Your Sci Fi & Fantasy Reading List – 5/9

Mechaniek: Drums of the Gods: A post-apocalyptic sci-fi enemies to lovers MM Romance novel
JC Compton

Fourteen years have passed since the assassination of King Denisov, and Toweren has slowly recovered from the long war with Tartessos. Hybrids like the merpeople have become a new object of interest for collectors, as well as the preserved bodies of four children found in the ruins of the ancient Devarkan civilization.

In Toweren, Arnau and Goram have adopted a son, Ari, who lacks the talent for mechanics that would ensure him a future. One night, they are invited to a party at the Yamato-koku ambassador’s home where he meets Masaru, a talented mechanical drummer and playboy, and befriends Princess Aimee Denisov. Disappointed with his life and his relationship failures, Ari doubts himself; more so when he discovers that his biological father died in the experiments carried out by his adoptive father Arnau. Furious, he leaves Toweren with the Yamato-koku ambassador to become his son Masaru’s tutor and at first finds it difficult to get along with this spoiled young man he shared a kiss with, but soon a bond beyond words grows between them.

Meanwhile, in Toweren, Aimee starts dating the son of Royman Lombardi, a religious conservative and monarchist. Seduced at first by their promises, she then becomes friends with her political enemy, Alistair McVaughan, and when the Lombardis turn against her, he is the one who comes to her rescue. But Lombardi’s ambitions extend beyond the princess: he has secretly kidnapped the four Devarkan children after they awakened and plans to use them to restore the divine right of kings in Toweren…


Quantum Tangle
Chris Reher

Dropping out of sub-space into the wrong galactic sector, Sethran Kada wakes up with a headache and an extraordinary alien aboard his ship. She implores him to help stop the abductions of her people, a newly evolved species emerging from sub-space. Their dangerous potential has caught the attention of rebel factions as well as the ruling Commonwealth. When contact with her kind turns pilots into casualties, the Governors fear an imminent invasion engineered by their rebel enemies.

Pursued by Air Command, Seth heads deep into rebel-controlled territory to recover the stolen entities and keep this deadly weapon from falling into the wrong hands. Things get personal when his alien visitor begins to transform his mind and his life, turning the rescue mission into a fight for survival for all of them.

Quantum Tangle is part of Chris Reher’s Targon Tales series but does not intersect the other stories. Sethran Kada previously appeared in The Catalyst and also in Rebel Alliances.


Dragon Storm
Lindsay Buroker

Born with a secret power he must hide…

Telryn “Trip” Yert has always been a little odd, with hunches that are too accurate to explain. Magic is feared and forbidden in Iskandia, so he’s struggled his whole life to hide his eccentricities. As a boy, he was forced to watch his mother’s execution. Her crime? Witchcraft.

Understandably, Trip wants nothing to do with the power that lurks within him, always threatening to reveal itself. Instead, he dedicates himself to serving as an officer in the king’s army, to battling pirates and imperial conquerors. He longs to become a soldier as respected and renowned as the legendary General Zirkander.

But his country is in need of more than a soldier.

After disappearing for over a thousand years, dragons have returned to the world. A few of them are willing to be allies to mankind, as they were millennia before, but far more want to destroy or enslave humans and claim the world for themselves.

There are few people left with the power to fight dragons. For reasons he doesn’t understand, Trip may be one of those people. But if he chooses to learn more about his heritage and the power he can wield, he risks losing everyone he loves and everything he longs to be.