Top Best Sellers Indie SFF Book Watch

Tired of searching Amazon to see what is hot right now?

Personally, I don’t get tired of it. It’s fun to see what readers are looking at and how the platform is categorizing books... as well as how other authors are shaping the categories with the help of readers.

This post compiles the top 15 Amazon Indie Best Sellers in Science Fiction & Fantasy and top 5 Kobo Indie Best Sellers in SF&F as of right now.

I decided to share this bit of research because I found it interesting and some of you might as well. So here are the lists and then I have some commentary below.

Grab a cup of hot tea or coffee, settle in, and get ready to read some wild blurbs….

Amazon Top 15 Best Sellers

Indie Science Fiction & Fantasy Paid Books
1. A Shade of Vampire 62: A Citadel of Captives by Bella Forrest

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $3.99

Released: August 5, 2018

Length: 324 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #91

Top Category: #1 Paranormal Romance – Vampires

Reviews: 11 (100% 5-star)

“Billions of planets. Trillions of flickers of life. All depending on us.”

Return to the world of GASP as the team face their greatest challenge yet…

Buy now!

*Beware of spoilers in the reviews below that are without spoiler alerts*

2. Rescued: A Catgirl Harem Adventure (I Rescued A Catgirl Book 1) by Jack Truxton

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $4.99

Released: July 30, 2018

Length: 204 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #101

Top Category: #1 SF&F Science Fiction – Cyberpunk

Reviews: 33 (70% 5-star, 21% 4-star, 9% 3-star)

When Jake St. Clare rescued a catgirl from the evil Katsukami corporation, he should have read the fine print.

Why?

Well, for one, they follow you everywhere.

For two, they do all your laundry, dishes, and generally pick up after you.

For three, well, your every wish is their command … if you’re into that sort of thing.

Sure, that doesn’t seem bad, but now that he’s saved one, this intern turned catgirl savior has a choice. He can help his catgirl rescue all her friends from the corporation, stop their evil boss from exploiting catgirls, and end a century’s worth of oppression, or he can leave the world to its fate.

Yeah, that’s not much of a choice, is it?

3. The Alpha’s Pack (Kit Davenport Book 6) by Tate James

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $3.99

Released: August 4, 2018

Length: 311 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #135

Top Category: #2 Paranormal Romance – Witches & Wizards

Reviews: 108 (93% 5-star, 3% 4-star, 3% 3-star, 1% 1-star)

The time is now.

It seems all I’ve ever wanted was vengeance. I did everything right: I protected my friends, I pushed myself to the limits, and I saved lives. Once upon a time, I was an internationally renowned thief known as The Fox. Nobody knew me. Nobody could catch me.

Nobody but them, my men, my partners in crime. But their love for me, it’s cost them dearly.

Our enemies keep coming for blood. They cut me. They hurt my friends. They push and push to see what will happen.

I’m Kit Davenport, and I’m going to show them what happens.

This is the end.

Theirs.

4. Branded Captive: A Reverse Harem Omegaverse Dark Romance (Wren’s Song) by Addison Cain

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $2.99

Released: July 16, 2018

Length: 105 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #137

Top Category: #1 Lit & Fic Mythology & Folk Tales – Fairy Tales

Reviews: 160 (73% 5-star, 13% 4-star, 7% 3-star, 2% 2-star, 5% 1-star)

Wren can’t sing like a bird. She can’t speak at all.

The Alpha kingpin and his pack didn’t buy the Omega to hear it talk.

Branded Captive: Wren’s Song Book 1 is a dark,sinister Omegaverse Reverse Harem tale for those with twisted tastes and a lovefor unabashed bad boys. Complete power exchange dominates these pages, as doTHREE smoking-hot Alpha antiheroes.
5. Fatemarked (The Fatemarked Epic Book 1) by David Estes

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $3.99 [$12.64 Paperback]

Released: March 1, 2017

Length: 494 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #166

Top Category: #1 SF&F Fantasy – Myths & Legends

Reviews: 269 (66% 5-star, 18% 4-star, 5% 3-star, 6% 2-star, 5% 1-star)

They are the fatemarked. Misunderstood. Worshipped. Hated. Murdered at birth. Their time to step into the light has come.

An ancient prophecy foretold their coming, the chosen few who will bring peace to a land embroiled in a century of mistrust and war. When kings start dying, that hope and belief swiftly turns to fear. Roan Loren is one of the fatemarked, but has hidden his mark of power his entire life, fearing the damage it might cause to those around him.

