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Secrets: ancient prophecies; lost legacies; and forbidden trysts. Spells: enchanted weapons; powerful bloodlines; and unlikely apprentices. Discover mysteries and magic in this bundle of epic fantasy novels! Dive into these fantastic realms of richly drawn characters and become lost in engrossing stories of friendship, adversity, and love. Introducing a brand-new novell Secrets: ancient prophecies; lost legacies; and forbidden trysts. Spells: enchanted weapons; powerful bloodlines; and unlikely apprentices. Discover mysteries and magic in this bundle of epic fantasy novels! Dive into these fantastic realms of richly drawn characters and become lost in engrossing stories of friendship, adversity, and love. Introducing a brand-new novella, The Gallant, by best-selling author Janny Wurts, prequel to her series Wars of Light and Shadow. This epic read by USA Today and International best-selling authors also contains: • THE GALLANT (Wars of Light & Shadow prequel) – by Janny Wurts • MAGIC OF THIEVES (Legends of Dimmingwood #1) – by C. Greenwood • UNGUILDED (The Mage Guild #1) – by Jane Glatt • AERISIA : LAND BEYOND SUNSET (The Sunset Lands Beyond Series #1) – by Sarah Ashwood • BLACK ROSE (The Black Rose #1) – by K. L. Bone • THE DEMONS WE SEE (The Dark Abyss of Our Sins #1) – by Krista D. Ball


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Secrets: ancient prophecies; lost legacies; and forbidden trysts. Spells: enchanted weapons; powerful bloodlines; and unlikely apprentices. Discover mysteries and magic in this bundle of epic fantasy novels! Dive into these fantastic realms of richly drawn characters and become lost in engrossing stories of friendship, adversity, and love. Introducing a brand-new novell Secrets: ancient prophecies; lost legacies; and forbidden trysts. Spells: enchanted weapons; powerful bloodlines; and unlikely apprentices. Discover mysteries and magic in this bundle of epic fantasy novels! Dive into these fantastic realms of richly drawn characters and become lost in engrossing stories of friendship, adversity, and love. Introducing a brand-new novella, The Gallant, by best-selling author Janny Wurts, prequel to her series Wars of Light and Shadow. This epic read by USA Today and International best-selling authors also contains: • THE GALLANT (Wars of Light & Shadow prequel) – by Janny Wurts • MAGIC OF THIEVES (Legends of Dimmingwood #1) – by C. Greenwood • UNGUILDED (The Mage Guild #1) – by Jane Glatt • AERISIA : LAND BEYOND SUNSET (The Sunset Lands Beyond Series #1) – by Sarah Ashwood • BLACK ROSE (The Black Rose #1) – by K. L. Bone • THE DEMONS WE SEE (The Dark Abyss of Our Sins #1) – by Krista D. Ball

30 review for Secrets & Spells: 6 Fantasy Novels

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    4.5 stars! A very good collection AND a new tWoLaS novella, I’m so happy! “Everyone fails. What’s important is that you do your best.” I bought this bundle because I wanted to read Wurts' novella, but I was pleasantly surprised by the lineup. Krista D. Ball in particular is an author I've come to love through her non-fiction too (and I rarely stray out of fiction!). I spent a nice time with all six titles, and I decided to follow up with Aerisia and The demons we see. Back to my original purpose, 4.5 stars! A very good collection AND a new tWoLaS novella, I’m so happy! “Everyone fails. What’s important is that you do your best.” I bought this bundle because I wanted to read Wurts' novella, but I was pleasantly surprised by the lineup. Krista D. Ball in particular is an author I've come to love through her non-fiction too (and I rarely stray out of fiction!). I spent a nice time with all six titles, and I decided to follow up with Aerisia and The demons we see. Back to my original purpose, Verrain's story was everything I could ask for and more. I'm a huge fan of The Wars of Light and Shadow but the novella stands perfectly alone, so it can be savored by returning and new readers alike.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gladys Gonzales Atwell

    I have read one of K.L. Bone’s book before, but the poetic beauty, darkness, and desperation in Black Rose overshadows anything I have read from her. Raw emotions, violence, and utter rage tackles you and pins you down until you have finished the book. There is no looking back; you just desire the next word, phrase, chapter and ultimately the next book. Black Rose follows, Mara’s life as royalty in her Aunt’s court, how she was able to rise above the politics and ultimately how she was able to av I have read one of K.L. Bone’s book before, but the poetic beauty, darkness, and desperation in Black Rose overshadows anything I have read from her. Raw emotions, violence, and utter rage tackles you and pins you down until you have finished the book. There is no looking back; you just desire the next word, phrase, chapter and ultimately the next book. Black Rose follows, Mara’s life as royalty in her Aunt’s court, how she was able to rise above the politics and ultimately how she was able to avenge the death of-of the beloved jewel of the kingdom, Princess Liza. Along the way, you will meet her love, the Queens Captain, Edward. Mara’s skill, power, and royal blood make her a formidable soldier, BUT it does not take away from her humanity. No matter what has been done to her, her heart stays loyal to those she cares about. It makes her vulnerable but also grants her your heart. I feel so strongly for Mara. Black Rose is just the beginning. Just the tip of the iceberg. Dive in head first and try your best to pace yourself. I did not and devoured the three books in the series in four days. If you love the dark gothic tragedy and beautiful wordplay of Sarah J Mass, you will enjoy K.L. Bone’s as well. Exquisitely well written. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Stewart

