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Mage's Blood

The Moontide Quartet Book 1

By David Hair

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Desperate for the next Game of Thrones? The Moontide is coming and the world stands on the brink of war: 'Similar in scope to George R.R. Martin's Ice and Fire and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time novels and sure to please those authors' many fans (Library Journal)

Desperate for the next Game of Thrones? The Moontide is coming and the world stands on the brink of war: 'Similar in scope to George R.R. Martin's Ice and Fire and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time novels and sure to please those authors' many fans (Library Journal)

Every twelve years the tides sink to their lowest and the Leviathan Bridge rises above the waves, linking the East and West for twenty-four short months.

'Fans of Game of Thrones will delight in the existence of this different-yet-similar fantasy series' (New Myths)

The Rondian emperor, overlord of the West, is hell-bent on ruling both continents, and the last two Moontides have seen his crusading armies crossing the Bridge and raping and pillaging their way across Antiopia.

The next Moontide is almost here: the battle-magi of the Third Crusade are mustering in the West, and in the East, holy Shihad has been declared. This time the two will clash as never before.

'A complex world populated by a rich and diverse cast of characters . . . something for everyone - conspiracies, political backstabbing, high magic, swordplay, a smattering of romance, and more . . . Recommended for fans of George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss' (Monster Librarian)

And three ordinary people - a failed mage, a jaded mercenary and a lowly market girl - are about to discover that their actions may determine the fate of nations.

The Moontide Quartet: an epic fantasy rich in intricate plots, intrigue and treachery as vast forces collide and ordinary people make heart-rending choices that will shake the world.

Biographical Notes

David Hair, an award-winning writer of fantasy, has been inspired by his travels around the globe. He was born in New Zealand and after spending time in Britain and Europe, he moved to India for several years, which sparked both the Moontide Quartet and the Ravana series. He now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. His epic fantasy sagas The Moontide Quartet and The Sunsurge Quartet, and The Return of Ravana, his retelling of the Indian epic The Ramayana, are all published by Jo Fletcher Books.

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  • ISBN: 9781780871974
  • Publication date: 26 Sep 2013
  • Page count: 704
  • Imprint: Jo Fletcher Books
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
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
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
Mage's Blood has a richness to it that comes so close to the actual history and customs of Europe and the Near East as to make me periodically stop and wonder whether I was remembering my history wrong or I had just tripped over one of the fantasy world's small, intentional tweaks . . . Fans of Game of Thrones will delight in the existence of this different-yet-similar fantasy series. — New Myths
an ambitious novel sure to thrill readers of character-driven fantasy. Hair has done an admirable job in building a complex world populated by a rich and diverse cast of characters . . . A tense, edge-of-your-seat fantastical drama. There's a little something for everyone here - conspiracies, political backstabbing, high magic, swordplay, a smattering of romance, and more . . . Recommended for fans of George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and Patrick Rothfuss. — Monster Librarian
Mage's Blood is true epic fantasy. It has everything a fan could want - detailed magic, good characters and evil characters (of both genders) and some in between, a compelling plot, and twists aplenty. — A Bitter Draft
David Hair's explosive debut as an epic fantasy writer and should be read by all with an interest in gritty fantasy and alternate histories — Fantasy Online
Hair's first foray into adult fantasy is similar in scope to George R.R. Martin's 'Ice and Fire' and Robert Jordan's 'Wheel of Time' novels and is sure to please those authors' many fans — Library Journal, Starred Review
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 — Publishers Weekly
Sweeping conflicts, clashes of cultures, political and personal entanglements, rich and in-depth magic, and mighty warriors dot the landscape. . . . Hair tells his story with aplomb in a clear and concise prose — A Dribble of Ink
Modern epic fantasy at its best — Fantasy Book Critic
The Moontide Quartet is perhaps the most understated fantasy series currently being written. It features a wide, diverse cast of characters spread out over dual continents. Focusing on a clash of civilisations storyline, David Hair offers a tale that encapsulates epic fantasy to its entirety — Fantasy Book Critic, The Year’s Top Ten
One of the best examples, in recent memory, of epic fantasy — Novelnaut
'Amazing The Moontide Quartet epic fantasy series. I'll not reveal all the details and plots, you'll just need to read these books. It will get you turning pages in a speed of desert storm — Dejan Delic, Deviant Art
Hair tells his story with aplomb in clear and concise prose ... one of the better epic fantasy series first instalments I've read in recent years — staffersbookreview.com
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
The Moontide quartet is perhaps the most understated fantasy series currently being written. It features a wide, diverse cast of characters spread out over dual continents. Focusing on a clash of civilisations storyline, David Hair offers a tale that encapsulates epic fantasy to its entirety — Fantasy Book Critic, The Year’s Top Ten
Modern epic fantasy at its best — Fantasy Book Critic
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