"I can command storms, summon fire and unmake stone," Balfruss growled. "It's dangerous to meddle with things you don't understand."
Balfruss is a battlemage, sworn to fight and die for a country that fears and despises his kind.
Vargus is a common soldier -- while mages shoot lightning from the walls of the city, he's down in the front lines getting blood on his blade.
Talandra is a princess and spymaster, but the war may force her to risk everything and make the greatest sacrifice of all.
Magic and mayhem collide in this explosive epic fantasy from a major new talent.
About the Author
Stephen Aryan was born in 1977 and was raised by the sea in northeast England. A keen podcaster, lapsed gamer and budding archer, when not extolling the virtues of Babylon 5, he can be found drinking real ale and reading comics.
He lives in a village in Yorkshire with his partner and two cats.
"This is epic fantasy for readers who appreciate extra helpings of carnage with their backstabbing."
"Stephen Aryan puts the epic into Epic Fantasy. This is a ground-shaking debut, full of fiery promise."
—Den Patrick, author of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade
"A vivid and rousing adventure with the kind of magic that punches you right in the face."
—Jen Williams, author of The Copper Promise
"Aryan's battle scenes are visceral masterpieces that transport the reader deep into the melee. Read. This. Book."