Self Published Fantasy Releases – December 2021
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1st December – Jubilant (Shallic Sea Chronicles #1) by Galadriel Coffeen & Anneliese Knop
Kelta’s life on a small clan warship has given her peace and anonymity, and a way to fight through her grief. But when her ship is called upon to search for a missing ambassador, Kelta can no longer remain safely in the shadows. Will she sacrifice her future for her family, or will she let the mission fail and keep her secrets?
After being barred from studying magic, Wren Elspur’s only way to make a name for himself is to work up through the ranks of the Ellondese Navy. Passing his lieutenant’s exam should have put him on the fast track for promotion, but a tyrannical captain, an arranged marriage, and an alliance with the southern savages interfere with his plans and pit his conscience against his career.
When Wren and Kelta’s ships both find evidence of slavers working in international waters, they have no choice but to put aside their cultural differences and work together to rescue hundreds of innocents bound for the Alokite slave-markets. But there’s more going on behind the slave trade. As an ancient evil stirs in the west, Kelta and Wren find themselves fighting side by side in the opening moves of a war they don’t yet understand.
1st December – The Second Storm (A Thousand Li #6) by Tao Wong
Epic Fantasy, Progression/Cultivation
When War Wages, Even Innocents Perish
Two years have passed and the war between the kingdoms of Shen and Wei rages on. The dark sect moves in the shadows, striking against the noble Verdant Green Waters Sect, damaging, killing and kidnapping their members.
Among the victims – Fairy Yang, Wu Ying’s martial sister. On a desperate quest to retrieve her, Wu Ying finds himself caught up in inter-sect politics and headed straight for a trap.
Tragedy awaits, but some paths, a man must walk. No matter the cost.
1st December – Sweetness and Blessings (The Economy of Blessings #1) by Charlotte Kersten
Saved from ruin after fleeing from a terrible mistake, Iraluri is grateful for her husband, and that gratitude is equaled only by her dread of disappointing him with more mistakes. Together they fumble through magic once practiced by her fallen people in the hopes of finding the forgotten offerings that will make them rich. As this search continues, a kind stranger on the street and a solitary ghost challenge Iraluri to begin thinking beyond the fear and careful rules that she has lived by for so long. It becomes more and more impossible for Iraluri to ignore wrongs in her world and her life, but what use is this knowledge when acting upon it is so dangerous?
2nd December – Anachrony (Timelessness #3.5) by Susana Imaginario
Arianh had one wish.
Yewlow made it real.
And Time turned it into a regret.
Anachrony takes you on a journey to the bleak future of Aegea and the darkest places of the mind.
Can fate be avoided, or is the future just someone else’s past?
2nd December – Servant of the Lesser Good by Shaun Paul Stevens
Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
High Mistress Talia is a hell-raising socialite with a murky past. But she has a bright future. Beautiful, rich, and a virtuoso harpist, she’s betrothed to the Count of Brecht. In short, she has it all. Or so it would seem.
Marla Holst is the new lady’s maid, but never has the ‘help’ been so unhelpful. Marla, real name Mist, has only one mission: to stop the high mistress’s marriage. By any means necessary.
But complications abound. Talia’s disturbed daughter, a girl who can see into the future, is cursed with the stigma of a devil-worshipping father. The count’s father, the Duke of Rizak, is a recluse, too afraid of assassins to show his face. And all the nobility want to do is duel.
Meanwhile, the highlight of the season—a recital of the famous ‘Cursed Symphony,’ draws ever closer.
2nd December – Nectar for the God (Mennik Thorn #2) by Patrick Samphire
Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
In the city of Agatos, nothing stays buried forever.
Only an idiot would ignore his debt to a high mage, and Mennik Thorn is not an idiot, no matter what anyone might say. He’s just been … distracted. But now he’s left it too late, and if he doesn’t obey the high mage’s commands within the day, his best friends’ lives will be forfeit. So it’s hardly the time to take on an impossible case: proving a woman who murdered a stranger in full view is innocent.
Unfortunately, Mennik can’t resist doing the right thing – and now he’s caught in a deadly rivalry between warring high mages, his witnesses are dying, and something ancient has turned its eyes upon him.
