Mage's Blood (Moontide Quartet, #1) - David Hair
3 1/2 of 5 Stars

Gurvon Gyle, former commander of the Grey Foxes, a group of magi that aided in the Noros revolt, was hired by His Royal Majesty the Emperor Constant Sacrecour of the Rodian Empire and his mother Lucia, whom was recently named a Living Saint, but a saint she is not. The Moontide is a year away. Once it arrives, the Leviathan Bridge will rise from the sea. The Rondians will march across the bridge bringing war, Gurvon Gyle infiltrating the enemy prior to the Moontide.

Former Grey Fox, Elena Anborn, ex-lover of Guvon Gyle is Charge of King Olfuss' children, Timori and Cera. Guvon planned to use Elena in his plot to help over-through the Nesti. However, he did not plan on her to become attached to the family.

Alaron Mercer (nephew of Elena) is finishing his Mage Exams. He presents his thesis “The Hidden Causes of the Noros Revolt” which uncovers some startling evidence. Evidence that others wanted left undiscovered. With the help of friends Ramon and Cym, they search to uncover the truth.

Ramita Ankesharan was promised to marry her love, Kazim Makani. In spite of this, she caught the attention of a wealthy ancient Mage, who needs an heir. Ramita’s line is known for being fertile and bearing twins and triplets. Her father, Ispal, was made an offer he could not refuse and offers her hand in marriage to, Antonin Meiros, the most feared Mage in history; the mage that created the Leviathan Bridge: Except, Karim is not ready to give her up.

This wonderfully told novel counts down the year before the Moontide, telling the story of people who are connected even though they live in different areas of the world. David Hair created an intriguing story with lots of depth. The characters and story line are very well developed. I cannot wait to see what happens next in the series.

ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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