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Indie Advent Day 1: Dragon Mage by M.L. Spencer

Alex Arch, one of the other authors at SFF Oasis, came up with a fabulous idea to highlight indie books we’ve read and loved through the month of December. I’m always up for talking about books! Some of the ones I will feature I’ve mentioned before on the blog, but good books are good books, no?

Indie authors work very hard because we are a one-person team. We not only write the books, but market them. Any time we can gush over a great book by another indie author and get the word out is helpful. My favorite indie books feature all kinds of representation: LGBTQ, neurodivergence, mental illness, disabilities, and more.

So on day 1 of Indie Advent, I’m choosing to spotlight a book that supercharged my eternal love of epic fantasy: Dragon Mage by M.L. Spencer!


OMG. My little fantasy-loving heart is going pitter pat.

This book seriously rocked my world. It’s been a long time since I read an epic fantasy that had me so absolutely invested in the characters, the magic system, the world building…DRAGON MAGE had everything I wanted and even a few things I didn’t know I needed.

Aram is the odd child in the village, out of step and different. Markus protects him from the village bullies and so begins a friendship of legend: one that will sustain them, and ultimately allow them to stand together against the forces of evil. Aram has the potential to become the most powerful magic user in centuries, but he has to survive long enough to face his Trials–and Markus is the one who has to make sure he stays a step ahead of an evil wizard order who want to drain Aram of his powerful magical essence and use it to fuel their own dire spells.

Holy heck. Dragons. Dragonriders. Mages and warriors. Creepy as hell beasts from the void, charismatic villains and heroes abound. I love the world Spencer has built, full of magical creatures and brave people of all genders who fight side by side and love who they love with the fire of a thousand suns. I can’t wait for the next book to see what is in store for Aram and Markus.

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