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Fantasy Titles to Devour This Fall

By: Hidden Gems on October 10, 2023

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By: Hidden Gems on October 10, 2023


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

The Renegades

The Renegades by Renata Riva

After King Jethron Bloodthorne takes Iiriniss’ family, land and freedom, she swears to avenge her father. When she rescues a severely wounded prince from an ambush, she realizes it is Prince Terven, son of the King. But she can’t let him die, she has a debt to repay him. Over time, she learns that he is not like his father and two brothers. While Iiriniss and her sisters have found an ally, they also have found themselves in even more danger.

“From the start of the book, you are drawn in and can’t put it down. Each page gives you more hints to the secrets in the story. This book has a strong, well-developed and an interesting story line with twists and unexpected turns that keep you reading and turning the pages,” writes Jennifer in their 5-star review. “It pulled me in from beginning to end and held my attention. Amazing world building that is detailed and imaginative and so well done that you’re drawn into a fantastic world unlike any other.”

The Renegades is a hidden secret. It has a slower build, but it’s totally worth it,” writes Tabatha S. in their 5-star review. “There is action and foreshadowing throughout. The character development is great!”

The Stone of Tim

The Stone of Time by Pamela Chartrand

Paige Delaney is struggling to grasp her magical gifts, even if she is one of the most powerful of her bloodline. When she receives a mystical vision of a monk attacking a mysterious figure, she knows she must pursue it. She travels to 14th-century France on a mission to rescue the Herbarium. Paige is struggling with her lack of grasp of her powers, and being reunited with her timeless love, she must make a heart-wrenching choice.

“Amazing! The history was lush! So vivid and real! There were several scenes that left the mind reeling! Very intriguing! Twists and turns, hidden secrets, mysteries revealed in fantastic and out of the way methods. Another journey for the Herbarium!” writes Tami C. in their 5-star review. “Wonder where it will end up next and who we’ll meet next!”

The Stone of Time took me on a spellbinding journey I won’t forget, filled with time travel, magical twists, and a dose of romance that tugged at my heartstrings,” writes JD in their 5-star review. “Pamela Chartrand has outdone herself, leaving me counting the days for the next Herbarium adventure!”


Malfus: Necromancer Unchained: A Grimdark Fantasy Novel by Casey Sutton

Malfus is a renegade, an outlaw, a necromancer, but now has been captured by Inquisitor Deza to be tried, tortured and executed for his crimes. But after Deza’s battalion is ambushed, his only choice is to free Malfus and raise an army of the dead.

“The author has created something worthwhile in Malfus. Malfus, a necromancer, is a relatable character with a horrible gift. Ossoria, the world Malfus inhabits, is presented thoughtfully to the reader and draws them in,” writes Tom in their 5-star review. “The cast of characters are well written and genuine, representing many different aspects of Ossoria. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in grimdark, necromancy, or entertaining fiction.”

“I’ve been looking for a new fantasy series with an anti-hero like Malfus. You hate that you like him with all his flaws, but there is no doubt that you will root for him to win in the end,” writes Kiki K. in their 5-star review. “This book was a page-turner!”

The Other Side: Wolf Moon

The Other Side: Wolf Moon by Sea Elle Wolf

After the horrific murder of her fiancé, Erika Navarro decides to retreat to her Romanian family’s century-old estate, Dragos Manor, in Massachusetts. Suddenly, Erika finds herself in the center of a long feud between rival werewolf families, a hunter, and the matriarch of the family who wants to preserve Dragos Manor and its legacy.

“Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down!” writes Daisy M. in their 5-star review. “Great characters and story flow, and best read in the dark…”

“A blend of action and romance, this well paced story is a super fun read! Before I knew it I had plowed through the whole book. Not only is the story entertaining but the author is hilarious, dropping jokes throughout the story, I found myself literally laughing out loud. The characters are also relatable and make up an eclectic wolf pack cast,” writes Riley in their 5-star review. “There is something for everyone in this story!”

Red: The Wolves Must Die

Red: The Wolves Must Die by Emily Clark

Artemis Ray knows who she is supposed to become, a hunter, and she loves to hunt. She knows what final test she must pass, taking down a pack of demon werewolf-like creatures. But when she unexpectedly meets Leo Kincaid, she will suddenly  be forced to choose between the life of safety she knew or plunge into a future of unknowns.

“I enjoyed this unique take on the Red Riding Hood fairy tale. The characters are interesting and the setting is well done. Nice conflict and the romance is sweet,” writes Nancy J. in their 5-star review. “I will look for more by this author.”

“This is an enchanting retelling that blends Little Red Riding Hood’s essence with a fresh, paranormal twist. Artemis Ray’s unwavering path takes a thrilling turn when she encounters Leo Kincaid, a captivating departure from her predictable life,” writes Ivy in their 5-star review. “The author masterfully weaves nostalgia, humor, and an engaging storyline, captivating readers from start to finish.”

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