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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    The time of the Moontide Bridge's reappearance is fast approachi

    The time of the Moontide Bridge's reappearance is fast approaching. What once was used as a trade route now has a much more menacing purpose. The Magi are set on world domination, plotting their heretic conquest and at the heart of their plans is the Moontide Bridge. 

    Mage's Blood is a highly complex plots. Spanning multiple character's POV and story lines that slowly progress until they intercept. A lengthy book at just a little over 700 pages, this was not an easy read but well worth the effort. The twists and turns will keep you guessing to the end. 

    This is definitely a dark fantasy. The direction of character's choices are difficult and at times bloody and upsetting, making for heart clenching tension.

    I found David Hair's world building superb, he made you visually see the world of his imagination in your head as the story unfolds. Although it is similar to Earth it is definitely not Earth or any of our cultures, but it is still very much relateable. Mage's Blood is a world where magic, love, deceit and politics thrive. I want to point out that even though there is world building, Hair does not bog down the flow of the book with intricate descriptions.

    Mage's Blood is a unique, interesting story that will keep you mentally captivated till the end.

    I received this ARC copy of Mage's Blood from Quercus - Jo Fletcher Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 3, 2013.

    Written by: David Hair
    Series: The Moontide Quartet
    Hardcover: 704 pages
    Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books 
    Publication Date: September 3, 2013
    ISBN-10: 1623650143
    ISBN-13: 978-1623650148
    Rating: 4
    Genre: Fantasy, Epic, Dark
    Age Recommendation: Adult

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    Mage's Blood (Moontide Quartet #1) by David Hair 3 ½ of 5 Stars

    Mage's Blood (Moontide Quartet #1) by David Hair
    3 ½ of 5 Stars

    Gurvon Gyle, former commander of the Grey Foxes, a group of magi that aided in the Noros revolt, was hired by His Royal Majesty the Emperor Constant Sacrecour of the Rodian Empire and his mother Lucia, whom was recently named a Living Saint, but a saint she is not.  The Moontide is a year away.  Once it arrives, the Leviathan Bridge will rise from the sea.  The Rondians will march across the bridge bringing war, Gurvon Gyle infiltrating the enemy prior to the Moontide. 

    Former Grey Fox, Elena Anborn, ex-lover of Guvon Gyle is Charge of King Olfuss' children, Timori and Cera.  Guvon planned to use Elena in his plot to help over-through the Nesti.  However, he did not plan on her to become attached to the family.

    Alaron Mercer (nephew of Elena) is finishing his Mage Exams.  He presents his thesis “The Hidden Causes of the Noros Revolt” which uncovers some startling evidence.  Evidence that others wanted left undiscovered.  With the help of friends Ramon and Cym, they search to uncover the truth.

    Ramita Ankesharan was promised to marry her love, Kazim Makani.  In spite of this, she caught the attention of a wealthy ancient Mage, who needs an heir. Ramita’s line is known for being fertile and bearing twins and triplets.  Her father, Ispal, was made an offer he could not refuse and offers her hand in marriage to, Antonin Meiros, the most feared Mage in history; the mage that created the Leviathan Bridge: Except, Karim is not ready to give her up.

    This wonderfully told novel counts down the year before the Moontide, telling the story of people who are connected even though they live in different areas of the world.  David Hair created an intriguing story with lots of depth.  The characters and story line are very well developed.  I cannot wait to see what happens next in the series.

    ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

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    I found this book to be very hard to put down. David Hair writes

    I found this book to be very hard to put down. David Hair writes in a way that you feel like your taking the journey with each character.   You will find yourself loving some characters and hating others but still hold sympathy and compassion for each one.  The flow of the book is great and keeps you guessing as to how each person becomes relevant in such a vast world where their lives are so different.

    I would recommend this book to any reader who loves fantasy/science fiction.  I have a pretty decent "library" at this point of books, but find this one to be in my top 5 favorites.  Thoroughly look forward to the next book in the series and just how he plans to continue from an ending that leaves you wanting more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Extremely hard to put the book down!

    Extremely hard to put the book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    3 1/2 out of 5

    The book was enjoyable but I did find my self skipping sections where I had lost interest in the characters.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 13, 2013

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