Today is publication day for the first book in this fabulous new series and I’m thrilled to be able to review it. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me and sending me a copy of the book to review.
Ambition drives her. Danger thrills her. But magic always has a price.
Twenty years have passed since the Darkmage was destroyed and the war between mages ended. For Lira Astor, the single living heir to the Darkmage, escaping her name is impossible. People still fear what is long dead, and they see in her the rise of another dangerous mage with deadly ambition. Desperate to claw her way free of her grandfather’s shadow, to make her own name amongst the world of mages, Lira is willing to do whatever it takes. Even if that means joining the secretive rebel group looking to restore his vision.
Survival is a lesson Lira learned early and often, yet when she is abducted and held prisoner in a deadly game of cat and mouse, she finds herself facing a nemesis she may be no match for. Forced to band together with unlikely allies who challenge everything she believes about what it means to be a mage, she will have to rely on every bit of ruthlessness she possesses.
Because the war may only just be beginning…
…and Lira Astor intends to come out on top.
The Review: In a previous blog tour I reviewed the first book in the A Tale of Stars and Shadow series so when this book popped up on my radar I was immediately interested.
This series is different from the other one I’ve read as the main character Lira, is at school, learning many things including how to deal with her magic. We see Lira as she is now, at school and dealing with legacy of her grandfather’s past. We also see her past and get an understanding of how she got to where she is now and what has shaped her character over those years.
As the blurb says, Lira is kidnapped and, with unlikely allies, faces an unknown and unusual foe. Used to knowing what to expect from events, and having control over how she handles them, this situation tests everything she has learned and it was brilliantly described. It showed her confusion, as well as the confusion of those who were with her. It also showed a lot of development in her character and was so well written that when the creature on the cover appeared, even I started feeling apprehensive as if I was there too.
The settings were perfectly described and I felt as if I was beside Lira all the time, seeing, feeling and experiencing everything she did. She’s not perfect and does make mistakes and misjudges things but in her situation I can’t say I’d have done any differently.
This is a fabulous start to a new series and I can’t wait to see where it takes Lira next. While I wait though, I’ve discovered The Mage Chronicles series which covers the period when Lira’s grandfather was alive so that’ll keep me going while I wait for book 2 in this series.
Lisa is a self-published fantasy author by day and book nerd in every other spare moment she has. She’s a self-confessed coffee snob (don’t try coming near her with any of that instant coffee rubbish) but is willing to accept all other hot drink aficionados, even tea drinkers.
She lives in the Australia’s capital city, Canberra, and like all Australians, is pretty much in constant danger from highly poisonous spiders, crocodiles, sharks, and drop bears, to name a few. As you can see, she is also pro-Oxford comma.
A 2019 SPFBO finalist, Lisa has published the YA fantasy series The Mage Chronicles, and is currently working on her latest epic fantasy series A Tale of Stars and Shadow. She has also partnered up with One Girl, an Australian charity working to build a world where all girls have access to quality education. A world where all girls — no matter where they are born or how much money they have — enjoy the same rights and opportunities as boys. A percentage of all Lisa’s royalties go to One Girl.
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