Self Published Fantasy Releases – June 2020
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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 or beyond, 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.
26th May – From Cold Ashes Risen (The War Eternal #3) by Rob J. Hayes
The Corpse Queen Comes.
Eskara has lost everything. The War Eternal has cost her everything she loves, and the Iron Legion has taken the rest. Yet there is something that is still hers, something that kept her warm during her time in the Pit. Anger and a lust for vengeance. First on the list of those who must pay, the Emperor of Terrelan.
Her friends counsel peace, but her inner demons push for war, and Eska finds herself caught in the middle. Will she find a way to reap her vengeance? Or will the enemies of her past catch up to her first?
One thing is certain. The world will soon know fear when the Corpse Queen ascends her throne.
26th May – Objects of Power (Fate of Wizardoms #4) by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
Prophecy foretells the Dark Lord’s rise, sparking a desperate quest for magical relics.
A ruthless wizard lord conquers a neighboring wizardom, increasing his magic far beyond mere mortals. The more power he gains, the more he craves.
While wizardoms war against one another, the Dark Lord rises. An army of monsters invades, sending the world toward the brink of doom.
A team of misfits find themselves the fulcrum point of destiny, their world teetering upon their actions, certain to crumble should they fail. Led by cryptic passages from a dark prophecy, these heroes set off on two separate quests.
One expedition leads to the Enchanter’s Isle, rumored to hide a mysterious object known as the Band of Amalgamation. The other involves the Arc of Radiance, a sacred object protected by a lost race of elves.
What power might these two enchanted relics unlock? Will they be located before it is too late?
26th May – Plague Arcanist (Frith Chronicles #4) by Shami Stovall
Deserts. Rogues. A secret hidden in an underground maze.
Every moment counts as Volke Savan races south to the city of New Norra. His goal: find Theasin Venrover, the famous artificer who may have a cure for the arcane plague. Separated from most of the Frith Guild—and even his sister—Volke must rely on the crew of the airship, the Sun Chaser, to help him find Theasin in time.
To complicate matters, the desert city of New Norra is steeped in mystery, and the massive maze under the streets could potentially solve all of Volke’s problems. With hunters after him, and dread pirates in the port, Volke finds himself forced to choose between equally terrible options…
27th May – Nether Light by Shaun Paul Stevens
Take a journey through a world punished by a dark, imprisoned magic. A world where children are given poison. A world where your talent is decided by the state.
A world where reality is breaking down.
When refugee Guyen washes up in the land of his enemy, he knows he will fight, but soon finds himself falling down a well of wonder and improbability.
Can he survive a system designed to oppress him? Can he tame his anger to unleash his potential? Can he see his enemy for what they truly are?
27th May – Shadow of a Dead God (Mennik Thorn #1) by Patrick Samphire
A dead god. A brutal murder. A second-rate mage.
It was only supposed to be one little job – a simple curse-breaking for Mennik Thorn to pay back a favor to his oldest friend. But then it all blew up in his face. Now he’s been framed for a murder he didn’t commit.
So how is a second-rate mage, broke, traumatized, and with a habit of annoying the wrong people supposed to prove his innocence when everyone believes he’s guilty?
Mennik has no choice if he wants to get out of this: he is going to have to throw himself into the corrupt world of the city’s high mages, a world he fled years ago. Faced by supernatural beasts, the mage-killing Ash Guard, and a ruthless, unknown adversary, it’s going to take every trick Mennik can summon just to keep him and his friend alive.
But a new, dark power is rising in Agatos, and all that stands in its way is one damaged mage…
28th May – The Souls’ Abyss: Book One – The Dark Crown by S.C. Gowland
The fate of the world hangs in the balance, both in the land of Thura and Kaoldan’s life. As a member of the magical Order of Walkers, Kaoldan is desperate to keep the peace as the world tries to tear itself apart.
But his life is about to change. There is a whisper in the wind; the return of Reng. The return of dark times. As Kaoldan fights to unravel the mystery and his own dark past, reunited with his daughters after years apart throws him into another unfamiliar role – how to be a father again. This is another battle he cannot lose.
