Most of you probably know this already, but just in case you didn't: You can now buy the Harry Potter e-books directly from Amazon, without needing to go through Pottermore. While you were able to read them via Kindle unlimited, actually buying them from Amazon wasn't possible. But sometime earlier this month, both the audible editions and the Kindle editions went up for sale. I did buy them from Pottermore, but I bet I end up rebuying the Kindle editions, just for the extra stuff Kindle adds (and to avoid having to deal with the differences between native Kindle and Kindle documents). You can find the e-books here.
As the title says, Swords of Good Men is on sale in the Kindle store (US) for $1.99. Its the first book in the Valhalla Saga, with the final book in the trilogy due out on January 5. I liked this first book well enough, but found the 2nd one too grim and unhappy..so I dropped the series halfway though book 2.
Just in case you want to do some last minute shopping for yourself, below is a list of Kindle book deals. Double check the price before buying, just in case they change by the time you see this.
-Oath of Fealty (Legend of Paksenarrion Book 1) by Elizabeth Moon ($1.99)
-Madness in Solidar: The Ninth Novel in the Bestselling Imager Portfolio by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. ($2.99)
-Cold Iron (The Malorum Gates Book 1) by Stina Leicht ($1.99)
-Iron and Blood (The Jake Desmet Adventures Book 1) by Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin ($0.99)
-The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold ($1.99)
-Killing Pretty: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey ($1.99)
-Bitterwood: The Complete Collection (Bitterwood Trilogy Book 5) by James Maxey ($0.99)
I took some time last evening to work on the "Fantasy Series Ending in 2016" list. There are quite a few series coming to a conclusion in 2016, so it should be a good year. As usual, I've moved the list of 2015. You can find the 2016 list here. That page also has links for series that ended between 2012-2015.
Last year, I read and really enjoyed the first book in the Moontide Quartet (MQ) by David Hair, Mage's Blood. I went out and bought books 2 and 3 in hardcover, and even did the location switch trick to buy the 4th and final Kindle book from the UK store last month. I've spent the last 2 months trying to read book 2, Scarlet Tides. While most reviewers seemed to like the series as it progressed, I am in the minority in that I struggled to maintain enough interest to keep reading. As I've mentioned before, I prefer my books to be more PG-13, not R or M rated. There are exceptions (Game of Thrones, Joe Abercrombie's books), but it takes a really awesome story to break that rule. The more I read, the more I realized MQ was not going to be worth breaking that rule. The sex scenes were getting more graphic and frequent, and the reviews of book 3 gave me the impression that the trend would only continue. Coupled with my struggle to engage with the story, I made the decision to just throw in the towel and give up on the series. Its a shame..as I mentioned, I loved Mage's Blood. So I bought 3 hardcovers, 3 kindle editions, and and 2 audiobooks. All for nothing, now.
In fact, as much as I want to try to read only completed series, I do buy books I might like as they are published. If I had read Scarlet Tides when it was published, I could have saved myself some money (because I would have found out it wasn't for me, before buying the 3rd book in hardcover and the 4th in Kindle format). This is the kinda thing that has been pushing my back to reading books as they are published. Sure, I might forget some details between books, but it will keep me from investing too much in a series that I don't like.