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Of Blood And Fire (The Bound and The Broken Book 1) Kindle Edition
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.
"Every once and awhile a fantasy book comes along that reminds me why I fell in love with the genre." - Morgan, Dragons and Pages
"Cahill is a world-building master, a storyweaver of magical proportions" -B.L.Callaghan
"My only complaint is that it came to an end and now I have to wait for the sequel to be finished." - Mathias Lobban, Goodreads
"From the very first page, I was captivated by the land of Epheria." - Amazon Customer
"Although this book is over 500 pages long I flew through it with a racing heart and couldn't turn each page fast enough." - Natalie H
"A Rollercoaster...." - Beki, Amazon Customer
"I am absolutely convinced that Ryan Cahill is on his way to becoming one of the great, classic fantasy authors like Jordan et al" - Sara, TheBookWebb
"Move over Legolas and John Snow there is a new hero in our midst!" - BooksHappyThoughts
"Calen Bryer will now be known as a fantasy hero alongside characters such as Kvothe, Bilbo Baggins etc." - Ruth Choppen, Goodreads
"Of Blood and Fire also managed to scratch the itch I have for almost classic adventure fantasy at the moment" - Rowena Andrews, Goodreads
"Pure brilliance..." - Hannah May Book Reviews
"Ryan Cahill's world is perfect for The Chronicles of Shannara and LOTR fans" - Alice Moon, Goodreads
"Highly recommend for lovers of a fantasy series and fans of the likes of Tolkien." - Michelle, WhatIsChelleReading
"Honestly this may have to be one of the best reads ever. Roll on book two!!!" - Becca Harris, Goodreads
"A thoroughly enjoyable escape. Rich world building, interesting characters vividly brought to life. This is not a book to be raced through, but savoured." - Jan Foster, author of Risking Destiny
"This book has made it into my top 5 favorite books." - Lex benning, Goodreads--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 November 2021
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The central character is an eighteen years old who is pretty clueless. He is inclined to take a negative approach to most things i.e. When he sees a city for the first time with towering structures which old tales claim were built with landing places for dragons. He rubbishes that even though he's seen a dragon being born, is bonded with it and it's sitting right next to him. His reaction to almost any new situation is to feel sick and overwhelmed. Despite that he somehow carries on which is courageous, but he's barely wised up by the end of the book. There's signs that the next book will see him buck up a bit.
He also has a sister who is hardly any more clued in but provides another thread to the tale that doesn't end in the best of situations for her, but of course, she hasn't a clue of the danger she is in which is not entirely her fault as she eloped with her sweetheart and missed events back home. Mind you if I turned up at a city far from home and imperial troops were looking for me by name and the said sweetheart gets killed by them, I'd be thinking something is going on here and might act with a hint of caution.
I will give the next book a go as all in all it's a good read.
WARNING ⚠️⚠️⚠️ SPOILERS BELOW
You have the 'Uraks' which are very similar to Urgals, the 'Fade' which is Durza the Shade.
Arthur (Jihad) who led a rebellion from a rebellious city (Surda) and was betrayed by someone close to him (The Twins) which led to his death and his son taking over (Nasuada).
You have your Brom character (ex-dragon rider whose dragon was slain)
There are a few more but I'd rather move onto good points.
The Inheritance Cycle is one of my most favourite series ever, having read it more times than I can remember - that said it would be impossible for me to not like a story that I personally find shares many similarities so far.
This is for sure a more adult version however and that is very welcome (I always thought Eragon was too tame for a teenager).
I will be interested in reading the upcoming sequel to see where the story goes - and since I read this for free on Kindle unlimited I cannot grumble about the cost.
Magic, Dragons, Elves, Dwarves and just fantastic story telling, this series is going to be epic, can't wait for the next book, highly recommended....💙😁
A new Dragonbound, outside the control of the empire would give a spark of hope and bring people out to join the rebellion, and ultimately, that’s the premise of the book although it’s buried under a couple of layers so it’s not immediately obvious.
The magic of the world is explored both in more detail and in less detail than in the prequel novella The Fall. We see less of the creatively destructive power here, but more of the little things, gaining a better idea of how it works and what the limitations are.
We see this story predominantly through the eyes of Calen Bryer and although there are occasionally other perspectives thrown in as well, these are usually only brief and often used to close out a chapter. The characters are all well done, with the early focus on Calen and his friends Dann and Rist.
Overall, Of Blood and Fire is a really enjoyable read. It’s a really good example of a modern author taking classic fantasy themes and bringing them up to date for today’s reader. Cahill does this by refreshing the ideas and bringing them to life with a more modern writing style than what you would get from those classic fantasy stories.
So here we have dragons, elves, dwarves and giants, great mages and swordsmen. None of these feel forced or out of place, everything fits into this world and there’s a really good balance of those fantasy elements combined the quality of the story and the writing.
So why 5*, simply this is far better written than Paolini's, in fact I'd go as far as to say that if this came out first Eragon would have been dead in the water. It's worth remembering that Paolini was a teen when he penned it & that shows in the writing but that also allowed for a "pass mark" when things weren't right. Not so this, it's well written & that does make a difference. Now it could be argued that every book since LOTR has copied something but in this case it's almost a carbon copy, just a very well written carbon copy! Anyone that hasn't read Eragon will love this but for those that have..... It's still a good read.