The Queen of Mages

The Queen of Mages

by Benjamin Clayborne

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Charm. Beauty. Wealth. What more could a young noblewoman want?

How about the power to set things on fire with her mind?

That's certainly not on the top of Lady Amira Estaile's list as the royal summer ball approaches. Her vala, Katin, insists that this strange new power be kept secret at all costs... or undue attention may expose their scandalous past.

But the secret becomes harder and harder to keep as Amira flees the attentions of Crown Prince Edon, a lecherous tyrant with a reputation for brutality.

Smitten with the beautiful Amira, Lord Dardan Tarian and his valo, Liam, hatch a plan to rescue the lady and her attendant. But both lord and lady find themselves out of their depth in a new world of magic and war.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045676496
Publisher: Benjamin Clayborne
Publication date: 02/03/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 543,038
File size: 584 KB

About the Author

Benjamin Clayborne is a new author who lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children. He enjoys kayaking, antiquing, astrophysics, and lying about the things he enjoys. He writes fantasy fiction and thinks that if you read some of it, you'll enjoy it and want to read more. He can be found on his blog, on Twitter (@BenClayborne), on Facebook, and hip-deep in artificial worlds of his own creation. He would love to hear from you, and is happy to discuss just about anything except professional sports—excluding sumo, which he (no fooling) does love.

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The Queen of Mages 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best new author's I've read in a while. This is a well written book that has been very well edited. I found no typo's, which alone will make you want to read this book! I can't wait to see where book II will take us!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love long stories; however I stopped reading about half way through. It just did not capture my imagination. Maybe I will try it again later.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really really depressing. :( Not reading the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a bit long(502 pages). But it's also pretty interesting. I wasn't ever bored reading it, which is a rarity. Even the romantic elements were good, and I usually skip right over those. I was a little disappointed by the ending, mostly because I was expecting a book so long to be standalone, and not just the first in a series. But it was also pretty damn frustrating. Just wondering how they were going to survive that last few chapters. And then even when you think they've won it's a bittersweet victory. At least it's not a complete cliffhanger. Looking forward to the next book, whenever that might be finished. (Also just a warning to any potential readers, there are a few scenarios/mentions of sexual assault/rape. And then a couple of normal sex scenes.)
BWFoster78 More than 1 year ago
In Queen of Mages, Mr. Clayborne introduces us to Dardan, the son of a count. He’s a bit shy, especially around women. His manservant, Liam, is the exact opposite. Then we meet Amira, the beautiful widow, who was a commoner raised to nobility after marrying a wealthy merchant. She’s used to using her beauty to get her way, but she has secrets, which she and her servant seek to protect at any cost. Why to buy this book: It’s a dual love story involving both the nobles and their servants. The relationships take center stage in the book and are handled quite well. I also liked the originality of the tale. The book starts in a world with no magic and covers the upheaval that occurs when it is introduced. Why not to buy this book: It could probably be considered a little long-winded, but, as a fan of epic fantasy, I didn’t mind the length. Bottom Line: This is a solid four star read. I highly encourage you to check it out and can’t wait for the sequel. A word of warning, however: the sample chapters did not do the piece justice. I was prepared to not read it after completing the preview. If you’re still unconvinced, find the author’s website for the extended sample. Disclaimer: I “know” the author from an online forum. In return for my honest review of his book, I expect him to similarly honestly review mine when it is released.