SPAAW – Self-Published Middle Grade Fantasy Recommendations

Today for Self Published Author Appreciation Week I have something a little different for you. I have read a few self-published middle grade fantasy books recently and can happily recommend the following. If you have any others I should know about please let me know in the comments:

The Legend of Black Jack by A.R. Witham

The thrilling fantasy adventure debut novel, read by the Emmy-winning author A. R. Witham.

Jack Swift can tell you every element on the periodic table, recite Treasure Island verbatim, and would remember in perfect detail every word you’d ever say to him. He has been alone for a long time, so he has buried himself in books, using them to plan his escape. 

But no textbook could ever prepare him for the land of Keymark. 

At 3:33 a.m. on his 14th birthday, Jack is kidnapped by a hideous monster to another sphere of existence. Now there are two moons in the sky, and he is surrounded by grotesque creatures and magical warriors training for battle. They want the impossible: Jack must use his abilities to save a life or be trapped in this bizarre world with no chance of rescue. 

Jack doesn’t have secret magic, a great destiny, or any experience. 

So why do they all expect him to become a legend? 

The Legend of Black Jack has been described as classic portal fantasy, a stand-alone coming-of-age adventure, and a descriptive, wholesome, heartwarming story. It contains a smart, empathetic hero, lovable characters, loads of action, and a thrilling grand finale. 

Welcome to Keymark. Don’t forget your map.

Illustration Showcase | Guest Post by A.R Witham | My Review | Amazon | goodreads

The Heroes of Spira by Dorian Hart

From Book 1: Banished to an otherworldly prison for centuries, the monstrous Emperor Naradawk is about to break free and wreak havoc upon the world of Spira. The archmage Abernathy can no longer keep Naradawk at bay, and has summoned a collection of would-be heroes to help set things right.

Surely he made a mistake. These can’t be the right people.

Dranko is a priest-turned-pickpocket, expelled from his church for his antics. Kibilhathur is a painfully shy craftsman who speaks to stones. Aravia is a wizard’s apprentice whose intellect is eclipsed only by her arrogance. Ernest is a terrified baker’s son. Morningstar is a priestess forbidden from daylight. Tor is a young nobleman with attention issues. Ysabel is an elderly farm woman. Grey Wolf is a hard-bitten mercenary.

None of them are qualified to save the world, but they’ll have to do. Even Abernathy himself seems uncertain as to why he chose them.

What starts with a simple scouting mission soon spirals into something more far-reaching and sinister. The heroes will contest with dream warriors, evil cultists, sentient gemstones, and a devious yet infuriatingly polite gentleman with a perfect mustache, on their way to a desperate encounter with the unstoppable: The Ventifact Colossus.

My Review of The Ventifact Colossus | My Review of The Crosser’s Maze | Amazon | goodreads

Octavia Bloom & The Missing Key by Estelle Grace Tudor

One tiny discovery can have enormous consequences…
Almost 10-year-old Octavia Bloom is looking for adventure, but when it comes it’s in the shape of a tiny fairy door.
Dragging her reluctant sister and cousins into the mystery, Octavia discovers her family are hiding not ONE but TWO life-changing secrets.
Why is her mother searching for an elusive flower? And does she have what it takes to reunite her fractured family?
Octavia’s certain the answers lie behind the fairy door, if only she could just find the key…
Bravery, secrets & magic intertwine in this fantastical adventure.

My Review | Interview with Estelle Grace Tudor | Amazon | goodreads

The Fellowship of the Flame by A.R. Silverberry

A deadly hunter – A boy with an ill-fated dream – Only one can survive.

Caggril, ruthless mercenary and tracker, needs enough gold to release himself from the Purpuran army. Only then can he leave war behind and seek the near mythical land of Aerdem, by all reports a paradise.

Cap, a ten-year-old street urchin, knows it’s mad to attack the brutal queen of Purpura. But he’s hell-bent on realizing his dream, to join the Purpuran resistance, and one bold action might just do it.

Bent on revenge for Cap’s raid, the queen promises to free Caggril from his bond if he brings the boy back. But Cap has other problems. He learns that the queen is setting a trap for the resistance. With a wolf on his tracks and time running out, he has to warn the Fellowship.

Or good people will die …

My Review | Amazon | goodreads

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