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Video games can’t train you to fight dragons!

3 books. Nearly 700 pages of action. Save over 40% when you buy the box set! 


Medieval and modern-day collide when gamer Andy Smithson is whisked away to the magical land of Oomaldee, where dragons, giants, and deadly curses lurk around every corner.


Trading his controller for a sword of legend, Andy embarks upon several epic quests to break a centuries-old curse oppressing the land. It isn't chance that plunges him into the adventure though, for he soon discovers his ancestors are behind the curse. 


The Andy Smithson series is a coming-of-age, epic fantasy adventure featuring fast-paced action, sword fights, laugh-out-loud humor, with a few life lessons thrown in. It's perfect for fans of Eragon, Fablehaven, Percy Jackson, Magemother, and Aster Wood!


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PRAISE FOR THE ANDY SMITHSON EPIC FANTASY SERIES:

"One of the best books This is the best adventure book with humor twists and turns (not a romance novel,more adventure)..;-)" - Yotam Messing-Guy via Google Play Books


"This book was just what I was looking for! I loved the twists and turns of the plot. The characters were engaging and interesting." - SpookierPage GoldenShadow via Google Play Books


"This book was perfect for the young and old fantasy lovers." - Kayla Jackson via Google Play Books


"I absolutely love the story. I love the characters Lee has created, how they parallel to the "real world" and the challenges and struggles each faces." - Bert Edens via Goodreads


"Why did I wait so long to read this?! I absolutely loved this book." - Cherese A. Vines via Goodreads


The Andy Smithson epic fantasy series includes:

Blast of the Dragon's Fury

Venom of the Serpent's Cunning 

Disgrace of the Unicorn's Honor 

Resurrection of the Phoenix's Grace

Vision of the Griffin's Heart

Wisdom of the Centaurs' Reason 

Battle for the Land's Soul

Power of the Heir's Passion, Prequel


Keywords related to this epic fantasy series: 

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FINALIST in 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards!

Kirkus raves: "...its appealing protagonist and high personal stakes provide an excellent read for young fantasy fans."

Twelve-year-old Andy returns to Oomaldee and finds he must locate unicorns in the land and retrieve a unicorn horn as the next ingredient to break the curse that plagues the land. He and his company embark upon this unicorn quest only to have a seductive voice tempt him to surrender the unicorn horn. What will he do?

"The scenes and dialog come alive on the page. This is an amazing adventure filled with unicorns and magic!" - Rena Marthaler, Rena Writes (Rena is 10) 

"A long-lasting story with unicorns that is part of one of my favorite series." - Erik Weibel, This Kid Reviews Books Blog (Erik is 13) 

"Sometimes, I just let the 5 star rating speak for itself. I can add nothing more to wonderful this tale of unicorns." - Wayne Walker, Home School Book Review

This series is perfect if you love unicorn epic fantasy for children, teens and young adults. Unicorns and fantasy with unicorns ...this is it!


The Andy Smithson epic fantasy series includes:

Blast of the Dragon's Fury

Venom of the Serpent's Cunning 

Disgrace of the Unicorn's Honor 

These first three books are also available in a box set

Resurrection of the Phoenix's Grace

Vision of the Griffin's Heart

Wisdom of the Centaurs' Reason 

These second three books are also available in another box set

Battle for the Land's Soul

Power of the Heir's Passion, Prequel


Fans of the following books and series are known to enjoy this epic fantasy series:

Dragonlance Chronicles

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragons of Spring Dawning

Dragons of Winter Night

Shattered A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Torn A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Darkest Designs

Dragons of Pern

Dragons of Eden

Harry Potter

A Wrinkle In Time

The Chronicles of Narnia

Dragons Rioting

Game of Thrones

Rise of the Dragons

A Quest of Heroes

Dragonsworn

Magic of Recluce

The Mallorean

The Belgariad

The Elenium

Shannara Chronicles

Sword of Shannara

Elfstones of Shannara

Magic Tree House

Dragonriders of Pern

Assassin's Apprentice
Godsland Young Adult Fantasy Series

Fans of the following authors are known to enjoy this young adult fantasy series:

JRR Tolkien

David Eddings

Terry Brooks

Glen G. Thater

Daniel Arenson

L.R.W. Lee

Robin Hobb

Peter V. Brett

C.S. Lewis

Brian Rathbone

R.A. Salvatore

Joe Abercrombie

Morgan Rice

Lindsay Buroker

Anne McCaffrey

Scott Sigler

Christopher Paolini

J. K. Rowling

Brandon Sanderson

Taran Matharu

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Michael J. Sullivan

Mark Lawrence

Fritz Leiber

Conan

Patrick Rothfuss

Brandon Sanderson

Scott Lynch

Marion Zimmer Bradley

R. Scott Bakker

Robert Jordan

Brent Weeks

Stephen Donaldson

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Good vs Evil. Destiny Demands the Battle be Fought. But at What Cost?

It's clear Abaddon, the evil shape shifting ruler of Hadession, Oomaldee's northern neighbor, must be dealt with if Oomaldee’s citizens are to ever live in peace. But how? What lengths will Andy have to go to in order to wage war against a being whose power stems from evil itself? Will Abaddon plunge the land into darkness or will light triumph?

