by Stephen Aryan


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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316298278
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 09/22/2015
Series: Age of Darkness Series , #1
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 197,334
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Stephen Aryan was born in 1977 and was raised by the sea in northeast England. After graduating from Loughborough University, he started working in marketing, and for some reason he hasn't stopped. 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.

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Battlemage 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Vixin_Xiviir More than 1 year ago
Aryan's take on fantasy is unique and fresh for one main (and quite important) reason: instead of going for the grand, massive scope most fantasies do, he instead turns inward. Battlemage is a perfect microcosm of the siege of a single city (as opposed to a sweeping war across nations and times), as he portrays the three main viewpoints of people participating in that war. He has three (and a half or so--there's one more minor viewpoint) sets of eyes looking at the same event and tries to tell the story with each character's biases and beliefs and shortcomings. And he nails it. Battlemage comes straight out of left field in the realm of fantasy, and it's something we need more of. Frankly, I'm a little tired of the Martinesque worlds with hundreds of character and place names you have to remember and sweeping, epic plots and schemes that encompass continents. Battlemage is a small, intimate story, but its impact is much greater than that. I, for one, cannot wait to read more of his work.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Some parts of it are a little bit slow, but overall this had my attention throughout the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Some parts of it are a little bit slow, but overall this had my attention throughout the book.
cat144 More than 1 year ago
Loved every page of this book, excited to read the next one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had such high hopes only to see them dashed. This is the level of writing I'd expect from a college sophomore. It attempted at many things, but ultimately failed at all. Unresolved sub plots, inconsistent and vague world building, unconnected 'major' characters that were made to feel had some impact but ultimately felt cheap. Very disappointing read, took me almost a month to slog through the 400 pages of drivvle. It's only redeeming qualities is that it had decent action sequences