Rise of the Mages
Scott Drakeford's epic fantasy debut, Rise of the Mages combines gripping, personal vengeance with compelling characters for an action packed first book in a trilogy.
Emrael Ire wants nothing more than to test to be a weapons master at the Citadel. His final exam will instead be a bloody insurrection against corrupt nobles and priests who enslave his brother.
With the aid of his War Master tutor, herself an undercover mage, Emrael discovers his own latent and powerful talents.
To rescue his brother, Emrael must embrace not only his abilities as a warrior but also his place as last of the ancient Mage Kings--for the Fallen God has returned.
And he is hungry.
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: January 25, 2022
"Compelling.” ―Glen Cook, author of The Black Company
“Rise of the Mages is a proper adventure, bursting with bloody action and exciting twists. Emrael is a fantastic lead, full of strength and loyalty, but also a hot-headed impulsiveness and a compelling inner darkness that I couldn’t get enough of.” ―Brian Naslund, author of Blood of an Exile
“Rise of Mages opens a door into a character-driven world of distinctive magic, rousing adventure, and corruption of the first order. Fantasy lovers will experience the full range of curiosity, anger, delight, frustration, joy, and satisfaction.” ―Kel Kade
“This is old-school and new-school epic fantasy rolled into one. Drakeford has built a superbly crafted world infused with a myriad of well-rounded characters and plenty of action, magic, and mystery. Rise of the Mages is a fast-paced adventure that will satisfy any fantasy fan young or old.” ―Brian Lee Durfee, author of The Forgetting Moon
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SCOTT DRAKEFORD is a longtime lover of the written word, especially fantasy fiction. Rise of the Mages is his debut epic fantasy.
He had his first taste of ‘the good stuff’ in his younger years with stories like The Wheel of Time and The Saga of Recluce. He spent countless hours reading and re-reading his favorite fantasy novels.
Later in life, he was tricked into becoming a “responsible adult”, getting a degree in engineering and living the corporate life in the technology industry.
Scott currently lives in the Boston area with his badass tech wizard of a wife, their tenacious daughter, and two dogs.