Warrior Mage (Chains of Honor, Book 1)

Rated 4.57/5 based on 7 reviews
His mother was one of the most powerful wizards in the Nurian Empire until she abandoned her people to become a notorious pirate. That choice doomed the family she left behind to a life of disgrace.

Yanko White Fox doesn’t remember his mother, but as the only gifted child in the family, he is expected to erase the mark she left on them all. More
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About Lindsay Buroker

Lindsay is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas.

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About the Series: Chains of Honor
A young wizard must redeem his family's honor.

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Reviews of Warrior Mage (Chains of Honor, Book 1) by Lindsay Buroker

LorreF reviewed on Nov. 24, 2022

The main charachter is Yanko, who I've already met in the Sword & Salt prequel series.

I would definitely recommend reading the Sword & Salt series before this series because it is the story that leads up to the quest he is on in this book. This book briefly mentions people and events from Yanko's past that are explained in more detail in the Sword & Salt series. I'm sure you can follow the story in this book without knowing the details of those past events but it certainly makes the story richer if you do know the background story behind it.
(review of free book)
Lee Willard reviewed on July 20, 2021

This is the same world (universe) as many of her other stories but with a decidedly young adult twist. It's fun enough for an old-timer to read but doesn't have the emotional depth and realism of some of her other books. Also, the main character is rather rude and stupid to scorn the girl who helps him the most on his quest. Hopefully that will end in later episodes, but it's very junior high of him to act that way.

Some of the setting lacks a little realism also. I'm baffled that something as big as a continent can be hidden from a civilization with airplanes and submarines, even using magic. I noticed one other thing about this planet before and will comment here, it has a single moon large enough and close enough to give light in the darkness. Moons like the Earth's are probably quite rare, but not impossible.

I think I've now finished all her free series starters. I still like 'Balanced on the Blade's Edge' the best, but all of them are good.
(review of free book)
Akanksha1612 reviewed on July 1, 2020

I loved the Yanko's story and all the other character of the story...

Very engaging story, loved the story plot....

I love all books by Linday Buroker...one of my favorite author.
(review of free book)
Robin Bell reviewed on June 14, 2020

A thoroughly enjoyable story that is easy to get wrapped up in.
(review of free book)
Andre Michael Pietroschek reviewed on April 26, 2020

Yanko the warrior-mage, at best a socially awkward noob, but convinced that he is the "best of both worlds" by insisting it is so. Young adult junk, a lucrative industry... #YA
(review of free book)
John C Adams reviewed on Aug. 9, 2019

This free series starter features the same world as the much-loved Emperor's Edge books but on a new continent and featuring a new hero, eighteen-year-old Yanko.

I found it very endearing that Yanko hopes to go to Stargrind but is incredibly nervous about the exam to gain entry. It's an elite educational institution, so perhaps he's right to be wary about whether he'll get to be a wizard. The selection process is tough and imaginative, but there are only ten places going.

Yanko's sympathetic backstory, with the loss of his mother when he's too young to remember her. It spoke to this particular stepparent, and I found myself feeling quite protective of the young hero.

I love a good coming of age story but this novel appeals well beyond the defined boundaries of the young adult market and more general readers would be well advised to give it a go.

The novel was an enjoyable read for many reasons, not least of all because there was plenty of action and vivid descriptions without too much dialogue getting in the way. I don't really like novels that tell the story almost entirely through speech.

I liked the gritty tone, which reminded me quite a bit of Django Wexler.
(review of free book)
A Brooks reviewed on May 7, 2015

Readers new to this world can enjoy this as a stand-alone novel. There is enough recap so that new readers won't be lost, but not enough to spoil it for those who have not yet read the other books, and long-time readers will not be bored by too much recap.

I highly recommend any readers who have not yet done so, to check out both the Emperor's Edge and Swords and Salt series, as well as the related books Encrypted, Enigma, and Decrypted. You won't want to miss out on all the fun. Great fantasy/adventure series, with humor and lots of action; anyone from teens to age 99 and up can enjoy.

I am looking forward to more adventures in this new series, with Yanko, Dak, Lakeo and that very rude parrot, as well as cameos by characters from the other books. It was fun seeing what Akstyr is up to these days, in this book. Seems like he'd get on well with the parrot. Or perhaps not.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
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