    For K.L. Bones Black Rose A literary Homerun! I loved this book from the first page to the last! It’s dark and twisted, full of love, hate, and torture! The detail in the writing is amazing and makes the scenes play out with such great detail that it’s like I am fully there with Edward, Mara, and all the other fantastic characters that I have come to love (and dislike). The life events of Edward and Mara and Garreth play out over centuries and they leave you intrigued to know what is going to ha For K.L. Bones Black Rose A literary Homerun! I loved this book from the first page to the last! It’s dark and twisted, full of love, hate, and torture! The detail in the writing is amazing and makes the scenes play out with such great detail that it’s like I am fully there with Edward, Mara, and all the other fantastic characters that I have come to love (and dislike). The life events of Edward and Mara and Garreth play out over centuries and they leave you intrigued to know what is going to happen next and what happened In the past to makes things the way they are! A definite must read and I can’t wait to read the next one!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Roberson

    K.L. Bone has a completely different outlook on Romance. She brings to life a story of un-dying love. A love that is only found once in a lifetime. A love that withstands jealousy, separation for 600 years and forgiveness over and over again. A love that only soul mates find. Mara is a princess that wants to be a knight. Her parents are gone and she is being brought up by her Mother's sister, a Queen. But for Mara to be a knight, she has to give up everything that goes with being a princess. I K.L. Bone has a completely different outlook on Romance. She brings to life a story of un-dying love. A love that is only found once in a lifetime. A love that withstands jealousy, separation for 600 years and forgiveness over and over again. A love that only soul mates find. Mara is a princess that wants to be a knight. Her parents are gone and she is being brought up by her Mother's sister, a Queen. But for Mara to be a knight, she has to give up everything that goes with being a princess. Is she willing, oh yes! Edward is the Caption of the Royal Guards and he takes Mara under his wing. He trains her to be a knight, one of the best there is. But Mara has to be of a certain age to take the oath of a knight. With the Queen trying to find a prince for her, they run out of time and she is forced to take it early. Is this what she really wants? As much as she wants Edward! Edward and Mara have a very special bond, a bond that not many people are lucky to have, they are true soul mates. As the Queen see's this. she sends Edward on a mission and Mara promises to wait for his return. This story takes place in 4 different kingdoms, in modern times. I still haven't figured out if they are on earth or in another realm, for they are all mortals. They still fight with swards and follow the King or Queen of the court they are pledged to. Mara has had enough of her Aunt, the wicked Queen and decides to leave, give up being a caption of the royal guards. She has decided to bring back The Black Rose, a fierce killing, protection, revenge group. As she tells Edward this, she has many. many of the guards following her. So now she is the Caption of The Black Rose. So many things happen and go wrong from here. but throughout all the ups and downs, Mara and Edward still find comfort and love in each others arms. This is even after a long wait, guilt, hate, and unspoken words. Being soul mates can withstand anything that is thrown at it and still be as strong as ever. There is so much to tell of this fantastic love story, but it would give away to much. K.L. Bone has you under her wing from the start. As Mara and Edward sustain torture and separation, I find myself crying with every whip snap, every emotion they have and the coldness inside Mara is so strong, you feel her suffering. Then more tears and even more, very emotional read, at least for me. The ending left me saying Nooooo, don't stop now! But as you look back through the story, you realize that you were cheering them on with the fighting, cringing with every sound of two blades slamming together. K.L. Bone has a way of having you be one with the story and in my book, that earns 5 stars, 10 if I could. A must read romance full of action, passionate love, memories, and brave members of the Black Rose.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alayne

    These six novels were quite different, and only the first was by Janny Wurts. This one, The Gallant, was a prequel to her series Wars of Light and Shadow, which I haven't read. I found myself floundering at times because I didn't understand some references, and the main character is obviously a part of that series. I gave this story 4 stars. The second novel was Magic of Thieves (spelt Theives in the Kindle version!) by C Greenwood and is the first of a series. I enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars. T These six novels were quite different, and only the first was by Janny Wurts. This one, The Gallant, was a prequel to her series Wars of Light and Shadow, which I haven't read. I found myself floundering at times because I didn't understand some references, and the main character is obviously a part of that series. I gave this story 4 stars. The second novel was Magic of Thieves (spelt Theives in the Kindle version!) by C Greenwood and is the first of a series. I enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars. Third was Unguilded by Jane Glatt, and this was the only one I liked unreservedly and gave 5 stars to. Again the first of a series, and I may follow this one up for the rest of it. It featured a woman who is daughter to a mage but has no magic seemingly, but she finds she can see magic and can undo magic which makes her highly desirable to non-magic wielders. Fourth was Aerisia by Sarah Ashwood and I am so sick of stupid females who won't listen to anyone and bullishly go ahead with whatever only to end up in incredible danger! Again the first of a series, and I might follow this one, only because it was intimated that she might have learnt her lesson! 3 stars for this one. The fifth story was Black Rose by KL Bone, first of another series, and incredibly grim and bloodthirsty. The characters drew me in, but the plot jumped all over the place, timewise, which at times left me wondering where in the story I was. This one got 4 stars. Final story was The Demons We See by Krista D Ball and I didn't really enjoy this one much. Once again it was the first of a series. Indeed, apart from the first the whole book seemed to be to get the reader reading more series! So the final story got 3 stars, and thus the whole book of six, 4 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Mattson

