The last instance (for now) of the Sunday Book Swoop!

Yes indeedy! It’s that time of the week again, and boy do I have a tasty one for you good people. Prepare to gradually lose power over your masseters and feel your collective maxillas* slide in a floorwards direction – it’s none other than the excellent David Hair’s first book in the Moontide Quartet. Ladies and gentlemen:


Mmmm. Shiny.


A crisp, new bludgeon-a-burglar-to-death doorstop of a Hardback. As has become traditional, here’s what the critics have to say:


Mage’s Blood is a gripping read with lots of twists and intriguing characters so I am in for the duration.” – Liviu
“This is the first volume in a tremendously exciting series and one, which I’ll be following with great interest in the next few years.” – Mihir, both from Fantasy Book Critic.


Mage’s Blood is one of the better epic fantasy series first installments I’ve read in recent years.” – Justin Landon, Staffer’s Book Review.


“This is one of those books that is so epic, that gets you so involved and is such an investment in time and emotion, that there is a little sting of regret that the ending had to come at all and you immediately want to go back to the beginning and see how much riper it is second time around. If you like your fantasy with a vast cast and a varied and intricate landscape then this is definitely for you.” – Elloise Hopkins, British Fantasy Society


I’m going to add my own thoughts on this.

After 50 pages I was a bit grumbly.

After 70 pages I thought I might not finish it.

After about 150 pages I was almost walking into traffic because I could – not – stop -reading.

I agree with Hopkins – it’s one of those rare books that really made me sad that it ended and also impatient to see what he pulls out of the bag next.

You know the drill:

1) Put your email in the comments.
2) In the comment this time I want your favourite one-liner, regardless of genre. Add the character and context.
3) That is all! Winners will be announced on Tuesday.

Thanks for playing – toodle pip!


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  1. Sverrir
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    “Trying is the first step towards failure.”
    Homer Simpson when Marge wanted to start selling real estates.*

    *I had to look it up, don’t know them that well! 😉

  2. Mo
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside of you.

    ~Julian Carax,
    Shadow of the Wind.

  3. Mo
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    One mustn’t dream of one’s future; one must earn it.

    Shadow of the wind,
    Fermin Romerro de Torres giving advice to Daniel.

  4. Brian
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    “What we do in life, echoes in eternity”

    ~Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the true emperor.

  5. Symon
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    “most of my kin are bastards…but you’re the first I’ve had to friend”
    Tyrion Lannister to Jon Snow in A game of thrones

  6. Chris
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    not sure if this counts but i love this quote.
    “Your life could depend on this. Don’t blink! Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. They are fast, faster than you can believe. Don’t turn your back, don’t look away, and don’t blink. Good luck” from Dr. Who during the first weeping angels episode.

  7. Posted January 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Sverrir: Excellent choice. By now it is debatable which Homer has taught us more about life.
    Mo: I have not read Zafon, and hang my head in thinly-read shame. The quotes are good, though.
    Brian: ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED???! Manly goosebumps galore.
    Symon: I am not half the man of the Half-man. Good call.
    Chris: That is a nice quote, that is. I’ve only caught the Doctor in passing, but it is relevant to my interests.

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