A woman searches for her lost memories with the aid of a mysterious stranger in Shirley Wilkinson’s exciting sci fi thriller Shattered Dreams! Avila Durant is a refugee, living her life on a small isolated planet without any memory of her past. That all changes when a mysterious man shows up, thrusting Avila into a desperate search for who she really is. I loved the whole mystery surrounding Avila, a mystery that packed several great twists! The dynamic between Avila and Galdren also kept things interesting all the way through. If you’re looking for a sci fi thriller with a great focus on character and mystery, come pick through some memories in Shattered Dreams!
Cassius and Ellendarra
D.C. Armstrong brings a fresh take on the classic epic fantasy formula with Cassius and Ellendarra! Cassius must contain an evil entity within himself with the assistance of his brother Magnus, or risk the destruction of the land of Evlontus. This is made only more complicated when the soldier Ellendarra interferes, plunging the world into a clash between good and evil. Armstrong builds a really interesting premise with Cassius’ struggle with the evil within, and then adds a wonderful complication through his interactions with Ellendarra! I also really enjoyed the lore and exploration of the magical land of Evlontus. This is an exciting epic fantasy adventure with interesting main characters, perfect for any Forgotten Realms fan!
Chloe Hodge blends a quest for vengeance into an epic fantasy journey with Vengeance Blooms! Having been orphaned, Ashalea has been seeking vengeance for her slain parents all her life. But when darkness starts spreading across the land, her journey takes on a new purpose as she begins to search for a gateway that leads to new dimensions. I love the variety in this one as Ashalea crosses every possible epic fantasy setting you could want and meets a wonderful cast of characters, but Hodge’s skill shines with how this change of settings and people never felt jumpy or watered down! This was an awesome first entry into a world I can’t wait to explore more of!
Fall of the Western Kings
J Drew Brumbaugh
J Drew Brumbaugh delivers a wonderfully character-driven magical fantasy with Fall of the Western Kings! In this first entry of the series, young Gant might be the key to stopping a demon summoned by a mad king, but first he must break free of a nymph who has taken control of him. Gant is one of those characters you instantly love and root for, and his personal journey over the course of this first book was deep and really fun to see! If you love a good quest with a great focus on a likeable main character and a deep story, come break a magic spell with Fall of the Western Kings!