    Very impressed and I cannot wait till I start the next. New to this genre, but I fell to the grips of a very talented author. It took me a few chapters to get into the cadence of the of the story. Being told over several centuries, you will find it changing from present to nearly a millenia in the past - but K.L Bone blends that together quite well. After the second nite, I could not put the tablet down. I was to engrossed in the story and had to know more about Mara, Edward and the rest. Trying Very impressed and I cannot wait till I start the next. New to this genre, but I fell to the grips of a very talented author. It took me a few chapters to get into the cadence of the of the story. Being told over several centuries, you will find it changing from present to nearly a millenia in the past - but K.L Bone blends that together quite well. After the second nite, I could not put the tablet down. I was to engrossed in the story and had to know more about Mara, Edward and the rest. Trying not to give spoilers away, I will say that the author is a master at weaving imagery and scene together to bring the places alive in your mind. A level of creativity that truly bring the story and characters to life. A very good book, easy to read, and will sink it's hooks into and not let go. Looking forward to the next.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    I read only "The Gallant" by Janny Wurts. This was my first exposure to Janny Wurts and now I am curious about her Wars of Light and Shadow series, so they will move up my TBR. I really love how we are dropped into this world without a ton of explanation and left with tons of questions (and some hints at answers). Her worldbuilding is clearly incredibly in depth, and in this novella we get a small taste. I wasn't expecting the romantic elements, but they were not overdone. All in all it seems Wur I read only "The Gallant" by Janny Wurts. This was my first exposure to Janny Wurts and now I am curious about her Wars of Light and Shadow series, so they will move up my TBR. I really love how we are dropped into this world without a ton of explanation and left with tons of questions (and some hints at answers). Her worldbuilding is clearly incredibly in depth, and in this novella we get a small taste. I wasn't expecting the romantic elements, but they were not overdone. All in all it seems Wurts treats her readers with respect, similar to Steven Erikson, and does not hold their hand, but expects them to pay close attention. I also really enjoyed her prose, although you can't blink or you will miss something! It is dense and beautiful. 4.5 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Billings

    I have read KL Bone's Black Rose and loved it. Highly recommend it, I imagine if it's in this set then the other books are great as well. *here is my original review of Black Rose*** I cannot believe how amazing this book was. If you are looking for a new series that's exciting, dark, and just draws you in from page 1 this is it. I loved how it gives you a feel of today with people and items from now, but then takes us back hundreds of years. I am totally excited to read the rest of the series! I have read KL Bone's Black Rose and loved it. Highly recommend it, I imagine if it's in this set then the other books are great as well. *here is my original review of Black Rose*** I cannot believe how amazing this book was. If you are looking for a new series that's exciting, dark, and just draws you in from page 1 this is it. I loved how it gives you a feel of today with people and items from now, but then takes us back hundreds of years. I am totally excited to read the rest of the series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Kay

    Very good story It is very refreshing to read any book at all the treats their hero’s,/heroines as persona that have fears and that go to the toilet, all of this with a very good story line that is easy to follow and does not confuse you with extended pedigree and various lists of who is related to others so you have to keep referring to a family tree, I look forward to continuing this adventure.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    A collection of novellas is a nice way of sampling new authors. Sadly, the collection here is disappointing. This set of novellas is held up solely by Janny Wurts, and the class and depth of her writing far exceeds the other offerings. I love the WoLaS world, and The Gallant was a nice return during the wait for the last book. There were some interesting ideas and characters in the other works, but for me, I won’t be committing my time or money on the rest of those series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    Review for Black Rose Only I think this book left me with more questions than it answered but every word had me on edge for the next. This series is so well done that you are screaming for answers but at the same time do not want it to end.

  12. 4 out of 5

    mark williams

    It's OK Some books are OK nothing that will help me buy from the shop I am more of Sci fi fan some books worth a read bit short It's OK Some books are OK nothing that will help me buy from the shop I am more of Sci fi fan some books worth a read bit short

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debra Witherington

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amber smith

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    Sandy

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carel McKenzie

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Wilson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Richard Crinion

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  20. 4 out of 5

    D.L. Kellett

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    kay

  23. 5 out of 5

    John Schipper

  24. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Mangum

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leonard Davey

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michael Witt

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Philip Walter Allan

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    John lawless

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carys Lester

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