In this dark and thrilling novel by Sarah Connor, we follow the tragic story of Terra as she flees her rapist and the murderer of her entire family; Erik. What started out as a teenage romance became something much more sinister as Terra attempted to break away from the psychopath known as Erik. After he brutally murdered her entire family, she fled, erasing all proof of her existence. Finding a halfway house, Terra believed that she was safe from the monster tracking her... But Erik has more resources than should be believed--all thanks to his similarly psychopathic father's connections. Again, Terra goes on the run, and this time all seems lost, until she meets 3 kindhearted souls who take her in. Will Terra be safe with them? Or will her past come back and stab them all in the backs? Literally.
In this short novel by K.R. Doroc, we get to see the unfolding of a completely new fantasy realm, Andor. It is home to a King, Baron, Duke, and various other officials, all of which are plotting against each other. Andor has had a bloody history up until recently, will they be thrown back into a war because their nobles can't get along? We follow the footsteps of the Duke, a spy, a noble loyal to the Duke, and two soldiers on opposite sides. Each viewpoint shows the tensions of Andor growing ever taut... Who will be the one to break first?
In this novel, the Pearl Nation has relegated itself to devoting its resources and people to scientific endeavors, as it has not produced a magic-user strong enough to pass the tests to become a full-fledged sorcerer in over 300 years—much to the country’s embarrassment. However, all that may be about to change with the unlikely character of Ren, a 16-year-old Orphan with nothing to his name. When he gets in a tussle with a classmate, his powers activate themselves as they never have before, which he admits to two diplomats from the Amethyst Nation—the country where sorcerers are trained. Now, Ren has to find a way to get himself to the Amethyst Nation to be tested and see if he can begin training to be a sorcerer, avoiding the various bullies in his life who would prefer to see him fail.
In this fantastically written collection of epic fantasy short stories by J.D. Bowens, we readers embark on several exciting--if quite brief--adventures with the Edderick brothers. We travel with them as two work as hired swords to protect a false priest, we follow two other brothers into dank sewers to rid a tavern of a rat infestation (and maybe more!), and we finally see all four brothers together as they save a group of halflings from bandits. In this prequel to the The Adventures of Amarant trilogy, we get a good feel for both the world that the Edderick brothers occupy, as well as the brothers themselves!
In this mysterious novel by Tim Cole, one of the main characters, Max, is able to time travel after taking a new sleeping aid pill. His time traveling lasts 1 full year and has no consequences in the present time. As we travel through the book and Max's past, we find that there is an even bigger conspiracy at play here. Duncan and Pierre hide their involvement in the creation of Insynnium, Max's mom Grace and Duncan hide their relationship, Max and his wife Rachel struggle through rocky times, and new age technology is cropping up in the Middle East. How does all of this connect to Max and Insynnium? Only time will tell!
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In this sci-fi by Nick Berry, Alex Binary is one of millions of humans living in the virtual (V) world. Years ago, the humans in the real (R) world decided to forsake their world and transferred all their consciousnesses to the V worlds, where they will live out the remainder of their lives as well as the future of humanity. This V world is perfect in every way; grass cut exactly one-and-a-half inches, houses all the same, no death, no sickness, no hunger. That is, until what seems to be a glitch changes everything in Alex's V world, and it begins to turn on itself, killing all who live within it. Luckily for Alex, she is guided out of the V world and into the R world by an A.I. Turns out the various V Worlds are under attack from a psychopathic A.I. in the R world, where he wants to destroy all of humans. Will Alex, now in a human body with all of its imperfections, be able to overcome this faction of A.I.s and save her world before it's too late?
In this novel, Melissa Simonson takes us on a crazy sci-fi ride not so distant from our present world. In this book, a genius man and his quirky sidekick girlfriend take on the task of creating a way for people to talk to their loved ones after death, and so is born Lingering. This is where our main character Ben falls into their clutches. He recently lost his fiance Clarissa, and he would do just about anything to get a piece of her back. At first, it starts off as relatively harmless texting back and forth, as Ben talks to a computerized mimicry of the girl he loved. But then Lingering takes this a step further, and they are able to create a a copy of Carissa's voice, so now Ben is able to talk with her on the phone, whenever he wants. He can vent to her, get advice on what to buy his little cousin for her birthday, can even reminisce with her on times past... But will Lingering take it even further than that? Will Ben have the willpower to stop this facade before it becomes too crazy? Will he ever be able to cope with her death if her voice is always at his fingertips?
In this novel of intermixing stories of reality and fantasy, Jack is our guy. He is the man whose life we follow in the reality version along with his wife's (soon-to-be-ex) life. We see both struggling in their different relationships, while also steadily overcoming their respective pasts. As for the fantasy side of the novel, we meet a variety of characters, almost as a short-story anthology, all connected at the end. We go on various journeys with different races, different magic, different purposes in mind. But all seem to bear some similarity to the real world that Jack is suffering through currently. He uses this fantasy world to cope with his reality, and it creates a surreal narrative that is an ultimate pleasure to read.