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Mage's Blood (Moontide Quartet)

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People do the worst evil when they do not have to take responsibility themselves but can blame others.

But during the presentation of his thesis, he unwittingly proposes a dangerous topic that could mean the end to his hopes and dreams. It's excellently written and there's so many intricacies and plot twists I didn't seem coming, but loved discovering all the same. At the start of MAGE’S BLOOD, the next moontide is mere months away, with the expectation that the horrors will happen all over again. I thought he was excellent here, and really helped me get through the unenjoyable parts of this book. Alaron Mercer, Norosian quarter blood mage and nephew of Elena who is preparing to graduate the college of magic and get his accreditation.While I do believe that Mage’s Blood is a great entry to the series, brace yourselves for a slow beginning with a lot of exposition that you will just have to endure (and internalise! I was very eager to get started and had high hopes that I would be deeply engrossed in this book and ultimately the rest of the series going forward. The bridge was meant to facilitate trade between the two continents, but two Moontides ago the Emperor of Yuros decided to launch the First crusade against Antiopia and imposes his will on the foreign land. The cultural, political, economic and societal vibrancy is further supported by an incredibly complex and well-thought-through magic system.

It can sometimes get too crowded with all the place names, those take time to learn, but he tries to help with the learning curve by using semi-familiar naming and geography. It's got some great descriptions, and the various political hierarchies are explained well which means that even though there's a big emphasis on manipulation of politics it's fairly easy to follow and keep everyone straight in your head.Needless to say, the third Moontide is coming and the tensions between different political designs are at a breaking point. This isn’t a book that can lie around for a few weeks and then be picked back up again; you might find yourself a bit lost. Conversely, the majority of the characters living in Antiopia were just simple people looking to be left alone.

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