The Sapphire Soul by Matthew S. Cox

“Cox blends the issues that arise after the hero has saved the kingdom with the additional complexities of non-standard relationships and an engaging world of his own making.”

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Lock by Jordan Elizabeth

“Blending the classic fantasy tropes of prophecy and travelling to another realm with a more complex view of saviours, Elizabeth creates a young adult novel that offers a grittier perspective on a chosen one facing evil without reducing everything to moral relativism.”

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The Unnamed Country by Jeffrey Thomas

"Collecting stories that span science-fiction, fantasy, and realism but are connected by a shared fictional Asian country, Thomas offers both a series of character-driven individual narratives and an engaging gestalt vision of the liminal zone between beliefs and reality."

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Wavebreaker: Flood by A.J. Norfield

"Norfield builds on the plots established in the first half of Wavebreaker, providing new perspectives and conflicts without contradicting the established world."

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The Dragons of the Mist by Stephanie Flint

"Flint blends ancient dragons with romance and a little comedy to produce a tale that will appeal equally to both those looking for more of Cirena and those seeking something different from the norm without losing the essentials of fantasy."

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Wicked Treasure by Jordan Elizabeth

"Elizabeth blends elements of political thriller and frontier action with the mystical end of steampunk to create a tale that has both style and substance."

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The Scars of Her Past by Stephanie Flint

"Flint blends the prejudices and drives common to all humans with the specifics of her world to create a tale of magical terrorism that will appeal to fans of both fantasy and thrillers."

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The Good Will Tour by Samantha Bryant

“Bryant blends social roles of women, the responsibilities of power, flash powers, and fast-paced action to produce an exciting superhero tale with depth.”

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Born of Treasure by Jordan Elizabeth

"Fusing necromancy and steampunk devices with a classic Western tale of honest ranchers facing corrupt officials, Elizabeth provides a fantasy Western that has much to attract fans of either genre."

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Write Like Hell: Kaiju, ed. Sentinel Creatives

"Ranging across genres, locations, and time-periods, this anthology provides a variety of perspectives on the question “How might humans act if giant monsters were real?”"

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The Cursed Halls of Kalecen by Stephanie Flint

"Flint presents magic, cunning, and duelling as different but equal matters, creating a tale that captures how non-mages might hold their own in a world of powerful mages and active gods."

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A Cloak of Red by Brenna Gawain

"Gawain merges magical battles with paranoia to create gritty small-unit fantasy."

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Wavebreaker: Trickle by A.J. Norfield

"Norfield balances gritty fantasy with the complexities of cultural and species contact, creating fast-paced action with social depth."

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The Restless Sands of Neel by Stephanie Flint

"Flint crafts a desert fantasy novella that isn’t just the thinly veiled Middle East or Dune."

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Emma and the Weeping Spirit by Matthew S. Cox

“Cox reframes the classic haunted house trope for middle grade readers without sacrificing the complexities and uncertainties of spectral visitations.”

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Janna of Castle Ambrose by Jordan Elizabeth

"Elizabeth riffs on the classic image of the monster in the lake to create an accessible fantasy tale about the difference between the clarity of stories and the reality of life."

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Of Myth and Shadow by Matthew S. Cox

"Cox combines accessible characters and sweeping plots to create epic fantasy that has breadth and depth without feeling dense."

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The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear by Stephanie Flint

"Flint redresses a classic confidence trick in fantastical raiments to create a short story that is likely to appeal to fans of both cunning ploys and mystical worlds."

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Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 5, ed. P. Alexander

"Alexander gathers a series of tales that suggest what might happen if people of violence and cunning rather than book-learning faced Lovecraftian threats."

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