Battle for the Land's Soul is the seventh and final novel in the Andy Smithson coming-of-age, epic fantasy adventure featuring page-turning action and terrifying villains. This truly is the age old struggle of good vs. evil, and the stakes couldn't be higher for the outcome will determine the Land's very future. Don't miss this epic conclusion!


The Andy Smithson epic fantasy series includes:

Blast of the Dragon's Fury

Venom of the Serpent's Cunning 

Disgrace of the Unicorn's Honor 

These first three books are also available in a box set

Resurrection of the Phoenix's Grace

Vision of the Griffin's Heart

Wisdom of the Centaurs' Reason 

These second three books are also available in another box set

Battle for the Land's Soul

Power of the Heir's Passion, Prequel


Fans of the following books and series are known to enjoy this epic fantasy series:

Dragonlance Chronicles

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragons of Spring Dawning

Dragons of Winter Night

Shattered A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Torn A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Darkest Designs

Dragons of Pern

Dragons of Eden

Harry Potter

A Wrinkle In Time

The Chronicles of Narnia

Dragons Rioting

Game of Thrones

Rise of the Dragons

A Quest of Heroes

Dragonsworn

Magic of Recluce

The Mallorean

The Belgariad

The Elenium

Shannara Chronicles

Sword of Shannara

Elfstones of Shannara

Magic Tree House

Dragonriders of Pern

Assassin's Apprentice
Godsland Young Adult Fantasy Series

Fans of the following authors are known to enjoy this young adult fantasy series:

JRR Tolkien

David Eddings

Terry Brooks

Glen G. Thater

Daniel Arenson

L.R.W. Lee

Robin Hobb

Peter V. Brett

C.S. Lewis

Brian Rathbone

R.A. Salvatore

Joe Abercrombie

Morgan Rice

Lindsay Buroker

Anne McCaffrey

Scott Sigler

Christopher Paolini

J. K. Rowling

Brandon Sanderson

Taran Matharu

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Michael J. Sullivan

Mark Lawrence

Fritz Leiber

Conan

Patrick Rothfuss

Brandon Sanderson

Scott Lynch

Marion Zimmer Bradley

R. Scott Bakker

Robert Jordan

Brent Weeks

Stephen Donaldson

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“I really enjoyed this book! The author writes a thrilling action-adventure story that keeps you on the edge of your bean bag chair. I will admit, I stayed up late reading this book - it was that good! L. R. W. Lee has a talent for writing fantasy. The story flows well and has plenty of action to keep the reader wanting more. A great read!” 
- Erik Weibel, This Kid Reviews Books (Erik is 14) 
Erik awarded the book 5 Bookworms! 

“L. R. W. Lee’s best book of the Andy Smithson series to date!” 
- Richard Weatherly, Author 

When Andy landed back home, little did he realize the hunt Abaddon would initiate to capture and punish him for thwarting his plans for eternal life for yet a third time. Meanwhile, when Methuselah unexpectedly extends in Mom's hand while in Texas, something it has never done for him, it triggers more revelations about her past. 

After a frustrating and, at times, terrifying year, Andy returns to Oomaldee and joins Hans’ quest to locate the only surviving heir to the throne of Cromlech. In the process, Andy and company discover the Giant’s Ring, the center of Cromlech’s healing powers, has been destroyed by Abaddon’s evil sorcerer. The situation grows dire when Andy finds that the phoenix who rose from that land millennia before has returned to be reborn and the evil mage has trapped her inside the decimated Ring. Without the freedom to collect the materials she needs to build a pyre, she will die. Andy knows failure is not an option for he needs a feather from this phoenix as the next ingredient to break the curse. Will Andy and his friends free the phoenix in time? Will they be able to fix the Ring and restore Cromlech’s healing powers? Will Andy collect a phoenix feather? 


The Andy Smithson epic fantasy series includes:

Blast of the Dragon's Fury

Venom of the Serpent's Cunning 

Disgrace of the Unicorn's Honor 

These first three books are also available in a box set

Resurrection of the Phoenix's Grace

Vision of the Griffin's Heart

Wisdom of the Centaurs' Reason 

These second three books are also available in another box set

Battle for the Land's Soul

Power of the Heir's Passion, Prequel

Fans of the following books and series are known to enjoy this epic fantasy series:

Dragonlance Chronicles

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragons of Spring Dawning

Dragons of Winter Night

Shattered A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Torn A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Darkest Designs

Dragons of Pern

Dragons of Eden

Harry Potter

A Wrinkle In Time

The Chronicles of Narnia

Dragons Rioting

Game of Thrones

Rise of the Dragons

A Quest of Heroes

Dragonsworn

Magic of Recluce

The Mallorean

The Belgariad

The Elenium

Shannara Chronicles

Sword of Shannara

Elfstones of Shannara

Magic Tree House

Dragonriders of Pern

Assassin's Apprentice
Godsland Young Adult Fantasy Series

Fans of the following authors are known to enjoy this young adult fantasy series:

JRR Tolkien

David Eddings

Terry Brooks

Glen G. Thater

Daniel Arenson

L.R.W. Lee

Robin Hobb

Peter V. Brett

C.S. Lewis

Brian Rathbone

R.A. Salvatore

Joe Abercrombie

Morgan Rice

Lindsay Buroker

Anne McCaffrey

Scott Sigler

Christopher Paolini

J. K. Rowling

Brandon Sanderson

Taran Matharu

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Michael J. Sullivan

Mark Lawrence

Fritz Leiber

Conan

Patrick Rothfuss

Brandon Sanderson

Scott Lynch

Marion Zimmer Bradley

R. Scott Bakker

Robert Jordan

Brent Weeks

Stephen Donaldson

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The evil Abbadon, king of Oomladee's northern neighbor Hadession, steps up his attacks on Andy and Mom at home in Lakehills, TX over the next year, unnerving Andy as he overhears speculation that Methuselah may no longer be able to defeat this nemesis. But why? 

