Self Published Fantasy Releases – August 2022
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1st August – The Third Crossing (War of the Last Day #0) by Karim Soliman
Epic Fantasy, Grimdark
The drums of war are beating in Koya. By the Light’s will, the Red Cloaks shall cross the sea under His holy banner, the ancient homeland will be restored, the slaughtered ancestors will be avenged, and the damned occupants shall all perish.
By the Light’s will, the Third Crossing shall happen.
Akira will be one of the heroes of the upcoming holy war; that’s the seer’s promise to his mother. He will outshine his fellow mages, don the red cloak, and join the Light’s own soldiers. He will bring victory to his people and honor to his family, clearing its name from his father’s shame.
Or that’s what Akira thinks. Because seers can be devious sometimes.
From the rural side of Koya enters Natsu as she assumes her late husband’s place and takes the smuggling underworld by storm. Her shocking rise provokes not only the Koyan navy, but also her rivals, and a fierce war ensues on land and sea. A war she can only win if she shakes hands with the smugglers’ deadliest enemies; the Red Cloaks themselves.
For honor and coin, Akira and Natsu will forge a shaky alliance, both knowing that one of them will eventually have to betray the other. Trust could be a grave mistake in these dark times of war. If you wish to be the last one standing, you must be ready to be the first to stab in the back.
1st August – Soul Relic (Manifestation #1) by Samuel Hinton
Born with an enormous well of power but no way to regenerate it, Raysha will risk anything to fix herself, even if it means venturing into the unknown with nothing but her brother, an enchanted water bottle, and a stubborn attitude.
Without the ability to cultivate aeon from the world, Raysha has been treated like an outcast her whole life. While she has to ration her power drop-by-drop, others use it as commonly as breathing. In a world where true masters of aeon have slaughtered gods, Raysha’s future in her village is limited to babysitting pre-awakened children who inevitably surpass and mock her.
So when her brother visits from the Academy with a dangerous new idea to help her, Raysha jumps at the chance to finally do something. Her brother believes that with three simple things, they might have a cure: an enchanted water bottle, a simple change of scenery, and—-of course-the crystalized heart of an ancient spirit. Raysha is skeptical, but with her refreshing drink in hand, the pair head out into the wider world in search of the impossible.
1st August – Candle Children by M.J. Baker
Epic Fantasy, Horror
To most people Bluejay and Beth are just another pair of homeless orphans on the streets of Rosetta. One a mute guitar player, the other a blind beggar girl. To their fellow street rats they are the leaders of the street gang known as the Candle Children. They know every spirit that haunts the city and they’ll teach a child everything they need to know to survive. How to stay warm, how to keep a Holy Candle lit throughout the night to protect against the soul sapping Ice, and how to evade the spirits who hunt for children’s souls.
When a fire destroys the city’s supply of Holy Candles the Emperor uses it as an excuse to remove the undesirables from his city. The Candle Children find themselves hunted through the streets by the fearsome Yeniceri, the Emperor’s personal bodyguards. Beth allies with a broken officer who might just know enough to help her survive. While Bluejay is trapped in a nightmarish prison where even the Yeniceri fear to tread.
However the ghosts of the city have been playing their own game. One where blind beggar girls and emperors are both pawns. As the city teeters on the edge of revolution and the Ice threatens to kill thousands each night Beth and Bluejay discover that there is more power in the ghost stories than
2nd August – Fluff by Raven’s Dagger
Urban Fantasy, YA, LitRPG
A socially anxious college student discovers she has superpowers—and they need babysitting—in the first book of an original superhero series.
Power Day occurs every year on September 15. Across the world, formerly regular people awaken with superhuman abilities—and labels to go with them. They become the next generation of Heroes . . . and Villains.
September 15 is also Emily Wright’s first day on campus. While everyone else is out celebrating the start of their college career, Emily’s hiding in her dorm room. She wonders if it’s possible to earn a degree while completely avoiding eye contact with anyone.
All she wants is to learn a little and maybe get over her anxiety. Instead, she’s granted a superpower and categorized as villainous. So, Emily panics—and inadvertently conjures up a pint-size supervillain sidekick.
Emily has no intention of doing anything—evil or otherwise—with her powers. And if she has to babysit an increasing number of “little sisters” in order to stay under the radar, so be it.
But can Emily gain control of her life, or will she drown in a sea of supervillainy and cuddles?