Together they must solve the mysteries of Reng, unmask the true identity of the malevolent presence and unravel the secrets of the Dark Crown. Battles will be fought, lives will be lost, but if Kaoldan can save souls, there is always hope.
The world is at war, but he won’t lose his soul…
29th May – Shadow Falls (Thousand Paths #2) by A.W. Tinney
The world has fallen under the shadow of death.
Villages burn as children are stolen in the night
Brother turns on brother as greed and ambition are fuelled in the chaos
Knights fail in their quests, oaths are abandoned
Prayers to the gods are send to heaven, falling on deaf ears
As winter approaches, nothing will be as it was
All things change.
31st May – Captive’s Return (The Kyona Chronicles #3) by Deborah Grace White
Scarlett thought she’d left her past behind—but some things you can’t outrun
A year has passed since the curse was broken. Even though Kyona is now Scarlett’s home, she knows she must face the demons she left behind.
But when Scarlett and Jonan set out for Nohl, they don’t realize the danger that awaits them. Unknown forces are at work in Balenol, and Scarlett’s opportunity to reconcile her past quickly becomes a desperate fight to save not only her husband, but her future.
And with every reason to turn her back on the kingdom that has rejected her, she will have to decide whether she is willing to risk everything she’s built to fight for the future of Balenol itself.
1st June – A King’s Bargain (Legend of Tal #1) by J.D.L. Rosell
The legend of Tal Harrenfel is sung across the Westreach – and with each telling, the tales grow taller. But though he’s declared a hero by his King, Tal has never claimed to be more than a man…
After three decades of fighting warlocks, killing mythical beasts, and hunting enchanted treasure, Tal has had enough. Running from the deeds of his past, he retreats to his home village under a different name and meets an unlikely companion: Garin, a village boy who dreams of making a name for himself and seeing the world beyond their sleepy town.
When Tal receives a mysterious visitor, both he and Garin find themselves thrown into a sojourn across the kingdom. Soon, they become embroiled in the plots of monarchs, on the frontlines of an ancient war, and at the mercy of a fabled sorcerer.
Now Tal must live up to his legend, and Garin discover his own power, to survive the forces pitted against them…
1st June – The Hammer of the Gods: So You Want to Be a Star (The Druid trilogy #1) by Andrew Marc Rowe
It’s Hammer Time!
Pitted against a perverse pantheon of warring deities, Gudleik Sigbjornsson and Rosmerta O’Ceallaigh are two dreamers living worlds apart, hoping to create a better life for themselves by following their dreams. It won’t be easy: Gudleik’s soul is the battleground between two gods of Asgard. And Rosmerta is supposed to do as her parents have done: offer her life to the service of an ancient Celtic fertility god. But the gods are only half of it… the biggest foes the two will face are to be found within their own minds.
Can Gudleik overcome the ugly blessing of a trickster god and prevent Ragnarok? Will Rosmerta find the courage to forge a new path? Will there be a whole load of dirty jokes and comments on the human condition?
Yes, yes, there will be… to that one, the third question.
1st June – Red in Tooth and Claw by Ryan Howse
A brutal wilderness.
Hungry, plague-ridden animals.
A winter so cold it snaps wood.
Chemosh, a scout imprisoned by the enemy, agrees to lead the way through this wilderness for his freedom. But both his knowledge and his resilience are put to the test, not just by the wilderness, but by the chaotic, violent man he guides. A man he must rely on if they are to survive.
1st June – Winterfield Nights (The Driver Series #4) by Ian Lewis
There are times, rare as they may be, when the worlds of the living and the dead overlap, where villains of circumstance and phantoms of desperation carry out their secret schemes. Some of these souls are pawns in vengeful games; others manipulate for their own selfish ends. All of them unknowingly drift near the point of no return, wretched and miserable and drowning in the horrors of the past.
These are the measures of the reckless. These are the wagers of the weary. These are Winterfield Nights.