The fate of the city is once again in the hands of a second-rate mage. Mennik Thorn should have stayed in hiding.
2nd December – Spirits of Vengeance AUDIOBOOK (The Mortal Techniques) by Rob J. Hayes
Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
Haruto swore his soul to the God of Death for the chance to hunt down the vengeful ghost of his wife. He’ll die as many times as it takes.
Now an onmyoji, he’s tasked by the Imperial Throne to hunt down monsters and malicious spirits. But he knows not all spirits are evil and not all deserve the peace of the sword.
The Ipian Empire was once a land that welcomed dragons and spirits alike, but a century of war and bloodshed has seen them all but vanish. Now, the lost things are returning and the Onryo have gathered. Five legendary spirits with mysterious powers, bent on freeing an ancient evil that would wreak havoc on humanity.
As a plague of spirits sweeps across the land, the Onryo leave a bloody trail for Haruto to follow. But who’s hunting who?
3rd December – Rise of Chess (Fair Quest #2) by Kit Falbo
Overwhelmed by a shift to a “normal” life Nate is under pressure to make friends. Re-joining the Immersive Fantasy game Fair Quest seems like his best option. But the game has changed, and many players are taking what is going on more personally. Will the return of the Kingmaker winner send shock waves through the game even as he’s trying to avoid attention? Find out in The Rise of Chess.
4th December – Darkhaven (The Lightless Prophecy #1) by Kel E. Fox
Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA
What would you sacrifice for magic?
Gabby is in her final year of high school and facing the Question: what does she want to do with her life? A shame ‘wizarding’ isn’t on the list of university courses.
Just as Gabby despairs that she’ll never find the answer, lightning strikes. She uncovers a conspiracy, meets a mysterious boy, and finds out that maybe, magic might just be real. But it comes at a cost, and now Gabby’s faced with a decision that makes choosing a university as easy as choosing a favourite kind of cake… How is anyone meant to do that?
7th December – The Hunt for Lost Souls (Guardian of the Core #3) by Michael E. Thies
Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Sci-Fantasy
The Curse of Pirini Lilapa has once again sown discord throughout the system.
In its wake, the Twelve gods are sealed and scattered throughout the system, leaving nations on the brink of war and rulers left to fend for themselves. Looking beyond their disputes, Guardian Eska is forced to unleash the Hown as he searches for the largest threat to the system, Hydro Paen—and the strange necklace he bears.
The system’s most-wanted man, Hydro makes a deal that allows him to evade the Hown pursuing him. But what has he sacrificed in return and how long can he outrun the system’s most highly trained trackers and fighters?
By a stroke of luck, Zain Berrese escapes Zigarda’s Web along with his father and what remains of his troops. Driven by the need to halt a war and save those he loves, Zain must outmaneuver attempts to recapture him, all while he questions his choices, his future, and his purpose.
Finally understanding his birthright, Eirek Mourse is determined more than ever to earn Guardian Eska’s trust. But how can he focus on his training when the system lingers on the precipice of total collapse—and he might be the only one who can save it?
7th December – We Break Immortals (The Advent Lumina Cycle #1) by Thomas Howard Riley
A drug addict who hunts sorcerers down by tracking their magick, the most renowned swordsman no one has ever heard of, and a thieving magick-wielding woman hellbent on revenge collide during a last ditch effort to stop an insane superhuman serial killer from making himself a god.
The Render Tracers always say magick users deserve to burn. Aren couldn’t agree more, Keluwen would beg to differ, and Corrin couldn’t care less either way.
In a world where most people use swords for protection, Aren uses tools that let him see what no one else can see, and he takes advantage of loopholes that can undo magick in order to stop the deadliest people in the world. He is a Render Tracer, relentlessly pursuing rogue sorcerers who bend the laws of physics to steal, assault, and kill. But his next hunt will lead him to question his entire life, plunging him into a world where he can’t trust anyone, not even his own eyes.
8th December – The Wayward Tower (The Twin Kingdoms #3) by Nancy O’Toole
Trapped in a tower
Aria knows how to escape imprisonment. All she needs to do is to lead Prince Victor to his death. But she has no desire to become a murderer or assist the man that holds her captive. Instead, Aria discovers a possible solution in unfamiliar magic. The Wayward Paths may lead her to freedom, but they will require her to come face to face with the shadows of her past.
