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Terrestrial Magic by Marina Ermakova

Most sensible people avoid fire-breathing carnivores that prey on humans. But Jordan has built a career out of studying such legendary animals, creatures thought mythological until their reemergence in the world three decades ago. She and researchers like her believe that knowledge is the key to reclaiming the land they’d lost back then, when humanity retreated into designated safety zones. . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Palladian.
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Darkside by S.K.S. Perry

When you're dead, wishing you were is kind of counter-productive.

James Decker just won’t stay dead. Slain while rescuing a young woman from a would-be rapist, he finds himself in a pseudo-life, caught between two realities, belonging to neither. Haunted by the ghosts of his father and grandfather, he learns that the woman he rescued is in fact an Innocent, the physical embodiment of hope. As it turns out, seeing . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Linda Schoales and 2 other members.
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No Man An Island by G.S. Williams

Boy meets girl. Fights demons. Faces the devil to save the world. Your basic love story.

Eight friends gather for a reunion vacation, but go missing after a hurricane strikes along their plane’s flight path. While friends and family mourn their loss when the crashed plane is found, the impossible happens: they appear in public claiming to have been in a cave in the mountains. Missing for months, they have no memory of the interval. What . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Fiona Gregory and 2 other members.
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Beasts of New York by Jon Evans

An urban fantasy about the wildlife of New York City, starring a squirrel protagonist who has to find his way from exile in Staten Island back to his home in Central Park. . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Fiona Gregory and 2 other members.
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The Dreams by Bridgett Morigna

If you live another life in your dreams, are you ever really asleep? Rina is trying to live a normal life even though she has started to have life-like dreams about a young kitsune that won’t fade from memory like ordinary dreams. As time goes on she struggles to determine which life is actually the dream. . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Palladian.
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The Cold Inside by Al Bruno III

What if you could do anything you wanted? What if no one could stop you?

“What if you could do anything you wanted?” Sixteen year-old Tristam Bloom is having the worst year of his life. He’s on probation, he’s the laughingstock of the school and his girlfriend wants nothing to do with him. To top it all off he now has to eat lunch with the nerdy kids he spent all of last year . . .

A complete novel.
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Oathbreaker’s Price by Lisa Janice (LJ) Cohen

Lilliane Tor, a renowned empathic healer from Rimland, learns the cost of keeping her oath when she saves the life of Jahnissim Hal Zev, a member of the nomadic and insular Tisreen and becomes entangled in a diplomatic nightmare. A fugitive from her own land, and in search of her missing sister, she escapes to Tisreen with Zev and enters . . .

A complete novel.
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The Machine God by MeiLin Miranda

A professor who's lost everything discovers a being who can do anything...except save itself

Professor Oladel Adewole has lost tenure, and the beloved, much-younger sister he’s raised has died. With no reason to stay, he leaves his homeland for the University of Eisenstadt. One thing makes his new life bearable: the island floating a mile above the city. Adewole is an expert in the myths told all over the world about the island, . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Fiona Gregory.
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Black Blossom by M.C.A. Hogarth

A fantasy of manners and civilization.

In this sequel to The Aphorisms of Kherishdar and The Admonishments of Kherishdar, the gentle Calligrapher is sent to succor the broken priest of Shame. Will he be in time to rehabilitate one of the empire’s greatest assets? And what will happen in the House of Flowers? A genteel, conversational fantasy of society, culture . . . and the perversions that threaten them. . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Fiona Gregory.
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A Bit of Cold Weather at Upperworth by Mairi Morgan

Four children discover a strange life-form in the snow.

When the snow falls, and goes on falling, Sam and Bridie discover a strange life-form living amongst the snow. Are there more of them? Are they all as friendly as the first one, or will they bring great danger to the quiet town of Upperworth? It may be up to just four children to prevent a permananet and catastrophic freeze. . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Fiona Gregory.
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Tales of the Big Bad Wolf-Red Riding Hood by SgL

A world of fantasy and fairytales,twisted together. On a journey north to visit her ailing grandmother, Elanore Redley encounters the reclusive Count Wolfram while fleeing a monstrous pursuer. As the mysterious Wolfram draws her into his magic-filled world, her childhood friend Edmund must come to terms with his own feelings towards Elanore and his identity as a hunter. . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Palladian.
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Above Ground by A. M. Harte

Mayhem, violence, and danger: a story about fighting the odds, and surviving.

Life above ground is something Lilith has never experienced. When she gets the chance to visit the outside world, to see, firsthand, the monsters that roam the surface, she’s understandably ecstatic. But the infected have a reputation for being dangerous for a reason, and Lilith is about to find out why . . . . This is the story of Lilith, and her . . .

A complete novel.  Recommended by Jim Zoetewey and 1 other member.
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BLACK BLOSSOM

The Menace from Earth

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jan 5, 2013: This is a brilliant, unusual work; a triumph of world building. In some ways it shadows how the feudal Japanese culture reacted to their first encounters with Europeans during the Edo period (although the Al-Naidoori seem more gentle!). Without a doubt, it is exquisite writing. The only problem I had with it was I felt some interesting plot elements (including those centred around the black blossom of the title) were glossed over or left unexplained, in favour of focusing on the relationship of the two protagonists. Or perhaps I [more . . .]

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UNDESTINED

A refreshing reconstruction of high fantasy

By KC Shi, member

Oct 7, 2013: The About page promised a story of magic, cliche, and adventure, but so far I’ve only found two of the three. Undestined may be full of magic and adventure, but anytime it edges near a cliche it subverts, deconstructs, or reconstructs it, creating a new and interesting take on fantasy fiction. The story follows Silay, a girl who, in a world where everyone seems to have a predestined fate, has no destiny at all. While the writing is somewhat sparse, it also makes for quick and easy reading, and a [more . . .]

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