Looking for some fantastical books to read in the heat this summer? Well here’s the June list of Self Published Fantasy Releases. As always, this is not a comprehensive list, but only includes all the books I have heard about so far.
If you have a fantasy novel you are self publishing in June, let me know either in the comments, or by emailing me, and I shall add it to the page. There are but 3 requirements:
1) It must be a self published fantasy novel.
2) It must have a Goodreads page.
3) It must have a cover.
28th May – A Magical Inheritance (Ladies Occult Society #1) by Krista D. Ball
Miss Elizabeth Knight received an unexpected legacy upon her uncle’s death: a collection of occult books. However, when one of the books begins talking to her, she discovers an entire world of female occultist history opened to her—a legacy the Royal Occult Society had purposely hidden from the world.
However, the magic allowing the book to speak to Miss Knight is fading and she must gather a group of female acquaintances of various talents. Together, they’ll need to work to overcome social pressures, ambitious men, and tyrannical parents, all to bring Mrs. Egerton, the book ghost, back.
30th May – Blood for the Dancer (The Horde and the Host #1) by Dallas Mullican
Dying and trapped in pain, Dustan Wheaton cries out to Heaven… but it’s a demon who answers.
Salvation comes at a price. Dustan must become the demons’ most deadly assassin, slaying angels on earth before they can recruit mortal souls into a war that has raged for eons.
With the demons fanning his hatred, Dustan is eager to kill those he blames for ignoring his prayers and allowing his parents to die. He travels the world destroying his angelic enemies until sent to face a mysterious woman.
The Dancer is unlike any foe Dustan has encountered. He finds himself inexplicably drawn to her, and for the first time, he questions his orders. Her claim that his entire life has been a lie threatens to shatter lifelong beliefs and sows doubts about his demon family.
Trusting this woman will mean turning his back on those who saved him and gave his life purpose, not to mention place a target on his back for angels and demons alike. Doubting her could mean the end of all humankind.
31st May – Search of the Lost (The Knights of Ezazeruth #1) by Thomas R. Gaskin
The Knights of Ezazeruth were the most elite warriors the world had known: toughened by war and trained in a harsh regime, they were a force to reckon with. But when the arrogant King Afthadus became afraid they would not survive, he cursed them with immortality: and so they went into exile…
2,000 years later, the dark armies of the Black, the very empire they swore to protect the world against, begin their invasion of Ezazeruth, and the ancient legends must be summoned back to fulfil their oath. This quest falls upon Havovatch, with his newly-appointed captaincy and unit of elite warriors. They must venture into the wild to find the Knights. But there is one problem: no-one knows where they are…
If Havovatch does not succeed then Ezazeruth is doomed.
1st June – A Collection of Obsessions (Short Stories) by Michael R. Fletcher
From cyberpunk to Manifest Delusions, this collection of 17 short stories is rife with Michael R. Fletcher’s obsessions. Some of these have previously been published, some have not.
1st June – Quill (The Cartographer #1) by A.C. Cobble
The fate of empire is to crumble from within.
A heinous murder in a small village reveals a terrible truth. Sorcery, once thought dead in Enhover, is not. Evidence of an occult ritual and human sacrifice proves that dark power has been called upon again. Twisting threads of clues lead across the known world to the end of a vast empire, and then, the trail returns home.
Duke Oliver Wellesley, son of the king, cartographer, and adventurer, has better things to do than investigate a murder in a sleepy fishing hamlet. For Crown and Company, though, he goes where he’s told. As the investigation leads to deeper and darker places, he’ll be forced to confront the horrific spectres rising from the shadows of his past. When faced with the truth, will he sacrifice what is necessary to survive?
Samantha serves a Church that claims to no longer need her skills. She’s apprenticed to a priest-assassin that no one knows. Driven by a mad prophecy, her mentor has prepared her for a battle with ultimate darkness, except, sorcery is dead. When all is at stake, can she call upon an arcane craft the rest of the world has forgotten?
1st June – White Sheep of the Family (Legends of Tivara novella) by J.C. Kang
A lord has been assassinated, and only an awkward boy can uncover the mastermind.
Banished from the capital, ten-year-old Zheng Tian joins the Black Lotus Clan. As son of a great lord, he is utterly unprepared for this new life– a fact complicated by his awkwardness. As of yet untrained in the arts of stealth, he is thrust into an investigation into a lord’s murder.
1st June – The Phoenix Ascension by Joe Jackson
From the ashes a new life is born.
Kari and her allies have seen numerous miracles in recent months, from the glorious rebirth of a friend to the unprecedented alliance of many peoples from across Terrassia and beyond. Now, all the pieces are in place, the military campaign known as The Phoenix Ascension ready to be put into motion. All hope – not just on Terrassia or even Citaria as a whole, but on her sister worlds of Irrathmor and Mehr’Durillia as well – now rests on the execution of this plan. Failure will mean the end of the last chance of liberating Mehr’Durillia and the deaths of the final defenders of Citaria.
