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In the dead of night, a man is dragged from his chambers, chained, and strapped to a catapult.
But it isn't just any man. It is Tobin Leroth, a mage who had just unlocked the mystery of the Donden Cage: a 3,000 year old artifact with the power to change the course of history.
Shadowy conspirators fling the mage to his death and steal the artifact from the powerful Mage Guild in an effort to topple the ancient order.
Bander, a grizzled veteran guard and investigator, is forced into the search by a mysterious young sorceress who reveals a very personal connection to the murder.
But as Bander gets drawn deeper into a deadly mystery that involves the highest powers in the realm, he finds himself on the run from the same dark forces he suspects killed Tobin Leroth. But this time they are hunting him...
CONSPIRACY OF THE CAGE is a brawling, hardboiled epic fantasy and magic series that combines the fast pace of thrillers like Jack Reacher with a brutal fantasy world like "Game of Thrones." Fantasy and magic meet pulse-pounding adventure with an unforgettable fantasy warrior hero.
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Formerly published as "A Killing in the Air."
Interview with the Author
Q: Why did you write this series?
A: I was a huge fantasy fan growing up. But later I became disenchanted with the genre (no pun intended). Everything seemed derivative of Tolkien. Instead, I turned to the mystery and thriller genres, including the Spenser and Travis McGee series, thrillers by Alistair MacLean, Robert Ludlum, David Morrell, and later Lee Child. When I set out to create the Bander series, I wanted to write the exact type of book I wanted to read myself: epic fantasy combined with fast-paced thrillers and mysteries. Action, adventure, and violence -- married with fantasy, magic, sorcerers, warrior knights, and quests.
Q: How does the Bander series compare to other popular fantasy series?
A: Lord of the Rings: Similar Old English setting and attention to language, but no hobbits, elves, dwarves. A Song of Ice & Fire (Game of Thrones): Both series share a strong historical context and political machinations, but Bander has more brawling action. Wheel of Time: Comparable detailed and well-developed magic systems, but Bander has a smaller cast of characters and draws more from Medieval European culture. The Mistborn Trilogy: Both the Mistborn and Bander series have worlds with a well-developed sense of history, however religion plays a big part in the Mistborn Trilogy, while in Bander's Empire of Harion, the major power is the Mage Guild.
Q: What's different about the Bander series?
A: The pacing is very quick, the hero uses his brain as much as his brawn, Bander's not a kid coming of age; he's an experienced warrior who has already lived a life full of adventure, and the story is rich with mystery and thriller elements. Also, you won't find the typical archaic or flowery language in the Bander series. I approached it as if I was translating a foreign language into plain English, so the stories read like contemporary thrillers.
Q: Why should readers give Conspiracy of the Cage a try?
A: Because it's a fun, fresh mashup of the epic fantasy and mystery/thriller genres--featuring compelling, memorable characters in a richly-drawn fantasy world.
About This Fantasy Series
Book 0: Conspiracy of the Cage - Free Preview
Book 1: Conspiracy of the Cage
Book 2: In Terror's Thrall (coming next)
Book 3: Revenge of the Battle Mage (coming soon)
Bander Fantasy Warrior Short Stories
The River's Bane (get it for free -- bit.ly/bander-story)
Epic Fantasy Warrior Series eBook Categories:
- Fantasy Warrior
- Fantasy and Magic
- Fantasy Mystery Books
- Fantasy Thriller
- Fantasy Mystery
- Fantasy Adventure Quest
- Fantasy Knight
About Randy Nargi
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Published January 18, 2014
by Bogwood Press.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction.