'A great epic fantasy debut' - James Islington, author of the The Shadow of What Was Lost
Enter a world of royalists and rebels, spies and sorcerers . . .
Sarine is a young artist just trying to survive on the streets of New Sarresant - but soon her magical abilities will draw the attention of royalists and rebels alike.
Arak'Jur is a guardian, responsible for keeping his tribe safe. Now he must master an ancient magic if he hopes to protect his people from bloodshed.
Erris is a brilliant cavalry officer whose leadership has delivered countless victories, but now her enemies seem to know her plans before she's even made them.
These three heroes must rise - or the world will fall.
Soul of the World is a stellar debut from a major new talent, an epic fantasy perfect for fans of Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan and Brent Weeks.
'A magical book, almost overflowing with originality . . . Fascinating world, fun characters, and captivating magic' - The Quill to Live
'Tense enough to make your spine crack . . . This is one hell of a debut novel' - Bookworm Blues
The Ascension Cycle
Soul of the World
Blood of the Gods
Chains of the Earth (forthcoming)
War has invaded three lives in Mealing's imaginative and elaborate epic fantasy debut, the first in the Ascension Cycle. Sarine, a street artist in a troubled imperial city, is a binder who can tap into the power of the ley lines. She knows the importance of laying low and keeping her powers secret. But when commoners revolt over having their supplies shipped off to soldiers, she gets embroiled in plots to overthrow the crown. Erris, cavalry commander in a distant colony, has done what any good solider is expected to do: follow imperial orders, no questions asked. When the empire plans to abandon her colony and leave them to face the local tribes unsupported, Erris begins to wonder whether the empire deserves her fealty. Arak'Jur, a tribesman and guardian who communes with the spirits of beasts, seeks peace but knows only violence awaits him, as the spirits are demanding that the tribes go to war against the colonists. Strong characters and rich worldbuilding are undercut by the depiction of the tribes as primitive and sexualized.