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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Confronted with the loss of all they know, the powerful Mages of two warring factions band together to appeal to dark forces to save their world in Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer. In this cataclysmic time, Braden Reis, Ambassador to Aerysius from Caladorn and Grand Master of the Sixth Tier of the Lyceum, is the only one who seems to be in a position to prevent the rise of Xerys, God of Chaos. Unfortunately, no one can be trusted and it is only the love he shares with Sephana Clemley, a Third Tier Master from the Hall at Rhen, that gives him the strength to try. Faced with shadowy beings and the results of secret dealings, Braden and Sephana stand firm in their refusal to allow the combined council of Mages to open the Well of Tears, gateway to the Netherworld, to balance the power of the magic fields so that they can maintain their hold over the rest of humanity. Braden himself holds terrible secrets and a fractured relationship with his brother is at the root of most of his issues. Will the end of times bring them together or will the powers of darkness cloud everyone’s judgement?
In classic epic form, M.L. Spencer has written an engaging and heart wrenching tale of love, loss, deceit and desperation in Darkstorm. This prequel to the dark epic fantasy series, The Rhenwars Saga, details the divisions of power in the realm and how the power of the Mages affected the course of human events. There is tremendous passion on both the personal and universal levels that draws you in and breaks your heart as you cheer for the good guys, but then realize you can’t really tell who is who at times or even if bad is really good. Vivid descriptions, deep emotions and a well-defined world make Darkstorm a story that you find yourself believing is quite real and all the more intense.