12 August – Twelve Blades in Contempt by Jorden Darrett
Epic Fantasy, Progression/Cultivation
Aiya is a Ginju, a hidden assassin of the Egaishan Empire. The black sheep of her clan, she grapples for a connection with her deity. Chafing under the heavy expectations of her father, a collision with a rival clan provides her with the chance to prove herself.
But a grievous mistake sets her on a path against the immortal Empress herself, the Sorceress of Storms. As civil unrest widens the cracks in the empire, giving way to the winds of contempt, Aiya must decide for herself whether to remain loyal to the throne or help forge a new path towards independence.
12th August – A Quest of Cats and Vases (The Three Vases #1) by Chad Retterath
Epic Fantasy, YA
The prophecies always said that when the apocalypse began, the Chosen One would collect the three vases to save the world.
Legends claimed the powerful Dirt Whisperer Parmenthius created and hid the vases around the world to protect the people from their unfathomable power. They were meant to lie hidden until the Chosen One could collect all three.
Centuries later, the Creator descends upon humanity, crushing entire cities beneath his monstrous feet. As prophesied the Chosen One, Prince Derrek, is sent on a quest to find the vases for the kingdom of Galintron.
Due to a tragic turn of events, Prince Derrek’s journey is cut short, leaving the kingdom distraught. All hope is lost for the people of Galintron.
However, the younger, talentless Prince Kebin volunteers to hunt down the three legendary vases. Nobody is impressed or amused, yet Kebin sets off on his own quest to save the world.
12th August – Conspiracy (Wahrheit #1) by A.C. Cobble
The Truth is a weak thing. It has no power. The only power the Truth holds is the power we grant it.
For six hundred years, the kingdom of Wahrheit was ruled by an unbroken line. It rose on a wave of technology and magic and stood alone—a bastion of stability built on pillars of economic and military might. The nation and her people thrived due to the strength of soldiers and the protection of dragons.
But the line has ended—the king is dead.
Noble houses vie to carve out their own domains. Foreign armies march across Wahrheit’s soil for the first time in memory. Without leadership, the king’s army watches helplessly. The fae, a source of enchantment and treachery, work unseen to secure their share of Wahrheit’s blood. And far beyond the kingdom’s borders, a growing threat looms—an empire built to right a bitter wrong.
Only a small band of conspirators stand between the kingdom and chaos: Otto Tilly, captain of the king’s Dragon Knights, the steel fist that shields the weak. Gerhard Fisher, a spy and assassin, who owes more than his life to the former king. Ilse Brinke, the quartermaster, the keeper of the kingdom’s secrets and magic. The wizard, an ancient soul who understands the cost of failure. And by fortune’s curse or fortune’s favor, two orphans from the growing war must carry the kingdom forward. As has always been, the burden of the future lies across the shoulders of the young.
13th August – Heart of the Sentinel (Record of the Sentinel Seer #5) by M.H. Woodscourt
Time is running out.
The race is on. Lekore and his unlikely allies prepare to travel into the depths of Kiisuld Space to save a soul from falling into darkness—and perhaps much more. But first Lekore must convince the Sun Emperor to trust in those he loathes.
Torn between his loyalty and his heart, Tahomin chose to turn his back on Princess Sajaray to fulfill his oaths to his prince. But when the Imperial Moon of Ahvora is attacked by fanatics bent on freeing their delusional leader, can Tahomin ignore a cry for help from his mortal enemy?
On a battlefield of hearts and souls, the path to victory may lie in mercy, but a fate worse than death awaits those who fail.
15th August – Knight’s Oath (Knights of Enar #1) by Juliette Caruso
When 20-year-old Eliana’s father orders her to court, it is with one purpose: to save their noble, destitute family through marriage to a wealthy suitor. Eliana would much rather be studying healing and making use of her rare magical talent for medicines, but there is no escaping his command. She has eight short weeks to find a match she can stomach, or else she’ll be married off to the cruel, despicable man of her father’s choosing.
Navigating court politics is difficult for nervous Eliana, who is determined to take up as little space as possible. Worst of all, she only has eyes for the Queen’s nephew, Corin: a brooding, rugged knight who is already betrothed to another. Though he returns Eliana’s feelings, he’s as trapped by duty as she is. But even as Corin struggles against his own family’s shackles, he is driven by a singular purpose: to rid the land of the bandits terrorizing the Queen’s people.
