[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 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] 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 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] Greenwode by J. Tullos Hennig [Historical Folklore Fantasy]

Greenwode by J. Tullos Hennig is 1st novel in her The Wode series of folklore-based historical fantasy with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ DSP Publications imprint.

The series takes places in a reimagined druidic Robin Hood analogue of Merrie Olde England circa the 12th century, where the new Church clashes with the old pagan gods. This story sets up the future adventures of peasant siblings Rob and Marion, who will become champions of the old religion, of whom brother Rob is prophesied to become the sworn enemy of a devout nobleman’s son of the new religion who will battle him for an important avatar of the titular “greenwode”, but who instead tries to circumvent said prophecy by making love, not war, a tactic that may not work nearly as well as he hopes.

Offered in most regions worldwide, available at multiple retailers (some DRM-free), as a promotion for the upcoming release of the 4th novel.

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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.

Offered through April 16th, available in Canada & the US directly from the publisher as their Free Book of the Month Club selection.

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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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