[Free eBook] The Horse Lord by Peter Morwood [Epic Fantasy]

The Horse Lord by Irish author Peter Morwood is the 1st novel in the The Book of Years subseries of epic feudal fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Century. The series takes place in the greater universe of the “Alban Saga” which is a feudal fantasy world full of complex political intrigue amongst Clans and others, across countries and over centuries.

This first adventure follows the fall and rise of a young clan lord whose family is murdered and birthright stolen, as he seeks revenge and restoration of his heritage.

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[Free eBook] Mapping Winter by Marta Randall [Epic Fantasy with Steampunk]

Mapping Winter by Marta Randall, a Nebula Award finalist, is the 1st novel in the Riders Guild series of epic fantasy with steampunk elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Pocket Books’ Timescape imprint under the title The Sword of Winter, was originally a standalone novel, and has now been extensively rewritten by the author in this new edition to better fit her original vision and its new follow-up sequel, The River South. The series is a hybrid of classic epic fantasy world with steampunk elements, set in a land dominated by a dying overlord as a developing power struggle threatens to change everything in his wake.

This story stars a messenger in a spy network whose services are being contended over by competing dynastic heirs, the choice of whom will become the ruling successor may usher in a bright future with new advances in technology or stifle them back into a darker age.

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[Free eBook] The Wolf Within by Pamela Belle [Epic Fantasy]

The Wolf Within by British author Pamela Belle is the 2nd novel in the Zithirian aka “Silver City” trilogy of epic fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1995 by Pan Books and was a preliminary nominee for the BFA’s August Derleth Fantasy Award. The trilogy is set in a fantasy world where a magical empire is dominated by a a cruel ruler and plagued by political intrigues among feuding members of its decadent royalty even as external forces are massing against it over the course of decades, with each book focusing on a different generation.

This installment is a self-contained adventure with some f/m romantic elements, focusing on the bastard son of a sorcerer-King, seeking to escape his destiny of possession by a wolf-god’s bloodthirsty spirit by finding his way in the wider world among foreigners and other outcasts including a potential love from a people who’ve suffered from the Empire’s tyranny, even as his privileged past and personal responsibilities continue to haunt him.

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[Free eBook] The Black Company by Glen Cook [Dark Epic Fantasy]

The Black Company by Glen Cook is the 1st novel in the Chronicles of the Black Company series of epic dark adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is a special supplementary featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for August (we received Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron earlier) and is being offered to help promote the upcoming release of the 11th novel, Port of Shadows, due in September.

The series stars a band of mercenaries in a gritty epic fantasy world, following their adventures over the course of decades, and is considered one of the early pioneers of “grimdark” fantasy. This story features the band’s quest for the prophesied White Rose, supposedly the embodiment of good, in a land where a cruel, ambitious wizard has reawakened the Lady, an ambiguous power that may stand between humankind and evil, or be evil itself.

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[Free eBook] The Book of Years Omnibus by Peter Morwood [Epic Fantasy]

The Book of Years Omnibus by Irish author Peter Morwood is an omnibus collection of the 1st to 3rd novels in The Book of Years sequence in the greater Alban Saga universe of epic feudal fantasy adventure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

These were originally published between 1983 and 1986 by Arrow Books in the UK, and DAW in the US, as The Horse Lord, The Demon Lord, and The Dragon Lord. The series takes place in a feudal fantasy world full of complex political intrigue amongst Clans and others.

These 3 novels form a sequence recounting the fall and rise of a young clan lord whose family is murdered and birthright stolen, as he seeks revenge and restoration of his heritage, then quests to banish a demon, and is finally sold to a hostile empire in a backstabbing political trade, leveraging his new position to undermine his enemies from within. NB: Apparently, a 4th novel, The War Lord, was published later as a follow-up sequel, but this trilogy should give you the protagonist’s core story.

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[Free eBook] A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham [Fantasy]

A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham, one half of the writing team behind pseudonymous Hugo Award-nominated author James S. A. Corey whose novels were adapted into the hit TV show The Expanse, is the 1st novel in the The Long Price quartet of epic political fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for July. The series is set in a city-state filled with intrigue, whose economy is powered by a sorcerer and a captive spirit who are both its strength and weakness.

This installment sees a rival empire attempting to conquer the city-state with a plan to destabilize it by striking at the sorcerer/spirit and secretly take the city from within, were it not for a few overlooked individuals who find themselves the only hope of thwarting the plot.

Offered through July 13th at midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] 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 again 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] Greenmagic by Crawford Kilian [Sword & Sorcery Fantasy]

Greenmagic by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is is the 1st novel in the Greenmagic duology of epic adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1992 by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint. The series takes place in a sword and sorcery fantasy world.

This story stars a young man who is the son of a king and a slave, who himself becomes enslaved as penalty for killing a predatory noble in a fight, and tries to fulfill two quests in his exile, having been promised a pardon by his royal father if he helps overthrow a rival city, while his slave mother encourages him to learn the magical heritage of her mountain people during his exile and free them.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Ancient Dreams by Marc Alexander [Epic Fantasy]

Ancient Dreams by New Zealand author Marc Alexander is the 1st novel in his Wells of Ythan quartet of epic fantasy, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1988 by Headline. The series is set in a world with a fairy tale-like flavour of curses and enchantments to it.

This story begins the quest of an apprentice toymaker and his companions to locate the mythical vanished princess who will save the realm from the obligatory tyrannical regent.

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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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