As the outlaws circle the capital city, Corin and Eliana turn their focus and their talents towards helping the vulnerable common folk who live outside the palace walls. But the bandits have a patron who aims to spread dissent amongst the crumbling ranks of the nobility. The more lives Corin and Eliana save, the more enemies they are both making… and the closer her father’s deadline draws.
15th August – Songs of Stone (Bewitching Fairy Tales #5) by Celeste Baxendell
Criminals don’t get second chances. Not ones like her.
Piper does what the Red Enchanter tells her to do even if it involves breaking out prisoners, causing storms, or kidnapping children with her enchanted fife. Her own morals don’t matter anymore. She only has two years left until she’s done doing his dirty work—if she doesn’t get caught.
After a chance encounter, Prince Valens starts to show up everywhere she goes, far too curious for her comfort. If she’s arrested, then every horrible thing she’s done over the last few years will have been for nothing, but how long can she avoid the conscience Prince Valens stirs in her mind—or worse her heart?
Prince Valens has never stood still a day in his life, so when he’s given the chance to investigate a string of unexplained disasters and amnesia cases, he doesn’t hesitate. It also doesn’t hurt when he keeps running into a mysterious girl in a red coat, until he starts to wonder why she’s connected to all of these cases.
Valens has always loved the chase, but he never realized how easy it was to fall instead. Every encounter with Piper leaves him breathless and reeling. As much as he wants to help her, he can’t let her get away with her crimes, but… what if she’s the key to something so much bigger?
17th August – The Trials of the Lion by L.R. Knight
Grimdark, Sword & Sorcery
BEHOLD THE COMING OF THE LION!
Ulrem is an exile, cursed by destiny to wander a grim and deadly world. Reviled by some and held as a savior by many, he has been a thief, a soldier, a pirate, and a vanquisher of great evils. Some call him the Slayer. Others call him the Lionborn. And some… some see in his trials the grim portents that would end the age in fire and blood.
21st August – Fall of the King Saber (Tales of the Swordsman #3) by J.F. Lee
Sword & Sorcery, Sci-Fantasy, Progression/Cultivation, Historical Fantasy
An apprentice is a distraction Li Ming cannot afford. But he promised to train Shu Yan, even though it may lead him from the mastery needed to defeat his master’s killer.
Bounty hunters are a distraction that might kill Shu Yan. With the reward growing ever richer, the girl must return to the only home she has ever known and face her past.
The land is in chaos. People openly join the Black Tiger Rebellion. The jianghu grows more dangerous.
Will the last swordsman of Blue Mountain prevail against the man who took everything from him and restore peace to the kingdom?
The eyes of the martial world are watching.
23rd August – Blood Empire Reborn (Luke Irontree and the Last Vampire War #4) by C. Thomas Lafollette
It’s can’t always go home…
…but sometimes you don’t have a choice.
Can Luke and his Portland werewolves stop vampire invasion of Belgium?
When a Belgian friend Pieter asks Luke for help, he must return to the land of his birth to face a bloodthirsty vampire lord known simply as Le Mousquetaire. With a leak inside the Belgian pack and an invasion of vampires killing their packmates, Luke and his friends assemble a team of Portland werewolves to ferret out the mole and help Pieter.
As soon as they land, the vampires strike, kidnapping Luke’s old friend and Pieter’s father. Now Luke and his team are on the run, eight people in a sea of enemies and allies with unknown loyalties. Hunted across multiple countries, Luke and his team are left with nothing but desperate choices if they want to make it out alive.
Will the land of Luke’s birth also be the land of his death? Or will he and his friends escape the vampires and live to fight another day?
24th August – A Lonely Dance (The Miraveld Chronicles #2) by Selina R. Gonzalez
Ilara of Talland hoped a foreign visitor could increase trade for her starving people. Instead, he turned out to be a powerful sorcerer.
Now Ilara and her two sisters are cursed.
Every night the princesses are stolen away to a magical ball they can’t remember. The sorcerer claims he will free them if Ilara marries him, and he warns his efforts to win her without bloodshed will last only as long as his evaporating patience…
A lonely ambassador.
In Rethalyon, former prince Tristan Carbrey is still reeling from the rightful king’s return. Distrusted, unwanted, and haunted by his sins, he’s forced to undertake an ambassadorial mission to prove his loyalty.
