From the Back Cover
Magic doesn’t exist, until a mage falls in the streets of Ashmor. In his last moments, he gives Rowan Vos, a thief for hire, a sword that will alter his future, and threaten not only his own life, but the lives of everyone around him.
Eldrick D’Eldar returns from the Kingdom of Meronia with dire news – three decades of fragile peace is unraveling.
And Griffon Alexander, the son of a minor noble relegated to the borderland keep of Braewood, is about to face the culmination of all of these events.
My Review of Blood and Iron
Blood and Iron is a quick read about a brewing war between the nations of Beyorn and Meronia from the point of view of three different characters. It all revolves around a magic sword that everyone wants to either possess or destroy.
The plot is intriguing and the characters are well developed. I loved the interaction and ocasional banter between characters.
Climbing atop Bailey, Griffon said, “Did we wake up with the sun to talk shit, or ride?”
Some characters speak with an accent, I assume because the author spells some words unusually or abbreviated. I think that would have worked better in a movie, where you can hear the character speak rather than read their lines. That broke the pace and the flow of dialogue at times. Otherwise, this is a fast-paced novel. It’s worth mentioning that I speak English as a second language, so native speakers may experience this differently. I remember reading Shakespeare in high school. I didn’t like that either.
“Who goes ‘ere?” “Just a weary traveler. I seek shelter for the night.” “Gates close at dark, for good reas’n. Nothing but trouble on the road at this ‘or. Are you trouble?”
As expected from the back cover description, we deal with magic in this story. Although, the blurb hints that “Magic doesn’t exist, until a mage falls in the streets of Ashmor” we soon learn that magic does exist in this realm, but it’s a secret. I don’t think I’ve encountered even once the word “magic”.
“Give me your hand.” “What?” “Your hand.” Rowan complied. The old man clasped it. As he did, a thousand memories, none his own, flashed through his mind. His head pounded. Thoughts of the battle moments before, and great wars, and strange creatures, and other things foreign and mysterious assaulted him.
All in all, Blood and Iron is an entertaining story, a real page-turner beautifully worded that cannot be read as a standalone. You must continue reading the series if you want to know what happens.
More about Blood and Iron
Blood and Iron (B&I #1) is the first book in the series and so far is followed by Blood and Iron (B&I #2) and Blood and Iron (B&I #3). For the moment, part 1 is free on Kindle here. Part two and three are also available on Amazon.