Over a year later, Andy arrives back in Oomaldee to tensions running high as more and more citizens are turned into zolt. But there's more going on than meets the eye, for the effectiveness of Abaddon's strikes reveal he's getting inside information. Could there a spy in their midst? 

Despite the chaos, Andy receives a clue for the fifth ingredient needed for the curse-breaking potion, the claw of a griffin. There's one not-so-small problem however--griffins guard the land of Carta's gold and silver mines and don't take kindly to humans. While away in Carta, fears over an imminent attack materialize and Abaddon with his new mage, Fides, enact a campaign of terror no one could have imagined! 


The Andy Smithson epic fantasy series includes:

Blast of the Dragon's Fury

Venom of the Serpent's Cunning 

Disgrace of the Unicorn's Honor 

These first three books are also available in a box set

Resurrection of the Phoenix's Grace

Vision of the Griffin's Heart

Wisdom of the Centaurs' Reason 

These second three books are also available in another box set

Battle for the Land's Soul

Power of the Heir's Passion, Prequel


Fans of the following books and series are known to enjoy this epic fantasy series:

Dragonlance Chronicles

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragons of Spring Dawning

Dragons of Winter Night

Shattered A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Torn A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Darkest Designs

Dragons of Pern

Dragons of Eden

Harry Potter

A Wrinkle In Time

The Chronicles of Narnia

Dragons Rioting

Game of Thrones

Rise of the Dragons

A Quest of Heroes

Dragonsworn

Magic of Recluce

The Mallorean

The Belgariad

The Elenium

Shannara Chronicles

Sword of Shannara

Elfstones of Shannara

Magic Tree House

Dragonriders of Pern

Assassin's Apprentice
Godsland Young Adult Fantasy Series

Fans of the following authors are known to enjoy this young adult fantasy series:

JRR Tolkien

David Eddings

Terry Brooks

Glen G. Thater

Daniel Arenson

L.R.W. Lee

Robin Hobb

Peter V. Brett

C.S. Lewis

Brian Rathbone

R.A. Salvatore

Joe Abercrombie

Morgan Rice

Lindsay Buroker

Anne McCaffrey

Scott Sigler

Christopher Paolini

J. K. Rowling

Brandon Sanderson

Taran Matharu

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Michael J. Sullivan

Mark Lawrence

Fritz Leiber

Conan

Patrick Rothfuss

Brandon Sanderson

Scott Lynch

Marion Zimmer Bradley

R. Scott Bakker

Robert Jordan

Brent Weeks

Stephen Donaldson

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Ancient Secrets. The Alchemist's Creed. What Fate is Andy Mixed Up In?
Winner of the Prestigious Readers' Favorite Five-Star Award

Resurrection stone? Almost. The Stone of Athanasia has kept the king and his wizard alive for over five-hundred-years, but a villain has stolen it, driving the pair to the brink of death. 

Andy must hunt down the Stone along with the next ingredient in the curse-breaking potion. But as Andy and his friend, Alden, scour the land, things get really weird when they visit Oomaldee's ancient library and find a portrait that looks exactly like Andy. 

Andy holds the fate of the monarchy in his hands. But what fate will the library's secrets hold for Andy?

Venom of the Serpent's Cunning is the second novel in a coming-of-age, epic fantasy adventure featuring page-turning action, terrifying villains, and witty banter mixed with tender exchanges that will grab your heart and make you beg for more. Author L. R. W. Lee's Andy Smithson series continues to grow in scope and excitement in this second installment. 

Buy Venom of the Serpent's Cunning to continue the thrilling adventure today!


The Andy Smithson epic fantasy series includes:

Blast of the Dragon's Fury

Venom of the Serpent's Cunning 

Disgrace of the Unicorn's Honor 

These first three books are also available in a box set

Resurrection of the Phoenix's Grace

Vision of the Griffin's Heart

Wisdom of the Centaurs' Reason 

These second three books are also available in another box set

Battle for the Land's Soul

Power of the Heir's Passion, Prequel

Fans of the following books and series are known to enjoy this epic fantasy series:

Dragonlance Chronicles

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragons of Spring Dawning

Dragons of Winter Night

Shattered A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Torn A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Darkest Designs

Dragons of Pern

Dragons of Eden

Harry Potter

A Wrinkle In Time

The Chronicles of Narnia

Dragons Rioting

Game of Thrones

Rise of the Dragons

A Quest of Heroes

Dragonsworn

Magic of Recluce

The Mallorean

The Belgariad

The Elenium

Shannara Chronicles

Sword of Shannara

Elfstones of Shannara

Magic Tree House

Dragonriders of Pern

Assassin's Apprentice
Godsland Young Adult Fantasy Series

Fans of the following authors are known to enjoy this young adult fantasy series:

JRR Tolkien

David Eddings

Terry Brooks

Glen G. Thater

Daniel Arenson

L.R.W. Lee

Robin Hobb

Peter V. Brett

C.S. Lewis

Brian Rathbone

R.A. Salvatore

Joe Abercrombie

Morgan Rice

Lindsay Buroker

Anne McCaffrey

Scott Sigler

Christopher Paolini

J. K. Rowling

Brandon Sanderson

Taran Matharu

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Michael J. Sullivan

Mark Lawrence

Fritz Leiber

Conan

Patrick Rothfuss

Brandon Sanderson

Scott Lynch

Marion Zimmer Bradley

R. Scott Bakker

Robert Jordan

Brent Weeks

Stephen Donaldson

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There is no salvation in the Flense.

