Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: Children of Fire

Children of Fire
Children of Fire by Drew Karpyshyn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Epic Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of epic fantasy
Trigger Warnings: zealotry, people being tortured, burned at the stake, killed; children being taken from their parents, violence, fighting, murder

My Thoughts: This is an extremely complex book, as is common for epic fantasy, with lots of characters to keep track of and lots of things going on. It is also very obviously the first book in a series, as many things are left unfinished.

While there is a great deal of similarity to other epic fantasies, including a very strong homage to Lord of the Rings, at the same time this is a very unique idea and done in a new way. I think most fans of epic fantasy will quite like this story. The characters are all very interesting, if somewhat cliché at times (such as Norr's “honorable savage” and Scythe's “rogue” character). I enjoyed learning about the ideas behind the Chaos and Chaos magic. If you like epic fantasies, definitely check this one out.

Disclosure: I received an e-galley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a titanic battle against the Immortals. In the end, Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy—a magical barrier the gods sacrificed themselves to create.

Now the Legacy is fading. On the other side, the banished Daemron stirs. And across the scattered corners of the land, four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself—wizard, warrior, prophet, king.

Bound by a connection deeper than blood, the Children of Fire will either restore the Legacy or bring it crashing down, freeing Daemron to wreak his vengeance upon the mortal world.

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