A great evil is coming. He can’t hide anymore.

In the spirit of fantasy epics like Throne of Glass and The Lord of the Rings, enter a world of magic and dragons, kings and queens, and victory and defeat, during a time when honor and valor still meant something. Fatemarked is now a #1 Amazon bestseller in eight categories. Start your 4,000+ page epic adventure today.

6. The Sculpted Ship by K.M. O’Brien

On KU: No

Paid for Price: $0.99 [$14.99 Paperback]

Released: November 18, 2016 [Revised October 2017]

Length: 302 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #178

Top Category: #1 SF&F Science Fiction – Steampunk

Reviews: 311 (62% 5-star, 29% 4-star, 8% 3-star, 1% 2-star)

Starship Repair and Society Manners

She dreamed of adventuring across the stars as captain of her own sleek ship. Then Anailu Xindar grew up.
She didn’t lose her dream – she changed it; made it practical. She became a starship engineer; she saved her money; she earned the skills and experience a starship captain would need.
She still didn’t feel ready to go out on her own – but then her safe job went sour.
With her newly minted Imperial Shipmaster’s License in hand, Anailu just needs to find and buy a cheap, reliable freighter. Instead, she ends up making a crazy deal for an impractical, rare ship that’s long on beauty – but short a few critical components.
She’s determined to get her crippled ship back out among the stars, but her technical skills won’t be enough. Anailu will have to brave the dangers of a planet on the edge of the empire: safaris, formal dinners, rogue robots, and a fashion designer.
She may even have to make a few friends – and enemies.
The Sculpted Ship is set on the outskirts of a thousand-year interstellar empire, where a young woman with ambition, skill, and manners has a chance to achieve her dreams.

7. Seeker by Douglas E. Richards

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $6.99 [$12.47 Paperback]

Released: June 3, 2018

Length: 374 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #186

Top Category: #1 SF&F Science Fiction – First Contact

Reviews: 367 (73% 5-star, 14% 4-star, 6% 3-star, 4% 2-star, 3% 1-star)

A breathtaking near-future thriller. From the NY Times bestselling author whose books have been downloaded over a million times.

A small alien spacecraft with extraordinary secrets. And a mad scramble to get to it first.

When an interstellar probe lands in the heart of the Amazon Jungle, powerful nations around the world will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Because the unoccupied alien craft is sure to contain revolutionary technology. Technology that will allow the country that controls it to dominate the globe.

With the probe hidden within the densest rainforest on Earth, traditional military power is useless. So the US chooses to send in a single operative, a man who’s been enhanced to the limits of current technology. He’ll be greatly outnumbered, and with so much on the line, not even the closest of allies can be trusted.

But the true stakes are higher than anyone could possibly know. Because all is not what it seems.

And the alien spacecraft has plans of its own . . .

Seeker is a fast-paced, roller-coaster ride of a thriller. One that explores actual human enhancements being worked on today, along with mind-blowing concepts that readers will be pondering long after they’ve read the last page.

8. The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $0.99 [$11.69 Paperback]

Released: September 24, 2016

Length: 418 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #204

Top Category: #1 Teen & YA Mysteries & Thrillers – Fantasy & Supernatural

Reviews: 3,496 (64% 5-star, 22% 4-star, 7% 3-star, 4% 2-star, 3% 1-star)

For fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent
comes a story like no other…

A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender.
Women rule the East. Men rule the West.

Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes.

But one decision could save her life.

To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. But abiding by rules has never been her strong suit, and when she is thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom … including forbidden love.

In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive..
9. Freaky Rites (A Mystic Caravan Mystery Book 6) by Amanda M. Lee

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $4.99

Released: August 5, 2018

Length: 313 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #252

Top Category: #1 Mysteries & Thrillers Mystery Supernatural – Werewolves & Shifters

Reviews: 11 (100% 5-star)

Northern California beckons the Mystic Caravan crew and they’re looking forward to some down time after their previous stop. Emotions are running high and the workers are desperate to return to their normal lives.
Poet Parker and Kade Denton, for instance, have a new camper to move into and they’re both excited at the prospect of an adventure that has nothing to do with monsters. All that changes on their first night in a new camp when wendigo howls fill the air and trouble comes knocking at their metaphorical door.
One wendigo is nothing to worry about but when ghosts start calling every night, only maintaining a distance because of the dreamcatcher, things take a turn for the worse. That’s when the ghosts start invading Poet’s dreams, leaving her on the precipice of death without outside intervention.
All roads lead to a place called Falk, a forgotten logging town that died during the Great Depression. It seems the town is long gone but a bevy of ghosts remain, as does a secret so terrible that the entire foundation of the Mystic Caravan world is about to be rocked.
A fight is coming, and both sides are readying for battle. For Poet, things aren’t as easy as they seem, though.
What happens when the monster you think you’re fighting isn’t a monster at all and the so-called victims are the ones who need to be taken down?

