The Harper Voyager version of A Crucible of Souls will be available in September 2015! The paperback is up for pre-order, and e-book pre-order is available at some retailers. NOTE: The original version has been un-published, so the HV version will be the only one available from now on.

      A Crucible of Souls – Amazon US
      A Crucible of Souls – Amazon Paperback
      A Crucible of Souls – Amazon Australia

      A Crucible of Souls – Barnes and Noble
      A Crucible of Souls – Kobo
      A Crucible of Souls – iBooks
      A Crucible of Souls – Google Play

      A Crucible of Souls – Harper Collins paperback
      A Crucible of Souls – Harper Collins e-book

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When young Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, the boy is raised by monks who initiate him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery.

Growing up plagued by questions about his past, Caldan vows to discover who his parents were, and why they were violently killed. The search will take him beyond the walls of the monastery, into the unfamiliar and dangerous chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to become apprenticed to a guild of sorcerers.

But the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths he does not fully understand. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that will bring the world to the edge of destruction.

Soon, he must choose a side, and face the true cost of uncovering his past.


Self Published books:


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      Inquisitor – Amazon US

      Inquisitor – Amazon UK

      Inquisitor – Amazon Germany

      Inquisitor – Amazon Australia



Blood of Innocents (Book 2 of the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence)

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      Blood of Innocents – Amazon US
      Blood of Innocents – Audible
      Blood of Innocents – Amazon UK

      Blood of Innocents – Amazon Germany

      Blood of Innocents – Amazon Australia

      Blood of Innocents – Nook
      Blood of Innocents – Kobo
      Blood of Innocents – iBookstore

120 Responses to Books

  1. John says:

    Can’t wait for the next book. This one was the shizznit!

  2. Russell French says:

    I really enjoyed the first one too!

  3. ARDEE says:

    Crucible of Souls is the BEST book I have read in years! Can’t wait for the next one!

  4. Sarah says:

    Please don’t take as long as George RR Martin to complete book 2; I couldn’t bear it!

  5. Brandon says:

    Best book I have read since Robert Jordan’s wheel of time series!!!!! Beginning was a bit slow but it was defiantly worth it. Agree with Sarah, please don’t take as long as George RR Martin. Can’t wait for the the next book!!!!!!

  6. Brandon says:


  7. ALex says:

    Great read. Can’t wait to read book 2.

  8. Dave says:

    I keep telling myself I’m going to stop reading incomplete series so I don’t keep putting myself through this but here I am already dying to read book two :(

    • Rob says:

      I totally feel you. I am currently waiting on Anthony Ryan, Peter Brett even with his recent release and this series. It os driving me to drink koolaide!

  9. Pamela says:

    I’ve been a reader of Sci Fantasy since I was 16 with Lord of the Rings and now I’m 64 and still love the good Sci Fantasy. So I would like to tell you that your book was GREAT!!!! And I’ve read a lot. My only wish is that the next book was ready now!!! I always hate waiting at least a year for the next adventure. Thank you for providing me with such good entertainment. Great writing.

    • Marion Brown says:

      I’ll go you oneupmanship…I am pushing 79 and STILL a sci-fi fan since I was a little kid. (My dad used to read Fantasy). I am really bothered by the fact that I can’t wait until Book Two comes out. I throughly enjoyed the first book, Crucible of Souls. Mitchell is a hell of a writer!

  10. Jeremy S says:

    I find your writing to be a refreshing approach to the typical hero’s journey format. As someone who is critical of just about every aspect of writing, I found few faults at first which upon completion of the read completely evaporated with the approach to the climax. I genuinely wish to see how this ragtag band of escapees holds together given their wildly varied drives. As someone who usually tries new authors on a whim, I wholeheartedly encourage you to keep going with this and eagerly await a new release.

  11. David says:

    Loved the book, could not put it down, cant wait for the next one, Excellent first book, have recommended it to my friends

  12. Drewid says:

    You bastard! I finished the book and rushed to buy the next one…
    Please don’t make me wait too long.

  13. Neil says:

    Awesome first book, I thought each chapter was better than the one before. I will definitely be on board for #2.

  14. Farley says:

    This was an amazing first book! I love it. Completely riveting. I think I finished this straight through in about 3 days. Thanks for giving me something to do while I’m furloughed here in the US!

  15. Stephen says:

    The best…when can we expect the next book? Now, that is the real question.

