24 Indie Fantasy Authors You Must Read This Summer

Do you read Indie Fantasy?

If you love the big names in Fantasy such as George RR Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Brandon Sanderson, and JRR Tolkin, you will love these lesser known names as well! 

Expand your fantasy knowledge and pick up a few of these great books this summer!

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The Keeper Chronicles


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The Keeper Chronicles
By JA Andrews
Genre: Epic Fantasy
(only 99 cents as of 6/6/19)

When Mallon the Undying threatened the land years ago, the elves stopped him—and then disappeared. Now Mallon’s followers seek to bring him back to finish what he started.

Only the Keepers—storytellers, historians, and magic-wielders—are left to stand against them.

  • Alaric, who betrayed everything he believed to save his wife — and still failed.
  • Will, a storyteller who’s convinced his weak magic makes him useless.
  • And Sini, a former slave girl with unimaginable power but no way to wield it.

Can they survive being hunted by dragons, attacked by frost goblins, and betrayed by traitors their midst? Or will Mallon’s minions overwhelm them and plunge the land into darkness?

Immortality and Chaos


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Immortality and Chaos
By Eric T Knight
Genre: Epic Fantasy
(Only 99 cents as of 6/6/19)

A prison built by the gods to hold the one they all fear…
Ignoring the warnings of his oldest friend, Wulf Rome removes the ancient, mysterious axe he finds embedded in a wall in a cavern deep underground. The axe’s shocking power wins him the throne, but removing it cracks a prison built millennia ago by the gods to hold Melekath and his followers.

Now Melekath reaches into the world once again. Unfettered, his nightmarish Guardians spread disease and destruction across the land.

In the midst of the chaos, an enigmatic stranger appears. He claims to be immortal. He claims that only he can save the world. There is something sinister about him, and the weapons he offers are dangerous and perhaps uncontrollable, but with the apocalypse looming, what other choice does Wulf Rome have?

The Rogue Elf of Urlas


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The rogue Elf of Urlas
By J.T. Williams
Genre: Epic Fantasy
(Only 99 cents as of 6/6/19)

With his father gone to war…

…and his mother in hiding…

…Kealin must make a decision.

Should he stay and train to defend their Elven land, like his father asked, or head out into the icy waters to try to change fate?

Kealin’s choice will set him on a path like none other. Upon the icy seas with his three siblings, he discovers a power within himself that is not elven at all. It is older, darker, and is a danger to all the realms.

Sorcerers Quest


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Sorcerer’s Quest, Complete Trilogy
By NAK Baldron
Genre: Epic Fantasy

Sorcerer’s Quest is but one aspect of the Chronicles of the Seventh Realm, a bite-size epic fantasy series comprised of a sprawling cast of characters with many tales to explore.

Sorcerer’s Quest (Books 1-3) follows the adventures of an orphan as he learns what it means to be the first person in living memory to develop “real” magic.

Fate has a way of keeping Ren down. But as he learns to trust others, a Thief Lord becomes his only friend. Together they plan take on the world, and become truly great sorcerers.

Magic has returned to the world, and it’s Ren’s destiny to save it.

Riders of Fire


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Ezaara
By Eileen Mueller
Genre: YA Fantasy

When Ezaara meets Zaarusha the Dragon Queen, she’s swept up in a blaze of color and they imprint, forming a deep bond. She must give up her home and family to become the new Queen’s Rider. Ignorant and unprepared, how can she possibly succeed?

Luckily, she has a dragon master — although rumors say she might be better off with the enemy.

Plunged into a world of cutthroat politics and traitors in every shadow, who can Ezaara trust as Commander Zens and his army of bestial tharuks march closer, razing villages and enslaving the people of Dragons’ Realm?

Heart of Dragons


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Heart of Dragons
By Meg Cowley
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy

Magically flung to the faraway country of Pelenor, where magic, dragons, and elves rule, Harper must find her place – and fast.

Searching for the elven King’s missing Dragonheart is his ruthless Spymaster Dimitri, who has his own agenda to revolutionise Pelenor, and free it from the King’s greed.

Harper is thrust into a web of intrigue beyond her knowledge, and her newfound companions – a roguish elven thief and his ragtag band of companions – might not be the trustworthy friends she thinks.

When Harper and Dimitri’s paths collide, the only thing more dangerous than lies might be the truth, yet either might destroy them. Harper is forced to ally with the hated spymaster – but Dimitri is equally displeased that his fate rests in her unworthy hands.

Realm of Beasts


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Realm of Beasts
By Angela J. Ford
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy
(Only 99 cents as of 6/6/19)

Tor Lir, the Nameless One, is unsure what he is. However, he knows he was born to bring balance to the powers of good and evil.

