Saturday, December 31, 2011

#Free Books Worth Reading - Sword and Sorcery #Fantasy

Get it at no cost - 

You get what you pay for, right? It's one of those truisms that I've found to be wrong on various occasions. Allow me to share one more with you.

Since I have to support the Barnes and Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, iPad/iPodTouch, Aluratek eReaders, I often find myself looking for free content to share with folks. Of course, I'd explored SmashWords and other sites, downloading hundreds of books available at no cost.

One of the sources that I overlooked, though, was Barnes and Noble, as well as Amazon, as a source of free books. A short time ago, I wrote about one trilogy by J.R. Lallo. Here's the relevant section:
 Joseph Lallo's The Book of Deacon (which is an engaging tale that had me reading from the moment I downloaded it from Smashwords for free, although it's also a free title you can get via Amazon for your Kindle) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World (available through for free).
Lallo's The Book of Deacon (BTW, catch Joseph Lallo on Twitter at @jrlallo and Facebook) is obviously a teaser, the first in a series. You get the first one free but pay for the other two at wonderfully low prices. Based on what I've read so far, only about 40 pages, I've already decided to invest in the other two books!
Problem with any series, though, is they tend to fizzle out. Thank goodness, a new series I've stumbled upon doesn' just gets better!

When I came upon a sword and sorcery series by Jonathan Mueller, I didn't think it would be all that great as a result of the cover art. Wow, what a surprise! I started reading the Demonsouled series, and, as Mueller warmed to the subject (the first book is rough-hewn, but stick with it since it gets action-packed quick), I found myself enthralled. 
Full dark fell by the time they reached the inn. It had changed little from what Mazael remembered. A high wall of sharpened wooden logs surrounded the rambling stone building, and torches burned in scones atop the wooden palisade, casting a circle of light around the wall. A pair of crossbow-armed mercenaries stood guard before the crude gate.
Mazael could have killed them both before they reacted.
He reined up instead. “Ho, the inn!”
Read more here.  
Now, if you're an avid reader like me, you'll appreciate quality fiction running almost 800 pages for less than $3 per book. It takes me back to my childhood when I'd haunt the local Guthrie's Book Store near my favorite Chinese restaurant at the time, Lung Fung (wow, over 30 years ago).

The author--@moellerjonathan--is accessible via Twitter, and I'm grateful for his occasional missives announcing that the 4th book in the series is on its way (due in February, 2012). Be sure to acquire these tomes detailing the life and times of Sir Mazael Cravenlock!
  1. Demonsouled - Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Smashwords (no cost)
  2. Soul of Serpents - Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Smashwords
  3. Soul of Tyrants - Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Smashwords
  4. Soul of Dragons - Due out in February, 2012. Read preview courtesy of J. Moeller.
If you like David Gemmel and other similar sword and sorcery authors, Moeller's work will engage you! Soul of Tyrants--the one I'm reading now--has certainly been action-packed! I can't wait to read more and it's been rare to find myself feeling that way!

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