  16. Michi says:

    I keep doing this. I manage to find a new novel where I don’t find myself thinking “what a waste of time” every few pages, and where it’s not just the concept that intrigues (fascinates, even) me, aaaaaand it turns out to be the first – and so far ONLY – novel of a series. Now I just need to find something to keep myself from going crazy while I wait for the next book to come out…..
    Seriously, though. I haven’t been this eager to grab the next book since the Wheel of Time or the Riftwar Saga… Epic.

  17. Peter Brown says:

    After reading the first Nine Princes In Amber way back in the 1972, I have read read and read again. This is the first book in a long time that has truly awakened my reading “well”. The price does not matter for such a good read – it does help to drag you in though! A Crucible Of Souls is one of those books that make you want to keep reading even after the end has been reached. Roll on 2014 for book 2. Can we have it in time for Christmas 2013? Pretty please!

  18. Etienne says:

    O.m.g! I just finished and I’m sick for the next one! Great read. Add me to the mailing list!

  19. richard says:

    Wow! What a sweet read. Need #2 now, if not sooner!

  20. hutchy says:

    Really enjoyed the book. keep checking for a sequel.
    A few things I really enjoyed is that there are no overly dramatic scenes like you find in a lot of fantasy, the fact that the main character is intelligent, has common sense and comes across as a real 3 dimensional
    character with depth and emotions. Which while that may not seem a lot actually puts it in the top 1% of fantasy books currently being released. Include the fact that it has a great storyline and the fact that the main character is developing his own powers through actual effort and not just some spontaneous epiphany or break through but actual hard work. puts this book up there with my favourite fantasy authors such as Jim Butcher and Patrick Rothfuss

  21. Julie says:

    Like all of your other fans, I’m jonesing for the second in your series. Absolutely love the characters, the action, the plot…the whole creation!

  22. Dave says:

    I would have to say the the worst thing about this book was finding out the the sequel won’t be out until Feb/March 2014 :( A VERY good book!

  23. Bruce says:

    Will find it difficult to wait for the second book. Always happens, I get hooked on a series and devour them faster than the author can write them.

  24. Peggy says:

    Really engrossing, well written book. Must read. Best in a long time.

  25. Ian says:

    A great read and I’m more than happy to suggest this to many of my friends in Oregon, USA! Excited for book 2!

  26. Alexis says:

    You are in that top 1%. Great depth of characters. Plot that ensnared. Heroes that I cheered on. Little of the emotional angst that can slow down a book to a crawl. Thanks for a great couple of days entertainment!

  27. steve says:

    what a great read , could not put the book down roll on march so i can read the 2nd in the series.
    10/10 mitchell

  28. cobra says:

    I just finished A Crucible of Souls – Book 1 of the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence and For a debut novel I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it, very well done indeed. yes a little slow at the start but well worth enduring cant wait for book 2. thx you.

  29. Stu says:

    A really great read! I enjoyed the book immensely. Can’t wait for #2!!

  30. Brian says:

    Excellent book! I was pulled in very quickly by your writing – this is one hell of a page turner. Very good character development and your descriptions of this world and the goings on are done without becoming too wordy OR skipping by too quickly as many authors have an unfortunate habit of doing. The unfolding of your magic system, social hierarchy and caste, and multiplied character threads all create a very engaging story. I am thrilled that your next book will be available shortly!

  31. Mousefu says:

    its already march and no update on when Book 2 is going to come out.
    Still very much looking forward to it.

  32. doug says:

    Drinking amazing can’t stop reading best book in a long time. I am just smitten with the book going insane waiting for next book read it like 100000000000000000000000000000000000000 times

  33. jake says:

    now you can start writing book 3…now

  34. Mitchell Hogan says:

    Started outlining already :) And hopefully the third book won’t take as long.

  35. Ryan says:

    Excellent first book, look forward to the second. I do wish it had been a easier book to find, would have been a tragedy if I had missed out on reading it.

  36. Barry says:

    Any news on UK release date for ‘Blood of Innocents’? I see it’s out June sometime in the US from Mitchell’s post on Goodreads, but it doesn’t appear to be listed on Amazon UK yet even as a pre-order….

  37. Mousefu says:

    Excerpt ?

  38. Barry Shaw says:

    Still no sign of either old school paper or kindle editions for pre-order on Amazon UK (not wishing to appear over-keen but….)….

    • Mitchell Hogan says:

      Pre-orders are not available to self published authors, unless you sell a ton of books and Amazon offer it to you. Book 2 should be out very soon… a week or two!

  39. Mousefu says:

    99p for book 1 on amazon uk is ridiculous. Seriously maybe if you had already brought out a few books and wanted to get more people hooked but book 1 Is definitely worth the £3-5 range you are hands down the best fantasy new comer self published or not.

