6 “Listen for Free” Fantasy series
Did you know that there are many really great audiobooks included in your Kindle Unlimited subscription**?
It’s like Netflix but for audiobooks!
When browsing through those Kindle Unlimited audiobooks, I found many absolute gems. These are honestly some of my absolute favorite Fantasy series! I think they are must-reads if you have
So, let me share my favorite free Fantasy and Urban Fantasy series with you…
The Hellequin Chronicles by Steve McHugh
What is it about? Nate Garrett is a sorcerer and is trying to get his memories back. Turns out… he’s much older than he thought. And much more powerful. And there are a lot of things he needs to take care of.
What’s special about it? Nate and his friends, as well as his enemies (at least Mordred), are all very interesting, real, and complex characters. This is definitely a must-read Urban Fantasy. I love how old myths like Arthur, Merlin, and Avalon were woven into this world. Also, there’s lots of cussing as soon as Remy enters the scene. Fox people for the win!
There is now a spin-off series about some of the female characters we’ve encountered throughout the series, The Avalon Chronicles**.
Who narrates the audiobooks? The first five books are narrated by James Langton, the last two by Simon Mattacks. I won’t lie, as a fan of the series, I was shocked and worried when I saw the change in narrator. James Langton does an absolutely fantastic narration and over the course of five books, his voice/voices become part of the story. So, I recommend taking a little break between book 5 and book 6. I believe that makes it easier to get into the story again with a different narrator. Simon Mattacks’ narration is also great and very fitting, but it’s simply a different person with a slightly different style. So for immersion, it’s actually better not to binge the entire series, but take that break.
All seven books are “Read and Listen for Free” Kindle Unlimited audiobooks:
The Hellequin Chronicles**
Indexing by Seanan McGuire
What is it about? Fairytales are infectious (yeah, I really don’t know how to use “memetic incursion” correctly in a sentence…). Some people are born with it, for example as an evil stepsister or sleeping beauty, others get drawn into a story that plays itself out due to proximity. Henrietta Marchen is a sleeping beauty and works for the ATI Management Bureau who protect society from the worst effects of fairytales. She doesn’t eat apples because that could trigger her story.
What’s special about it? Everything. If you’re a bit of a fairytale fan, you will absolutely love this. It’s quirky, fast-paced, funny, suspenseful, really creative and unique, and has just enough bureau-work to make it even more outstanding. It’s an amazing Urban Fantasy and I sincerely hope there will be more parts one day because the characters are so enjoyable. By the way, Marchen is close to the German word Märchen, meaning fairytale.
Who narrates the audiobooks? The books are narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal whom I didn’t know before. Her voice fits perfectly and she’s a great voice actress with a big range of different sounding voices that are easy to distinguish. She has an extremely captivating narration style.
Both books are “Read and Listen for Free” Kindle Unlimited audiobooks:
Servants of Fate by Sarah Fine
What is it about? Set in a dystopian future, we meet various humans, some of them are normal, some have the secret job to ferry the dead into the Afterlife. We also encounter the Kere, undead tasked with the job to mark people for death. It’s in so far a typical Romance format as we see two people fall in love in each book. But there’s also an ongoing story arc in the world, making each part a bit more dramatic and the stakes higher than in the previous.
What’s special about it? I found the dystopian setting very intriguing and well done. And yet, it also has the elements of a real Romance: The hopefulness and the sex. There’s a lot of creativity in the world building and Sarah Fine is an absolute go-to author when looking for new and different SF/F concepts. She has more books in Kindle Unlimited. I’ve listened to the Reliquary of Souls** series and the Guards of the Shadowlands** series and can absolutely recommend those as well. They are both a bit less romantic and also less smutty than this one, but just as unique and captivating.
I most loved book 3, but I would recommend listening to the entire series because of the on-going storyline. After the build-up in book 1 and 2, Fated has extremely intriguing main characters and many revelations.
Who narrates the audiobooks? The audiobooks are all narrated by Emily Foster. I enjoyed her narration and the quality of it improves significantly over the three books.
All three parts of this series are “Read and Listen for Free” Kindle Unlimited audiobooks:
Servants of Fate**
Harmony Black by Craig Schaefer
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What is it about? Harmony Black is a witch and an FBI agent and joins a black ops team for supernatural investigations.