CONDEMN (Book 2 of the BUNKER 12 series)

Three years after the Flense decimates civilization, Finnian Bolles and a dozen survivors flee the security of Bunker Eight and the murderer it protects. Hoping for clues to the plague and a possible cure, they seek the mysterious Bunker Twelve. But when Finn splits away to search for his brother, the group becomes fractured and vulnerable.

Soon, they'll discover that there are monsters far more terrifying in the barren wasteland than Wraiths. Now it's not just their lives on the line, it's their sanity and their souls.

BUNKER 12 SERIES DESCRIPTION

Requiring no more than the slightest skin-to-skin contact, the Flense spreads with ruthless speed and stealth, decimating mankind before it's even aware of it. The infected are turned into soulless creatures, Wraiths, which wreak destruction upon anyone and anything in their path.

Secure inside ten isolated bunkers are Humanity's tattered remains, each working tirelessly to unravel the mystery of the scourge. But the bunkers were never meant to protect forever. In fact, they were never meant to protect at all.

CONTAIN is the first book in this new thriller cyberpunk series. CONDEMN is book 2.

Future installments scheduled for May '16 and Nov '16

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THE FLENSE SERIES DESCRIPTION (BUNKER 12 companion series)

Hundreds die in a fiery train crash in northern China. A cargo ship smuggling refugees is lost to calm seas off Libya. Entire villages in Ghana are abandoned overnight.

Contracted by a prepper group to investigate a series of seemingly disconnected global tragedies, a young freelance reporter, Angelique d'Enfantine, uncovers a disturbing pattern: each event is preceded by the sudden spread of a mysterious ailment and is followed by the appearance of a man dressed in black and silver who witnesses claim is the devil himself.

Each event is more grisly than the last. As the risk to her life grows, Angel begins to doubt that the tragedies are harbingers of an impending biblical catastrophe, but rather practice runs conducted by a fanatical organization bent on global annihilation. Could her sponsors be using her to advance their own paranoid agenda?

THE FLENSE consists of 12 installments scheduled for release beginning Jul '15

From the creator of the highly acclaimed epic cyberpunk series GAMELAND

GAMELAND SERIES DESCRIPTION

Built in the middle of Long Island’s abandoned industrial wasteland is a hundred-square-mile virtual reality arcade where the rich and privileged compete in a high-stakes game and the undead are their real-life avatars. There are only two ways to get into this horrifying yet wildly addictive game. The first is by paid invitation. The second is by volunteering to become an Undead Player.

After finding themselves trapped inside a massive gaming arcade in the middle of Long Island's abandoned wasteland, a group of young computer hackers must figure out how to escape while staying out of the clutches of its undead inhabitants and their living controllers.

Episode One: Deep Into the Game

A reckless end-of-summer prank sends six hackers trespassing onto abandoned Long Island hoping for a glimpse of the victims of the decade-old outbreak. But if they find breaking was easy, they'll soon learn that getting back out is a killer.

Get the first two GAMELAND books FREE while you still can!

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A powerful enemy. An irresistible bribe. One choice could change the world forever.


Standing on a precipice is very different than jumping off. Andy Smithson would know. For five years he’s collected ingredients for a curse-breaking potion, all the while knowing his actions will turn his world upside down the instant he succeeds. He wonders if he’s reached the point of no return when events at home reveal he may be part of something much bigger. 

Andy returns to Oomaldee to find overrunning Castle Avalon and turning out the king’s court didn’t begin to satisfy Abaddon’s thirst for long-held vengeance on the land. No. The people must suffer…as he has, and he begins to reveal the true depths of his malevolent plan. 

The stakes go up when it comes time for Andy to hunt down the sixth ingredient, for Abaddon has put a bounty on the heads of Oomaldee’s monarchy. Will Andy succeed or will citizens betray him? One wrong choice will change the future of the kingdom. 

Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason is the sixth novel in the Andy Smithson coming-of-age, fantasy series. If you like unexpected twists, exhilarating action, vengeful villains, and tales of intrigue, with tender moments that leave you begging for more, then you’ll love L. R. W. Lee’s latest entry in this epic adventure. 

Buy Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason and continue Andy’s journey today!


