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Publisher's Summary

David Hair is the award-winning writer of two young adult fiction series, The Aotearo and The Return of Ravana (based on the Vedic epic The Ramayana). Mage’s Blood, the first volume of a series called The Moontide Quartet, is Hair’s first work of adult fantasy. In a starred review of Mage’s Blood, Publisher’s Weekly said, "This multilayered beginning to the Moontide Quartet plunges listeners into a taut network of intrigue and mystery that tightens with each chapter. Hair portrays a stark and beautiful world breaking apart, with both good and evil characters desperate to reshape it through magic, war, and treachery. This strong debut should draw in fantasy readers of all stripes."

Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest". Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight... but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.
©2012 David Hair (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with Quercus Editions Ltd (UK).
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2 out of 5 stars
By John on 02-15-17

Irritating Storytelling

As a whole, the series is based on a pretty unique and complex kitchen-sink type magic system set in a not too creative landscape that roughly mirrors a stereotype of Earth cultures... basically, Europeans vs near east split by a 300 mile body of water. The stereotypes are not particularly subtle.

I could have been OK with this construct if every single encounter between opposing groups didn't follow the same pattern - the good guys are consistently and repeatedly inept regardless of where they sit in the magic structure and the bad guys are nearly omnipotent in nearly every encounter. This is a world where apparently 90% of the population on both sides of the water are somewhat to completely evil (for no apparent reason) - there are few sympathetic characters.

The books have moments where they're great - those moments are just interrupted by long sections of narrative that drives one insane because of the crazy inconsistencies or stupid behavior of the characters.

Finally, based on the numerous loose ends in Book 4, I assume this "Quartet" is not the end of the story. Book 4 ends in a rushed fashion that certainly leaves a lot of plot lines unfinished.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Logan on 01-05-15

Nick Podehl

What other book might you compare Mage's Blood to and why?

Vaguely like the Game of Thrones novels in that it is an epic story across multiple continents with separate story lines that are all on a collision course together.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The story and performance were top notch. I often listen to books during my commutes and more than once I found myself in my driveway just sitting in the car because the book was too good to turn off.

Any additional comments?

I'll be honest: I had never heard of this book or this author. I purchased this book solely on the criteria that it was a fantasy novel that was read by Nick Podehl; and I was not disappointed in the least. These days, I consume almost all of my literature through audio books so I have experienced my fair share of audio book narrators (both good and terrible) and without hesitation I put Nick Podehl at the top with the best of them. His range of voices is without compare - I instantly know which characters are speaking and it really allows the reader to fully immerse into the story.

One of the best audio books I've had the pleasure of listening to since the King Killer Chronicles.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 07-21-15

Awesome!!!!

Would you listen to Mage's Blood again? Why?

Yes, there are so many amazing characters, a brilliant story with so many twists, I just couldn't drag myself away.

What other book might you compare Mage's Blood to, and why?

I think Mage's Blood is too original a story with its multi cultural characters to compare to any other book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Every scene where Elena fights back and wins through despite the odds.
It is very difficult to name one scene in such an epic story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The snake people's short lives.

Any additional comments?

Please hurry up with the final part of the trilogy! these are amongst the best books I have ever read/listened to.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mr. Nm Hill on 04-07-18

Listen to the reviews

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the writing wasn’t so disjointed & the storyline didn’t jump around so much & if the character actually got on & did things it might have been ok.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

No idea, was like the first film in a series where they try to set the scene for the following films just without letting you know what the story is actually going to be eventually, I found myself wishing that they’d just get on with it & do something interesting

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Can’t answer this question

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Real disappointment, Nick Podehl is a brilliant narrater but even his skill couldn’t do much with this book.

Any additional comments?

If there was ever a rewrite of this book it would really help if the timeline didn’t keep jumping forward & backward in time by weeks or months, it’s too confusing to try to work out where, when & who your listening about & limit the amount of storylines being disjointedly expanded at one time. I persevered to the very end of the book hoping that something would happen to pull all the storylines together & some clear explanation of what Moontide is, which is repeatedly referred to all through the book & where the story was heading but sadly all I came away with were lots of questions that will never be answered.

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5 out of 5 stars
By N J Gosnell on 03-10-18

Not your usual fantasy setting

I like that it's not your usual castles and dragons fantasy setting. All the characters are interesting and at the end of each chapter I was compelled to know what they would do next. The character development was nice and there were a few surprises along the way. I'm excited to start the next book in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ross on 10-05-15

exceptional

loved the story! only distraction was the thick sterotypical indian accents of some of the characters... but still a great performance.

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