Happy publication day to the lovely Lisa Cassidy, whose latest fantasy novel, Heir To The Darkmage, is released today. Many thanks to Lisa for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of today’s celebrations.
Ambition drives her. Danger thrills her. But magic always has a price.
Twenty years have passed since the Darkmage was destroyed and the war between mages ended. For Lira Astor, the single living heir to the Darkmage, escaping her name is impossible. People still fear what is long dead, and they see in her the rise of another dangerous mage with deadly ambition. Desperate to claw her way free of her grandfather’s shadow, to make her own name amongst the world of mages, Lira is willing to do whatever it takes. Even if that means joining the secretive rebel group looking to restore his vision.
Survival is a lesson Lira learned early and often, yet when she is abducted and held prisoner in a deadly game of cat and mouse, she finds herself facing a nemesis she may be no match for. Forced to band together with unlikely allies who challenge everything she believes about what it means to be a mage, she will have to rely on every bit of ruthlessness she possesses.
Because the war may only just be beginning…
…And Lira Astor intends to come out on top.
Confession time – I haven’t read The Mage Chronicles, and in fact wasn’t even aware of their existence until I reached the end of this book, having first discovered Lisa Cassidy through A Tale of Stars and Shadows instead. Although Heir to the Darkmage does follow on some years after the conclusion of The Mage Chronicles, I don’t believe I lost anything through not having read this series first, and I certainly didn’t find myself confused over who anyone was. That said, I will now be going back to read every book, and would encourage you to do the same because, if Heir to the Darkmage is any indication, then The Mage Chronicles will be a fantastic read.
In Heir to the Darkmage, we meet Lira, granddaughter to the feared Darkmage. Lira is an unusual heroine in that she is actually quite hard to like. Life has not been kind to her and this has resulted in her becoming a bitter young woman who makes some, frankly, questionable decisions. She is fiercely independent, distrustful of everyone, and has a fairly large chip on her shoulder, all of which adds up to make her a fascinating character to read about, especially when she is thrown together with a group of fellow mages that she has always tried to maintain a distance from.
I loved the dynamics within the group that she finds herself with, as each character has to dig deeper than they have ever had to before, learning a lot about themselves and their fellow apprentices in the process. As we got to know each of the characters, I was particularly drawn to Fari and Tarion, but with such a diverse group, I am sure that each of you will form your own favourites.
This book is full of action and intrigue, and kept my heart pounding as the young mages battle giant, deadly creatures and make their escape from the supposed villains of the piece although I will admit, there were times when I wasn’t entirely sure if they were villains, or a rebel faction that I should be rooting for (actually, I am still not entirely sure, and can’t wait to find out more about them).
If magical fantasy worlds are your cup of tea, then I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I just love Lisa’s writing style and wonderful worldbuilding.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lisa is a self-published fantasy author by day and book nerd in every other spare moment she has. She’s a self-confessed coffee snob (don’t try coming near her with any of that instant coffee rubbish) but is willing to accept all other hot drink aficionados, even tea drinkers.
She lives in the Australia’s capital city, Canberra, and like all Australians, is pretty much in constant danger from highly poisonous spiders, crocodiles, sharks, and drop bears, to name a few. As you can see, she is also pro-Oxford comma.
A 2019 SPFBO finalist, Lisa has published the YA fantasy series The Mage Chronicles, and is currently working on her latest epic fantasy series A Tale of Stars and Shadow. She has also partnered up with One Girl, an Australian charity working to build a world where all girls have access to quality education. A world where all girls — no matter where they are born or how much money they have — enjoy the same rights and opportunities as boys. A percentage of all Lisa’s royalties go to One Girl.