Of Blood and Fire absolutely nails the ‘different but familiar’ feeling readers crave. It is classical fantasy down to its core, with Elves, Dwarves and men fighting alongside Dragons. At the centre of the story are three small town boys who will embark on a journey that will change the course of their lives forever, indeed change the course of their world forever.
The world is brilliantly described, the characters are well drawn out, engaging, and the author does a good job of keeping each unique in a crowded cast. The pacing of the story is excellent, and after an introductory period in which three young boys prepare to face ‘The Proving’, the pace is relentless and I was completely hooked.
Ryan Cahill is clearly an author to look out for in the future, and I can’t wait to make a start on the next in this exciting series.