A Crucible of Souls (#1)

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Mitchell Hogan, an imaginative new talent, makes his debut with the acclaimed first installment in the epic Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, A Crucible of Souls, a mesmerizing tale of high fantasy that combines magic, malevolence, and mystery.

When young Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, the boy is raised by monks who initiate him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Growing up plagued by questions about his past, Caldan vows to discover who his parents were, and why they were violently killed. The search will take him beyond the walls of the monastery, into the unfamiliar and dangerous chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to become apprenticed to a guild of sorcerers.

But the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths he does not fully understand. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that will bring the world to the edge of destruction.

Soon, he must choose a side, and face the true cost of uncovering his past.


"A perfect crossover adult fantasy title for teens [...] Readers will root for [Caldan] and hope that he finds love and happiness. Give this to teenagers who are patiently waiting for the sequel to Patrick Rothfuss's THE NAME OF THE WIND."

School Library Journal

“Australia’s answer to Rothfuss and Sanderson, A CRUCIBLE OF SOULS is an absolute must read for old and new fans of the genre.”

Smash Dragons

“[A CRUCIBLE OF SOULS has a likable enough main character and an intriguing enough plot to keep the reader satisfied.”

Fantasy Literature

“A CRUCIBLE OF SOULS is completely worth the time spent reading/listening. Expect great things from this series; I know I do.”

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Awards & Accolades


Winner 2013 Aurealis Award: “Best Fantasy”