Indie Focus: Spotlight On Winter’s Reach By Craig Schaefer




Those of you with an interest in the indie publishing scene will probably be aware of the ongoing Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off contest organised by acclaimed fantasy author Mark Lawrence. If you aren’t yet familiar with the competition you can read A Beginner’s Guide To The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off to find out what it’s all about. Of the three hundred books entered into this years #SPFBO there is approximately two dozen titles that have caught my attention, so over the next few days (weeks?) I’m going to do a spotlight for each of those books.

The first novel to be placed in the spotlight is Winter’s Reach by Craig Schaefer. Originally published in 2014, Winter’s reach is the first book of The Revanche Cycle series. I like the intriguing premise of the story, which it has garnered some favourable reviews, plus it has progressed to the semi-final stage of #SPFBO.



Pope Benignus is dying, and the man who takes his throne will hold the reins of an empire. Conspiracies swirl like shadows around Livia, the pope’s daughter, who refuses to be anyone’s pawn: chasing the whispers of a deadly coup, she vows to expose the truth and save her church from disaster. Livia has secrets of her own, though, and one wrong move could cost her life and her soul.

Felix is the scion of a dying merchant house, a man with just one chance to save his family and the woman he loves. His last hope lies in the snowbound hell of Winter’s Reach, a former prison colony turned “free city” under a brutal tyrant’s reign.

Livia and Felix have never crossed paths, but they’ve both been snared in a far greater web than they can imagine. They — along with a pair of veteran bounty hunters, an exiled politician, and a sadistic coven of witches — are cogs in one man’s apocalyptic plan for revenge. A plan which, if it succeeds, will leave an entire nation in flames.



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Craig Schaefer’s books have taken readers to the seamy edge of a criminal underworld drenched in shadow (the Daniel Faust series), to a world torn by war, poison and witchcraft (the Revanche Cycle), and across a modern America mired in occult mysteries and a conspiracy of lies (the Harmony Black series).

Despite this, people say he’s strangely normal. Suspiciously normal, in fact.

Schaefer lives in Illinois with a small retinue of cats, all of whom try to interrupt his writing schedule and/or kill him on a regular basis. He practices sleight of hand in his spare time, though he’s not very good at it.


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There are a handful of reviews for Winter’s Reach around the blogosphere, though that number is sure to increase while it remains involved in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off. Below are four of the best reviews available at present if you need further persuasion to check out the book.

Fantasy Book Critic
Fantasy Book Review
You And I Books
The Tattooed Book Geek

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That concludes today’s indie book spotlight. If an interest in this title has now been sparked, Winter’s Reach is available to buy in Kindle, Paperback and Audiobook editions. You can order your copy from the links below.

Amazon UK | Amazon US


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