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Friday Reading List – 2/26

Nightblade

Ryan Kirk

$3.99

Ryuu is a boy orphaned by violence at a young age. Found by a wandering warrior, he learns he may have more strength than he ever imagined possible.

A quiet child, Moriko is forced into a monastic system she despises. Torn from her family and the forest she grew up in, she must fight to learn the skills she’ll need to survive her tutelage under the realm’s most dangerous assassin.

Young, beautiful, and broke, Takako is sold to pay for her father’s debts. Thrust into a world she doesn’t understand and battles she didn’t ask for, she must decide where her loyalties lie.

When their lives crash together in a Kingdom on the brink of war, the decisions they make will change both their lives and their Kingdom forever.

If they can stay alive.

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The Critical Trilogy Box Set

Wearmouth & Barnes

$0.99

This limited edition bundle contains all three books from the best-selling Critical Trilogy.

Critical Dawn

Some mysteries should stay buried.
A centuries old plan unfolds.
Archaeologists Pippa Quinn and Charlie Jackson find advanced technology in undisturbed 16th Century graves. A portent, the discovery precedes thousands of giant sinkholes opening up across the globe as extreme weather threatens the population. Charlie suspects the two are related.

Pippa, Charlie, and the rest of humanity will have to fight for survival, sacrificing the life they’ve known to protect Earth from an ancient and previously dormant enemy. Even that might not be enough as this new enemy exacts a plan that will change the course of humankind forever.

Critical Dawn is an apocalyptic ride to the very edge of human existence. Factions will battle for control of the Earth—if they can avoid the threat of extinction.

Critical Path

Destroying the croatoan’s seat of power has grave consequences.
Earth faces destruction, unless bitter enemies can work together.
Earth is recovering after Denver and his group managed to stamp out the immediate alien threat. Now, Denver and his team, stationed in a liberated croatoan farm, plan to restore humanity as the dominant force. But when shocking information comes to light, they set off on an immediate mission north.

The team encounter a hybrid city, where humans and croatoans live and work together. It’s here in this strange new civilisation that Denver discovers there’s a bigger threat to the planet than the aliens already on the surface: something far more terrible is coming. It’ll be a race against the clock to defeat this new threat and Denver will need all the help he can get.

Critical Strike

A fight for survival in an alien world.
Revenge is planned against Unity.
Denver, Charlie and Layla are trapped in the middle of a galactic conflict which has spanned across many millennia. With no immediate allies on either side, they must use all of their skill and strength to stay alive and find a way back to Earth—if there is one.

An old enemy of Unity is intent of making them pay for his humiliating treatment. He’s gathering forces to the south with vengeance in mind. Mike and Mae must work together with the citizens of Unity to find a way of repelling Augustus’ force, or face extinction at the hands of the old emperor.

Critical Strike is the exciting third and final instalment of the Critical series.

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Altdorf

J K Swift

FREE

A druid priestess enlists the help of an ex-Hospitaller warrior and a charismatic outlaw to fight Austrian tyranny in medieval Switzerland. A subtle blend of fantasy and history, Altdorf tells the events leading up to one of the greatest underdog stories of the medieval age, the Battle of Morgarten.

“Re-imagining the William Tell legend—without William Tell.”

At the end of the thirteenth century, five hundred orphans and second sons are rounded up from villages in the Alpine countryside and sold to the Hospitaller Knights of St John. Trained to serve as Soldiers of Christ, they fight in eastern lands they know nothing about, for a cause they do not understand.

Thomas Schwyzer, released from his vows by the Grandmaster of the Hospitallers, returns to the land of his birth a stranger. Once a leader of men, and captain of the Order’s most famous war galley, he now settles into the simple life of a ferryman. He believes this new role to be God’s reward for years of faithful service fighting the Infidel in Outremer.

Seraina, considered a witch by most, a healer by some, is a young woman with a purpose. A Priestess of the Old Religion, and the last Druid disciple of the Helvetii Celts, she has been gifted by the Great Weave to see what others cannot. Her people need her guidance and protection now more than ever. For Duke Leopold of Habsburg, in his efforts to control the St. Gotthard Pass, builds a great Austrian fortress in Altdorf. Once finished, the Habsburg occupation will be complete, but the atrocities visited upon her people will have just begun.

Set in medieval Switzerland, ALTDORF, a novel of The Forest Knights, is the first book in a two-book series.

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Avanaux

PJ McDermott

FREE

AD 2179. The planet Prosperine, twenty light years from Earth.

For a hundred years, the Vatican’s Alien Corps has combed the universe for signs of the approaching apocalypse. Their search has come to nothing—until now.
Reports from the newly discovered planet, Prosperine, say an extraterrestrial known as the Teacher has been performing miracles. Could he be the Lord of Light predicted by the prophecy?

Hickory Lace, recently reinstated to the rank of commander, is assigned to investigate.

Before Hickory and her team can complete their quest, they discover a plot by the non-aligned worlds to seize the planet’s precious fuel source for faster-than-light space travel.

Hickory must find a way to stop the aliens and at the same time determine exactly who the mysterious Teacher is and what he represents.

Avanaux: A Hickory Lace scifi-fantasy adventure is book one of the Prosperine Trilogy.

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