The Drowned Tomb by British author James Fahy is the 2nd novel in the Changeling series of young adult coming of age fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.
The series is loosely based on assorted folklore and mythology, and takes place in both our modern world and a hidden faerie realm, starring a boy who has recently discovered his dual heritage and begun training his magical powers.
This installment sees him and his friends undergoing a journey in the Netherworlde both to elude a deadly enemy as well as prepare for the upcoming war between the worlds.
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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is the 1st novel in her Witchlands series of YA fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books’ Tor Teen imprint.
This is the first offering in their eBook of the Month Club for the Tor Teen imprint and is being made free to promote the upcoming 3rd-in-series, Signwitch, which will be released in January. The series takes place in a world with competing empires where many types of magic are lumped under “witchery” and stars two young women with differing talents who must save their world from war and corruption.
This story sets up their friendship and initial struggles, as the heroine with the titular power of discerning truth from lies—highly sought after and thus kept carefully hidden—becomes friends with her co-heroine whose power is the ability to see the invisible ties surrounding and pulling people, and they make other friends and enemies in the face of oncoming wars and attempts by various ruthless factions to secure the Truthwitch’s valuable ability for their own purposes.
Offered DRM-free through 11:59 PM EST on December 13th, officially available to Canada & the US, directly from the publisher.
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AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which 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 alternate historical fantasy, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 3rd, are as follows:
- Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott, is her fantasy novel set in a world based loosely on feudal Japan, where a girl trained in the illusion-casting art of shadow weaving must discover her own identity, even as she seeks revenge for the death of her family; from Brilliance Audio, read by Amy Rubinate
- Airborn by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel, who was the recipient of Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award for this in 2004, is the 1st novel in his eponymous trilogy of steampunk sci-fantasy which take place in an alternate history version of Canada, starring a cabin boy aboard an airship who rescues a traveler in a balloon, thereby setting off a series of adventures; from Full Cast Audio, read by David Kelly and others
Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 3rd, 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).
Ward Against Death by Melanie Card is the 1st novel in her Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer series of YA fantasy mystery adventures with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Teen imprint.
The series is set in a fantasy world with strong supernatural elements where necromancy is widely practiced, and stars an eventual couple who go around having problem-solving adventures together. This installment sets them up with their first case as a newbie necromancer raises a noble family’s recently-deceased daughter in order to let her loved ones say goodbye, only to discover that she believes she has been murdered and they need to find out whodunnit.
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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.
Offered in the US only, available at B&N as their exclusive Free Fridays selection for the weekend.
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Wings by Aprilynne Pike is the 1st novel in her Wings series of YA paranormal urban fantasy with f/m romance elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Teen imprint.
The series is set in a stealth-paranormal version of our mundane world, starring a girl who discovers she has a hidden magical heritage. In this installment, the heroine’s family moves to a new town, where, having previously been homeschooled by her eccentric hippie parents, she experiences high school interactions with other teens, some of whom will become friends who help her uncover the cause behind the mysterious growth of her titular wings.
Offered in the US at Barnes & Noble as their Free Fridays weekend giveaway.
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The Dark Days Club by Australian author Alison Goodman, a recipient of the Aurealis Award and a Tiptree Award honouree, is 1st novel in her Lady Helen trilogy of YA Regency historical urban fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Walker Books.
This is also known as Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, which was used by its original Australian publisher Angus & Robertson, and is being made free to promote the upcoming release of the 2nd novel The Dark Days Pact, due in January. The series is set in a magical version of the 19th century British Regency. This installment sees the debut of the heroine as she enters not only into London society for her first Season, but also the deeper, darker, and no less dangerous underworld of the supernatural.
Offered in the UK, Europe, and many other regions worldwide except North America, available at multiple retailers.
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Evernight by Claudia Gray is the 1st novel in her Evernight series of YA paranormal high school fantasy with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.
The series is set in a secretly paranormal version of our modern world at the titular spooky Gothic boarding school, where the series heroine is a new student who has come from a small town and has no idea about the supernatural side of the world. This installment has her discovering the destiny which she hopes to escape, with the help of the obligatory love interest.
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The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by bestselling British author Joseph Delaney is the 1st novel in his The Last Apprentice sub-series which is the foundation of his Spook’s Universe setting of tween/YA supernatural dark fantasy adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Greenwillow imprint.
This was originally published under the title of The Spook’s Apprentice in the UK, where the series is known as The Wardstone Chronicles. This dark fantasy/light horror series is set in a magical version of Lancashire County, where supernatural beings haunt the English countryside and Spooks are elite magicians who are highly-trained to combat the evils that arise. This sub-series follows the training of the titular last apprentice of one such Spook, whose previous apprentices all had a very high mortality rate, with this installment introducing the one who will eventually survive, if he can overcome various fatal challenges including the titular witch.
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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting is the 1st novel in her The Body Finder series of YA paranormal urban fantasy with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.
This is a contemporary urban fantasy series starring a teenaged heroine has an unusual secret ability to sense the dead bodies of people and animals who have been killed. This installment is a suspenseful one which pushes her into trying to actively use her abilities to catch a serial killer, with the help of her best friend who has a crush on her, while trying not to become the killer’s next victim.
Offered in the US only, available through September 25th at Barnes & Noble as their Free Fridays weekend selection.
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