The Moontide is ending; new powers must rise to save or damn Urte, and on the mighty Leviathan Bridge itself, all will be decided.
LOVE. BETRAY. FIGHT. ASCEND.
Alaron and Ramita's deadly enemies have taken the Scytale of Corineus - the key to gaining the power of an Ascendant mage - as well as one of Ramita's twin sons. Their only hope of preventing disaster lies with a small group of peaceful Zain monks. Meanwhile, in Javon, Queen Cera Nesti, newly freed, takes the reins of power. She needs the skill and courage of her friends to survive, but she must first gain their trust.
Trapped between two massive armies, Seth Korion's Lost Legions must somehow find safety. Bearing secrets that could bring down the Emperor, they will need cunning, tenacity and bravery to cross the Bridge to safety.
As the Rondian armies continue to plunder the stony deserts of Kesh and Dhassa, the Eastern Armies are daring to fight back, but the mighty Rondian magi still hold all the major cards . . . except the ace: the Scytale.
The time has come for the Rite of Ascendancy to be performed, and new powers to rise to save - or damn - Urte.
The sense of chaos, endless politicking between factions and urge by characters to make sense out of events beyond their control is palpable as the pace becomes more and more frantic - upcoming4.me on Unholy War
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 on Mage's Blood
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 - Staffer's Book Review on Mage's Blood
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 Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife. The first two books in his epic fantasy saga The Moontide Quartet, Mage's Blood and Scarlet Tides, are also published by Jo Fletcher Books.