Cover art by Helge Balzer
Click here to see more of Helge's work
Battle Mage tells the story of a young man
who must overcome illness, grief and
shame in order to fulfil his destiny.
The book is basically a coming of age story, a fantasy adventure that explores the things that inspire me...
friendship and faith
courage and fear
good and evil.
I've tried to write a book that people would love and I really hope you like it because
it's taken me ages to write!
Evolution of Wrath
Here's a quick slideshow to illustrate how the map for Battle Mage has evolved. See the blog for more details.
The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond betwen battle mages and dragonkind is failing. Too few dragons are answering the summons and of those that do, too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad.
Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by the need to understand his father’s actions Falco makes a decision that will bring disaster to his people and drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with everything that has happened Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War, and all the time the shadow of the Possessed draws closer.
If the kingdoms of Wrath do not stand together they will fall. Only Queen Catherine de Sage can see what needs to be done, but the other kings are stubborn and her rule is constantly being challenged by the rising power of the magi, a powerful body of scholars and magic users who seek to rule the land themselves.
As Falco struggles to unlock his power so the dark forces of the enemy work on the minds of weaker men. The magi are determined to stop him and even the Queen has her doubts. Will Falco succeed in becoming a battle mage or will he be lost to madness and murder, like his father?
Battle Mage Concept
By Helge C. Balzer
See how this developed into a beautiful piece of art
First Piece of Fan Art for Battle Mage
by Vincent Laïk
Knight of The Order of The Black Eagle Or
"Ritter von Der Orden Des Schwarzen Adler"
as they are known in the Kingdom of Illicia
The Cartographers Guild
Writing a fantasy book?
Visit this amazing website for all the information and inspiration you could possibly wish for