Passage to Dawn
by Derrick Smythe
The men secured the shackles slowly, hesitantly, but Kibure did not resist; he couldn't. Whatever otherworldly power had come over him in those moments of passion had fled his body the second he realized what he had done...
In a realm where only clerics are permitted to practice magic, Kibure's inexplicable use of power places him in grave danger.
In a twist of fate, the rogue priestess hired to strip him of his power chooses instead to help him escape. Her reasons for doing so are her own, but something worse than death awaits if they are unable to evade the Empire's most potent wielders.
The Other Magic The Other Way
To Earn The Sash To Weild A Plague
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The Stormcrafter Chronicles
by J.T. Moy
An unusual series (sci-fantasy/psychological hybrid) in a brutal world with compelling characters, intense action, and a kingdom to save.
When Jaks almost kills another soldier with his volatile magic, he is forced to tread the fearful path of the electromancer. Succeed, he will be the first in a generation. Fail, he will lose everything.
As the ruthless king of Voros invades the land with axe warriors, skyships and dragons, Jaks and his battlemage master begin a quest to train his powers and uncover a potent artifact that could halt the rampaging enemy.
On their journey through dangerous lands, they are accompanied by a sharp-eyed ranger, a lethal assassin, and a mysterious foreigner with unworldly weapons.
However, nothing is simple when Jaks' greatest adversary is much closer than he knows.
WARNING: This book is intended for readers 18 yrs and older. Contains violence, references to sexual abuse, torture, and other dark themes. Book 1 ends in a cliff-hanger leading into book 2.
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The Rarkyn's Familiar
by Nicky Lee
An orphan bent on revenge. A monster searching for freedom. A forbidden pact that binds their fates.
Lyss had heard her father's screams, smelled the iron-tang of his blood. She witnessed his execution. And plotted her revenge.
Then, a violent encounter traps Lyss in a blood-pact with a rarkyn from the otherworld, imbuing her with the monster's forbidden magic - a magic that will erode her sanity.
To break the pact, she and the rarkyn must journey to the heart of the Empire. All that stands in their way are the mountains, the Empire's soldiers, and Lyss' uneasy alliance with the rarkyn.
But horrors await them on the road - horrors even rarkyns fear. The most terrifying monster isn't the one Lyss travels with.
It's the one that's awoken inside her.
Monsters of a feather flock together.
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Oracle of Life
by Katherine D. Graham
Six fallen lords. Three vengeful goddesses. And one mortal, damned to prophesy for them all.
An Exiled Oracle
Nariah, the Heiress of Ellonai, is dead. An exiled, desert-dwelling Doomsayer is all that remains within the shell of the powerful princess she once was.
She isn't sure which of her visions her people hate more: the one where the three benevolent goddesses they serve have decided to destroy the world, or the vision of six lords falling from the skies to save them.
The World's Only Hope
Stumbling across the very lords she's been seeing in her visions for years, only Nariah's accursed gift of Sight can aid the lords in their rebellion against the goddesses, and determine the fate of her world before it's turned to ash.
But does she even want to save those who've wronged her?
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Queen of Thieves
by Andy Peloquin
"They killed my parents. They took my name. They imprisoned me in darkness. I would not be broken."
Viola, a child sold to pay her father's debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity.
Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The Night Guild molds an innocent waif into a cunning, agile outlaw skilled in the thieves' trade. She has only one choice: steal enough to pay her debts.
The cutthroat streets of Praamis will test her mettle, and she must learn to dodge the City Guards or swing from a hangman's rope. But a more dangerous foe lurks within the guild walls. A sadistic rival apprentice, threatened by her strength, is out for blood.
What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?
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Song and Wind
by B.A. Johnson, Alexis D. Johnson
The Sirens taste our weakness.
They crept in through the cracks of our broken desert nation. While we shed our blood warring against foreign men, the Sirens hunt with talons sharp, snaring us with their song, feasting on our flesh. They are the hawks among doves...
My name is Medlar, and I am a true Desert Son. I sacrificed everything to free my people and save our way of life, but it came to nothing.
