Two civilizations, separated by a 300-mile-long bridge that only appears every twelve or thirteen years at the Moontide; would-be conquerors and scheming assassins; swords and sorcery; mages and mage students pitted against far more powerful foes: The subtly layered first movement of David Hair's Moontide Quartet deepens its themes with each stormy chapter. (P.S. Mage's Blood marks the pleasing entry of popular New Zealand teen book author Hair into adult fiction.)
Mage's Bloodby David Hair
David Hair is the award-winning writer of two young adult fiction series, The Aotearoa and The Return of Ravana (based on the Vedic epic The Ramayana). Mage's Blood, the first volume of a series called The Moontide Quartet, is Hair's first work of adult fantasy. In a starred review of Mage's Blood, Publisher's Weekly said, "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."
Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every twelve 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 quickly became immersed in the world Hair created and devoured it in the course of a few days. As soon as it's available, I plan to read the second book in the same waythe story is that good."Spencer Green, Online Fantasy Network"
MAGE'S BLOOD is action-packed and memorable. The book was such a page-turner that I couldn't put it down...it was a well written, unique and enjoyable read."Miss Literati"
[Mage's Blood] often recalls Frank Herbert's Dune novels.... Among the payoffs are plenty of cliffhangers, including one that nicely ushers in the next volumewhich fans will await eagerly."Kirkus Reviews"
This is an exotic story of dangerous magic and intrigue that kept me turning the pages until late into the night."Lesley Livingston, award-winning author of the Wondrous Strange trilogy"
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 (starred review)"
Moontide quartet is 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"
Pretty bloody special."Sleepless Musings Of A Well Groomed Moustached Man
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Lucia tapped a stack of papers. "You have all seen the papers and each of you has participated in discrete discussions concerning Magister Vult's plan for the Crusade, but this the first time we have been able to father together. Let me emphasize, gentlemen, that we here will decide the fate of millions of people—the fate of nations. The course of the Third Crusade will be determined by us, not on the battlefield but here, in this room, by those gathered here at my request." She looked at her son, the emperor, and added, "At our request."
Gyle wondered if she outranked him now, being a living saint. I bet he's wondering that too.
Lucia looked around the table. "I will clearly define the situation so that we are all of one understanding. Then we will agree the way ahead." She got to her feet and began to circle the table. Her voice became clear and emotionless: less saint and more angel of retribution.
"It will not have escaped your notice, gentleman, that the Golden age of Rondelmar has begun to dim." The emperor looked displeased at her words, but didn't interrupt. "Though outwardly it looks like we were never stronger, the purity at the heart of Rondelmar's rightful dominance of the world has beun to tarnish. Impurity has been allowed to enter this realm, by men who care more for gold than for love of Kore. The merchant cabals prosper, while we who love Kore and the emperor must struggle for what was once ours by right. A great evil was done, and it must be undone. The evil I refer to is, of course, the 'Leviatan Bridge' —that cursed creation of Antonin Meiros and his godless cronies." She slapped the table, suddenly angry. "when Kore made this land, he made two great continents, separated by vast oceans, and he commanded his sister Luna to make those waters impassable, so that East should never meet West. Learned, noble, enlightened West and base, depraved, idolatrous East should never meet, under Sun or Moon—so it was written.
Meet the Author
David Hair is the award-winning writer of two YA fiction series, The Aotearoa (set in New Zealand), and The Return of Ravana (based on the Vedic epic The Ramayana). Mage's Blood is his first work of adult fantasy and the first in his brand-new Moontide Quartet. Hair was raised in New Zealand, and after briefly settling down in Britain and India and traveling the world, he now lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
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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
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.
Extremely hard to put the book down!
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.
The book was enjoyable but I did find my self skipping sections where I had lost interest in the characters.