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Bloodring (Rogue Mage Series #1)

Bloodring (Rogue Mage Series #1)

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by Faith Hunter

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In a novel filled with lush imagery and exhilarating action, Faith Hunter creates a near-future world caught in the throes of an ambiguous apocalypse - where a woman with everything to hide finds her true destiny revealed.

As humanity struggles with religious strife and seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle, a new species has arisen. "Neomages" are human


In a novel filled with lush imagery and exhilarating action, Faith Hunter creates a near-future world caught in the throes of an ambiguous apocalypse - where a woman with everything to hide finds her true destiny revealed.

As humanity struggles with religious strife and seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle, a new species has arisen. "Neomages" are human in appearance, but able to twist left-over creation energy to their will. A threat to both humans and seraphs, they are confined in luxurious Enclaves.

Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neomage. Nearly driven insane by her powers, she is smuggled out of an Enclave and now lives among humans, channeling her gift of stone-magery into jewelry making. But when Thaddeus Bartholomew, a dangerously attractive policeman, tells her that her ex-husband has been kidnapped, Thorn risks revealing her identity to find him. And for Thorn, the punishment for revelation is death.

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Publishers Weekly
Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage, lives secretly among humans in this entertaining if flawed postapocalyptic fantasy, the first in a new series from the pseudonymous Hunter.... Even Thorn's friends, with whom she crafts jewelry, don't know she's a member of the new race that emerged in the catastrophe brought by winged "seraphs" a century earlier. When her ex-husband disappears, Thorn must use her only partially trained mage powers against the forces of Darkness. Outstanding supporting characters help compensate for a milieu with jarring inconsistencies (sugar is rare, but coffee and aspirin are common; no new computers have been built since most of humanity was wiped out, but the Internet is still an active source of commerce). The author's efforts to sex up the action with the concept of "mage-heat" mages are uncontrollably lusty around seraphs become tiresome, but the strong, cliffhanger of an ending bodes well for future adventures. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT - Cara Chancellor
It has been ten years since the first plague of the Apocalypse descended upon Paris, but the battle between the seraphim and the hell spawn continues. The main casualties of this war are the humans, who are caught between righteous wrath and hungry demons, but the Apocalypse also has brought about the creation of other new breeds, such as the soulless neomages and the half-human, half-seraph beings known as kylen. Bloodring tells the story of Thorn St. Croix, a rogue neomage who escaped from her mandated Enclave, or mage haven, to save her sanity, but who now faces a death sentence for living as an unlicensed mage. The safe, predictable rhythm into which Thorn's life fell since she moved to an isolated frontier town is soon ripped asunder by a kylen cop who shows up on her doorstep and demands to know why demon spawn have kidnapped her ex-husband, Lucas, and how she's involved. Thorn struggles to keep her identity secret and to find her ex-husband, even as the situation becomes complicated by her unwilling, magical attraction to the kylen and by the arrival of an enchanted amethyst, shipped to her by Lucas days before his disappearance. This utterly fabulous read is impossible to put down. Although the astute reader will notice that some questions go unanswered and some plot lines are dropped, Hunter's fresh and inventive world makes the ride more than worthwhile. In terms of tone, one would be hard pressed to find a sultrier, sexier book, making it inappropriate for an immature audience but unreservedly seductive to an older readership. Bloodring departs from the usual fantasy realm, but Hunter's enchanting narration makes the reader hope she will return to this apocalypticworld again—and soon!
Library Journal
The apocalypse has come and gone, and now seraphs and demons rule the world, waging war on an Earth plunged into an ice age. Only a few gifted humans, such as Thorn St. Croix, live as fugitives among normal humans. When Thorn's ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn is accused of the crime, and she is forced to use her magic to find him at the risk of her own life and freedom. Hunter's distinctive future vision offers a fresh though dark glimpse into a newly made postapocalyptic world. Bold and imaginative in approach, with appealing characters and a suspense-filled story, this belongs in most fantasy collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A hundred years after near-biblical plagues wiped out most densely populated areas, angel-like seraphs are at odds with the Dark Powers that live deep underground in a world covered with ice. Thorn St. Croix is a neomage, able to channel energy into spells. She makes a living polishing and carving trinkets that she infuses with harmless bits of positive magic, living in fear of being discovered and put to death by those who don't take kindly to her talents and background. But the town where she lives has some sinister secrets. Thorn's ex-husband, Lucas Stanhope, is kidnapped by the Dark Powers residing nearby. The blood of his grandfather was used to defeat them in their last battle against the seraphs, and by kidnapping Lucas they hope to acquire the power to start taking over the town. In order to save everyone, Thorn has to risk revealing her true self to her friends, as well as to the very alluring Thaddeus Bartholomew, who has shown up to investigate the kidnapping. The conclusion hints that Thorn is tied into the ongoing seraph/Dark Power conflict, but can't remember why, leaving the option of more books on the table. With so many fantasies featuring heroes who spring from nowhere and are either virtually or literally orphans, it's a pleasure to read this engaging tale about characters connected by strong bonds of friendship and family. Mixes romance, high fantasy, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic adventure to good effect. Agent: Lucienne Diver/Spectrum Literary Agency

