Ard Magister by Laura J. Underwood
Approx. 97,230 words.
Published on May 12, 2011 by
Sky Warrior Book Publishing.
Rhoyd Smytheson had no idea what a terrible place the world could be when he ran away from home. Nearly killed by bandits, Rhoyd is rescued by the Keltoran mercenary, Conor Mac Manahan, and his healer wife Eithne.
The bandits are under the control of the bloodmage Socorro Nathrach who wants to steal Rhoyd's essence. But when Socorro sends the bandits to fetch Rhoyd, Eithne is kidnapped instead,