Twenty years have passed since the Darkmage was destroyed and the war between mages ended. For Lira Astor, the single living heir to the Darkmage, escaping her name is impossible. People still fear what is long dead, and they see in her the rise of another dangerous mage with deadly ambition. Desperate to claw her way free of her grandfather’s shadow, to make her own name amongst the world of mages, Lira is willing to do whatever it takes. Even if that means joining the secretive rebel group looking to restore his vision.
Survival is a lesson Lira learned early and often, yet when she is abducted and held prisoner in a deadly game of cat and mouse, she finds herself facing a nemesis she may be no match for. Forced to band together with unlikely allies who challenge everything she believes about what it means to be a mage, she will have to rely on every bit of ruthlessness she possesses.
Because the war may only just be beginning…
…and Lira Astor intends to come out on top.
I love Lisa's books, have read them all and can't wait for the next one.
There is nothing better than wondering what happens to the characters of a story at the end of a wonderful series like Heartfire than to realize a new book has been released that follows up on said character's heirs. Waiting in anticipation for the next book!
Everything she writes is gold. If you haven’t read the other books in this series, go do that now. You won’t be disappointed. Go... go go go. And then go read her other books as well. I have been so excited waiting for this book and I couldn’t put it down. Now to wait for the next.
Lisa Cassidy's Mage Chronicles got me through a particularly tough few months in 2020 so I was a little more than bummed when I arrived at the last page of the series. So imagine the joy I felt when Lisa announced that she was writing another series that followed on from the Mage Chronicles. A Tale of Stars and Shadow did not disappoint - there were several plot twists that I did not see coming. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Can't wait for the next book in this series.
I was lucky enough to be provided with an advance copy of this book in exchange for a review. Lisa Cassidy’s return to the world of the mage chronicles sees a new flawed protagonist with a dark past and lots of potential. It was great to return to this world and see how the characters from the Mage Chronicles had grown and evolved, and to see the fallout from the last series. While reading the Mage Chronicles isn’t necessary to dive into this book, it does help to understand some of the context and environment. Lisa Cassidy has written this book with both a past and present point of view which helps to better understand Lira, although I still find this kind of writing occasionally troublesome when I just want to know what is happening in one plot point at a time! A fast paced and exciting adventure, highly recommended.
I couldn't wait to see what Lisa Cassidy was going to do next so I was very excited to get my hands on this first book to her new series. Once again I was taken into a world of contrasts with really interesting characters! I love the way it has been written in two different times - 'before' and 'now'. This gives you a look into the heart-breaking back story of the very complex main character. I loved it!!
Heir to the Darkmage by Lisa Cassidy is an awesome book! It is a follow up to another series, but it is perfectly great if you read this first. All the info needed to understand is here! I absolutely love the world building in this novel. It was so easy for me to imagine I was in this story. I love the dual timelines. We get one that involves Lira’s backstory, that is gut-wrenching. We also get a timeline with current events as she lives as an apprentice at the Mage Academy. The pacing is excellent. I was obsessed from page one. I read this in one sitting because as soon as I opened this book, there was no setting it down. Highly recommended!! *I received a free copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources to review honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
This book has so much adventure in it and just when you think you know what’s going to happen next you get surprised. Could not put this book down!