10. Supers – Ex Heroes 3: A Gamelit Harem Space Opera by Jamie Hawke

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $4.99

Released: August 1, 2018

Length: 284 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #253

Top Category: #1 SF&F Fantasy – Superheroes

Reviews: 8 (88% 5-star, 12% 4-star)

Leveling up and maximizing my skill trees, enemies cower and my ladies want me even in the heat of battle.

Good thing getting down with them unlocks my powers in ways previously incomprehensible, or we might never have stood a chance.

Contains Adult Content. Seriously. A lot. 

We have a job to do, and considering that we’re going after the pyramids where the villains have been stealing superpowers and storing them, we’re going to need our wits about us. I wish someone had been able to warn me what I might find in those pyramids, or that I might end up trapped within, having to take control while risking my sanity and ability to ever live a normal life again.

There’s also rumor of the Blue Lady being involved in this next mission. I haven’t decided if that’s a good thing or not, considering the fact that we met her as a revenge-crazed criminal aboard the prison ship. But hey, if she’ll help us infiltrate the pyramids and take down Ranger, who am I to argue?

It’s all in the line of duty.

WARNING: This book contains naughty fun in hot springs, a harem, a sort of dungeon core with insanities galore, and a super attractive lady with blue skin. If you’re looking for some crazy action and to get some blood flowing to your crotch, this is the book for you. If that scares you, be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

11. Strong Is Her Hope : An Urban Fantasy Action Adventure (The School of Necessary Magic Book 4) by Judith Berens, Martha Carr, Michael Anderle

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $0.99

Released: August 7, 2018

Length: ??? pages

Kindle Store Rank: #257

Top Category: #13 SF&F Fantasy – Paranormal & Urban

Reviews: 2 (50% 5-star, 50% 1-star)

Alison is a Drow with growing powers and a teenager with dark forces after her. It’s a lot when you’re just a sophomore trying to navigate being fifteen. 

Doesn’t help when you’re attracted to a young wizard who tried to take out a classmate and your new dad is a bounty hunter named, Brownstone.

Most teenagers have to deal with grades, school dances, and curfews. At the School of Necessary Magic, Alison and her crew have school elections, a musical to put on, a tournament in Louper to win while learning how to use their growing magical powers – and a sudden outbreak of werewolves. All before third period and a class on potions.

Alison, her best friend, Izzie, Kathleen, Luke and all the others have got this. They better… After all, they’re being trained to save us all.

12. Dan the Barbarian: A Gamelit Harem Fantasy Adventure (Gold Girls and Glory Book 1) by Hondo Jinx

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $0.99

Released: July 26, 2018

Length: 336 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #273

Top Category: #1 Genre Fiction Horror – Dark Fantasy

Reviews: 31 (65% 5-star, 29% 4-star, 3% 2-star, 3% 1-star)

Cut class.
Kick ass.
Save the frigging world.

When college sophomore Dan Marshall’s life morphs into a hybrid of Penn State and a homebrew tabletop RPG adventure, he grabs his talking two-handed sword and hits campus, seeking gold, girls, and glory.

But even with two beautiful bad-ass women at his side, how can a low-level barbarian survive when he’s pitted against a fraternity of gnolls, a dungeon full of nightmares, and an apocalyptic death cult bent on destroying the whole world?

Warning: Dan the Barbarian is an over-the-top adventure novel intended for readers 18 and older. It includes explicit sex, graphic violence, a harem of gorgeous ass-kicking girls, and a foul-mouthed two-handed sword. Read at your own risk.

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13. Sweet Revenge: A curvy girl romance by River Laurent

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $0.99

Released: August 8, 2018

Length: 155 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #276

Top Category: #5 SF&F Fantasy – Romantic

Reviews: 8 (88% 5-star, 12% 3-star)

Note: Sweet Revenge is 40,000 words of Hot Alpha goodness and a whole lot of kindle melting action.
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Dawn,

Great! Just Great!
My boyfriend of two years dumps me for another woman on the eve of New Year’s Eve.
And the reason? She weighs less than me.
Thanks, James. Really. Thanks.
But, I’m not sitting at home crying for your sorry ass.
No, I’m going to re-build the confidence you systematically destroyed.
And then I go and meet Ace, the hottest, sexiest man alive.


