Handpicked Kindle Books for May 1st Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Fantasy Friday

Happy May, Shelfbuzzers! Here are our eBook picks for Friday, May 1. Today we’re featuring books in the fantasy/horror/sci-fi genres.

Taming Fire by Aaron Pogue

Genre(s): Fantasy

Book One of The Dragonprince’s Legacy.Daven Carrickson grew up as a beggar in the filthy alleys beneath the shadows of the palace. He’s the son of a known thief, disgraced and despised. His only real talent is his ability with a sword, and his only real chance at finding honor or a home is a desperate dream of joining the King’s Guard.Then Daven receives a new future when Master Claighan invites him to study magic at the Academy. The wizard offers to make him into a new kind of soldier: a swordsman equally skilled with forged blades and… (more)

Hollow Space: Venture – A Space Opera Adventure by C.F. Barnes

Genre(s): Sci-fi

Forced to hyperjump during a brutal ambush, Sara Lorelle, navigator of the Venture, the last human colony ship, discovers a terrible truth: they’ve jumped to somewhere that shouldn’t exist.Trapped inside a pocket universe known only as Hollow Space, where technology inexplicably fails, Sara and her crew have to face the lethal politics of their only destination. Haven–a decrepit station, home to deadly aliens and rival factions that soon sees… (more)

The Girl in the Road: A Novel by Monica Byrne

Genre(s): Sci-fi

In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys–each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected.When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. As she plots her exit, she learns of… (more)

Nightstalkers by Bob Mayer

Genre(s): Sci-fi, Thriller

Staff Sergeant Winthrop Carter has just been drafted into the Nightstalkers–an elite group of soldiers that…Actually, he’s not quite sure what they do.Born from the Area 51 initiative, the Nightstalkers defy sanity and decorum and include among their ranks Moms, a Black Ops trainee too extreme for Special Forces; Doc, a scientific crackpot; Roland, the weapons enthusiast; and Mac, a contemporary MacGyver. All of them take their orders from the elusive Ms. Jones, who everyone claims is just a hologram.Those orders include tracking down and sealing tears in our reality that are releasing interdimensional beings known… (more)

Fortune by Craig W. Turner

Genre(s): Thriller, Sci-fi

Discovering time travel ended up being the easy part. Unfortunately, along the way Dr. Jeff Jacobs also discovered how expensive time travel research can be. But he’s developed a unique scheme to fund his experiments: pinpoint specific moments in history where there is ”reliable” documentation of vulnerable treasure and take it. His first target is gold rusher Joe Wilton, whose historically-preserved diary details his loss of 60 gold bars during an ambush in 1849 California.When Jeff returns from a successful mission, he and his team get lots of attention for their ”historical” find. He meets Dr. Erica Danforth… (more)

Loathing Magic by Guido De Palma

Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance

Elydia is a young Mage who believes in her freedom and… in love at first sight.Four love stories, four different men, four trials of the heart. Until one day Magic – that she never liked – will reward her with the greatest gift: a son, whose destiny is written in the pages of Time.”Loathing Magic” is the first prequel story to Ankan Saga… (more)

Necrophobia by Mark Devaney

Genre(s): Fantasy

To try and cheat death is the most human thing a person can do.”Winter draws ever closer and blizzards ravage the island of Caelumons yet there is a bigger problem — The dead have risen.Empowered by dark magic the undead are relentless and drawn towards the temples of the dragon god. Few can survive their onslaught and those that fail add to their number. Claire Acestes, a local hunter finds herself caught in their midst alongside a mysterious sorcerer and learns about the life and death of her mother.Claire must venture to the rain-soaked industrial city of Kriegsfeld… (more)

Idisina: The Black Rider by Daniela Giulia Traub

Genre(s): Fantasy

If assassination awakens a rage of butterflies in your gut, would you commit it? In the land of Idisina, that may be the only solution…Take a moment and imagine foot prints on the sand, the foam on the beach washes back and forth leaving a thin imprint that divides between thought and action. On an island where women rule, Daniel ignites a revolution. During the night of his grandmother’s death, Daniel decides to run with his emotions. From that moment on, he is forced to flee the city of his birth. His voyage brings him to the characters that… (more)

The Atomic Sea: Volume One of An Epic Fantasy / Science Fiction Series by Jack Conner

Genre(s): Fantasy, Sci-fi

Epic adventure in a strange world by the bestselling author of “The War of the Black Tower: An Epic Fantasy Trilogy”.A thousand years ago, the sea began to change, and the change spread.Now the boiling, toxic, lightning-wreathed Atomic Sea has encompassed every ocean on the planet, and the creatures that live in it have become mutated and unnatural. The sea’s taint can infect any human who comes in contact with it or with unprocessed seafood, killing them… or altering them. No one knows why the sea has become this way or what it portends, only that it’s… (more)

Frost by Kate Avery Ellison

Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance

In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead–and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone.After monsters kill her parents, Lia must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest–a young stranger… (more)

Day of the Dragonking by Terry Irving

Genre(s): Fantasy, Thriller

Mystically powered terrorists unleash volatile magic on the world, turning Washington, D.C., into a politically charged fantasyland ripe for human sacrifice.A trio of suicide attackers with magical abilities bring down a 747 by summoning a dragon to rip it from the sky, using the hundreds of lives lost as a sacrifice to initiate the Change. The country morphs into a new landscape of swords and sorcery. Now computers and other machines are coming to life, and regular people have started to turn into mythical creatures and forgotten deities, creating a chaotic world easily seized by whoever–or… (more)

The Refugee Sentinel by Harrison Hayes

Genre(s): Sci-fi

It’s 2052 and our world is dying … the population has reached 34 billion; the polar caps have melted and Earth has become a single-country planet. Our survival seems to be guaranteed by a draconian new law requiring the expendables to choose someone to die or choose to die in someone else’s stead. Only the High-Potentials, those whose contributions are deemed essential to humankind, are exempt.Yana Perkins is eight and lives with her mother Sarah. But what if Yana were earmarked for death? And what if Sarah were not allowed to take her daughter’s place? And what if… (more)

Within the Dead Space by Gary Hutchens

Genre(s): Sci-fi

BREAKING NEWS:ABC reports tonight that Chaco, a teenage boy from Peru, while giving a speech at Harvard University about Inca history was possessed by the son of an Inca king from the 1500’s. The son, Pusca, revealed intricate details of a gold ship, named the Santa Cortina that sank off the coast of San Diego in 1540. According to Pusca, the ship’s cargo was gold and silver. Pusca said they removed the gold from the ship and buried it in a cave a few hundred yards inland–The following day, Chaco went into a small windowless room that… (more)

Landfall by John McWilliams

Genre(s): Sci-fi

In Alberta, Canada, at the foot of Dead Horse Mountain, a space capsule is discovered–a capsule that shouldn’t exist. Thirty years earlier, Dr. Jan Lee, American entrepreneur and space tourist, purportedly destroyed this craft when he blew up the International Space Station in an act of unexplained sabotage. That event has since inspired conspiracy theories ranging from espionage to alien invasion.Special Agents Lauren Madison and Ellis Cole have been assigned to investigate. But inside the capsule they find an even greater mystery: the remnants of a three-decade-old time-messaging experiment that could, within days, usher in… (more)

The Harvesting: The Harvesting Series Book 1 by Melanie Karsak

Genre(s): Sci-fi, Horror

The world, it seemed, had gone silent. It was something we knew but did not talk about. We were alone.”While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla’s cool head, fast blade and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that’s upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek power… (more)