The Andy Smithson epic fantasy series includes:

Blast of the Dragon's Fury

Venom of the Serpent's Cunning 

Disgrace of the Unicorn's Honor 

These first three books are also available in a box set

Resurrection of the Phoenix's Grace

Vision of the Griffin's Heart

Wisdom of the Centaurs' Reason 

These second three books are also available in another box set

Battle for the Land's Soul

Power of the Heir's Passion, Prequel


Fans of the following books and series are known to enjoy this epic fantasy series:

Dragonlance Chronicles

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragons of Spring Dawning

Dragons of Winter Night

Shattered A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Torn A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Darkest Designs

Dragons of Pern

Dragons of Eden

Harry Potter

A Wrinkle In Time

The Chronicles of Narnia

Dragons Rioting

Game of Thrones

Rise of the Dragons

A Quest of Heroes

Dragonsworn

Magic of Recluce

The Mallorean

The Belgariad

The Elenium

Shannara Chronicles

Sword of Shannara

Elfstones of Shannara

Magic Tree House

Dragonriders of Pern

Assassin's Apprentice
Godsland Young Adult Fantasy Series

Fans of the following authors are known to enjoy this young adult fantasy series:

JRR Tolkien

David Eddings

Terry Brooks

Glen G. Thater

Daniel Arenson

L.R.W. Lee

Robin Hobb

Peter V. Brett

C.S. Lewis

Brian Rathbone

R.A. Salvatore

Joe Abercrombie

Morgan Rice

Lindsay Buroker

Anne McCaffrey

Scott Sigler

Christopher Paolini

J. K. Rowling

Brandon Sanderson

Taran Matharu

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Michael J. Sullivan

Mark Lawrence

Fritz Leiber

Conan

Patrick Rothfuss

Brandon Sanderson

Scott Lynch

Marion Zimmer Bradley

R. Scott Bakker

Robert Jordan

Brent Weeks

Stephen Donaldson

Keywords related to this epic fantasy series: Paranormal Fantasy Books For Young Adults, Fantasy Omnibus, Top Rated Teen Fantasy Collection With Dragons And Shapeshifters, Dragon Books Free Kids, Free Fantasy Books For Young Adults, Top Rated Books, Dragon Books Free, Young Adult Series , Omnibus Bundle, Young Adult Box Set, Fantasy Box Set, Young Adults Romance Books Free, Dragons Omnibus, Young Adults Free Books, Omnibus Best Books For Kids, Young Adult Omnibus, Epic Fantasy Books Free, Dragon Box Set, Omnibus Set, Free Young Adults Fantasy Books, Epic Fantasy, Free Fantasy Romance Books For Young Adults, Fantasy Bundle, Horse Books For Free, Boxed Set, Ya Fantasy, Omnibus Collection, Epic of Gilgamesh, Dragon Series, Best Rated Omnibus Young Adult Dragon, Boys, Epic Free, Ya Fantasy Books, Girls Omnibus, Dragon Romance Free, Dragons Free Books, Epic Turtle Tales, Free Dragon Books, Top Teens Dragon, Dragon Omnibus, Fantasy Box Sets, Young Adult Bundle And Teen Bundle, Dragons Series, Young Adults Books Free, Dragons Box Set, Free Series Box Sets Fantasy, Young Adults Romance Books

A hidden past. A growing enemy threat. The stakes have never been higher.
3 books. Over 700 pages of action. Save over 33% when you buy the box set!

Andy knows his world will turn topsy-turvey the instant he breaks the curse. It’s an impossible situation. Caught in a tug-of-war between duty and love, his heart is ripping in two.

Making matters worse, the evil Abaddon is on a rampage to exact revenge on Andy for thwarting his efforts at regaining eternal life. There’s no talking to him and the dragon’s fury just might spell the end of everything Andy holds dear. 

Can Andy save his friends, the land, and... well, the world?

The Andy Smithson series is a coming-of-age, epic fantasy adventure featuring fast-paced action, sword fights, unexpected twists, vengeful villains, and tales of intrigue, with tender moments that will leave you begging for more.  

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The Andy Smithson epic fantasy series includes:

Blast of the Dragon's Fury

Venom of the Serpent's Cunning 

Disgrace of the Unicorn's Honor 

These first three books are also available in a box set

Resurrection of the Phoenix's Grace

Vision of the Griffin's Heart

Wisdom of the Centaurs' Reason 

These second three books are also available in another box set

Battle for the Land's Soul

Power of the Heir's Passion, Prequel

Fans of the following books and series are known to enjoy this epic fantasy series:

Dragonlance Chronicles

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragons of Spring Dawning

Dragons of Winter Night

Shattered A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Torn A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Darkest Designs

Dragons of Pern

Dragons of Eden

Harry Potter

A Wrinkle In Time

The Chronicles of Narnia

Dragons Rioting

Game of Thrones

Rise of the Dragons

A Quest of Heroes

Dragonsworn

Magic of Recluce

The Mallorean

The Belgariad

The Elenium

Shannara Chronicles

Sword of Shannara

Elfstones of Shannara

Magic Tree House

Dragonriders of Pern

Assassin's Apprentice
Godsland Young Adult Fantasy Series

Fans of the following authors are known to enjoy this young adult fantasy series:

JRR Tolkien

David Eddings

Terry Brooks

Glen G. Thater

Daniel Arenson

L.R.W. Lee

Robin Hobb

Peter V. Brett

C.S. Lewis

Brian Rathbone

R.A. Salvatore

Joe Abercrombie

Morgan Rice

Lindsay Buroker

Anne McCaffrey

Scott Sigler

Christopher Paolini

J. K. Rowling

Brandon Sanderson

Taran Matharu

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Michael J. Sullivan

Mark Lawrence

Fritz Leiber

Conan

Patrick Rothfuss

Brandon Sanderson

Scott Lynch

Marion Zimmer Bradley

R. Scott Bakker

Robert Jordan

Brent Weeks

Stephen Donaldson

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For over half a century, scholars have laboured to show that C. S. Lewis's famed but apparently disorganised Chronicles of Narnia have an underlying symbolic coherence, pointing to such possible unifying themes as the seven sacraments, the seven deadly sins, and the seven books of Spenser's Faerie Queene. None of these explanations has won general acceptance and the structure of Narnia's symbolism has remained a mystery. Michael Ward has finally solved the enigma. In Planet Narnia he demonstrates that medieval cosmology, a subject which fascinated Lewis throughout his life, provides the imaginative key to the seven novels. Drawing on the whole range of Lewis's writings (including previously unpublished drafts of the Chronicles), Ward reveals how the Narnia stories were designed to express the characteristics of the seven medieval planets - - Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn - - planets which Lewis described as "spiritual symbols of permanent value" and "especially worthwhile in our own generation". Using these seven symbols, Lewis secretly constructed the Chronicles so that in each book the plot-line, the ornamental details, and, most important, the portrayal of the Christ-figure of Aslan, all serve to communicate the governing planetary personality. The cosmological theme of each Chronicle is what Lewis called 'the kappa element in romance', the atmospheric essence of a story, everywhere present but nowhere explicit. The reader inhabits this atmosphere and thus imaginatively gains connaître knowledge of the spiritual character which the tale was created to embody. Planet Narnia is a ground-breaking study that will provoke a major revaluation not only of the Chronicles, but of Lewis's whole literary and theological outlook. Ward uncovers a much subtler writer and thinker than has previously been recognized, whose central interests were hiddenness, immanence, and knowledge by acquaintance.
Imogenia has never forgotten the cause of her unexpectedly early arrival in the afterlife--her brother, the former prince, now king--and she plots revenge.


The Afterlife...

Unclaimed Baggage department.

Unfinished Business office.

Soul music plays...


Having to navigate between the Unclaimed Baggage department, the Unfinished Business office, and other governmental agencies tries Imogenia's patience. It's just revenge she seeks, for pity sakes! Against a backdrop of soul music, black, frothing, arsenic-spiced drinks, and more, will she succeed in realizing justice denied her?


Fans of Eragon, Fablehaven, Percy Jackson, Magemother, and Aster Wood the Andy Smithson coming-of-age, epic fantasy adventure featuring fast-paced action, sword fights, laugh-out-loud humor, with a few life lessons thrown in by award-winning author L. R. W. Lee.


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The Andy Smithson epic fantasy series includes:

Blast of the Dragon's Fury

Venom of the Serpent's Cunning 

Disgrace of the Unicorn's Honor 

These first three books are also available in a box set

Resurrection of the Phoenix's Grace

Vision of the Griffin's Heart

Wisdom of the Centaurs' Reason 

These second three books are also available in another box set

Battle for the Land's Soul



Fans of the following books and series are known to enjoy this epic fantasy series:

Dragonlance Chronicles

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragons of Spring Dawning

Dragons of Winter Night

Shattered A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Torn A Ya Urban Fantasy Novel

Darkest Designs

Dragons of Pern

Dragons of Eden

Harry Potter

A Wrinkle In Time

The Chronicles of Narnia

Dragons Rioting

Game of Thrones

Rise of the Dragons

A Quest of Heroes

Dragonsworn

Magic of Recluce

The Mallorean

The Belgariad

The Elenium

Shannara Chronicles

Sword of Shannara

Elfstones of Shannara

Magic Tree House

Dragonriders of Pern

Assassin's Apprentice

Godsland Young Adult Fantasy Series

Fans of the following authors are known to enjoy this young adult fantasy series:

JRR Tolkien

David Eddings

Terry Brooks

Glen G. Thater

Daniel Arenson

L.R.W. Lee

Robin Hobb

Peter V. Brett

C.S. Lewis

Brian Rathbone

R.A. Salvatore

Joe Abercrombie

Morgan Rice

Lindsay Buroker

Anne McCaffrey

Scott Sigler

Christopher Paolini

J. K. Rowling

Brandon Sanderson

Taran Matharu

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Michael J. Sullivan

Mark Lawrence

Fritz Leiber

Conan

Patrick Rothfuss

Brandon Sanderson

Scott Lynch

Marion Zimmer Bradley

R. Scott Bakker

Robert Jordan

Brent Weeks

Stephen Donaldson

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The Young Adult novel is ordinarily characterized as a coming-of-age story, in which the narrative revolves around the individual growth and maturation of a character, but Roberta Trites expands this notion by chronicling the dynamics of power and repression that weave their way through YA books. Characters in these novels must learn to negotiate the levels of power that exist in the myriad social institutions within which they function, including family, church, government, and school.

Trites argues that the development of the genre over the past thirty years is an outgrowth of postmodernism, since YA novels are, by definition, texts that interrogate the social construction of individuals. Drawing on such nineteenth-century precursors as Little Women and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Disturbing the Universe demonstrates how important it is to employ poststructuralist methodologies in analyzing adolescent literature, both in critical studies and in the classroom. Among the twentieth-century authors discussed are Blume, Hamilton, Hinton, Le Guin, L'Engle, and Zindel.