Forsaking his birthplace and fleeing from suggestions of a dark knowledge he’d rather not discover, he decides to take his fate into his own hands.

A chance encounter with a dead body, a dangerous beast, and a desirous creature lead him on the path to Paradise, where he senses imbalance.

Banished from her village and lost in a wicked forest, Citrine makes a deal with a dark creature, but that was before she found Paradise—the legendary land of a friendly giant.

Wardens of issalia


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Wardens of Issalia
By Jeffrey L Kohanek
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy

An enemy nation rises, fueled by subterfuge, assassinations, and fire-powered weapons. If successful, this new empire would see the end of Chaos magic forever.

A clandestine organization trains in secret, preparing to infiltrate and eliminate this threat before all is lost. The wardens, agents armed with powerful magic and enchanted weapons, are the only hope to prevent all-out conquest and the genocide of those who can wield magic.

Daughter of Fate


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Daughter of Fate
By Aaron Hodges
Genre: Epic Fantasy

When Knights attack the temple of Skystead, seventeen-year-old Pela is the only one to escape. Her mother and the other villagers are taken, accused of worshiping the False Gods. They will pay the ultimate price – unless Pela can rescue them.

Pela has never left the safety of her town, let alone touched a sword. What chance does she have against the ruthless Knights of Alana? She’s not a hero.

But she knows one.

Her uncle Devon was a mighty warrior once, in times when magic filled the world. Age has withered his strength and he retired long ago, but maybe he will answer the call of family.

 

Blood and Ash


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Blood and Ash
By Stuart Thaman
Genre: Epic Fantasy

An epic adventure wrought with peril…
The punishment for vampirism is to be burned at the stake. Necromancers, should they be captured, are hung.

I am both.

My master bestowed upon my shoulders a monumental task, one that has become my life’s ambition. Should I fail, at least I will burn with a smile on my face, knowing that I did not live by my father’s rules, the life he would have forced upon me as his heir.

I have brought a legion of slaughter to the foot of the altar where I will soon carve my destiny, and I know that more bloodshed will follow. I welcome every drop.

Fantasy of Frost


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Fantasy of Frost
By Kelly St. Clare
Genre: YA Fantasy

I know many things. What I am capable of, what I will change, what I will become. But there is one thing I will never know…

The veil I’ve worn from birth carries with it a terrible loneliness; a suppression I cannot imagine ever being free of.

Some things never change…

My mother will always hate me. Her court will always shun me.

…Until they do.

When the peace delegation arrives from the savage world of Glacium, my life is shoved wildly out of control by the handsome Prince Kedrick who, for unfathomable reasons, shows me kindness.

And the harshest lessons are learned.

Sometimes it takes the world bringing you to your knees to find that spark you thought forever lost.

Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live.

The Dragon Songs Saga


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The Dragon Songs Saga
By JC Kang
Genre: Epic Fantasy
(Only 99 cents as of 6/6/19)

The Dragon Singers of old summoned typhoons and routed armies, liberating mankind from the orcs before fading into legend. Now, with the world again teetering on the brink of a cataclysm, the power of music stirs in Kaiya, a gangly misfit with the perfect voice.

Without a master to guide her, she must rely on the lessons of a foreign paladin, an enigmatic doctor, a flippant elf lord, and an evil sorcerer to rediscover lost magic. Yet doing so means taking dire risks…

Because invoking a Dragon Song can kill you.

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Dragon's Fire


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Dragon’s Fire
By Tiger Hebert
Genre: Fantasy

After thousands of years, Slayvin, a corrupted, soul-devouring black dragon has finally escaped imprisonment. The war for souls has begun.

As the flames of the Black Dragon’s War are fanned, Orcs, Dwarves, Elves, Humans, and more are left with a choice; forge unlikely alliances, or forfeit their souls.

In either case, the future is grim. It is a future of war. Axes are sharpened, bows are strung, and cryptic prophecies are examined for the one thing that is all but lost–hope.

Will of Fire


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Will of Fire
(Buried Goddess Saga Book 3)
By by Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle 
Genre: Asian Myth & Legend

A Kingdom held hostage.

A thief lost in time.

The battle to seal Elsewhere has begun.

The villainous Drad Redstar has won the favor of king and country after leading a decisive victory over the rebels at Winde Port. Now with a seat on the royal council, he condemns Torsten to a lifetime in the dungeon and invites his militant people to take up residence in the capital. But not all light has been squelched. There is one disgraced King’s Shieldsman left who remains loyal to Torsten, and only he can help free the Glass Kingdom from Redstar and his dark desires to revive the Buried Goddess.

