Kaiel Toranth is overflowing with regret. Absent during his mother’s final days he is determined to pass the Trials and join the elite Daemon Hunters, hoping to build a safer future for himself and his brother, Darien.
For centuries, the Summoners led humanity to heights undreamt of by their star-faring forefathers. But in their pursuit of power and immortality, ten Summoners opened a gateway to the Void and fell prey to daemonic possession. The war that followed destroyed the civilization the Summoners had built, and the Sundering changed the face of the world forever.
Three thousand years later the broken continent of Athmay still bears the scars of the War of the Summoners. When an unexpected battle with a daemon reveals Kaiel and Darien’s connection to a forbidden Summoner bloodline they find themselves on the run from friends and foe alike, for at the end of the war, seers foretold that the Summoners and the daemon hordes would return. And that an Empyros – the most powerful of all Summoners – would be born. If prophecy holds true, the brothers may hold the fate of the world in their hands…
The Blood of the Spear is the fast-paced first book in The Eye of Eternity epic fantasy series. If you like flawed heroes, edge-of-your-seat action, and intricate world-building, then you’ll love Mark Timmony’s character-driven adventure.
“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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