A mage's fate is worse than death...
Lucian dreams of a new life outside the cesspool of Earth. Unfortunately, his wish comes true when the government identifies him as a mage.
No one knows why the mages are being born. No one knows why their powers lead to madness and death in a terrifying disease known as "the fraying". The only solution is to quarantine the mages in academies.
When Lucian is exiled from Earth, he must travel to the distant world of Volsung to receive training. During the long passage, he meets a mysterious mage. She prophesies Lucian is marked by the Manifold, the reality that is the source of all magic. It is a destiny that requires Lucian to master abilities he never imagined he possessed.
But that's the last thing Lucian wants. He faces a terrible choice. To accept his new reality as a mage. Or, to try and outrun destiny...
A Unique Combination of Sci-Fin and Magic
This take on a futuristic universe with advanced technologies married with magic was a unique and interesting combination. I did not expect it to work, but was pleasantly surprised. The world building is done nicely and it isn’t difficult for this world to come to life in your mind. The character development isn’t bad, though I did feel the romantic relationship introduced felt a bit rushed and forced in my opinion. Nonetheless, my curiosity has been captured and I have the desire to continue on this journey following the next books in this series. I need to know what happens next!
I love how Lucian is an unlikely hero. He isn’t perfect and it makes him more human. I’m excited to see how much he evolves because I’m so engaged already. Great characters and world building. Can’t wait to read the next book!
Excellent start to authors new series
Kyle West continues to impress in this first book of his new series. Very original take on outer space sci-fi. Detailed character development with riveting twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. Highly recommend, especially for space sci fi fans; you won’t be disappointed.