Across the known world, Sora deals with the loss of her one and only friend. She seeks out a Mystic of the Panping; someone who can help her figure out what really happened to Whitney in a journey that illuminates her past and present. With the true nature of magic revealed to her, she finds that Whitney is lost in Elsewhere, the world between worlds, and she’ll stop at nothing to bring him back.

As magic and war collide in Will of Fire, the third installment in the Buried Goddess Saga, the fate of the entire world will change.

Child of the flames


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Child of the Flames
By D.W. Hawkins
Genre: Sword and Sorcery

Her family massacred, her home destroyed, she escapes with nothing but her mother’s heirloom and the desire for vengeance. When she’s found by Dormael, a Warlock of the Conclave, she learns that her mother’s keepsake—the reason her family was killed—holds the power to unleash boundless destruction. Dormael and Shawna must flee for their lives before a vengeful enemy and guard against the deadly secret it seeks to unearth.

Some secrets are best left buried, and vengeance must be pulled from the fists of the gods.

With danger closing in around them, Shawna and Dormael are left with little choice. Will they escape, or will they drown beneath a tide of blood? Only the gods can tell their fate.

A Sellsword's Compassion


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A Sellsword’s Compassion
By Jacob Peppers
Genre: Epic Fantasy

The king is dead.

The world is thrown into war as the late king’s sons and daughters battle over who will claim their father’s throne and soldiers flock to one cause or the other in hope of a better tomorrow.

At least, most of them.

If life has taught the jaded sellsword, Aaron Envelar, anything, it’s that hope is for fools and causes are a sure remedy for breathing.

But when his latest job sends him stumbling into a prince’s assassination and a conspiracy threatening to destroy the entire realm, Aaron is forced to choose sides in a fight he doesn’t want between forces he doesn’t understand.

Thrust into a world of mythical assassins, a madman with superhuman strength, and a nagging ball of light with a superiority complex who claims to be the embodiment of compassion, Aaron must take on his hardest job yet—staying alive.

The Watermight Thief


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The Watermight Thief
By Jordan Rivet
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy

Welcome to Pendark, a city of murky canals, brutal gladiator fights, and sorcerers who feud over access to the silvery magical substance known as Watermight.

Tamri is a scrappy magic thief who’s trying to get her grandmother out of this festering swamp of a city. But when a quick score involving a dragon goes wrong, she’s shipped off to a distant mountaintop kingdom where the legendary Fire Queen is starting a school for magic wielders.

Tamri’s not just going there to learn. The King of Pendark suspects the Fire Queen is up to something more dangerous than training young wielders, and he orders Tamri to find out the truth. If she fails, neither she nor her grandmother will survive the school year.

The Landkist Saga


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The Landkist Saga
By Steven Kelliher
Gerne: Asian Myth & Legend / Fantasy

An ancient evil is rising. Only the Embers can stand against it.

But for centuries, their powers have been fading, and few of the flame-wielding warriors remain to push back the darkness.

With the terrors of the night threatening to destroy all they hold dear, the Embers will risk everything as they venture to their ancestral lands and attempt to solve a mystery at the heart of a bitter war.

They are the last lights against the darkness. Now, the time has come to see how bright their fire truly burns.

Someday I'll Be Redeemed


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Someday I’ll Be Redeemed
By Kelly Blanchard
Genre: Epic Fantasy
(Only 99 cents as of 6/6/19)

Sorcerer Prince Lorrek discovers he has been wrongfully accused of a heinous crime. He is one of three people who know actually what happened, but one died and the memories of the other have been erased, so now only Lorrek remains. As Lorrek goes to clear his name, the kingdoms around him dissolve into war, but he can’t go home yet to help them. He wants his accuser to admit to the lie, but even that comes at a price. Will paying the cost for his redemption pit Lorrek against his family in the war?

Six Sacred Swords


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Six Sacred Swords
By Andrew Rowe
Genre: Asian Myth & Legend / Fantasy

It doesn’t take a legendary sword to make a legendary swordsman, but it certainly helps.

Keras Selyrian is already well on the way to cutting his name into the annals of legend. He’s fought false divinities, thieving sorcerers, and corrupt demigods — and left them defeated in his wake. But he’s a long way from home, and Kaldwyn offers a different brand of danger than he’s used to.

He’s already got a sword of unfathomable power, but it’s damaged and leaking world-annihilating mana, so he’s in the market for a new one.

Possibly six. The more the better, really.

The Fire Within


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The Fire Within
(Elemental Academy Book 1)
by D.K. Holmberg
Genre: YA Fantasy

A single mistake has far-reaching consequences for a carpenter’s apprentice.

