee for the British Fantasy Awards’ Best Newcomer and Best Novel awards, is the 1st novel in the The Winnowing Flame trilogy of epic mythologically-inspired adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and is being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, The Bitter Twins, which is slated to be released next week.

The series is categorized as a low fantasy coming-of-age with Norse mythological influences, set in a declining empire long since fallen from greater heights. This installment stars an eccentric explorer scholar and the party she assembles to aid her quest for ancient artifacts, who find themselves embroiled in intrigue as they encounter a conspiracy which may presage a magical invasion.

Offered in the UK and selected other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Pillar of Night by Robert E. Vardeman [Sci-Fantasy Multiverse Adventure]

Pillar of Night 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 6th novel in his Cenotaph Road series of sci-fantasy hybrid pulp adventure novels, free again 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 final installment wraps up the storyarc started in the 3rd novel (#3-5 have previously been offered free, and are regularly affordably priced and sometimes go on 99 cent sale if you missed them), with the plucky quest companions on the final leg of their world-hopping journey confronting the evil disembodied wizard once and for all on a strange planet that may prove their doom.

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[Free eBook] Disciple of a Dark God: A Grimdark Assassin’s Tale by Edmund Glasby [Satirical Quest Fantasy]

Disciple of a Dark God: A Grimdark Assassin’s Tale by British author Edmund Glasby is the 1st novel in his The Daemondamned Trilogy of humorously grimdark epic fantasy novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally self-published by the author in 2010 via Matador, a self-publishing helper imprint, and the frontmatter has been updated with a new 2017 copyright, possibly indicating significant revisions. The series is apparently a satirical take on “grimdark” epic fantasy, exploring its gritty conventions in a comedic way.

This installment stars the obligatory cynical assassin cultist zealot serving the evil god who enabled his thirst for revenge, apparently becoming even more disillusioned by the depths to which he has manipulated on some quest adventure for a magical MacGuffin, in the company of a grave-robbing (and possibly backstabbing) thief with an agenda of his own.

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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] Forest Wars by Graham Diamond [Fantasy]

Forest Wars by British author Graham Diamond is probably a sidequel to his Adventures of the Empire Princess quartet of adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1995 by Lion Books, which appears to have been the author’s self-publishing imprint, and is an alternate take on the author’s previous novel The Haven, originally published by Playboy Press (who occasionally printed “serious” non-erotic genre books) in 1977.

The story takes place in a forest sanctuary where humans and intelligent animals co-exist. It appears to be part of the same world as the author’s Adventures of the Empire Princess quartet of epic adventure fantasy featuring an quest to restore a princess to her usurped throne (but may actually be a different setting which uses the same name for a similar forest kingdom). This sidequel provides an alternate take on events, as The Haven comes under attack, showing the viewpoint of one leader who must hold it together in the face of local political machinations, while the other quests for outside help.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Demon in the Mirror by Andrew J. Offutt & Richard Lyon [Adventure Fantasy]

Demon in the Mirror by the late Andrew J. Offutt & the late Richard Lyon is the 1st novel in their War of the Wizards trilogy of swashbuckling adventure fantasy, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1978 by Pocket Books and was later reprinted as part of their Timescape line with an added The prefixing the title. The trilogy takes place in a magical fantasy setting, starring a young woman who goes adventuring on various quests to find items and defeat evil.

This installment kicks off her lifetime of adventures as she makes her first quest in search of her missing brother, going up against an ancient evil who may prove the risky key to finding him, and the assorted forces who stand in her way, which include vampire nuns and werehawks, just so you know.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Glass Warrior by Robert E. Vardeman [Fantasy]

The Glass Warrior 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 1st novel in his The Demon Crown trilogy of epic adventure fantasy, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1989 by Tor Books. The trilogy comprises an epic adventure quest set in the usual sort of fantasy kingdom with disputed rulership, long lost heirs, and a dangerous magical artifact which may be the key to restoring or destroying the land.

This installment starts off the quest as the titular Glass Warrior, who has the magical artifact in her possession and must now go in search of the fabled lost heirs, while avoiding the forces of the rival claimants who would put a stop to her task.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Deathknight by Andrew J. Offutt [Sword & Sorcery Fantasy]

Deathknight by the late author Andrew J. Offutt is his standalone sword & sorcery fantasy adventure novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Ace Books. The story is an epic tale of revenge in a an adventurous fantasy world, as a knight from an elite warrior order which has become targeted by parties unknown must journey to discover who is behind the murders of his colleagues and avenge them accordingly, while uncovering startling discoveries along the way.

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