Mage's Blood

Mage's Blood

Book - 2013
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David Hair is the award-winning writer of two young adult fiction series, The Aotearoa and The Return of Ravana (based on the Vedic epic The Ramayana ). Mage's Blood, the first volume of a series called The Moontide Quartet, is Hair's first work of adult fantasy. In a starred review of Mage's Blood , Publisher's Weekly said, "This multilayered beginning to the Moontide Quartet plunges readers into a taut network of intrigue and mystery that tightens with each chapter. Hair portrays a stark and beautiful world breaking apart, with both good and evil characters desperate to reshape it through magic, war, and treachery. This strong debut should draw in fantasy readers of all stripes."

Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every twelve 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 that will decide the fate of the world.
Publisher: New York, NY : Quercus, 2013.
ISBN: 9781623650148
Characteristics: 686 pages ; 24 cm

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egieman
May 28, 2018

wow.......WOOOOOWWWW! What can I honestly say about this book without drowning in my own saliva from gushing? This series has some of the best world building, writing, plot development, pacing, and characterization I have ever read in a fantasy novel. I have read and re-read all the novels in ASOIAF, Frank Herbert's Dune, and The Emperor's Blades. Mage's Blood has a style that is both reminiscent of those aforementioned titles while still retaining it's unique identity.
-The world building is soooo amazing I found myself frequently flipping back to the maps whenever a new location was established. The transition was also well done i.e the locations differ enough that they don't feel copy-pasted.
-Characters are so multifaceted. The perfect balance of ambiguous and absolutist personas here. You feel engaged in their stories, arcs and development. Also, female characters are done in a way that doesn't feel pandering i.e NO MARY-SUES!
-Writing is also quite good. The dialogue is definitely lifted from many present day cultures but that helps to show how creative David Hair is.
-Pacing and plot development are to be highly commended. The initial starts of the story and the individual characters' arcs are handled in a proper chronological order so as to not feel rushed or underdeveloped. Even the conclusion is all encompassing and leaves no lose ends and sets up the next book in the series!
N.B: The magic system in this story is a great balance of both soft and hard magic systems. It is consistent and very believable.
In summary, what a fantastic book. Definitely worth reading for any fan of adult fantasy (esp ASOIAF)

b1cycle Dec 06, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characterizations, plot, magic system and world building were all excellent. It is a very complex, multi-character story that spans several continents. I recommend the library purchase the fourth and final book of the Moontide Quartet series, Ascendant's Rite. I am currently reading the succeeding series, the Sunsurge Quartet. It is also great so far, and I have not had any problem purchasing the books in Canada.

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anwine
Apr 04, 2014

spoiler alert!!! While this was an excellent book the sequel is only being released in England and our Library system won't buy it...(sigh)...just so you know.

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