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Confronting the Demon

Book 1 in the Seven Circles of Hell Series
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
Book 2 in the Seven Circles of Hell Series

Six months ago, the disgraced wizard, Alloran, sacrificed his hand to rescue the woman he loves from his traitorous friend. Despite saving the city from a demon, his reputation remains tarnished, and the council of wizards has penalised him severely for the practise of banned magic.

Now he learns his desperate efforts to stop Ladanyon led more to damnation than salvation. Finding a solution compels him to breach his sanctions by venturing into forbidden places at risk of his life and freedom.

Alloran must choose between saving himself and everything he holds dear.

Release date - August 2014

Vows of Blood

In the Company of the Dead

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.

Picture of Ellieva

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.

Release date - To Be Confirmed


The Alarming Appearance of an Absent Friend (Part 1) – An A to Z Blogging Challenge entry http://www.blog.ciaraballintyne.com/2012/04/alarming-appearance-of-absent-friend.html

Dragon Bait – An A to Z Blogging Challenge entry http://www.fantasyblog.ciaraballintyne.com/2014/04/burning-dragon-bait-part-1.html

Love Enough – An A to Z Blogging Challenge entry http://www.fantasyblog.ciaraballintyne.com/2014/04/protestations-love-enough-part-1-free.html

For Sydney Supanova attendees A Magical Melody (The Conclusion)


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