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The Circle of Sorcerers: A Mages of Bloodmyr Novel: Book #1 [Kindle Edition]

Brian Kittrell
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Product description for: The Circle of Sorcerers Kindle edition, 81,000 words.

When Laedron Telpist's sorcery training is interrupted by a knock on the door, what once seemed a proper profession must now be hidden. In a world where priests and mages vie for the limitless power of the elements and a new Grand Vicar has sworn death to all sorcerers, Laedron is tossed into a nightmare which would see his destruction at every turn.

From the home shores in western Sorbia, through the Cael'Brilland heartlands, and even across the seas to the great city of Azura, Laedron finds himself embracing old friends, consorting with unlikely allies, and confronting potent enemies. As he struggles to train himself in spellcraft, Laedron must face that he lives in a time when the utterance of a simple spell could be the signature on his death warrant.

The Consuls of the Vicariate, Book #2 of the Mages of Bloodmyr Series, is now available.The Immortals of Myrdwyer, Book #3 of the Mages of Bloodmyr Series, is now available.
This series is complete.


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--Amazon, November, 2011

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From the Author

The following is an interview conducted with Brian Kittrell, author of the Mages of Bloodmyr series.

Author Interview

Interviewer: Many of your reviewers have mentioned that the book turned out much different than they expected, and many have made a comparison of the early parts of The Circle of Sorcerers to J.K. Rowling's bestselling series Harry Potter. Can you elaborate?

Brian Kittrell: Certainly, and first, let me thank you for the opportunity to talk about the series. The books were a pleasure to write, and I'm happy that they're finding their way into readers' hands. Similarly to the Harry Potter series by Rowling, I began the books from the perspective of a young mage who was to begin his training in magic, and the similarities end there. Laedron is quickly thrust into the action after a sneak attack the the mage's enclave by the Heraldan church. He's forced to find his own way in magic, and he must make the decision of whether he will fight in the war--and ultimately get justice for the wrongs committed by the church--or hide from the enemies trying to destroy his kind.

Interviewer: Does the series draw any comparisons to real-world events or things we can relate to in real life?

Brian Kittrell: Yes, very much so. The war between the mages and the church parallels many of the modern struggles we see today. In the books, we see two groups of people who are largely the same, but they have their own customs. Mages use magic and spells, and priests see it as using divine power and miracles. And Ismerelda--one of the central characters in the first book--explains it best when she says that mages and priests are basically the same, using the same abilities taught by the powerful sorceress Azura in ancient times, but they have grown apart on their ideologies and how they think magic should be used. We see the same pattern in many of the social issues in our own world, and sometimes the biggest part of the problem is a failure for people to see past their own ingrained beliefs.

Interviewer: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit make use of a number of fantasy creatures. Does your series do the same?

Brian Kittrell: In writing the Mages of Bloodmyr, I wanted to focus more on the human happenings, but a new fantasy race is born at the end of The Immortals of Myrdwyer. I won't go into that so as not to spoil it, but that race will see a place in the future of Bloodmyr, granted that I am given the time and energy to complete all of the stories I have.

Interviewer: Do you have plans to extend this series past three books?

Brian Kittrell: This series, no. However, I will write in the same world with the same characters, and some themes may translate between different series. I don't like the concept of never-ending series that we have seen come about, though, so each series will be complete in its own right, and some ideas from those series may create their own standalone books or series, each written tight enough not to require reading everything else to understand what is going on. Readers of all of the books will probably get the greatest reward, but it won't be required.

Interviewer: Thank you for coming by and giving us a little insight to your work. I hope we will chat again soon once you release more books.

Brian Kittrell: It will be my pleasure.

Product Details

  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982949545
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Late Nite Books (October 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YIR9E8
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Galloping action / fantasy January 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In Kittrell's Circle of Sorcerers: A Mages of Bloodmyr novel, Laedron, a young man with a talent for magic leaves his village to study magic with his mother's former teacher, setting aside his own desires to learn from the seemingly grander mages from a large academy. He leaves home earlier than planned, due to a message arriving from his new teacher requesting him urgently, as she suspected there may be trouble. The journey to his new home is uneventful, and he begins learning rapidly, to his teacher's suprise. A summons arrives requesting that they attend a meeting of all the Circle mages, and dramatic events proceed to unfold rapidly.

Definitely keeps you reading, quick paced (though a little too quick at times - but then I prefer more detail and description), not a giant main cast like Martin or Tolkein - more in keeping with the feel of the smaller main cast of Eragon or possibly the first Dragonlance series (though this book focuses on Laedron much more than a group.) The author created a very interesting world - I am particularly interested in learning more about the history of the realms and mages - which is just different enough to set it aside, but not so far-fetched as to alienate the reader.

