Free fantasy Kindle books for 17 Dec 17

Darkness is everywhere

by Chloe Alsopp

He paid scant attention to the vehicles going up and down the street and the pedestrians all around him. Most of his focus was on the huge, red-brick structure of Faneuil Hall.

One day decides everything

by Misty Taylor

Most people regarded Xenophilius Lovegood as an odd and eccentric man, fascinated by strange animals and absurd conspiracies; but few would regard him as

American Fairy Tales

by L. Frank Baum

American Fairy Tales is the title of a collection of twelve fantasy stories by L. Frank Baum, published in 1901 by the George M. Hill Company, the firm that issued The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the previous year. 

The twelve stories were published in this order in the first edition.

“The Box of Robbers.” 
“The Glass Dog.” 
“The Queen of Quok.” 
“The Girl Who Owned a Bear.” 
“The Enchanted Types.” 
“The Laughing Hippopotamus.” 
“The Magic Bon Bons.” 
“The Capture of Father Time.” 
“The Wonderful Pump.” 
“The Dummy That Lived.” 
“The King of the Polar Bears.” 
“The Mandarin and the Butterfly.” 

The stories, as critics have noted, lack the high-fantasy aspect of the best of Baum’s work, in Oz or out. With ironic or nonsensical morals attached to their ends, their tone is more satirical, glib, and tongue-in-cheek than is usual in children’s stories; the serialization in newspapers for adult readers was appropriate for the materials. “The Magic Bon Bons” was the most popular of the tales, judging by number of reprints.

Two of the stories, “The Enchanted Types” and “The Dummy That Lived,” employ knooks and ryls, the fairies that Baum would use in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus the next year, 1902. “The Dummy That Lived” depends upon the idea of a department-store mannequin brought to life, an early expression of an idea that would be re-used by many later writers in television and films.

Immortal Vegas Series Box Set Volume 1: Books 0-3

by Jenn Stark

The first three full-length novels of the Immortal Vegas Series in one box set, plus an introductory novella.

One Wilde Night

Tarot-reading artifact hunter Sara Wilde has had her share of tough assignments, but this one just might take the cake. When her newest client hires her to steal a fertility idol from an Amazonian sex-and-death cult, she finds herself south of the equator and shoulder deep in true believers, while Rio de Janeiro gears up for the closing celebrations of Carnival.

Stealing the idol is one thing, however. Keeping it is another.

The arcane black market has drawn a host of cutthroat operatives and Sara’s now in their sights. In a race across one of the most colorful cities in South America on its most famed night of the year, Sara must navigate cunning enemies, backstabbing allies, a fifty-foot wedding cake float and a new, sensually mysterious contact who may be friend or foe…and whose name she’ll never know if she doesn’t make it to dawn alive.

Getting Wilde

Using her well-worn Tarot deck, magical-artifacts hunter Sara Wilde can find anything–for a price. And the price had better be right, since she needs to finance her own personal mission to rescue several young psychics recently sold on the paranormal black market.

Enter Sara’s most mysterious client, the wickedly sexy Magician, with a job that could yield the ultimate payday. All she’ll have to do is get behind Vatican walls… and steal the Devil himself.

But play with the Devil and you’re bound to get burned.

From the twisting catacombs of Rome to the neon streets of Vegas, Sara confronts ancient enemies, powerful demigods, a roiling magical underworld about to explode… and immortal passions that might require the ultimate sacrifice. But oh, what a way to go.

No matter how the cards play out, things are about to get Wilde.

Wilde Card

All that glitters may not be gold.

When an antique gold show comes to Vegas, artifact-hunter Sara Wilde’s job is simple: to locate and liberate a set of relics rumored to give their bearers access to an ancient, incredible power. Yet within the Connected community, whispers of a war against magic draw every psychic, mystic, warlock, and witch to Sin City. The most powerful Connected also covet the infamous relics, but no one wants them more than Sara’s client–the insufferably arrogant, criminally sensual, and endlessly evasive Magician.

Sara’s heist takes a turn for the trickier as the smoky-eyed specter from her past, Detective Brody Rooks, is assigned to investigate a break-in at the gold show, forcing her to confront the one man in Vegas she can’t bluff. Worse, as the game changes anew, Sara is forced to turn to the one person she knows will manipulate, obfuscate and beguile to get whatever he craves. Only now, it seems, the Magician wants her.

Sometimes, when the deck is stacked against you… you’ve got to play the Wilde Card.

Born To Be Wilde

The past has a way of catching up with you.
If there’s one thing that Tarot-reading magical artifacts hunter Sara Wilde has never been able to track down, it’s the truth about her own past. But now a powerful new threat to the psychic community will take Sara back to where it all began: the last job she worked with Officer Brody Rooks as “Psychic Teen Sariah,” the job that destroyed her life and sent her on the run. Because the enemy she fled all those years ago has returned… with a posse of demons as his personal entourage.

