8/3: See It First on Wednesday with Free Science Fiction Ebooks

We know instaFreebie readers are always ready to discover new authors and try great new reads from old favorites, so we’re making our blog a way for you to see it first every day! It’s Wednesday, and we’re thrilled to present the latest and greatest from our sci-fi and fantasy genres!

Horror

Blood Hound by James Osiris Baldwin

Available until 8/9/16

BloodHound

“One of the first things every new mage learns about magic is that—despite your newly discovered powers over the universe—you are forever a struggling speck of krill in a very large, very cold, very dangerous ocean.”

My name is Alexi Sokolsky: blood mage, occult scholar, and hired killer. Three things that should convey me some immunity in the dog-eat-dog world of the Russian mafia.

Fat chance.

I think too much, drink too little, and if there’s one thing the underworld teaches you, it’s that there’s always a shark bigger and hungrier than you are.

Life gets tough after a man turns up dead in our territory, his mutilated body scrawled with demonic sigils. It gets tougher again when a key ally of my Organizatsiya is kidnapped by a secretive death cult… and I’m sent like an errand boy to hunt them down and bring him back.

Then I get captured, nearly killed, and am immersed in a sea of cosmic horror the likes of which I’ve never known. The stakes are nothing less than the life of GOD Itself… and it’s calling to me for help.

My name is Alexi Sokolsky: blood mage, occult scholar, hired killer… and hapless pawn in the great game between Everything and the NO-thing trying to destroy it.

Fantasy

Arrowfall by J.T. Williams

Arrowfall

The dead are everywhere and many more will die…

The elves and dwarves have been beaten down by the empire of men and now make a last flight to the safety of a hidden city in the far north.

Berie is a young elf, fearful of those that hunt them, but also deadly with her bow. This is her first true test in a turbulent and darkening life. She must stay strong if she is to survive.

This dangerous journey to a protected refuge is their last hope in a world where all wish them dead. But the greatest danger is not from men but from within their own ranks.

This is a story set within the Saints of Wura world. All books in the Saints of Wura trilogy are available.

Science Fiction

This Peaceful State of War by Patty Jansen

PeacefulStateofWar

A short story from Writers of the Future vol. 27.

Far in the future, Bianca is the only planet where people have ever found any form of intelligent life. The planet has two species that look remotely humanoid, but none of the human scientists have been able to make much sense out of them. The creatures have nothing to trade, so human interest has waned, and the care of the planet’s human outpost has been left in the hands of a religious order. But recently, the two species have gone to war with each other. It is envoy Miranda Tonkin’s task to determine if it is worth human effort and money to try and stop the conflict.

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