The Blood of the Spear

An Epic Fantasy Adventure (The Eye of Eternity Book 1)

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
600 Pages
Reviewed on 10/08/2021
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Author Biography

Mark Timmony was born and bred on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. He's wanted to write for as long as he can remember and has several notebooks filled with illegible scribblings from childhood to prove it. The desire to write led to work as a bookseller and he spent almost a decade working as a genre specialist in Sydney. The Blood of the Spear is his debut novel.

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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

The Blood of the Spear by Mark Timmony is a high fantasy fiction novel and the first book in the ambitious epic series, The Eye of Eternity. Timmony builds an entirely new world from scratch, providing the fractured continent of Athmay with a wealth of varied settings, the realms, in particular, each hosting its own distinctive microcosm. The primary protagonists are Darien and Kaiel in a deeply character-driven storyline, brothers with an unknown pedigree linking them back to the Ancient War. Vestiges from this time remain in the form of surviving daemons, but also in the brothers themselves who descend from a House that puts them at odds with virtually everyone and everything. The irony of a desire to hunt daemons when, ultimately, Darien and Kaiel become the hunted creates a cataclysmic shift that barrels forward and launches the start of an exceptionally well-plotted series.

As a reader, it is always difficult to start a brand new fantasy series, and doing so requires a great deal of faith that the author will deliver. We have to trust that all new names, places, and political systems, their magic structures, societies, creatures, and characters will be worth wading through with some initial confusion until the ball starts rolling. The Blood of the Spear starts in the same fashion, but what sets author Mark Timmony and his writing style apart is his ability to make the complexities feel comfortable. I loved that the focus extended beyond the brothers and was particularly drawn to Meg. She has moxie that is almost universally reserved for men. I also enjoyed the witty dialogue and viewing realms through those talking and not being buried under information dumps. A perfect example of this is when Darien sees a spectacular tower for the first time, calling it “the work of Gods.” We are then able to view the same tower through the eyes of Meg. It’s a fascinating and effective storytelling method that Timmony masters. The dialogue is authentic, and the pacing is steady. This is a debut novel and a series that is wholly addictive.

K.C. Finn

The Blood of the Spear is a work of truly epic fantasy fiction penned by author Mark Timmony. The work is suited for the mature adult reading audience due to the presence of graphic fantasy violence and the use of explicit language throughout. Written as the opening novel to The Eye of Eternity fantasy book series, this lengthy and highly immersive tome takes us to the war-torn continent of Athmay, a place where the remnants of war from thousands of years ago still haunt our protagonists, brothers Kaiel and Darien. As Darien pursues a career in magic and Kaiel rethinks his options, a sudden violent event unlocks their connection to the land’s demonic history and a new form of destruction appears on the horizon.

Author Mark Timmony has crafted a compelling work of epic fantasy fiction filled with details, drama, and danger. Readers who expect to be fully immersed in a whole new world will not be disappointed by Timmony’s commitment to developing lore, history, culture, magic, politics, and war throughout this fantastic tale. In terms of character development, I really enjoyed the dynamic between Kaiel and Darien; their similarities and personality clashes were accurately depicted, and each felt real and resonant in their own right. This bond between brothers carries through into the novel’s dialogue and narrative presentation, making readers deeply invested in the protagonists’ wellbeing just in time for the danger to amp up to the max. Overall, I would highly recommend The Blood of the Spear as an accomplished work of fantasy fiction and a promising start to an immersive new series.

Rabia Tanveer

The Blood of the Spear: An Epic Fantasy Adventure is the first novel in The Eye of Eternity series by Mark Timmony. The story follows the trials and tribulations of two brothers as they are stuck in the middle of something far more dangerous than they ever anticipated. Kaiel wanted to become a Daemon Hunter, but luck wasn’t on his side. He chose the next best thing: he became a part of the Bronze Guard mercenaries to use his training. Kaiel would also stay closer to his brother Darien who was hoping to become a Ciralys magic user. However, things took a sinister turn when the brothers had no idea they were from a bloodline that was feared and bore a lot of responsibility. Once they found out, the brothers ran for their lives from the merciless Prince Alesandr and daemons who would tear them to pieces. What would the brothers do to stay alive? What was their purpose?

The Blood of the Spear is exactly what an epic fantasy needs to be. Author Mark Timmony did a wonderful job creating a narrative that was entertaining and interesting (not a combination you often get). The world-building was brilliant, and all the credit goes to the mastery of the author. I found the attention to little details very interesting, and that completely changed my reading experience. Each character had a purpose. They were detailed and richly crafted. The twists and turns of the story had me hooked, Kaiel’s dilemma had my attention from the get-go, and I loved how Darien’s story had a lot more potential. Incredibly detailed and I loved each second of it! I can’t wait for the sequel.