    Will be buying book 2

    • Mitchell Hogan says:

      In the UK it’s usually priced at £4.99 but it’s been picked up as one of the Kindle monthly deals for May. It’s a promotional price for the month which boosts my exposure so it’s worth taking a brief price drop.

  40. Sarah H. says:

    I just finished reading the second book! I was blown away by the complexities of the characters, and the well thought out plot. I could hardly put it down, and only did so when I needed to work. You’re an amazing writer Mr. Hogan, and I will continue to look forward to many more fabulous tales from you. XD

  41. John Morris says:

    Having read through other comments i wish to add my own congratulations on your work, fabulous, complex and involving characters and plots. You seem to have started off with a maturity to your writing many authors take years to grow into. Thanks for the pleasure your first two books gave me, i wait impatiently for the third, no pressure lol.

  42. Joe says:

    when is book 3 coming out? I love books 1 and 2

  43. John S says:

    Hi Mitchell. Congratulations on your great success with the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence series! Can you give us a synopsis of the two science fiction books you’re working on? If you prefer to keep that a secret I completely understand!

    • I’ll give you a very brief pitch for Emerald Eyes Rising (which is 1/2 way through the first draft). It’s about the very first artificial intelligence that could truly be considered a ‘mind’, and how as humans we would fear it. We would create a sentient being, and then enslave it.

  44. Jim says:

    Why is the third book of the sorcery ascendant series the shortest yet? C’mon…I wanna have a nice, long read here man…

  45. Jim says:

    Just finished book one of the Sorcery Ascendant Series. Terrific!!!! Up there with One of the best reads from a new author I’ve had the pleasure of reading in recent memory. Can’t wait to start number 2, which I just downloaded a few minutes ago. Keep them coming.

  46. marc ullman says:

    Mr Hogan,
    I’m on page 38x. Should I wait awhile for book 3?
    Just a hint, I’ll pay; cash, plaid stamps even duckets!
    Kidding, but I’m dyin over here!

    Many many thanx…mhu

  47. Jason says:

    One of the primary determining factors for me to pick up a new book, by a new author, is the author’s taste in books via Goodreads. It does not work all the time but it helps. I am a fan of your Goodreads bookshelf and now I am a fan of your books. The material is well thought out, the characters interesting, and the book very well written. Thanks to you as the author and your editor for such a wonderful book!

    • Thanks for your comment Jason, I hadn’t thought of my Goodreads shelf being a factor in whether someone buys one of my books so what you said was very interesting. What some people forget is that authors are readers as well, and most of them are voracious readers! I like to think the books I’ve read have molded what stories I like to write and how I write, that perhaps I’ve picked a few things up by osmosis…
      Glad to hear you enjoyed my book! And thanks for letting me know.

  48. Paul Hamley says:

    Hi Mitchell – a friend turned me on to your book after reading it, and I owe him a great debt of thanks for doing so! As a first work it was a very engaging and enjoyable read (but you DO need a new or second proof reader :) ) The portrayal of the main character as someone brought up in a closeted existence and being unprepared for the city was very believable, as is his learning curve. Can’t wait to get my hands on the next book…..


  49. Eran says:

    Any chance you’ll also sell your books through google play?

    • Yes, it pays to have you work available across as many platforms as possible. I was waiting for the distributor I use (Draft2Digital) to reach an agreement with Google Play but there’s no news as yet. Now I’m in negotiations that should make my books available through many more retailers, including vastly better print distribution. Though it could take some time until this happens unfortunately.

  50. Joe says:

    One of the reviewers above already thanked you for taking up writing, but I want to add my thanks to that. I also want to thank you for taking the initiative to publish your work – not waiting for someone else to approve it for publishing. I just cringe inside when I think that your wonderful work might not have gotten published without that. It is wonderfully written, as the sales of it should prove. I am very encouraged by people with great writing talents like you and Brandon Sanderson writing for this genre – GRRM is also good, but most of his fans aren’t happy with his delayed writing style (We will all be gray or in our graves before he finishes his series – if he lives long enough to do so) – thank you for putting up a progress meter on your website; it helps with the wait. I loved it when Sanderson did it, and I appreciate seeing it on your site as well. I pray you take after Sanderson’s speed (lol) as well.

    Once again, thanks.

    • Thank you for your kind words, and for taking the time to let me know! I’m glad you enjoyed reading my books (so far…).
      Publishing has changed a lot since the advent of ebooks. They have allowed many more writers to put their work out there and see what readers think. I’ve been fortunate in that my books have appealed to the majority of readers. And I hope to keep writing for many more years to come.
      I had a few setbacks in 2014 and didn’t get as much writing done as I wanted, but my goal for 2015 is 400,000+ words (that’s around 2 similar sized books to ACoS and BoI) … I’ll give it my best shot!