On the downside, there were a few things I felt could be improved. Character development - some decisions/actions made by the characters were just not in keeping with anything they had displayed before (and suddenly, a leadership trait appears!), while other characters were so little developed they felt like they were destined to be doomed*. Expanding the earlier part of the novel would probably help a bit with this, and make the story flow better in places.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book (and series) September 6, 2012
By Ahmad
Format:Kindle Edition
This book (and series) is the transition of a small village boy into a world-class mage. It is a great read for a great price. I have read the entire series and my only regret is that there isn't more to read. While some elements in the book seem to get wrapped up entirely too quickly (I must admit that I am very biased here....I am a Wheel of Time fan and used to very intricate plots that span many, many books), I really think that the plots and characters are interesting. I'm fairly picky about fantasy books and I will keep an eye out for more books by Brian Kittrell.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! May 3, 2012
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I stumbled across this book by chance, and now I am glad that I did. I truly enjoyed the story and like the main character in the book. As soon as I am able to, I will be purchasing the second book, because I can't wait to see what happens next.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I was hooked on 'The Circle of Sorcerers' from the first page. Author Brian Kittrell weaves an amazing story, complete with characters you cheer for and a story that you get completely lost in.
I actually hated when I reached the end and I'm waiting for the next one in the series.
Laedron Telpist is a young sorcerer whose life is changed when he must go up against those who murdered his teacher and threaten to wipe out all sorcerers. Laedron, who is only 16 grows beyond his years as he fights to save friends and his own life. The story pulls you in and you feel you're right there beside these fantastic characters.
I can't wait to see where Brian is going to take us next, but I'll be right there with him and Laedron on the journey.
I reviewed this for Book Rooster and have no problem recommending it to anyone.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful World February 1, 2012
By pat1360
Format:Kindle Edition
I was pleasantly surprised by The Circle of Sorcerers. When I started reading it, I thought it would be another Harry Potter-type, with a student mage learning his craft. That part of the story was extremely short, however, as Laedron's story quickly changed to an active adventure. I enjoyed the travels (though a map would be helpful) and supporting characters (more development of them would be nice). The conflict between church and mages is a good story framework, and I'm hoping future volumes will expand on the history of the lands involved. And the book ended rather abruptly, so I was glad to see the sequel is available. I'm looking forward to reading it and seeing Brian Kittrell's writing develop.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable December 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

This book is about a society made of sorcerers or mages that have the ability to control the elements and those that worship a great sorceress that used her magic at least a thousand years before to win a war. The main character. Laedron Telpist, a young man who possesses these powers, through a series of circumstances beyond his control, finds himself in the middle of a conflict. He must learn to use his gifts on his own and at the same time save his friends and attempt to prevent a war.

I found the book enjoyable and interesting and a very quick read. I did find that where the book ended was quite strange. I think it should have ended a one or two chapters earlier and these chapters should have been the beginning of what I presume is the next book in the series. The book should have ended when Laedron decides that it his fate to rid his world of the man who has set out to destroy his own kind. Instead, the book ends in what appears to be the middle of this undertaking at an odd point in the story telling.

I look forward to book two to see what happens to Laedron, his friends and his family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Read
I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series.

I would recommend this book to other fantasy readers.
Published 9 days ago by Lisa Wheeler
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
uses the tropes of a good fantasy novel in an interesting and different way
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read if you can get into it.
Good start to the series. The characters are engaging and the rules of magic are clear within the bounds of what is understood about it.
Published 1 month ago by Rick Shaw
1.0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading but Empty
It's tough to find good fiction. It's even tougher to find good fiction in Amazon's list of free books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Piaw Na
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very happy
Published 1 month ago by DIANNE
1.0 out of 5 stars Did I order this!?
I have yet to receive this book. Makes me wonder if someone else ordered it on my account somehow. I think my sister reads these books...
Published 2 months ago by Nokota Donner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline
I really enjoyed this book although I don't normally read this type. I was intrigued from the beginning and the author kept my attention throughout the story. I applaud Mr. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars This was good.
This was good.
Published 2 months ago by CerBrany
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Coming of age Story
A teen age boy is suddenly sent off to school away from home. His teacher has only a few days of teaching completed when she is summoned to a wizard meeting and takes him with her. Read more
Published 3 months ago by brumba
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Good book. Read the whole series in a manner of two weeks. Keep you guessing.
Published 3 months ago by Zachary Howard
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More About the Author

Brian Kittrell is a speculative fiction writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. Hundreds of thousands of readers have purchased and downloaded his books all over the world.

He was a communications officer with his local police department, having begun his career in law enforcement in 2006 as a detention officer. He left law enforcement to write full time in 2013.

He was married to his wife Elizabeth in 2009, and they have two children.

Publications include: The Circle of Sorcerers: A Mages of Bloodmyr Novel: Book #1 (2011, Late Nite), and The Consuls of the Vicariate (2012, Late Nite), The Immortals of Myrdwyer (2012, Late Nite), The Mages of Bloodmyr Omnibus (2012, Late Nite), The Dying Times second edition (2012, Late Nite), The War of the Dead second edition (2013, Late Nite), Prisoner and Survivor second edition (2013, Late Nite), A World Forsaken (2013, Late Nite), The Survivor Chronicles Omnibus (2013, Late Nite), and Cure (2013, Late Nite).

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