IFA Summer Reading Challenge Round up

Did I say Summer Challenge? Yes, I know it’s November. Yes, this update is long overdue. I have lots of excuses. Better late than never, right?

you, probably

Before my recap, a few thoughts about this challenge. For one thing, I really enjoyed it. I was introduced to a lot of new authors and their unique worlds. I read sub-genres of fantasy all over the board that I may have never considered before. I found new favorite authors to watch and support. Even with the crazy summer I had, I’m glad I made time for this- and I encourage any fantasy lover out there to do the same! In fact, I’m thinking Indie Fantasy Addicts will have a winter challenge in the works soon, with many freebies, prizes, and a wealth of books to choose from! Make sure you check it out!

Now, back to business. Way back in June, I set up my ambitious TBR for the reading challenge. Here was my original list of 10:

  1. Pursuit of Shadows by J.A. Andrews
  2. Darkblade Assassin: Hero of Darkness by Andy Peloquin
  3. Waters of Salt and Sin by Alisha Klapheke
  4. Ranger’s Folly by J.T. Williams
  5. The Five Warriors by Angela Ford
  6. The Buried Symbol by Jeffrey Kohanek
  7. The Tainted Crown by Meg Cowley
  8. Song of the Sirin by Nicholas Kotar
  9. Cephrael’s Hand by Melissa McPhail
  10. Songs of Insurrection by JC Kang


Aaaand here’s what I actually read:

  1. Pursuit of Shadows
  2. Darkblade Assassin: Hero of Darkness
  3. Waters of Salt and Sin
  4. Ranger’s Folly
  5. Paternus: Rise of Gods by Dyrk Ashton
  6. Beyond the Shadows by Angel Haze
  7. Scourge by Daniel Kuhnley
  8. First Dragon Rider by Sarah K.L. Wilson
  9. Siege of Shadows by J.A. Andrews
  10. Melkorka by Joshua Robertson (DNF)


OK, so it wasn’t the 10 I was planning on, but at least I kept reading! (Cut me some slack, okay? I was also drafting book 2 of The Elmnas Chronicles and I published a sci-fi novelette at the same time!) Some of the choices were pragmatic– I was able to listen to Paternus on Audible, and Beyond the Shadows, Scourge, and First Dragon Rider were shorts that I could read quickly. Not as pragmatic was my choice to finish Andrews’ Keeper Chronicles with Siege of Shadows– that choice was because I LOVED THIS TRILOGY SO MUCH. (It is .99 cents on Kindle now for the entire trilogy, by the way- READ IT.)

Image result for original art from the keeper chronicles
Just, just, read it, ok?

Other notable reads I’d commend to you (with links to a fuller Goodreads review):

Waters of Salt and Sin: romantic high-seas adventure fantasy

Paternus: an in-depth, one-of-a-kind urban fantasy

and Scourge: a dark epic fantasy with a bright redemptive arc

I hope you enjoy these as much as I have! If you’ve read any, let me know what you think!





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