Saturday, February 11, 2023

Review: Blightmage (Kataklysm #1) by T.R. Magnus


Kataklysm #1

by T.R. Magnus

Published: December 22, 2022

Genre: Family Saga, Fiction, Sword & Sorcery, Fantasy


Embrace the (B)light...

It has been fifty years since the sun died over Ashathar.

Blaike was born in the blight. As one of the "touched" he is devoid of power.

He is forbidden from following the Lightweaver Path.

The "touched" still serve the brightlands, working the mines to extract sunstone; to deliver it to the Lightweavers, the saviors, preservers, and rulers of Ashathar.

The largest sunstone ever extracted from the mines has been found. It could empower the brightlands for months. When it is discovered that someone stole the sunstone's power, Blaike is exiled from the brightlands. Was he really to blame? Can he survive the blight? Or, is there a larger threat than the Lightweavers ever realized that could destroy Ashathar once and for all?

Ming Yue is the daughter of a brewer. The Ming clan's elixirs have supported those on the Lightweaver path for a half-century.

Yue's twin brother was taken by the blighted when they were children. But when she's denied access to the Lightweaver path, since she is not the first-born child of her clan, Yue's father tasks her to create an elixir that might save her brother from the blight.

He's the only chance the Ming clan has to remain prominent amongst the brightborn, to produce a Lightweaver who might protect Ashathar for years to come.

But there is no guarantee that Yue's brother has survived among the blighted. Would he remember her at all? Is the mysterious figure, found in the blight, truly her brother--or is he someone else, someone who might challenge the dominance of the Lightweavers and the security of Ashathar?

Blightmage is the first book in Kataklysm, an action packed epic progression fantasy series. Fans of progression/cultivation epic fantasies, unique magic systems, and immersive epics like Will Wight's Cradle series or Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive where the hero starts weak but gains power over time will also enjoy this expansive saga.

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My Review:

Blightmage is the first book in the Kataklysm series and a great start to a new series. Blightmage is told from more than one point of view. Their sun is dying. There are minors who work to extract the sunstone that is used to empower their world.

The biggest sunstone ever has been found. This sunstone could empower their world for a very long time. But someone has stolen its power. When this is discovered one of the workers, Blaike is sent out into the blight, a very dangerous place. Can Blaike survive in the blight?

Ming Yue and her family have created elixirs that help the Lightweaver on their paths. Yue has a twin brother who was taken from them by the blighted years ago. Yue wants nothing more than to find her brother and hopefully save him from the blighted. Can Yue find her brother? Can she save him from his plight? Can she save the world from the blighted as well?

Blightmage will pull you into its world leaving you wanting more and more page after page. The twists and turns will keep those pages turning while you race to the end to see how it is all going to intertwine in the end. The descriptions are so well written that it is very easy to see it all playing out right before your eyes as if you are right there and see it all as if you are a part of the story yourself.

I would recommend Blightmage to all fans of magical worlds of fantasy! Grab your copy of Blightmage today!

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