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For lovers of Jacqueline Carey, Brent Weeks and Storm Constantine. Fantasy with mystery, romance and a paranormal twist.

The powerful wizard, Alloran, lurks in the stinking muck of the back alleys of the city of Ehsan.

Posing as a common labourer, he struggles to hide from his lover, his best friend, the authorities – and his past.

But beneath the garbage of the backstreets he discovers a new horror: a trail of gruesome bodies, gnawed on by demons, and left gift-wrapped for him to find. Someone is brutally murdering people from his past, and threatening to finish with his lover, Gisayne. What dark secret of Alloran's youth cripples his ability to fight back?

In a world where hellcats stalk the shadows, and a flaming demon lays waste to the citadel of the wizards, Alloran must risk losing himself to a powerful addiction, or abandon Gisayne to hell.

Also including bonus story 'A Magical Melody'.

When a lethal spell is stolen from a locked and warded room, Avram must hunt down the thief before the song of power buries a city of innocents beneath a thousand tonnes of ice.


Book trailer credits:

Illustrations by Isaia (http://www.worldsbeyond.lydiakurnia.com) and Lydia Kurnia (http://www.lydiakurnia.com)
Art direction by Lydia Kurnia
Cover illustration by Nadica Boskovska (http://www.theswansmaiden.deviantart.com/gallery/)
Music by Kevin MacLeod (http://www.incompetech.com)

“Ballintyne is a masterful storyteller who manages to get you caught up in the book almost instantaneously... I actually enjoyed a good fantasy novel that didn’t take days and days to read, but still offered the opportunity to get caught up in its world and story.” - Tracy Riva Global eBook Awards Judge
"This story wasn't quite what I expected; it was better! The first pages surprised me, reminding strongly of THE WAY OF SHADOWS by Brent Weeks (the scenes, setting and story feel). I was immediately drawn in." - Dr. S. Drecker
"I will be recommending this to all my paranormal addicts." - Leanne Herrera

“Ballintyne gives wonderful descriptions and I found myself becoming lost in the magic of her words in a picturesque world with every turned page”  Bella Doerres
“The power-packed action will leave you breathless and the eerie suspense will make you chomp on your own nails, beware!” Satarupa
With imagination and detail that paints a full scene for the mind’s eye, Ciara takes us on a short but exciting journey into a world of magic, love and demons from hell.“ Miranda Wood of DustyKatt’s Stuff Reviews

Vows of Blood

In the Company of the Dead (Curent work in progress)

Lyram already crossed a prince, and now he finds himself on the brink of crossing a god.

Son of a duke and second in line for the throne, Lyram is exiled to a lonely castle after assaulting the crown prince. When a hostile army arrives to besiege the castle, he believes the prince wants him removed – permanently.

Complicating matters, Ellaeva, a priestess of the death goddess, arrives in pursuit of a necromancer of the evil god of decay. When misfortune after misfortune befalls the beleaguered defenders, Lyram realises the necromancer is hidden within the walls, sabotaging the very defence.

Against the backdrop of clashing gods, Lyram must fight to save himself from the political machinations of his prince, and the dread plans of a necromancer. But as the siege lengthens, he realises the greatest threat may come from another quarter — a woman sworn body and soul to a god tempts him to pay a terrible price.

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The Deathhawk Trilogy

Deathhawk’s Betrayal

In a land where the greatest magicians are murdered by outlaw practitioners of blood magic, one magician kills himself to keep a secret from an assassin. Astarl seeks a magical cure to heal her dying father and leader of the secretive Order of Nizari assassins.

The magician’s records send Astarl searching for a mysterious item in the possession of the mad duke of Abasynia, but her quest is threatened when she falls in love with the castle healer. Though she tries to both save her father and keep her lover, she is betraying them both with her secrets. She must make an impossible choice between love and loyalty.

When her search for the magic item interferes with an evil man’s pursuit of immortality, she finds herself betrayed by everyone she loves. Astarl must decide who she can trust to save her own life, her father and her lover. (Status – with second round of beta readers)

Deathhawk’s Penance

Astarl accepts a request from the Council of Kings to ensure the final destruction of the assassins, corrupted by blood magic, when the Council offer the restoration of everything she loves. Deep in the assassin nest, she is trapped when she realises that she cannot escape and keep both herself and her lover alive. (Status – currently outlining).

Deathhawk’s Resurrection

Astarl’s lover sets out to save her life in the company of the mercenary, Kain, only to discover that the assassins were corrupted by more than blood magic. The entire world stands on the brink of destruction and Astarl’s safety may only be bought at high cost to all three of the company. (Status – concept only)

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The Fires of Madness

Kain reluctantly accepts the task of preventing the awesome World-Makers, the Ulynn, from buying their freedom through the destruction of the world. To succeed, he must face the ghost of the woman he loved and betrayed. (Status – Needs to be rewritten)

The Wrath of Fate

Corrupted by the wanton desires of their mortal flesh, the Ulynn turn from destruction to world domination. Cyaira must rescue Kain before he can be used to spawn an even worse atrocity. (Status – Needs to be rewritten)

Fate’s Chance

Kain and Cyaira must convince the Kindara and Syldam, immortal enemies, to work together to destroy the Ulynn and prevent the enslavement of all humankind. (Status – concept only)

The Brother Wars
Working title – number of books unknown

The Blood Infernal

Aaric is born into the middle of an immortal conflict between the Ishafal and the demons that leaves him reviled, outcast and orphaned. Discovering his father is bittersweet when he is forced to take sides in a war that spans millennia, and his conscience may place him on the opposite side to his family. (Status – first draft)

©2011 Ciara Ballintyne

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