Now, the time has come to find the truth behind the cunning priestess Ehren Hrykel and the god-like Tempis’ra. Will the alliance of many nations, many races, and many faiths, bolstered by the power of dragons, be enough to stand against the foothold of the demons? And what other mysteries will come to light as the heroes push toward victory?
3rd June – Warlord (Ironstone Saga #2) by Keith McArdle
As the invading army of a mad king ravages the land, Vyder seeks help from the one force that can stop them: the fierce Highland warriors of his home province. But Vyder finds he has enemies in the Highlands now — can he stay alive long enough to raise an army, and even if he succeeds will it be too late?
8th June – Children of the Dead City by Noor Al-Shanti
King Sharr of the Kingdom of Shining Waters was not a particularly brave man. When he heard that the Mad Sorcerer was creeping up the mountainside he fled the fortress city, practically handing it over to the Mad Sorcerer, and made his abode in Dalaiabeth: the King’s City. His palace lay behind high walls on one side of the great lake and Dalaiabeth lay almost defenseless on the other. Even behind the high walls of his palace the King worried. Most of all, he was afraid for his young daughter, the Lady Shila.
It was the palace blacksmith that offered the King salvation from his fears. “Why not adopt an orphan boy from the city?” he asked. “He will grow up with the Lady Shila, learn to love her as a sister, and he will protect her when the matters of the Kingdom take you away from her.”
So the King sent three trusted men to bring him a suitable boy from the city orphanage.
But it was more than three men that knocked on little Dargoth’s door the next day. His mother tried to protect him, but she was no match for the unit of trained soldiers that took her little boy, Dargoth from her, claiming that he was wanted to fight in the war.
As Dargoth and his mother struggle to reunite, the Mad Sorcerer’s relentless attacks throw their Kingdom into chaos and despair, and they find themselves up against forces and intrigues far beyond what they could have imagined.
11th June – Darkblade Avenger (Defenders of Legend Omnibus #1) by Andy Peloquin
He’s an assassin with a moral code. But playing by the rules won’t silence the beating of hell’s blackest hearts…
The Hunter spills blood to quiet the voices in his head. With his cursed dagger by his side, the feared assassin vows his ruthless gift will only strike down the wicked. So when dark enemies trick him into taking an innocent life, he unleashes the full force of his rage.
Devastated by his irreversible actions, he won’t stop until he dismantles the evil syndicate that deceived him. With each traitorous criminal he cuts down, the more determined he is to expose the secrets of the killing blade that torments his mind.
Will the truth set him free or seal his eternal damnation?
11th June – Vultures (Shadow Twins #1) by Luke Tarzian
TRUTH FROM MADNESS
In Ariath, this is more than a simple adage. For Theailys An, they are words to live by, especially in the city of Helveden, where he and his demon brethren, the dissident, are looked upon with scorn. Viewed as cohorts of the dead progenitor of Ariathan suffering, they are outcasts.
Still, Theailys has a job to do: destroy the Heart of Mirkúr and end the war for good. Though Te Mirkvahíl is dead, its progeny leak endlessly from the Heart, sowing death with their passage. With The Keepers’ Wrath, a power focus of his own design, Theailys believes there is hope to restore peace to Ariath once again.
But ending a war is easier said than done, especially for a man haunted by past tragedies and occasionally possessed by a murderous presence keen to take his body for its own. As Theailys works to forge The Keepers’ Wrath, amid a creeping shadow over Helveden, one thing becomes increasingly and horrifyingly clear:
These events have played out many times before.
14th June – Gloomwalker (Saga of the Severed #1) by Alex Lang
As a boy of eleven, Kyris made a vow to kill a man. A holy man with the blessing of a sun god. Kyris swore on his own life that he would let nothing stop him from achieving this goal.
Eight years he trained and strove, until he was ready to seek out his quarry.
His hunt leads him to the great city of Vigil, the seat of power for the Tesrin Imperium, the center of the civilized world and the stronghold of his enemy.
The one he seeks is powerful, able to call and command hallowed flames at will. But Kyris isn’t without a talent of his own, a dark ability unseen and unknown to all.
In the capital, games of intrigue are played among the merchant houses, slaves struggle against their masters, and the faithful preserve the Light to keep the Darkness at bay. But Kyris cares naught for any of it. He steals from the city’s highborn to further his cause, but when a simple job goes wrong, when a single knife thrown without thinking embroils him in the schemes of the powerful, his convictions are put to the test.
Vengeance at any cost, or so he’s always told himself. Will it be harder to fulfill that promise or walk away from it?
15th June – Clovir: An Overture (Tales of Sight #1) by Andrew Marc Rowe
What Darkness Hides Within The Murk Of Cistern Ale?
Rolf the Tavernkeeper is a man with problems. The competition is crushing his business. His sister, a single mother named Karla, has moved into the Green Dragon and the baby is not making things any easier. You don’t even want to hear what is going on with his brother, Alfred the Executioner.