Unfortunately, the king of Talland is more interested in his experience with curses than trade. But helping the princesses might be Tristan’s chance at redemption and at the companionship he longs for…
If he isn’t killed first.
Can Tristan dare to love the kind princess despite believing he’s a villain unworthy of her affection? And can Ilara afford to love a man who doesn’t trust himself?
25th August – Bonds of Chaos (Threadlight #3) by Zack Argyle
TO BREAK THE BONDS, THERE WILL BE SACRIFICES
When all was lost, the Heralds returned, and the world embraced them as gods and saviors. But there are some who know the truth: the Heralds are not what they seem.
Now, in a desperate attempt to stop them, Chrys and the others travel to Cynosure with hopes of enlisting the only Amber threadweaver with the power to help.
Chrys, Laurel, Alverax, and those they love.
Together, they will stop the gods…or they will die trying.
25th August – Wizardom Legends: Thief for Hire (The Outrageous Exploits of Jerrell Landish #1) by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
Outrageous exploits. Clever schemes. Snarky quips in the face of danger.
Meet Jerrell Landish: A thief, a con artist, and a scoundrel. Clever, inventive, and skilled, he executes plots that astound his patrons and confound his enemies.
When Jerrell chooses to hire out his services in exchange for gold, he encounters far more than expected, for the schemes of ambitious wizards involve risks any sane person would avoid. Well, Jerrell is just crazy enough to take on the ruling wizard class and manipulate them against one another…until he finds himself the victim of even greater machinations.
26th August – The Ducal Heir (Sangwheel Chronicles #2) by Marie M. Mullany
Epic Fantasy, Grimdark, Progression/Cultivation
The older the secret, the more dangerous its revelation.
In the far north, Louis and Raul prepare to confront the darkness seeping through Lumeaux, the Jewel of Lumiaron. The machinations of Brice Rennaurd, Shadow Master to the Emperor, continue to grow in scope and ambition, and the specter of civil war looms over the Empire.
A world away, Naira follows the dream of her left-hand husband into the red dunes of the Cidan Mashada, where the scent of prophecy awaits them.
As two worlds converge, the spiderweb of conspiracy entangles all and knives glint like malicious sneers in the shadows. For at the heart of the Lumiaron Empire lies a secret so sinister, that its keepers would consort even with the dire power of Sang Sorcellerie to preserve it.
29th August – Assassin’s Mercy (Chaos Moon #1) by Lauren L. Garcia
Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fantasy, Romance
Need a mage killed? Verve’s got you covered.
As a member of the holy order of Atal’s Chosen, Verve lives by the edge of her hematite blade. Trained from childhood to stand tall against the warring mage clans, Verve won’t let anyone else’s family die at magic’s cruel hands.
So when Verve’s patron tasks her with taking out a notorious mage leader, she knows her skills are up to the challenge. Sure enough, Verve lands a cover-job right in the heart of her target’s territory. The coin’s not great, but protecting the locals makes for the perfect camouflage while she hunts for her true target. What’s more, the handsome local barkeep Alem seems to know more than he’s letting on about the mage she’s looking for.
Against all common sense, Verve discovers a cause worth fighting for in the village. But living by the blade means dying by it too, and when Verve’s powerful patron learns of the life she’s found and her growing change of heart, she gives Verve an ultimatum: Kill the mage or be hunted by her own fellow Chosen. Verve is forced to choose a side or risk losing her new found family, the life she didn’t know she wanted… and a man she didn’t know she could love.
The only way out of this mess is to die… or find magic of her own.
30 August – Of Stormlarks and Silence (Kasmian Chronicles #1) by Constance Lopez
Epic Fantasy, YA, Romance
To kill the prince, she must first kill her heart.
Princess Riona was eight when the Revonian king murdered her family and conquered her kingdom with a mysterious magic. She has spent the last decade training—and waiting for her moment to avenge them all and reclaim her rightful title.
Now that the king is ailing, Riona secures a position within the Revonian royal palace. Her goals? Get close to the prince. Kill him. Uncover Revon’s secret magic. Make the king suffer. Only then can she take back her country.
But the closer she gets to the prince, the more he surprises her with kindness, honor, and wit. He is nothing like his cruel father. Worse yet, he sees right through to her heart. When she planned this assassination, her heart didn’t factor in.
And now it’s about to ruin all her plans.