December 2020 Indie/SelfPub Book Haul: Set 3

Saturday I hauled a bunch of books. Like 17 books. Now my TBR that was already a mile high and ready to collapse is just a heap on the floor. I blame Twitter.

You see on Saturday the kind folks over at r/fantasy hosted a 2020 Holiday Megasale. It was a one day only sale with over 100 authors and 250 titles all of which were free or just $0.99 each. And all of them were indie/self-published authors. So naturally I had to buy some because that’s what one does. I ended up with seventeen books for just $3.00 which was a steal.

I’ve been a slacker about Book Haul posts the last few months but I really wanted to put this one together because I love supporting indie/self-published authors as much as I can. So for the next few days I’m gonna post a handful of the books I hauled and why.

I posted Set One on Monday, and Set Two yesterday. Here’s the third and final set…

Book Haul Set 3

Essencers of Aelathia #1
Joshua Smith

The world has been destroyed…

…and remolded in the image of its destroyer.

For thousands of years, stories had been told of the terrible Sorceress who’d given all her power to end the ancient world. But those were just stories. Now, new stars dot the sky—signs of Sorceress Jocina’s power returning so she can finish the job.

For A’banna, these signs mark the end of her service to the Sorceress as priestess. Commanded to sacrifice a living being in Jocina’s name, she can’t go through with it. A’banna flees into the jungle, but the wide world is much different than she knows. Further, she’s being hunted by Jocina’s sadistic son and her monstrous creations. Nature itself seems set against her.

Bedel and Raynt, two of the Magical Affairs Commission’s elite agents and powerful essencers, might be her only hope. They’ve dedicated their lives to holding back the tide of Jocina’s darkness, and preventing her inevitable return, but when they discover A’banna on the edge of death, all missions are postponed in an effort to protect her.

Might this strange, defecting priestess hold the keys to defeating the Sorceress once and for all? Or will she cause two of the most powerful remaining essencers to meet their doom for nothing?

Experience the start of a Fantasy Epic filled with magic, war, and characters that leap off the pages. It’s perfect for fans of Jeff Wheeler, Brandon Sanderson, and AC Cobble. – Goodreads Blurb

So to be honest, Immortals wasn’t part of my initial haul. I came back to it after seeing a couple other people post about grabbing it up. That’s when I finally went back and read the blurb and thought, “damn that seems interesting.” There aren’t a ton of reviews for it yet but I was willing to give it a shot so we’ll see what comes of it.

The Combat Codes
The Combat Codes Saga #1
Alexander Darwin

“We fight, so the rest shall not have to.”

In a world where single combat determines the fate of nations, the Grievar fight so that the rest can remain at peace.

Cego is a mysterious Grievar boy forced to fight his way out of the slave Circles into the world’s most prestigious combat school.

At the Lyceum, Cego will learn a variety of martial arts from eclectic teachers, develop deep bonds of friendship and fight against contentious rivals to climb the school’s rankings.

But, Cego will find far more than combat studies at the Lyceum. He will find the mystery of his past unraveled by forces greater than he could ever imagine. – Goodreads Blurb

I picked up Combat Codes because it is one of the finalists for this year’s Self Published Fantasy Blog Off (#SPFBO). This year I challenged myself to read all of the 2019 SPFBO Finalists. To date I’ve only read three of them, but I’ll complete the list at some point. This is a challenge I want to continue into the future, to eventually read all of the SPFBO Finalists from every year. So naturally I needed to get a copy of this book to have on hand whenever I get there. I’ve seen a few early reviews for Combat Codes coming out of SPFBO and it sounds pretty good.

Voice of War
Threadlight #1
Zack Argyle

While preparing for the birth of his first child, Chrys Valerian is tasked with uncovering the group responsible for a series of missing threadweavers–those able to see and manipulate threadlight. With each failure, the dark voice in his head grows louder, begging to be released.

A young girl from a secret city in the center of the Fairenwild veers off course to explore the streets of Alchea. She never expected that her journey would end in chains.

Far in the deserts to the south, a young man’s life changes after he dies.

When Chrys learns who is responsible for the missing threadweavers, they come for him and his family. He must do everything in his power to protect those he loves, even if it means trusting strangers or, worse, the dark voice in his mind.

Together, they will change the world–whether they intend to or not. – Goodreads Blurb

Voice of War is another 2020 SPFBO Finalist and therefore was a must have for my TBR. I’ve also read a few really good reviews by non-SPFBO bloggers and all of them really seem to like it. I actually wanted to buy this one before I even knew it was a SPFBO entrant. The first I remember seeing it was as a part of a blog tour hosted by Storytellers On Tour (co-hosted by Timy over at Rocksarlit Book Asylum fellow Self-Published Fantasy Month team member Justine who blogs at Whispers & Wonder). It had a different cover back then but I distinctly remember reading good things.

Last Memoria
Memoria Duology #1
Rachel Emma Shaw

Sarilla has learnt one thing from stealing memories. Everybody lies.

There’s nothing Sarilla hates more than stealing memories, but the king forces her to take them to keep his subjects in line. She wants to escape to where nobody knows what she is or what she can do, but her plans go awry when she runs into Falon.

Falon has a six month void in his memories that he’s desperate to restore. He doesn’t know why they were taken or what they contained, nor why the man he loves is acting so cagily about what happened during that time. He hopes to use Sarilla to get back his stolen memories and doesn’t care what she wants or why she’s desperate to escape. She will help him get them back, whether she wants to or not. – Goodreads

Last Memoria is the third book of this haul that is a 2020 SPFBO Finalist. This one I’ve wanted to buy ever since the list of entrants was first posted however. I like to run through the list to see if I’ve already read any of them and to see what catches my eye, and Last Memoria stood out to me from the blurb alone. I was really intrigued by the whole stolen memories thing. Anyway, now that I’ve finally got it I need to pick a week to read it…after I finish the 2019 SPFBO Finalists.

Seasons of Albadone
Elan Marche & Christopher Warman

Four seasons.
Four stories.

An aspiring enchantress searching for a way to lift a terrible curse.
A drunken father makes a dangerous wish.
A foreman tilting the balance between nature and progress.
A mother traveling with her dying child in search of a healer.

Four paths merge.
Four destinies intertwine. – Goodreads Blurb

This was the last book I picked up. I had actually stopped before grabbing this one but someone else had liked a comment by the author that somehow randomly appeared in my Twitter feed. Essentially it was saying something along the line of “WOW 500 people have a copy of my book!” So I thought…why not make it 501? I kinda really like the cover and took a look at the blurb, then read the prologue on Amazon and thought…”yeah…I’m definitely making it 501.” So I did. The idea of four stories based upon seasons sounds pretty cool to me. Hopefully I’ll find out soon.

Well, that’s it, all 17 books in three posts. Have you ready any of them? Any catch your eye? Leave a comment and let me know.

– Jason

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