The foolish prince
Victor’s life is in danger. After barely escaping a deadly masquerade, he finds himself a target of The Mage King, an ancient being who requires royal blood. Not that Victor takes that too seriously. He’d rather think about Aria, the beautiful and mysterious woman that visits him in his dreams. Aria’s past holds the key to the identity of The Mage King, but will their encounters provide him with answers or result in his demise?
What dangers lie on The Wayward Paths?
10th December – Trouble in the Green Lands (Seeder Wars #2) by J. Houser
Urban Fantasy, YA, Romance
THE GAME IS CHANGING.
It’s been three years since Saff made the life-changing decision to embrace her Seeder nature and move to the Green Lands. She loves her job, her husband, her Seeder family, and everything about this enchanting new realm. Life couldn’t be more perfect. Except for the disturbing new war tactics displayed by their enemies, the Ivies.
Rachel’s senior year in high school is anything but typical. Discovering her true identity as a Seeder means learning new abilities, hiding from Ivy assassins, and preparing to leave the human world behind. But something’s not right with her powers, causing crippling self-doubt and leading her to make unlikely allies. Rachel’s ready to join the rebellion, helping to put an end to centuries of unrest amongst the green folk.
But people and promises are rarely as they seem in a war filled with secrets and misdirects.
Far from being on the same page, Rachel and her new mentor, Saff, realize they can only take the needed leap of faith by trusting each other. The ultimate goal for them both is to stay alive, find out who they can trust, and just maybe, if they can manage that, they can stop a never-ending war.
10th December – Crow’s Nest (Tales of a Thief #2) by Robin Lythgoe
Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
Astonishing magic. Amazing treasure. Accidental heroism and acerbic wit. What could go wrong?
Crow—the best thief in all the glittering empire—hasn’t stolen so much as a single sentin in months. Hunting demons set loose by a mad wizard has put a serious cramp in his style. In the hands of the Emperor’s Eagles, he must march through the wilds, trap creatures he has nothing against, and refrain from practicing his most excellent skills.
But all that changes with an imperial summons. At the capital, the new challenge awaiting him is nothing so simple as absconding with a madman’s bauble. The emperor wants him to steal an entire person. Crow does not steal people. Rule #5.
Pirates, demons, and wild magic make it a deadly proposal, but another page in his destiny will turn if the gods help him survive. And the gods love him.
12th December – Ardulum (The Battle for Pruitcu Ardulum #5) by J.S. Fields
Consumed by guilt, Guard Four trawls space, hopping from spaceport to spaceport, hoping to find and bring Atalant home with exonerating evidence that Ardulum, the traveling planet her people worship, is no mystic deity.
At the edges of the known galaxy, Guard Four finds the shattered remains of a murdered world – a world of her genetic cousins who could have provided the evidence she desperately seeks. Ardulum, in seems, is no fairy tale but rather a bogeyman, set on destroying anyone who gets between it and its biological imperative to reproduce. And in its seat of governance rules Atalant – god to a planet she swore did not, could not, exist.
Guard Four must unravel Ardulan fact from myth to save her friend and the billions of other beings threatened by the Void – a tear in space created from Ardulum’s most recent birthing event. But how does one bring a god of a killer planet home? And how is Guard Four supposed to stop the Void without giving it the only thing it wants – the destruction of Ardulum?
14th December – Tethered Spirits (Curse of Shavhalla #1) by T.A. Hernandez
A man with an unknown past
For years, Amar has traveled the Kavoran empire, seeking a way to recover his lost memories and end the curse that plagues him. With support from loyal friends, Amar may finally be on the verge of finding answers, but to do so, he’ll need to enlist the help of an unexpected guide.
A girl afraid of her own powers
Kesari is a Tarja, granted magical abilities through her Bond with a spirit named Lucian. Haunted by past mistakes that have left her desperate to sever her Bond, Kesari has her own reasons for agreeing to help Amar. But in doing so, she may finally have to face the fears she’s carried ever since leaving home.
