The Indie Fantasy Addicts’ Summer Reading Challenge is officially kicking off June 21st, and I’ve got a TBR of indie fantasy long enough to make your head spin! (I mean, my head is spinning, at least.) I’ve curated a list of 10 books- and I say my first 10 because I’m naively optimistic- but Lord willing I’ll be able to add more before summer’s end. Book summaries are courtesy of the authors- and Amazon links included if any of these strike you. Have you read the books on this list? Share in the comments and let me know what you loved!
1. Pursuit of Shadows (JA Andrews)
- Killien, the unyielding clan chief who’s becoming increasingly volatile.
- Sora, the suspicious ranger who sees more than she should.
- A swarm of frost goblins that devour with tooth and claw.
The list of people and things that could get Will killed keeps growing.
While Alaric is in Queensland, searching for Kordan’s Wellstone, Keeper Will is over the mountains in the hostile Roven Sweep, searching for his missing sister.
After catching a glimpse of a woman who could be her in a Keeper-hating Roven clan. Will convinces Killien to let him travel north with them to their summer homes.
Under the relentless suspicions of Sora, a tenuous friendship grows between Will and Killien, who talks of building peace among the hostile Roven.
Except Will’s thin disguise as a storyteller is crumbling quickly and Sora may already know who he is.
The more Will gets to know Killien, the more troubling things he learns. Killien’s hatred for Keepers runs deep, and for all his talk of peace, the man’s greatest wish is to control a vicious army.
And a dragon.
But Will doesn’t know that the chief has taken more from him than just his sister.
And Killien controls enough power to gain everything he wants.
(Book 2 of The Keeper Chronicles)
2. Darkblade Assassin: Hero of Darkness (Andy Peloquin)
The best assassin in the world doesn’t come cheap. Betraying him will cost your soul.
Dexter meets the Punisher. Durzo Blint meets Artemis Entreri. An epic fantasy novel of betrayal, death, violence, and vengeance readers are calling “fearless, unique, and above all dangerous!”
The Hunter is a name feared by all in Voramis. He is an outcast, driven by a cursed dagger with an unquenchable thirst for blood and death.
Yet he follows one simple code: kill those who truly deserve to die. His creed is put to the test when, deceived by a shadowy employer, he unknowingly slaughters an innocent man.
With the most powerful criminal organization in the city after his head, the Hunter must fight for his life and find a way to atone for his mistake. When his enemies harm the people under his protection, it will take much more than an army of criminals to stand in the way of his revenge.
3. Waters of Salt and Sin: Uncommon World (Alisha Klapheke)
A sailor with forbidden magic.
A golden heir with a secret love.
When they set out for a legendary treasure, their lives will never be the same.
Kinneret Raza has been spit on, stepped over, and shut out of every opportunity in her coastal town.
She is finished living on scraps.
When she finds a clue about a hoard of silver on a lost island, she drags her longtime friend Calev ben Y’hoshua to the sea for an adventure.
When sea demons and ocean wraiths attack, will their wits and magic be enough to survive or will they fall to the waters, destined to become wraiths themselves?
4.Ranger’s Folly (JT Williams)
He is a Ranger of the North. His fellow Rangers, those he would call friends, are dead. Now, he has been branded a deserter and a thief. He only wishes to get back to his family alive.
It is said that Fadis the Ranger stole something from the king… Now a massive bounty is on his head. But in particular, is isn’t the sell-swords and bounty hunters that he should worry about. There is a powerful mage on his trail and this man cares little of a reward of gold.
Only a few hours from his wife’s embrace and his son’s smile, will he, at last, be free from his past? Nothing ever remains the same and this Ranger is about to learn that. The hard way.
5. The Five Warriors (Angela Ford)
The Five Warriors is the first book in the International Bestselling epic fantasy series: The Four Worlds
A deep evil awakened. An ancient power stolen. The fate of the world at stake.
Crinte the Wise is concerned when mutilated monsters enter the borders of his country, raiding and killing. But he remains at a loss of what to do until a former friend with a dark secret appears. He offers Crinte a powerful relic which contains the magic of mind control.
