In the city of Ninavel, people practice many kinds of magic. It’s a land beset by magicians plying their trade. But the bordering country of Alathia has outlawed all forms of magic, imposing harsh penalties on anyone who practices the craft.


The adept smuggler Dev has carved a niche for himself as a guide along the Whitefire Crossing that connects the two lands. But his guide duties prove the perfect cover for a lucrative smuggling business as well. Contraband magic charms are a valuable asset in strictly-controlled Alathia.


Now Dev's smuggling skills are being put to an even bigger test, as he’s asked to fulfill a friend’s dying wish by transporting a young apprentice who’s being hunted by a powerful mage. The young man, Kiran, posses the knowledge and skills that are forbidden in Alathia, and if he and Dev are intercepted along the way, they both face dire consequences.


Dev and Kiran’s harrowing journey awaits in this week’s Free Fridays selection, and you can continue the adventure in Schafer’s just-published sequel, The Tainted City.



Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Courtney recommends:





NOOK owners: go to shop and search for “Courtney Schafer” to download her captivating fantasy adventures.


by judy9569 on ‎11-02-2012 10:23 AM

Thank you  everyone for the book list that you take the time to list every week. Have a great & safe reading weekend.

by TxAg1994 on ‎11-02-2012 10:35 AM

Thanks for another!  Have a great weekend Jeremy!

by iPodReader on ‎11-02-2012 10:37 AM

Missing my Spec.  (S)he must be here on the east coast living through the aftermath of the storm.  None of my family in NJ have power.  Where I am in MD we had no damage or disruption at all.  Best wishes to Spec and all others missing this week's book.

by BookhoundMP on ‎11-02-2012 10:55 AM

Definitely missing Spec this week.  Hope all is well.  Thanks Jeremy for an interesting looking book this week!

by IrishFire on ‎11-02-2012 11:01 AM

Thank you Jeremy, Spec, Butterflly13, Jeff for the books!!!   you guys (gal) are the best!!!

Blessing and prayers for all!   

by GoCats on ‎11-02-2012 11:43 AM

T/Y Butterfly for the two books I picked up.


For our NookBook friends affected by Sandy hope you are back with us in a few weeks.  Stay safe and warm. Good thoughts and prayers for all those struggling today in the aftermath of the storm.

by rbymtn on ‎11-02-2012 11:44 AM

Thank you, Jeremy! Best wishes and hopes for everyone affected by the storm. For everyone missing Spec, here is a link to the forum thread where many new and repeat freebies were posted this week, starting with Spec's last post:

Free Nookbook summary thread - page 158

by speckledpup on ‎11-02-2012 12:18 PM

Butterfly, looks like a great reading week thanks to you!  Thank you Jeremy, Spec and everyone else that posts freebies in our little community.  Happy to say the Virginia coast did not suffer much damage from Sandy.  Please keep those further up the coast in your thoughts.  Thanks again!

by on ‎11-02-2012 12:28 PM

Awesome find this week!! :smileyvery-happy: Got it! :smileyvery-happy: Thank you.

by PH03N1X on ‎11-02-2012 01:07 PM

My heart goes out to those that were affected by the storm, and I hope you all are staying safe. I really appreciate all the different free books that are posted. I have wondered out of my "safe" reading zone and have discovered I enjoy many other books I never would have bought at the store.

by aletavh on ‎11-02-2012 03:35 PM

As a survivor of the devastation to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans wreaked ten years go by Hurricane Katrina, my heart goes out to you.   Be patient, this won't be over for a very long time.  But when you think you are at your wits end, someone will come to your aid.  Trust in God, He will see you through.  And be sure you are the one to rescue someone else when they are at their wit's end.    

by SoccerGal_94 on ‎11-02-2012 03:41 PM

I'm taking a stab at a few this week, pulled from other lists on the site. I have no idea if these are repeats or not.  NO "Smashwords books".





A Tailor-Made Bride    (Christian Fiction) - Laura Frantz

Courting Morrow Little  (Christian Fiction) - Karen Witemeyer


Paper Roses (Texas Dreams Series #1)  (Christian Fiction)

ISBN-13: 9781441203649

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

Publication date: 1/1/2009

Series: Texas Dreams Series , #1

File size: 546 KB


by Amanda Cabot


Scared (Christian Fiction)


ISBN-13: 9781434700339

Publisher: Cook, David C.

Publication date: 1/1/2010

Sold by: Barnes & Noble

Format: eBook

Pages: 304

Sales rank: 528,584

File size: 4 MB


The Lord Is My Shepherd  (Christian Fiction) Debbie Viguie

Rally 'Round Green  (Christian Fiction) Judy Christie

Dead Reckoning   (Christian Fiction) Ronie Kendig

Wildflowers of Terezin  Robert Elmer (Christian Fiction)

Valeria's Cross   (Christian Fiction) Kathi Macias


Something Bad  

by Richard Satterlie

ISBN-13: 9781605429083

Publisher: Medallion Press, Incorporated

Publication date: 10/1/2007

Pages: 456

File size: 2 MB


Blood, Smoke and Mirrors  


  • ISBN-13: 9781605049977
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 386
  • File size: 997 KB

Fatal Affair (Fatal Series #1) [Carina] Marie Force


Thy Kingdom Come (Thriller)


ISBN-13: 9781934755136

Publisher: Medallion Press, Incorporated

Publication date: 2/1/2009

Sold by: Barnes & Noble

Format: eBook

Pages: 400

File size: 2 MB


free historical mystery from Poisoned Pen Press





Prairie Rose  

By Catherine Palmer

ISBN-13: 9781414362816

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Publication date: 7/14/2011

File size: 474 KB

Series: A Town Called Hope , #1


by Teneshia on ‎11-02-2012 04:38 PM

Thank you very much to each of you that work so hard to make sure my Nook is well fed!

by mintjulip on ‎11-02-2012 04:43 PM

Thank you for taking the time to find and list these books.  I appreciate you taking the time to share.


by mokeygirl on ‎11-02-2012 07:19 PM

I have read several books in the past few weeks.  All it took was one "free" book that I couldn't put down!

The free book was the  1st of a series of 9 books.  So, I purchased the next eight and read them within three weeks.!  Thanks so much for introducing me to so many NEW authors!