With the threat of rogue elementals escaping from the element bond and fear of another attack by the Draasin Lord, life at the edge of Terndahl is difficult for Tolan. Without any magic of his own, he spends his days working as a carpenter’s apprentice. When an elemental attack draws the attention of the Inquisitors from the Academy, everything changes.

A mistake brings Tolan into the Terenhall Academy, a prestigious training ground for powerful shapers, but it’s a world where he doesn’t belong. Unlike his classmates, he can’t control the magic of the element bonds.

As elementals continue to escape the bond and attack the Academy, Tolan finds himself in the middle of danger. With no shaping ability, he fears there’s something more to the attacks. Now he must save the Academy and find a way to stop these attacks—and find the one behind them.

The Dragon Saga


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The Dragon Saga
By Nicolette Andrews
Genre: Asian Myth & Legend / Fantasy
(Only 99 cents as of 6/6/19)

An arrogant dragon. A smart-mouthed priestess. The fate of the world depends on them working together.

Suzume’s life is ruined. Exiled to a remote mountain shrine, she’s training to become a priestess. A life of poverty doesn’t suit her, and she dreams of her old life as a princess. When she accidentally awakens the god of the mountain, she discovers new powers and a whole lot of problems.

The god is a fake. For five hundred years, the dragon was trapped at the shrine. Betrayed by the woman he loved, he needs to find her reincarnation to get his revenge. Since Suzume freed him, he chooses her to help him. But when Suzume discovers she is that woman, it’s a race to seal him again before he finds out.

With new powers come dangerous enemies. The dragon is not the only one she needs to worry about. A powerful monster wants Suzume for his own. Until she can learn to control her abilities, the dragon is the only one who can protect her. They must learn to work together to stop the monster, if they don’t kill each other in the process…

The Cremelino Prophecy


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The Cremelino Prophecy
By Mike Shelton
Genre: YA Fantasy

Darius San Williams, son of one of King Edward’s councilors, cares little for his father’s politics and vows to leave the city of Anikari to protect and bring glory to the Realm.

When a new-found and ancient magic emerges within him, he must decide where his heart lies.

Will he use his magic to destroy all he hates or turn his heart to save all he loves?

Each of us have a destiny. Will Darius find his?

The Yarnsworld Collection


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The Yarnsworld Collection
By Benedict Patrick
Genre: Fantasy

In They Mostly Come Out At Night a young man called Lonan, living in the mysterious forest of the Magpie King, dreams of his ruler’s defeat at the hands of inhuman invaders, and must do what he can to protect his village.

In Where the Waters Turn Black a musician befriends a colossal beast, and the pair must learn to trust each other if they are to survive when the god of war pursues them across the chain of tropical islands they call home.

Those Brave, Foolish Souls from the City of Swords follows Arturo, a newcomer to the city who hopes to join the ranks of the morally conflicted, masked swordfighters who rule the streets.

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Airwoman


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Airwoman
By Zara Quentin
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy
(FREE as of 6/6/19)

A father murdered by magic. A daughter’s quest for clues could make her the next victim…
Jade Gariq dreams of a new calling. While she wishes she could join the elite force that protects her home world from interdimensional threats, she’s stuck working for the family business. But everything changes when her father is found with traces of magic on him… magic that should only belong to the mythical Dragon-Gods…

To uncover the mystery behind her father’s murder, Jade must follow the clues to an uncharted world. Beyond the portal, treacherous jungles, surprising betrayals, and a killer bent on tying up loose ends stand in her way of the truth. It’ll take every ounce of Jade’s cunning to solve her father’s death, but can she avoid his fate?

Airwoman is a high-flying YA fantasy novel set in a stunning new Dragonverse. If you like fascinating worlds, memorable characters, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Zara Quentin’s action-packed adventure.

The Choice of Magic


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The Choice of Magic
By Michael G. Manning
Genre: YA Fantasy

The ancient magic of wizards was anything but dark. It was the enlightenment that lifted humanity from the squalor of superstition, and the worship of fell spirits and capricious gods, but those days are gone. The shining glory of the sorcerers burned away the subtlety of wisdom, replacing it with easy power, held only in the hands of the elite—a new age built upon the elemental supremacy of aristocrats and the ignorance of the masses.

But this will change, for the greatest power comes with knowledge, and the deeper teachings of wizardry have not been utterly lost. The last wizard of the old tradition still survives in solitude, nursing tired grudges and waiting for death.

His passing might have gone unnoticed, but for the imposition of a youth too stubborn to accept his refusal to take an apprentice. With a new student comes new hope, and that hope has caused old powers to stir again. That the world will change is inevitable, but the shape of the future is anything but certain.

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