      • Joe says:

        Wow! Good luck with that – I’m sure just the attempt will put you ahead – who knows, you may end up surprising yourself and doing even more.

        I was wondering – Would you be putting out exerpts from your upcoming books? Some chapters that won’t give away everything but stoke our interest while increaseing the anticipation for the next book(s)? I know this also helps with the wait :-) Hopefully, it will increase speculation and sales too ( I guess I’d say anything to encourage you to give us a peek – lol)

      • Ron says:

        Two books for 2015 – music to my ears!

  51. Some Jerk says:

    1. You are exceptional at painting a picture on the canvas of language, but events are kind of different. What little you seem to animate about the confrontations is typically vague and simple… though I do like the frequent variations of the mind being stronger than the sword. I honestly think you could do with watching a few more flicks where the tiny Oriental dude kicks all the ass.

    2. I am really impressed with you dichomatic use of your critters. They are helpful until they aren’t. They are on your side… but only this far… and they need you until they don’t. It makes events harder to predict… or makes predictions less reliable. You may be the first of dozens of authors to actually surprise me more than occasionally.

    3. There are a couple of times when you slip into a first person narrative and it is confusing. Don’t know what else to say about that.

    3.5. I really am a jerk… and my email is correct.

  52. Tjatse says:

    Does the dominion game in the novels draw it’s inspiration from the dominions games? Just finished the first book and it was a great read.

  53. Ron says:

    I’ve really enjoyed the first two books of the series. Please don’t Martin this; get to writing, sir!

  54. Jared says:

    A Cruicble of Souls:
    I felt that the plot was a little slow at times and it tended to linger on a few things a bit too long.
    Some of the characters seemed a bit thin and I didn’t develop much of an emotional attachment to them as things progressed.
    The writing is solid and the story is interesting enough that it draws in the reader and leaves them wanting more of this world.
    Overall it’s a worthy read. I have already picked up the next book in the series, and I’m keen to start in on it when time permits.

  55. Joe says:


    I initially picked up A Crucible of Souls on because of the narrator (who did an awesome job by the way). I was really impressed and quickly moved on to Blood of Innocents. Now I can’t wait until the third book is released. Keep up the great work!

  56. Donn Wonderling says:

    Wonderful books! I just started listening to book two on Audible and I can tell already that I want to book three so I started checking around to see if I could find a release date for it. There’s no release date here but I love the progress meters! I’m a little puzzled by it though because as of today the meter indicates that you’ve written about 145K pages of the 180K book. That’s great because it means you’ve written about 80% of the third book! When I hover over the meter though it shows 46.11%. Not sure what that hover-over info is all about. What am I missing?

    • Mitchell Hogan says:

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the books so far! Oliver Wyman did a fantastic job narrating. Thank you for pointing out the mouse over issue, that was me failing to change one of the numbers in the html code… fixed now!

  57. Carol Leber says:

    Stop the stand alones and epics. I need book three!!!! You are an awesome writer!

    • Mitchell Hogan says:

      Book 3 is almost finished! I’m a little behind because books 1 and 2 are being re-edited by Harper Voyager 😉

  58. Suzanne Powell says:

    Listened to your first two books in the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence and really enjoyed them. But alas you can’t write as fast as your fans read and/or listen. I am breathlessly awaiting the third installment in this series. It makes my commute bearable and my workday fly by when I can turn the audible book on and immerse myself in your wordsmithing. Great story – keep up the good work :)

  59. Bruce Lehman says:

    Wow you may be following the footsteps of the greats. How many books are you planing for ?

  60. Byron Corbett says:

    I am a Long time science fiction/fantasy fan. Really enjoyed both of your books and the narrator was excellent. It was great to read a story and not have it turn into some fantasy/erotica book. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy alittle romance in a story. Some authors tend to go overboard with all the sex in my opinion. It’s good to be able to listen to an audiobook with teenage kids and not have to turn it off or fast forward through half the book. Anyway, thanks again, Byron

  61. peter wilkinson says:

    excellent books,really enjoyed,as good as most fantasy books I have read. Any idea when the next book will be published?

  62. Levi Hinkle says:

    Hey Mitchell I want to say thanks to you I have started reading/listening to books again. I used to hate books but now I’m starting to enjoy listening to books to relax at night. I have completed both books in a week and I was wondering if there might be any plans to create a real Dominion board game? I think it would be great! Like everyone else has asked, when can we expect book three and how many books do you plan on having in this series?
    Thanks to the Ancestors and to you for taking time to read this from a fan.

