[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] 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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[Free eBook] Call of Madness by Julie Dean Smith [Epic Fantasy]

Call of Madness by Julie Dean Smith is the 1st novel in her A Caithan Crusade quartet of epic fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of the Jabberwocky Literary Agency, a backlist author/agent republishing consortium.

This was originally published in 1990 by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint. The series is set in a land where use of magic is reputed to cause madness in those born to it, and is also conflict with the local religion which has banned it and for several centuries, executed untrained wizards before they could be affected by the so-called “mind-plague”.

The story stars a princess who discovers her dangerous natural-born talent which must be trained, resulting in divided loyalties between her duty to the kingdom and the potential wizards who wish her to champion and lead them out of their long persecution.

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[Free eBook] Ôrinstar by Peter Helton [Epic Quest Fantasy]

Ôrinstar (also credited as The Ôrinstar of Angâron) by German expat UK-resident author Peter Helton, known for writing assorted mystery series, is the 1st novel in his Dark Hunger series of epic fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is one of Venture’s original publications by newer (or at least new-to-the-genre) authors. The story is a standard fantasy tale set in the usual sort of land which is under threat of dominion by the the encroaching forces of the all-devouring Dark Lord, wherein a ragtag band of characters hastily thrown together by circumstance find themselves journeying in search of a magical power which may prevent this, learning lessons and building friendships during the course of their adventures.

This one starts with a dwarf on a mission to jailbreak the apparent Chosen One who unknowingly holds the key to saving the realm from destruction, gathering more members of their band as they go on the run from the local law and discover more about the titular artifact they will eventually seek.

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[Free eBook] Phantoms on the Wind by Robert E. Vardeman [Epic Adventure Fantasy]

Phantoms on the Wind 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 2nd 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 1989 by Tor. The trilogy is set in the usual sort of fantasy land where the troubled realm has a lost heir who needs to be found restored to the throne with the aid of a dangerous magical artifact via an epic quest.

This installment deals with the aftermath of one such successful previous restoration quest, whose rightful heir has now fallen prey to the corruption of the artifact and has become a paranoid tyrant, kicking off a new quest for the backup spare heir, who is now the only remaining hope for the kingdom wracked by civil war.

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[Free eBook] 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 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] 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] 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.

Offered DRM-free through 11:59 PM Eastern Time 24th on March, available in Canada & the US only, directly from the publisher.

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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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