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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Five 99-Cent Heroic Fantasy Ebooks

Are you tired of all those door-stopper epic fantasies where the entire world is always in jeopardy? Want adventure and lots of action? Heroic fantasy may be your mug of ale.

Here's the definition from the Rogue Blades Entertainment site:

Heroic Fantasy incorporates the epic/high fantasy tale on one hand and the sword & sorcery/low fantasy tale on the other. It is a strictly heroic tale written in favor of neither one side nor the other. Its story often appears to be of a lesser magnitude than that of the epic tale, while its protagonist sometimes appears to have a higher purpose than that of the usual sword & sorcery character. David Gemmell’s novels are good examples of heroic fantasy.

Now, let's get to the good stuff, the 99-cent ebooks:

You know I have to plug mine first! Especially since it's usually $2.99. I'm lowering to $0.99 since Book 2 is coming out in a few weeks--want to grab some new readers! Here's the blurb:

Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.

Worse, Sicarius, the empire's most notorious assassin is in town. He's tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills... or someone wants her dead.

It was a simple assignment. Deliver a little blue orb to the monastery at Boot Mountain. But no one told Brother Godfrey that the orb was the key to unimaginable power. No one told him that others would be coming after it.

For that matter, no one told him about the demonic guardians, either.

He never intended to assemble a team, but they kept showing up. A witch without any powers. A bearman who just wanted to be liked. A stableboy with dreams of adventure. Together they will face powerful and desperate men, men who will kill, and worse, to possess the orb.

And then there’s the squirrel. The one with the glowing red eyes. It’s hunting them.

They are an unlikely group of heroes, but they are the only thing standing between an unsuspecting world and the devastating rise of the Lord of Fire.

This story is a finalist for the 2010 NEBULA AWARD for Best Novelette.

This is the first novelette in the series entitled The Elephant and Macaw Banner, a fantasy set in sixteenth-century Colonial Brazil.

In this series, two adventurers from vastly different cultures travel through the unexplored Brazilian wilderness in search of adventure. There they confront the many cultures which vied for control of Brazil at the time, along with magical creatures from Brazilian folklore.

The invitation to join the secretive Guadel should have been the fulfillment of dreams Va'del didn't even realize he had. When his sponsors are killed in an ambush a short time later, he instead finds his probationary status revoked, and becomes a pawn between various factions inside the Guadel ruling body.

Jain's never known any life but that of a Guadel in training. She'd thought herself reconciled to the idea of a loveless marriage for the good of her people, but meeting Va'del changes everything. Their growing attraction flies against hundreds of years of precedent, but as wide-spread attacks threaten their world, the Guadel have no choice but to use even Jain and Va'del in their fight for survival.

In Zelloque, great magic wrecks great havoc on the natural world. When the magical storm known as Faramigon's Eye descends on the city, all know something huge and evil is afoot, from the lowliest bar like Slab's Tavern to the Great Lord's palace. And the Narmon Ri, the Great Lord of Zelloque, has vowed to stop it--even if he has to kill every wizard in the city!


  1. I'll have to check out the blog more and get recommendations. Thanks!

  2. Hi! I'm a new follower! I have a Kindle and so this is fantastic! I love it!