Trites' work has applications for a broad range of readers, including scholars of children's literature and theorists of post-modernity as well as librarians and secondary-school teachers.

Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature by Roberta Seelinger Trites is the winner of the 2002 Children's Literature Association's Book Award. The award is given annually in order to promote and recognize outstanding contributions to children's literature, history, scholarship, and criticisim; it is one of the highest academic honors that can accrue to an author of children's literary criticism.

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Narnia?

You don’t actually have to journey all the way to Narnia to find everything you need to know in one spot (though you might want to anyway)! Roar! A Christian Family Guide to the Chronicles of Narnia is a beautiful volume that unveils a fun-filled world based on intriguing Bible insights for every Narniac! There’s something for everyone—from elementary aged children to their parents. Packed with fun activities, a “Narniac’s Creed,” tips on speaking like a British schoolboy, games, trivia, and more, it’s built on solid teaching: chapter by chapter discussion guides, conversation starters for parents and kids, and Bible parallels that will surprise even the most studious Christian. Now you can get the most out of Narnia—even if you don’t own a wardrobe!

“Tell me more about Narnia!”

Fans ages four to ninety-four just can’t get enough of C. S. Lewis’s timeless classic, The Chronicles of Narnia. That’s why Roar! takes your family on a one-of-a-kind adventure through every chapter in all seven books!* Peek inside to find:

   • Interactive features like “Wisdom for Narniacs,” “Kid Test,” “Let’s Talk About It,” “Grown-up Thoughts,” and “Try This at Home”
   • Helps for parents on big subjects including mythology, magic, violence, and life after death
   • Fun articles from “Oh, I Wish I Were a Dufflepud!” to “Creature Hall of Fame & Shame”
   • Indexes of creatures, characters, places, and Bible parallels
   • A glossary of difficult words
   • A memorable celebration of the Lord behind the Lion
Story Behind the Book

C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia have long captivated the hearts, souls, and imaginations of both youth and adults. This December, with the release of Disney’s The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, a craze among Christians and nonChristians is sure to erupt! Fans will be on the prowl for solid teaching to better understand this make-believe world that holds timeless gems of biblical insight. Now parents, kids, college students, and older Narniacs everywhere will find the answers they need in one convenient source. It’s unapologetically Christian, because that’s how C.S. Lewis was. And, true to form, not a tad of adventurous dust is left behind when readers embark on this exciting journey!
Ever since children have learned to read, there has been children’s literature. Children’s Literature charts the makings of the Western literary imagination from Aesop’s fables to Mother Goose, from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Peter Pan, from Where the Wild Things Are to Harry Potter.

The only single-volume work to capture the rich and diverse history of children’s literature in its full panorama, this extraordinary book reveals why J. R. R. Tolkien, Dr. Seuss, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Beatrix Potter, and many others, despite their divergent styles and subject matter, have all resonated with generations of readers. Children’s Literature is an exhilarating quest across centuries, continents, and genres to discover how, and why, we first fall in love with the written word.

“Lerer has accomplished something magical. Unlike the many handbooks to children’s literature that synopsize, evaluate, or otherwise guide adults in the selection of materials for children, this work presents a true critical history of the genre. . . . Scholarly, erudite, and all but exhaustive, it is also entertaining and accessible. Lerer takes his subject seriously without making it dull.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Lerer’s history reminds us of the wealth of literature written during the past 2,600 years. . . . With his vast and multidimensional knowledge of literature, he underscores the vital role it plays in forming a child’s imagination. We are made, he suggests, by the books we read.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“There are dazzling chapters on John Locke and Empire, and nonsense, and Darwin, but Lerer’s most interesting chapter focuses on girls’ fiction. . . . A brilliant series of readings.”—Diane Purkiss, Times Literary Supplement

What is meant to hurt us can become our greatest weapon. Which is exactly what Aden intended to create. When he found a lavender beauty standing before him asking if he remembered her Aden wasted no time proving that he did.

Their first kiss ignited the greatest challenge of his life. A taste so familiar and sweet that it pushed Aden to search beyond the discernible truth that the pair of them were everlasting. Seconds later, darkness struck and the soul mate returned to him was pulled back by the evil that had entrapped her for so long.

In the fight to save her life, mysteries and battles that Aden had fought in his young life churned to the surface, ultimately pushing him to find a heart wrenching solution that threatens to dissolve alliances vital to win the war against darkness. A threat he cares little about as he claims what he has always known was his. The obvious is never the solution...

Special note to the reader: This Novel is part of the  “Web of Hearts and Souls,” a massive story where more than one series connect. The series can be read separately or together.

 

COMBINED WEB OF HEARTS AND SOULS READING ORDER: Insight, Embody, Image, Whispers of the Damned, Witness, Vital, Vindicate, Synergy, Enflame, Redefined, Rivulet, Imperial, Blakeshire, Derive, Emanate, Exaltation, Disavow, The Witches, Revolt, Scorched Souls.

*If you are a fan of Adult Paranormal Edge (Season 1&2) can be read with the Web of Hearts, before of after Exaltation--the stories share the same characters.

 

INSIGHT READING ORDER: Insight, Embody, Image, Vital, Vindicate, Enflame, Rivulet, Imperial, Blakeshire (Drake's Story), Emanate, Exaltation, Disavow.

