Posts Tagged ‘genre:fantasy’

Stung by K.A. Merikan

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Rating: 4/10 ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Stung
Author: K.A. Merikan
Genre: romance, fantasy, horror
URL: Smashwords
Price: US $3.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit sex, some violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
October 1907, Honeyhill

Twenty years into the zombie Plague. Kidnapped into slavery in a forced labour camp, Victor decides he needs an alliance with one of the guards, if he wants to survive. That anchor comes in the form of Crunch, a hunky ex-sailor. But with a sadistic guard tormenting Victor, he needs to find a way out. His new alliance might prove to be a burden instead of solace.

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Love Rising by Piper Vaughn

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Rating: 4.5/10 ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Love Rising
Author: Piper Vaughn
Genre: fantasy, romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US $2.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
In the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore.

When Wick awakens under Francis’s care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one’s heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis’s reason to smile with him.

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Cresting Tide by Brenda Cothern

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Cresting Tide
Author: Brenda Cothern
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US$ 4.99
Other Information/warnings: Contains m/m and hermaphrodite sexual practices
Summary [from the publisher]:
Peter, fleeing from an arranged marriage to a woman, stows away aboard a merchant ship only to be discovered and pitched into the sea. Floating upon the current and awaiting death, he is rescued by a mythical sea elf.

Cuke knew his curiosity with humans would only lead him to trouble but he never expected it would lead him to love. A love filled with complications as he is bound to his watery home.

Can the couple overcome the restrictions of their races and be the fathers to their unexpected child or are they destined to be torn apart by their different worlds?
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The Broken Bell by Frank Tuttle

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: The Broken Bell
Author: Frank Tuttle
Genre: Fantasy, horror
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $6.50
Other Information/warnings: horror, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
There’s no way Markhat can turn away his newest client. Who is he to refuse the woman he loves—especially when she bribes him with breakfast?
This time it’s Darla’s friend Tamar Fields, whose fiancé vanished days before the wedding. His wealthy family insists Carris Lethway is simply away on urgent business. Tamar smells a lie, and she needs Rannit’s most famous finder to figure out if the source of the suspicious aroma is a conspiracy, or the groom’s cold, sweaty feet.
As if his plate isn’t piled high enough, Mama Hog’s slip of the tongue has landed him in the middle of a good old-fashioned Pot Lockery clan feud. Plus, Rannit’s streets are abuzz with rumors of war—and Tamar’s case has his own lady love hearing wedding bells of her own.
As Rannit arms for battle, Markhat finds himself torn between old alliances and new commitments, and a growing, awful fear that no matter which way he turns, all he loves is about to go up in flames.

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All the Paths of Shadow by Frank Tuttle

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: All the Paths of Shadow
Author: Frank Tuttle
Genre: Fantasy/steampunk
URL: Cool Well Press
Price: US $9.99 for digital version
Other Information/warnings: none
Summary [from the publisher]:
Walk warily, walk swiftly, walk away.

The king’s orders were clear enough. “Move the tower’s shadow,” he bellowed. “I refuse to deliver my commencement speech from the dark.”

As the newly appointed mage to the Crown of Tirlin, Meralda Ovis has no choice but to undertake King Yvin’s ill-conceived task. Tirlin’s first female mage, and the youngest person to ever don the robes of office, Meralda is determined to prove once and for all that she deserves the title. The Tower, though, holds ancient secrets all its own. Secrets that will soon spell destruction for all of Tirlin—unless Meralda can unravel a monstrous curse laid by a legendary villain seven centuries before she was born.

An ancient curse. A haunted tower. A clamorous gathering of nobles, mages, and kings from the Five Realms come together in Tirlin for the fifth-year Accords. Meralda finds herself facing far darker foes than any mere shadow of the tower.

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Fly Up into the Night Air by John Houser

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 
Title: Fly Up into the Night Air
Author: John Houser
Genre: Fantasy, crime
URL: Smashwords
Price:US $2.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, including towards minors
Summary [from the author]:
Presenter Advocate Harte Walford wants to do the right thing and bring a cruel attacker to justice. His father opposes any involvement with the case because the victim may be a pretty boy—a male prostitute. The situation deteriorates when Harte discovers that the perpetrator has powerful connections on the town council.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
URL: Candlewick Press
Price: US$ 18.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
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Dragon Streets by Jeff Pearce

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Dragon Streets
Author: Jeff Pearce
Genre: Fantasy, mystery
URL: Dreamspinner Press
Price: US$6.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, images of rape and abuse, explicit sexual content (m/m and het)
Summary [from the publisher]:

After Dale Burnett’s abusive common-law wife and innocent son are killed in a car accident, he finds the courage at last to express his bisexuality. And London is a city of hope and potential for a young American. But when a blind date goes horribly wrong, Dale is rescued by Phirun, a British Cambodian who has the astonishing ability to manipulate water. Dragons walk the streets, and they’ve taken human form to live in the world of Man. As two kinds of dragon wage a secret and vicious war, Phirun needs Dale’s help for his side to win, and the stakes include the very survival of the human race.

But one dragon crime boss won’t stop until he gets his hands on the American, who has a mysterious yet vital role to play. As Dale investigates, he grows closer to Phirun, but also to a compassionate female detective of the London police. If the battle is won, Dale must choose between a beautiful female cop who offers stability, affection, and a chance at a new family, or a gorgeous, unpredictable being who is more than man, who has given him ecstasy he has never known before.

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The Zagzagel Diaries: Forsaken by Bryl R. Tyne

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: The Zagzagel Diaries: Forsaken
Author: Bryl R. Tyne
Genre: Fantasy (contemporary)
URL: Smashwords
Price: Free
Other Information/warnings: Mention of suicide
Summary [from the publisher]:
An unconventional guardian angel attempts to keep his gay charge from committing suicide, while wrestling with his own personal issues. This is the first in the Zagzagel Diaries series.
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Collected Veinglory: M/M Short Stories by Emily Veinglory

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Collected Veinglory: M/M Short Stories
Author: Emily Veinglory
Genre: Fantasy/speculative
URL: Smashwords See ETA
Price: US $2.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Emily Veinglory brings you fourteen tales steaming with her signature blend of dark fantasy and man-on-man romance. Starring princes of Elfland, creatures of myth, and all-too-human hunks, each story offers a window to a richly imagined world where two men strive for their elusive happily ever after.

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