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Initial post: 6 Aug 2010 16:31:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Aug 2010 16:32:36 BDT
Now the UK Kindle store's up and running we have more access to indie fantasy writers. I've been reading a lot of stuff from the US but the download fees are a nuissance. This ushers in a new era for us in the UK.

I was wondering if anyone has favourite indie fantasy authors?

Of the ones I've reviewed I'd have to go with:

David Dalglish (Half Orcs series) - fast paced, to the point, and with strong relationships between the protagonists; The Weight of Blood (The Half-Orcs, Book 1)

Derek Prior (The Resurrection of Deacon Shader) - currently #1 in Sword & Sorcery in the US; The Resurrection of Deacon Shader

C.S. Marks (ElfHunter) - polished and elegant; old style epic Elfhunter: A Tale Of Alterra, The World That Is (Tales of Alterra, the World that Is.)

There are plenty of other good indies too - Nicholson, Alley, Mcafee to name a few.

If you know where to look you can avoid some of the bad stuff (poorly edited) out there. All the above are of professional standard.

Posted on 7 Aug 2010 15:54:07 BDT
Dolt Dullard says:
Thanks for starting this thread. I've not seen much activity re indie fantasy in the UK but we're a vibrant community in the US. There are some particularly good discussions on the Kindleboards forums.

I'm a big fan of the other two authors you mentioned - David's a great story-teller with a knack for creating emotional involvement, and C.S. Marks is a wonderful world-builder whose books are meticulously edited and beautifully presented.

I'm still waiting to get a Kindle so that I can sample some more indies. There's one or two I'm dying to take a look at (not all fantasy either).

Posted on 8 Aug 2010 08:59:11 BDT
I've just started "The Weight of Blood" - quite gruesome but well written and easy to read.

I loved "The Resurrection of Deacon Shader" - real old style fantasy with big themes. Havne't got "Elfhunter" yet but it sounds interesting. I've not come across any other indie writers yet. Any recommendations?

Posted on 8 Aug 2010 09:28:48 BDT
meloco says:
How about some indie fantasy authors from Australia

Empire of Ice
Time Crystal - Part 1 the Convergence
Time Crystal Part 2 - Delsaron's World

Posted on 8 Aug 2010 09:50:50 BDT
Dolt Dullard says:
I've not seen these Aussie titles before. There's a lot of good fantasy coming out of Australia. Last time I was there I read a fair bit of Sara Douglas. I'll be adding this to my list.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2010 10:15:27 BDT
meloco says:
Sara Douglas is pretty good. I just remembered another great Aussie fantasy writer - Kate Forsythe - mostly about witches, sea cretures and dragons etc. Even better than Sara Douglas and I just checked - her books are available on Amazon UK.

Posted on 8 Aug 2010 20:54:15 BDT
Dolt Dullard says:
I'll take a look at Kate Forsythe. Thanks.

Posted on 13 Aug 2010 10:14:41 BDT
Lloyd Blake says:

I am the author of the fantasy title The Fight for Naturah: The Reclamation. The novel is an epic fantasy adventure set on Earth in the year 2085, and follows the exploits of Mark Ashton - former President of the US who has just left office - and his close friends and family. Whilst on a cruise across the Pacicfic Ocean, Mark Ashton is transported into a parallel world in which two civilisations - the Magical Naturahans and the Technologically advanced Tekhnans are about to clash in a cataclysmic war. Mark Ashton soon discovers that a young Naturahan queen with telepathic and telekinitic powers is in search of answers to two murders close to her heart. And a Tekhnan leader wants control over a substance owned by Naturahans and more land from the Naturahans to fuel his empires insatiable growth. Until the young queen gets to the truth surrounding the muderous exploits that have shrouded a cloud of darkness over her intire realm, she will not negotiate with the Tekhnans.
The tension of war builds and builds, and Mark Ashton and his friends are thrown into the intricacies of war between two civilsations intent on upholding the values of their empires. Will a young queen find the truth she so craves, will a Tekhnan leader intent on holding onto power get the things his nation needs in order to survive. Will a former US President ever get back to Earth so he can see his two young children, and most importantly can he help these two civilsations avoid a catastrophic war in the fight for Naturah.

The book is also available on the kindle The Fight For Naturah: The Reclamation

Thank you for taking your time to read this and i hope you enjoy the novel

Lloyd Blake

Posted on 31 Aug 2010 19:38:46 BDT
S.L. Baum says:
I'll add my title to the list. I'm not so sure how well it fits into fantasy - it's main character is Immortal.
Download a sample and give it a try.

A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones)
A new family has just arrived in the isolated mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. Welcome the Johnstons - Jason (a doctor), Rachel (a designer), and their niece Emily (a current High School Senior).

Emily has lived the life of a quiet loner in the past, trying to go unnoticed. But with Telluride being such a small and welcoming town, she finds a group of friends at school almost immediately. When Emily meets Link (another new transplant in town) her world turns upside down. She doesn't understand why she feels a magnetic pull toward him, or why she unknowingly lets her guard down around him. Link is just as confused by his own need to be with her.