A woman on a vital mission
Meanwhile, a young refugee named Aleida is in hot pursuit, hoping the secret behind Amar’s curse can save her brother from a fatal illness. With so much at stake and little left to lose, Aleida will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
And when their paths collide, all three are set on a journey to unravel a mystery far deeper than they ever suspected.
15th December – A Night Owl Slips into a Diner (Alexander Southerland, P.I. #4) by Douglas Lumsden
He’s up to his eyeballs in hot water, and he thinks he’s taking a bubble bath!
A routine case of industrial espionage pitches hardboiled P.I. Alexander Southerland headlong into a maelstrom of shadowy political intrigue and deadly supernatural mayhem—not to mention some malevolent owls and the mysterious ‘boy who talks backwards’! After his exposure of a white-collar thief has harrowing consequences, a guilt-ridden and disconsolate Southerland roams the mean streets and dark alleys of Yerba City seeking to uncover a secret so stunning—so staggering—that just knowing it could unravel the bonds that keep the social order from dissolving into chaos!
18th December – Throne of Leaves (Book of Never #8) by Ashley Capes
The Burnished King has escaped his tomb.
In the demi-god’s wake, a stone-plague creeps across the lands and Never must stop the ancient decay before it swallows everyone he cares for.
Despite his determination, there is no cure and no guarantee that even his Amouni blood will be enough. Never’s search for the means to fight back leads him to the Amber Isle once more, where the island continues to hold its secrets close.
But it is there that Never encounters the beautiful and mysterious Rikeva, a Quisoan Weaver on her own quest, and realises that together, there might be a way to stop the plague after all…
20th December – War of the Sphere (The Sphere Saga #3) by Jay S. Willis
The lines have been drawn. The battle for the realm has begun. Can this young woman become the leader who can stop the spread of evil?
Dashira Eisenheart never planned to head a rebellion. But when three millennia of magic suppression end to unleash devastating forces upon the world, she launches into a fight for her people. And every day the war over the Sphere-Blessed continues to rage, the closer her homeland edges toward utter annihilation.
Struggling to control her own abilities and teaming up with the all-powerful Three, Dashira hunts for magical artifacts to swing the conflict in their favor. But a dangerous trek reveals shocking secrets about the nature of reality that could tear apart the very fabric of time.
Can this rebel warrior save the future before the present is ground to dust?
21st December – The World Breaker Requiem (Adjacent Monsters #2) by Luke Tarzian
Prince of Woe…
Avaria Norrith is the adopted heir to the Ariathan throne. But that means little to a man who, for the better part of fifteen years, has sought and failed to earn his mother’s love. Fueled by pride and envy, Avaria seeks the means to prove himself and cast away his mental chains. When he’s tasked with the recreation of The Raven’s Rage he sees his chance, for with the infamous blade he can rewrite history and start anew.
Daughter of the Mountain…
Erath has not felt sunlight for a century. Not since Ariath condemned her people to a life of darkness with their misuse of The Raven’s Rage. But when an old friend comes seeking the remnants of the ancient sword, Erath cannot contain her curiosity and resolves to lend her aid. Is it true—can history be revised? Can her people be reclaimed?
Toll the Hounds…
They are hungry—and they are here.
21st December – Tattered Banners (War of the Last Days #2) by Karim Soliman
The fall of Paril paves the way for the Cursed Army to invade the rest of Gorania. Thousands of runaways from all six kingdoms flock north to the Frozen Forest, and humanity is put to the test as the Goranians are about to fight each other to the death for their place in Karun’s Cave.
Nardine and her mother believe they still have a slim fighting chance to end the Cursed invasion, but first they have to convince their restless vassals who are on the brink of mutiny, then deal with the obstinate Skandivians who regard the Bermanians as the threat. Halgrim seeks a friend’s help to catch up with his family fleeing north, but the cost of that help might be heavier than he thinks. And Leila, dragged into a war she hasn’t sought, makes an uncalculated move that will shift the odds, but not necessarily in the Goranians’ favor.