From the glittering chaos of Las Vegas to the Lost City of Atlantis, Sara must risk everything in a quest for vengeance that grows darker and more twisted with every step. To succeed she’ll have to face the truth about her past, her abilities…and the impossible, unstoppable attraction she has to the Magician. A truth that will reveal her ultimate role in the war on magic.

Life is full of surprises when you are Born to Be Wilde.

Silent Luna

by Sabrina Noury

“You are mine. I am yours. And it’s going to be like that for the rest of our lives.”

Taken at age eight, Grace Salva withstood torture and pain. Silent for nearly ten years, she is yet to find her voice again when a one night’s chaos allows her to escape only to end up in the strong arms of a dangerously beautiful Alpha.

From the moment James sees her, both the wolf and the man are keen to claim her. But James knows better, he needs to convince her that he is nothing like the savage rogues that exploited her, he has to gain Grace’s trust, and for him to do that, he needs to know more about her.

But how hard can it be to hear and understand her silence?

Scared and untrusting at first, Grace finally learns what it means to be the mate of her strapping yet gentle savior while battling with her own insecurities and fear of the new normal that is completely different from the horrifying life she once lived.

James gives Grace more than a sanctuary for her to heal her wounds and recover; he has given her a home, hope, and a chance to start anew.

But in his pursuit to uncover Grace’s mystery, will James push too far and bring back a painful past and lead her to the very monster who tormented his mate? Can Grace trust James with her life even after the betrayal of someone she considered as family?

Follow James and Grace’s journey to overcome the demons of the past and the danger of the future to get a second shot at lifeâ?¦and love. Grab a copy now!

The Defender (The Elkavians Book 1)

by S.H. Magillian

The fate of all magical creatures is at stake.

The amulet of Anwar, a magical artifact that holds immeasurable power, has always been protected by Elkavians. But now that there is only one of them left, that source of power is threatened.

Alexis, the last Elkavian alive, is a seventeen-year-old girl who had never imagined magic was real.

Being an obstacle to the evil creatures that want the amulet, Alexis has her life turned upside down by constant attacks, revelations about her deceased father and a prophecy she believes to be about her.

While learning how to control her magical skills and trying to deal with her feelings for a mysterious man that claims to be a friend, Alexis embarks on a journey of self-discovery that can end either in salvation or doom.

Planet Walkers: Book one of the Planet Walkers series

by A. V. Shackleton

The Planet Walkers, a team of interplanetary explorers, are on an exploratory mission far from routine. Isolated from the civilized Realm they must survive on their wits, but beneath the beauty and wonder of the pristine world they are commissioned to explore lurks a seed of corruption that stains their lives and the life of the planet forever.
This is an adventure about angels and archangels with a twist, and it will keep you guessing till the last. As the team travel from world to world and across their new planet by the power of song, through romance, danger and loss, Shackleton’s flowing style and detailed imagination keeps readers enthralled.

Aesop’s Fables

by Aesop

Aesop’s Fables or the Aesopica is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with his name have descended to modern times through a number of sources and continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic media.

The fables originally belonged to the oral tradition and were not collected for some three centuries after Aesop’s death. By that time a variety of other stories, jokes and proverbs were being ascribed to him, although some of that material was from sources earlier than him or came from beyond the Greek cultural sphere. The process of inclusion has continued until the present, with some of the fables unrecorded before the later Middle Ages and others arriving from outside Europe. The process is continuous and new stories are still being added to the Aesop corpus, even when they are demonstrably more recent work and sometimes from known authors.

Manuscripts in Latin and Greek were important avenues of transmission, although poetical treatments in European vernaculars eventually formed another. On the arrival of printing, collections of Aesop’s fables were among the earliest books in a variety of languages. Through the means of later collections, and translations or adaptations of them, Aesop’s reputation as a fabulist was transmitted throughout the world.

The Bastard’s Refuge: Blood of Wrodor – Book One

by Brian O’Rourke

Galeran has lived his entire life in the Abbey of Bronze, where all bastards of the nobility are sent to ensure their safety. Since birth, Galeran has trained to become a member of the Order of Bronze, monks who serve the Gods and ensure there is equity throughout Wrodor. Their skills with the blade are matched only by their devotion and self-sacrifice. But on the eve of his 18th birthday, Galeran faces the biggest decision of his life: enter the Rise or flee the Abbey and lead a life on the run from assassins, in order to marry the woman he loves.

