Fear of magic may spark the next world war in the new fantasy series from Stephen Aryan, set in the same world as Battlemage.
Habreel believes eradicating magic is the only way to ensure lasting peace. He will do anything to achieve his goal, even if it means murdering every child born with magical ability.
As a series of mysterious deaths place the seat of magical learning under suspicion, two students and one lawbringer must do everything they can to combat Habreel and his followers, before magic disappears from the world for good.
The Age of DreadMageborn
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The admirable second novel in Aryan's Age of Dread fantasy saga extends the story lines advanced in 2017's Mageborn. Following the destruction of the Red Tower, the magic-wielding seekers whom it was schooling and the mages who instructed them furtively disperse. In the wilds outside of Zeccoria, Wren and Tianne attempt to forge a community in which seekers are schooled to harness and channel the innate magical powers that nonmages deem dangerous. Their efforts to remain unobtrusive and altruistically beneficial to their kingdom are threatened by former confederates who have gone rogue: Akosh, who is subtly trying to establish a theocracy with herself as the goddesshead, and the power-drunk Garvey, who, with his cronies, cuts a swath of murderous destruction across the countryside. Though displays of magic occasionally manifest, Aryan's tale is steeped more solidly in the intrigues of character clashes, petty politics, and power struggles in a culture whose marginalization of outsiders has significant contemporary resonance. His novel will whet fans' appetites for the next installment in this gripping high fantasy series.
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Unfulfilling and expectd
While I enjoyed reading the original trilogy this book proved unsatisfying. It rather reminded me of an office potluck, filled with questionable foods that don’t make a cohesive meal and awkward dialogue between casual strangers forced to share space. The premise is plausible given the events in the previous books, but the various plot threads feel forced, as though they should each be their own, unrelated books. Maybe there was pressure to produce something, anything, to keep the world going, but I was very disappointed by the unexpected blah-ness of this read. The Tammy and Munroe threads were the only interesting parts of the book for me, and I found myself skimming through large chunks of writing to find something interesting happening. Overall the book reads like pieces of multiple short stories were thrown together in a common setting, shaken until they mixed without blending, and presented as a novel.