4 out of 5
I truly enjoyed Blades of Magic, anytime a girl with a sword comes out swinging in the first few pages and completely just kicks major ass is a book I want to read. There’s something about chicks with swords, it almost…. almost makes me want to buy a sword, although I know I’ll just end up stabbing myself!
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It is not a peaceful time in the Algardis Empire. War is raging between the mages and seventeen-year-old Sara Fairchild will be right in the middle of it.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Sara is the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander, executed for desertion. Sara is also the best duelist and hand-to-hand combatant in Sandrin. She lives quietly with her family’s shame but when challenged about her family’s honor, her opponent inevitably loses.
On the night she finds out her father’s true last actions, she takes the Mercenary Guilds’ vows to serve in the emperor’s army. Using her quick wits and fierce fighting skills, she earns a spot in the first division.
There she discovers secrets the mages on both sides would prefer stay hidden. Dark enemies hunt her and soon it’s not just Sara questioning the motivation behind this war.
While fighting mages, blackmailing merchants and discovering new friends, Sara comes across something she’s never had before – passion. The question is – can she fight for her empress against a mage who might unwittingly claim her heart?
This is year one of the Initiate Wars. Sara is hoping it doesn’t become the year she dies.
Sounds pretty awesome, right?
There was honestly never a dull moment. Between the magic, the mercenaries, the war and Ezekiel who was by far the best sidekick/best friend ever, I truly enjoyed it.
I look forward to the next one, and the war that is about to get bigger and badder.
This ARC was provided by All Night Reads via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.