When financial desperation, the family ties that bind, and a hefty dose of cowardice see Rolf make selfish choices and dark alliances, he takes a course of action sees him become embroiled in behind-the-scenes plotting with the most powerful group in the Kingdom of Thrairn. Have his fortunes finally changed? Or will his gamble see him dead before dawn?
17th June – A Ritual of Bone (The Dead Sagas #1) by Lee C. Conley
“Only valour and steel can stand against the rising dead”
Arnar is a land of warriors, its people as stalwart as the stones themselves. In a land of dark forests and ancient hill forts, a forgotten evil is awoken by curious minds.
The Great Histories and the Sagas say nothing of this evil, long passed from the memory of even the studious scholars of the College. For centuries, the scholars of Arnar have kept these records and preserved the knowledge and great deeds of a proud people. The story of these peoples forever chronicled in the Sagas of the Great Histories.
But now the evil spreads and the dead walk in its wake, terrible creatures roam the night and even the spirits are restless. The Dead Sagas could perhaps be the final chapters of these great records.
20th June – Ioth, City of Lights (Wildfire Cycle #2) by D.P. Woolliscroft
Be careful what you strive for.
The people won and now Mareth is Lord Protector of Edland. But winning an election is a lot different than governing a country, especially when the empire of Pyrfew is expanding into the Sapphire Sea. In the interests of peace, Mareth must dispatch Alana to Ioth, city of a thousand lights, to convince the ruling merchants to turn their back on the empire. Neenahwi, armed with the knowledge revealed to her in her coming of age ceremony, desperately wants to determine Pyrfew’s plans and to take the fight to the emperor. But Llewdon, ancient elven emperor of Pyrfew, has had decades to develop his schemes and his agents are embedded in the least expected places. Everything seems to revolve around the disappearance of Jyuth’s master a millennia ago.
Will the heroes of Kingshold be able to survive fire belching ships, strange slimes, sinister doppelgängers, demon dogs, greedy merchants and past vices to lead Edland to safety?
21st June – Spire and the Dragonwood Affair (5th Compass #1)
You’ve read about Captain Silverblade and the sacrifice she had to make to save her life and the life of her child. But what about her pirate captains? She trusted them with her very souls and asked them to hide each compass where no one could find them.
Find out about the journey of each compass and the pirate captains charged to hide them.
Captain Spire must return to his childhood home. A place that he had to flee from or risk being beaten to death by four large and angry brothers. But the possibility of getting revenge on an evil landowner of immense power and influence in Dragonwood and seeing the woman he had to leave behind is too much for him to pass up.
25th June – Guild of Tokens by Jon Auerbach
She wants to level up her humdrum existence. But her next quest could spell life or death.
All Jen Jacobs has achieved in life is loneliness. So when she stumbles across a real-life game of epic quests on the streets of New York, she jumps at the chance for some excitement and gold tokens. Little does she know that the items she strives to collect hold a darker purpose…
After a particularly harrowing quest pairs her up with Beatrice Taylor, a no-nonsense and ambitious mentor, Jen hopes she’s on the path to becoming a big-time player. But as she dives deeper into the game’s hidden agenda, she realizes Beatrice has her sights set on the Guild, the centuries-old organization that runs the Questing game. And the quests Jen loves are about to put both of them in grave danger.
Will Jen survive the game before powerful forces cut her real life short?
25th June – Fortune’s Fool (Eterean Empire #1) by Angela Boord
A secret affair. A disfiguring punishment. A burning need for revenge.
Kyrra d’Aliente has a bad reputation and an arm made of metal. Cast out of the safe and luxurious world of silk to which she was born, played as a pawn in a game of feuding Houses, Kyrra navigates a dangerous world of mercenaries, spies, and smugglers while disguising herself as a man.
War destroyed her family and the man she loved. Vengeance is within her grasp.
But is she willing to pay its price?
June – The Narrows AUDIOBOOK by Travis M. Riddle
“I can show you how to enter the Narrows to find what you seek.”
Oliver and his friends have returned to their hometown of Shumard, Texas for the funeral of their close friend Noah. They each grapple with the loss in their own ways, trying to understand the strange circumstances of their friend’s unexpected death.
While visiting the site where the body was found, Oliver stumbles across a chilling discovery that he knows must be related to what happened to Noah. Wanting to protect his friends from these newfound horrors, Oliver takes it upon himself to venture into the grotesque otherworld known as the Narrows to learn what happened to his friend and find a way to bring him back.
Entering the Narrows is one thing, but will whatever he finds there allow him to leave?
June – Never Die AUDIOBOOK by Rob J. Hayes
Ein is on a mission from God. A God of Death.
Time is up for the Emperor of Ten Kings and it falls to a murdered eight year old boy to render the judgement of a God. Ein knows he can’t do it alone, but the empire is rife with heroes. The only problem; in order to serve, they must first die.
Ein has four legendary heroes in mind, names from story books read to him by his father. Now he must find them and kill them, so he can bring them back to fight the Reaper’s war.