Born in fire. Tempered in blood.
Epheria is a land divided by war and mistrust. The High Lords of the south squabble and fight, only kept in check by the Dragonguard, traitors of a time long past, who serve the empire of the North.
In the remote villages of southern Epheria, still reeling from the tragic loss of his brother, Calen Bryer prepares for The Proving—a test of courage and skill that not all survive.
But when three strangers arrive in the village of Milltown, with a secret they are willing to die for, Calen’s world is ripped from under him and he is thrust headfirst into a war that has been raging for centuries.
There is no prophecy. His coming was not foretold.
He bleeds like any man, and bleed he will.
Of Blood and Fire by Ryan Cahill is my kind of novel. I absolutely love fantasy, and honestly, this is a perfect example of why!
Of Blood and Fire puts the reader right into the story. The world building is remarkable. Ryan Cahill builds descriptions that show us exactly what this world looks like. I could use all my senses, and truly felt part of this book. This is one of the reasons I read fantasy, and am so excited to have found one that took me on such an adventure.
The plot is absolutely absorbing. Once I started reading, I didn’t stop. I read this late into the night, and couldn’t put it down until I finished. And now I want more! Ryan Cahill weaves words in such a way, that paints such a brilliant picture. I am so impressed and found a new-to-me author to put on my auto-buy list.
If you couldn’t tell, I loved this book. Highly, highly recommended!!
*I received a free copy of this book from Love Books Group to review honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Ryan Cahill was born in Dublin, Ireland. He was lucky enough to be born to parents that cherished books and adored stories. With every book they read, they brought it to life. A different voice for every character. A different setting for each world. A different facial expression for each sarcastic joke. It was because of this, Ryan fell in love with the craft of storytelling.
Growing up with authors such as J.K.Rowling, Terry Prachett and J.R.Tolkien—before discovering the worlds of Christopher Paolini, George R.R.Martin, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson—Ryan was always immersed in the art of worldbuilding. In the creation of a world that could transport you to a place in your mind where nothing else could ever reach you.
At the age of seven, Ryan even attempted to write his own book; to create his own world. It didn’t go to plan. Seven-year-olds don’t tend to have much follow through.
It’s a good thing he never gave up.
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