Martin F. Hengst
I write the same type of books I love to read: tales of science fiction and fantasy where anything can, and frequently does, happen. There’s nothing better than a rollicking good adventure and my number one priority as a writer is to be an amazing travelling companion for those intrepid explorers who pick up any of my books.
I live in South Central Pennsylvania with my wife and two children. When I’m not working on my next book or story, I enjoy music, reading, and playing games.
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The Last Swordmage
As far as bad luck goes, Tiadaria’s has been the stuff of legend. After being sold into slavery by her father and accused of a murder she didn’t commit, she finds herself facing the executioner. The only thing standing between her neck and the sharp edge of the axe is the village Constable.
After thirty years of loyal service to the Imperium, Royce has retired to King’s Reach as the village’s Constable. He thought that the frontier town would be the perfect place to rest, relax, and die in peace. He was wrong. With a crooked Magistrate on one hand and a conniving slaver on the other, things are anything but peaceful. To complicate his life even further, the slave with her neck on the block seems to possess the same magic Royce has hidden all his life.
Paying off Tiadaria’s bond, Royce takes possession of a slave in a land where slavery is verboten. Now he must teach her to trust him, teach her to fight, and teach her about her unique abilities before they both run out of time. The Xarundi have returned, the most dangerous enemy humanity has ever faced, and they have bloodthirsty vengeance to exact.
Sample The Last Swordmage
The Darkest Hour
When an agent from the Imperium Intelligence Service shows up on Tiadaria’s doorstep, he leaves her with unwelcome news. Recovering from their brutal defeat at Dragonfell, the Xarundi are seeking out an ancient and incredibly powerful relic buried in the snow and ice of the Frozen Frontier.
Tiadaria travels to the city of Ethergate to seek out an apprentice skilled in magical research. Even with his reluctant help, unearthing information on the relic proves to be almost impossible until a savage turn of events puts them on the right path.
Now it’s a race against time through some of the most unforgiving territory on Solendrea to beat the Xarundi to the relic and stop them from unleashing its devastating power on the unsuspecting masses.
Sample The Darkest Hour
The Pegasus's Lament: Book 3 of the Swordmage Trilogy
A desecrated tomb, a missing relic, and cold-blooded murder. The streets of Dragonfell are awash in blood and the King has called on Tiadaria, the last swordmage, and Wynn, her quintessentialist companion, to uncover the nature of the darkness.
What they find is more dangerous than they could ever imagine and from a source they'd have never expected. Now Tiadaria must defeat an enemy that knows her almost as well as she knows herself.
The survival of the Human Imperium is on the line and time is running out for the last swordmage and everyone she holds dear.
Sample The Pegasus's Lament
Volinette Terris has everything most girls could want: a famous family, plenty of money, and a career as a talented musician. No one would expect her to risk losing it all to try and become a mage, but when the School of Sorcery opens for the Trial of Admission, that’s exactly what she does.
If only she’d known that winning a place in the Academy of Arcane Arts and Sciences would be the least of her problems. Now she finds herself accused of murder, tormented by her fellow students, and implicated in the theft of a mystical artifact that could bring about the end of the world.
And that’s just the first semester!
Sample Volinette's Song
A Magic of Solendrea Anthology
Four Quintessential Novelettes Featuring the Heroes and Villains of Solendrea
Go along with the Captain, Torus, Tiadaria, Adamon, and friends on new adventures!
Quintessential Tales, a Magic of Solendrea Anthology, brings together four new novelettes featuring the heroes and villains of Solendrea. Also included is the Adventurer’s Guide to Solendrea, which includes background information on famous faces and places, as well as some mythology and folklore.
Included in Quintessential Tales:
* Warhorse – Being shipwrecked on a strange island is just the start of the dangers facing Royce and Torus.
* If Wishes Were Horses – Twins stumble across an ancient temple in the middle of the wildlands that may not be what it seems.
* Troubled Waters – Faxon and Gunter face off against new enemies and a trecherous old foe.
* All Souls – Tiadaria and Adamon travel to Havenhedge to investigate a mysterious occurrence.
* Adventurer’s Guide to Solendrea (Bonus) – Background information on famous faces and interesting places.
Sample Quintessential Tales