"Kyra has always been drawn to the magic of spellpages. She is determined to leave her small village far behind and become a scribe, wielding the power of magic through her pen. Halfway through her training, she has a mage as patron and her ambitions are within her grasp. But a simple favour for her sister goes disastrously awry, destroying Kyra's dreams in an instant.
Devastated, she accepts an offer from a stranger to help her find out what went wrong. The young man sees growing power within Kyra, potentially stronger than spellpages or any living mage. The answers to unlocking that power may lie within the glowing walls of the Imperial City, but its magic is strong and the unwary vanish without trace on its streets. Thirsty for knowledge and desperate to avoid another accident, she feels compelled to risk it.
While she focuses on controlling her abilities, a storm of greed and ambition boils up around her. Kyra is a pawn in the struggle for dominance between unscrupulous factions vying for rule of her country. Trusting the wrong side could get her killed--or worse, the potent magic she barely understands could be put to unthinkable evil."
This is how the author describes “Fire Mages”, the 2nd volume in the Brightmoon Annals. She has created a world of magic that is effortless to believe. Her writing is smooth, the action and dialogue are well balanced. There are hints that technology may be involved, and the romance seems very natural. Kyra is a young woman who has a plan; she is simple and forceful, determined to see the fulfillment of her desires.
The book is well written, the pacing and structure is excellent. The twists and turns of the plot kept me on the edge of my chair! This is such an enjoyable book, I am glad there is more to the series and you will be glad also!
One caution, the author is from Scotland and uses a few words in ways most Americans will not be accustomed to.
This book gets 5/5 stars!
Copyright © 2015 Mark L Schultz except for the author's introduction
Who am I?
An avid reader, typobuster, and the Hyper-Speller. I am a husband, father, and grandfather.
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