Thursday 27 September 2012

FANTASY REVIEW: Moontide Quartet 1: Mage's Blood - David Hair

Release Date: 27/09/12


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 that will decide the fate of the world.


I love a story that takes the reader onto a journey not only of a new world but one that feels rounded through the use of politics, double dealing, vengeance and a quest that leads changes that will echo throughout the annals of time. All this and more happens in David Hair’s debut, Mage’s Blood the first book in the Moontide Quartet.

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. Add to this an overall arc that has a huge epic scale which when added to solid dialogue alongside combat really gives the reader a sense of grandeur. All in a great debut and one I’ll look forward to reading more from.

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