Mage's Blood

Mage's Blood : The Moontide Quartet Book 1

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Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on crusades of conquest. Now the third Moontide is almost here and, this time, the people of the East are ready for a fight...but it is three seemingly ordinary people who will decide the fate of the world.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 161 x 233 x 48mm | 880g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • Jo Fletcher Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780871945
  • 9781780871943
  • 535,864

About David Hair

David Hair is an award-winning writer of fantasy for adult and YA readers. He was born in New Zealand and travelled widely, and after spending time in Britain, then India, he now lives in Thailand with his wife. His epic fantasy sagas The Moontide Quartet and The Sunsurge Quartet, and his YA series The Return of Ravana, are published by Jo Fletcher Books.show more

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'This is one of those books that is so epic, that gets you so involved and is such an investment in time and emotion, that there is a little sting of regret that the ending had to come at all and you immediately want to go back to the beginning and see how much riper it is second time around' British Fantasy Society. British Fantasy Society 'The author has managed to bring about a mirror to the complex and fascinating historical conflicts that occurred during the middle ages and gives it a drastic mystical kick ... This is the first volume in a tremendously exciting series and one, which I'll be following with great interest in the next few years' Fantasy Book Critic. Fantasy Book Critic 'Hair tells his story with aplomb in clear and concise prose ... one of the better epic fantasy series first installments I've read in recent years' staffersbookreview.com. staffersbookreview.com 'Makes for an outstanding start to a series which promises to recall epic fantasy's finest. In more ways than one, this book could be huge - an honour I dare say David Hair deserves' Tor.com. Torcom 'The world of Mage's Blood is sort of a fever dream of Europe and its Near East ... stellar pacing and vivid action ... a ripping read' blackgate.com. blackgate.com 'The writing is crisp, the characters full of vigour and desires which when they become banded together really gives the story something to focus upon as the bonds grow stronger' Falcata Times. Falcata Times 'This story is so utterly HUMAN ... Set in a world with religious and political struggles that wonderfully parallel our own, Mage's Blood depicts the good and bad of society and its obsession with power' The Wishing Table. Wishing Tableshow more

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2,545 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 29% (728)
4 40% (1,024)
3 22% (549)
2 6% (159)
1 3% (85)

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3 �?????�????�???�??�?�½ of 5 Stars Gurvon Gyle, former commander of the Grey Foxes, a group of magi that aided in the Noros revolt, was hired by His Royal Majesty the Emperor Constant Sacrecour of the Rodian Empire and his mother Lucia, whom was recently named a Living Saint, but a saint she is not. The Moontide is a year away. Once it arrives, the Leviathan Bridge will rise from the sea. The Rondians will march across the bridge bringing war, Gurvon Gyle infiltrating the enemy prior to the Moontide. Former Grey Fox, Elena Anborn, ex-lover of Guvon Gyle is Charge of King Olfuss' children, Timori and Cera. Guvon planned to use Elena in his plot to help over-through the Nesti. However, he did not plan on her to become attached to the family. Alaron Mercer (nephew of Elena) is finishing his Mage Exams. He presents his thesis "The Hidden Causes of the Noros Revolt" which uncovers some startling evidence. Evidence that others wanted left undiscovered. With the help of friends Ramon and Cym, they search to uncover the truth. Ramita Ankesharan was promised to marry her love, Kazim Makani. In spite of this, she caught the attention of a wealthy ancient Mage, who needs an heir. Ramita's line is known for being fertile and bearing twins and triplets. Her father, Ispal, was made an offer he could not refuse and offers her hand in marriage to, Antonin Meiros, the most feared Mage in history; the mage that created the Leviathan Bridge: Except, Karim is not ready to give her up. This wonderfully told novel counts down the year before the Moontide, telling the story of people who are connected even though they live in different areas of the world. David Hair created an intriguing story with lots of depth. The characters and story line are very well developed. I cannot wait to see what happens next in the series. ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.show more
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