Emily knows she is playing with fire. She should be doing whatever she can to keep herself isolated, to keep Link from getting too close. Danger has a way of finding Emily's family - that is what keeps them on the move. They arrive in a new town every few years - it is safer that way.

Because? Emily isn't really Emily? her real name is Charity - and Charity has an even bigger secret. Charity and her family are not like other people, they have "skills" that mere mortals cannot begin to comprehend.

Before long, Charity is struggling with the reality that her two lives are coming closer to each other with each passing day. Soon Link will find himself wrapped in a supernatural world that he never knew existed - and discover that mortals are not the only beings that walk this earth.

Thank You

S.L. Baum
A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones)

Posted on 2 Sep 2010 06:30:00 BDT
Dolt Dullard says:
I'd like to introduce my new novella, "Thanatos Rising" which is a dark fantasy set between West Wales and the alternate world of Thanatos. It's drawn from the memoirs of Harry Chesterton which were left in an attic flat in Eastbourne following his first return from Thanatos.

"Too dark for science, too evil for theology, but some secrets refuse to stay hidden..."

Thanatos Rising (The Memoirs of Harry Chesterton)
Thanatos Rising (The Memoirs of Harry Chesterton)
The Resurrection of Deacon Shader

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2010 13:32:33 BDT
Chris says:
Sorry to butt in but can somone please define 'indie' books for me. I vaugely recall the storyline from "Thanatos Rising" 'which is a dark fantasy ect etc drawn from the memoirs of Harry Chesterton which were left in an attic flat in Eastbourne following his first return from Thanatos', sounds a bit Douglas Adams . Did I read it or was it a cover blurb I saw and put the book back. Dunno. But a definition would help.

Posted on 2 Sep 2010 15:55:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Sep 2010 15:56:11 BDT
S.L. Baum says:
Chris - "Indie" just means independent - like "indie rock" bands (bands that are on their own label or releasing their own music). An "indie" author has released his/her own book - some indie authors also have conventionally published works (some do not).

I hope that answered your question.

S.L. Baum
A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones)

Posted on 4 Sep 2010 07:32:15 BDT
Quite right re "indie" -- there are a lot of good books being released by the authors themselves which might otherwise sit on the slush-pile of one of the major houses simply because no one's gotten round to reading them or they don't fit in with the marketing director's opinion of what will make a huge profit.

"Fantasy" is a little harder as it could be taken to mean anything that's not factual. What's the difference between SF and alternate worlds fantasy? Or between Dark Fantasy and Horror?

I had trouble categorising the aforementioned "Thanatos Rising" which seems to me to fall somewhere inbetween mystery/horror/alternate worlds/dark fantasy. Sometimes it may be better not to pidgeon-hole certain books in genres or to label them as cross-genre. In any case, my review for "Thanatos Rising" is on Amazon.

Another interesting indie that crosses the genres is Andrew Cable's "The Shadow on the Dial" (SF/time travel/YA/Jewish Fiction). Like "Thanatos" it has an interesting use of voice (both have a 1930s style narrative voice which reminded me of Edgar Rice-Burroughs).

Thanatos Rising (The Memoirs of Harry Chesterton)
The Shadow on the Dial

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2010 23:02:20 BDT
I was interested in your description. I write for older children and describe my books as fantasy adventure; I always feel a bit guilty calling it fantasy because I don't include magic but I am writing about an alternate made up world. I also wondered what classed as 'indie' but I'm not sure if I fall into that category either as I'm with a smaller publisher! Both the term indie and scifi turn out to be very complicated genres!

Blood and Allegiance

Posted on 5 Sep 2010 07:30:40 BDT
There are a lot of indie fantasy writers, not sure why that is but I like it. :) I enjoy writing fantasy myself and maybe the fact that we can cross genres so easily is what makes it so appealing. Fantasy is wide open, there's something for everyone.

The Ryel Saga: A Tale of Love and Magic is by Carolyn Kephart who is (imo) a very talented writer. I'm in the middle of a huge sample that I'm enjoying - The Sword and the Dragon (The Wardstone Trilogy Book One) - it's a bit pricier than The Ryel Saga but the sample is substantial enough to judge if it is worth the price. I also enjoyed the Weight of Blood, it's quite dark but I like that.

Posted on 5 Sep 2010 15:25:16 BDT
Dolt Dullard says:
I'm liking the sound of "The Sword & the Dragon" so I'll probably check out the sample soon. It's quite pricey for an indie but then it is very long.

Posted on 3 Oct 2010 15:36:50 BDT
Dolt Dullard says:
C.F. - a question: In spite of Kindle being released in the UK (I've just bought one BTW) 99% of my sales come from the US.

There were a spate of sales from the UK the first week the titles went live there but since there's been hardly any activity. US sales remain good every month.

Is this due to the releative size of the markets? Has anyone else experienced the same.

