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Monday, January 10, 2011

10 Free Epic Fantasy and Swords & Sorcery Ebooks (for all e-readers)

This is a kindle blog, and I usually link to ebooks at Amazon, but today's post will take us over to Smashwords where it's easy to find free ebooks in any genre. Smashwords also provides just about every format you can imagine (I don't know what an LRF file is, but it's there!), including mobi files for the kindle.

You don't have to make an account to download the freebies, though one of these is a "you set the price" deal; you can choose to get it for free, but you do need to set up an account (it's pretty painless).

Without further chitchat, let's jump into today's list of ten epic fantasy and swords & sorcery novels, novellas, and short stories (I must confess, the first one on the list is mine!):

She’s wanted for crimes against the throne. He’s the empire’s most notorious assassin. With bounties on their heads and soldiers hunting them, they’re not likely candidates for heroics. But when they unearth a plot against the military’s premier ice breaking ship, they may be the only ones who can thwart the saboteurs...if the soldiers don't kill them first.

A young Valkyrie apprentice has visions of a world of technology and science -- while in that world, her twin has visions of swordsmanship and sorcery. Both will have to overcome tragedy and their own doubts to learn how to balance the worlds, and save their homes. 

When mad sorcerers open a gateway to the pits of hell, releasing demons of darkest nightmare, only the intrepid knights of House Eotrus stand in their way. Claradon Eotrus recruits the mysterious knights Angle Theta and Gabriel Garn to stand with him against the growing darkness, a darkness from which only one will emerge.

At the heart of an ancient civilization, a nightmare is brewing. Chosen to become the next leader of Amnar's greatest warriors, Arist is hated by almost everybody. Manipulative and hungry for power, she has started a campaign that will bring the entire civilization to its knees. Her trick? She will use its own laws to do it. 

Less than a year ago, Faela Durante, a Tereskan mind healer, disappeared from her family home in Finalaran scared and pregnant. Hunted and living as an outcast, Faela searches for a legend that might be her only hope of gaining atonement and returning to her son. When her journey collides with two strangers, she must choose between trusting those around her or endangering her mission. 

Fierce Chelosian sea-raiders descend upon the simple bronze-age village of Rath Arn and the villagers there are left with a stark choice – die free or live as slaves. But Rath Arn is the home of the mighty hero Awn the Red, and he leads the villagers in seeking to delay the far more numerous foe until help arrives. 

 When two young men go on a hunt that they know will be the last hunt of their youth, they decide they want it to be an unforgettable outing. When they cross a ridge leaving the protection of their kingdom behind, they find a cavern that looks like it needs to be explored. In the cavern they find exactly what they were looking for. In this stony hole lives something they will never forget! 

This fantasy novella tells the story of a young wizard who participates in a magical competition that goes fundamentally wrong, pitting him and his fellow competitors against a deadly maze in a desperate struggle for survival. The novella is a prequel to Of Spells and Demons, also available here at Smashwords. 

In the depths of arid country, the adventurer and historian Professor Halir and his escorts, men of the Queen’s Own Iskaeri Light Infantry, find themselves under attack by fierce Nacatori raiders as he seeks to unlock the secrets of a long lost tomb. What lies within the tomb may be off a much bigger threat than that posed by the raiders.

Harruq and Qurrah Tun, half-blood exiles of elves and orcs, have sworn their lives to the prophet of a death god, gaining power in return for igniting war between the race of elves and man. Harruq's love of an elf may save him from his dark path, but to protect her means he must turn against his brother and fight the killing nature with which he was born. No matter his decision, someone will die. 

There you go: ten free epic fantasy or swords and sorcery ebooks to check out. If you have any others to recommend, please do so in the comments below!


  1. Thanks for the links. I'm looking forward to reading them :)

    Julie/PFirewolf (twitter)

  2. Wow, that's a lot of free reading material. Thanks for sharing your finds.

  3. Two of those are mine :)

    Neither are what you'd classify as your typical sword & sorcery stories, The Bronze Man being bronze age fantasy with no magic (but it does have minotaurs) and The Tomb of the Tagosa King being gunpowder fantasy (with a bit of magic.)

    But hopefully enjoyable none the less.

  4. Hey, I'm just trying to make you extra famous, AS! ;)

    My books never fall into tidy categories either, so with some of these I picked ones that fell into the spirit of S&S or epic fantasy, even if they weren't labeled as such. Hope you get a few downloads!

  5. There was s light uptick in download - but you know what they say, you could always do with more :)

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