1st June – Harbinger (Celestial Creatures #3) by Olga Gibbs
“I am Uriel: The Harbinger of Chaos, The Keeper of the Gates, The Begetter of Life, The Dam of The Ends, and I’m coming to take what is mine!”
The clash with Baza and his angels had demonstrated to Ariel that Earth (Apkallu) is not the safe heaven she hoped it would be, and it is only a matter of time before she is hunted and dead.
The only way to survive is to accept her destiny and to fight back.
But upon her return to Uras, Ariel is rejected in her own domain and has to suppress the revolt against her reign. The angels refuse her and her lead, abandoning her and Uras in favour of another ruler.
She knows that without an army of followers she won’t stand a chance against Baza or Mik’hael, so now she needs to go into the most unexpected places to find it.
3rd June – Knights of Avalon (Ruby Morgan #5) by L.J. Rivers
I NEVER KNEW REAL DARKNESS BEFORE NOW.
My life has slowed down after the crazy events of last winter. I’ve taken some time away from Mum, my boyfriend, and Gabriel. I can’t believe I actually survived my first year at uni.
Just when I let my guard down, however, Duncan gets in trouble with a local crime lord. His life is at stake, and so, naturally, I place myself in the line of fire.
To top it all, ancient enemies lurk in the shadows. The only way I can defeat them is to surrender myself to the dark.
IS THERE STILL LIGHT WHERE DARKNESS CONSUMES ALL?
4th June – Black Stone Heart AUDIOBOOK (The Obsidian Path #1) by Michael R. Fletcher
A broken man, Khraen awakens alone and lost. His stone heart has been shattered, littered across the world. With each piece, he regains some small shard of the man he once was.
He follows the trail, fragment by fragment, remembering his terrible past.
There was a woman.
There was a sword.
There was an end to sorrow.
Khraen walks the obsidian path.
5th June – Kingdom of Aces: Ebony Edition by Steven Smith
The Red Kingdom receives disturbing news of a rebellion by the banished savages in the west, the Stormbringer’s are on the brink of raiding the capital and the queen must make a stand. That is until her son throws a spanner in the works, by making an enemy of two other realms who are not exactly the queen’s biggest fans. The queen of clubs must protect her corrupt kingdom from all sides, the list of candidates for the throne grows in an explosive almighty clash and a war that will surely collapse the Red Kingdom of Curillia.
9th June – The Vanguards of Scion Part 2: The Dragonmaker by Michael E. Thom
The Dragonmaker Part 2 of The Vanguards of Scion is the last half of Book 1 in The Flow of Blood and Fealty series.
This book continues where we left off in Part 1: The Servant’s Blade. Now, we find our anti-heroes immersed in the midst of a world threatened by the King of Scion and his de Nekros servants as the vanguards struggle to make sense of their situation and the oaths they gave in exchange for the magic that empowers them to levels beyond their comprehension and to glory with all its burdens and benefits.
9th June – Rise of a Wizard Queen (Fate of Wizardoms #5) by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
A woman claims a crystal throne, granting her the power of a god – an act long forbidden. With her rise, the world trembles.
As thrones of power fall vacant, one insatiable wizard seeks to increase his might. He never suspected a wizardess might foil his scheme.
A queen rises from the south and forms an unprecedented alliance – an army from multiple wizardoms, backed by the magic of a wizard lord. This dominant force sweeps across the land, consuming all in its wake.
A squad of misfits, thrust into the roles of reluctant heroes, seek to alter fate and save their world from the Dark Lord. Even they are blind to the elaborate schemes of gods.
9th June – The Storm King by Liz Delton
Kira thought life at the temple learning Light magic was as normal as it ever could be. Until the Storm King arrives for the spring festival to make peace between Light and Shadow magic.
But not everyone in the Realm of Camellia is ready for peace.
When knights and mages start disappearing from the festival, Kira can’t trust anyone. Except the one person she knows is innocent.
The Storm King.