Whoa! And it is sweet revenge all the way.
14. Darknet by Matthew Mather

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $5.99 [$13.87 Paperback]

Released: March 11, 2015

Length: 346 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #277

Top Category: #1 Computers & Technology – Tech Culture & Computer Literacy

Reviews: 1,909 (61% 5-star, 30% 4-star, 6% 3-star, 2% 2-star, 1% 1-star)

From the million-copy bestselling author of CyberStorm comes a frighteningly realistic new thriller, an adrenaline-fueled mystery with a noir/tech edge that will delight fans of Baldacci, Child, and Cussler.


A GLOBAL CORPORATION HIDES A DARK SECRET… 

A TERRIFYING NEW ADVANCE IN TECHNOLOGY… 

WILL BE REVEALED. 


Follow one man’s journey through a shadowy underworld that threatens the security of humanity. 

In a world where corporations have the same rights as human beings…
Profit is everything and psychopathic executives call the shots…
Anything is possible.

15. Power of Five: Reverse Harem Fantasy Book 1 by Alex Lidell

On KU: Yes

Paid for Price: $3.99 [$15.99 Paperback]

Released: May 4, 2018

Length: 346 pages

Kindle Store Rank: #285

Top Category: #1 SF&F Fantasy – Fairy Tales

Reviews: 368 (75% 5-star, 21% 4-star, 2% 3-star, 1% 2-star, 1% 1-star)

Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they can’t allow—or resist. 

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out… Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn.

River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to… a female. A mortal female.

Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing—a mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for anyone… especially for Lera herself.

Power of Five is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel. 

Kobo Top 5 Best Sellers

Indie Science Fiction & Fantasy Paid Books
1. The Girl Who Sees (Sasha Urban Series 1) by Dima Zales

Paid for Price: $0.99

Released: August 2018

Length: 284 pages | 5-6 hours to read | 77k words

Top Category: #1 Fiction – YA Paranormal

Reviews: 0

I’m an illusionist, not a psychic.

Going on TV is supposed to advance my career, but things go wrong.

Like vampires and zombies kind of wrong.

My name is Sasha Urban, and this is how I learned what I am.

2. Requiem: Flame of Requiem (The Complete Trilogy)

Paid for Price: $0.99

Released: June 2016

Length: 765 pages | 17-19 hours to read | 222k words

Top Category: #2 SF&F Epic Fantasy

Reviews: 42 (48% 5-star, 38% 4-star, 2% 3-star, 7% 2-star, 5% 1-star)

In a cruel desert, slaves toil in chains. Their masters, seraphim with haloes and swan wings, drive them mercilessly with flaming whips. But long ago, these wretched, beaten people were not slaves. Long ago, they could become dragons. Now they fight to fly again.

This bundle includes all three novels in Flame of Requiem, an epic fantasy trilogy about memory, freedom, and dragonfire.

BOOK 1: FORGED IN DRAGONFIRE — For centuries, the slaves have toiled, serving the cruel seraphim. Their ancient home, the mythical Requiem, lies in ruin. Their magic, the ability to become dragons, is lost. Yet now a group of slaves vow to rise as dragons again.

BOOK 2: CROWN OF DRAGONFIRE — In the pits of slavery, a savior arises. Her people march behind her, determined to remove their chains, to return to their lost homeland. They tell their seraphim masters: “Requiem is free. We will fly as dragons again.”

BOOK 3: PILLARS OF DRAGONFIRE — The slaves rebel, seeking to remove their cursed collars, to reclaim their lost magic, to find their ancient homeland. Yet their masters, the mighty seraphim, vow to break them . . . or slay them all. Can Requiem rise again?

3. Star-Crossed Alien Mail Order Brides Vol. 1 by Susan Hayes

Paid for Price: $5.99

Released: June 2018

Length: 281 pages | 5-6 hours to read | 77k words

Top Category: #5 Fic & Lit short stories

Reviews: 8 (37.5% 5-star, 37.5% 4-star, 25% 3-star)

This collection includes Books 1-3 of the Star-Crossed Alien Mail Order Brides series, Joran, Vadir, and Kash. Join these three alien males as they go in search of love on the far side of the galaxy, on a primitive planet the resident lifeforms call Earth.

What do you do when your planet runs out of women?  Send for takeout, of course.

