Your Sci Fi & Fantasy Reading List – 4/30

Strange Magic
James Hunter

Yancy Lazarus is having a bad day, and it's about to get a whole lot worse… 

There’s a bullet lodged in his butt cheek, his face looks like it got hit by a wrecking ball, and he’s been Saran-wrapped to a banquet table. He never should’ve answered the phone… 

When he came to Los Angeles, mage and paranormal fixer Yancy Lazarus thought his main problem would be finding decent ribs, good bourbon, and great blues. Instead, he got roped into solving a series of gangland assassinations. The crime scene stinks of brimstone, and the killer's set to spark a turf war between the otherworldly forces of the city.  

And with the number of folks he's pissed off, Yancy's sure to catch the blame. Can he close the case in time, or will he be hexed, burned, and gored into early retirement? The kind of retirement that comes with a toe tag.  


Beyond the Gloaming Pass: An Emotional High Fantasy Adventure (Equilibria Book 1)
Rebecca Holmes

Life in the gas-lit city of Tunswick has never been easy for best friends Rubriel and Molindra.

An unlicensed mage, Molindra struggles to contain her innate magical abilities, while Rubriel bounces from one job to the next after industrialization left her skillset redundant. When a contract from a wealthy merchant offers a hefty payout for a dangerous mission in a mysterious land, Molindra seizes the opportunity for a better life.

Cold, barren and brutally efficient, the Gloaming Mountains conceal a powerful nation, where the sun never rises and the dead watch tirelessly – a nation determined to claim Bantria’s abundant natural resources for themselves. In the heart of Langlythe, Molindra receives the mage training she so desperately desires. In return, she must retrieve an ancient artifact buried deep in the frozen north. Fears for her safety at odds with festering resentment, Rubriel chases Molindra through inhospitable territory. The pair soon find themselves swept onto opposite sides of a bitter conflict that spirals rapidly out of control.

Separated and pushed to the limits of endurance, their journey will put the bonds of friendship to the ultimate test and challenge their perception of the world to its very core. Will they reunite and save Bantria from the growing threat, or become unwitting agents of its destruction?

Beyond the Gloaming Pass is a down-to-earth high fantasy adventure that weaves together themes of friendship, resilience, and the search for truth. With its strong female leads, profound emotional depth, and heart-wrenching conclusion, this book will keep readers enchanted until the very last page.


After The Cure
Deirdre Gould

Eight years ago the December Plague swept through the human population of earth. The Infected were driven mad by the disease, becoming violent and cannibalistic, killing even those closest to them without hesitation.

Six years ago, the tiny surviving community of Immune humans found a cure, and the Infected began to wake up and realize what they'd done. And what had been done to them.

Over time, society began to rebuild itself. Now it is ready to judge those responsible for the Plague. Nella Rider, the court psychologist and Frank Courtlen a defense attorney are trying to establish the truth. But more depends on it than they know. They race to find the answers they need before the fragile remains of humanity vanish for good.