Unholy War, the penultimate volume of David Hair's Moontide Quartet, sets the stage for the series' impending conclusion. Fanboy Comics compares it to great fantasy epics such as A Song of Ice and Fire and The Wheel of Time, and it easily earns its place amongst them. Tensions are mounting after a devastating battle before the walls of Shaliyah, birthplace of the Prophet. The East is rising, bringing equal measures of hope and despair to the magical world of Urte. For some Salim's victory is a call to arms, for others it is evidence of a world gone mad. While the armies of East and West clash in brutal conflict, emperors, inquisitors, Souldrinkers, and assassins all have their attention turned elsewhere as they hunt the Scytale of Corineus. The immensely powerful artifact is the key to ultimate power, and it's in the hands of unlikely guardians: failed mage Alaron Mercer and market-girl Ramita Ankesharan, who carries the child of the world's greatest mage. The fate of the world hinges on destruction should the artifact fall into the wrong hands.
David Hair is the award-winning writer of two YA fiction series, the Aotearoa series (set in New Zealand) and The Return of the Ravana (based on the Vedic epic The Ramayana). Hair was raised in New Zealand, has lived in the UK and India, and currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Unholy War is the third installation in The Moontide Quartet, following Mage's Blood and Scarlet Tides.