Joran

Joran, Crown Prince of Pyros, needs to claim his mate in order to ascend to the throne one day. The problem? His destined mate isn’t on Pyros.

This book contains a redheaded barista who doesn’t believe in aliens, and a prince who is used to getting anything he wants without having to work for it…until now.

Vadir

Vadir has a business empire to run and no time to spare on frivolous endeavors. So how did he wind up on the far side of the galaxy to claim a mate he never signed up for? A matchmaking queen and a royal decree, that’s how.

This book contains a bohemian blonde with a hell of a right hook, and an interstellar tycoon who is about to learn that the best things in life can’t be bought or sold, they have to be won.

Kash

Kash knows he’ll never be allowed to claim a mate.  A lifetime of military service has left him too battle-scarred and broken to be considered for the off-world mating project his rulers have created to save their people.

This book contains a hopeful romantic who is giving up hope, and a soldier who is about to discover that love doesn’t obey orders, and it can’t be bound by rules.

4. Mything You by Victoria Pinder (Heroes of Greece series)

Paid for Price: $2.99

Released: January 2013

Length: 216 pages | 4-5 hours | 59k

Top Category: #1 in Kids Fiction – Myths and Legends

Reviews: 0

Theseus, embarks on a quest to defeat the rising forces of evil which threaten the fate of all mankind and along the way discovers adventure, danger and most all love.

Theseus discovers he is the son of the King of Athens so he sets out to meet the revered King Aegeus. When that opportunity presents itself, he intends to prove his worthiness, but soon his journey ushers in unexpected distractions. But one such distraction may turn out to be a blessing in disguise… if he’s willing to open his heart and give his all to have her in his life.

Princess Ariadne never asked for this life, but in her world, her father unapologetically dictates her every move, including who she will marry. But when he sends her to meet her new bridegroom, his direct orders place her in danger.

Theseus never imagined that his journey would include rescuing a beautiful princess from a savage attack. With their lives thrown off balance, he and Ari tempt fate and continue on to Athens together. Or that he’d face the impossible Minotaur, a savage beast who is half-man, half-bull to save Athens and all those he’s grown to love. With so many obstacles against them and no guarantees that their relationship can succeed, is their budding romance doomed for failure or far worse?

5. Wedding Spells (The Kitchen Witch Book 10) by Morgana Best

Paid for Price: $5.99

Released: August 2018

Length: 174 pages | 3-4 hours | 47k

Top Category: #25 in SF&F Fantasy – Contemporary

Reviews: 1 (100% 5-star)

It’s time for Amelia to eat, drink, and be married: her wedding day to hunky Alder Vervain is finally here! Happily-ever-after sure has a nice ring to it. Amelia is certain nothing can go wrong, even if Camino is designing the wedding gown. But when a guest is murdered, Amelia attempts to find the culprit, to no a-veil. Can she have her cake and eat it too or will she also be in tiers?

And that’s where the SF&F “Trending Now” (Kobo’s version of Best Seller) cuts off.

Kobo has major issues when it comes to effectively promoting indie books in an engaging manner. TradPub has a distinct leg-up on that platform with the way the lists are geared though it also might be due to the demographic of readers that use Kobo versus the wider range of people who are drawn to Amazon.

Amazon has spent a lot of time engineering Kindle to engage readers… I don’t think Kobo has had the same amount of resources or direction to accomplish the same and it definitely shows in things like the review/rating numbers.

Amazon’s Best Sellers change daily, sometimes multiple times in a day.

It could have changed even as I put together this post….

I don’t know if Kobo has the same impact… from just these findings, I doubt it.

However, indie Science Fiction & Fantasy books are on Kobo (for instance Jonathan Moeller has a strong presence there and his older books are some of the most frequently rated/reviewed indie books in that category).

There’s a big problem that Kobo doesn’t have actual author pages though. When you click on an author name, it just puts in a search function. This limits the ability to share a collection well with a short url: instead it has to be shared like this.

The list descends into unrelated offerings due to the search functionality rather than focusing on the author. Yes, there are filters, but it’s asking too much from a reader who might just be browsing and wanting to enjoy the process of browsing rather than having to specifically work to find something.

I know that as a reader, I enjoy browsing and that’s a process Amazon has successfully created in the digital sphere with Kindle.

Anyway, writer or reader: what do you think about these findings? Any patterns stand out? Notice the differences between Amazon blurbs and Kobo blurbs? Would you give Kobo a try as a reader or author? Did any of these books surprise you? Did I miss something?

Did anything interest you enough to check it out?