As more people closer to Kira are taken, she must fight to help her friends escape from a sinister plot—but a secret of her own will rock the Realm once more, a secret she must unlock to save the others…
But can she save herself?
12th June – Storm Mage (Magelands Epic #6) by Christopher Mitchell
The War of Vengeance has begun; the Rahain have invaded the Empire, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Keir Holdfast, elder son of Daphne and Killop, is always in trouble. Already an accomplished vision mage at 16, his life is turned upside down with the news that he also shares the same powers as his aunt, the infamous fire mage who brought down the old empire.
Can he learn how to harness his powers in service of the new empire, or will his arrogance lead to his downfall?
Hundreds of miles from the fighting, within the depths of the Sanang forest, a visitor arrives with a message for a family of hedgewitches; a message that will transform their lives, and change the destiny of the Magelands forever.
12th June – Rocks Fall. Everyone Dies. AUDIOBOOK by Eddie Skelson
Before the dungeons, before the dragons, there is the party…Valeran is bored. Corbett is broke. Andreton and Donald are on the run and Dorian just wants to do what is right. Not the best recipe for a questing group but when you are driven by a prophecy sometimes the mix is decided for you. Action, humour, bad attitudes and a smart, character driven plot are the hallmarks of an Eddie Skelson adventure and he delivers it all in this story of an absurd fantasy world, where Questing Adventurer is a job title as well as a character trait.
15th June – Og-Grim-Dog: The Three-Headed Ogre by Jamie Edmundson
Two heads are better than one.
Three can be a real pain in the arse.
We are Og-Grim-Dog!
We have been loved and reviled! We have been the Hero of the Hour, the Darkest Villain, and everything in between! We have saved this world and travelled to worlds beyond it!
You think you can distil the life of Og-Grim-Dog into some words on a page?
When a stranger visits their inn, the regulars are in for a surprise. Did their Landlord really come here from Gal’azu—the dangerous, edgier province to the east? Could it be that his stories, so fanciful and fantastical, were episodes from his previous life?
When their Landlord is persuaded to have his life story recorded for posterity, the surprises come thick and fast. Just like his regulars, you too can learn how a three-headed ogre came to be a hero. Unlike them, you don’t stand to be killed if it all goes wrong…
15th June – The Lone Wolf by John D. Pepe
While tracking a tribe of orcs, Remence comes across much more than. An ogre mage seeks to unite all orcs of the region against humans and non-orc kind. These orcs are well-disciplined, organized, and much better equipped; it is a true army, unlike anything young Remence has seen… and they are heading right for his village. When he fails to convince the village elders of the imminent threat to their lives, Remence takes extraordinary measures to save his people.
Caladin and Quinn are much more than the fancy thieves they appear to be. On their latest endeavor, they, too, learn of the orc host bearing down on the people of the region and throw themselves into the fray. After the gentlemen procurers are hired to uncover information about the recent attack, they enlist the help of Remence, learning their fight is against a common foe. Alongside a ragtag group of orc hunters, three half-ogre brothers, and a half-orc, Caladin, Quinn, and Remence turn detective and seek to find the person who is aiding the ogre mage. What they discover is that they may be the only ones standing between the massive orc army and the threat to humankind.
19th June – Herald of the Nine (Demon Hunters #3) by Tiger Hebert
A warlock must be assassinated. Otherwise the Nine Kings of Hell walk the land…
The dwarven city of Drenamere was saved because of their heroic efforts. Vacinne and the Black Blade stopped the deranged warden and ended the demons’ rampage through the city, only to learn that while they won the battle, the war was just beginning.
Vacinne and Renlar now know that the Grand Master of her order has given in to darkness and is now the Warlock Supreme. His attempt at opening Hell Rifts in Drenamere was thwarted, but was merely one piece of a much larger plan. A plan that will invite the Kings of the Nine Hells to walk the mortal realm with legions of demons at their side. An entire army of devoted and unsuspecting Wardens stand between them and the Warlock. Vacinne and Renlar need a plan, and they need one now…
19th June – By Sea & Sky: An Esowon Story (The Sky Pirate Chronicles #1) by Antoine Bandele
With no magic, no brawn, and no pirate crew, Zala seeks to steal back the one treasure that matters to her most: her husband.