Just in case there are any Kindle weilding Brits out there, I'd like to offer my two titles for a special Halloween price of 72p each. See the links below.

The Resurrection of Deacon Shader

Thanatos Rising (The Memoirs of Harry Chesterton)

Posted on 4 Oct 2010 00:47:28 BDT
Historical fantasy fans: The first two episodes of Jon Baxley's epic medieval Scottish adventure are now available in Kindle UK format. For a free sample on your Kindle, PC, iPhone, Blackberry, etc. click below:

THE BLACKGLOOM BOUNTY (The Scythian Stone Saga Book 1)

Posted on 4 Oct 2010 18:25:05 BDT
:) says:
Take a look at 'The Siege of Scarn' and 'Connor's Folly' the first two books in the 'Trance Warriors' series, the first one has been published as an audiobook as well, all 'indie' titles, and all good quality, but the Audio book in particular is very high quality.

Posted on 7 Oct 2010 15:23:47 BDT
Carol Arnall says:
It's great to find this discussion and I have enjoyed reading your thoughts. I have been adding your books to my wish list.
I have written two Time Travel novels both are in paperback and on Kindle. Dancing with Spirits A Time Travel romance that really does span the centuries. It's full of mystery and intrigue.
Spirits of the Lights The sequel to Dancing With Spirits but can be read as a stand alone novel.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2010 13:14:13 BDT
Hi everyone,

Great to see a discussion of indie fantasy here.

I'd like to share my own experience. Three years ago, Five Star Publishing released my fantasy novel Firefly Island in hardcover. In April this year, I independently re-released Firefly Island as an ebook. The results were quite amazing; I've now sold more ebooks than hardcovers (and I earn even more royalties per ebook sale!). This "experiment" went so well, that I recently released my second fantasy novel, Flaming Dove, directly on Kindle and CreateSpace.

I've also been reading indie Kindle fantasy (currently I'm reading a Dalglish book). There's definitely talent in this new indie fantasy world. I look forward to writing and reading more of the stuff.

Daniel Arenson

Posted on 28 Oct 2010 21:08:23 BDT
Sci-Fan says:
I've got two books up. Both of them YA fantasy adventures. Nothing too complex. Simple, easy reads.

The Judge (The Coranite Chronicles) - A boy stranded on a distant, unknown planet must work together with a band of unlikely allies to overthrow a nation of immortals before they bring themselves to ruin.

Awake - The whole world can't wake up, and it's up to a bunch of sleep-deprived teens and their pets to expose the secrets of this dark mystery.

Posted on 29 Oct 2010 06:50:48 BDT
Mind if I throw a couple of my fantasy novels into the fray?

The Obloeron Trilogy -- A human warrior with an unknown destiny finds aid from a dwarf king, his nephew, an elf and a halfling. They all help him toward his destiny as the High Imperial Inquisitior of the southlands, all due to his grandfather's efforts 50 years in the past. (My prequel series, which will see the first novel released soon, deals with the grandfather's adventures.)

One Hero, A Savior -- A tale revolving around a man who creates a fantasy world full of halflings, dwarves and elves -- but which side are they on, hmmm? -- with himself set up as the Creator.

Posted on 31 Oct 2010 06:07:35 GMT
TraceyA says:
If you don't mind a shameless plug of my own books I'll let you know about my Witchcraft Wars trilogy.
Blurb - The world of Kaynos is threatened by the evil ambitions of a dark sorceress armed with a new and deadly form of magic. Should she succeed in her ambitions the Kingdoms of Kaynos will be thrown into the bloodiest war of conquest ever seen and she will unleash the very gates of hell. Pitted against her are an unlikely group, some 'good', some 'evil' but all determined to stop her from destroying the world of Kaynos.
Erich's Plea (The Witchcraft Wars)
Ursula's Quest: Book Two of the Witchcraft Wars

The final in the trilogy, Slade's Destiny, will be released at the end of November.

I also have a couple of short stories, about 7k each, that introduce some of the characters and background story to the Witchcraft Wars series.
A Very Hairy Adventure - A Kaynos History Tale (Kaynos History Tales)
An Unholy Encounter (The History Tales of Kaynos)

Shameless plug over - please feel free to resume your regular discussions :)


Posted on 31 Oct 2010 18:03:25 GMT
R Cotterill says:
Thanks for all these recommendations - I'm looking forwards to checking some of them out. This is why I love Kindle's free samples so much :)

I'm another indie-by-choice fantasy author. My first series is somewhat between genres (being non-magical fantasy adventure); I know that can be a hard sell, as can the fact that it's three chunky volumes spanning around ten years. I'm busy with my PhD and various other freelance writing endeavours, so I just decided at this stage I didn't feel like wrangling with publishers when DIY is so easy these days. I don't know whether I'll try a different route for future books, we'll see how it goes!

If anyone would like to take a look, you get about the first three chapters on the free sample: Rebellion (Chronicles of Charanthe)

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