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Darkmage by M. L. Spencer
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Darkmage is a dark fantasy, richly written, and filled with fascinating characters. The action starts almost immediately and takes the reader on a journey through a detailed and nuanced world.
Darien Lauchlin is an acolyte, called back to Aerysius, the city of the mages after a stint on the frontier guarding against the enemy in the Dark Lands. It is his time to rise up to the level of mage, an occurrence marked treason from within and the destruction of Aerysius as the Well of Tears is opened and chaos reigns supreme.
Darien has incredible powers but is bound by his oath as a mage not to unleash his magic despite the temptation to do so. Accompanied by the priestess of Death, Naia, and his new acolyte, Kyel Archer, Darien sets out to save his world without losing himself at the same time.
The detailed world-building is amazing. It is very easy for the reader to picture each scene in the various lands they travel through. The characters are diverse and always engaging. There is great poignancy in the romance between Naia and Darien, as well as his lost love, Merien, who was sacrificed to open the Well of Tears. The pressures on Darien are immense, but his responses are believable as well as his befuddled acolyte, Kyel.
I can't wait to read Darkstorm and the other coming books in the Rhenwars Saga. If you like dark fantasy, this is a book you want to read. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Sep 21, 2016 |
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THUNDER RIPPED THE SKY, amplified to a throbbing din by the stone walls that rimmed the Square beneath the Hall of the Watchers.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0997177942, Paperback)

IndieReader Discovery Award Winning Novel

"Excellent Debut. It was hard to believe this was the work of a first-time author.”
--Clayton Bye, The Deepening, starred review

"Darkmage is quite the quintessential fantasy tale, and I agree, beautifully written. If you’re a fantasy fan, I can wholeheartedly recommend this epic tale...M.L. Spencer is a consummate writer with a special gift for descriptive writing which flows smoothly and carries you right along." --Kaye Trout’s Book Reviews

There are always consequences to the choices we make.
These consequences define our destiny.

Welcome to the Rhenwars Saga, the dark epic fantasy series that chronicles the turbulent battles between two conflicting ideologies of magic and the moral imperatives that drive them.

The Past: A thousand years ago, darkmage Zavier Renquist created the Well of Tears to unleash the hosts of chaos in an attempt to save his world's legacy of magic. The result was the cataclysmic destruction of the kingdom of Caladorn, which was reduced to a charred wasteland now known only as the Black Lands. To safeguard against such a tragedy from ever occurring again, all mages of Aerysius were charged with an Oath of Harmony, binding them with a strict code of pacifism.

The Present: A thousand years later, the moral fetters of the Oath of Harmony are starting to chafe. Aerysius, city of the mages, lies destroyed. The Well of Tears has been unsealed by a rogue mage, unleashing Zavier Renquist and his hosts of chaos into the world to bolster the strength of the ancient Enemy. There is only one Sentinel left alive who can protect his homeland from this sinister threat: Darien Lauchlin, a mage Bound by the Oath of Harmony.

Darien has already lost everything. Now, the only thing he has left to lose is his soul. As the Enemy masses in numbers never before seen, Darien is faced with an impossible decision: either remain steadfast to his Oath and watch everything he loves fall around him--or abandon his vow and become the most destructive force his world has ever known. Accompanied by his acolyte Kyle Archer and Naia, a priestess of Death, Darien embarks upon a harrowing journey that will lead him toward a path of utter self-destruction.

Will Darien hold fast to the moral constraints that shackle him?
Or will he abandon his principles and become a darkmage?

In Darkmage, the themes of romance and tragedy combine to create a provocative dark and epic saga full of suspense that is sure to remain on the mind long after the tale has been told.

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