To succeed she needs a ship—and not just any ship, but the latest, secret invention by the Vaaji Empire. An airship.
Zala will have to use her wits to overcome scoundrels and nobles alike on her journey through the clouds.
But if she’s smart enough, she may just have what it takes to save her husband—and go down in history as the first sky pirate.
Delve into a pirate fantasy inspired by the West Indies, The Swahili Coast, and Arabia, where Zala will encounter ruthless raiders, arrogant aristocrats, and imperial secrets.
21st June – I Am King (King Series #1) by Damien Shillingford
“Destiny is everything. You can hide, but you can never outrun it.”
Ten-year-old Prince Beaumont has lived a peaceful and secluded life, hidden from his enemies in Mount Hope, waiting for the day he can safely return to the Middle Islands and reclaim his father’s crown. With his faithful and loving cousin Julius by his side, he tried to learn everything he needs to know to be a great king.
As civil war wages in the Middle Islands, a high-ranking member of the rebels is captured and through torture reveals that the prince is alive and in hiding. Nisila, a warrior and member of the rebel faction supporting Beaumont’s claim to the throne, travels to the realm of Hattan with her ever-ready raven companion Shadow-cry, to rescue her prince. Enlisting the help of the New Brotherhood guild, she is granted an escort and protector, Gavin, a cynical war veteran, to aide her in her quest.
Meanwhile, the usurper’s assassin, Royce, has also arrived in Hattan, hot on Nisila’s trail. Once a member of the rebel faction, Royce was forced to change his allegiance when his family was captured by the new King Rancine. With his family held under threat of execution, Royce has no choice but to capture the prince at all cost – or risk losing everyone he loves.
As danger looms near, Beau quickly realizes that everyone in Dacoynis has an agenda of self-preservation.
As young Prince Beaumont struggles to find his confidence and come to terms with his new life, he must also navigate the conflicting agendas of everyone around him, a tall order for a ten-year-old boy. Will Beau fall victim to these challenges or will he rise above them and one day become the King he was ordained to be?
22nd June – The Cleansing Flame (Swords and Saints #1) by Alec Hutson
A sword of green glass.
A key that opens passages between the worlds.
The nameless warrior has nothing else. No allies, no armor, not even the memory of how he came to be trapped within this dying land, pursued across a red waste by the monstrous Shriven.
But all hope is not lost. There are other survivors amidst the desolation, holding clues as to where he has come from and what he must do: Amara, the Red Sword of her tribe, a beautiful and fiery swordswoman obsessed with destroying the demons that plague her people, and Valyra, a young sorceress who can weave the broken threads of this reality into something whole once more.
Together they will try to resist the evil that stalks the wastes. But this world is only one among many, and in order to unravel his mysteries the warrior must find the doorways which will allow him to stride between the stars and pass into even stranger lands . . .
23rd June – Paternus: War of Gods (Paternus #3) by Dyrk Ashton
From Africa to Asgard, to an invisible island in the Pacific and the Bone Road of a forgotten world, Fi and Zeke must come to grips with not only their newfound abilities but also who they are – and accept what they are becoming: wielders of ancient and dangerous powers, warriors, and maybe even heroes. But the end of worlds is coming, and time is short.
Titans will clash. Gods will battle. Monsters will swarm.
Can Peter and the Deva possibly defeat their age-old enemy in the face of overwhelming odds against them? There’s only one way to find out.
CRY HAVOC, AND LET SLIP THE GODS OF WAR.
23rd June – Cradle of Sea and Soil by Bernie Anes Paz
The Primordial Wound has festered with corruption since the birth of the world. The island tribes have warred against its spawn for just as long—and they are losing.
