I have been really loving Australian Indie fantasy books lately, and these two arrived in the mail within a few days of each other, and the look so good together that I wanted to show them off!
To Dream of White and Gold by R.K. Hart
I had the pleasure of meeting local author Rebekka Hart when she hosted a book launch (for Lauren Searson-Patrick’s Amber Wolf, which I promise to tell you all about another time) at The Book Cow. Rebekka writes romantic, mythic fantasy set in future worlds, and To Dream of White & Gold is book one in her Death Dreamer Legacy series. There are two books out in the series so far, with book three coming in 2023). There is also a prequel novella called How Kellen Met his Selkie, which is available free on kindle unlimited. Rebekka was kind enough to gift me this gorgeous paperback copy of To Dream of White & Gold, and I can’t wait to get into it! Here’s the synopsis (from Rebekka’s website).
All the dreamers are dead.
All but one.
Lyda D’Cathan never wanted to leave Kingstown. But when a stranger knocks on her door in the middle of the night, Lyda learns she has inherited something from her long-dead mother, Siva – something unwanted, something unknown, and something entirely dangerous.
Lyda must choose: journey to the mysterious Illarum and live mistrusted and maligned with the other gifted, or stay at home and risk hurting the people she loves with the newfound power that spills from her in sleep.
Lyda is promised answers; the Illarum gives her nothing but questions. In order to control her power, she will need to follow in Siva’s elusive footsteps and travel further from home than she ever imagined. And just like her gift, knowledge has a cost – and it might be more than she is willing to pay.
What will Lyda give to become the last dreamer?
You can add To Dream of White & Gold on Goodreads here.
A Pale Box on the Distant Shore by P.J. Nwosu
I was delighted when Poppy Nwosu, author of some of my favourite contemporary #LoveOzYA novels, announced that she would be writing dark fantasy under the name P.J. Nwosu. Poppy’s debut fantasy novel, Dream of Death City, is due to be released in November, but in the mean time she has gifted us with first a free short story (Pyres in the Long Night, which you can find on her website) , and now A Pale Box on the Distant Shore a prequel novella, both set in the same world as her novel. A Pale Box on the Distant Shore is currently available for free across ebook retailers, but when I saw the gorgeous cover I knew I wanted a paperback copy! Here’s the synopsis for this one.
A silent killer stalks the slum towers of Death City. In the shadow of a drowned death god, a young soldier burns the dead.
To solve a violent crime, Soldier Honnan Skyin follows a bloody trail through the isolated Frontier and over the behemoth bones of a dead giant.
Some secrets should stay buried.
Welcome to Death City.
Don’t those both sound great? Let me know in the comments if you’re a fantasy reader, and if so, which one you would check out first!
A Pale Box on the Distant Shore on Goodreads.
Keep up with P.J. Nwosu on her website here.
Check out my reviews of Poppy’s #LoveOzYA novels here and here, and our Q&As about her writing here and about Christmas here.