Review: Battlemage

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Battlemage by Stephen Aryan

This is a book that focuses around action, but pulls off the brilliant feat of also being an excellent, people-focused story. The major focus is a war, but we see the politics behind it, the preparations, the tensions; following several different characters means that we get to see different aspects of the battles as well as the world.

I’m not sure who my favourite characters are…it’s a cross between the Mages, the Gods, and Vargus! I love the varying motivations, which are brilliantly brought out; I love the different characteristics, the hints of foreign lands and mannerisms, the different histories and pasts and people.

The action is always very well done – I don’t think there’s a boring moment! The pace of the book is a nice balance between fast and slow, which works very well as otherwise I think endless battle would get tedious. There are some spectacular action scenes but I liked the smaller moments too, and the details; the conversations between enemies, the tensions between friends.

The sequel (well, sort-of-sequel) is Bloodmage, which is out now. I’m only halfway through it but so far it’s as good as Battlemage!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.