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The Mage on the Hill

by Angel Martinez

A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.

Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.

The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.

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Reviews:ParisDude on Gay Book Reviews wrote:

"I LOVED this book. A real gem, well-paced, with well-written thought processes, dialogues, character developments, a solid plot with the right amount of breath-taking suspense and heart-warming moments of romance and friendship. "

Melanie M. on Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words wrote:

I highly recommend The Mage on the Hill (The Web of Arcana #1) by Angel Martinez. It’s highly imaginative, with great characters, an absorbing plot, and an ending that will have you flipping the pages in your desperate need to know what’s happening next! I just love it. You will too. I really need that next story.

About the Author

Angel Martinez writes both kinds of queer fiction – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author's head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.

Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.