Against the wishes of the Rulers of the land, Crinte assembles a group of warriors and sets out to discover the source of evil once and for all. As they travel the warriors face epic battles with sea monsters, deadly creatures and come face to face with immortals of the sky and land.
While the warriors seems committed to the quest, each has their own motive. As the quest takes a precarious turn, Crinte is left with a risky choice. Should he trust the strength of his warriors? Or use a powerful relic which could just as easily destroy the world as save it?
6. The Buried Symbol: A Discovery of Magic (Jeffrey Kohanek)
A controlling empire. An outcast behind a false identity. The mystery of a long forgotten magic.
The threat of execution is their recourse.
Rejecting his role as an outcast, Brock risks his life and obtains a false rune, marking him a member of the Empire’s ruling class. Under a veil of deception and backed by natural talent, he then schemes his way into a school where the Empire’s future leaders are trained.
Can he maintain this charade?
Within an academy of magic, science, and combat, he discovers secrets kept from society, among which is a forbidden magic he is able to wield.
While he is determined to tame his frightening new abilities, one misstep could destroy him.
7. The Tainted Crown (Meg Cowley)
The kingdom of Caledan is in turmoil after the queen’s murder. Her son and heir, Soren, is framed for the killing by his uncle, who seizes the legendary throne of the Dragon Kings and rules with an iron fist to crush rising dissent.
Soren is a fugitive; his only friend a broken, old man. The dragons, ancient allies of the throne, may hold the answers, but their whereabouts is a mystery that died with the queen. If he can find them, will they be the allies he seeks?
Soren must discover whether the price of kingship is worth paying, and whether he is worthy of the throne, yet far more is at stake than a crown, for ancient and dark magics stir.
Across the kingdom, Soren’s cousin Eve takes matters into her own hands and journeys to the ethereal Eldarkind on his behalf, where she discovers an inescapable fate. As she comes to terms with the gift and the curse of magic, Eve risks her life to help Soren. Will it be enough?
8. Song of the Sirin (Nicholas Kotar)
Voran, a young warrior of Vasyllia, lives in a dying world. As blight ravages the countryside and darkness covers the sun, he can’t avoid hearing the rumors of an ancient spirit that devours souls. He feels powerless to fight the oncoming devastation until a mythical creature entrusts him with a long-forgotten song. Legend has it that such a song can heal the masses, overthrow kingdoms, and raise humans to divine beings…
Armed with the power of the song, Voran must hunt down the dark spirit before it achieves its goal of immortality. His quest takes him through doorways to other worlds and puts him on a collision course with seductive nymphs and riddling giants. With each step of the journey, the strength of the villainous spirit grows, as does Voran’s fear that the only way to save his world… is to let it be destroyed.
The Song of the Sirin is an epic fantasy retelling of the Russian fairy tale Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf. If you like complex characters, creative twists on mythology, and cinematic world-building, then you’ll love Nicholas Kotar’s sweeping tale.
9. Cephrael’s Hand: Book 1 (Melissa McPhail)
“All things are composed of patterns…” And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross:
In Alorin…three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor’s brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D’Lacourte’s mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he’ll have to find him…
In the kingdom of Dannym…the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord…
In the Nadori desert…tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them.
10. Songs of Insurrection: Book 1 (JC Kang)
Only the lost magic of Dragon Songs can save the world. Only an awkward girl with the perfect voice can rediscover it.
The Dragon Singers of old summoned typhoons and routed armies, liberating mankind from the orcs before fading into legend. Now, with the world again facing a new cataclysm, the power of music stirs in Kaiya, an a naïve misfit with the perfect voice.
Without a master to guide her, she must rely on Hardeep, a foreign paladin, to help awaken her latent magic. His motives might not be entirely noble. When he leads her to the fabled Dragon Scale Lute, which only a Dragon Singer can wield, it is up to Black Lotus Clan to intervene.
Because the instrument’s fell power can save the world…
Or destroy it.