Warrior Mage by Lindsay Buroker

Chains of Honor, book 1
Category: action and adventure, science fiction and fantasy, sword and sorcery
Publisher: self-published
Release Date: April 23, 2015
Format: advance review ebook (eARC)
My Rating: 4 stars


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. With an affinity for earth magic and communicating with animals, he’s not the most natural candidate to become a warrior mage, but it’s the only sure route back into the Great Chief’s good graces. He has resigned himself to training for that destiny, whether it matches his passions or not. 

Long before he’s ready for his first battle, insurrection comes to his distant corner of the empire. Rebels take over the salt mine his family manages and slay the only relative who ever supported Yanko. On the heels of the tragedy, a courier brings a message from the Great Chief’s son. Whether he is prepared or not, Yanko must undertake a quest, one that could save millions of lives… or fail utterly, leaving him dead, his family forgotten, and his people the victims of starvation and endless war.


Warrior Mage brings together a number of my favorite characters from The Emperor's Edge series as well as the Swords & Salt Tales (the Swords and Salts Tales are now combined into the book titled Chains of Honor: the Prequels).  It had been awhile since I read both series and so it took me some time to place Akstyr.  The others I remembered easily so I'm not quite sure how I could have forgotten the unorthodox, sarcastic, gangly, and clueless Akstyr.  A great character.

We are introduced to some new characters as well.  My favorite is Kei.  Warrior Mage is worth reading just to meet this fun new character.

Now since I have been given this venue to share my opinion I am going to broaden the scope and assume that it is also here to serve my desires.  So...

  1. How about bringing us some Ridge, Sardelle, Tolemek and Cas action. They would be great treasure hunters!  
  2. I really want to meet Yanko's infamous warrior mage turned pirate mother.  That should prove interesting. 
  3. Please don't retire my favorite assassin! 

Back to the book review...

This is pure fantasy of the best kind.  The scrapes these characters get into and out of go way beyond plausibility.  It's fantasy!  It is really fun fantasy, of the type that would make an incredible action movie if millions of dollars were available to make it just right.  Lindsay...you are an incredible self-published author.  Are you ready for Hollywood?

I loved this book and am looking forward to the rest in the series.

As a reviewer for Lindsay Buroker, I was given a pre-release copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.


  1. character list for The Emperor's Edge series
  2. books and book series list in chronological order

the Chains of Honor series