Burdened by the same spiritual affliction that drove the first Halfborn insane, Colibrí lives in exile with little more than her warrior oaths and her son. But when Colibrí discovers corrupted land hidden away by sorcery, those same oaths drive her to find answers in an effort to protect the very people who fear her.
Narune dreams of earning enough glory to show that he and his mother Colibrí are nothing like the Halfborn that came before them. Becoming a mystic will give him the strength he needs, but first, Narune will need to prove himself worthy in a trial of skill and honor.
Together, Colibrí and Narune must learn to become the champions their people need—and face the curse threatening to scour away their spirits with fury.
24th June – Add a Cup of Chaos by Stephanie Barr
Everyone knew that, while magic was fine, demons were evil. So evil that humans had gone to war a hundred years before and destroyed them all.
All except for the last few demons–chained and emasculated– used for their power by government. The weather sorceress, Beth Parker, knew nearly all of that was a lie.
She was part of the movement to get those poor bastards free when the enslaved demons literally sacrificed themselves to save the world from an alien attack.
But the aliens are still out there. With a killer beam that can sterilize the earth. And an armada in case that falls through.
And the only chance for the Earth to survive are those very demons the Earth tried to destroy.
Now, she just has to convince the demons….
25th June – The House that Walked Between Worlds (Uncertain Sanctuary #1) by Jenny Schwartz
A tornado of chaos is tearing through Reality and in its path is the newest House, a bleak and forbidding fortress built of magic and grief by the most unlikely of sorcerers, a human.
A reckless act of compassion costs Dr. Kira Aist her family and her future on Earth. To escape her enemies, she calls on her heritage as a descendant of Baba Yaga and walks between worlds.
As Kira roams the paths of Reality, strangers are drawn to her House. Some seek refuge, some seek power, and one just wants kitty treats.
With the fate of multiple worlds hanging in the balance, Kira must discover what it means to be a sorcerer and the keeper of a House.
25th June – Sea Dragon (Riders of Fire #6) by Eileen Mueller
When Ithsar helps Ezaara and Roberto escape from her people, the Robandi silent assassins, she’s charged with treason.
And sentenced to death by her own mother, Ashewar, the Chief Prophetess. Ithsar will be thrown into of the Naobian Sea, to be devoured by the fanged monsters that prowl its depths.
But Ithsar, born with deformed fingers, has been scorned and maltreated all her life. She’s secretly learned to fight back.
And Ithsar’s seen visions of her future. Visions that mean she must fight to survive—or hundreds of dragons and riders will die.
30th June – The Pillow Knife (The Thrice-Crossed Swords trilogy #2) by A.M. Steiner
The day of reckoning draws close.
Miranda Solitaire, first lady of the Convergence, would risk anything to avert the crisis she helped to provoke, but the Grand Duchess has other plans in mind. How can Miranda save the Unity from the threat of wild magic if she can’t even save herself?
Daniel returned to Bromwich expecting triumph; found only pain and sorrow. A censor, badged and bladed, he carries the law’s command. But what use is that when your brother is a terrorist, and your master is your enemy?
Gangsters, lawmen and rebels: Jonathan lost everything in the conflict between them. But everything happens for a reason. He thinks he’s found an answer in the Gods. Or have they found an answer in him?
30th June – Legacy of the Curse (The Kyona Chronicles #4) by Deborah Grace White
Jocelyn has always been afraid of her voice—now it might be Kyona’s only hope
Princess Jocelyn spends her life in Kyona’s court, afraid of the unnatural power her voice releases. With unexplained tension building around the freed slaves who returned from the South Lands twenty years ago, her power has never had greater potential for destruction.
So when an invitation arrives from neighboring Valoria, Jocelyn readily accepts, despite having no interest in the suggested marriage alliance.
The last thing she expects is for her journey to be interrupted by a handsome stranger and a dragon from her father’s past. But while the quest to find Elddreki’s lost kin keeps Jocelyn in Valoria, a dangerous enemy works to destroy Kyona from within. And Jocelyn’s voice might be the only thing that can save her kingdom.
Space for more…