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The Epic Magi of Paul Dickinson Russell

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“The Will of the Magi” is the first book in a trilogy following Aiden, a young man born with the ability to wield magic. However, in the society he is born into, those with the power of Magic must go to the College of Magic to learn how to properly use Magic. However, Aiden is born into a peasant family, and thus cannot afford to go to the College, but,

To be caught practicing Magic and not being admitted to the College is a death sentence.

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Review of Warlock’s Sun Rising by Damien Black by ML Spencer and Jamie Tivendale

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Warlock’s Sun Rising is the second book in the Broken Stone Chronicle series that started with the current SPFBO entrant Devil’s Night Dawning. This truly is epic dark fantasy that held my interest and was intriguing throughout. I’d summarize it as:

“The Exorcist meets Kingdom of Heaven”

I had a great experience reading Devil’s Night Dawning, so went into this book with high hopes. Thankfully, this story did not disappoint. This novel moved at a much quicker pace than the previous one, yet lost nothing of its enjoyability. Which means Warlock’s Sun Rising is even better than its highly enjoyable predecessor. It is much darker with the personal stakes being far greater for the characters. The plot is unapologetically brave, going places some readers may find unpalatable. So, let this be a word of warning: this is not a book for the squeamish. Any novel that starts off with execution and rape in the first chapter is going to command your attention, although the following action could divide readers of the genre.

Warlock’s Sun Rising begins with Adelko and his master Horskram hunting the powerful warlock Andragorix. As it turns out, there is an even more despicable evil at work. We get to see characters from the previous book’s various story arcs finally brought together as the larger plot unfolds. And then, towards the end, it appears the plot threads are destined to separate once again…

There’s so much to discuss when it comes to this analyzing this novel. The most striking element though is the writing, which is spectacular. Damien Black is not only a consummate writer, he is also a medieval historian, who is unafraid of using the language of the period to season his prose. The reader is submerged in the world, delivered on a tide of text that achieves setting with syntax.

The novel is also notable for its compelling religious system, which is very much based on crusader-era Christianity, but tweaked in clever ways. Anyone with a knowledge of this period, the militant orders, and medieval concepts of chivalry, will give a nod of appreciation. I greatly appreciated the way religious constructs are called into question and offered up on the dissecting table.

The magic system is unique; it reminds me of isomers in chemistry, with a left-hand and right-handed path. The way the moral ambiguity of the novel’s religious concepts spills over into Black’s magic system is highly engaging.

To conclude, I am extremely excited to see what happens next for these characters and how their destinies may change their overall world-views. For fantasy book fans who like to exercise their minds and truly lose themselves in a story, I cannot recommend this enough.

An utterly unique and enthralling dark fantasy tale which I’ll be thinking about until the next entrant in Black’s series arrives.

 

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Daniel Stride’s Viiminian Empire

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Walking corpses and black-market liquor: the quiet life.

Teltö Phuul, Necromancer and Library Clerk, likes his days safe and predictable. Not for him the intrigues of the Viiminian Empire, a gothic monstrosity held together by sheer force of will.

Until the Empire’s dreaded secret police come knocking. Caught in a web of schemes in the diseased heart of Kuolinako, the underground Imperial capital, Teltö can trust no-one. Not the Northern theocrats who abhor Necromancy, and certainly not the Grand Chancellor, whose iron-fisted rule has kept the old order alive that little bit longer.

When one false step means torture and disappearance, this journey will change our Necromancer forever.

What makes your world special or different?

Necromancy, the ability to raise the non-decomposed dead via mental command, is a universal ability in this world. The homeland of our protagonist, the Viiminian Empire, bases its entire socio-economic and political structure around this: the undead serve as a slave labour force for factory work, essentially making them flesh robots, while the society itself is ruled de facto by a necromantic caste.

The neighbouring state, the Skeevereet Principality, regards necromancy as abhorrent, and against its religious tenets. However, whereas the Viiminan Empire is  meritocratic – enjoying complete equality of gender and sexuality – the Principality is theocratic, misogynistic, and militaristic. As such, there is much innate hostility between the two countries, with neither being particularly nice places to live.

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Review – Darklands

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Darien Lauchlin was ready to give up his life to protect the lands of the Rhen and save the soul of the woman he loved. But he damned himself in the process and now he has to pay the price. Even if it means turning against everyone he had cared about.

Set two years after Darkmage, Darklands continues the story by having Darien brought back, but this time in service to the very people he had spent his life training to fight. Given the task of leading the people of the Darklands into the lands of the Rhen to escape a potential cataclysm, he is forced to re-evaluate everything he believed. The more he learns about the Darklands and it’s people, the more he is driven to question his previous perspective on them. At the same time, he is continually confronted by people, particularly his guide, who fear and hate him for…

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The Epic World of Perilisc by Jesse Teller

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Meredith Mestlven was abused and betrayed by her nobleman husband. After a desperate fit of retaliation, she fled for her life and lost her sanity. Now nearly 20 years later, she returns to her home at Sorrow Watch to destroy her enemies and reclaim her jewels.

Is there a system of magic?

There was a great god war. The skies opened up. The gods formed ranks and charged into each other. It lasted tens of thousands of years, and during that time, gods were falling dead from the sky like meteors. As they died, their blood stained the world with magic. That magic haunts that ground. So when wizards cast, they summon that power up from the ground into their aura, form it with incantations, and fire it out of their bodies, or cause it to affect the world around them.

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Review of Devil’s Night Dawning by Damien Black

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Devil’s Night Dawning is an immersive venture into a meticulously-crafted fantasy world.

How else to describe this novel, other than a juxtaposition of The Exorcist, Kingdom of Heaven and Game of Thrones? If that sounds like a stretch, rest assured—this author took on quite a challenge! And he delivered.

Devil’s Night Dawning begins with an exorcism that foretells the gathering of dark forces threatening to spill into the world from the Other Side. Adelko, a novice of the Order of St. Argo, along with his master, Brother Horskram, find themselves embroiled in this perilous clash of powers when a fragment of a potent relic is stolen from their monastery by a powerful warlock.

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Ty Arthur’s Epic Light Dawning

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Light Dawning was a labor of pain that gestated for a year and a half, born of circumstances as grim and dark as the story itself.

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia’s walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind’s comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn.

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Veronica Scott’s Danger in the Stars

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DANGER IN THE STARS

She’s an alien empath. He’s an interstellar mob enforcer.

Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.

Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.

The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

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