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Exciting Fantasy Books to Read This Summer

By: Hidden Gems on June 4, 2024

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By: Hidden Gems on June 4, 2024


Journey into worlds and universes unlike our own in these 5 exciting fantasy books recently read and reviewed by Hidden Gems ARC readers – and remember, if you want to receive free fantasy novels like these – or others from 15 different genres – just sign up today and select your favorites.

Demon Bonds

Demon Bonds by R. W. Hert

With an impressive 4.8 average star rating on Amazon, Demon Bonds is a coming of age epic fantasy. Zade is haunted by how effortlessly Vrieg defeated him, shredding his demon half and taking his closest friend, Tiani. Vrieg got everything he wanted—except access to the demon world portal.

But he’ll return, and the villagers are well aware of this. Without their “demon ninja” to protect them, they seek help from the one who created him—the demon king himself. He has a few ideas that might work, but only if the villagers are willing to sacrifice their souls.

“I really enjoyed this second book in the series. There is excellent world-building and character development, plenty of plot twists, and surprises, action and growth,” wrote Anonymous in their 5-star review. “Zade is a character who is easy to relate to and root for. I am looking forward to more in the series.”

“What’s not to like about this, it has got everything that you would want from a book like this. Vivid world creation and character building to the story and plot, pace and excitement that comes with this fun tale of daemons and magic. I liked the character Zade most of all although there are many whom I related to,” wrote Anonymous in their 5-star review. “All in all I would easily recommend this book and the first, I hope they keep them coming!”

Into the Light

Into the Light by Larynn Ford

Born and raised in the Faerie realm of endless darkness, Kheelan Sincleir’s life changes dramatically when he stumbles through a portal into the light-filled human world and into the arms of the woman of his dreams. His worries intensify when a sinister force from his past threatens to drag him back to the dark realm for eternity.

“His life is all darkness in his world and he will find himself in a different world full of light. He likes this new world and he will meet her. She is working hard and she is shocked when he offers her help,” wrote Tanya in their 5-star review. “Things go well for a while until she begins wondering if it is right for her. What will she do? How will he take it? Will his past try to take him back to the darkness?”

“Beautiful love story in a beautiful world,” wrote Jen in their 5-star review.

Knights of Orion Citadel: Nightmare of Consequence

Knights of Orion Citadel: Nightmare of Consequence by Avalon O’Clair

With a 4.6 average star rating, Knights of Orion Citadel is an urban fantasy novel meant for an adult audience. Chase, Ben, and Ashriel weave a web of lies to protect Emma from a devastating secret, but two shocking revelations change everything. The first brings Chase closer to his dreams…the second could cost him his life.

“Officially my new favorite series. Could not put it down until I finished. Just like in the first book, the author grabbed me from the first page and didn’t let go, but I didn’t want to get to that last page because I didn’t want it to end. Beautifully written too. Not overboard on the description, but it paints a really vivid picture,” wrote Khloe Z. in their 5-star review. “I love the dialogue, especially between the cousins. So funny and edgy and snarky, but you can tell how much they love each other, and Emma is so sweet. The characters all feel so real. Highly recommend. Can’t wait for the next one”

“Well written and constructed, looking forward to resolving some of the character issues as we go,” wrote Scott W. in their 5-star review. “I’m enjoying the journey.”

Savage Wild Hearts

Savage Wild Hearts by Sean Fletcher

With 100 ratings and a 4.4 average star rating, Savage Wild Hearts is a YA Fantasy series filled with adventure and heartbreak in this enemies to lovers romance. Caught in a conflict between wildlings, Lords, and potent magic, a human girl must trust her deadliest foe to survive.

“This book was sooooo good. I could not put this book down. The world building and character building was absolutely amazing,” wrote Julie in their 5-star review. “I haven’t read a book like this before which I really loved. I felt like it was a very original idea and I am so excited to read the second book!”

“I was so easily immersed into this magical world where fantasy meets dystopian. This book checks all the boxes with an incredibly well-developed and beautifully written world, strong FMC, alluring adventure, betrayal, morally grey MMC, with characters who are easy to love and easy to hate. I will immediately be reading the next books in this Savage Wild Hearts series and can’t wait to read other books written by Sean Fletcher,” wrote Alicia C. in their 5-star review. “This is one of the best written stories I’ve read.”

Truth in Blue

Truth in Blue by Mirai Amell

With over 50 reviews and an average 4.4 star rating on Amazon, Truth in Blue is book one of the All That Matters series. Malakai sought to safeguard his kingdom from external threats but finds himself powerless and fugitive, forced to thwart his own brother, the king.

“Who hasn’t considered tossing a few belongings in a bag and hitting the road? What if you could also toss in a bit of blue magic to help you on your way? A special book that has all the required elements for fantasy fans, but is also tremendously fun and funny. The characters are believable in their own fantastical way and get into some scrapes that leave you wanting them to succeed. And let’s not forget the Devil,” wrote Anonymous in their 5-star review. “We expect the next volume in the series to be even more entertaining.”

“This is my kind of fantasy novel!” wrote Thalia K. in their 5-star review. “I look forward to the continuation and can see lots of breadcrumbs have been laid for more storytelling. So happy to have stumbled across this book!”

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