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Publisher's Summary

The people of Perizzi have survived the battlemage war, but their future is looking darker than ever....

Byrne is a member of the Watch, investigating a series of murders in which the corpse was drained entirely of life.

Fray's expertise with magic is needed to catch the killer, but working with the Watch destroyed his father, years before.

Choss is a champion fighter, trying to diffuse a war in the underworld that threatens to turn the streets red with rivers of blood.

Katja is a spy from a foreign land, attempting to prevent a massacre that will topple two dynasties and destroy the fragile peace in the city for ever.

Watchmen and spies, assassins and criminals will clash on the streets in this magic-fuelled adventure from the author of Battlemage.

For more from Stephen Aryan, check out:

Battlemage

Bloodmage

Chaosmage

Mageborn

Magefall

©2015 Stephen Aryan (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A vivid and rousing adventure with the kind of magic that punches you right in the face." (Jen Williams, author of The Copper Promise)
"Stephen Aryan puts the epic into Epic Fantasy. This is a ground-shaking debut, full of fiery promise." (Den Patrick, author of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade)

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Like the mage stories.

This one is not as good as the first one. Lots going on. I didn’t really like it.😥

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Great for Fantasy fans. Tamer Game of Thrones

Like Song of Ice and Fire but focusing on Magic. Still plenty of blood, little bit of sex (mostly implied), but a lot of Magic. 2 or 3 stories all wrapped up in one City. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • World of Wayne
  • 05-10-16

A Great Fantasy read from the Author of Battlemage

What did you like most about Bloodmage?

The character development is first class with a nod to characters from the previous book. It was hard to stop listening.

What about Matt Addis’s performance did you like?

Matt Addis is the reason I chose to buy this book in Audible format rather then paperback. His voice carries you away to this world and differentiation of character voices make it easy to recognise what each character sounds like. Well done.

Any additional comments?

Stephen Aryan's work reminds me so much of David Eddings books of the Belgariad. I am so eager for the next book now that I may just have to start over again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-30-17

Good story but not great part of trilogy

The story as a standalone is good but as part of a wider series I find this to be lacking without enough link to battlemage.

I would however recommend still going for it as chaos Mage the 3rd book is exceptional and in my opinion the true sequel to battlemage.

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  • Angela
  • 08-26-17

From war to intrigue

The previous book was about the war but this was just the start. This book focuses on some of the aftermath and the continuing fight again evil magic. Crime families, guardians, royalty and magic are a great combination.

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  • J Smith
  • 05-04-18

As good as the first!

Nothing more to add from the first book... as well written and narrated! Moving swiftly on to the 3rd! :)

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  • Big Giraffe
  • 03-03-18

Enjoyed the continuation

Still a good listen and going straight to the next one in the series. Worth getting if you enjoyed Battle Mage.

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  • A Customer in Cardiff
  • 02-24-18

An engaging listen

I really enjoyed the espionage storylines and the investigation into the series of murders. Great fun and a very different feel to the previous book.

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  • CrazyKenayn
  • 02-09-18

good addition to the story

it adds to the story and character of the relm, but it tied too many people in and too much happens all at once.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-20-17

another great book

the second book in the series is as good as the first a gripping story which I couldn't stop listening to.

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  • Paul
  • 03-14-17

interesting story

Preferred the first book & characters but still an enjoyable story. Voice actor was excellent.

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  • tony
  • 03-07-17

magical

Read this whole series it is great listening with no filling or padding
well worth a credit

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  • Anders Haywood
  • 04-11-17

A great follow up!

When I first read that it contained few recurring characters, I was a little unsure. Turns out my trepidation was for naught. I really loved this one. The narration was on par with the first and the story really held me. If you enjoyed the first one, you will definitely enjoy this!

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  • mitchell
  • 12-22-16

bad, ok, then terrible

started with very-little-of-the-previous-characters with unrelated stories, tied in well but ended with a member-measuring-contest-and with-the-most-stupid-sacrifice-ever.

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