"Fans of Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse will flock to this new series." --Booklist
Games of Thrones meets Shadow and Bone 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 Shadow and Bone or Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes series.
Praise for Forged in Fire and Stars:
"An epic and classic fantasy." --School Library Journal
"Epic fantasy isn't usually my thing, but Forged in Fire and Stars made me a believer." --TOR.com
Fifteen years ago, the Vokkan Empire conquered Saetlund after killing King Dentroth and his Loresmith, Yos Steelring a blacksmith capable of forging god-blessed weapons. Saetlund's people have suffered subjugation ever since, but revolution is coming: Dentroth's children, "umber"-skinned twins Nimhea and Eamon, secretly survived the invasion and intend to retake the throne now that they are 18. A Loresmith would greatly improve their chances against Vokk's army, but while Yos's expectant wife successfully hid from the emperor, Yos died before he could train their daughter, Ara Silverthread. Now, according to myth, if pale-skinned Ara, 15, is to replace Yos, she must petition one of Saetlund's gods, Ofrit, to activate her powers. First, however, she and the twins must survive the perilous trek to Ofrit's enchanted home, with a charming young thief, Teth, to guide them. Underdeveloped characters, convenient plot points, and a muddled mythology plague this series launch from Robertson (the Nightshade series); though the book is more prologue than self-contained story, a cast filled with formidable heroines lends a feminist bent. Ages 12 up.
I read this book a few months ago, back when it first came out, and I really enjoyed it! The ending was a bit predictable but I didn’t really mind because the rest of the book was so good. The characters all felt like real people and you could really feel their emotions, and this will definitely be one of my favorites of the year!