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A plague rages in the streets of Perizzi. City guards rally to deal with riots while the young magicians of the Tower pool their healing powers to find a cure.

Elsewhere, new alliances are formed to stem the rising darkness strengthening a deity who feeds on pestilence and decay. Gods, Sorcerers and Battlemages must set aside the

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Published by Orbit (first published August 6th 2019)
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L'ours inculte
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ça fait toujours plaisir de terminer une série rondement menée. Après sa première trilogie L’âge des ténèbres, Stephen Aryan en termine une seconde avec ce Magebane et on peut dire que le monsieur a bien affiné son art.

Après la grosse dérouillée qu’elle s’est prise, Akosh se planque et tente de rassembler ses forces, mais celui qui a manigancé les évènements des tomes précédents dans l’ombre commence à la trouver bien encombrante. C’est un monstre encore plus puissant qui pourrait sortir de l’om
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.4/5

Review: This was a really good end to a series that started in lackluster fashion and ended with a bang.

The characters continued to evolve along with the story line, in good ways and bad. When you have immortal beings, it can be hard to develop the character, yet the author was able to move their perspectives by exerting external pressures. Very well done. Munroe and Wren fail to reach potential as one is mired in revenge and the other just gets more speshul, if that is possible.

Nick Brett
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, the final book that completes an outstanding trilogy. This is, of course, the second trilogy to feature these characters and all six books have been brilliant, start with book one and don’t leave too much of a gap between books as there is a lot going on and you need to keep on top of it.

In summary this is where the Gods, the mages and the humans have to work together, sort of. Magic is still blamed for the state of the world and can the mages prove they can be a force for good or are they
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Aryan is honestly one of my favorite fantasy authors - and he didn't disappoint with Magebane. He's written an amazing conclusion to another very well-written trilogy. There's a huge cast of characters, but they're all so diverse and different that they're easy to keep track of. I loved the pace of the final book in the trilogy - where I've complained a bit of the pace in the two previous books, the pace was right on point in this book. It took time to build up the tension and the plot, ...more
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.3 / 5 ✪

Contains spoilers for both Mageborn and Magefall. Also may contain possible spoilers for the Age of Darkness trilogy.

For a guy who hated one of my favorite books, Stephen Aryan can tell a pretty good story. His second trilogy set in this particular world, the Age of Dread continues what the Age of Darkness started, with magic, law, and the gods themselves coming to the forefront for this conclusion.

The Age of Darkness ended in an epic battle for the good of the world, but the Age of Dr
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good ending to the trilogy. The action is excellent, the tension is kept throughout the story, and the characterization is pretty well done. I have become a fan of Stephen Aryan, and will eagerly wait for his next publication. All of his books follow the traditional fantasy formula in the manner of John Gwynne, but is immensely readable because Aryan mixes the elements of sword and sorcery with the epic in a very enthusiastic manner. Aryan's world is populated by gods, mortals, sorcerers, draw ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
the first half of the book was really good. The ending / last quarter was unbearable drivel and i just wanted it to end. (spoilers ahead) ..................

The last boss fight with Kai was pointless. I swear all he did was sit there and let them kill him? there was no danger to the fight and it was so disappointing. What was the point of building this character up for it to just fizzle out and die. Also the repetition in the book just made it plainly obvious that the writer was running out of i
Paul Allard
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent last part to this fantasy trilogy

Following the events of Magefall, this novel brings the trilogy to its conclusion with many unexpected events along the way. All the major characters are involved including a few ones. The characters continue to develop, especially the younger ones. It's about magic, betrayal, deities, pestilence and death (with shades of Lovecraft!) as well as a relatively positive outcome at the end. Obviously it's worth reading the first two parts as it does not stan
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

I'm not sure what happened here for me. I loved the first two to bits and pieces. But this one came off as a little random to me. I got to the halfway point and found that new problems were being introduced and they felt thrown in to me. Maybe if they were introduced earlier I would have found it more intense and a bigger build up to the final book rather than dropping problems all in the last book. Because there was so many things to solve in the final book...the ending fell flat to
Gregg Buford
This was an enjoyable read for the most part. The fear of magic is sort of tiring reading about over and over. People though have to overcome their fears and some manage to do that but vast majority of this world still remain afraid of magic. The action was good like the other books and the characters I thought would live have lived to the end. This was a little more predictable in some areas than previous books too. I wish he could have taken us to some other countries than the ones we have see ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magebane does not disappoint

The conclusion to a great series of books that I have really enjoyed reading. There is a bit of everything in this book a plague, magic and some ass kicking. I hope we get to see some of these characters again in another adventure sometime soon.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent way to finish the trilogy and tie up all the plot threads that had sprouted in the previous books. Delicious page turner with well thought out action scenes that keep a decent level of suspense despite the disparity in power levels of the various protagonists/antagonists.

Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant! I loved every chapter and every page! I just can't believe this is the end of this amazing world that Stephen has built. I can only hope that he will continue with this world at some point in the future. ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stephen has done it again with a great finish to another fantastic trilogy.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love mages. Magical brain candy.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
2.8 stars.

5 star - Perfect
4 star - i would recommend
3 star - good
2 star - struggled to complete
1 star - could not finish
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
this series was as good as the authors previous series. lots of action and a good plot line. the author also did a much better job using the words sit and stand (sat/stood) properly.
Dave Warren
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great way to tie up the three book mage arc as well as his first three books.
Very entertaining interplay between the "gods" and men. His writing just keeps getting better and better. Enough twists and turns to keep you wanting more.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
I've been a fan of Stephen Aryan's work since his debut, Battlemage, and find that with each novel his skill as a storyteller has grown. Now that we've reached the finale of the Age of Dread trilogy (Mageborn, Magefall, Magebane) I can safely say that he continues to impress, delivering not only a fantastic conclusion, but a hugely entertaining and compulsively readable trilogy. Matt Aldiss is the perfect narrator for these books, bringing the characters to life, and a joy to listen to. Highly r ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, it was a fun read read and kept me hooked till the end.
It's lighter than other fantasy but it's perfect for this summer time.
I loved the characters development, the world building and how the plot was developed.
I look forward to reading other books in this series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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I’m a lifelong fan of fantasy and science fiction. It started with The Hobbit, The Belgariad, the Earthsea books, the Shannara books, DragonLance and then David Gemmell, who was a huge influence on my writing.

My novels include:-

Age of Darkness (first trilogy)
- Battlemage
- Bloodmage
- Chaosmage

Age of Dread (second trilogy)


A prequel novella to everything, Of Gods and Men, w

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