  63. Joscha says:

    greeting from Germany. I really enjoyed listing to both books and can´t hardly wait for book 3.
    Keep up the good work.
    Will the new deal with harper-voyager affects the audible publications?

    • Hi from Australia! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed both books so far, and it’s great to see my books are available in different countries!
      The story will remain the same even though HV and I are reediting the first two books. There are no major changes, just some tightening up of language, making some dialogue more natural, removing some very minor POV’s to keep the focus more on Caldan, etc – so removing the issues some readers had with the books.
      There will be a delay for book 3 to be released though, which can’t be helped.

  64. Jim says:

    Hey, just say your announcement that the third, and last, book will be released in SEPTEMBER of 2016… Dang…

    That’s not what I’m griping about, though. You’re making the sequence a trilogy? As in, the entire story will be wrapped up in three books? It seemed like there were enough loose ends and potential in the second book to warrant four books for a very satisfying ending. Just IMO, I’m sure the trilogy will end well, but with less than 200,000 words, I’m a little… anxious…

    • The delay is unfortunate, but the final polished version from HV will be worth the wait! I’ll release other works before then, starting with a SF novel in June 2015. So hopefully that’ll go some way to softening any irritation at the delay.

      A few months ago I was of the same mind you are: that it would take 4 books to finish off the series. But I went over everything with my editor and we decided three books should be fine. Perhaps not all of the mysteries will be solved or tied up in a bow, but there will be a great deal of resolution and fulfillment of promises!

      • Jim says:

        Oh, I have faith that you’ll make a great book/ending/exposition, I just feel like everything was getting fleshed out a bit, and 4 books would give you a little more room to play with such an interesting magic system and cast characters, which I was looking forward to.

        • Jim says:

          C’mon… you’ve gotta agree with me, too… JUST when you put the face to the antagonist, JUST when you give some powers, JUST when you get all these creative uses, JUST when all these awesome characters come in, JUST when more magic comes into play… it’s gonna be over. you know you agree with me…

          • It’s not over ’til it’s over… 😉
            With any luck there will be a second series, but don’t quote me on that! I do have a Sorcery Ascendant Sequence 2 folder though…

  65. nick joly says:

    How much longer to book 3??????

  66. Jacqueline says:

    I just finished A Crucible of Souls, I have very much enjoyed this book and have book two thanks to Amazon. I love stories that have learning at the core and the mystery. This book was a recommendation based on my reading history with Amazon and they hit the nail on the head. The growing up in a monastery is what caught my attention and I was not disappointed. I don’t think you could have had a more grounded childhood without parents surrounded by a culture of service and knowledge. I love the heart of Caldan. He is also just a lost kid looking for a home and the journey is a great one. Thanks for writing and sharing his story.

  67. Graeme says:

    Hi, just read about the publication deal!! so excited for you i love it when great indie authors i find on amazon get the recognition of a publisher. even though i can’t wait for your next book i’m sure it will be even better than the previous two in the sorcery ascendant sequence

    • Sorry about the delay with book 3 due to my HV deal, but hopefully this will mean I can keep writing for a long time to come. Glad to hear you’ve enjoyed my books. And as you said, with HV behind me I’m sure book 3 will be a great end to the series.

  68. Draziweht says:

    Thank you for your work in creating and sharing your world with us. I, like many other of your fans, am dieing to see what happens in your next book. At this time, I am waiting for 3 authors to continue on 4 Series. Brandon Sanderson to continue with the Reckoners, and the Stormlight Archives. Patrick Rothfuss to come out with his kingkiller chronicles. And your Scorcery Ascendant Series. I can see you being in the Fantasy Must Reads real soon if you are not already. You are already in my Top 3 Favs. God speed on your next project, and Good luck with your new publisher.

    • You’ve put me in with some fantastic authors, and it’s great to be in their company! I think I’ve some work to do though before I’m as good as they are :)
      Thanks for telling me you enjoyed my books, and I hope book 3 will live up to expectations!

  69. Bill says:

    I have just finished Crucible of Souls and am on my way to purchase the next book in the series. I am an avid reader of epic fantasy novels and I have not enjoyed a story like this one in a long while. You sir, have a talent for weaving a compelling story line. Keep up the wonderful work!

    • Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed A Crucible of Souls! The new version of book 2 is only available for pre-order at the moment, but the international release is soon-ish, 2nd February.

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