But before he can choose, the peace of his island nation is shattered by the invading Pathuli army of the Ra-Haizur. When the Abbey of Bronze is attacked by the Ra-Haizur’s most elite soldiers, Galeran finds himself the protector of the surviving children. He must lead them through a war-torn country to the questionable safety of the Kirc Woodland, where a long-forgotten fortress lies abandoned. There, he and his band of refugees might just be able to make a stand against the Ra-Haizur’s forces. But they’ll need to survive the journey first, amidst bandits, marauding soldiers, and the monsters sent by the Pathuli wizard, Urisizen, the man who led the surprise attack against the Abbey and who now seeks to murder all the children.

The Bastard’s Refuge is the first in a new heroic fantasy series by author Brian O’Rourke. Join Galeran and his friends on their incredible, life-changing journey. Fans of heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, and epic fantasy will love this series. If you enjoy books by David Gemmell, Jeff Wheeler, Kel Kade, Bernard Cornwell, and Alec Hutson, you will love this series.

A Princess of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

A Princess of Mars is a science fantasy novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first of his Barsoom series. It was first serialized in the pulp magazine All-Story Magazine from February-July, 1912. Full of swordplay and daring feats, the novel is considered a classic example of 20th-century pulp fiction. It is also a seminal instance of the planetary romance, a subgenre of science fantasy that became highly popular in the decades following its publication. Its early chapters also contain elements of the Western.

The story is set on Mars, imagined as a dying planet with a harsh desert environment. This vision of Mars was based on the work of the astronomer Percival Lowell, whose ideas were widely popularized in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Barsoom series inspired a number of well-known 20th-century science fiction writers, including Jack Vance, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, and John Norman. The series was also inspirational for many scientists in the fields of space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life, including Carl Sagan, who read A Princess of Mars when he was a child.

John Carter, a Confederate veteran of the American Civil War, goes prospecting in Arizona immediately after the war’s end. Having struck a rich vein of gold, he runs afoul of the Apaches. While attempting to evade pursuit by hiding in a sacred cave, he is mysteriously transported to Mars, called “Barsoom” by its inhabitants. Carter finds that he has great strength and superhuman agility in this new environment as a result of its lesser gravity and lower atmospheric pressure. He soon falls in with a nomadic tribe of Green Martians, or Tharks, as the planet’s warlike, six-limbed, green-skinned inhabitants are known. Thanks to his strength and martial prowess, Carter rises to a high position in the tribe and earns the respect and eventually the friendship of Tars Tarkas, one of the Thark chiefs.

The Tharks subsequently capture Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, a member of the humanoid red Martian race. The red Martians inhabit a loose network of city-states and control the desert planet’s canals, along which its agriculture is concentrated. Carter rescues Dejah Thoris from the green men in a bid to return her to her people.

The Mad King (The Dark Kings Book 1)

by Jovee Winters

A new world in chaos, and a legendary love that never wasâ?¦

Hatter and Alice. Alice and Hatter. Two parts making up one whole. Their love was legend, until a curse came and ripped them apart forever. Rewriting their past, present, and future. But a couple of powerful fairy godmothers and one taciturn god are determined that curse or no, the lives of two of Kingdom’s most famous inhabitants will be set to rights. Only problem is, one of them has just died and time is now running out for the other. Can Kingdom ever be restored again?

Only time will tellâ?¦

GZ Tales

by D Wilde

Assassins with a mystery target. A man saves a small town with a guitar. A young girl’s imaginary “friend” burns people alive. Two heroic friends travel to the Core of Time and Space. A man in a wheel chair becomes a super hero. A postal worker becomes a demon. All this and two stories from Louisiana with amazing characters. GZ Tales is a collection of 12 stories you won’t want to miss.

GZ Tales is part of the Galaxy Zento Universe.

Initiation Rites: The Bones of the Earth, Part 1 (The Dark Age)

by Scott Bury

The Dark Age. The Earth has turned on humanity with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and a new plague that kills the Roman Emperor himself. Barbarian invasions shatter civilizations.

In this chaos, Javor comes of age in a poor, remote village. Try as he might, though, he never fits in with his own people. There is just something about him that keeps him apart from the others.

When barbarian raiders kidnap the girl he loves, he takes a mysterious dagger handed down from his great-grandfather and tries to rescue her. But while he’s away, a horror that Javor could never believe existed murders his parents and devastates his village.

Javor begins his quest for revenge, not realizing that he is entering a war against forces bent on eliminating humanity.

Sweet Venom (Venin Assassin Book 1)

by Gena D. Lutz

My name is Cassis Dark, and I am a Spider Venin. My bite is venomous and can paralyze a man within seconds of exposure, and if I choose, it can kill.

When I was a teenager, my stepmother sold me into slavery. As a newly freed woman, I fight to protect the innocent from a world of pain with which I’m all too familiar.

The evils that stalk the night aren’t all human. Good thing for their intended victimsâ?¦neither am I.

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