I really enjoy epic fantasy, but full disclosure, I often prefer movies because the visual impact is so sensational. Like The Lord of the Rings—the book frustrated me, but the films captivated me.
I doubt it was failure of writing, since Tolkien’s The Hobbit remains one of my favorite books (not my favorite movies though). And I love Martin’s Game of Thrones books, even more so than the HBO series. I think it is partly because I find his world building less visually opulent, which leaves more room for story. And with Martin’s work, there is plenty of story.
And this is turning into an awful way to intro a cover reveal for a new epic fantasy adventure! So let's get to it.
The Fire Mages by Pauline M. Ross is about mages and powers and wielding magic. And the cover is awesome.
Here’s the official blurb:
Kyra has always been drawn to the magic of spellpages. She is determined to leave her small village far behind and become a scribe, wielding the power of magic through her pen. Halfway through her training, she has a mage as patron and her ambitions are within her grasp. But a simple favour for her sister goes disastrously awry, destroying Kyra’s dreams in an instant.
Devastated, she accepts an offer from a stranger to help her find out what went wrong. The young man sees growing power within Kyra, potentially stronger than spellpages or any living mage. The answers to unlocking that power may lie within the glowing walls of the Imperial City, but its magic is strong and the unwary vanish without trace on its streets. Thirsty for knowledge and desperate to avoid another accident, she feels compelled to risk it.
While she focuses on controlling her abilities, a storm of greed and ambition boils up around her. Kyra is a pawn in the struggle for dominance between unscrupulous factions vying for rule of her country. Trusting the wrong side could get her killed–or worse, the potent magic she barely understands could be put to unthinkable evil.
Cool, right? I am excited to dive into this one.
Author Pauline Ross is from the Scottish Highlands, and I am convinced that it is the perfect location to write epic fantasy. The view from her office is “Moray Firth and the Black Isle to the mountains beyond.” So, yeah, this is going to be good.
And about that cover? Pretty damn perfect.
You can find Pauline over at her website, where she reviews tons of epic fantasy, so fans of the genre may want to pay repeat visits. Or connect with her via Twitter.
And you can purchase The Fire Mages via Amazon. (And it’s on sale for .99, so not even a splurge!)