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 TarHeelGirl00 on ‎11-02-2012 07:24 AM

Thanks for the free book!


My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that suffered from the storm.  I hope everyone is safe and that your lives return to normal soon!

by Eros-Ashima on ‎11-02-2012 07:26 AM

Thanks B&N and to all that make this the best spot to be on Friday, I have lots of books without lots of shelves.

by BethAnnCullen on ‎11-02-2012 07:35 AM

Thank You! :cathappy:

by jdelamater99 on ‎11-02-2012 07:39 AM

Excited for this week's book! Although, I've got such a growing back log of books, not sure when I will read this one, but that's not such a terrible problem to have.

by Ohiojude on ‎11-02-2012 07:40 AM

Thank you. I look forward to Free Fridays.

by butterflly13 on ‎11-02-2012 08:00 AM

Happy November, it is always darkest before the dawn, be strong.





A Terrible Beauty   by: D. St. John


The Christmas Angel   by: Nita Wick


Her Eternal Love  by; Maria Christine


Lily of a Day   by: Joyce Burgess


Prairie Rose   by: Catherine Palmer


Sunrise at Sunset    by: Jaz Primo


Midnight Fire   by: Melody Anne


Deadly Aim   by: Patricia H. Rushford


Relentless   by: Robin Parrish


Let's Play Ball    by: Linda Gould


The Fey    by: Claudia Hall Christian


Mew is for Murder    by: Clea Simon


Falling   by: Amber Jaeger


My Brothers Battle   by: Meredith Allard


Dancing Days   by: V. J. Chambers



by Bxr4me on ‎11-02-2012 08:14 AM

Thank you all for the free books.  I noticed in Butterfly's post that The Fey by Claudia Hall Christian is listed as free.  If you only get one book it should be this one and once you read this you will want to read the rest of her books as well - I have and they are all great!

by Baste on ‎11-02-2012 08:27 AM

First, I want to say to everyone back east that I hope you are safe and that you and your loved ones made it through the storm. Keep your heads up, & as they say "this too shall pass". Thank you jeremy, butterflly13, spec, jeff & everyone for the list that you put every week. Have a great & safe reading weekend.

by bwildwoman3 on ‎11-02-2012 08:39 AM

Thank you B&N Free Fridays has opened up my world of reading!

by Lucy_PR on ‎11-02-2012 09:03 AM

Thanks to everyone for posting free books...



by moontan on ‎11-02-2012 09:26 AM

Want to thank everyone for the great books this week.  I hope everyone is safe.  We are still waiting to hear from my neice who lives in Boston.  Thanks again for the books. 

by GolfingGirl on ‎11-02-2012 09:53 AM

Where's Spec today?

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎11-02-2012 09:59 AM

Oh boy, thanks B&N and Jeremy. I LOVE fantasy and I think after all the reality this country and especially the East Coast has gone through this past week we could all benefit from a little fantasy in our lives.


My thoughts are with all of our friends here who were affected by the storm.

I'm glad to see that B&N is up and running even though they got hit pretty hard too.


by 1LadyVi on ‎11-02-2012 10:12 AM

Thanks for posting free books!

by Haejok on ‎11-02-2012 10:15 AM

The first two books of Kameron Hurley's Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy, God's War and Infidel, are free until November 8, 2012.  This promotion is directly through the publisher, Night Shade Books.  You can go to the link below for the information on how to download the books.


I believe that you will be added the Night Shade's email list but that's not a bad price for two free books.  The third book in the series, Rapture, just came out on October 23 so if you like these books you can finish the trilogy all for the cost of one book.


If you've never side loaded an eBook onto your Nook before it's really easy.  First, you'll want to download the ePub version of these books.  Next, you simply connect your Nook to your computer via the USB cable that came with your Nook when you bought it.  Finally, copy or drag the Gods_War and Infidel files into MyNOOK > My Files > Books. 


After you disconnect your Nook from your computer you will go to Library > My Stuff > My Files > Books to see the books you copied over.  They will appear in your Nook's library just like any other book after you open them the first time.


I haven't read either of these books yet but I've heard a lot of good things about God's War and had it on my 'to read' list.  I've seen the series described as science fiction, fantasy and even fantasy scifi.  Any way you slice it, this looks like a series that I want to jump into.