Today Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson is coming out! This is the first book in a new fantasy series.
Thank you to the editor Penguin Random House International for the free ebook. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Games of Thrones meets An Ember in the Ashes in this action-packed fantasy from the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series.
Ara has always known the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of Saetlund, forging legendary weapons to arm warriors and protect the kingdom. She’s been told it’s her fate to inherit the title and become the next Loresmith. But since the monarchy’s downfall in a vicious conquest years before, Ara has never truly believed she would be able to take up her duty.
But when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara from her quiet life with a mission to retake the throne and return Ara to her place as the Loresmith–Ara’s whole world turns upside down.
Suddenly, Ara must leave her small mountain village and embark on a dangerous adventure where she will uncover new truths about her family’s legacy, and even face the gods themselves. With a mysterious thief as an unexpected companion, and dark forces following their every move, Ara must use all her skills to forge the right path forward–for herself, her kingdom, and her heart.
From internationally bestselling author Andrea Roberston comes a gorgeously written new fantasy series perfect for readers of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse or Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes series.
The story is about Ara, the daughter of the Loresmith, that grew up with her grandmother far away from the Kingdom. Her father was killed to protect his magic and the heirs to the throne. So she lives a normal life until one day the long-lost heirs to the throne, Prince Eamon and Princess Nimhea, come to her small village and ask her to take her father place by their side. The problem is that being a Loresmith has to be earn. So together they start a journey to prove her worth to the gods. During her journey she meets Teth, a mysterious thief that joins her and the rest of the group on their quest.
This is quite a captivating story. From the start we are introduced to a new world and in the first chapters we discover, step by step, what happened and what needs to happen in order to put Princess Nimhea on the throne. It takes a while, but as soon as the journey starts we are brought into an interesting adventure with some exciting plot twist.
The book is slow, but that allows the reader to fully understand what’s going on and predict where the story is going. The worldbuilding is really well done and the story is easy to follow.
It’s a good first book in a series, but I hope the style will be a little bit more fast-paced in the sequel and with even major plot twists.
Anyway, I recommend it to fan of Sabaa Tahir and Tomi Adeyemi. If you are looking for a new interesting fantasy world this is the book for you.
Andrea Roberston is the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series and of Invisibility, which she co-wrote with David Levithan. She is also the author of the Inventor’s Secret trilogy. Originally from Minnesota, she now lives in California. Visit Andrea online at AndreaRobertsonBooks.com