SEE READING ORDER: Whispers of the Damned, Witness of a Broken Heart, Synergy of Souls, Redefined Love Affair, Derive (Aden's Beginning), A Lovers Revolt, Scorched Souls.

 

EDGE SERIES READING ORDER Alphas Rise, Dark Lure, Sacred Betrayal, Risen Lovers, Fall of Kings, Queens Rise, Stolen Son, Disloyal Souls, Aftermath.

 

We all fell hard for Twilight. We lost ourselves in the teen angst of Vampire Diaries, Fallen, and Hush, Hush. We found courage in the pages of Hunger Games, Divergent, and the Maze Runner. Our imagination was on fire inside of Mortal Instruments, Throne of Glass, and The Red Queen. We fell back into our childhoods with the likes of Cinder. And now we have the compelling, enigmatic, character driven thrill ride of the long reaching contemporary fantasy series INSIGHT. 

 

Fans of contemporary and paranormal fantasy you cannot go wrong! Looking for ghosts? Angels? Demons & Devils? Witches? Gods? How about action and adventure wrapped around the romance of soul mates? Do you like to dive into the mystics? Science Fiction elements found in our own realm? Past lives or the zodiac? Ancient and modern civilizations?  Spirituality? A setting that is contemporary, urban, and otherworldly? How do you feel about psychics?  What about gothic elements? All of this and so much more is wrapped in this long reaching teen

series. Insight is the foundation for not only its self titled series but also as a thread in the Web of Hearts and Souls Series, where several series intertwine to offer a mind-bending experience for the reader. If you're looking for originality and one hell of a deal this book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 

Dark novels, shows, and films targeted toward children and young adults are proliferating wildly. It is even more crucial now to understand the methods by which such texts have traditionally operated and how those methods have been challenged, abandoned, and appropriated. Reading in the Dark fills a gap in criticism devoted to children's popular culture by concentrating on horror, an often-neglected genre. These scholars explore the intersection between horror, popular culture, and children's cultural productions, including picture books, fairy tales, young adult literature, television, and monster movies.

Reading in the Dark looks at horror texts for children with deserved respect, weighing the multitude of benefits they can provide for young readers and viewers. Refusing to write off the horror genre as campy, trite, or deforming, these essays instead recognize many of the texts and films categorized as "scary" as among those most widely consumed by children and young adults. In addition, scholars consider how adult horror has been domesticated by children's literature and culture, with authors and screenwriters turning that which was once horrifying into safe, funny, and delightful books and films. Scholars likewise examine the impetus behind such re-envisioning of the adult horror novel or film as something appropriate for the young. The collection investigates both the constructive and the troublesome aspects of scary books, movies, and television shows targeted toward children and young adults. It considers the complex mechanisms by which these texts communicate overt messages and hidden agendas, and it treats as well the readers' experiences of such mechanisms.

As the popularity of William Bennett's Book of Virtues attests, parents are turning more and more to children's literature to help instill values in their kids. Now, in this elegantly written and passionate book, Vigen Guroian provides the perfect complement to books such as Bennett's, offering parents and teachers a much-needed roadmap to some of our finest children's stories. Guroian illuminates the complex ways in which fairy tales and fantasies educate the moral imagination from earliest childhood. Examining a wide range of stories--from "Pinocchio" and "The Little Mermaid" to "Charlotte's Web," "The Velveteen Rabbit," "The Wind in the Willows," and the "Chronicles of Narnia"--he argues that these tales capture the meaning of morality through vivid depictions of the struggle between good and evil, in which characters must make difficult choices between right and wrong, or heroes and villains contest the very fate of imaginary worlds. Character and the virtues are depicted compellingly in these stories; the virtues glimmer as if in a looking glass, and wickedness and deception are unmasked of their pretensions to goodness and truth. We are made to face the unvarnished truth about ourselves, and what kind of people we want to be. Throughout, Guroian highlights the classical moral virtues such as courage, goodness, and honesty, especially as they are understood in traditional Christianity. At the same time, he so persuasively evokes the enduring charm of these familiar works that many readers will be inspired to reread their favorites and explore those they may have missed.
Racism is resilient, duplicitous, and endlessly adaptable, so it is no surprise that America is again in a period of civil rights activism. A significant reason racism endures is because it is structural: it's embedded in culture and in institutions. One of the places that racism hides-and thus perhaps the best place to oppose it-is books for young people. Was the Cat in the Hat Black? presents five serious critiques of the history and current state of children's literature tempestuous relationship with both implicit and explicit forms of racism. The book fearlessly examines topics both vivid-such as The Cat in the Hat's roots in blackface minstrelsy-and more opaque, like how the children's book industry can perpetuate structural racism via whitewashed covers even while making efforts to increase diversity. Rooted in research yet written with a lively, crackling touch, Nel delves into years of literary criticism and recent sociological data in order to show a better way forward. Though much of what is proposed here could be endlessly argued, the knowledge that what we learn in childhood imparts both subtle and explicit lessons about whose lives matter is not debatable. The text concludes with a short and stark proposal of actions everyone-reader, author, publisher, scholar, citizen- can take to fight the biases and prejudices that infect children's literature. While Was the Cat in the Hat Black? does not assume it has all the answers to such a deeply systemic problem, its audacity should stimulate discussion and activism.
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