Mark McCabe is a fantasy author based in Otago on New Zealand’s South Island.

Mark’s high fantasy series, Chronicles of the Ilaroi, tells the story of Sara, a young human girl who is abducted magically transported to Ilythia. The two books in the series, As Fire is to Gold and When All the Leaves Have Fallen, tell the story of Sara’s attempts to find her way home and avert what seems a certain fate. As Fire is to Gold: The Complete Chronicles of the Ilaroi brings Books One and Two together into one volume.

A desperate flight set against the rich tapestry of a world slowly descending into chaos. A struggle for supremacy amongst Ilythia’s guardian wizards while nations teeter on the brink of war. A chase for the ages that will keep you glued to the page. This is epic fantasy at its most enthralling.

Accept Your Fate Or Start a Fight That Is Doomed to Fail?

When Sara is kidnapped and brought to Ilythia to serve the megalomaniacal interests of a renegade mage, the whole world shifts on its axis. Pursued by the mage’s allies and with little hope of avoiding recapture, she finds herself alone, with nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide and no one to turn to.

Her fate seems certain — unless she can somehow contact one of the other Guardian wizards, both of whom are now engaged in a fight to the death with their former colleague.

As the flames of war begin to consume the region through which they must travel, and with malevolent forces hot on their trail, the net slowly closes in on Sara and the young lad who befriends her.

And what of Algaria? With their unprepared army in full retreat and a murderous foe leaving a bloody trail of death and destruction in their wake as they sweep across the land, the walls of their capital will soon be all that stands between them and their seemingly inevitable fate.

But did the mage get more than he bargained for when he chose Sara to be his innocent victim?

The fate of Algaria, indeed of all Ilythia, will depend on this one girl and her desperate struggle for survival.

Avoiding Capture is One Thing, Fighting Back Is Something Altogether Different

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