A mage's apprentice...
Unnatural magic of devastating power...
A clash that will change the world.
Garrick enjoys the sheltered life of a mage's apprentice until one night when he's given a terrifying new magic and discovers his superior has been assassinated. Against his will, he finds himself plunged into the depths of a magewar and embroiled in the sibling rivalries of god-like planewalkers.
His need to rid himself of this magic leads Garrick to befriend Darien, a young man with a hidden past, and Sunathri, the charismatic leader of a band of independent mages. Through tangles of political intrigue and treachery, their adventures take them to ancient underground cities, a legendary mountain peak, and across the vast planes of the Thousand Worlds.
With each new truth he uncovers, Garrick realizes that this new magic, and the forces behind it, will threaten the very nature of who he is.
"A riveting tale of magic, death, destiny, and power."
- David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson
Author of the Thieftaker Chronicles
"Fast-paced, elegant, and brutal. Impossible to put down."
- Amy Sterling Casil
Nebula Nominated Author of Female Science Fiction Writer
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About the Author
Saga of the God-Touched Mages is a collection of eight novellas. In 2012 he published Five Magics, a collection of his short fantasy that includes two tales from Dragon Magazine, a Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY MAGAZINE Cauldron Award winning story, and another tale that was awarded Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling's "Years Best Fantasy."
Ron is the author of two road trip, alternate-history, fantasy, science fiction baseball novels, the first being See the PEBA on $25 a Day (2010), and the sequel being Chasing the Setting Sun (2014).
He has contributed numerous short stories to professional science fiction publications including Analog, Asimov's, and Nature. His writing has received a Writers of the Future prize, and a CompuServe HOMer Award. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and worked developing avionics systems, electronics, and information technology before spending a decade in Human Resource management.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was my choice for reading during two weeks at the beach. It proved to be perfect beach reading for me -- dark fantasy with a gripping plot, but not overly complex. I had bought the first two novellas in the series but then decided to spring for the omnibus since I knew by that point I wanted to finish. The core of the story is the main character's resistance to fulfilling his legacy. Yes, that's been done before, but here it seems fresh, in part because Collins doesn't weigh down his tale with endless backstory or too many characters to keep track of. This omnibus edition is 700 pages, so there's plenty of satisfying dark fantasy here, and secondary plot lines do develop, yet "Saga of the Go-Touched Mage" never drags, and always entertains. A satisfying and substantial epic that still is quite tight. That's a tough balancing act, and Collins achieved it.