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Rogue Mage Series , #1
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Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

A native of Louisiana, Faith Hunter spent her early years on the bayous and rivers, learning survival skills and the womanly arts. She liked horses, dogs, fishing and crabbing much better than girly skills. She still does.

In grade school, she fell in love with fantasy and science fiction, reading five books a week and wishing she could "write that great stuff." Faith now shares her life with her Renaissance Man and their dogs in a Enclave of their own. Faith is working on a new series, which Roc will publish starting in the summer of 2009, and a role-playing game, called The Rogue Mage, based on Thorn.

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Bloodring (Rogue Mage Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Enyo-Maenad More than 1 year ago
Set after the Apocalypse, where Judgement Day arrived, but the world did not end, "Bloodring" follows a rogue neo-mage, Thorn St. Croix, as she tries to hide her heritage among the "normals" that populate what has become of the United States. Thorn St. Croix's magic is with stones, which she incorporates (secretly, of course), into her rock and gem business. When her ex-husband disappears, a very attractive policeman, Thaddeus Bartholomew appears to accuse St. Croix of kidnapping. The resulting search for her ex-husband, complete with appearances of Seraphs, demons, and feats of magic above and beyond what St. Croix knew she was capable of, beyond what any neo-mage should be capable of, is very gripping, and well-written. Save yourself multiple trips to the bookstore, get "Bloodring", "Seraphs" and "Host" all at once; once you start, you'll want them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, enjoyable after you get involved in the story. This book was a little tough to get into as the premise was blurry for the first few chapters. Once you become involved with the characters and the future world of the story, it actually was interesting and enjoyable. I would recommend this for anyone who doesn't mind first person, and enjoys sci fi.
K1K1 More than 1 year ago
This book was a good purchase, the beginning was very hard to get through because it didnt hook my attention but after the first ten pages or so it was good.
mudgger More than 1 year ago
I tired of reading about mage heat (a lot) and just when I thought I knew the rules of and limits to her powers along comes more. I guess I'm just a simple man. I want to know the rules up frount and then watch how clever they are to work within those limitions and prevail.
JasmineStarlight More than 1 year ago
I picked this book at random off the bookstore shelf because its front cover was very appealing. As it turned out, I enjoyed the book much more than I thought I would when I first brought it home. The characters are very real and have multiple dimensions to them. The plot is interesting and kept the pages turning. The end of the book sets itself up for a sequel, which there are several. I can't bring myself to buy the other books in the series but this one was excellent.
MikeOldSciFiFan More than 1 year ago
Slow start for me but as I wrapped my mind around the subject I became more interested and looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word, WOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks like you have this johnathan. Just shout for a hero if you are in trouble.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Jane Yellowrock is also a great series .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I made it up to chapter 7, and gave up on the book.  I found the story boring, and I could not keep up with the different characters or their importance to the story.  I like the Jane Yellowrock series way better.
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a quick read that keeps the action going.
ameliapei More than 1 year ago
What did I think? I liked it okay, enough to have moved on to the second book straight away. I like the characters, am interested in seeing where she goes with it. There isn't really any sex to speak of in book one, but in the interest of full & fair disclosure she talks about it plenty. In fact she beats that proverbial dead horse on nearly every page. I'm hoping it isn't quite as "in your face" come book two. It got a bit annoying after a while. Still, I'm really interested to see how this plays out, I haven't quite decided yet what she's trying to say about "religion" in general, and what the deal is with the Seraphim. Good Guys? or Bad Guys? The "dark things" are for sure bad guys...and the Seraphs fight them, but there's still something weird about them.
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