Living in the dangerous Borderland Wilds, Kaiel and Darien have supported each other and looked after their fragile mother for as long as they can remember. Honing his skills to protect his home, Kaiel has trained to become a Daemon Hunter while Darien has immersed himself in the study of Asai, learning to wield the energies of creation.
But the broken continent of Athmay still bears the scars of the war between the Summoners some three-thousand years ago, and an unexpected battle with a daemon – a remnant of that ancient war – reveals the brothers’ connection to a forbidden bloodline. Soon Kaiel and Darien find themselves on the run from people they have known all their lives who now want them dead. For prophecy tells that when the Daemon Queen returns a Summoner will rise to face her and destroy the world anew.
With daemonic hordes in pursuit and half the world against them, the brothers and their friends need to find a way to escape the bonds of prophecy without losing themselves, and the world, in the process.
The Eye of Eternity series is an epic fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time or Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives.
“An epic fantasy smorgasbord, smoothly written, well presented. The Blood of the Spear has it all – rounded characters coming of age, a wider world with artifacts and old evils, and lots of colliding factions, mountebanks and pirates, glittering magic – fast paced entertainment for a rainy day and a debut kicking off a series with plenty of verve.” –Janny Wurts
When Kaiel loses his chance to become part of the legendary Daemon Hunters, joining the Bronze Guard mercenaries seems like the logical alternative. It is an opportunity to put his training to use and, more importantly, as the company is currently in the employ of Prince Alesandr, it will allow him to keep an eye on his younger brother, Darien, who’s determined to follow his dream of becoming a Ciralys magic-user.
But the broken continent of Athmay still bears the scars of the war between the Summoners some three-thousand years ago, and an unexpected battle with a daemon – a remnant of that ancient war – reveals the brothers’ connection to a forbidden bloodline. Soon they find themselves on the run from the prince, daemonic hordes, and a prophecy that could break the world anew.
“His writing harkens back to epic fantasy’s Golden Age of the 80s and 90s – and yet, Mark has a modern reader’s sensitivities at heart, so you won’t find the casual misogyny and sexualised violence in his book that otherwise pollutes the genre. The cover is fantastic, and the story is gripping. I think Mark is definitely a rising star in the genre.” –Chris Rosser, author of Cadoc’s Contract.
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