Indie August

I love indie books – and I’ve read quite a few this year that blew me away!

For indie august, I’m going to write about my favourite indie reads here – and also talk about the indie books on my TBR!

Indie books I’ve read in 2021

1) The Fall of the Phoenix by Daniel Kelly

This is an amazing historical fiction novel about the Greek invasion of Troy. Gone are the Gods. Instead we have the voices of the warriors and how they feel as battle looms. It’s told from a multitude of perspectives – from both the Trojan and Greek side – and was so enjoyable. The battles were amazing and the historical research is top-notch.

My husband read it after me and LOVED it. He thinks fans of The Last Kingdom series will enjoy this book a lot.

2 & 3 – The Onyxborn chronicles by D.W. Ross

I read Cold From the North early this year and have only just finished The Darkest Dusk.

These books are classic fantasy adventure. There are prophecies, mages, magical artefacts, feisty princesses and heroic warriors.

I really enjoyed both books – I feel it straddles the YA/adult fantasy market, as there are executions and battle scenes, but nothing graphic when it comes to sex. In a few years, I’d definitely be recommending this to my son.

To give a bit more of the premise, The Cold From the North is about the awakening of an ancient prophecy which will bring the dark ways of an old god to prominence. Based on this prophecy, an army of invaders engulf Ogulf Harlsbane’s homeland – slaughtering all those who oppose them. Ogulf and the people from his village, including his friend Melcun, must flee from this savage force. In doing so, he is tasked with finding the one person who can stop the onslaught.

The Darkest Dusk revolves around Olgulf and Melcun, as well as the Princess Feda and High Paladin Vellan. Battle looms as the Onyxborn gain followers and power, and continue to invade more lands. We also get chapters from King Nadreth, who leads the Onyxborn invasion, which adds to the danger and gives us more insight to the ancient prophecy and Order of Maledict.

Through Olgulf’s eyes we watch as the conflict builds between the onxyborn and the people of Esselonia and Shingally. Feda, Olgulf and Melcun are my favourite characters and I am looking forward to the next instalment.

4) Tower of Mud and Straw by Yaroslav Barsukov

This in a unique novella that really pulled me in. Slightly surreal, Russian inspired, and with a compelling story, this Nebula nominated work is a fantastic read. My only complaint was that I wanted more.

This setting is modern and yet this is still fantasy, but much more grounded, though somehow more fantastical. Imagine the visuals of Oxford from His Dark Materials – a world with airships and government ministers, but set in Cold War Russia, only one where the Russian revolution hadn’t happened.

I can’t wait to read what Yaroslav comes up with next!

5) The Serpent and the Eagle by Edward Rockford

I met Edward on Critique Circle – and this novel impressed me immediately. It’s won quite a few awards for historical fiction – and deservedly so.

The story revolves around Hernando Cortés and his expedition to Mexico in 1518. Told from the POV of Cortés, Malinche ( a slave girl offered to Cortes), members of his crew, a priest, and Emperor of the Aztec Empire, Moctezuma.

The differing POV’s and perspectives give such a deep insight into a bloody period of history and I was completely fascinated.

Indie books I’m currently reading

This is Daniel Kelly’s second book in the Heroes of Troy series. I was meant to read this last month – but my husband got to it first. As I’ve already mentioned, he’s a HUGE fan of this series and now that he’s finished, I’ve reclaimed it!

The ending of Fall of the Phoenix was a little surprising – there was an unexpected twist at the end. I’m really looking forward to finding out where Daniel Kelly takes me in the sequel.

Indie books on my TBR

These are the four self published books that I’ve had on my radar for a while.

My reading always really slows during the summer holidays – but I’m really looking forward to getting to these in the autumn/winter. I’ve heard such great reviews from other blogger friends – and of course Black Stone Heart did very well in last years SPFBO!

If anyone has read any of these books, please let me know! Don’t me afraid to show me your own blog posts/goodreads reviews.

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