Handpicked Kindle Books for Jun 5 Judged by Their Covers

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

Here are our eBook picks for Friday, June 5. Today we’re featuring books in the fantasy/horror/sci-fi genres.

Oath of Swords by David Weber

Genre(s): Fantasy

Whom the gods would recruit, they first tick off . . .Our Hero: The unlikely Paladin, Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer Hradani. He’s no knight in shining armor. He’s a hradani, a race known for their uncontrollable rages, bloodthirsty tendencies, and inability to maintain civilized conduct. None of the other Five Races of man like the hradani. Besides his ethnic burden, Bahzell has problems of his own to deal with: a violated hostage bond, a vengeful prince, a price on his head. He doesn’t want to mess with anybody else’s problems, let alone a god’s. Let alone the War God’s! So… (more)

Old Nathan by David Drake

Genre(s): Fantasy

FIFTH YEARS AFTERTHE AMERICAN REVOLUTION,MAGIC IS LOOSE IN THE BACKWOODSThe forces of evil are poised to prey on the folk of the hamlets and hollows: witches, demons, and red-handed men–but first they’ll have to overcome Old Nathan the Wizard.He doesn’t claim much for his magical powers, but they’re real enough for what they are–and besides, he hasn’t forgotten how to use his long flintlock rifle ….Enter the gritty, realistic world of Old Nathan, a backwoodsman who talks to animals and says he’ll face The Devil himself-and who in the end will have… (more)

Fire with Fire by Charles Gannon

Genre(s): Sci-fi

2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth’s Moon–a history-making clandestine project–and ends up involuntarily cryocelled for his troubles. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a changed world. Humanity has achieved faster-than-light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems. And now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy himself. Riordan’s mission: travel to a newly settled world and investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient–enough so to have built a lost civilization.However, arriving on site in the Delta Pavonis system, Caine discovers that the job… (more)

Sora’s Quest by T. L. Shreffler

Genre(s): Fantasy, YA

Sora Fallcrest always dreamed of adventure, but as a member of the nobility, she learned the ways of a Lady instead. Now seventeen, she is expected to choose a husband and marry. She plots to run away, but just as she is stepping out the door, she runs into a mysterious man–and is kidnapped.Abducted from her manor, Sora is plunged into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore. She finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go–not… (more)

Neptune Crossing by Jeffrey A. Carver

Genre(s): Sci-fi

When John Bandicut encounters an alien intelligence on Neptune’s moon Triton, his life changes irrevocably. Urged by the alien quarx now sharing his mind, he accepts an audacious mission–to steal a ship and hurtle across the solar system in a desperate bid for Earth’s survival. Book 1 of The Chaos Chronicles, by the Nebula-nominated author of Eternity’s End–with a new Afterword by the author.Appeared in print from Tor Books.DRM-free ebook edition.One of the best SF novels of the year — Science Fiction Chronicle”Jeff Carver is a hard sf writer who gets it right–his… (more)

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Genre(s): Fantasy, Sci-fi, Historical

History is just one damned thing after another” – Arnold ToynbeeA madcap new slant on history that seems to be everyone’s cup of tea…Behind the seemingly innocuous faade of St Mary’s, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don’t do ‘time-travel’ – they ‘investigate major historical events in contemporary time’. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power – especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet.Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe… (more)

Rae of Hope by WJ May

Genre(s): Fantasy

How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find the truth about the past? Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family’s history. Her mother and father died when she was young and it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed.Will the sins of the father be the sins of the daughter? As Rae struggles with new friends, a new school and a star-struck forbidden love, she must also face the ultimate challenge: receive a tattoo on her… (more)

Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn

Genre(s): Fantasy

Skyships, saber duels, and royal intrigue…The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she’ll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince’s proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince’s proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love.Third Daughter is the first book in the The Dharian Affairs Trilogy… (more)

Rings of Passage: A Time Travel Novel with Richard III by Karla Tipton

Genre(s): Romance, Historical, Sci-fi

Anise Wynford stumbles down the porch steps of her farmhouse in 21st century Massachusetts and into the nightmare of a raging battlefield of armor and sword fighting.When she later awakens in a medieval forest in the presence of a gallant white knight, their connection is immediate. Concerned for her safety, the knight carries her to his castle. Her knight turns out to be King Richard III, the villain of Shakespeare’s most famous play.The truth dawns that she has been transported through time by a magic ring. As Anise navigates the complex rules of politics and etiquette in the… (more)

The Inner Circle by Kevin George

Genre(s): Sci-fi

1908… Siberia… A tiny comet rips through Earth’s atmosphere and explodes above the Tunguska region of Siberia, instantly engulfing thousands of square acres of the mostly desolate region. The explosion is heard for hundreds of miles, the light of the comet seen halfway across the globe. Had the comet hit a few hours earlier in a more populated area, millions would have been killed…A century later, another comet – this one hundreds of times bigger and more powerful – encounters a black hole in deep space and is pushed onto a new, deadly course leading straight to Earth…A small group… (more)

Flicker by Kaye Thornbrugh

Genre(s): Fantasy, YA

All her life, strange creatures have flickered at the edge of Lee Capren’s vision, disappearing when she takes a second glance. Though they inspire her artwork, she can’t shake the uneasiness they bring. When she’s spirited away by these capricious faeries, Lee is forced to serve them as a portrait artist.Enter Nasser: His magic has always been more of a curse than a gift, but he’s determined to use it to help others. After a chance encounter with Lee, he risks his safety to bargain for her freedom–and unleashes a danger he can’t yet imagine.What felt like… (more)

Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn

Genre(s): Fantasy

Wind tunnels, torrential rains and earthquakes tear apart Casden. The cause of the world’s imbalance is unknown, but the mounting occurrences suggest there’s little time before life ceases to exist.Rydan Gale and Akara Nazreth are the only humans with the ability to wield magic. The tattoo on their necks and the discovery of an ancient book, dictate they are the key to the world’s survival.But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures, extreme betrayals and magic-fearing men hunting them.It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving… (more)

Civil War Two: The Coming Breakup of America by Thomas W. Chittum

Genre(s): Sci-fi

This fascinating book looks into the very real possibility that America could descend into a racial civil war in the coming decade. Frightening, but full of facts that are difficult to argue with… (more)

The Culled by Simon Spurrier

Genre(s): Fantasy, Horror

He made a stand against the end of the world… The Blight arose from nowhere. It swept across the bickering nations like the End of Times and spared only those with a single fortuitous blood type. Hot-headed religion and territorial savagery rule the cities now. Somewhere amidst the chaos a damaged man receives a signal, and with it the tiniest flicker of hope. The chance to rediscover the humanity he lost, long ago, in the blood and filth and horror of The Cull. An exciting series of high-action post-apocalypse fiction set in a world ruled by crazed… (more)

R.E.M.: The Hidden World by Corrie Fischer

Genre(s): Fantasy

The unsuspecting Emily is elated to celebrate her eighteenth birthday.The pivotal mark of adulthood and freedom is at last upon her.However, when cast into a strange land, each answer only births more questions.The most prevailing being: Will she make it out alive… (more)