Reigning Embers is such a great piece of writing. It's a great example of how to create a character-centric fantasy. Connecting with the character first allows readers like myself the chance to more easily digest the fantasy world-building (and romance, lol)
Fantasies are fairly prevalent on Vella right now, but Barry K. Gregory's "A Thing Immortal" is one of the first 'Dark Fantasies' that I've come across, and it makes for an original and engaging read.
It's not often you'll find me reading children's stories (at least not until I have some munchkins of my own) but, Rachel asked, and I'm glad I read!
This has been my biggest surprise so far, I think. The world building is gradual, but perfectly executed. The world building is visceral, and the characters are really enjoyable. Can't wait to dive back into this one!
The pandemic has, without a doubt, been rough.
But what if it'd been worse? What if things only got worse after the TP shortage of 2020. . .
Check out Hunter Chadwick's "After It's Over" to know what that reality might have looked like.