Originally from Kentucky, Ty Johnston is a former newspaper journalist who now spends his days writing fiction in North Carolina along with a beagle, a house rabbit, a mangy cat, and memories of his loving wife.
Mage Hunter Omnibus was a good read that kept me involved in the storyline from start to finish. The story follows an Ursian soldier, Guthrie, as he battles against the Dartague Barbarians in the northern region of the kingdom he is from. The Ursian people do not believe in the use of magic and condemn magic users to death just for practicing the art of magic.
Early in the story he is confronted by a wyrd woman from the barbarian people that lets him leave after an ambush so he can tell the story of how the barbarians slaughtered the Ursian soldiers. Later in the story, he finds out the real reason why she left him alive.
After making it back out of the mountains Guthrie is confronted on two separate occassions, once by a witch and then by a seer. Both of them have their own impact on his actions throughout the course of the book.
Character development for Guthrie was well written, but was lacking for several of the other characters. Zanbra and Kroff, their official titles Sword and Spear respectively and both members of the kingdom’s religous military called the Guantlet are both in need of some additional character development. A flashback or two into who these two were before joining the Guantlet or possibly some more detailed explanation of their training would have given them more depth. The witch and the seer could have also used some more depth that would have added to the story.
Lord Verkain the King of Kobalos played a vital role in the storyline as he confronted both the wyrd woman Ildra along with Guthrie and his companions Zanbra and Kroff.
Guthrie, Zanbra, and Kroff spend the last quarter of the book hunting the remaining wyrd women down and doing battle with them and their barbarian warriors.Read more ›
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