The Chronicles of Grimm Dragonblaster Book 1

The first book in the series has topped the Whiskey Creek charts on no fewer than seven occasions - including June 2010, over three years after it was published, and thirtyy-five months after it first hit the Number One spot.  

At the age of seven, Grimm Afelnor is sent from his grandfather's forge to learn the craft of magic at Arnor House of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Magic-users, Sorcerers and Thaumaturges. He soon learns that his beloved grandfather, Loras Afelnor, is not the simple blacksmith he appears. Once a powerful Mage Questor of the Seventh Rank, Loras fell into disgrace and was banished from the Guild, his name and honours stricken from the Guild records. As a charity Student and the grandson of the reviled Oathbreaker, Grimm faces a difficult and uncertain future in the class-obsessed House. His lowly status also permits the ambitious and unscrupulous Prelate, Thorn Virias, to submit Grimm to the gruelling Questor Ordeal. Brutally trained to become a human weapon, Grimm is driven to the very brink of insanity by the man who betrayed his grandfather.


 "I am truly enjoying this series start. This story comes after our world has destroyed itself and a new power is found magic. This talent develops differently for men and women. Women need the physical contact between them and Mages to strengthen their power. So, it is through the greed for more and more power, that women (witches) eventually fearing for their existence as the Mages take the oath of celibacy.

One lone witch plots to have her sisterhood rise again. Given the beginnings of this pledge, I'm not so sure that's a good thing. However, I have high hopes that Grimm will bring both Mage and Witch back together. I like how Mr. Archibald has incorporated the history of his story's time through his opening narrative.

This adds to the believability that this isn't just a fairytale but the reality of our world's fight to survive and evolve. Watching Grimm grow up from childhood to Mage is as much a complete story as it is a set up for the history of Mages and what is to come.

Within these pages you will find magic, family, betrayal, friendships, secrets, quests, intrigue, but mostly you will find a good read. I'm looking forward to the next in this series."

Chris Speakman, ChrisChat Reviews

"A Mage in the Making is a bold and realistically detailed story of what it must be like to become a Mage and what forms of madness can over take even the gentlest of souls on such a journey. I look forward to reading the rest of the chronicles and reviewing them as well."

Nancy Louise of Novelspot

"Alastair J. Archibald demonstrates a firm grasp of plotting and character, together with a skilful weave of paranormal and fantasy elements. Aficionados of fantasy, paranormal, and post-apocalyptic tales will all rave over A Mage in the Making, and wait with eager anticipation for the next instalment in The Chronicles of Grimm Dragonblaster."

 Frost of Two Lips Reviews