Title: Forged in Fire
Author: Fraser Scott
Published: November 10, 2016 by Fast Forward Publishing
Purchased: October 7, 2017. Free for Kindle.
Blurb: Secrets. Scheming. Magic.
Secrets abound on the island nation of Godewyne. The fact that defenses are weak at the King’s seat, Castle Godewyne, is not a secret to power hungry noble Aderlard Maculinus; nor to court Jester Josh who seems to be closely guarding a few secrets of his own. Speaking of secrets, what is the hidden agenda of the royal assassin and what is Wickenshire’s blacksmith, Ranulf, hiding about his past? How will Ranulf’s secrets affect his orphaned grandson/apprentice Rollie?
Will these and other secrets be revealed or pushed into the shadows with the arrival of a mysterious stranger who wants to commission Rollie to forge an odd Druid token out of a mysterious metal?
And once the secret of the token is revealed will anything ever be the same?
Review: I read this back in 2018, and it’s free on Kindle, but I have a note in my journal that this was requested by the author, SO…I am giving an honest review at the request of the author. Now, on to the review!
I feel like this would have been very good but the execution wasn’t on point. I do admit that the ending did catch my attention and that I’m a little curious as to what will happen with Rollie, but I really couldn’t care less about any of the other characters.
Now, this book does remind me of the Firekeeper series by Jane Lindskold, but that series is so much better. I was mostly only interested in Rollie and the magic disks. Which is why I’m giving this book 2 stars instead of one, because of Rollie.
It really just seemed like a slice-of-life story and I would almost forget that this was supposed to be a fantasy. the writing was very simple, there just seemed to be a lot of fractured sentences and I remember it being choppy.
This wasn’t something that I was a big fan of, if there had been more editing and more detail in the writing, it would have been better.
Thank you for reading my review.