I’m back with further recommendations from Tasmanian indie author W.R. Gingell. I’ve already raved about her urban fantasy series, but if you prefer good old classic fantasy with elves and magic, check out her Shards of a Broken Sword trilogy.
This entertaining series of short novels has a lot to recommend itself. It’s a very solid fantasy series, with a good system of magic and worldbuilding. You’ll see some fairy tale tropes mixed in, but the stories give them some twists so that it feels more like original fantasy than a retelling. In addition to fantasy, each has a bit of mystery/intrigue and romance. To break down each book a little further…
Twelve Days of Faery
To start the series, an enchantress agrees to help a king stop the deadly curse that is being laid on any lady who catches his son’s eye. Her reward will be the prince’s hand, but is that what she really wants? This book sets the stage for the trilogy by establishing some conflict between humans and fae, and uncovering the first shard of the titular broken sword. It’s also an engaging mystery with charming characters.
Fire in the Blood
Next, a prince and his dragon must solve level after level of puzzles to free a princess from her imprisonment in a tower…but not all is quite as it seems at first. This one is my personal favorite, mostly because I loved all the puzzles in getting through the tower. I also really liked how the dragons were done, as well as the subtle Asian/Middle Eastern influence. And I adored the princess’s crazy family and would love more stories about them.
First Chill of Autumn
An epic conclusion that brings together characters from the first two novels, as a young woman tries to save her kingdom from a Fae invasion. This one is the most complex, and the ending is bittersweet. For that reason I didn’t like it quite as much, though I think it is probably a stronger story for it.
As you may have inferred, each of the first two books can be read as a stand-alone, while the third one brings together themes and characters from each of the first two. The characters are so engaging you will definitely want more of them. You can get the books individually or buy the whole series together (plus a short story) on Smashwords for $6.99. There’s even a paperback version available on Amazon (but it’s expensive😢).