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Unholy War

Unholy War, Book Three of The Moontide Quartet, is now out in UK/Australasia.

The Moontide has arrived, the Leviathan Bridge has risen from the waves and the armies of the Third Crusade are battling to conquer the continent of Antiopia once and for all.

But things are not going entirely as planned for the mighty magi of the West.

Shaliyah, birthplace of the Prophet, now has a new name: Mother of Victories. Suddenly the East is rising, and Emperor Constant’s Crusade is teetering on the edge of disaster, as the unprecedented success of the Shihad becomes the catalyst for resistance all across Antiopia.

To Elena Anborn and Kazim Makani, Shaliyah is a call to finally take up arms against the renegade spymaster Gurvon Gyle and his mercenary cabal. 

For Queen Cera Nesti of Javon, it is a beacon as she seeks new ways to overthrow her husband, the usurper king, and reclaim Javon for her brother. 

And Ramon Sensini, trapped behind enemy lines with the shattered remnants of the Southern Army, sees it as one more obstacle in his desperate attempt to get him men safely home.

But concealed amidst the storm and fire of the war, emperors, Inquisitors, Souldrinkers and assassins alike are engaged in a desperate, deadly and secret struggle to find the Scytale of Corineus, the key to ultimate power. Its unlikely guardians are the failed mage Alaron Mercer and market-girl Ramita Ankesharan, pregnant widow of the world’s greatest mage – and what they choose to do with the Scytale could change the world forever.

First Reviews coming in...

Fantasy Book Critic say: huge expectations as Scarlet Tides was my top sff of last year and Unholy war delivered and more so it will be another top 5 of the year; same structure with multiple POVs, lots of turns and twists, pairings and splits and an ending at a good stopping point though one wants more asap.
Here's the link. say: In our review of “The Scarlet Tides” we praised its focus on characters and the plot and I would like to reinforce that opinion here. David Hair seems to thrive on the fact that the worldbuilding is left behind and that he can focus more on the actual plot. The sense of chaos, endless politicking between factions and urge by characters to make sense out of events beyond their control is palpable as the pace becomes more and more frantic.
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