War of the Last Day enters a starker phase as more Goranian kingdoms fall, leaving the fate of mankind in the hands of clashing factions. Unless they realize that their broken sigils and tattered banners have become obsolete, nothing will stop the Cursed from annihilating every human being in Gorania.
29th December – The Awakening (Pennine Prophecies #1) by J.A. Roles
An ordinary girl is thrust into the extraordinary when she meets a mysterious stranger and finds her life is not as it seems. With love, friends, and family at stake will she find the strength to survive long enough to find true happiness?
England is my home, and home to the Pennines – hills rooted deep in myth and legend. And that’s all I ever believed it was… until I met him.
Now I know vampires, werewolves, witches, and warlocks walk amongst humans.
The Pennine Prophecies dictate the fate of the supernatural world. A world that is under threat by an ancient evil who will stop at nothing to satisfy his bloodlust.
If it comes to laying down my life for the people I love, I know what my choice will be. They’re the reason I wake up each day. The reason I continue to fight, the reason I refuse to give up. The reason I have to tell you my story.
20th December – Villains (The Reeve #2) by Ian Lewis
Beldenridge—a city of aging grandeur adrift in complacency—is reeling in the wake of violence perpetrated by the Wojiin, a legendary foe once thought to be extinct. Now mutated horrors lurk by shadow of night, and opportunistic villains rise to fill the gap left by the perceived abandonment of Beldenridge by Logan Hale, the city’s highest peace officer. Though Logan knows the Wojiin will return, he’s beleaguered by the ignominy of failure and a loss of purpose. To recover, he must not only confront himself but the malevolence that runs like an insidious undercurrent beneath everything he fears.
26th December – The Guild’s Demands (Adventures on Brad #7) by Tao Wong
Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, YA, LitRPG
Everyone Needs a Healer, Whether He Wants Them or Not
Daniel Chai has fallen into a routine of adventuring and dungeon delving with his friends. They aren’t making quick progress, but it’s steady improvements and honest work.
Unfortunately, Daniel’s ability as a healer, and one who is truly Gifted, has come home to roost with a vengeance. As his secret is exposed, Daniel’s greatest fears come to play and adventuring guilds of all stripes attempt to recruit him and his friends, whether he wants it or not. Forced to navigate guild politics and noble interest, Daniel’s simple life has once more grown complicated.
28th December – Prince of Light (Prince of Blades #2) by Kay Thatcher
A human blessed by the aether.
A Fae destined for the throne.
A murderous and unbreakable bond.
After narrowly escaping death, Eric is finally free and back to the pieces of his normal life. Until Cithrel, the Prince of Blades, walks back into it. Amidst the growing dins of war in Alonetha, Eric is being hunted. If Eric wants to protect everything he loves, he must return and fight alongside the monsters that abducted and tortured him for years.
Thrust back into the brutal world of the Fae, Eric is tangled in the complicated web of the Imperial Family but he’s determined to destroy this world of nightmares once and for all. But when the lines between friend and foe blur, Eric’s plans for revenge begin to unravel. Trapped between a prince that tried to kill him and a prince that makes him question everything, Eric is forced to face his heart and plunge him down a path he might not survive.
31st December – Of Darkness and Light (The Bound and the Broken #2) by Ryan Cahill
Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
Heroes will rise. Nations will fall.
Behind the towering walls of Belduar, Calen Bryer and his companions stand in defense of the city and its new king. In over a thousand years, Belduar has never fallen. It has stood as a bastion of hope. But the Lorian empire are at its walls once more, and the Dragonguard are coming.
In the North, with Faenir by her side, Calen’s sister Ella arrives at the port of Antiquar. She holds no fear of the unknown. She will see this through, no matter what – or who – gets in her way.
Meanwhile, at the embassy of the Circle of Magii in Al’Nasla, Rist Havel hones his newfound powers in preparation for the trials. Unbeknownst to Rist, he is being watched, measured, and judged. He was not taken into the Circle by chance. There is greatness in him. But great men can do terrible things.
As Lorian forces land on southern shores and Aeson Virandr’s letters of rebellion find their way to the right hands, only the Knights of Achyron see the true danger. The danger that stirs in the darkness. The coming shadow will not stop. It will consume all in its path. It wants for nothing but blood and fire.
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