The war took everything from me. Everything, except my brother.
Now, the foreigners rule my homeland with a cruel fist. My own people betrayed me and I am little more than a dishonored soldier, destined to the executioner's axe for my crimes.
I have but one chance to redeem myself - defend my enemies against the Sirens. Can I bring myself to protect the very people that murdered my father and burned my home to ash? Or do I let the monstrous creatures devour them as the war did my soul...
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The Ashen Levels
by CF Welburn
When Balagir awakens at a fire with no recollection of his past, he discovers he is an ashen - a mysterious group of black-eyed vagabonds, addicted to the smoke they must pay the ghostly piper in exchange for power.
With the help of a sentient spark and a band of nefarious companions, Balagir will have to traverse the northern wilds, cross seas and survive foreign wars if he is to discover the truth behind the Ashen Levels.
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The Phoenix and the Spider
by Benny Charles and Alex Robinson
A dark-winged beacon of hope and a monstrous purveyor of death
The Phoenix and the Spider have haunted Theo's dreams for as long as she can remember. One evokes a feeling of warm comfort, the other unbridled fear. Yet their presence in her otherwise unremarkable existence remains a mystery.
Hidden in these visions lie the secrets of a past that spans countless lifetimes, each one filled with love, death, and untold power waiting to be reawakened. If Theo doesn't unravel the truth soon though, she will be doomed to the same cruel fate that has followed her for millennia.
The Phoenix and the Spider is the first book of the Children of the Aether series. Told through multiple character perspectives, this slow-burn dark fantasy combines a modern-day narrative with immersive historical flashbacks spanning from ancient Mesopotamia to pre-WWI Siberia.
* Content warning: This novel is recommended for a 16+ audience as it contains adult themes including violence, murder, torture, sexual assault, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and mental illness.
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Dance of the Goblins
by Jaq D Hawkins
They say that the earth shifts on its axis every 200,000 years...
When the planet shifted, most of the surface dwellers were destroyed. The few pockets of survivors were left without technology and little supplies, but they built a simple feudal society on the rubble of the city.
Meanwhile the creatures in the deep places moved closer to the surface, taking over the old underground transport tunnels abandoned by the humans. Their own Shamanic way of life had survived only by staying out of sight of the humans who habitually killed what they did not understand.
Five generations of humans passed and the descendants of survivors settled into a way of life that was simple but satisfying, until one day a man wandered into one of the old tunnels...
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by Angel Haze
A suicidal mission. A cataclysmic power. A darkness that threatens to consume them all.
Killien is hell-bent on accompanying the Battlemages beyond the Black Wall to satisfy the demands of a battle-weary king, spite the council who thwarts him, and redeem himself from his dark past.
That alone promises to be a perilous mission, one that has killed hundreds of men before him.
But when a Seer predicts the birth of a child that will unite the world or destroy it, and assassins come for Killien and his family, he must do everything in his power to protect those he loves, even if it means giving in to the monster he is feared to be.
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Blood of Vengeance
by Jorden Darrett
Medieval Japan-inspired progression/epic fantasy, mixing elements of Cradle, The Rage of Dragons and The Poppy War.
Her clan believes she is nothing. She'll have to start over, and prove herself to everyone.
Aiya is a Ginju, a hidden assassin of the Egaishan Empire. She is the black sheep of her clan, grappling for a connection with her deity.
Her world is one of ridicule by her own family, forced into doing their biddings. Chafing under the heavy expectations of her father, a collision with a rival clan provides her with the chance to prove herself.
But a grievous mistake causes their plan to backfire, forcing Aiya to choose between loyalty and independence.
As civil unrest widens cracks in the empire, Aiya must decide for herself how best to forge her path. To protect her brothers and win respect in her land, she'll need to turn a new leaf and oppose her clan and her empire.
She must conspire with clans once held in contempt and reach new heights of power and create a new world of their own, in a world of spirits, deities and conniving lords. Along the way she will be forced to find her place, her morality and her strength.
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