What’s special about it? This series is all around entertaining. If you like Urban Fantasy and crime stories you should definitely give it a go. There’s also a whole lot of conspiracy going on. At times it was a little too creepy for my taste, but I’m a real wimp in that regard. I particularly liked Harmony’s FBI partner, Jessie Temple, who’s a lesbian werewolf and the second main character. This might be an insanely unpopular opinion (at least it’s unpopular with me), but I could identify so much better with Jessie who was written by a male author than with many other lesbian characters written by women. I felt she thought like me and she often made me smirk. Maybe my little review will inspire one of my lesbian readers to check this series and tell me what you think of it. I want to know!
Important sidenote: This is a spin-off to the Daniel Faust** series and contains major spoilers. So, if you don’t like spoilers, check out Daniel Faust first and consider whether you want to read that one.
Who narrates the audiobooks? Christina Traister is the absolutely fantastic narrator of these books. She has a pretty bad-ass voice that really fits the characters, as well as a wide range of different voices. It’s an incredibly captivating narration!
All four parts of this series are “Read and Listen for Free” Kindle Unlimited audiobooks:
Magic 2.0 by Scott Meyer
What is it about? Turns out, Magic is real. Or rather… reality is just a computer program, and if you’re a good enough hacker, you can manipulate it. And what does the true nerd do when finding himself with what’s basically magical abilities? Travel back to medieval times to be a wizard…. Like all the other nerds who found out about this before him!
What’s so special about it? Aside from the very unique concept, this is a funny and entertaining story for any nerd, geek, and gamer. I had many laughing-out-loud moments with all the pop culture references. I also appreciated the way the female hackers were treated and portrayed.
There are 5 books in the series but the major storyline is wrapped up in the three parts that are “listen for free” in KU.
Who narrates the audiobooks? The narrator is Luke Daniels who is extremely entertaining to listen to. His voice and narration style fit the story perfectly!
The first three parts of this series are “Read and Listen for Free” Kindle Unlimited audiobooks:
Rogues of the Republic by Patrick Weekes
What is it about? This is a Fantasy series I’ve recommended to many people I used to game with. It’s a very typical fantasy set-up with a party on a quest. More specifically, you’ve got your rogue, mage, tinker, warrior, death priestess and a talking warhammer on a heist.
What’s so special about it? There are a lot of twists and tweaks to it that make this a very modern, relevant series. For one, the party leader is a woman of color. And her skin color and that of her friend are a topic many times. And, as far as I can tell, the problems people of color face are portrayed pretty well here, even though the author is white. Going by his Twitter feed, he’s very outspoken about diversity.
Secondly, even though the series is a few years old, you would think it’s a commentary on the current political scene. The way the political system works and the
It’s an insanely entertaining series that does pretty much everything right while being absolutely funny and charming.
Who narrates the audiobooks? The narrator is Justine Eyre, a fantastic voice actress with a wide range of different voices and accents. Her narration fills the character with so much life!
Now, a word of warning.
When I forced my husband to listen to this, he had the same issue I had. The first chapters drag and the narrator doesn’t make anyone sound likable. In retrospect, this beginning is good and necessary the way it is. But when you first start with this series, you might be tempted to give up on it again. We both found it difficult to get into it and understand the world. DON’T GIVE UP!
My husband believed me and once he was further into book 1 he told me he started to like it a lot. A little while later, he fell in love with the series as much as I had, and as much as I told him he would. Anyone who enjoys Fantasy, and anyone who ever did RPG’s of any kind, will love this series. IT IS AWESOME! The narration will get much more pleasant and the main characters are all extremely likable! Please give it a chance. And remember to push your way through the first couple of chapters. They’re very bleak, but they are necessary to set the scene and you will love this series later on. I promise.
All three parts of this series are “Read and Listen for Free” Kindle Unlimited audiobooks:
Rogues of the Republic**
I hope you’ll enjoy these free Fantasy audiobooks I shared with you. Before you leave, check out my favorite Fantasy and Romance audiobooks of 2018 for more recommendations.
This is the updated version of a post from November 2018. I have added 3 more Fantasy series that I highly recommend.