Fire and Sword by Dylan Doose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reading this book was a welcomed chance of synchronicity. I had been craving a good medieval read, it’s one of my favorite eras for stories. I’d checked out a few books and bought some online to read when all my scheduled reads and blog tours were over, and I couldn’t wait for my much deserved holiday. Once I began reading Fire and Sword I was so excited that I wasn’t going to have to wait for my medieval read at all.
From the first page, I was instantly transported to a time period of not only lords and ladies, kings and queens, but of mages and seekers, witches and enough horrendous creatures to cause a year’s worth of nightmares. Not for me, though, I love this stuff. Bulging, pestilent rat creatures controlled by an evil witch were the villains du jour. Fighting them off were a skilled brother and sister hunter duo, a repentant killer, and one wet behind the ears wizard who would eventually come into his own. Thrown together by violent happenstance, they soon become a tight knit band of compatriots that you come to know so well, cheering for their wins and feeling deeply their tragic losses.
This was a fun adventure that kept me completely immersed from beginning to end. It’s extremely graphic and gory but it just made it that much better to imagine the carnage and defeat of the Rata Plaga. How glad am I that I signed up for this blog tour, hesitantly volunteering for the first one, knowing that I may not have the time for an entire series, but little did I know that the minute I finished Fire and Sword, I would be purchasing the next in the series to begin reading right away. It wouldn’t be the first time I bought books intending to read them and only ignoring them for a different series that I just started.
Thank you Pump Up Your Books and Dylan Doose for my gifted copy of this book. The thoughts and opinions are my own.
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