Saturday Spotlight

Saturday Spotlight #5 [showcasing small press and self published books]

Finding lesser known indie books is a pain in the butt. Luckily for you, I did the work for you! I’ve vetted the first few pages of all of these recent finds, checking that the book is engaging and well written from the start, and to save you more time I’m adding the Amazon UK/US and Goodreads links too.

This is a shorter list this week, I did go through 60+ Amazon pages but just couldn’t find anything that caught my eye enough!

[Is the election ever going to be over I am dying friends]

Call of the King by T.J. Green

King Arthur is destined to return, and Tom is destined to wake him.

When sixteen year old Tom’s grandfather mysteriously disappears, Tom stops at nothing to find him, even when that means crossing to a mysterious and unknown world.

When he gets there, Tom discovers that everything he thought he knew about himself and his life was wrong. Vivian, the Lady of the Lake, has been watching over him and manipulating his life since his birth. And now she needs his help.

Danger threatens the old forest of Vivian’s world. To save it, Tom must wake King Arthur, who’s been sleeping for centuries. But first, he’s determined to find his grandfather.

Tom starts a journey that will change his life forever. He discovers that fey and magic still exist, and myths are very real.

If he wants to survive, he must learn to fight, and find courage he never knew he had.

[Add To Goodreads]
[Amazon UK / US]

Well of Ash by Elle Cardy

If the whispers call your name, run!

Seventeen-year-old Ashina has more in common with an untamed fire lizard than the people who are supposed to be her new family. After running away, she’s drawn to the city’s mysterious Great Well. No one knows who built them across the world or why. To linger near makes the skin crawl and the mind drift in nightmares. And yet this one calls to Ash in whispers that pull her closer.

Despite the warnings from a handsome stranger with gorgeous eyes, Ash searches for answers in dangerous places. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of peculiar events she can’t explain or escape. When both her sanity and life are threatened, she realizes she has more to lose than she thought. Ash must find the answers before she loses everything she holds dear.

[Add To Goodreads]
[Amazon UK / US]

Shades: A Steampunk Fantasy Adventure by Abi Barden

Money, a mansion, and a mystery. Not an inheritance she ever expected.

Amethyst Forester is a scientist, not a lady.

Benjamin Maker is a lord, trapped in a loveless marriage.

The only thing they have in common is Professor Richards—a genius Aetheric scientist.

When Richards is found dead, Amethyst and Benjamin are put in an impossible situation. They jointly inherit his house, its contents, and the mystery of his murder.

Could the Professor have been killed for one of his experiments? And if so, what if someone’s still looking for it?

[Add To Goodreads]
[Amazon UK / US]

Tom Twister and the Necromancer’s Skeleton by Calvin Coldsmith

Tom Twister just celebrated his fifteenth birthday and was convinced he would follow in his parent’s footsteps as a baker’s apprentice. To Tom’s surprise, he is discovered using magic while baking a batch of orange-lemon zest croissants and is invited to attend the Arcane University.

While struggling to be accepted, he learns he is a sorcerer—one of the many different classes of magic studied at the Arcane University. Meanwhile, dark forces are at work within the city.

What follows is a whirlwind adventure as Tom makes new friends, battles in the Magician’s Arena, and faces a sinister foe!

[Add To Goodreads]
[Amazon UK / US]

The Mortal Blade by Christopher Mitchell

A city ruled by Gods, a mortal champion, a misfit girl and a disobedient dragon…

Stolen from his home, Corthie Holdfast has arrived in the City of the Eternal Siege as a new Champion.

He must fight alongside the Blades, whose lives are dedicated to the defence of the City against the hordes of monstrous Greenhides; or die at the hands of the Gods who rule.

Maddie Jackdaw, a young Blade, faces her last chance. Thrown out of every unit defending the City, either she takes on a new role, or she will be sent to the Rats, a company of misfits given the perilous tasks beyond the Great Walls.

Her new role, if she takes it, will bring her face to face with her deepest fears, for beneath the walls, in a secret and hidden lair, lies a dragon, imprisoned and waiting…

[Add To Goodreads]
[Amazon UK / US]

A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Uprooted, this stand-alone, fantasy romance about a human girl and her marriage to the Elf King is impossible to put down!

The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.

Everything Luella had thought she’d known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.

The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another… but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.

[Add To Goodreads]
[Amazon UK / US]

Forgotten Star by Colin Weldon

Following a devastating encounter with an unknown alien ship resulting in the disappearance of her parents as a child, Tamara Cartwright now spends her life scouring the galaxy in the hope of finding the dark force that attacked her father’s ship.
Now the Captain of a rescue vessel, The Massey Shaw, she makes a choice, resulting in the destruction of a star in order to save a stricken vessel, a prohibited act while using alien technology. Now, an outlaw, she is entrusted with the fate of a very unusual young girl endowed with special abilities. She must also find the survivors of an ill-fated ship at the hands of a malevolent race know only to the humans as the Ghosts. Driven by the hope of finding the truth of her parent’s disappearance and one last chance to make a difference to those in need of rescue, she must go on one final mission into deep space and deal with the monsters from her past.

[Add To Goodreads]
[Amazon UK / US]

The Orphans by Martina McAtee

Welcome to Belle Haven where the paranormal is normal and being human is a liability.

Kai Lonergan is struggling through math class when he gets a new charge to cross over. It’s just another day for a reaper until he sees the name. November Lonergan. Before he can question how he’s supposed to cross over a soul who’s been dead for years, his twin sister, Tristin, screams. No big deal, that’s what banshees do. Except, Tristin lost her scream the day November died.

Mace is a mercenary monster who hunts other monsters, so when he’s hired to trail one ordinary girl, it seems like overkill. Until Mace witnesses her powers firsthand and he realizes there’s nothing ordinary about Ember Denning. He finds himself unnaturally drawn to her, which might be a problem since he just threatened to kill her.

Ember Denning prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in the cemetery and her nights working at a funeral home to avoid her alcoholic father. But that won’t be a problem anymore. He’s dead, and Ember is about to learn her life until now has just been a series of carefully crafted lies and her real life…well, it’s a lot stranger than she’d ever imagined.

Reapers, witches, shifters, and fae all converge in a town in the middle of the Florida panhandle where Ember must learn a hard to swallow, terrifying truth. She’s not a human, but a supernatural ticking time-bomb, and figuring out how to disarm her means reconnecting with people she can’t remember, trusting a family she never knew existed, and accepting that the only person who can save her is the beautiful boy who just tried to kill her.

[Add To Goodreads]
[Amazon UK / US]

Did any of these books find their way onto your shelves or baskets? Let me know in the comments!

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